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Adrian Wade Taylor answers a question at Tuesday’s budget hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands)

Waste Management Problems Pile Up With No Clean Answer

The V. I. Waste Management Authority is $24 million in debt and facing a budget cut of 17 percent. Sen. Novelle Francis at Tuesday's Senate Committee on Finance budget hearing called the situation a travesty. 'We need to pay these people,' he said.
Lawrence Kupfer discusses WAPA's Transformation Plan during an interview Monday. (Source photo by sap)

Time is Running Out to Face WAPA’s Realities

WAPA's issues, including debt, substantial cost overruns on the VITOL propane conversion project, and long-term non-payment of bills by government agencies, could leave U.S. Virgin Islanders in the dark.
Gov. Albert Bryan speaks at Monday's news conference. (Image captured from the V.I. Government's livestream of the press conference)

Bryan Calls for Tighter Laws in Response to Continuing Violence

The V.I. Police Department will will step up enforcement of all laws big and small in an effort to curb violence in the territory, and Gov. Albert Bryan urged changes to permitting rules, passage of a loitering laws and stricter bail rules.
Royson Fabien, owner of Fabien Trucking LLC, tells senators about his plans to improve the government land he hopes to rent. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Trucking Companies Plan to Invest in Rented Government Properties

Both Dadlie’s Trucking Service Inc. and Fabien Trucking LLC have requested long-term lease agreements for government property in Sub Base, and each owner plans to spend $100,000 to restore the hurricane damaged properties if they are OK'd.

USVI Kicks Off Competition at 2019 Pan American Games

Team ISV’s delegation will be represented by nearly 50 athletes, coaches, support staff and officials for the duration of the Games which takes take place from July 26 through Aug. 11.

PSC Washes Its Hands of Controversial WAPA Dealings

Public Services Commission officials distanced the agency from the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s actions Thursday, telling lawmakers that the commission has little authority over WAPA’s unpopular contracts, and limited courses of action over the rate increases the commission is charged with regulating.

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Solid Waste Management Proposal

Around 25 people attended a Tuesday town hall meeting hosted by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency at the Florence Williams Library in Christiansted in order to hear comments about the V.I. taking responsibility for its solid waste landfills.
Kamal Latham, CEO of the Economic Development Authority, testifies at Tuesday’s Finance Committee hearing. (V.I. Legislature Photo)

Skeptical Lawmakers Call EDA Projections ‘Fluff’

Lawmakers on Tuesday expressed incredulity at projections issued by the V.I. Economic Development Authority, with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Kurt Vialet (D-STX) calling agency leadership’s goal of attracting 25 new investor applications in a year “fluff.”
Multiple cruise ships dock at WICO and stay until late evening before departing the island of St. Thomas. Cruise line companies set security requirements for ports their ships visit, including a fire-fighting boat. (Source photo)

WICO Security Director Suggests New Fire-Fighting Boat

Roy Moorehead, who as director of security for the West Indian Co., Ltd., has been securing WICO's dock and premises for six years, requested the agency pursue purchasing a "super boat" capable of handling marine and vessel fires.
Marijuana leaves (Yahoo photo)

Bryan Nominates 4 to Seats on Cannabis Advisory Board

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has nominated four people to take seats on the Virgin Islands Cannabis Advisory Board, which is charged with creating the regulations and policies governing the medical marijuana industry in the territory.





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