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Richard Motta (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Pace of Recovery Picking Up as USVI Braces for New Storm

Richard Motta, director of Communications for the governor, opened a news conference Monday with information about an area of disturbance the National Hurricane Center is watching for possible development later this week.
Dr. Laura Palminteri tells senators Tuesday that owners of race horses in the territory are in 'a difficult place.' (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

St. Croix and St. Thomas at Odds on Horse Racing Commission

The V.I. Horse Racing Commission voted Friday to change its leadership, with all St. Thomas members voting to put Dr. Laura Palminteri in charge and all St. Croix members voting to keep Jay Watson as chair.

Dorian Upgraded to Hurricane; Track Shifts Toward USVI

Dorian has been upgraded to a Category One Hurricane as it nears St. Thomas with top winds of 75 miles per hour.
Sargassum piles up in Christiansted harbor Aug. 16 – and the problem on St. Croix is not considered as bad as it is on the beaches of St. Thomas. Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Islands Stagger Under Weight of Sargassum

A Waste Management Authority spokesperson Friday denied a report that the agency is about to stop accepting sargassum at the St. Thomas landfill, but said it recognizes the continuing volume of seaweed drifting into V.I. waters and that the rotting on its shorelines is a serious problem.
Sen. Novelle Francis (D-STX) presides over Tuesday’s Senate session. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Loitering Law Moves Slowly, But Advances to Full Senate

A bill to strengthen the loitering law and increase penalties for violations moved out of the Committee on Rules and Judiciary Friday and headed for the full Senate, but it is still suffering birthing pains.

V.I. May Lose Teachers Due to Visa Delays

The territory, already dealing with a teacher shortage, may lose a number of mostly Filipino teachers here on J1 visas, due to a delay...

STX Firetruck Flips on Queen Mary – No Major Injuries

Thursday morning around 950 a.m., 911 received several calls in reference to an overturned emergency response vehicle. A fire unit was en route to a...

AARP Grant to Build Territory’s First Bike Path

Thanks to the annual AARP Community Challenge Grant and the V.I. Trail Alliance, St. Croix should see its first paved bike path by Nov. 1 – the first of its kind in the Virgin Islands.
Native plants introduced to the area in 2012 have grown. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

National Park Service Makes Progress Repopulating Native Plants

Starting in 2012, the National Park Service and federal partners with staff and volunteers have reintroduced native plants to about 72 acres of more than 1,000 owned by the local and federal governments along with a few private landowners, eventually increasing public park space.

STX Native Takes Softball Team to National Championship

When a young boy grows up with a mentor, he has someone to look up to for the rest of his life. That is one reason Vernon Philpot from St. Croix has been such a dedicated coach to his softball team, the Georgia Crusaders, who won the USSSA National Championship in July.

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