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PSC Washes Its Hands of Controversial WAPA Dealings

Public Services Commission officials distanced the agency from the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s actions Thursday, telling lawmakers that the commission has little authority over WAPA’s unpopular contracts, and limited courses of action over the rate increases the commission is charged with regulating.
In 2013, the V.I.-Puerto Rico Friendship parade swirls colorfully down the streets of CHristiansted on the way to the Canegata Ballpark. (File photo)

Territory Watches as Neighboring Puerto Rico Simmers, Celebrates

With the national spotlight once again trained on their nearest U.S. neighbor, Virgin Islands residents have been watching the political unrest in Puerto Rico with considerable interest.
Kamal Latham, CEO of the Economic Development Authority, testifies at Tuesday’s Finance Committee hearing. (V.I. Legislature Photo)

Skeptical Lawmakers Call EDA Projections ‘Fluff’

Lawmakers on Tuesday expressed incredulity at projections issued by the V.I. Economic Development Authority, with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Kurt Vialet (D-STX) calling agency leadership’s goal of attracting 25 new investor applications in a year “fluff.”
Marijuana leaves (Yahoo photo)

Bryan Nominates 4 to Seats on Cannabis Advisory Board

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has nominated four people to take seats on the Virgin Islands Cannabis Advisory Board, which is charged with creating the regulations and policies governing the medical marijuana industry in the territory.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. comments on the benefits of integrating EMS and Fire during a recent meeting of the administration's VIFEMS integration team. (Government House photo)

Integration of Fire and Emergency Medical Services Moves Forward

The Department of Health, Fire Service and the Office of the Governor are moving forward with plans to integrate the Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Service with the Fire Service to form the Virgin Islands Fire and Emergency Medical Service.

V.I. Overboard Part 1 – Territory has a Fever for Commissions...

The U.S. Virgin Islands has around 110 boards, commissions and committees on the books, many of which have never had a member or met. Meanwhile, important regulatory agencies struggle to get a quorum.

More Cruise Ships Likely to be Turned Away In Coming Year

During a meeting of WICO’s board of directors, Director of Marine and Cruise Operations Mark Sabino said things like berth size, Port Authority contracts, and scheduling conflicts create a perfect storm for losing tourism revenue.
Clayton Thomas displays one of his T-shirts for sale. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Symposium Highlights Medical Marijuana as V.I. Starting Date Nears

The use of cannabis in conjunction with traditional medicine gives patients a better outcome than traditional medicine alone, according to doctors speaking Saturday at a St. Croix symposium on medical marijuana. Cannaval was a day-long event that took place at St. Croix Educational Complex.
Archaeological technician Amelia Jansen of the National Park Service Southeast Archaeological Center talks about the excavation of what might have been a utilitarian area for holding water, perhaps for watering livestock or washing clothes. As the NPS is able to receive grants, the progress of unearthing this part of Crucian history will continue. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Ancient Footprints – Lots of Archeology Happening on St. Croix

National Park Service archaeologist Meredith Hardy and technician Amelia Jansen shared some of the most recent finds at the Christiansted National Historic Site at an open house last week.
Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte defends his department's budget before the Senate Finance Committee Thursday. (Photo from USVI Legislature)

Lack of Berths Holds Down Cruise Ship Numbers, Boschulte Tells Senators

The U.S. Virgin Islands is making slow but steady recovery from the 2017 storms, according to Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte, with strong cruise ship activity and new direct flight services offsetting the impact of hotels under renovation.

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