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Bryan Appoints Rupert O. Ross as Bureau of Information Technology Director

Ross, who currently serves as the chief information technology officer at the judicial branch of the Virgin Islands, is an experienced leader with broad information technology knowledge focused on government operations.
Second-place finisher Brigit Klien finishes the two-mile course. (Elisa McKay photo)

STX Women’s Coalition Releases 2019 Women Race Full Results

The Women’s Coalition of St. Croix on Sunday celebrated its 35th Annual Women Race, raising funds that will help provide services for women who are victims of violence. Open to women and girls only, the race took off at 5 p.m. in Frederiksted with 314 registered for the two-mile trek. Michelle Smith, Brigit Klein, and Mikaela Smith finished in first, second, and third places respectively. The Smith girls are sisters and they run with the St. Croix Track team; Brigit Klien runs for Good Hope Country Day School. Both track teams won trophies. Michelle, 12, broke the 35-year race record by 20 seconds. Her sister Mikaela, 17, completed her first year of college with a track and field scholarship. Their father Keith Smith is the St. Croix Track team coach, who says he is speechless by the hard work and dedication of his children. Germaine Powell won the ‘Caboose’ prize, which is won by the last runner to cross the finish line. Powels has arthritis, walks with a cane and is 53 years old. She said it was hard but she was determined to do the race and she would do it again. Race categories included children younger than eight years to adults 80 years and older. Other categories were “babies in arms” and “children in strollers pushed by a female.” See full results here: 2019 Women Race Full Results

CSU Meteorologists Predict Near-Average 2019 Hurricane Season

In their June 4 updated forecast, hurricane researchers at Colorado State University predicted a near-average Atlantic hurricane season in 2019 – a slight increase in severity from their initial forecast issued in early April. The report also calls for a 44 percent chance of a hurricane making landfall somewhere in the Caribbean.
The Viya telephone directory featuring Asta Williams on the cover. (Photo by Chalana Brown)

Asta Williams: Storyteller, Masquerader, STX Culture Bearer

Asta Williams is a St. Croix treasure known for many decades as a master storyteller, masquerader director, dancer and culture bearer. And now she is on the cover of the Viya V.I. phone book. Williams lives her culture all the time.
John Lindquist i(VIPD photo)

VIPD Credits Officers’ Quick Thinking for Swift Arrest

Officers of the V.I. Police Department on Sunday reacted to a tip about a residential shooting suspect and were able to affect his rescue as he boarded a plane to flee the island, according to the VIPD.
SJCF Executive Director Celia Kalousek (2014 file photo)

They Survived the Storm, Now the Struggle is on to Fund Nonprofits

After several months of responding to high demand for services, Virgin Islands charities are facing some more familiar challenges. Some, but not all, say they’re feeling funding pressures and point to a trickle of revenues from the government that help fuel their operations.
Women of all ages take off on the opening steps of the Women Race. (Elisa McKay photo)

Women’s Coalition Draws 314 to 35th Annual Women Race

The Women’s Coalition of St. Croix on Sunday celebrated its 35th Annual Women Race, raising funds that will help provide services for women who are victims of violence. Open to women and girls only, the race took off at 5 p.m. in Frederiksted with 314 registered for the two-mile trek.
A service pump at a Total gas station on Veterans Drive is plastered with a sign indicating it is out of service. If the pump did work, the cost would be almost $4 a gallon. (Bethaney Lee photo)

Gas Costs More on STT than STX; Online Chatter Calls for Pay-at-the-Pump

Gas prices continue to be more expensive on St. Thomas than on the island of St. Croix, according to figures from the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs. At the same time, the public has begun expressing resentment with service stations, as few offer the ability to swipe a credit card at the service pump to purchase fuel.
Store shelves are getting picked clean in advance of Hurricane Maria.

Consumer Affairs Food Basket Survey Suggests St. John Has Priciest Groceries

It looks like groceries are expensive everywhere and a little more expensive on St. John, based on the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affair's territory-wide food basket findings released this week.
Mark McGibbon, president and CEO of viNGN, announced additional hot spots on St. Croix.

VINGN Eyes Extending Broadband Range to Underserved Areas

Effective partnerships with local internet service providers are critical to making broadband internet available throughout the territory, especially to the unserved and underserved areas, according to V.I. Next Generation Network officials.

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