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V.I. Tax Refund Payments Now Up to Date, Governor Announces

Since the most recent release of income tax refund checks in September, the government is now up-to-date on all outstanding payments, some dating as far back as 2001, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said in a press conference Monday.

For Sale: Blackbeard’s Castle, Hotel 1829, and Historic Neighbors

Several of St. Thomas' most legendary structures are on the real estate market, including Skytsborgtarn, better known as Blackbeard's Castle, a National Historic Landmark.

A New, Crowning Achievement for St. John’s Warrior Queens

High on a hill above Government House on St. Thomas stands a statue in tribute to four bold Virgin Islands women. They are known as the Queens of the Fireburn. As the story goes from St. Croix in 1878, Mary Thomas, Mathilda McBean, Axeline Elizabeth Salomon known as Agnes, and Susanna Abramson made history by leading a labor revolt.

STJ Community Integration Team Seeks Concerns and Suggestions

St. John residents who have a concern regarding public safety – or actionable ideas about how to improve the community – are invited to share their thoughts with St. John's Community Integration Team.

Op-Ed: Equal Rights for the LGBTQ Community in the USVI

David Silverman gives three reasons why the bill now being debated that will guarantee LGBTQ people equal rights under the law is needed in spite of a federal law that does so.

Feds Have 8,000-Plus Minutes of Fahie-Case Audio

Federal prosecutors in Florida shared more than 8,000 minutes of audio tape evidence with former British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie's lawyers this week, according to court filings.

Doctor Urges Virgin Islanders to Be Vigilant Against Monkeypox

While there are currently no known cases of monkeypox in the U.S. Virgin Islands, people should not let their guard down against the disease, said Dr. Carol Shores, a critical care physician at Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital on St. Croix.

Park Service Finds Further Contamination at Caneel Bay

Tests conducted at Caneel Bay in November 2021 and February 2022 show that several suspected sites pose minimal danger to humans or wildlife, but also that asbestos was found in debris scattered throughout the property, which does present potentially serious health risks.

Diversification Key for Innovation Grant Winners

The rules were simple. Explain how your business would innovate if given a cash infusion. The answers didn't need to be technologically advanced. Several of the companies who received the maximum allotment of Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.'s $1 million grants planned to make relatively low-tech innovations.

Delia Thomas Nominated to Lead Office of Inspector General

While announcing that he had nominated St. John native Delia Thomas to lead the V.I. Office of the Inspector General, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said he had been looking for someone who can lead the agency with integrity and carry on the legacy left by its former head, Steven van Beverhoudt, who retired last November.

Weaker Waves to Affect Territory Through the Weekend

Small craft advisories are already in effect for the Atlantic waters as two tropical waves are expected to pass through the territory Tuesday and Wednesday, then again from Thursday night through the weekend, though forecasts are showing disorganization and little to no chance of formation.

Retroactive Wage Payments Coming by Sept. 30, Personnel Says

Retroactive wages owed to the employees and retirees of the government of the Virgin Islands are anticipated to be distributed by Sept. 30, V.I. Division of Personnel Director Cindy Richardson announced on Monday.

Public Has 10 Days to Comment on Land Swap for STJ School

Should the Virgin Islands government swap an uninhabited cay off St. John for property within the Virgin Islands National Park in order to secure a site for a new school on St. John?

New Contractor Hired to Tackle EnVIsion Tomorrow Housing Repair Backlog

Relief may be on the horizon for homeowners still awaiting help through the federally funded EnVIsion Tomorrow program meant to fund repairs to properties damaged in the twin Category 5 hurricanes of September 2017.

VIPA Wants Plan for STJ Multipurpose Park by End of Year

V.I. Port Authority Director Carlton Dowe told a room full of St. John residents that he has "no clandestine plan, map or drawing" for his proposal to develop 3.75-acres as a multipurpose park between the gravel lot and the barge terminal in Cruz Bay.

Justice Department Seeks to Dismiss Caneel Bay Lawsuit

The U.S. Attorney's Office has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that claims the Caneel Bay Resort at Virgin Islands National Park on St. John legally belongs to the company that has operated it since 2004.

Office of Cannabis Regulations Holds Town Hall to Hear Community Concerns

The V.I. Office of Cannabis Regulations held a virtual town hall on Wednesday to hear community concerns about the Cannabis Advisory Board's proposed rules and regulations. The rules and regulations were initially published on Aug. 12.

EDA OKs St. John Brewers, Denies Divi

The Economic Development Authority Governing Board gave St. John Brewers 20 years of tax benefits Thursday. At the decision meeting, it also gave Neltjeberg Bay Enterprises an extension of its benefits for 10 years.

Photo Focus: Coral Bay Labor Day

The overcast skies of Tropical Storm Earl were no match for the festive spirit in Coral Bay, St. John, on Monday. 

Coast Guard Rescues Spear Fisherman in Distress Off Dog Island, USVI

A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew rescued a spear fisherman in distress on the rocks just off Dog Island, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sunday.
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