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Tracking Endangered Mute Frogs on St. John

Rainy evenings can be very loud in the Virgin Islands, as male frogs call out in the night to declare their availability for mating or to assert their territorial rights.
Twins Luciah Polius and Loreli Hedrington serve up food as their grandmother and great aunt did for 20 years.

St. John Folklife Festival Starts Thursday

The Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument will hold the 29th annual St. John Folklife Festival Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The festival is free to attend, and all ages are welcome.
Soaring Gulls, a new quadrille dance troupe, performs Saturday. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

St. John Arts Festival Turns 20

Culture came out to play Saturday in Franklin Powell Park with the arrival of the St. John Arts Festival. This year marks the festival’s 20th edition. On Saturday, the first day of the festival, St. John’s children took center stage.

20th Annual St. John Arts Festival Starts Saturday

The St. John Arts Festival will be celebrating its 20th anniversary next year, continuing to bring to the fore the history, tradition and culture of the indigenous people of St. John in its many forms, including music, dance, arts and crafts according to the festival’s website.

Proposed CZM Overhaul Gives Residents Much to Ponder

Despite much anticipation, relatively few sparks flew at a jam-packed meeting held Wednesday night in Cruz Bay to discuss a bill that seeks to amend Coastal Zone Management regulations.
Magabe Calixte discusses products with Paula and Greg Hachmeister. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

Two New Shops Specializing in Hemp Products Facing New Rules

Two shops featuring CBD products opened for business in January on St. John. Healthy Alternatives, owned by Charmaine Vante and Magabe Calixte, and Virginabis, owned by Cynthia Swan, Oliver Wessehoft and William “Teddy” Waldo, both sell a wide array of oils, lotions and edible products that contain CBD.

DLCA Seeks Public’s Input on Cannabis Regulations

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs held town meetings on all three islands this week to clarify cannabis regulations that are already in place, discuss procedures that could be problematic if and when marijuana is legalized in the territory.
Rasmussen answers audience questions about his work dating objects discovered 100 years ago in the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Dating Artifacts Changes View of V.I. Pre-Columbian History

The way Virgin Islanders have seen the history of their islands before the arrival of Christopher Columbus might have to be recalibrated, as objects gathered about 100 years ago on the islands recently went through a dating process.
Alvis Christian from Johns Folly Learning Institute and promoter Roy Reid maneuver a table into the serving station. (Source photo Judi Shimel)

Weekend Festival Draws Seafood Lovers to Cruz Bay

A love of the sea and its abundance became cause for celebration Saturday in Cruz Bay as about half a dozen chefs spent the afternoon and evening serving up fish and shellfish at a seafood festival.
Carlton Dowe gestures to staff members while Sen. Steven Payne looks on at Monday's meeting. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

Parking Fees on VIPA Lot Sparks Contentious Exchange

Carlton Dowe, executive director of Virgin Islands Port Authority, delivered good news and bad news to St. John residents at a town hall meeting held at the Legislative Annex Monday night.





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