WAPA: Rolling blackouts are over on...

WAPA: Rolling blackouts are over on St. Thomas

ST. THOMAS - Three days of rolling blackouts caused by two broken generators have ended on St. Thomas, V.I. Water and Power Authority officials said Wednesday. While a rotation schedule was released Tuesday night to be used Wednesday, it was not needed a
St. Croix Elections Board recommend...

St. Croix Elections Board recommends changes to early voting bill

ST. CROIX - During its regular meeting Wednesday, the St. Croix District Board of Elections voted to forward recommendations to the Senate and governor that they say will safeguard the rights of residents and make the process of early voting more efficie


Repairs Continue on Centerline Road

Repairs Continue on Centerline Road


CAROLINA ? Department of Public Works employees cleared the uphill shoulder of Centerline Road at one of the first sites repaired, above, in the ongoing work on the island?s main artery Route 10 ? hopefully in preparation for paving.  After rebuilding several sections of the highway in Upper Carolina, the Island Roads crew has moved to work on another section of a collapsing shoulder in Lower Carolina, below.

Friends of the VINP Launches ?Villa...

Friends of the VINP Launches ?Villas for the Park? Program


Friends of Virgin Islands National Park is unveiling a new villa partner program that will benefit island villa owners, villa managers and Virgin Islands National Park.  ?Villas for the Park? now gives St. John visitors a way to support the park at no cost when they stay at vacation rentals found on the Friends website. The vacation stay generates a donation by Villa Partners that translates to accomplish protection and preservation for our park.

When visitors are looking for a vacation rental, they simply use the portal to many villas and vacation rentals to choose from at  Once the guest completes their stay, the Villa Partner makes a donation to Friends that directly benefits our park, which keeps visitors coming to our island.  Villa Partners are listed on the Villas for the Park page in order of donation levels:  15, 10 and 5 percent, so that visitors can choose a villa based on level of park support, as well.

The program was conceived by Friends development director, Karen Vahling, who wanted to create a fresh fundraising approach to support Friend?s 23 programs and projects in the park. 

Friends Helping Friends Kicks Off B...

Friends Helping Friends Kicks Off Back-to-Back Weekend Fundraisers


Supporters of Friends Helping Friends make their way into the Inn At Tamarind Court on Saturday. The group has worked for the past several months to help St. John residents meet the expense of sudden illness and other misfortunes.

Enighed ? The Inn at Tamarind Court took on a festive look for the last weekend in July, playing host to events on Saturday and Sunday.

The first event of the weekend was a benefit for three St. John locals by the group Friends Helping Friends. Organizer Lori Krandal said she and her daughter had been putting benefits like this together for three years.

Red and white pennants trimmed the covered patio and the band, Brother Nature, struck up some tunes. A table shaded by a green umbrella invited people coming through the door to enter a raffle drawing. Krandal?s husband got down to business with a spatula behind the grill.

Up the steps, near the tamarind tree, teams of bean bag tossers tried to put the bag in the ?cornhole? target as a father with two little girls ushered them towards the bean bag game.

Cruz Bay Apartments Get a Second Li...

Cruz Bay Apartments Get a Second Life


CRUZ BAY ? Work on the refurbishment of the Cruz Bay Apartments is ?on schedule? and a spokesperson for the new owners, Caneel Bay Resort owners CBI, said the renovations will be completed sometime in August. ?We hope to have our first tenants in there at the beginning of September,? the CBI spokesperson told St. John Tradewinds.

?It Ain?t Easy Being Green? Examine...

?It Ain?t Easy Being Green? Examines Island Iguana and Human Interaction


St. John resident Liz Lowe interacts with an island iguana at her home in Hart Bay during the filming of ?It Ain?t Easy Being Green,? left. News Photo by Bill Stelzer

A Green Iguana - Photo Ziggy Livnat

Island Wide ? After two years, more than six trips to St. John and a new law that threw a wrench in the story line, Dr. Crystal Fortwangler and team are close to wrapping the film, ?It Ain?t Easy Being Green.?

Fortwangler, an Assistant Professor of Sustainabilty and Environmental Anthropology at Chatham University?s Falk School of Sustainabilty in Pittsburgh, is a long-time visitor to St. John who has previously studied the island?s donkey and cattle history.

She is also co-owner, along with filmmaker Ziggy Livant, of Wider Angle Productions, which promotes sustainability and ethical animal-human relationships through films that entertain and educate.

For this project, Fortwangler is training her insightful eye on the growing iguana population on St. John and the vast difference of opinions on the animals.

?I?ve always been interested in animals here and I had been talking about doing something like this for a while,? said Fortwangler. ?The iguanas provide an interesting human-animal dynamic from both an academic and film perspective. This is especially the case because there is such a wide spectrum of feelings about them.?

Archaeologists Wrap Up First Dig of...

Archaeologists Wrap Up First Dig of Estate Bellevue Property


About 70 small flag markers were installed at the Bellevue site to create a grid of the site to record archaeological findings.

BELLEVUE ? With conducive weather and mostly expected results, anthropology graduate student Alan Armstrong wrapped up the first phase of discovery at the historic Bellevue Estate property on Gift Hill Road near Bellevue Village.

The land is owned by St. John Community Foundation and under a long-term lease to St. John Historical Society, which plans to construct a cultural and historic center with climate-controlled archive and exhibit areas and meeting spaces at the site.

Before SJHS can get moving past the planning phase of the project, however, Northwestern University Ph.D. candidate Armstrong has been hired to take a closer look at what?s on, and in, the ground at the site.

Armstrong arrived on St. John July 14 to begin the first dig at the Bellevue Estate property, the former site of a Dutch cotton plantation dating to around 1720.

While the site had already been surveyed, Armstrong began his work by mapping out the main ruins and clearing the property before creating a grid of the site. He installed about 70 small flag markers each spaced five meters apart.

Armstrong then dug a small area near each flag marker, called a shovel test, to see what and how many artifacts were found on different parts of the property. Last week, he wrapped up that first phase of the project, which is expected to take about four years to complete.

?The first phase is done now,? said Armstrong. ?We found lots of artifacts all dating to the time period we had thought. There were lots of ceramic shards dating to the 18th century, which is what we were expecting.?

A Major Addition to Virgin Islands ...

A Major Addition to Virgin Islands Park

The National Park Service recently purchased the beach at Maho Beach and its surrounding hillside for the Virgin Islands National Park.
N.E.A. Grants Aim to Reach Those Wi...

N.E.A. Grants Aim to Reach Those With Limited Access to the Arts

A concerts series for veterans and an exhibition of work by artists with disabilities are among the projects awarded grants.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Vir...

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Virgin Islands

Better than boating or diving, paddle boarding is a 360-degree experience, with vistas of land and sea all around.
A Rum Battle, a Tax Hangover

A Rum Battle, a Tax Hangover

Rum has set off a dispute between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands over a tax the U.S. treasury collects on it.
Resort With Tents

Resort With Tents

To the Editor: Your article on the ecological tent resort at Maho Bay on St. John, ''Resort Option in the Caribbean: A Tent'' (Dec. 6), nicely celebrated the success of the concept, its execution and its endurance. In crediting the developer,...
Resort Option in the Caribbean: A T...

Resort Option in the Caribbean: A Tent

The island boasts an expansive national park and a few pockets of uninterrupted coastline, where one can set up camp.

UPDATE: Five on remand, two denied ...

UPDATE: Five on remand, two denied bail for money laundering and drug charges

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Five men who were allegedly caught laundering money in addition to being found with a substantial amount of cocaine, appeared before the Magistrates Court today, August 13, 2012. The session concluded with the men being remanded to prison until a next court hearing; two applications of bail were also denied by Magistrate Tamia Richards, who presided.
SOL: ?We are confident that we put ...

SOL: ?We are confident that we put in a very good submission?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) today, August 13, 2012 opened bids for the supply of diesel, lubricants and gasoline for their engines and vehicles. The bids are to cover the period September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2014.
UPDATE: Court against man leaving t...

UPDATE: Court against man leaving territory for ?unnecessary? treatment

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After being remanded to the Peebles Hospital for medical evaluation, Elrys Todman appeared at the Magistrates Court today, August 13, 2012, where he was instructed by Magistrate Tamia Richards, that the request for his case to be adjourned for him to be able to travel abroad would not be granted and his bail requirements would be increased.
MVP Rymer powers ?Canes to Champion...

MVP Rymer powers ?Canes to Championship victory!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI ? The Hurricanes were crowned Eva Simmons Fast Pitch League Champions on Saturday August 11th, 2012 thanks to Kye Rhymer?s Grand Slam and some too hot to handle pitching from Neville Smith in a decisive 7-5 victory over the East Invaders in Game 5.
CCT improves service in Jost Van Dy...

CCT improves service in Jost Van Dyke

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI ? CCT would like to inform its valued customers that cellular service levels have been fully restored in Jost Van Dyke and surrounding areas. CCT's investigation in to the degradation in service revealed issues affecting one of the cellular sites used to provide service.
?Showtime ain?t sleeping!? says Jug...

?Showtime ain?t sleeping!? says Juggo

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - In an exclusive interview with Showtime Band member and vocalist Raul ?Juggo? Sprauve, Virgin Islands News Online was told that the band was ?very grateful that we came up and won again?, adding that ?The band really did good this year and we?re very happy that we came out victorious once again?.
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