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CHRISTIANSTED — Buck Island Reef National Monument said that it is pleased to announce the beginning of partnership research project with two universities. Throughout July and August, biologists from California Polytechnic State University, in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands, will be studying grazing scars on live coral tissues

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FREDERIKSTED — As summer approaches, The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. This five-day, high-visibility campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and

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THREE TIMES IS NOT A CHARM: For Water Bay beach in St. Thomas, which has failed to meet established water quality standards three weeks in a row, according to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two beaches in the territory failed water quality testing and should

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STORMY WEATHER: The skies threatened on St. Croix for two days but never produced much moisture. Here is a picture from taken on Miracle Mile in Estate Golden Rock on Tuesday. CHRISTIANSTED — If you thought that the skies above St. Croix looked a little more gray than normal on

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LOADS AND LOADS OF PIPE: Gov. Kenneth Mapp says that the V.I. Department of Agriculture under his control has been working as fast as possible to get needed water to farmers at Community Gardens in St. Croix. FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDOA) said that it is

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MIAMI — Tropical Storm Bret is expected to weaken as it moves across the region today while a second, larger system rolling across the Gulf of Mexico appears to be intensifying. As of 8 a.m. today Bret was located about 20 miles east of Margarita Island, a popular tourist resort

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By SORAYA DIASE COFFELT SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS FREDERIKSTED — The territory has a small, but dedicated farm industry. Many farm in the Community Gardens on St. Croix and they struggle to receive basic government-sponsored support services such as proper and timely land preparation, and access to a

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ST. JOHN’S PRISTINE BEAUTY: No longer on the list of UNESCO biosphere reserves thanks to the Trump Administration in Washington. WASHINGTON — The United States government has quietly withdrawn St. John’s Virgin Islands National Park from the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves program, the Virgin Islands Free Press has

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MIAMI — A tropical storm warning has been issued for a trio of islands in the Caribbean Sea as a “disturbance” continues to develop off the northeast coast of South America, the National Hurricane Center announced Sunday afternoon. The system is expected to intensify into a tropical storm today as it

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COKI POINT BEACH: This popular beach in St. Thomas has failed water quality testing two weeks in a row. Overall, five of the seven beaches that failed in Rock City last week also did not meet established water quality standards this week. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Ten beaches in the territory failed

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