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Sen. Allison DeGazon questions members of the V.I. Board of Education during Tuesday's hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senators Told Fall Semester Will See Education Changes

After the V.I. Board of Education returned from the National School Board Association, members of the Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development on Tuesday demanded answers about educational policies and curriculum changes.
The Cinnamon Bay Warerhouse was devastated by Hurricane Irma.

Report Outlines What to Plant in the Wake of a Hurricane

The Unitarian Universalist congregation on St. John used $10,000 of the group’s own funds to conduct a study of trees to plant in the wake of natural disasters, and to update their noteworthy 2016 publication about the trees of Cruz Bay.
Nidulari Gypsy Food Truck is nestled into the greenery on Mahogany Road. (Photo by Merryn MacDonald)

Nidulari – An Oasis in the Rainforest

Merryn MacDonald’s Nidulari red and black gypsy food truck is an oasis on Mahogany Road nestled in the beauty of the rainforest of St. Croix. The word-of-mouth foodie’s “go to” has folks flocking to its location three days a week.
Commissioner designee Joseph Boschulte, center, with American Airlines' Alex McIntyre, left and Kyle Holden at the airline's headquarters in Dallas. (Submitted photo)

American, United Airlines Upbeat About Travel To USVI

After talks with United Airlines in Chicago and American Airlines in Dallas, Tourism Commissioner designee Joseph Boschulte said there has been strong demand for seats on planes bound for the territory's airports on St. Thomas and St. Croix this past winter season.
Holly Binns directs the Pew Charitable Trust’s efforts to protect ocean life in the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. Caribbean.

Commentary: Fishery Council OKs Island-Based Management

At its spring meeting, the Caribbean Fishery Management Council, which sets policy for fishing in U.S. Caribbean waters, approved island-based fishery management plans that will guide managers in setting rules for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that are tailored to the biodiversity, culture, and other characteristics of each location.
A carelessly discarded chip bag floats in the territory's otherwise beautiful blue waters. (Alain M Brin, Blue Glass Photography)

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: Earth Day

I am old enough to remember the first, wildly hopeful Earth Day, April 22, 1970. I was 20 years old. I also remember the release of Rachel Carson’s seachanging book “Silent Spring” – which inspired not only the first Earth Day but also the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Education About Hemp Could Profit Growers, Ancillary Businesses

Understanding and educating Virgin Islanders about the rapidly growing hemp industry will lead to entrepreneurship and profits for local business people, Barbara LaRonde believes. 'I want to make sure that local people don’t get shut out of the business,’ LaRonde said.

District Court Orders ICE to Produce Asylum Seeker

The federal magistrate for the District of St. Thomas-St. John ordered officials of the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Service Monday to produce in court a Syrian youth who showed up at a St. Thomas police station a few weeks ago, seeking asylum.

On the Trail of Pathogens: The Unending Effort to Contain Contagion

For some Health Department staff, life is a never-ending battle against bacterial, fungal and viral invaders and the diseases they bear, from those causing short-term discomfort to some that are life-altering or fatal.
From left, Kimorah-Lin Blackett, Cha-Niesha Rhymer, 2019 VI Carnival Queen S’Ence Watley and Shelaya Mathurin are all smiles after the pageant.

S’Ence Watley Crowned 2019 V.I. Carnival Queen

In the early hours of Easter, Ivanna Eudora Kean student S’Ence Watley was crowned the 2019 VI Carnival Queen. Watley competed alongside three other young women: Kimorah-Lin Blackett, Cha-Niesha Rhymer and Shelaya Mathurin.

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