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Sunday, January 29, 2023

Consider the Source with Adisha Penn

Watch: Consider the Source host Adisha Penn recap the week’s biggest headlines while our in-studio team sits down with Dr. Rudolph King, V.I. native and NASA engineer who spoke to students on St. Thomas-St. John about his life journey and inspiring work.

Weekly Weather Forecast with Jesse Daley

Watch Now: Our weekly weather forecast with Jesse Daley, covering Sunday, Jan. 29 through Saturday, Feb 4.

Suspect: Realtor Impersonator

Michael Adair Ellenburg was booked and charged with obtaining money by false pretenses, grand larceny, and acting in assumed character.

NPS Narrows Plan for Caneel Bay to Two Choices. Public Comment Period Ends Feb. 21.

The National Park Service has narrowed the field of choices for developing the 150-acre property within the Virgin Islands National Park, which includes the hurricane-shuttered Caneel Bay Resort. The process of refining possibilities has been underway since last year.

Bryan Vetoes Beeston Hill Rezoning

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has rejected a controversial bill that would have rezoned nearly 16 acres of St. Croix green space from light residential to allow a strip mall, restaurant, and rows of condominiums. 

WAPA Board Extends Water Rehab, Wartsila Generator, and Composite Pole Projects 

The V.I. Water and Power Authority governing board approved extensions and cost increases for some of its ongoing projects on Thursday, some extending for an additional year.

Feds Grant $1.7 Million For Third STT-STJ Ferry

Plans for a more robust ferry system between St. John and St. Thomas got a boost Thursday when the Federal Transit Administration announced it was dedicating $1.7 million for a new boat.

Magens Bay Authority Encourages Solar Company; Discourages Boat Tours; Stands Non-Committal on ‘Friends’ Association; Deadlocks on Cruise Lines Conference

The installation of solar panels at Magens Bay beach could potentially provide enough power to cover all the electrical needs there, according to a proposal aired Friday at a meeting of the Magens Bay Authority Board.

Jury Finds Oral Christopher Smith Guilty of Murder After 2018 Assault

A Superior Court jury found Oral Christopher Smith guilty of murder Friday, Acting V.I. Attorney General Carol Thomas-Jacobs announced.

This Week’s Senate Calendar: Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, 2023

Here is what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

Jury Finds Oral Christopher Smith Guilty of Murder After 2018 Assault

A Superior Court jury found Oral Christopher Smith guilty of murder Friday, Acting V.I. Attorney General Carol Thomas-Jacobs announced.

This Week’s Senate Calendar: Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, 2023

Here is what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

Liberty VI Kicks Off Fiber Network Construction Work on St. Croix

The fiber network construction work will provide high-speed internet connectivity to all homes and businesses in sections of the Sally’s Fancy area.

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This Week’s Senate Calendar: Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, 2023

Here is what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

Jury Finds Oral Christopher Smith Guilty of Murder After 2018 Assault

A Superior Court jury found Oral Christopher Smith guilty of murder Friday, Acting V.I. Attorney General Carol Thomas-Jacobs announced.

Open Forum: Estate Annaly Must be Included in Maroon Territorial Park

I would say this to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and the public at large — you won’t understand my plea to protect the northwest until you visit the slave gravesite at Estate Annaly and touch George Washington’s gravestone. I guarantee you; you can’t help but feel the emotional pain and become enraged for all that George Washington and others like him had to suffer and endure under the system of slavery in the Danish West Indies.

Lady Hawks and Hurricanes Win Big on Opening Day

St. Thomas / St. John Interscholastic Athletic Association opened play on Wednesday afternoon with two varsity games at Antilles School's Mark C Marin Center.

Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts to Showcase Master Artists of St. Croix

The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts’ (CMCArts) next exhibition, titled “MasterClass,” will be on view from Feb. 4 through March 18.

V.I. Department of Health Notifies Public of Charles Harwood Hospital Demolition to Begin Feb. 14

The project includes the complete demolition of the buildings on the site, followed by the construction of the replacement building.

Jose A Bermudez Sr. Dies

Jose A Bermudez Sr. of Estate Peter’s Rest, St. Croix, died on Monday, Jan. 23.

The V.I. Water and Power Authority governing board approved extensions and cost increases for some of its ongoing projects on Thursday, some extending for an additional year.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/27/wapa-board-extends-water-rehab-wartsila-generator-and-composite-pole-projects/

📸: The V.I. Water and Power Authority power plant located on St. Thomas. (Source file photo)

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It's Friday night! And don't forget, the V.I. Children's Museum has Teen Time scheduled for tonight at 5:30! Free admission, free food, free transportation - and tons of fun. ...

Less than a year ago, in March 2022, the Altona Lagoon Book Club was heralded for their donation of books to the Juanita Gardine K-8 School Library. The club is “paying their love of books forward” again. This year, Claude O. Markoe Elementary School Library is the recipient.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2023/01/26/local-book-club-donates-to-st-croix-elementary-school-library/

📸: Claude O. Markoe students strike a pose with book club members and Principal Wendy Gonzales. (Source photo by Elisa McKay)
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While the Government Employees’ Retirement System has millions of dollars flowing into it because of the rescue plan enacted last year, its trustees still have concerns.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/26/gers-discusses-efficiency-of-rescue-plan-potential-conflict-for-chairman/

📸: Trustee Ronald Russell made a bid to be the chair of the GERS Board of Trustees. (Screenshot from Zoom)
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An engineer working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration came home to St. Thomas this week to show junior-high and high school students a world of possibilities. Dr. Rudolph King is part of a NASA outreach team encouraging the youth to study science, technology, engineering and math.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/25/st-thomas-aerospace-engineer-comes-home-to-encourage-students-teachers/

📸: NASA engineer — and V.I. native — Rudolph King headed to Gifft Hill School on St. John as part of a series of student engagement sessions. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)
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The Board of Elections met Wednesday to once again finalize its selection of leaders. A vote was taken, the session ended, and hours later the vote was tossed out.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/25/procedural-error-kills-vote-for-new-elections-board-chair/

📸: Members of the Board of Elections and Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes attend Wednesday’s meeting on St. Thomas. (Photo by Judi Shimel)
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This is the second and final report on an interview with Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. Tuesday. The first is here: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/24/bryan-what-wasnt-in-the-speech-part-1/

In his State of the Territory Address, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said the U.S. Virgin Islands needed 5,000 more workers to meet labor demands. He didn’t mean just government employees or private sector employees, but every conceivable job.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/25/bryan-what-wasnt-in-the-speech-part-ii/

📸: Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. at Monday’s State of the Territory Address at the Legislature on St. Thomas. (Screenshot from #SOTA livestream)
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The St. Thomas/St. John Interscholastic Athletic Association will tip off its 2022-2023 basketball regular season on Wednesday with two games at Antilles School’s Mark C. Marin Center.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/25/st-thomas-st-john-iaa-tips-off-its-basketball-regular-season-wednesday/

📸: Student athletes from Gifft Hill School, Antilles School, Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, and Charlotte Amalie High School at the McDonald’s/St. Thomas-St. John IAA press conference promoting the 2023 MLK Basketball Tournament. (Source photo by Mark J. Daniel)
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After the post-State of the Territory Address reception, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. slipped back home, poured himself a scotch, lit a cigar, and sat on his porch in the night air. At the start of his second term, the ever-upbeat governor said he still has too many ideas to implement in his short four years left in office. But Monday night, away from the legislators and commissioners and cameras, he allowed himself a moment of relaxation.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/24/bryan-what-wasnt-in-the-speech-part-1/

📸: The governor sat down with the Source for an exclusive interview on Tuesday, following his State of the Territory Address on Monday. (Photo courtesy of SOTA 2023 live stream)
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A Colorado man that police said punched, kicked, choked, and “body slammed” his fiancé in a St. Thomas hotel room was in a jail cell Monday on assault charges.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/23/police-man-choked-body-slammed-fiance-in-st-thomas-hotel/

📸: Assault
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As mentioned in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series on “Extreme Weather in the Caribbean,” extraordinary weather incidents — aside from hurricanes — can occur in the region and severely impact the USVI and nearby islands. Preparing for dangerous weather events such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis is vital.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/23/extreme-weather-in-the-caribbean-part-3-rip-currents/

📸: A rip current (shown in purple in this image) can be extremely dangerous for even the best swimmers. (Photo courtesy of the NWS/NOAA)
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Territory residents who want to own their first home but can’t make the final financial step now have help from the V. I. Economic Development Authority.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/23/eda-program-helps-residents-buy-first-home/

📸: CEO Wayne Biggs Jr. answered questions about USVI Economic Development Authority’s new program helping residents buy their first home. (Submitted photo)
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The National Park Service will hold the first of three public meetings Thursday to gather input on its environmental assessment for the redevelopment and management of Caneel Bay Resort on St. John, which was released on Friday.

Read more: https://stjohnsource.com/2023/01/23/public-meeting-thursday-to-gather-input-on-npss-caneel-bay-proposals/

📸: Caneel Bay, photographed from North Shore Road in October 2017 after it was damaged by back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria that September. (Photo by Amy H. Roberts)
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Readers of St. John Tradewinds and the Source have long appreciated the writing and photography of contributor Gail Karlsson.

Read more: https://stjohnsource.com/2023/01/23/gail-karlsson-presents-a-talk-on-the-secret-life-of-birds-on-st-john/

📸: Gail Karlsson speaks about the secret life of birds during a presentation at Gifft Hill School on Saturday on St. John. A photograph of egrets appears on the screen behind her. (Photo by Amy H. Roberts)

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While calling Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s fifth State of the Territory Address on Monday night generally “upbeat” and “optimistic,” senators weighing in afterward on the content of the speech said certain sections were substantive, the priorities laid out over the next four years were critical, but more details were needed in areas such as healthcare, education and agriculture, among others, along with defined timelines for the projects outlined.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/23/offering-support-for-administrative-plans-senators-ask-for-more-details-on-hospitals-schools-and-recovery-efforts/

📸: Like many, Senate President Novelle Francis said Monday’s speech was comprehensive and hit upon many priority areas. (Source File photo)
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Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. spoke glowingly of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ future in his State of the Territory Address Monday night, touting relative economic prosperity, increased tourist arrivals, infrastructure investment, and a reduction in crime.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/23/upbeat-bryan-optimistic-in-state-of-the-territory-address/

📸:Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s 2023 State of the Territory Address was upbeat and optimistic. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for V.I. Legislature)
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Watch our weekly weather forecast with Jesse Daley, covering Sunday, Jan. 22 through Saturday, Jan 27. Subscribe to our playlist here, which is updated every Sunday, AND check out Jesse’s daily weather updates on the Source weather page. There’s always something new to explore with the V.I. Source!

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A man on St. Croix was shot dead Saturday at Sunny Isle Shopping Center Parking Lot, the V.I. Police Department reported.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2023/01/22/shooting-on-st-croix-marks-third-homicide-of-2023/

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