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Legislature Reorganizes For Second Time in a Month

The V.I. Legislature reorganized Wednesday, for the second time in less than a month and the third organizational structure, including its initial organization in...

Governor and Interior Department Looking at Proposal to Upgrade Salt River

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. discussed upgrading the Visitor’s Center at Salt River National Park during a meeting at Government House Wednesday with Assistant Secretary...

No Fire but Plenty of Smoke as St. Thomas Power Plant...

A major electrical service interruption is affecting customers in the St. Thomas St. John District and smoke could be seen flowing from the St....
Blue tarps covering damaged roofs dot the landscape of Estate Tutu on St. Thomas in March 2018. (Bill Kossler photo)

Partnership Forms to Match Nonprofits With Volunteers

Virgin Islands charities and other not-for-profit groups are expected to benefit from the work of a newly formed partnership announced this week. The announcement was made by former U.S. President Bill Clinton on the final day of a two day conference, sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network.
Lawrence Kupfer, executive director WAPA, addresses the issue of payments to Vitol during Wednesday's Senate discussion. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Vitol Demands a Payment or Islands Could Go Dark

When Hugo Hodge, then executive director of WAPA, was pushing for a deal with Vitol to convert the territory's generators to burn propane, he repeatedly said Vitol was building the infrastructure at no upfront cost for WAPA. But payments are now coming due and it is not good for Virgin Islanders.
The Bank of St. Croix in Gallows Bay, where a 2016 robbery took place that Damian Lang was accused of taking part in. He was cleared when a judge overturned a jury verdict.

Defendant Still Detained Six Weeks After Being Cleared of Bank Robbery

Six weeks after a federal judge dismissed a jury verdict against him, a St. Croix man is still being held pending trial. The defendant now waits to hear his fate on a separate charge and recently survived an attempt to put him back behind bars.

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.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with St. John artist Kurt Marsh, Jr. about preserving arts and culture post-hurricanes.

Continued Conversation is Key to a Resilient Caribbean, CGI Speakers Say

Two sessions that looked at small business development and climate change continued a conversation on resiliency between regional leaders and potential partners that Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said may not happen often but which he called critical to each island being able to respond better each time disaster strikes and recover more quickly.
A rack full of blue mugs sits ready to be used by employees who create handcrafted brews for customers.

V.I. Coffee Roasters Expands from Warehouse on STT

Since the beginning of May, owners Smith and Cathy Smith have expanded their wholesale business and opened their own coffee shop in Havensight, supplying St. Thomas residents with artisanal brews that are custom blended on site.

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.





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