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Southgate Coastal Reserve Spruces Up for Visitors

With two staff members and several enthusiastic and talented volunteers, the Southgate Coastal Reserve has become more welcoming in the last few months to hikers, birders and beachgoers with benches, signs and even a bridge.
Colleen Munroe and her grandson, Kaiden Castillo, sort through debris found in the mangroves. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Volunteers Remove Trash from Salt River Mangroves

Saturday was the perfect day for being on the water – bright, clear and calm – and Salt River Marina was clogged with kayakers, not packing picnic baskets but hauling trash retrieved from the delicate mangroves in the bay.

Native Son Returns to STX for Dream Job at Leatherback

After starting a career in New York City, experiencing the 9/11 terrorist attack, coming home and then relocating to Colorado, Nicholas Cherubin returned to the island last year, making the most of his knowledge and experience by accepting a dream job at St. Croix’s Leatherback Brewery.
Three Scarlet Ibis were spotted during the Christmas Bird Count on Southgate Pond. (Photo by Toni Lance)

Christmas Bird Counters Spot Trio of Rare Scarlet Ibis

Total numbers were down for the 2019 Christmas Bird Count on St. Croix compared to the previous year, but the appearance of three Scarlet ibises – two adults and a juvenile – a species never before recorded on St. Croix made up somewhat for the lower numbers.

Autobiography Recounts ‘Long Journey to Paradise’ for Former UNICEF Worker

Many people who relocate to the Virgin Islands have unusual and interesting back stories, but Horst Cerni cannot be outpaced in the long, interesting and star-studded route he took to St. Croix. He wrote about his adventures and travels in his autobiography, “Journeying to Paradise.”
Valdemar Hill listens to Agriculture Commissioner Positive T. A. Nelson at Friday’s cannabis forum. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Cannabis Workshop Offers More Questions Than Answers

Neither rules nor regulations have been drafted for the U.S. Virgin Islands’ medical marijuana law, so a forum on the use of medical marijuana in the workplace, either by prescription or recreationally, left participants with more questions than answers on Friday, Dec. 13.
Families roamed among the decorated trees at Limpricht Park Saturday. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Christiansted’s Limpricht Park Comes Alive for the Holidays

After a night of Christmas carols in the streets and holiday lights saturating the usually dark Peter Limpricht Park in Christiansted, the public park came alive again Saturday with a festive array of vendors selling art, antiques, furniture, food and orchids.
Joining the ribbon cutting for the new bike path on the Christiansted Bypass are bicyclist Mario Peters, AARP National Volunteer President Alicia Georges, AARP-VI State Volunteer President Corinne Plaskett, AARP-VI State Director Troy de Chabert-Shuster, AARP Chief Executive Officer Jo Ann Jenkins, Alma Winkfield of the V.I. Trail Alliance and bicyclist David Morales. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

AARP President Opens STX Bike Path

The first section of the St. Croix Bike Path was formally opened Wednesday at the crest of the Christiansted Bypass by the AARP national president and others involved with the project.
From left, Joan Jean-Baptiste, Angeline Ravariere, Christopher Finch, Dr. Olivine Treasure and Helen Danielson discuss business at Gov. Juan Luis Hospital board meeting. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Without Hope of a Quorum, Three* Luis Board Members Meet With Administrators

Two Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital board trustees and four members of the executive team met Tuesday, without hopes of a quorum, and discussed ongoing financial troubles and upcoming staffing needs as the St. Croix hospital slowly rebuilds after the 2017 hurricanes.
Territorial Hospital Board meeting - St. Croix participants include from left: Joan Jean Baptiste, Chivonne Thomas, Dyma Williams, Dr. Olivine Treasure, Nancy Graham, Helen Danielson.

Hospital Board OKs Repairs to Kimelman Cancer Institute

The V.I. Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation, which overseas the territory's hospitals, approved a request for proposals to begin repair on the Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute on St. Thomas.

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