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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Governor Says Limetree’s Decision to Shut Down Was Not a Surprise

At 6 a.m. Monday, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. learned that the Limetree Bay Refinery would be shut down, affecting as many as 800 jobs directly and indirectly. It did not come as a big surprise, the governor said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

PSC Approves 2.3-Cent Increase in Electric LEAC

At the bottom end of a six-hour meeting Tuesday, Public Services Commission members approved a 17.215-cent electric levelized energy adjustment clause rate, an increase of about 2.3-cents per kilowatt hour.

My Brother’s Workshop Celebrates Seven Graduates

Seven students were lauded Saturday at a ceremony on St. Thomas celebrating their graduation from Penn Foster High School through the My Brother’s Workshop Education program.

Breaking: Limetree Closing Permanently Due to ‘Financial Constraints’

Limetree Bay Refinery's parent company Limetree Bay Energy announced Monday it is “suspending its plans to restart the refinery indefinitely, due to severe financial constraints.”

Editorial: Beware the Pitfalls and Profits of Privatization

With power outages cascading across the territory and the news in the last week – even getting attention on National Public Radio on the mainland – we worry these events might presage a new drive toward privatization of our public utility.

Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio Opens on Strand in Christiansted

The St. Croix Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio recently opened its doors on Strand Street in downtown Christiansted, and locals and visitors are invited to dust off their dancing shoes and register for a free 30-minute private lesson.

USVI’s Tanner Krygsveld Wins 28th International Optimist Regatta

Young USVI sailor Tanner Krygsveld, 14, who led the three days of the 28th International Optimist Regatta, from the opening Friday, finished the way he started, bringing home the win over a field of competitors representing six nations and territories.

UVI’s Board of Trustees Approve Two New Agriculture Degrees

The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees on Saturday unanimously approved of two new degree programs for the School of Agriculture in a move to "rebirth" the agriculture program.

Police Identify Two of Three Friday Homicide Victims

The V.I. Police Department on Sunday identified two of the three men who died in a three separate shootings that took place Friday afternoon and night.

Missing Woman Found Safe, VIPD Says

Dionne Wrensford, a 37-year-old woman who had been reported missing on May 31, was spotted by members of the community, who contacted police, on June 18.

Eastern Caribbean Heads Express Solidarity With USVI on Safe Restart of Cruise Tourism

In a letter, Roosevelt Skerrit, prime minister of Dominica and chairman of the OECS, expressed the subregional group’s deep appreciation to Gov. Bryan for writing to Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis.

DPNR Removes Garbage From Street to Reef in Frederiksted

The cleanup was planned by the Divisions of Coastal Zone Management and Environmental Enforcement with a goal of removing debris from the street, beach and marine habitats of Frederiksted in celebration of World Oceans Day.

Op-Ed: Cryptocurrencies, Central Banks and the Caribbean

This year has seen the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean introduce Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBBCs). Other nations are expected to do so soon. David Jessop believes that CBBCs could revolutionize Caribbean financial transfers, engage the unbanked, and do much to encourage intra-regional trade.

USVI’s Tanner Krygsveld Wins 28th International Optimist Regatta

Young USVI sailor Tanner Krygsveld, 14, who led the three days of the 28th International Optimist Regatta, from the opening Friday, finished the way he started, bringing home the win over a field of competitors representing six nations and territories.

Government House on the Air in June

This is a list of upcoming radio appearances by Gov. Albert Bryan, Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach and Bryan-Roach administration Cabinet members.

DPNR Removes Garbage From Street to Reef in Frederiksted

The cleanup was planned by the Divisions of Coastal Zone Management and Environmental Enforcement with a goal of removing debris from the street, beach and marine habitats of Frederiksted in celebration of World Oceans Day.

Royson Nicolas Jno-Baptiste Dies

Royson Nicolas Jno-Baptiste died on June 6.

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An early July weekend of culture and fun, celebrating V.I. Emancipation Day and U.S. Independence Day, are in the works for the island of St. John. Even with pandemic precautions in place, organizers say they’re encouraged that an abbreviated July 4 fete is possible.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by Judi Shimel
📸: Spectrum Band playing at the 2020 St. John virtual 4th of July Festival Village. A few more in-person events are scheduled for this year. (Department of Tourism photo)
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About 15-20 ships, almost half of the Royal Caribbean Group’s fleet, will be deployed in the Eastern Caribbean this year, starting on July 6 with a stop on St. Thomas, according to cruise line officials.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by James Gardner
📸: Royal Caribbean representatives announced four cruise ship calls for the territory this summer, along with COVID-19 protocols meant to keep passengers and residents at each destination port safe from exposure. (Photo courtesy of Government House)
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In high school, Nkosi Thomas was unsure of the career path he would take when he graduated. Now, his path has been a vital part of his career in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he became the first Virgin Islander to captain a cutter into Charlotte Amalie harbor and has worked at the very top of the Department of Homeland Security.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: Coast Guard Lt. Commander Nkosi Thomas receives the Legion of Merit from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. (Photo by Zachary Hupp)
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More than five years after the Island Resources Foundation attempted to finalize its operation in the U.S. Virgin Islands by passing 44 acres of environmentally sensitive, protected land in Fish Bay, St. John, to another non-profit, community-based conservation organization, a prominent St. Thomas attorney has filed a suit in V.I. Superior Court against the tax assessor and lieutenant governor.
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✏: Article by Shaun Pennington
📸: Photo by Gail Karlsson
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While driving home from a lovely lunch celebrating my son’s birthday this week, it finally happened. I was hit just shy of head on by a speeding vehicle on the wrong side of the road on a curve less than a quarter mile from home.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by Shaun Pennington
📸: Submitted photo
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The green tassels of sugar canes were a surprising sight on a May morning in 2021, waving in the wind more than half a century since the crop was grown on a large scale on St. Croix.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by Patricia Borns
📸: Photo by Patricia Borns
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The Kids First St. Croix project is asking the St. Croix community to gather Saturday, June 12, at the Midre Cummings Park in Frederiksted to produce drawings and design plans for a renovation of the playground just east of Fort Frederik.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Juliette and Gracie’s mother brought them to the Midre Cummings Playground for a photo shoot, (Photo provided by Christina McPherson)
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I was thrilled when my friend Cheryl sent me a photo of something unusual that had landed on her front step. What could it be?

Actually, I could see right away it was a fat green caterpillar. But I had never seen one like this before. It was close in size to the large striped caterpillars that eat all the leaves off the frangipani trees, but was mostly green, except for a dark band across its face that expanded to look like one big eye in the center of its forehead. Below that was something that looked like a mouth but wasn’t. Weird.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by Gail Karlsson
📸: Photo by Gail Karlsson
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As the start of hurricane season, the month of June fills some people with dread. But for volunteers in the Virgin Islands National Park’s Sea Turtle Program, June is a time to rejoice.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Newly emerged hatchling turtles begin their journey to the sea. (VINP screenshot)
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Using genetic testing, researchers have discovered a major clue to the origin of the green iguana that is so prevalent in the Virgin Islands.
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✏: Article by Bernetia Akin
📸: The iguanas on St. Thomas and St. Croix may be ‘home-grown’ pests, rather than a result of the pet trade, a new genetic study says. (Source file photo)
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“Dorsch After Dark” on Tuesday will mark its third month as a pop-up exhibit with music and art at the Dorsch Center in downtown Frederiksted.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Singer Deri Tucker. (Submitted photo)
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Chris Pardo, architect and hospitality designer, was recognized in Dwell Magazine for his rebirth of the Waves at Cane Bay and his 30-year love affair with St. Croix.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: The mirror in the bathroom of the refurbished Waves hotel reflects the new look of the room. (Photo provided by Chris Pardo)
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The V.I. Legislature hosted the annual African Liberation Day Ceremony, “Forward Ever to World-Wide Pan-African Unity,” in honor of the territory’s citizens who descended from African ancestors.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by Iyanla Irby
📸: Sen. Genevieve Whittaker delivers remarks on freedom and African Liberation Day. (Photo by DaraMonifah Cooper)
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The University of the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service Coordinator Howard Forbes Jr. has been awarded the National Summer Learning Association’s Innovation Fellowship for Leaders of Color and will use the award to support the Youth Ocean Explorers summer program at UVI.

The NSLA is a national, nonprofit organization that invests in summer learning to transform neighborhoods and communities, one child at a time. The organization has been operating for more than 25 years and, in the news release announcing the award, says it plans to fill its next 25 years with even greater possibilities.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: A Youth Ocean Explorers student takes note of his observations of marine life. (Photo by Howard Forbes Jr.)
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The Virgin Islands can create a more sustainable and healthier community by adopting practices being followed in other island communities around the world, according to a webinar hosted Wednesday by the Caribbean Green Technology Center.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: John Harder of Zero Waste Kaua’i encourages composting recycled food scraps. (Webinar screenshot)
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The St. Croix Colonial Council debated Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s proposal for a public corporation to reorganize the island’s economy for months in early 1934, a debate that routinely spilled out into national news. 
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by David Bond
📸: Photos by Jack Delano from the Library of Congress archive
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