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Former Lumberyard Complex Is Home to Love City Ice

With the opening of Love City Ice at the former site of the Old Lumberyard Complex in Cruz Bay, St. John residents once again have a storefront to refill their water jugs and buy ice made with highly filtered water.

National Park Service Seeks Public Comment on Concepts for Caneel Bay

The National Park Service is seeking public comment on an initial set of concepts for the redevelopment of Caneel Bay, the iconic resort at Virgin Islands National Park on St. John’s renowned north shore that has been closed since the hurricanes of 2017.

AG Says Federal Verdict in Maxwell Case Validates Accounts and Abuse on Little St. James

The attorney general of the Virgin Islands says in spite of a recent verdict against an associate of Jeffrey Epstein, it is still up to the territory's Justice Department to win their civil case in court. Attorney General Denise George recently issued a statement about the conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell in federal court on Dec. 29.

St. John Recovery Choir Invites Singers Everywhere to Join “Love City Soul”

Kristen Carmichael-Bowers, the director of the St. John Recovery Choir, has a plan to "blow out the pandemic cobwebs during the next three months."

Friends of V.I. National Park Publish ‘Here, St. John’ Oral History

Friends of Virgin Islands National Park have published "Here, St. John," an oral history about Virgin Islands National Park and St. John that serves to give voice to the heritage, culture and natural history as told by born St. Johnians and resident scientists.

Coral Bay Community Council Seeks Stories About St. John Schools

The Coral Bay Community Council is collecting the stories of two schoolhouses: the East End School and the original schoolhouse at the Guy Benjamin School and documenting their important roles in the culture and education from 1870 to about 1970. 

Coral Bay Community Council to Hold ‘Stuff Depot’ Fundraiser

The Coral Bay Community Council will host a “Stuff Depot” on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outdoors at Caribbean Oasis on St. John.

Sir Clive Banfield, ‘Citizen of the World,’ Dies at 88

Sir Clive E.C. Banfield, 88, of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, a much loved and well respected “citizen of the world,” passed away on Dec. 26, 2021.

National Park’s Turtle Talks at Sea Brings Opportunity for Marine Awareness

A partnership with Ocean Surfari has given the Friends of the V.I. National Park the chance to offer an on-the-sea classroom experience, with residents and travelers learning how to safely interact with and protect local marine life while swimming alongside them in the cool blue Caribbean water.

Russell Brings Back Another Plan to Save GERS

For decades the predicted crash of the Government Employees' Retirement System has hung over the territory. The crash would profoundly affect 16,000 households.

Historical Map of Cruz Bay Provides Snapshots of History

If you find yourself with an hour to spare in Cruz Bay, and you don’t feel like shopping, bar hopping or people watching, the St. John Historical Society has provided yet another option.

Voter Reform is Underway in the Territory for 2022

Increasing voter confidence is on the docket for the V.I. Legislature as senators and other government officials engaged with U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois during his “Faith in Elections Project” tour in the territory Tuesday.

Appellate Court Denies Full Review of Birthright Citizenship Case; Supreme Court Fight Looms

Four years after a group of Pacific islanders from a U.S. territory began fighting for full rights as citizens, the fight is heading to the Supreme Court. Civil rights advocates say that even as they lost the latest round of court challenges, they are encouraged by the words of some federal judges appearing in recent opinions.

In-Person Opening for Public Schools Slated for Jan. 24

While hopeful that positive COVID-19 cases will continue to plateau, Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. announced Tuesday the need to assess available staff and vaccinate as many students as before opening public schools in-person. On Jan. 10, he said, all public school students will instead return virtually, with the goal of resuming in-person by Jan. 24.

2021: A Year of Ups and Downs, Progress and Change

As the pandemic drags on and the year ends much as it started – with masks, social distancing, myriad COVID-19 precautions, and another canceled Crucian Christmas Festival amid yet another surge – it’s easy to forget that 2021 started in dramatic fashion.

A Lone Bufflehead on St. John

There’s a very unusual duck for St. John. It’s over in the small pond behind Frank Bay that is designated as a bird sanctuary. During the day, it has been hanging out in the middle of the pond diving down to get food – they mostly eat underwater plants, small crustaceans and insects.    

Caution Urged as COVID-19 Cases Surge to 544 in Territory

The V.I. Health Department is urging residents to follow all COVID-19 protocols as it battles a surge in cases amid the likelihood that the highly contagious omicron variant has arrived in the territory. In response, Schneider Regional Medical Center announced Friday that it has closed to visitors.

New Technology Can Control Overcrowding in Anchorages

The surge in recreational boating brought on by the COVID 19 pandemic has led to overcrowding at popular anchorages and has led to complaints that the Department of Planning and Natural Resources is not up to the task of monitoring so many boats at so many locations. 

Commentary: ‘Tis Normally the Season for Abundant Butterflies

This year we have received below-average rainfall. On the surface of the islands, everything appears lush and green. Those of us who are in tune with nature will notice the absence of certain organisms in abundance this autumn and winter season.

V.I. Kwanzaa Holiday Celebrations

Globally, the celebration of Kwanzaa has been taking place for over 60 years, and people in the Virgin Islands began celebrating it very shortly afterward through the efforts of the African Diaspora Youth Development Foundation, Inc. Even as concerns for limiting mass gatherings due to Covid-19 minimized, it hasn't stopped the annual celebrators from organizing locally. If anything, it has helped increase the focus of community health and sustainability.

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