November 18, 2017 2:07 am Last modified: 5:50 pm

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Fed Disaster Supplemental “Woefully Inadequate” Says Plaskett

The Office of Management and Budget sent down its third supplemental budget request Friday, asking Congress to appropriate $44 billion for every U.S. jurisdiction, from Texas to the Virgin Islands, impacted by this year's hurricanes, but without funding for rebuilding.
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The GERS building on St. Croix.

Paying Out Twice What it Collects, GERS Heading Toward Cash-Crunch In 2019

The Government Employees Retirement System is currently paying out twice in annuity payments to retirees than what it collects between employer and employee retirement contributions, rents and loan repayments.
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Vessels are salvaged in Salt River Bay.

Salt River Bay Vessel Removal Underway

The U.S. Coast Guard has been working alongside Department of Planning and Natural Resources and other agencies to complete the safe removal of the sunken vessels in Salt River Bay.
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UVI employees browse supply tables set up Thursday at the Wellness Center on the university’s St. Thomas campus.

Hebrew Congregation, Volunteers Pay It Forward at UVI Distribution

Supply distributions coordinated by St. Thomas' Hebrew Congregation and a network of volunteers, like the one held Thursday on the UVI St. Thomas campus, have become a 'beacon' for people who want to help the hurricane recovery.
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Dead trees and brush along Centerline Road in the days after Hurricane Irma.

St. John Update: Army Corps Says No Debris-Burning on Island; Internet Arrives in Coral Bay

The decision has been made not to burn growing piles of tree and plant debris on St. John, and Coral Bay now has its own communications hotspot.
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Reunion Planned for Former Sofarelli Residents

A group of former residents of St. Croix's Walter I. M. Hodge Pavilion Community, also called Sofarelli, is planning a reunion in the summer of 2018 for people who lived there from 1972 to 1989.
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VINP Darrell Echols is the acting superintendent at the V.I. National Park.

Echols Named Acting Superintendent as VINP Undergoes Changes

Many familiar faces are gone and teams of federal employees are coming and going trying to assess the damage to the V.I. National Park and how much work will be required, but for now there's a familiar face at the helm.
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Buck Island Reef Vault Toilet Being Pumped Out

The facilities division of the National Park Service at Christiansted this week began pumping out the public rest room vault toilet facilities located at Buck Island Reef National Monument.
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Commissioner of Human Services Felecia Blyden discusses Disaster SNAP Friday at Government House on St. Croix. (Jamie Leonard photo)

DHS Consolidates D-SNAP Sites and Operations

The Department of Human Services announced Wednesday that the D-SNAP (Disaster-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) sites in the territory will be consolidated for the final three days of the application process.
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Bordeaux Farmer’s Market after Hurricane Irma (We Grow Food Inc. Facebook page)

2018 Ag Fair Canceled as V.I. Farmers Struggle to Rebuild

Not only did growers lose livestock, trees, crops and infrastructure, but the V.I. Department of Agriculture was severely damaged on all three islands, rendering offices and other structures unusable.
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