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Sen. Sammuel Sanes (File photo)

Senate Panel Tables Mapp’s Cousin’s Nomination to VIPA Board

Lawmakers on Thursday held in committee the renomination of Laurel Hewitt-Sewer, cousin of Gov. Kenneth Mapp, to the governing board of the Virgin Islands Port Authority after raising concerns over conflict of interest and the agency’s under-performance.
The St. Thomas Great Bay Ritz Carlton is not operating under the Ritz Carlton banner but the facility is open as Great Bay Resort.

A Year After the Storms: What Hotels Are Open? Which Are Not? What’s Changing?

A year after two devastating hurricanes swept the territory, life in the U.S. Virgin Islands has mostly returned to normal – mostly. Visitors are returning on cruise ships and to stay in V.I. hotels.
Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum updates the Senate Committee on Education, Youth and Recreation on the progress of V.I. public schools. (Photo by Barry Leerman for the V.I. Senate)

Schools are Open; Teachers Got Raises

Members of the Senate Committee on Education, Youth and Recreation had mixed responses to the Department of Education update on the 2018-2019 school year.
Tourism Commissioner Beverly NIcholson-Doty speaks at Tuesday's news conference, flanked by Gov. Kenneth Mapp and Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter.

Governor Touts His Efforts to Increase V.I. Tourism

Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp touted increased tourism revenues, additional cruise ships to the territory, and innovations to enhance tourism, including the start of water...
Yohance Henley (Photo submitted by Yohance Henley)

Events to Mark Arts and Humanities Month

The Virgin Islands Council on the Arts will host children’s book reading events and family fun days on St. Croix and St. Thomas as part of a coast-to-coast recognition of October's designation as National Arts and Humanities Month.
Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp (File photo)

Tax Refund Advocates Sue Over Mapp’s Elder Care

A taxpayer advocacy group recently filed a lawsuit against Gov. Kenneth Mapp and the Human Services nurse he’s employed as a special advisor since 2015.
Bales of crushed plastic are waiting for be shipped to the mainland for recycling.

Private Efforts to Recycle Plastic Engage St. Thomas Community

Plaza Extra St. Thomas has been doing its part to recycle cardboard, milk and bread containers and pallets, and while Hamed says that makes a difference, his latest push – along with sister store Plaza Extra West on St. Croix – is to push for recycling plastics.

JetBlue Terminating San Juan-STX Daily Flight

JetBlue Airways will terminate its daily Embraer service between San Juan (SJU) and St. Croix in three months, on Jan. 8, according to the Department of Tourism.
WAPA CEO Lawrence Kupfer urges the Senate Finance Committee to approve raising the Authority's debt ceiling.

Senate Panel OKs Bill Raising WAPA Debt Ceiling

Lawmakers voted Tuesday to increase the maximum amount that the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority can borrow and classify as debt – from...
From left, Bob Malacarne, Cid Hamling, and Stowell Burnham take time for a picture after sharing a meal Sunday in Cruz Bay.

Expert Who Solved a Mysterious Disappearance Last February Trains STJ Rescue

Almost 20 members of St. John Rescue received training last weekend from the retired Connecticut State Police officer who found the body of a missing St. John man last February.

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