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Callers Weigh in on Government’s ‘Vision 2040’ Plan

“Thanks for calling Vision 2040,” was a familiar refrain as Economic Development Authority CEO Wayne Biggs Jr. fielded phone calls and online comments Monday evening during a virtual town hall.
Workmen raise another composite pole on St. John. The new poles are replacing wooden poles that essentially haven't changed significantly in more than 100 years.

WAPA Board Approves Contracts for Underground Equipment, More Composite Poles

The Water and Power Authority Governing Board approved contracts and equipment purchases this week for projects that include putting electrical equipment underground and installing more storm-resistant composite poles.

Citing Separation of Powers, Bryan Vetoes WAPA, PSC, Hospital Board Changes

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has vetoed four bills that aim to change how the Water and Power Authority, Public Services Commission and hospital boards operate, citing separation of powers, conflicts with existing law and a lack of legal sufficiency.

Senators Create New WAPA Board, New Unfunded Mandates as Election Nears

The Legislature will again create a new board, this one to replace the existing Water and Power Authority Governing Board, if legislation approved unanimously in the Rules and Judiciary Committee on Tuesday becomes law. 

Bright Beach Lights Pose Hazard for Sea Turtle Hatchlings

Baby sea turtles face many obstacles to their survival, and it was no different for the 50 leatherback hatchlings that emerged from a nest on July 1 at Hull Bay beach on St. Thomas.
Protesters demonstrate in front of the V.I. Water and Power Authority office in Sunny Isle on St. Croix. (Source photo by Elisa McKay)

Protestors Call for Ouster of WAPA Official Who Posted Racially Charged Social Media Message

A group of angry Virgin Islanders staged a demonstration Tuesday at the St. Croix office of the Water and Power Authority to protest racially charged statements made on social media by Mark Kragel.
Property and Procurement Commissioner Anthony Thomas is peppered by questions from the Senate Finance Committee Friday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

WAPA Investigates Racist FB Post by Deputy Legal Counsel

Denouncing statements made on social media by its deputy legal counsel, WAPA officials determined Monday that the power to fire him lays in the hands of the utility’s executive director.

Ratings Agencies Predict WAPA Default But WAPA Says Unlikely

Both the Moody's and the Fitch bond ratings agencies are concerned WAPA might default on $49 million in bonds on July 1, but WAPA spokesman Jean Greaux said Friday “we do not expect a default.

Governor Urges Residents to Prepare for ‘Financial Tsunami’

With a budget shortfall of $150 million for this fiscal year, which runs through September, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. urged residents to brace for the “financial tsunami.”

PSC Tables WAPA Decisions for a Month

After more than two hours of discussion, a back and forth between the Public Services Commission and V.I. Water and Power Authority officials, PSC tabled the discussion until it’s next monthly meeting without taking further action.

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