Category: St. John News

Coast Guard Gets A New Commander For Puerto Rico-USVI Area

SAN JUAN — U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan got a new commander on Thursday, according to a Coast Guard statement. Capt. José E. Díaz will be responsible for Coast Guard forces in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and overseeing the unit’s 1.3 million-square-nautical-miles area of responsibility in the Eastern Caribbean. Rear Adm. […]

Bryan Says COVID State of Emergency Ends June 30 By Executive Order

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan has issued a proclamation extending the current COVID-19 Health State of Emergency from June 9-30 to enable an orderly winding down of the COVID Pandemic Emergency. During the transition State of Emergency continuing through June 30, all standing clauses of the 35th Supplemental Executive Order, as amended by the 36th through 38th executive […]

Rare USVI Plant Will Now Be Listed As Endangered After Lawsuit

TUCSON — Two years after an initial ruling, and on the heels of an announced lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it is in the process of finalizing the listing of the Marron bacora, a rare U.S. Virgin Islands plant, as endangered and thereby a protected species. In a news release on Tuesday, […]

Roach Provides Update On Real Property Tax Database Issues

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — During the weekly Government House briefing today, Lt. Governor Tregenza Roach gave an update to residents regarding issues of transitioning to a new system for processing property tax payments and the issuing of tax bills by the Office of the lieutenant governor. The distribution of the 2022 property tax bills has begun, and […]

People With Respiratory Problems Urged To Avoid Sahara Dust

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources is informing the public of an air pollution alert for dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa. The dust causes the skies around the Virgin Islands to be hazy, which reduces the visibility and results in poor air quality. This […]

Senate Committee Gets Updates On Disaster Repairs

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Members of the Committee on Disaster Recovery and Infrastructure, led by Senator Janelle Sarauw met at the Earle B Ottley Legislative Hall on Friday. The Committee received testimony from the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources related to all disaster related projects, including marine and historic efforts in the Territory, […]

Tropical Wave To Bring Showers; Risk Of Rip Currents For St. Croix

SAN JUAN — A tropical wave will bring a few rounds of showers to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today. A high risk of rip currents continues across northern Puerto Rico, Culebra and St Croix, the National Weather Service said this morning. In total, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring four tropical waves in the […]

Social Security Resources That Can Protect Elders From Scams

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is on June 15. On this day, communities, seniors, caregivers, governments, organizations, and the private sector unite to prevent the mistreatment of and violence against older people. Social Security scams are widespread across the United States and its territories. Scammers use sophisticated tactics to deceive you into providing sensitive information […]

Virgin Islands Parole Board Schedules Parole Hearings

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Parole Board advises the public that the Board will convene on  July 7, 2022 to hear testimony from victims, family members of victims, or other interested persons for and against the application for parole by inmates incarcerated at various penal institutions. Anyone who wishes to share testimony on behalf of or […]

FEMA and USVI Run Disaster Simulations To Prepare For Hurricane Season

CHRISTIANSTED — The majority of the people living in the territory — regretfully — know what happens when a major hurricane strikes. As the June 1 start date of the Atlantic hurricane season approached … governmental agencies rehearsed in detail — the steps to take — should history repeat itself … and the USVI become […]