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Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. delivers his State of the Territory address. (Photo by Alvin D. Burke Jr.)

State of the Territory: Bryan Says Good News Is Starting to...

After a year of “trials and triumphs,” Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said the “state of our territory is on the mend” because of the focus his administration has put into three key mandates: stabilizing the government to rebuild pubic trust, recovery and rebuilding efforts and laying a solid foundation to restore the economy.

WAPA Addresses Growing List of Customer Complaints

WAPA executives responded to charges that it has been unresponsive to customer complaints by providing a full report to the Public Services Commission at its Thursday meeting, detailing the areas of concern and how they are being dealt with.

PSC Censures Member Clendenin for “Demeaning,” “Insulting” Behavior

The Virgin Islands Public Services Commission voted Thursday to censure commission member Johann Clendenin, reprimanding him for allegedly “demeaning, insulting, disruptive and disrespectful behavior.”
The conference table on St. Thomas is all ready for a teleconference with the St. Croix members of the Horse Racing Commission, but the St, Thomas commissioners are no-show. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Horse Racing Commission at a Standstill

The V.I. Horse Racing Commission was unable to conduct a meeting Thursday, Dec. 12, due to the absence of all commission members from St. Thomas. Chairman Jay Watson said the commission has been unable to conduct any official business since Aug. 30.
Sen. Janelle Sarauw said she couldn't sleep the night after touring some V.I. public schools, wondering 'What in the world are we doing to our students?" (V.I. Legislature photo)

Bill Would Require Teachers to be Trained for K-3

A bill that would require educators teaching kindergarten through third grade to meet specific early childhood education requirements was approved by the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee Thursday and sent on to the full body Senate.
Sen. Kurt Vialet chairs the Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Finance Committee Moves 31 Appropriation Bills

The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday moved 31 bills involving the appropriation of money and fiscal year budgets for government entities to the Rules and Judiciary Committee. The action took two hours.
Surfing together on the island of St. Thomas in the early 1970s stand, from left, Don Edwards, Harry Hunter, Mick Kollins, Byron Newland, Charles Edwards and Michael Kiddon. (Photo provided by Don Edwards)

Local Surfing Mavericks Share Territory’s ‘Tubular’ History

Surfing is not the first thing that comes to mind when looking at the pristine sheets of sea that surround St. Thomas, but in 1967 Don Edwards moved to the island and was one of the surf pioneers.
Sen. Novelle Francis speaks to various bills during the Rules and Judiciary Committee meeting held on Aug. 26, 2018. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

V.I. May Require Businesses to Take Credit Cards

Senators on the Rules and Judiciary Committee started their Monday meeting with six bills on the agenda, and when it was over, all six had been forwarded on to the full Senate.
Environmental Program Manager Benjamin Keularts with DPNR discusses leaching fields and distances at which septic tanks need to be away from water sources. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Septic Systems Raise Environmental Concerns on Islands

More than half of septic systems in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have substantial problems and are significant sources of nonpoint pollutants, according to Carlos Velazquez a wastewater technician for RCAP Solutions in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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