Civil Air Patrol: Cadets aplenty, but lacks funding lacks
The Civil Air Patrol composite squadron of St. Thomas, a nonprofit organization that involves teenagers in aerospace education and community service projects, is in need of assistance to keep up with a growing number of participants.
The Civil Air Patrol
How does a stalking horse bid work?
What is involved a sales process under Section 363 of the bankruptcy code and what is a stalking horse bid? The Daily News asked Lynn LoPucki, an attorney who is a bankruptcy expert and Security Pacific Bank Distinguished Professor of Law at the Universi
HOVENSA bankruptcy faces objections
ST. CROIX - Declaring that it has no intention of releasing any claims against Hess Oil Corp., or any of that company's affiliates, the Virgin Islands government has filed an objection to HOVENSA's proposed procedures for selling its assets under bankr
Potential bidder says plan unfair
ST. CROIX - In a twist, a potential bidder for the HOVENSA facility has filed an objection in HOVENSA's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, taking issue with the procedures the company wants to use as it sells off its assets.
Buckeye Partners LP has entered the
'Break-up' fees and more in dispute
In addition to concerns about the fairness of HOVENSA's proposed bidding procedures in the bankruptcy sale, Buckeye Partners LP is also taking issue with a proposed $5.7 million break-up fee.
In fact, Buckeye says in its objection that it is willing to "
HOVENSA seeks OK to pay up scholarships
ST. CROIX - HOVENSA is asking a bankruptcy court for permission to pay on an expedited basis the outstanding amounts it still owes this year on scholarship obligations.
That amount is about $38,750 - and without it, some students on HOVENSA scholarships
Shooting victim found dead in road near St. Joseph's Catholic High School
Two separate shootings - four hours apart - rocked Frederiksted early Saturday morning, leaving one man dead.
Officers responded to a 911 call at 5:51 a.m. of shots fired and a man down in the Mt. Pleasant-West subdivision at Estate Prince's Quarters, po
Proposed bill would give government employees first dibs on surplus cars Senator wants V.I. government employees to have first crack at buying surplus cars
ST. THOMAS - Sen. Marvin Blyden wants to give government employees the ability to bid on surplus government vehicles, and to give them first choice when cars come up for sale.
He has proposed a bill that amends the Virgin Islands Code to say that the gov
The Energy and Environmental Protection Committee will meet at 10 a.m. in the Lawaetz Conference Room on St. Croix to discuss the USVI Renewable Energy Feasibility Study/Hydro Pump Storage Concept; to hear an update about the V.I. Water and Power A
Acting AG has nomination hearing Thursday
ST. THOMAS - Claude Walker will seek the support of the Senate Committee on Rules and Judiciary this week as his nomination to become attorney general moves forward.
Walker will testify Thursday at Ottley Legislative Hall on St. Thomas.
Gov. Kenneth Mapp
V.I. government objects to deal to give HOVENSA owners millions
In addition to issues the V.I. government raised about HOVENSA's proposed bidding procedures for a bankruptcy sale, the V.I. government has filed additional objections in the case, including one that takes issue with provisions in a proposed loan agreeme
Veterans Affairs announces new benefits advisor on St. Thomas
The Office of Veterans Affairs has a new benefits advisor at the VA clinic on St. Thomas.
The advisor will be available from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist veterans who need assistance initiating claims and checking on the status of e
Suspect arrested in 2013 shooting of man 10 times at Coki Point Beach
ST. THOMAS - The man who police said fatally shot another man 10 times after his girlfriend was killed by a stray bullet during a 2013 concert at Coki Point Beach was arrested by the V.I. Police Department Thursday morning and charged with second-degree
PAL starts after-school program
The Police Athletic League, under the direction of the Crime Prevention Bureau of the V.I. Police Department, is beginning the PAL - After School Program.
The program will start Monday at the Police Athletic League facility in Estate Richmond (in the vic
WICO releases transcript, minus dozens of pages
ST. THOMAS - The attorney for the West Indian Co. on Friday released a copy of the transcript for the WICO board of directors April 14 meeting, but the document has about 60 pages missing and entire sections removed.
"These gaps represent attorney-client
Senators: People have lost hope in government
ST. THOMAS - Three senators who took part in Thursday's Committee of the Whole hearing about the governor's housing and spending decisions said Friday that many of the territory's residents feel despair and hopelessness in the current political and econo
Pay, AC issues prompt Central 'call-out'
Classes resumed as planned at Central High School on St. Croix on Friday despite 24 teachers calling out sick or leaving early the day before amid complaints of overheated classrooms and contract grievances.
According to St. Croix Federation of Teachers
Fake $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills look and feel real, V.I. police warn
The V.I. Police Department's Economic Crime Unit issued an update about counterfeit money circulating in the territory.
The fake currency has been discovered in denominations of $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes, with banking institutions and casino operators
Month after Erika, Dominica destruction 'jaw-dropping'
A month after Tropical Storm Erika tore through Dominica on Aug. 27, the island is still in desperate need of relief to rebuild shattered communities and find permanent housing for 14,291 people left homeless.
Three out of the island's nine communities
WICO refuses Senate's demand to see minutes
ST. THOMAS - Representatives of the West Indian Co. again refused to give senators copies of the minutes from two meetings at which the WICO board discussed paying to lease a villa on St. Thomas for Gov. Kenneth Mapp.
The defiance came Thursday, during t
Walker reserves judgment
ST. THOMAS - Acting Attorney General Claude Walker wasn't ready Thursday night to wade into the debate about whether the West Indian Co. is truly a public entity that is required under the law to turn over copies of its board meetings to the Senate.
People have power to recall Mapp under V.I. Code
ST. THOMAS - Sen. Terrence Nelson stood up on the Senate floor Thursday and spoke a word that's been percolating in the territory in recent weeks regarding Gov. Kenneth Mapp and what senators called his "lavish" spending habits.
The word was "impeach."
Senate condemns Mapp's use of public funds
ST. THOMAS - What was to be a hearing by the Senate on how and why the West Indian Co. came to pay for Gov. Kenneth Mapp's housing on St. Thomas expanded Thursday as one senator after another weighed in on the governor's use of public funds for what Sen.
Innovative buyer plans to take it to 'next level'
ST. CROIX - Atlantic Tele-Network chief executive officer Michael Prior said Thursday that the company plans to build on improvements made in recent years to the telecommunications infrastructure in the territory, once a proposed sale of the Innovative g
Survey seeks to gauge employers' hiring needs
ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Bureau of Economic Research initiated an online survey on Tuesday to get information from selected local businesses so the bureau can evaluate the current and future hiring needs of employers to match the V.I. labor force to potenti
22 Central teachers call in sick amid complaints on high temps
About a quarter of the teachers at Central High School on St. Croix called in sick on Thursday morning, and the V.I. Education Department said it doesn't know why.
However, the American Federation of Teachers - which said Thursday's action was not a unio
History of Danish West Indies going online
ST. THOMAS - When the Danes sold what would become the Virgin Islands of the United States, they removed a large portion of their records from the territory, and many of those are now housed at the Danish National Archives.
The Danish National Archives h
Workshop to open National Archives to residents
ST. THOMAS - The Caribbean Genealogy Library will hold a workshop on Saturday to discuss how the public can access Virgin Islands documents held by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
The workshop will build on a trip volunteer librari
U.S. Justice Department awards V.I. more than $2 million
The Virgin Islands has received more than $2 million in federal grants to be used to help fight crime and to assist victims of violence.
Five grants from the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs were awarded on Sept. 23, according to a st
ATF, V.I. Police Department working together
The ATF is back in the territory and is helping local law enforcement try and curb gang violence and gun trafficking in the U.S. Virgin Islands, notching almost a dozen cases in the last three months.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosiv
Events to mark breast cancer awareness month in V.I.
October is breast cancer awareness month, and various organizations and groups throughout the community are organizing events to raise awareness and support for a disease that affects more than 220,000 women and 2,000 men each year, according to the Cent
Bureau of Economic Research surveying select V.I. businesses
The Bureau of Economic Research has launched a U.S. Virgin Islands 2015 Business Needs Survey on skill, qualification and training needs of local employers.
Only businesses or establishments t
Volunteers needed to help at St. Croix Bat Tower
The St. Croix Environmental Association is looking for volunteers to help spread mulch at its Bat Tower property, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Volunteers should bring gloves, water and, if possible, rake
Randy Knight to testify on Villa Mapp
ST. THOMAS - The Senate today will finally hear from Randy Knight, the chairman of the board at the West Indian Co. and Gov. Kenneth Mapp's chief of staff, regarding WICO's agreement to pay for the governor's housing when he was living in a seven-bedroom
Mapp in W. Virginia as new fiscal year starts with budget awaiting his signature at home
ST. THOMAS - Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter was expected to sign at least one piece of legislation Wednesday night as the end of the fiscal year loomed, but Government House said other bills from the legislative budget sessions don't have to be turned around unt
Health premium increase offset by Senate appropriation
The revised health insurance bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday was the only bill Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter was expected to sign Wednesday night, guaranteeing that government employees will be covered under Cigna health insurance on the first day of the n
Participants sought for 32nd Annual St. Thomas-St. John Ag Fair
Applications are now available by email or in office at the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service for participants of the 32nd Annual St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair as well as the ital, vienna cake or coal pot ligh
Travel records show lax attention to rules
ST. THOMAS - Travel records for the government employees who provide security for Gov. Kenneth Mapp suggest that Government House disregards travel rules for individuals who travel with him.
Records for Charles Smith, the director of executive security,
V.I. police arrest man under new cyber-stalking law
ST. THOMAS - A man accused of harassing a stranger and her daughter with threatening and derogatory phone calls during the last six years was arrested on Friday and charged with cyber stalking in one of the first cases since the V.I. Legislature updated
Mapp at the Admirals Club
During one of his recent trips, Gov. Kenneth Mapp used taxpayer money to pay his membership into the American Airlines Admiral's Club.
The American Airlines website notes that travelers can pay $50 for a one-day pass to any Admirals Club lounge. A charge
Lottery revamps game, boosts Powerball odds
Beginning Sunday, lottery players might have a better chance of striking it rich, as The Caribbean Lottery unveils changes to its Powerball game that it says will offer larger prizes and increase overall odds.
The new game, which will boost odds of winni
Half of deadbeat parents government workers
Acting Attorney General Claude Walker said Tuesday that a majority of the people who are 30 days or more past due on child support payments of more than $2,500 are employed by the V.I. government.
Walker said Monday that the Justice Department's Paternit
Residents call for arrest of man who set chicken on fire, filmed it
A video posted online of a St. Croix man dousing a chicken with lighter fluid and setting it aflame has caught the attention of the V.I. Police Department, the V.I. Agriculture Department and concerned residents.
The video, which was uploaded to the com
Luis Hospital suddenly silent on CMS 'codicil'
ST. CROIX - Luis Hospital officials, who had scheduled a press conference for Monday afternoon to update the public on a Systems Improvement Agreement between the hospital and federal regulators, abruptly cancelled the press conference without explanatio
$2.7M grant to fund UVI physics, astronomy program
Virgin Islands students looking to study the stars soon will get the chance to do so, thanks to a five-year, $2.7-million grant awarded to the University of the Virgin Islands this month by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration.
The grant, wh
V.I. police search former MoneyGram outlets
ST. THOMAS - V.I. Police officers executed search warrants at six former MoneyGram outlets Monday, as well as at two residences owned by the operators of the businesses.
Search warrants were served on St. Thomas on Xpress Payment Center & Money Wire Tran
Officials disagree on impact of Cuba on V.I. tourism
ST. THOMAS - The thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba was the topic Monday at a hearing of the Senate's Economic Development, Agriculture and Planning Committee, and opinions varied about what should or could be done to protect the ter
Acting AG to deadbeat parents: 'It ends today'
ST. THOMAS - Deadbeat parents owe more than $29 million in unpaid child support in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Acting V.I. Attorney General Claude Walker said Monday that the government is going to take action to make them pay in more ways than one.
Government gets $40M loan to help pay $16M in overdue tax refunds
The Public Finance Authority said Monday the V.I. government has received a $40 million Real Property Tax Anticipation Note, and Internal Revenue Bureau Director Marvin Pickering said some of it will be used to pay the remaining $16 million in 2014 tax r
Victim had long dreamed of cruise, visiting 'paradise'
Jill Pires remembers her boyfriend, John Joseph Russo, as dying doing something he had always dreamed of.
"A cruise was always on his bucket list," she said. "He was so excited, calling all his friends, saying he was going on a cruise." The couple, who r