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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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Kids watch a puppet show featuring iggi the iguana at Roosevelt Park Saturday.

Iggi the Iguana is Back to Help Kids Heal from Storm Trauma

A kid-focused hurricane recovery program featuring an iguana character named iggi (with a small i) is being revived by local therapists to help children and families deal with trauma after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
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Good Hope County Day School students Savanna Capdeville, Carolyn Grimm and Kelsy Bhola talk about their cultural exchange trip to Denmark.

Students Challenged to ‘Fire Start’ their Generation at Youth Conference

About 50 of St. Croix’s brightest and most self-assured teens gathered at the University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus to address their generation’s issues for the next 100 years at the V.I. Centennial Youth Conference.
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Many St. Thomas and St. John buildings are missing roofs. (Kelsey Nowakowski photo)

FEMA Approves Permanent Housing Construction for U.S. Virgin Islands

FEMA has approved permanent housing construction for eligible survivors who have sustained at least $17,000 in FEMA verified loss but whose home was not destroyed by the hurricanes.
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Mapp Meets Interior Secretary Zinke in D.C.

Thursday, Gov. Kenneth Mapp met with U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in Washington D.C. to discuss hurricane response and recovery.
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