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NOAA Report Declares Severe Drought for U.S. Virgin Islands

“There are signs of soil cracking on St. Thomas and St. Croix, and vegetation is showing distress across all islands. Precautions such as ordering hay and water deliveries are being taken to get through the dry season."

Public Has Until May 26 to Comment on Cowgirl Bebop Floating Lounge

The public can weigh in on whether a 120-foot floating barge containing a restaurant and a bar should be allowed to operate off two uninhabited cays near St. Thomas and St. John.
A bustling Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove is on the left, while Frenchman’s Reef, on the right, is unopened and awaiting major repairs that have been delayed by the coronavirus. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Fortress Investment Group Buys Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef

The U.S. Virgin Islands' largest hotel, Marriott Frenchman's Reef on St. Thomas, has been sold to an affiliate of New York-based private investment firm Fortress Investment Group.

More Refinery Fumes, School Closings Raise Cries for Straight Answers

Phone calls about a powerful stench on St. Croix began flooding Hugh "Mr. P" Pemberton’s Reef radio show Wednesday morning. By Thursday morning the calls were still coming, as were calls to the Limetree Bay oil refinery, DPNR and the EPA.

Gun Violence is Not the Only Thing Disturbing the Peace in Bovoni

While gunshot wounds can be traumatizing and deadly, they are far from the only unhealthy human-caused damage community members face regularly in Bovoni.
Sahara dust masks the view from the vantage point of Drake’s Seat on the north side of St. Thomas, which on a clear day would extend to the British Virgin Islands. (Kelsey Nowakowski photo)

Puerto Rico Researchers Working to Better Understand Health Effects of Sahara Dust

The largest African dust storm in 50 years – which occurred in June 2020 and coincided with the global spread of COVID-19 – has prompted new research and public health initiatives by scientists in Puerto Rico.

Government Agencies and UVI Discuss Waste and Where it Goes

On day one of a series of webinars that will be conducted in celebration of Earth Day 2021, UVI, Waste Management, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, and the EPA discussed waste and where it goes.

Hospital Board Gets Familiar with Facility Rebuilds

As the territory’s hospitals inch toward revival, Daryl Smalls, executive director of the Territorial Redevelopment Projects Task Force, is moving forward with meetings between architects and board members so they can become more familiar with the four projects.

Researchers and Volunteers Fight Lethal Coral Disease, Part I

This is the first of a two part series about the work of scientists and volunteers who are fighting a coral disease that is ravaging Virgin Islands reefs.
Eulalie Rivera School will be another K-8 school. (File photo)

Several Schools Dismissed on St. Croix Due to Gaseous Odor

Early dismissals were announced for three St. Croix District schools on May 6, due to a gaseous odor affecting the air quality on the campuses.