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Participants in the 2017 8 Tuff Miles near finish line (Gary Metz photo)

St. John’s 8 Tuff Miles Road Race Saturday Morning

About 1,000 people are expected to participate in the 24th annual 8 Tuff Miles race, which runs 8.38 miles from the V.I. National Park Ballfield along Centerline Road to Coral Bay Ballfield.
From left, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Bill Vogel, Office of Disaster Recovery Executive Director Adrienne Williams-Octalien, Education Department Chief Operating Officer Dionne Wells-Hedrington, Education Commissioner Racquel Berry Benjamin and Government House spokesman Richard Motta announce Monday the approval of industry standards that will guide the reconstruction of new schools in the territory. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Industry Standards Will ‘Transform’ V.I. Education, Officials Say

V.I. Education Department officials announced that a set of industry standards that will drive the long-awaited construction of new schools throughout the territory has been approved by federal regulators.

Veto Means Sunscreen Ban Goes Into Effect March 30

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has vetoed legislation delaying the territory’s ban on most widely used sunscreens, meaning it will go into effect March 30 as the law initially required. The law is aimed at protecting the territory’s coral reefs.
Valerie Sims gets ready for a book signing at Mongoose Junction. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

Valerie Sims Traces STJ Roots Through Seven Generations

Valerie Sims has spent a lifetime absorbing family stories about her ancestors, including the Creque family, who became major landowners and figures of influence in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.
At left, Leia LaPlace, territorial planner for the V.I.Department of Planning and Natural Resources Comprehensive and Coastal Zone Planning, hears rezoning requests at the DPNR office in Frederiksted. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

DPNR Hears Plans for Medical Building, Restaurant

Requests to rezone two parcels on St. Croix, one for a proposed medical office building in Estate Diamond and the other for either a restaurant or car wash in Peter’s Rest, were heard by the territorial planner for the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources.
A solar installer puts in a three-rail system on St. John. (Photo provided by Caribbean Solar Company)

Solar Systems Can Survive Storms, Report Says

Researchers from the Rocky Mountain Institute and Clinton Foundation collected data on why some solar systems survived the hurricanes in 2017 and others didn't. They shared the data with the V.I. Energy Office.
Phalaennopis or “Moth Orchids” are found in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Popular for decorating, these grow well on St. Croix. This close up shows the wonderful colors and delicacy of a single bloom. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Annual Orchid Society Show Dazzles STX with Vibrant Colors

The St. Croix Orchid Society held its annual show over the weekend, filling the Great Hall at St. George Village Botanical Garden with vibrant colors and exquisitely shaped blossoms.
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