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Government House image the Limetree Bay.

Senators Drill Limetree Bay on Environment and Payments

Brian Lever, president of Limetree Bay, told the V.I. Legislature’s Committee on Government Operations, Consumer Affairs and Energy Wednesday that air and water emissions from the restarted refinery will be significantly lower than the previous refinery.

At Optimal Printing, ‘It Takes a Family’

Optimal Printing, located at the corner of the strip mall in the Sunny Isle Annex, opened its doors in 2016 to a host of clients on St. Croix. The family business is in high demand, with printing jobs from government agencies, private businesses, schools, banks, churches and artists.

WAPA’s Finances, Part 3: Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel?

WAPA is losing money and swimming in debt, with very high electricity costs. Decades of hospitals and government agencies using it an involuntary lender by not paying power bills have starved it, forcing chronic delays in maintenance and upgrades. But not all is doom and gloom.
Lining up to testify, from left Jeff Boyd, Chaliese Summers, CZM Director Marlon Hibbert, Robert O'Connor Jr. and community activist Wayne Chinnery. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

Senate Tells Summers End Developers to Revise their Proposal

After more than eight hours of often tense testimony, the Senate Committee of the Whole told the developers of the proposed St. John Marina & the Yacht Club at Summer’s End to revise their permit application to reflect changes since the original permit was approved in 2014.
St. Thomas' first power plant under construction, long before the creation of the Water and Power Authority in 1964. (Undated early 20th century photo provided by the St. Thomas Historical Trust)

WAPA’s Finances Part 2: A Case of Chronic Starvation

WAPA is swimming in debt. Where did it come from? What can be done about it? Some in the PSC, Senate and the public feel this debt is the result of mismanagement. Is it? And how much does it matter, if we have to pay up anyway?

Child Marriage Bill Has Momentum

A bill to close the loophole permitting men to avoid rape charges by marrying their victims appears to be moving on the fast track, passing through the Senate’s Committee on Youth, Sports, Parks and Recreation on Tuesday and through the Rules and Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

WAPA Finances: Raise Base Rate and See Lower Total Rates Soon, or Pay More Forever

It will surprise no one to hear that finances at the V.I. Water and Power Authority are not good. But can it become sustainable? Is the news all bad or is there sunlight?

Probate Court Swallows Small Inheritances; Senators Want it to Stop

The question for senators at a Committee on Rules and Judiciary hearing Thursday was not whether the legal system should be changed so more residents can avoid probate, but how much it should change.

Senate Panel OKs Bill to Shut Teen Marriage Loophole

Members of the Senate's Committee on Youth, Sports, Parks and Recreation moved Tuesday to close a loophole in the territory's laws that allows minors to get married as young as 14 years of age.
The GERS office on St. Thomas.

GERS Takes Control of Havensight Mall, Cuts Out WICO

The Government Employees' Retirement System governing board voted to not renew the West Indian Company's management agreement for Havensight Mall.

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