Tag: U.S. Department of the Interior

USVI Taking Steps Towards Greater Self Determination Through A New Constitution

As project director of a U.S. Department of the Interior grant devoted toward capacity building to increase constitutional development and self-determination, I have the historic responsibility to stimulate greater awareness, civic consciousness, and political will to improve self-government. The U.S. Virgin Islands is in the throes of political transition. As attentive residents may know already, […]

St. John Will Get Its Own High School Thanks To Trump Administration’s Proposed Land Swap

CRUZ BAY — A window has been cracked open to allow officials an opportunity to engineer a land swap for a public school on St. John near the Virgin Islands National Park. Under the agreement signed Thursday, Interior officials and those from the local government will have a year to work out a land swap acceptable […]

Fire Services Gets $237K Grant Award From Interior To Buy QRV Fire Trucks

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Fire Service said that it has been awarded $237,796 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program. The funding will be used to purchase one Quick Response Vehicle (QRV) for each district. These vehicles are smaller than traditional fire trucks […]

Department of Interior Assistant Secretary To Visit U.S. Virgin Islands and PR

WASHINGTON — Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech and Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) Director Nik Pula will be in the U.S. Virgin Islands next week from November 12 – 14, the U.S. Interior Department said. Domenech and Pula will be on St. Croix and St. Thomas to meet with local […]

U.S. Interior Department Gives $2.2 Million More To Virgin Islands Government

WASHINGTON — Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech presented a check to Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. for $2,228,901 this week. The monies represent an adjustment to the actual certified rum excise tax amounts for FY 2018. Certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, this amount represents the final rum […]

TRUMP TWEETS: Ryan Zinke Out At Interior … He Was A Frequent Visitor To Territory

WASHINGTON — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has sought to open U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling despite environmental protests, will be leaving his post at the end of the year, President Donald Trump tweeted today, the latest high-profile departure from his administration. Trump did not give a reason for Zinke’s departure. […]

Senator Millin Young Wants Answers From Interior If Mapp Stays Mum on Financials

  AND THEN THERE WERE TWO: Esther Kia’aina of American Samoa the former Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas with OIA director Nikolao Pula of American Samoa and Governor Kenneth Mapp of the USVI meet in Washington. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — In an effort to get clarity and guidance on pressing fiscal […]

U.S. Interior Department Gives $1.2 Million in Grants For WAPA, viNGN, DPNR

WASHINGTON — Douglas Domenech, U.S. Department of the Interior assistant secretary for Insular and International Affairs, this week announced $1,202,370 in fiscal year 2018 grant funding for the U.S. Virgin Islands, which supports a wide variety of needs. “Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and I continue to support the leadership and people of the U.S. Virgin […]