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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority said that the Bovoni Landfill had a fire that was under control on Wednesday. The Virgin Islands Fire Service and VIWMA contractors continue to monitor the situation. The VIWMA will provide updates on any changes that may affect the public and haulers

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CHRISTIANSTED — The “comprehensive upgrade” of the territory’s roads, hardening of the electrical system, dredging Virgin Islands harbors to accommodate increasingly large cruise ships and developing and repairing housing were among the important projects addressed at a Tuesday meeting with U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary Pam Patenaude.

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WATER BAY: This beach on St. Thomas should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen, according to DPNR. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Four beaches in territory failed water quality testing and should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen, according to the latest Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) Beach Advisory. DPNR said

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FEMA Coordinating Officer William Vogel (left) sits next to Gov. Kenneth Mapp and VITEMA Director Mona Barnes. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp joined governors from across the country for a video teleconference Wednesday as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator William “Brock” Long and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen met

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FREDERIKSTED — The top GOP official in the Virgin Islands suggested his fundraising group’s “behind the scenes” relationship with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke helped influence the department’s response to last year’s hurricanes in the territory. John Canegata, the head of the Virgin Islands Republican Party, said he had direct access

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) said that the Division of Environmental Enforcement will begin vessel and mooring registrations for the 2018-2019 year on Monday, June 11th. All existing mooring holders are now required GPS location in the format provided on the revised form, DPNR

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Aurio Correa entered the St. Thomas hospital last August to prepare for knee surgery. The 89-year-old St. Thomian had Alzheimer’s disease and dementia but was otherwise in good health for his age, according to his daughter, Luz Correa Chesterfield. Before he could have the surgery at Schneider

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ELECTRICITY REPORT: Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority CEO Lawrence Kupfer CHARLOTTE AMALIE — With the start of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season (yesterday), I take this opportunity to inform you that the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority continues fine-tuning its disaster preparedness plan in the event this territory

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HULL BAY: DPNR warned the public to avoid this beach and two others on St. Thomas this weekend. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Three beaches in St. Thomas failed water quality testing and should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen, according to the latest Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) Beach Advisory.

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GRAND ANSE, Grenada — Caribbean countries should dive into the “blue economy” to exploit marine resources, giving their economies a much needed boost, while protecting coastal eco-systems, economists said. The island nations – which have 80 times more sea than land – been hampered by low growth and high debt,

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