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Mushroom Potato Stew

Cooking in the Time of Corona – Mushroom Potato Stew

I am not a big fan of raw mushrooms, but cooked, they are a hearty meal with a lovely wild taste that a vegetarian rarely finds. They are also high in niacin and potassium. The other attraction to this recipe are the potatoes.
St. Thomas’ Shamar Lewis takes the wheel during the 2019 VIPCA Marine Apprenticeship. (Photo provided by VIPCA Marina Apprenticeship)

DPNR Joins VIPCA’s Marine Apprenticeship Program

The application deadline is Monday, May 18, and interested individuals can apply online at the VIPCA website. All applicants must be residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands and have graduates from a public high school in the territory.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. speaks during his Monday coronavirus update at which he said federal economic stimulus checks are being printed and the first set will be in the mail this week.

First Wave of Stimulus Checks Out; Planning Begins for Hurricane Season

Good news for residents awaiting economic stimulus checks or credits: The first wave of approximately $10 million in checks will be mailed by Friday and credits on electricity bills have started to come through, according to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.
Voters fill in their ballots at the Gladys Abraham Elementary School Polling site inside UVI's Sports and Fitness Center.

Many Incumbents and Past Office-Holders Among 2020 Candidates *Correction*

There are numerous incumbents and former office holders on the list of Virgin Islanders who have filed nomination papers to run for office in the 2020 primary and general election.

Southland Gaming Donates Screening Thermometers to USVI

Hospitals, clinics and government entities in the Virgin Islands received a donation of 70 noncontact infrared thermometers from Southland Gaming. The thermometers, which read temperatures from the forehead, are being used for screening during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Artist's conception of the COVID-19 virus. (Shutterstock image)

Territory’s 6th COVID Victim is Son of Victims 4 and 5

The COVID-19 death announced Wednesday by the V.I. Department of Health was a 45-year-old male who was the son of victim 4, a woman who died two weeks ago, and victim 5, her husband, who died last week.

The New Normal: Caribbean Surf Co. Reopened Two Locations Last Week

Jose Belcher, owner of Caribbean Surf Co., said he was “really stoked” after Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announced that non-essential businesses could reopen.

New Winery Moves One Day at a Time Towards Opening

St. Croix Cellars Inc. was ready to open its doors in March and show off its locally made wines as soon as the V.I. Fire Service made their final inspection, which was expected any day. Then the coronavirus interfered and slowed everything down.
Office of Disaster Recovery Director Adrienne Williams-Octalien, Bureau of Internal Revenue Director Joel Lee, Budget Director Jennifer O'Neal and Finance Commissioner Kirk Callwood appear at Wednesday's Committee of the Whole hearing by video conference. (Image from the V.I. Legislature)

Pandemic Blows $150 Million Hole in Already Tight V.I. Budget

The economic constriction caused by the global coronavirus pandemic has blown a $150 million hole in the U.S. Virgin Islands’ budget projections for the current year, and the government has to cut expenses and hope to borrow enough to plug the hole.
David Johnson, left, and Kirk Chewning, founders and co-owners of Cane Bay Partners, receive the St. Croix Chamber of Commerce's 2019 Nonprofit of the Year Award on behalf of Cane Bay Cares, the charity arm of Cane Bay Partners. (Photo from Cane Bay Partners website)

Cane Bay Partners Faces Class-Action Suit Over Payday Lending *Update: Cane Bay Responds*

Cane Bay Partners and founding co-owners David Johnson and Kirk Chewning are facing a class-action lawsuit over an alleged nationwide payday lending program that imposed exorbitant annual interest rates while using Native American tribes as a front.

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