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Upbeat Bryan Optimistic in State of the Territory Address

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. spoke glowingly of the U.S. Virgin Islands' future in his State of the Territory Address Monday night, touting relative economic prosperity, increased tourist arrivals, infrastructure investment, and reduction in crime.

Senators Offer Support, Ask for More Details on Governor’s Plans

While calling Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.'s fifth State of the Territory Address on Monday night generally "upbeat" and "optimistic," senators weighing in afterward said certain sections were substantive, the priorities laid out were critical, but more details were needed in areas such as healthcare, education and agriculture, among others, along with defined timelines for the projects outlined.

Gail Karlsson Offers Insights Into “the Secret Life of Birds on St. John”

Readers of St. John Tradewinds and the Source have long appreciated the writing and photography of contributor Gail Karlsson.

Public Meeting Thursday to Gather Input on NPS’s Caneel Bay Proposals

The National Park Service will hold the first of three public meetings Thursday to gather input on its environmental assessment for the redevelopment and management of Caneel Bay on St. John, which was released on Friday.

EDA Program Aims to Help Residents Buy First Home

Territory residents who want to own their first home but can’t make the final financial step now have help from the V.I. Economic Development Authority.

Openings Still Available for Youth Soccer Spring Season on STJ

The Castaways Soccer Club's program on St. John is beginning this week, and there are still a few spots available for boys and girls in all age brackets.

AG Levels New Allegations in Amended Complaint Against JPMorgan Chase

The V.I. Attorney General’s Office has filed an amended complaint in its suit against JPMorgan Chase, offering more details about the alleged role one of the bank's former executives played in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking scheme in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Improvements to St. John Ferry Dock Set to Begin in April

Construction will begin in April to the Loredon Boynes Sr. Dock — the main ferry dock in Cruz Bay — and Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe is asking the public for patience during the estimated six-months process.

Cannabis Legalized, Hundreds Pardoned, But Regulations Unclear

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. signed the long-awaited Virgin Islands Cannabis Use Act into law Wednesday. The move allows for adults to legally use cannabis for medicinal, sacramental and recreational purposes, regulating its production, distribution, and use.

Elections Fines Bryan-Roach Campaign for ‘Illegal’ Endorsement at Virtual Rally

A virtual rally in September featuring an endorsement from Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Gov. Albert Bryan Jr and Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach was “illegal,” according to Elections System officials, who charged the campaign a $2,000 fine.

Rehearsals Begin Feb. 7 for St. John Recovery Choir’s “Saturday Night Fever” Semester

“Staying Alive,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Dancing Queen,”  “Disco Inferno.”  These are some of the sounds of the late 70s and early 80s that mark the Disco Era, and chances are, you can hum at least some of them.

WasteNot Workshop Promotes Compost Production

Increasing food security while trimming the waste stream in the Virgin Islands were the dual goals of a composting workshop held Saturday on St. John. About 20 residents filled the seats at Gifft Hill School for a demonstration led by St. Thomas artisan Jason Budsan.

Consider the Source with Adisha Penn

Watch: Consider the Source host Adisha Penn recap the week’s biggest headlines.

Strong Swell Expected to Affect Puerto Rico, USVI

The National Weather Service has indicated that a powerful ocean swell will impact areas of the local waters around Puerto Rico and the USVI early this week. 

“Broadway Comes to St. John” on January 28 at the St. John School of the Arts

Martin Luther King Day is a day to celebrate the memory of a great man, and for most kids, it’s also a day off from school. But for the 45 fourth-grade students attending schools on St. John, the day is special for another reason: It’s also the first day of rehearsals for “Broadway Comes to St. John.”

Judge Hears Arguments over Motion to Dismiss Payne Lawsuit

A bid to throw out a civil lawsuit brought by former Senator-At-Large Steven Payne was the subject of a hearing in Superior Court this week. The two-term lawmaker was ousted in July by a 14-1 vote taken by members of the 34th Legislature.

Health Department Reports 128th COVID-19 Death as Cases Climb on St. Croix

The territory has recorded its 128th death related to COVID-19 — a 90-year-old man on St. Thomas— the V.I. Health Department reported Friday. The latest death comes as virus numbers are climbing on St. Croix less than a week after the conclusion of the Crucian Christmas Festival.

A Simple Farewell Before Family and Friends for Former Gov. Roy Schneider

Thursday marked the final farewell for Roy Lester Schneider, the fifth elected governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Schneider died Dec. 18 after a lengthy illness at the age of 83.

Feds: Conch is Threatened; VI: Not by Us

What’s more at risk, the legendary, revered, and tasty queen conch, or the handful of Virgin Islanders who make a living fishing for them?

35th Legislature Gets Down to Business

A new Legislative session began Monday after lawmakers who won seats in the November General Election took their oaths of office at a public ceremony. The brief but businesslike event at Emancipation Garden was the prelude to the establishment of the 35th Legislature. 
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