Category: Territorial Affairs

Wisconsin Sends Its Top Disaster Official To St. Thomas For Hurricane Recovery ‘Because It Will Get Full Power First’

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Wisconsin Red Cross is sending its top disaster official to assist with relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands after hurricanes Irma and Maria hit. Marytha “Crazy Eyes” Blanchard will spend three weeks in St. Thomas distributing emergency supplies, reuniting families and providing hurricane victims with food and shelter. She […]

Virgin Islands National Guard Celebrates 44 Years Of Service To The Community

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) turned 44, on Oct. 19. Noticeably the uniform of the day was white hazmat suits, gloves and surgical masks worn by Guard members who cleaned schools and public facilities on the island of St. Croix that have yet to reopen post-storm. The civic assistance effort was particularly […]

REPORT: Hurricane Maria Caused The Largest-Ever Blackout In United States History

[ad name=”HTML-68″] SAN JUAN — The blackout caused by Hurricane Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico is the United States’ largest in history, according to a new report. Economic consulting firm Rhodium Group determined in a Thursday report that Maria caused 1.25 billion hours of electricity supply disruption to households, the most […]

Former RE/MAX Broker Rosemary Sauter-Frett Is Being Kept On Ice Over Concerns That Her Electronic Monitoring Bracelet Is Not Working … Accused Of Stealing Millions

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Former RE/MAX broker Rosemary Sauter-Frett, accused of embezzling millions of dollars from real estate clients in the early 2000’s, has been taken into local custody over security concerns, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Sauter-Frett has been incarcerated since late September and is one of two people in the […]

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE: Virgin Islands’ Debt Is Higher Than Any Other American Territory

[ad name=”HTML-68″] WASHINGTON — U.S. territories, like states, borrow through financial markets. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reviewed the territories’ fiscal year 2005-2015 public debt. Puerto Rico‘s debt grew to 66 percent of GDP and the territory is now in default. Its financial future is unclear until debt restructuring is complete. Guam‘s debt increased to […]

Mapp Says Puerto Rico And The Virgin Islands Will Share $4.9 Billion In Congressional Disaster Relief Funds

[ad name=”HTML-68″] CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– The U.S. Senate completed action Tuesday afternoon on a $36.5 billion supplemental disaster recovery spending bill, which includes $4.9 billion for emergency operating loans for the governments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced. The bill, which passed the Senate on a vote of 80-19, […]

Everything You Wanted To Know About FEMA In The Virgin Islands But Were Afraid To Ask

[ad name=”HTML-68″] Answers to frequently asked questions from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria survivors in the U.S. Virgin Islands: Q: Where can I get true, reliable information about FEMA’s disaster aid programs? A: Straight answers and plain facts are available from the disaster assistance program experts on FEMA’s Help Line. Call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) to […]

U.S. Air Force Airmen Work To Restore Radio Communications To Puerto Rico

HIGH WIRE ACT: An airman with the 85th Engineering and Installation Squadron from Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., works atop a radio tower at Cerra de Punta Mountain near Ponce, Puerto Rico, Oct. 20, 2017. The 85th EIS are working to reestablish and improve radio communications for local emergency personnel and first responders across the […]

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Says Puerto Rico Will Not Get Power Before Christmas As The Governor Has Promised

SAN JUAN — Gov. Ricardo Rossello’s hope to have power restored to 95 percent of the island before Christmas is unrealistic given the damage caused by Hurricane Maria, according to the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite said having half the island back online by January or February might […]

DPNR Tells Boat Owners To Remove Their Sunken Vessels From Island Waterways … Or They Will Do It For Them

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Planning and Natural Resources wants boat owners to move their sunken boats out of the territory’s ports and waterways — or DPNR will move it for them. DPNR Commissioner Dawn Henry said her department is working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as […]