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The entrance to the Vincent Mason Pool after Hurricane Maria. (Facebook photo by Glenroy)

Frederiksted Pool Inaccessible and Damaged by Hurricane and Looters

One of Hurricane Maria’s stunning accomplishments was to destroy a section of the road leading to the Vincent Mason recreation area on St. Croix’s south of Frederiksted, rendering the road impassable.
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Senate President Myron Jackson chairs legislative session. (Barry Leerdam photo for the V.I. Legislature)

Senate Postpones Action on Legislation for a Week

V.I. senators voted Tuesday to hold off at least another week before deciding on legislation requested by Gov. Kenneth Mapp on recycling, anti-doping laws for horse racing, a loan authorization and two Coastal Zone Management permits.
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Gov. Kenneth Mapp with U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (U.S. Department of Interior photo)

V.I. National Parks Reopen

Christiansted National Historic Site and Buck Island Reef National Monument on St. Croix and Trunk Bay Beach at V.I. National Park on St. John all reopened Monday, the U.S. Interior Department announced.
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V.I. Water and Power Authority truck

Power Returning to the Islands

Virgin Islanders are beginning to see the light. As power returns to neighborhoods throughout the territory, street and traffic lights are becoming a familiar sight again, with more and more businesses and homes illuminated after dark.
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Coki Beach was filled with visitors last week.

Slow Return of Beaches, Tourism Industry is Bittersweet for Visitors, Residents

Tourism is beginning to rebound on St.Thomas, and the beaches are coming back to life. But for residents and longtime visitors, the difference between 'what was' and 'what is' is a reminder of a recovery that won't be finished for years.
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Officer Omari Lewis of the USVI Department of Planning and Environmental Resources shakes hands with Marc Weiser, after Weiser’s vessel was salvaged and returned Saturday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Salvaged Vessels Returned to Owners, Operations Continue

Five vessels either sunk or run aground by Hurricanes Irma and Maria have been salvaged from Flamingo Bay and returned to their owners at no cost to the owner, as salvage operations on St. Thomas continue.
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Volunteers hustle to hand out supplies and keep the line of cars moving quickly at Saturday's VI-R3 event.

St. Croix Residents Line Up Early for VI-R3 Distribution

When organizers of Virgin Islands-Relief, Recover, Rebuild, known as VI-R3, arrived at their most recent distribution event, they found residents had been waiting in the Sunshine Mall parking lot since 6 a.m. for the 11 a.m. event.
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Terminix Companies Sentenced for Applying Restricted Use Pesticides in the V.I.

Terminix International Company LP and a U.S. Virgin Islands operation, Terminix International USVI LLC, were sentenced Monday for violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Grant Will Pay for Four VIPD Officers

The Virgin Islands Police Department will be able to hire four additional full-time officers for three years due to a $586,920 grant from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program.
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The Dollar fo’ Dollar tour passes through Emancipation Garden. (Priscilla Hintz Rivera photo)

‘Hurricane Edition’ of Dollar fo’ Dollar Tour Remembers 1916 Gale and Coal Carrier Strike

Organizers of Saturday’s 12th annual Dollar fo’ Dollar Culture and History Tour used the territory’s post-storm mood to highlight the history of another devastating hurricane, one that directly preceded a coal carrier strike in 1916.
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