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Natalia Barnes of the St. Croix Educational Complex in her cap and gown. (Photo provided by Natalia Barnes)

St. Croix’s Class of 2020 Makes the Most of Quarantine Graduations

The COVID-19 pandemic put a screeching halt to all social gatherings, and for the Class of 2020 that included graduation ceremonies and all the other parties and events that go with them.
The Delta M. Jackson Dorsch Complex dormitories on the University of the Virgin Island's St. Croix campus are getting federally-funded retrofits to handle hurricane-force winds and rain. (UVI photo)

FEMA Awards UVI $350K to Make STX Dormitories Hurricane Resistant

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded $350,601 to the University of the Virgin Islands to mitigate risks associated with hurricane-force winds and rain, according to a news release from the university.

Census Warns Against Scams, Details Safeguards

No, the U.S. Census Bureau does NOT have anything to do with the distribution of the federal subsidies (up to $1,200 per adult) that will be coming to U.S. citizens to help with financial burdens caused by the coronavirus.

Census Count Takes Back Seat to Health Concerns

Work on the 2020 census remains stalled in the Virgin Islands due to efforts to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, but officials are hopeful they can complete the work by a late September deadline.
Artist's conception of the COVID-19 virus. (Shutterstock image)

UVI Employee Dies from COVID-19 in Kentucky

Jason Brewer, director of the Center for Student Success at the University of the Virgin Islands, died from COVID-19 in Kentucky, the university announced. Brewer left the territory on March 23 and was in Kentucky from March 24 until his death.

UVI Board of Trustees Approves $40.2 M 2021 Budget

The University of the Virgin Islands’ board of trustees unanimously approved a fiscal year 2021 appropriations request of $40.2 million at its quarterly meeting on March 7.
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.
Erin Muller of the Mote Marine Laboratory talks about coral reef diseases last week. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

NPS Speaker Says Reef Diseases Affecting V.I. Coral

Diseases are devastating coral reefs around the world and local and regional scientists are searching frantically for cures and preventative measures before the reefs disappear and the fish disappear along with them.
Cleanup volunteer takes plastic off a mangrove in 2019. (Photo by Kristin Wilson Grimes)

Volunteers Sought for Large-Scale Mangrove Cleanups on Each Island

A large-scale community cleanup of the St. Thomas East End Reserve is now expanding to include Salt River, St. Croix and Coral Bay, St. John and seeks community-minded volunteers on each island.
Louis Petersen talks up the AgDiscovery 2020 program during the recent food fair in Bordeaux on St Thomas. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

Educators Recruiting Students for Summer Ag Studies

Promoters of a summer study program on agriculture want families to know why their students should attend this program. Those who apply and are accepted will spend two weeks learning about the “wonderful, wide world of agriculture.”

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