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Photo Focus: Food Fair Kicks off 2022 St. John Celebration

The close 90-degree heat didn’t stop locals and visitors from converging on Cruz Bay for the start of the 2022 St. John Celebration, which, on Saturday, included Food Fair and Pan-O-Rama.

In Wake of Power Rotations, WAPA Board Pushes CEO To Finalize Purchase of Leased Unit

After two days of rotating power outages on St. Thomas, V.I. Water and Power Authority board members voted in an emergency meeting Sunday to have its chief executive officer finalize the purchase of Unit 27, which has been under lease for years and, according to officials, was not in operation when the blackouts started.

Campaign Disclosure Reports Due on June 30

Fawkes said that, “failure to submit the campaign disclosure report by the deadline will result in candidates and political committees incurring fees.”

Kent Bernier Sr. Announced His Bid For Governor

On Thursday, Kent Bernier Sr. and Oakland Benta held the first half of their official announcement for Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the US Virgin Islands at the Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas.

Island Analytics and Marketing Launches Primary Election Survey for Public Opinion

This survey will collect the opinions of USVI residents about the candidates running in the Aug. 6, 2022 primary elections.

Absentee Ballot Applications for 2022 Primary Elections to Be Accepted Beginning June 7

The first day of receipt of absentee ballot applications for the 2022 Primary Election is June 7. The applications are available at the Elections System offices territory-wide or at the Elections System website.

Proficiency Certificates Awarded to 24 Students from My Brother’s Workshop

Families and friends joined 24 vocational education students as they celebrated their progress through their chosen fields of study at My Brother's Workshop.

Aliyah Boston Reflects on Upbringing in USVI and Encouraging Young Female Athletes

NCAAW superstar and St. Thomas native Aliyah Boston lives a very simple life. Her daily routine consists of waking up, lifting weights, going to practice, eating lunch, doing homework, and taking a nap.

St. Croix Energy Statement Questions Integrity of Limetree Bankruptcy Auction

With the release of a statement earlier this week by West Indies Petroleum Limited (WIPL) that it “is not a stakeholder in the Limetree Bay Refinery,” the attorney for St. Croix Energy is calling into question the integrity of the bankruptcy auction process.

Taste of St. Croix Brings Elegance, Delicious Food, and Normalcy

The 22nd annual Taste of St. Croix brought elegance, delicious food and a sense of normalcy to St. Croix on Thursday evening at the Divi Carina Bay Resort and Casino. The event was in full swing as the finest restaurants from St. Croix showcased their best dishes in hopes of reigning supreme in their category.

USVI Officials Call SCOTUS Abortion Ruling A Step Backward for Women’s Rights

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that places abortion access in the hands of state governments is a step backward for women’s rights, local officials said in statements Friday that also affirmed the territory’s pro-choice laws.

Former St. Thomas Bank Worker Sentenced for Fraud

A St. Thomas bank worker has been ordered to serve a year and a day in prison and pay restitution after pleading guilty to bank fraud.

Senators Concerned About Maintenance of New Emergency Vehicles

Daryl George, director of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, told members of the Senate Committee on Finance Thursday that his department needed a 7 percent budget increase from the fiscal year 2022 because of increased personnel costs due to the transfer of EMS employees.

This Week’s Senate Calendar: June 27 – July 1

Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

Two Injured on St. Croix in Late Night Shooting

A male and female were shot on St. Croix while driving on Melvin H Evans Highway late last night, according to the VIPD.

This Week’s Senate Calendar: June 27 – July 1

Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

Oriental Bank Welcomes St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce Members

“The event was an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with business owners and customers," said Renissa Gutiérrez, business banking manager.

Colors of Cancer Campaign In Final Push for $5K Match

There’s funding to be accessed through Cancer Support VI, yes, but for so many that are battling a diagnosis or devoting their lives to caring for a loved one, what becomes more important are the resources – being able to pick up the phone and ask for help – that the organization offers

This Week’s Senate Calendar: June 27 – July 1

Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

Two Injured on St. Croix in Late Night Shooting

A male and female were shot on St. Croix while driving on Melvin H Evans Highway late last night, according to the VIPD.

Virtue of the Week – Independence

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.

Aliyah Boston Reflects on Upbringing in USVI and Encouraging Young Female Athletes

NCAAW superstar and St. Thomas native Aliyah Boston lives a very simple life. Her daily routine consists of waking up, lifting weights, going to practice, eating lunch, doing homework, and taking a nap.

“Expressions of Freedom” Opens at Cane Roots Art Gallery June 23

Expressions of Freedom's major group show of 15 artists opens at the Cane Roots Art Gallery on Company Street in downtown Christiansted. The preview on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. is a "sneak peek" before the opening reception on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Beach Advisory for June 20 – 24

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the following: DPNR performed water quality analysis at 18 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of June 20 – June 24, 2022. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing: St. Thomas Lindbergh Bay Vessup Bay Coki Point Brewers Bay Hull Bay Secret Harbor Bolongo Bay Lindqvist Beach Magens Bay Bluebeard’s Beach Sapphire Beach Frenchman’s Bay St. John Cruz Bay Great Cruz Bay Frank Bay Oppenheimer Beach Johnson Bay Water Island Honeymoon Beach Please note: Samples were not collected on St. Croix as well as on the following beach: Water Bay on St. Thomas Therefore, the water quality at these beaches is unknown. For additional information regarding water quality call the Division of Environmental Protection at 773-1082 on St. Croix or 774-3320 on St. Thomas.

Jennifer Blake Dies at 72

Jennifer Blake died on June 15 at the age of 72.

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Who doesn’t love Carnival? We have lots more photos and videos from Sunday’s Food Fair on St. John, but in the meantime enjoy the sweet sounds of Yard Vibes during the finale of Pan-O-Rama. ...

Proficiency Certificates Awarded to 24 Students from My Brother’s Workshop

Families and friends joined 24 vocational education students as they celebrated their progress through their chosen fields of study at My Brother’s Workshop. Trainers and educators said the certificates handed out Saturday morning at St. Thomas Reformed Church marked different stages of study where students had achieved proficiency.

Read Full Story by Judi Shimel (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/25/proficiency-certificates-awarded-to-24-students-from-my-brothers-workshop/

📸: Zakijah Anthony, Shaquanda Audain, Ta’Quanda Audain and JoNijah Bazile lead the march into St. Thomas’ Reformed Church Saturday morning for their certificate presentation ceremony. (Photo by Judi Shimel)
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Editorial: What next?

Are people truly good at heart? What does the word “good” mean in this sense, and if it’s internalized, when does it show?

Read Full Story by Mat Probasco: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/06/25/editorial-what-next/

📸: Democracy requires educated people with good intentions to be smart. It’s a mess sometimes. (Photo: Mat Probasco)
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Senators Concerned About Maintenance of New Emergency Vehicles

Daryl George, director of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, told members of the Senate Committee on Finance Thursday that his department needed a 7 percent budget increase from the fiscal year 2022 because of increased personnel costs due to the transfer of EMS employees.

Read Full Story by Don Buchanan (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/24/senators-concerned-about-maintenance-of-new-emergency-vehicles/

📸: Director Daryl George testifying Thursday. (Image from V.I. Legislature videostream)
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Former St. Thomas Bank Worker Sentenced for Fraud

A St. Thomas bank worker has been ordered to serve a year and a day in prison and pay restitution after pleading guilty to bank fraud. Federal prosecutors said the defendant used her position at the bank to generate two debit cards for accounts that the account holders did not know about and did not authorize.

Read Full Story by Judi Shimel (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/24/former-st-thomas-bank-worker-sentenced-for-fraud/

📸: The Ron de Lugo Federal Courthouse on St. Thomas. (File photo)
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USVI Officials Call SCOTUS Abortion Ruling A Step Backward for Women’s Rights

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that places abortion access in the hands of state governments is a step backward for women’s rights, local officials said in statements Friday that also affirmed the territory’s pro-choice laws.

Read Full Story by Ananta Pancham (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/24/usvi-officials-call-scotus-abortion-ruling-a-step-backward-for-womens-rights/

📸: The front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, with the words “Equal Justice Under Law,” where the 50-year old Roe v. Wade decision concerning the right to privacy was overturned this week. (Shutterstock image)
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St. Croix Energy Statement Questions Integrity of Limetree Bankruptcy Auction

With the release of a statement earlier this week by West Indies Petroleum Limited (WIPL) that it “is not a stakeholder in the Limetree Bay Refinery,” the attorney for St. Croix Energy is calling into question the integrity of the bankruptcy auction process, saying that bidding was reopened “not because of the emergency circumstances” but “ultimately because the successful bidder was not WIPL.”

Read Full Story (Link In Bio) https://stcroixsource.com/2022/06/25/322938/

📸: Limetree Bay Refinery sprawls along STX south shore in this aerial shot. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
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Taste of St. Croix Brings Elegance, Delicious Food, and Normalcy

The 22nd annual Taste of St. Croix brought elegance, delicious food and a sense of normalcy to St. Croix on Thursday evening at the Divi Carina Bay Resort and Casino. The event was in full swing as the finest restaurants from St. Croix showcased their best dishes in hopes of reigning supreme in their category.

Read Full Story by Diana Dias (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/06/24/taste-of-st-croix-brings-elegance-delicious-food-and-normalcy/

📸: Blue Water Terrace served their local conch and mofongo dish. (Source photo by Diana Dias)
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Aliyah Boston Reflects on Upbringing in USVI and Encouraging Young Female Athletes

NCAAW superstar and St. Thomas native Aliyah Boston lives a very simple life. Her daily routine consists of waking up, lifting weights, going to practice, eating lunch, doing homework, and taking a nap.

Read Full Story by Hunter Simpson (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/25/aliyah-boston-reflects-on-upbringing-in-usvi-and-encouraging-young-female-athletes/

📸: Aliyah Boston. (File photo)
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USVI Officials Call SCOTUS Abortion Ruling A Step Backward for Women’s Rights

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that places abortion access in the hands of state governments is a step backward for women’s rights, local officials said in statements Friday that also affirmed the territory’s pro-choice laws. Read full story here: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/24/usvi-officials-call-scotus-abortion-ruling-a-step-backward-for-womens-rights/
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V.I. officials are beginning to weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s vote to overturn abortion rights. Stay tuned for more coverage. ...

Government House: WIPL Has Never Held Title to Limetree Refinery

West Indies Petroleum Limited has never held title to the assets and contracts of Limetree Bay Refinery on St. Croix, Government House said Thursday in response to WIPL’s statement Wednesday that it has no stake in, or ownership of, the shuttered facility.

Read Full Story by Sian Cobb (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/06/23/government-house-wipl-has-never-held-title-to-limetree-refinery/

📸: Limetree Bay Refinery sprawls along St. Croix’s south shore in this aerial shot. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
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Analysis: Roogadoo And The Case Of The Phantom Oil Refinery

The truly weird statement from presumed co-buyers of the Limetree Bay Refinery — that they did not in fact buy it — has U.S. Virgin Islands readers and news reporters stumped.

Read Full Story by Mat Probasco (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/06/23/analysis-roogadoo-and-the-case-of-the-phantom-oil-refinery/

📸: Jinkies! USVI fires up the Mystery Machine to understand the Limetree sale. (Illustration by Mat Probasco using photos from Bill Kossler and tonycoates2003)
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Senate Hears Personnel Budget Proposal and Forwards Liberty Lease

The Division of Personnel testified Wednesday before the Senate Finance Committee in support of a Fiscal Year 2023 budget proposed by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. The senators also discussed a land lease agreement with Liberty Mobile USVI Inc.

Read Full Story by Susan Ellis: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/23/senate-hears-personnel-budget-proposal-and-forwards-liberty-lease/

📸: Cindy Richardson, director of the Division of Personnel, testifies in support of the 2023 FY budget submitted by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. (Photo by Barry Leerdam and Alvin Burke Jr./Legislature of the Virgin Islands.)

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Judicial Branch Requests $43 Million

Chief Justice Rhys Hodge requested $3 million more than the $40 million the governor has recommended for the territory’s judicial branch, during budget hearings before the Committee on Finance Thursday.

Read Full Story by Don Buchanan (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/23/judicial-branch-requests-43-million/

📸: Justice Rhys Hodge presented the court system budget request Thursday. (Screenshot from Facebook livestream of the hearing.)
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Judge Denies Barnes’ Motion for Recusal – Sets Corruption Sentencing Aug. 8

After a series of delays, the sentencing date for a former Casino Control Commission contractor convicted of accepting stolen government money has been set for early August. A new schedule was set in a court order issued Wednesday by the chief judge of U.S. District Court in the Virgin Islands.

Read Full Story by Judi Shimel (Link In Bio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/06/23/judge-denies-barnes-motion-for-recusal-sets-corruption-sentencing-aug-8/

📸: The Almeric L. Christian Federal Building on St. Croix. (Source Photo by Linda Morland)
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Colors of Cancer Campaign In Final Push for $5K Match

There’s funding to be accessed through Cancer Support VI, yes, but for so many that are battling a diagnosis or devoting their lives to caring for a loved one, what becomes more important are the resources – being able to pick up the phone and ask for help – that the organization offers.

Read Full Story by Ananta Pancham (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/23/colors-of-cancer-campaign-in-final-push-for-5k-match/

📸: This year’s Colors of Cancer campaign honors the life and legacy of Bobby James, and helps Cancer Support VI bring in additional funds for local cancer patients. (Submitted photo)
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Sickle Cell Parent Group and DOH Celebrates World Sickle Cell Day

In celebration of World Sickle Cell Day, the Sickle Cell Parent Support Group and the V.I. Department of Health Division of Chronic Disease and Prevention held a “Shine the Light on Sickle Cell Candlelight Walk” on both the islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix.

Read Full Story by Diana Dias (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/22/sickle-cell-parent-group-and-doh-celebrates-world-sickle-cell-day/

📸: World Sickle Cell Day Celebration on St. Croix. (VI Source photo by Diana Dias)
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DLCA Urges Drivers to Be Smart As Fuel Prices Continue to Rise

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs is urging drivers to be smart consumers as the territory, like the rest of the world, confronts rising fuel prices.

Read Full Story by Michele Weichman (Link On Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/22/dlca-urges-drivers-to-be-smart-as-fuel-prices-continue-to-rise/
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V.I. Public Works Defends 2023 Budget Proposal

The Senate Finance Committee heard testimony Wednesday to support Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr.’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget by the Department of Public Works commissioner and other members of his staff.

Read Full Story by Susan Ellis (Link In Bio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/22/v-i-public-works-defends-2023-budget-proposal/

📸: Commissioner Derek Gabriel. (LegVI.Org screenshot)
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