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V.I. Democratic Party Rallies Behind Vice President Harris in Unanimous Vote

In a high-stakes Monday night meeting, the Territorial Committee of the V.I. Democratic Party demonstrated the territory’s significant influence on the national stage by unanimously voting to support U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in her bid for the Democratic Party nomination. As states and territories nationwide consolidate their support, the V.I. delegation to convention, led by chair Carol Burke, is now moving swiftly to ensure all 13 delegates also back Harris.

Completed Generator Repairs and Fuel Delivery Help Quell St. Thomas Outages

After a week of rotational power outages driven by generator failures and fuel shortages, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority found itself on firmer footing Monday. Crucial repairs were completed, and a much-needed fuel delivery arrived, promising a reprieve for the beleaguered St. Thomas-St. John district.

Bryan Praises President Biden; Announces 2024 USVI Tourism Summit and Territory Infrastructure Funding

During Monday’s weekly Government House press briefing, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. praised U.S. President Joe Biden for his service to the country and his commitment to the USVI. The governor also shared details regarding territory infrastructure funding and an upcoming tourism summit.

St. John Family Faces Off in Court Against National Park in Property Dispute

A federal trial began Monday over a longstanding dispute between the Virgin Islands National Park and a St. John family claiming a parcel of land as their ancestral home. Close to a dozen members of that family filled the seats in the courtroom of Chief District Judge Robert Molloy as the bench trial began.

Fahie Plans Appeal, Claims Feds Were The Real Ringleaders

Former British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie plans to appeal his February conviction on cocaine smuggling and money laundering charges, according to recently filed court papers, and said the United States government played a much more active role than he did.

Native Species Complain About Beach Intruders

Over the years people living in the Virgin Islands have brought in donkeys, mongooses, deer, cats and chickens, many of which can now be seen scavenging on the local beaches. The Pearly-eyed Thrashers, locally called ‘thrushies’, consider themselves to have first dibs on food at the beach, and do not appreciate the interlopers.

Judicial Nominee Eyes Court Backlog, Conservation Nominee Urges Senate Quit Plastic Habit

A 1986 dispute over four parcels of land in Estate Dorothea has collected dust in a St. Thomas courthouse since 1990. Hundreds of similar open civil cases are in the crosshairs of Superior Court judicial nominee Ernest E. Morris Jr., he told the Senate Thursday.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Confronts Power Crisis in the Virgin Islands

Hours after U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm toured the Randolph Harley Power Plant, the island of St. Thomas plunged into another island-wide blackout, starkly underscoring the urgent and critical energy crisis gripping the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hosted by Delegate Stacey Plaskett, Granholm's visit was meant to address the power issues but instead highlighted the severity of the territory's energy problems.

Human Services Defends $68.3M Budget Request for FY ’25

One of the largest agencies in the V.I. government took its turn before the 35th Legislature Committee on Budget, Appropriations and Finance on Tuesday. The team from the Human Services Department and Commissioner Averil George gave a detailed presentation defending their fiscal year 2025 budget request of $68.3 million.

Roach Urges Unity Amid Political Turmoil

The attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump in Butler, Pennsylvania, prompted Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach to call for unity and action against political violence during the weekly media briefing on Monday.

Land and Water Use Plan By Year’s End, DPNR Says

A long-awaited roadmap for development and preservation of the territory’s land and water could be a reality before the end of the calendar year, officials told the Senate’s Committee on Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure and Planning Monday.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Granholm to Visit USVI Amid Ongoing Outages

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm will visit the territory for the first time on Tuesday to address issues surrounding the escalating energy crisis and frequent power outages. Amid a declared energy state of emergency, Granholm will meet with V.I. Water and Power Authority officials, tour the Harley Power Plant and engage with community stakeholders to discuss solutions and federal support.

Open Forum: To The Rescue

Greetings to all St. John residents and visitors. We have great news to share with you. St. John Rescue has just been certified as a training center with the National Association of EMTs (NREMT).

St. John Hawksbill Conservation Study – Year Two

The non-profit organization the Hawksbill Project concluded its two-week study of the hawksbill turtle keystone species on St. John on Friday. Marking the second year in a row of data collection, this vital research project led by Scott Eanes, founder of the Hawksbill Project, continues to shed light on the lives of these critically endangered creatures, offering promising data for conservation efforts.

VIHFA Announces $145M in HUD Payments Received for Vitol

At Thursday's hearing of the Committee on Budget, Appropriations and Finance, the director of the V.I. Housing Finance Authority announced he expected to receive a check for $100 million on Thursday and $45 million on Friday from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development to reimburse the V.I. government for covering the V.I. Water and Power Authority’s obligation for fuel and propane terminal facilities.

Officials Outline New Guidelines for Small Businesses Operating in the VINP

Beginning Jan. 1, 2025, all small businesses hoping to operate within the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John will have to apply for their permits online and follow “new” federal guidelines, according to park officials.

New Telephone Directory Cover and “Good Food Pages” Insert Spotlights V.I. Food Producers

At the Mango Melee event hosted by St. George's Botanical Gardens on Sunday, representatives from Viya, Reef Responsible, and Virgin Islands Good Food unveiled the cover of the 2024-2025 Viya V.I. Telephone Directory.

USVI Government Announces Support for Islands Impacted by Hurricane Beryl

During a press conference on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Tregenza A. Roach announced support for islands affected by destructive Hurricane Beryl. The administration is seeking funds from the 35th Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands and has urged residents in the territory to donate to relief efforts.

Commercial Cannabis Licenses Could Open By September

Cannabis regulators hope to start accepting applications from businesses hoping to legally sell cannabis products in the U.S. Virgin Islands by September, officials said Tuesday.

UVI’s Reef Response Team Seeks Ways to Save Corals

Regular beachgoers in the Virgin Islands have noticed that the water temperatures are unusually high for early July, and although this might be pleasing to swimmers and water sports enthusiasts, it’s bad news for corals.


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