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WAPA Announces Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) Installation Completed With Remobilization of Wärtsilä Phase 2 Project at RHPP

Over the next four months, the Authority is committing to provide real-time updates via WAPA Alerts and other media outlets to keep you informed while this essential work is being conducted.

Bryan/Roach Administration Celebrates Success of Recent ADA Expo

The events saw remarkable turnouts, with almost 250 community members in attendance on St. Thomas and over 230 persons on St. Croix.

Emergency Management Measures in Place As Schneider Regional Wrangles with Ransomware Attack

The recent cyberattack on Schneider Regional Medical Center has brought local and federal law enforcement into the picture, according to the medical center’s chief executive officer. Some details about Sunday’s ransomware attack were shared with lawmakers during Wednesday’s hearing before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Budget and Finance.

Healthcare Concerns Aired at Wednesday Senate Hearing

When administrators from the Schneider Regional Medical Center sat down before the 35th Legislature’s Committee on Appropriations, Budgets, and Finance, lawmakers listened carefully to a long list of concerns. The medical center team came to justify their request for $46.3 million for the spending year that begins Oct. 1.

Senate Approves Judge And Conservationist, Lt. Gov. Plans Mass Property Reappraisal

The Senate approved Magistrate Ernest E. Morris Jr. to the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands Monday, as well as Harith Wickrema to the Virgin Islands Conservation District, St. John.

Main Street Not ADA Compliant, Gov. House Confirms

It took more than five years and $15.3 million to beautify Charlotte Amalie’s busiest tourism corridor, creating a stunning visual improvement that is also in violation of federal accessibility laws, government House officials confirmed Monday.

Bryan Praises President Biden; Announces 2024 USVI Tourism Summit and Territory Infrastructure Funding

During Monday’s weekly Government House press briefing, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. praised U.S. President Joe Biden for his service to the country and his commitment to the USVI. The governor also shared details regarding territory infrastructure funding and an upcoming tourism summit.

35th Legislature of the Virgin Islands Senate Calendar July 22, 2024 — July 26, 2024

Here is what is happening at the 35th Legislature of the Virgin Islands this week.

Blue Skies Sandbag Distribution Scheduled for All Residents

Residents may receive a maximum of six sandbags per household at Department of Public Works offices and selected fire stations located throughout the territory.

Judiciary Wants More Money, Less Complaints

Supreme Court Chief Justice Rhys Hodge asked the Committee on Budget, Appropriations, and Finance to consider financing the judicial department $14 million above the $41 million the governor has recommended.

VIDHS Offices to Close Half-Day for All Hazards Disaster Preparedness and Response Training

All Virgin Islands Department of Human Services offices across the territory will be closed from 1-5 p.m., on Friday, July 19 and Friday, July 26, for mandatory annual ESF6 Mass Care and Shelter Operations.

Senate Committee Advances Kenneth Mapp Highway, Hears Ethics Bill

A section of St. Croix’s Route 70, from Bassin Triangle to Krause Lagoon, could soon be renamed for former Gov. Kenneth Mapp.

Judicial Nominee Eyes Court Backlog, Conservation Nominee Urges Senate Quit Plastic Habit

A 1986 dispute over four parcels of land in Estate Dorothea has collected dust in a St. Thomas courthouse since 1990. Hundreds of similar open civil cases are in the crosshairs of Superior Court judicial nominee Ernest E. Morris Jr., he told the Senate Thursday.

WAPA Contractor Continues Assessment on St. Thomas as Part of GIS Inventory Project

WAPA reminds the public that technicians from the Davey Resource Group, a subcontractor for the ongoing Geographic Information Systems Inventory Project, continue to visit all the of WAPA’s Transmission and Distribution assets, including WAPA poles, customer meters and padmount equipment across the territory.

Public Defenders Argue in Favor of Higher FY’25 Budget Request

The agency representing attorneys who defend the poor in criminal court asked lawmakers to accept an amended request for the next budget cycle. The Office of the Territorial Public Defender said more funds are needed to help their staff manage its caseload of indigent clients.

USVI Students Receive Prestigious Awards at Jobs for America’s Graduates National Training Seminar

The Virgin Islands Department of Labor (VIDOL) and the Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDOE) are proud to announce their successful participation in the JAG National Training Seminar (NTS), held from July 8-12 at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel.

Plaskett, Government and Private Sectors to Hold Rebuilding Summit: ‘A Reimagined Virgin Islands’

The congresswoman will host a rebuilding summit to explore the most significant issues surrounding the infrastructure rebuilding of the Virgin Islands related to the 2017 hurricanes and federal and local funding to assist that transformational endeavor.

Human Services Defends $68.3M Budget Request for FY ’25

One of the largest agencies in the V.I. government took its turn before the 35th Legislature Committee on Budget, Appropriations and Finance on Tuesday. The team from the Human Services Department and Commissioner Averil George gave a detailed presentation defending their fiscal year 2025 budget request of $68.3 million.

Bryan Acts on Bills Passed in 35th Legislature’s June Session

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. acted on 19 bills passed by the 35th Legislature at its session on June 24, vetoed three bills, and acknowledged the 35th Legislature’s confirmations of two directors to serve on the Waste Management Authority’s Board of Directors, Government House announced. 

Roach Urges Unity Amid Political Turmoil

The attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump in Butler, Pennsylvania, prompted Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach to call for unity and action against political violence during the weekly media briefing on Monday.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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