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Miss St. John Festival Queen Lenisha Richards and Junior Miss St. John Festival Tamyra Bartlette were on hand for the village opening. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

St. John’s Festival Village Opens

“Come early, stay late, and full yoh belly up!” was the call to action by several platform guests Friday night as they officially opened the village at St. John’s July 4th Festival.
Visitors dine in the shade of an umbrella at Maho Crossroads. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

Permit for Maho Crossroads Available for Public Comment

The permit application for a development within the Virgin Islands National Park is available on St. John for public scrutiny and comment for a limited time. Maho Crossroads, a complex including a food truck, bar, and shop, was cited by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources for permitting deficiencies in March.
Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory chaired the committee hearing Wednesday. (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Senators Want More Tech Teachers, Less Third-Party Fiduciary

Senators wanted to know Wednesday what the Department of Education and Career and Technical Education Board were doing to resolve ongoing problems, such the shortage of vocational teachers.

Trial Slated for Contractor Accused in Kickback Scheme

The head of a Puerto Rico-based engineering firm accused of paying $1.2 million dollars in exchange for federal contracts is scheduled to stand trial on Aug. 5.
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.
VIPA Director Carlton Dowe in 2016 file photo)

Dowe Officially Returns to V.I. Port Authority

Carlton Dowe will return to the Virgin Islands Port Authority as its executive director after an official vote of approval from the authority’s governing board Wednesday.
A group of 35 Virgin Islanders represent Limetree Bay’s first graduating class from a six-week program on refinery basics. (Source photo by Wyndi Ambrose)

35 New Limetree Operators Slated to ‘Fuel the Future’

Seven years after Hovensa stopped refining oil on St. Croix, 35 new operators decided to be part of the effort to make the island a major player in the energy industry again. The group represents Limetree Bay Refining’s first graduating class from a six-week program on refinery basics.
Priscilla Laurent, right, and Raevah Matthew were two of nine women in Limetree Bay Refining’s first Basic Operator Training Class. Overall, the entire group comprises of 35 trainees. They graduated Monday in a short ceremony held at the Limetree Bay cafeteria. (Source photo by Wyndi Ambrose)

Defying the Odds: Limetree Women Stand Out in STEM Field

Limetree Bay Refining celebrated 35 graduates – all Virgin Islanders – from its first Basic Operator Training Class. Nine were women. That’s about 26 percent, or a little more than a quarter, which almost mirrors the national statistics on women working in STEM fields.
Sen. Novelle Francis (D-STX) presides over Tuesday’s Senate session. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senators OK Medicaid Windfall Bill, Toxic Sunscreen Ban

The 33rd Legislature approved a host of bills Tuesday when it convened in session, including the Medicaid windfall bill, which directs some $39.5 million to pay the hospitals’ Water and Power Authority bill, and a measure that would ban the sale of sunscreens containing coral-killing chemicals.
Sen. Marvin Blyden, right, congratulates DLCA Commissioner Richard Evangelista at Tuesday’s session.

Senate Confirms VITEMA, DLCA Nominees

Two more U.S. Virgin Islands government agencies, the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, stepped closer to having a permanent chief on Tuesday when lawmakers approved Gov. Albert Bryan’s nominees to lead them.

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