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Bryan Removes Head of Save Coral Bay from Coastal Zone Management Committee

The battle surrounding a proposal to build a controversial marina in Coral Bay became even more complicated this week with the removal of one of St. John's Coastal Zone Management Committee members.
Kent Bernier is sworn in Friday to testify before the Senate Committee on Rules and Judiciary. (V.I. Legislature photo)

PSC’s Bernier Resigns at End of Term, Leaving Future Quorum in Question

Public Services Commission vice-chair Kent Bernier, Sr. tendered his resignation to the governor this week effective at the end of his term on Nov. 20, leaving some members concerned about the commission’s ability to form a quorum after that point.

New Testing Pinpoints a COVID-Positive Traveler at Airport

The launch of a new screening program at the U.S. Virgin Island’s airports discovered one COVID-positive person traveling to St. Croix, according to officials. Since Sunday, a total of 34 tests have been conducted, officials said.

Photo Focus: ‘Cereusly’ Beautiful Flowers on St. Croix

The night-blooming cereus teases us as it opens in the darkened sky after nightfall – closing by dawn and wilting in the light of day. Many of these beauties grow in the wild, while other are planted in outdoor tropical gardens.

Encarnacion Disputes Prediction of V.I.’s COVID Deaths Per Capita

Recent predictions by one national data center that put the territory as a leader in COVID-related deaths per capita are based on a “single source that is frequently criticized,” according to Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion.

Department of Health Reports Territory’s 19th COVID Death

The Virgin Islands Department of Health reported via press release on Thursday that an 82-year-old St. Thomas man is the territory's 19th confirmed COVID death.

Pets with Wings Program Gives Nearly 70 Animals a Second Chance Stateside

Last Friday was a red-letter day for the Humane Society of St. Thomas’ Pets with Wings program as 69 of the shelter’s animals were transported stateside to be received by partner shelters and rescue organizations. 

Arthur A. Richards Junior High is the First School Scheduled to be Demolished

The V.I. Department of Education's Division of Operations introduced the first phase of the demolition of the Arthur A. Richards Junior High School on St. Croix on Thursday at a virtual community meeting.

Stay-at-Home Order Extended; Public School Opening Delayed

While health officials believe the ongoing stay-at-home order has been “effective” in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, the territory’s overall COVID-19 positivity rate and the number of current hospitalizations have prompted a one-week extension order.

Governor Hopes For Extension of Pandemic Unemployment Benefit

The U.S. Virgin Islands will take advantage of an extra $300 a week in supplemental unemployment benefits to help ease the financial strain brought on by the ongoing public health crisis, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said during a Monday news conference.

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