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Hurricane damage from the 2017 storms remains at Arthur A. Richards. (Source file photo)

Report Says USVI’s Recovery Is Uneven

A recently released 385-page federal report provides details about what has and hasn't been accomplished in the USVI's recovery since the hurricanes of 2017.

St. John Community Foundation Releases Book on 2017 Storms

The St. John Community Foundation has released “The St. John Recovery Book: A Community Perspective on Hurricanes Irma and Maria,” a 112-page, locally produced full-color book.

UVI and VITEMA Work to Update Hazard Mitigation Plan

The University of the Virgin Islands and the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency are continuing their annual effort to update the territory’s “Hazard Mitigation Plan,” a requirement for FEMA emergency assistance.
Hurricane Isabel in 2003, as seen from the International Space Station. (Image by Mike Trenchard, Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center)

CSU Researchers Now Predicting ‘Extremely Active’ 2020 Hurricane Season

There were no active tropical weather systems of concern to the V.I. in the Atlantic basin Wednesday, but the tropical weather team at Colorado State University issued an updated forecast, saying they now expect the hurricane season to be "extremely active."
Herb Schoenbohm. (Photo submitted by family)

Activist, Communicator Herb Schoenbohm Dies at 84

Herb Schoenbohm who, since his arrival on St. Croix in 1968, was a Republican activist, weather prognosticator, both a radio personality and radio installer and so much more died Wednesday, April 29. He was 84.
A sunken ship near the the Svend Ovesen Seaplane Terminal in Christiansted Harbor was removed as the the beginning of the derelict vessel removal program. (Photo supplied by DPNR)

DPNR Removes Derelict Vessel; First of program

A derelict vessel in the waters adjacent to the Svend Ovesen Seaplane Terminal in Christiansted Harbor has been removed by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Commissioner Jean-Pierre Oriol announced.
The Ron deLLugo Federal Courthouse. (File photo)

Owner of Construction Company Gets 14 Months for Disaster Fraud

Juli Campbell, owner of a Puerto Rico construction company, was sentenced to 14 months in prison following her guilty plea to charges of fraudulently obtaining disaster relief funds following the 2017 hurricanes, U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert announced in a Thursday news release.
Schneider Regional Medical Center took a heavy hit from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Donated supplies are on the way to help.

Study: More USVI Health Damage From Irmaria Than Official Stats  

Could the 2017 hurricanes have damaged community health even more than we thought? A recently published report suggests so. The peer-reviewed study goes so far as to pose the possibility that hundreds of Virgin Islands residents died as a result of the storms’ long-term effects on the territory’s health system.
Damaged homes on St Croix after Hurricane Irma. )File photo)

Report: Delay in FEMA Process Added Stress to Irmaria Recovery

Three Virgin Islands mental health professionals have published an article analyzing how the Category 5 hurricanes of 2017 affected the mental health of many territory residents.
Coral reef on the west end of St. Croix

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: Annihilation or Cooperation?

It’s hard to hear the universal Om when our ears are plugged with plastic buds and headsets. The cries of distress from the dying species around us are drowned out by dialogue and the explosions of the fabricated worlds of video games and other cyber creations this elder does not comprehend. What I do see is life beginning to shrink to the size of a personal device as the pulse of the planet becomes weaker.

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