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V.I. Government officials and representatives from Fresh Ministries and Farmers in Action turn the first shovels of dirt at the future site of an aquaponics center. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Officials Break Ground on STX Aquaponics Center

After several years of planning, government officials, members of Farmers in Action and Fresh Ministries broke ground on a plot of land in Estate Bethlehem’s coconut grove for an agribusiness center for aquaponic farming.
Volunteers who assisted with the cleanup effort pose for a group photo. (Photo submitted by Howard Forbes Jr.)

Coki Cleanup Removes 600 Pounds of Debris from Ocean

A crew of 16 volunteers dove at Coki Beach on Saturday. Their goal – to remove debris from the ocean. Covering a quarter mile, the crew retrieved 601 pounds of rubbish.
USVI Department of Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson testifies virtually before the Rules and Judiciary Committee. (Screenshot of streamed session)

Rules Panel Forwards Nelson’s Cannabis Board Nomination

The Rules and Judiciary Committee on Friday forwarded the nomination for Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson to serve on the Cannabis Advisory Board.
JFL board members, from left, Christopher Finch, Dr. Anne Treasure and Faye John-Baptiste discuss the hospital rebuild.

JFL Board Discusses Rebuilding the Hospital

With the deadline for bidding on the rebuilding of the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital less than a month away, board members were eager to get started sorting through the applications to find a perfect fit.

USVI Figuring Out How to Summer Camp in the Pandemic

With summer here and children facing the prospect of being cooped up at home even longer, Human Services has released licensing rules and regulations for re-opening child care programs and summer camps, the agency announced Friday.

PSC Says WAPA Rate Decrease Not Likely

Public Services Commission Executive Director Donald Cole informed Senate Finance Committee members that even after WAPA’s conversion to propane is complete on St. Thomas, ratepayers are not likely to see the large immediate rate savings they were promised.
Alphonso Wade III (pictured) has been charged in connection with the June 23 shooting death of Oliver Christian Jr. (VIPD photo)

New Charges Added in Case of Deadly Land Dispute

A St. Thomas farmer who called the police and handed over his licensed firearm after allegedly admitting he shot a man made an initial appearance in court on Wednesday.
Commissioner of the Department of Labor Gary Molloy testifies before an October hearing. (File photo)

Labor Department Faces Reduced Budget Amid Pandemic

Labor Commissioner Gary Molloy said his department’s Division of Unemployment Insurance has its hands full processing an unprecedented number of claims and adapting to new procedures during a pandemic. Now, if the recommended fiscal year 2021 budget is passed, Labor may have to navigate these realities with dwindling funds.

Police Test New ShotSpotter Gunshot Locator System

The V.I. Police Department began conducting live-fire tests of the ShotSpotter gunshot detection service on St. Thomas on June 24.

Social Distancing and Mask Compliance a Concern as V.I. Coronavirus Cases Climb

With 10 new coronavirus cases announced by the V.I. Department of Health since June 15, some officials and residents are troubled to see many in the Virgin Islands are not abiding by social distancing guidelines set by the governor and DOH.

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