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Governor Considering Stricter Measures as COVID Numbers Rise

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. is considering stricter measure for dealing with the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. Virgin Islands, he said Monday at the weekly Government House news update.

V.I. Still Waits for Census Results; Official Assures They Will Be Reliable

COVID shut-downs in 2020 may have undermined some Census Bureau work nationally, but the man in charge of the Virgin Islands count has expressed confidence in the territory’s process.

Protectors of St. Thomas Dogs and Cats Appeal for Help with Generator

After 12 years of powering the Humane Society of St. Thomas in times of electrical outages, the generator has stopped running, leaving the facility vulnerable in the middle of hurricane season and to failures of WAPA.

Two More COVID-19 Fatalities in V.I. Raise Territory Death Toll to 39

The V.I. Department of Health on Monday confirmed two more deaths in the U.S. Virgin Islands due to COVID-19, marking the territory's 38th and 39th deaths due to the disease.

‘Dorsch After Dark’ Postponed Due to Concern About COVID Surge

The Virgin Islands Council on the Arts monthly performance series, "Dorsch After Dark," which had been scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Dorsch Theater in Frederiksted, has been postponed due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

Limetree Bay Terminals Announces Financing Deal Up to $100M

Limetree Bay Terminals LLC announced on Monday that it has entered into a financing agreement that will see the St. Croix fuel storage facility receive up to $100 million in new capital.

Districts Announce Laptop Distribution, Virtual Orientation Schedules

Public schools in the St. Croix and St.  Thomas-St. John districts will distribute laptops, MiFi devices, schedules, and other student resources this week.

Caneel Purpose Group Calls Town Meeting for Monday Night

The Caneel Purpose Group will hold a virtual community meeting at 5 p.m. Monday to inform the public about its plans for the Caneel Bay Resort property and answer questions.

Community Closures, Hospital Crowding Underscore Severity of Delta Surge

Social media posts Sunday about the closure of businesses across the territory for contact tracing, coupled with a plea from St. Croix’s Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital about a record number of hospitalizations, highlighted the impact of the Delta variant.

STX 18-year-old Selected Out of Thousands to Attend Flight Academy

Anthony Gilbert will attend the inaugural class of the RedTail Flight Academy this fall. After the submission of an intense scholarship application and an interview, Gilbert was one of six selected out of thousands of applications.

GERS Chair Calls for Senate to Act

The Government Employees’ Retirement System board of trustees has tried since 1999 to motivate Virgin Islands senators to do something to save the retirement system, but, since then actions have only nibbled at solving a financial catastrophe.

Plaskett Seeks to Bar Department of Justice from Defending Insular Cases

V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey E. Plaskett introduced amendments to legislation Friday that, if they become law, would prohibit the Department of Justice from using federal funds to defend the Insular Cases.

Four Injured After Chase, Shootout with Police on St. Croix

Four people – one adult male and three 17-year-olds – were treated for gunshot wounds at the Gov. Juan F. Luis Memorial Hospital after engaging in a shootout with police, the V.I. Police department reported.

Limetree Testing Flare as Part of ‘Extended Refinery Shutdown’ Process

In preparation for the extended shutdown of Limetree Bay’s refinery, the company announced plans totest the flare this weekend. The company said it completed repair work on Flare No. 8 and expects to begin pre-startup testing of the flare on Saturday.

Crucian Groups Call for Action to Self-determine Their Economic Future

An Engage VI town hall hosted by the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development on Thursday invited Crucians to reimagine their economy without the Limetree Bay Refinery, and ended with a call for action.

Randall “Doc” James Racetrack Work Expected to Start as Early as August

VIGL, the company selected to operate and manage the U.S. Virgin Islands' two horse tracks, is set to begin reconstruction as soon as August at the Randall “Doc” James Racetrack, according to Lance Griffith, the chief executive officer of VIGL.

Territory Records its 37th Death Amid COVID Surge

The U.S. Virgin Islands has recorded its 37th death related to COVID-19 – a 67-year-old woman on St. Croix – the fourth person in the territory to die from the virus since July 22.

Limetree to Start Prepping Refinery For Long-Term Shutdown By End of July

Preparatory work for the long-term shutdown of Limetree Bay Refinery on St. Croix is set to begin by Saturday, July 31, less than two days from now, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

VIPD Commissioner Nominee Addresses Community Questions

During an episode of “Inside the Cabinet” on Wednesday, a new series released by the Government House, the V.I. Police Department Commissioner nominee Ray A. Martinez addressed some of the communities’ questions.

WAPA Board Elects Energy Office Director Fleming As Chair

In a unanimous vote, the Water and Power Authority Board elected Energy Office Director Kyle Fleming chairman on Thursday.

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