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Police officers keep watch at the Fish Market entrance to Hospital Ground Saturday morning. (Source photo by S. Pennington)

Governor Asks Community to Support VIPD as Riots Spread in States

In the wake of protests in cities across the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. called on residents to support local police officers as they work to clamp down on a spate of violence.
Census workers are wearing royal blue shirts and bright yellow vests, with an ID on a lanyard. (Submitted photo)

Census Takers Are Back on the Street

Hundreds of Virgin Islands Census 2020 enumerators were back knocking on doors Monday, as the territory “reopened” and the decennial count resumed.
Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. urges residents to be ‘diligent’ as visitors begin to come in.

Bryan: Be ‘Diligent and Vigilant’ as Visitors Start Arriving

While thermal sensors are being installed at the territory’s airports and seaports, they won’t be able to detect visitors coming in with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic or don’t know they’ve been affected, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said.
VITOL propane shipment arrives on St. Croix in 2015, from V.I. Source archives

Will Electric Bills Stay the Same as PSC Looks at Fuel Charge This Month?

The most hated part of the V.I. Water and Power Authority’s customer bills, the charge that pays for the fuel it buys to generate electricity, is up for PSC review this month and WAPA wants it to remain unchanged for now.
ReKai Creque runs in a touchdown at Lionel Roberts Stadium. (Submitted photo)

Two V.I. Players to Continue Football Career at Edward Waters College

Kishawn Mason, a member of Ivanna Eudora Kean’s back-to-back championship teams, and Re’Kai Creque, a captain of Kean’s rival, CAHS, will continue their football careers together at Edward Waters College.
The Preserve at Botany Bay entrance. (Botany Bay Facebook page)

Botany Bay Resort Gets V.I. Tax Breaks

The V.I. Economic Development Authority board unanimously approved a tax break application from By-the-Sea Resort Properties LLC on May 7 to open a new 68-key independent boutique resort within the 397-acre enclave of The Preserve at Botany Bay.
Monday morning's NOAA satellite photo shows clouds and rain over the Atlantic, but no sign of an organizing system on the first day of the 2020 Atlantic hurricae season. (NOAA photo)

Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Now Open

The Atlantic hurricane season began Monday, a time for wary watchfulness on weather systems coming off the African coast. It’s also a time now to prepare for August and September, when the season is at its height.
V.I. wildlife researchers Steve Matthews and Kitty Edwards measure a bat trapped on St. Thomas. This type of research has been curtailed this year by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Renata Platenberg)

COVID-19 Slows Research That Could Aid Bats

The novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic it created caused the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to suspend all field work involving trapping or handling bats.
From left, Maria Colon-Clarke, Miss VI-PR Friendship 2019 Rosa-Leea Clarke, and DHS Commissioner Kimberly Causey-Gomez make a presentation to senior caregivers on Friday. (Source photo by Elisa McKay)

VIPR Friendship Committee Thanks Caregivers for ‘All the Work They Do’

Members of the Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship Committee expressed gratitude to St. Croix’s senior care workers at a ceremony in the gazebo at the Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged.
Pedestrian-driver accidents across the Virgin Islands prompts action. (Shutterstock Image)

St. Croix Man Killed in Shooting on Market Street

A St. Croix man was shot and succumbed to his injuries Sunday evening on Market Street in Christiansted, the V.I. Police Department reported. Next of kin identified the dead man as Terrance Leroy James, age 38.

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