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WAPA Road Work Near Cruz Bay Cemetery Reveals Human Remains

Human bones had been observed in a trench that was being excavated by contractors working for the V.I. Water and Power Authority on the western tip of the historic district of Cruz Bay on St. John.

DOJ Relies on Insular Cases – Again — in Bid to Keep Status Quo for U.S. Territories

The U.S. Justice Department has again cited the Insular Cases, widely seen as bluntly racist, to deny equal rights to residents of U.S. territories.

Why Has St. Thomas Seen a Recent String of Power Outages?

Sporadic power outages are a fact of life for U.S. Virgin Islanders. Castigating the Water and Power Authority for unreliable, expensive power is a territorial tradition. But St. Thomas in particular recently has seen a wave of outages.

Last Work Day at Limetree as Refinery Closes Gates, Lays off More than 200

Limetree Bay Refining on Friday laid off more than 200 employees, three months after the company had announced it would suspend its plans to restart the refinery.

Mother of 2 Among Hundreds Facing Eviction While Awaiting Rent Assistance

With no local or federal eviction moratorium to protect her, Wendy Myers, a St. Croix mother of two in need of emergency rent assistance, is one of 500 or more Virgin Islanders who could face eviction unless a new moratorium is issued or the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority delivers.  

Brother Urges Vaccination, Masks After Vaccinated Sister Dies of COVID-19

Wayne A. Bryan, whose sister Stacey died of COVID-19 on Sept. 9 despite being fully vaccinated, has a heartfelt and heartbreaking message for those who still have not gotten their shots.

STT Government House Slowly Emerging from ‘Irmaria’ Damages

A bit behind schedule and a lot above the original cost estimate, renovations to Government House on St. Thomas are expected to be completed in about two more months.

Territory Mourns the Loss of Statesman Holland Redfield

Most Virgin Islanders will remember Holland Redfield for his soothing voice that calmed them since 1995 through and after hurricanes. He died Saturday in Florida at the age of 78.

Program Distributes 850 Fruit Trees in Bid to Boost Food Security

As Virgin Islanders mobilize to demand and act to increase their food security, the University of the Virgin Islands’ Caribbean Green Technology Center and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands teamed up to aid farmers and families by donating more than 850 fruit trees on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.

Vialet Sees a Bonus for GERS in Proposed FY 2022 Executive Budget

There may be some hope for the Government Employees' Retirement System, Sen. Kurt Vialet said Monday during a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee at which dozens of budget bills were advanced to the Rules and Judiciary Committee.

On St. Thomas, Little Dress Shop Has a Big Community Heart

When you grow up as Nicci Roos did, on a 13-by-3-mile island, you learn to think small, at least in the physical sense. Perhaps that’s why Roos is able to pack so much into her new storefront, Nicci’s Boutique, housed in a 11-foot by 11-foot by 11-foot n the Yacht Haven Grande waterfront promenade.

“A Great Loss” – Community Mourns the Passing of Elliott “Mac” Davis

Elliott McIver Davis, affectionately known by anyone he met as Mac, died Saturday evening at the age of 70. “We are heartbroken,” a statement from the family said.

Island Green Living Initiates a Coalition to Ban ‘the Toxic 3 Os’ in Sunscreen

A coalition of environmental groups, community leaders, academics and businesses, led by St. John non-profit Island Green Living Association, have filed a petition seeking the removal of sunscreen products containing what they call "the Toxic 3 Os."

FEMA Approves Replacement of Myrah Keating Smith Health Center

The Federal Emergency Management Authority has approved the Schneider Regional Medical Center’s multiple requests for the replacement of the Myrah Keating Smith Health Center on St. John.

V.I. Human Services Says it Will Follow Biden’s COVID-19 Mandates

At least one U.S. Virgin Islands government agency says it will follow a sweeping new federal plan to fight COVID-19 that requires teachers and health-care workers to be vaccinated, among other measures announced Thursday by President Joe Biden.

Coast Guard Rescues Two Divers off Coki Point

The U.S. Coast guard rescued two divers in distress Thursday afternoon from the middle of the channel just off Coki Point, St. Thomas. The rescued divers are a man, 57, and a woman, 21, reportedly tourists.

Long-Awaited Justice for Territory’s Elders and Ailing Closer, but Problems Remain

A bill recently signed into law by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. could help older people access the territory’s backlogged court system more quickly by filing a motion for preference. The bill recommends preference be given to those over 70; or over 65 with an illness.

Divers Explore Historic Shipwreck in Coral Bay Harbor

In mid-July, a team of divers from several organizations took to the murky waters of Coral Bay harbor to confirm what several local divers have quietly alleged for a long time: the existence of a partially buried ship dating back to the early 1700s that could prove to have great historical significance.

WAPA Looking for Cause of Monday Morning’s Power Outage on STT, STJ

The V.I. Water and Power Authority restored electrical service in the St. Thomas-St. John district on Monday morning, hours after the Randolph Harley Power Plant lost all generation capacity resulting in a district-wide service interruption.

Home Depot Shooting Suspect Charged with First-Degree Murder

The V.I. Police Department officially arrested 23-year-old Justin A. Matthews at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and charged him with first-degree murder in the Saturday afternoon shooting death of 20 year-old Keoner Barron.

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