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U.S. Virgin Islands Assistant Commissioner of Tourism Elizabeth Hansen Watley with journalist and filmmaker Peter Bailey in Charleston, South Carolina for presentation of Bailey's documentary, "The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders." (Photo by Department of Tourism)

Hansen Watley Named Acting Director of Division of Festivals

The Department of Tourism has named Assistant Commissioner of Tourism Elizabeth Hansen Watley as the acting director of the new Division of Festivals.
Gov. Albert Bryan speaks at Monday's news conference. (Image captured from the V.I. Government's livestream of the press conference)

Government’s Outstanding Debt to WAPA Paid Off, Bryan Says

The Government of the Virgin Islands has paid all its outstanding debts for prior and current years to the Water and Power Authority, Gov. Albert Bryan announced Wednesday.
Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin explains changes in school organizations. (Photo submitted by V.I. Department of Education)

CAHS to Phase Out 35 Classrooms as STT District Reorganizes

Three public schools on St. Thomas will be subject to a last-minute change of plans, according to top officials at the Department of Education. Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin announced the changes Tuesday.
Senators had a row of exports to inform them on the status of port projects. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature )

Senate Pushes Port Project Permits Forward

V. I. senators Tuesday peppered representative from the Port Authority, the West Indian Co. Ltd., and the Department of Planning and Natural Resources with questions about $40 million worth of port-enhancing projects across the territory.
Sen. Kenneth Gittens says it is time to be aggressive with WAPA. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature.)

Senate Votes to Subpoena WAPA and PSC Officials

When Sen. Kenneth Gittens rose on the floor of the Legislature Tuesday to initiate what he calls “a more aggressive approach when it comes to WAPA,” he encountered no resistance from the 14 other senators.
The St. Croix Long Term Recovery Group’s Delia Richardson, leads a town hall meeting Monday. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Long Term Recovery Groups Active on All Three Islands

The St. Croix Long Term Recovery Group grew slowly, from a few members after the 2017 storms to more than 70 member organizations now, a who’s who board of community leaders and a mission to provide the most necessary recovery services in an efficient way
Senate President Novelle Francis conducts Monday’s legislative session. (Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Senate OKs Four of Governor’s Department Heads

Kimberley Causey-Gomez is now commissioner of the Department of Human Services; Col. Kodjo Knox-Limbacker is Adj. Gen. of the V.I. National Guard; Calvert White is commissioner of the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation; and Raymond Williams is director of the USVI Lottery.
Ophelia Torres and Tamara Bowers speak to the Senate, which appointed them to the Nurse Licensure Board on Monday. (V.I. Legislature photo)

Lawmakers Confirm Two Nursing Board, Two Counseling Board Members

In session Monday the USVI Senate confirmed Janette Bowers as a licensed practical nurse and Ophelia Powell-Torres as a nurse educator to the Board of Nurse Licensure, and Tamara Mohammed and Patricia Towal to the Board of Licensed Counselors and Examiners.
The crowd enjoys the food, music and more at Saturday's grand opening of the Mutiny distillery. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Mutiny Distillery Holds Grand Opening for the Public

An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people flocked to free festivities Saturday afternoon and early evening as Mutiny Vodka Distillery celebrated its grand opening at Estate Sion Farm.
Competitors hoist their paddles to signal readiness to race in Sunday's Chaotic Kayak fundraiser. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

Team River Runner, STJ Community Share Chaotic Kayak Race

Teams of disabled vets, with staff from local businesses and some local children, filled the air with laughter and cheers as Team River Runner returned to St. John.





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