Months pass, V.I. records remain secret
ST. THOMAS - The Virgin Islands government remains mute on a long list of public record requests filed by The Daily News.
The government has not acknowledged receiving some of the requests, and is openly defying others in violation of the territory's ope
St. Croix drought now officially a disaster
ST. CROIX - U.S. Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack has designated St. Croix a primary natural disaster area.
"We are pleased to announce that the USDA has designated St. Croix a disaster area," said V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett in
Extra crews help restore power on St. Croix
ST. THOMAS - The vast majority of electric customers on St. Croix had power restored by early evening Sunday, and most of the rest should have power before the night is over, said V.I. Water and Power Authority Executive Director Hugo Hodge Jr. Sunday ev
ST. THOMAS - Another tropical storm formed over the weekend off the African coast, and it was expected to become a hurricane overnight.
Early this morning, Tropical Storm Fred was moving northwest over the Cape Verde Islands where residents were being wa
Seminar's focus is energy efficiency, savings
ST. THOMAS - Mitsubishi Electric, St. John-based Dr. Cool and the V.I. Energy Office this week will expose local contractors, engineers and business owners to the latest in cooling and solar technology.
The seminar, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at
Erika's true impact yet to be felt on V.I.
ST. CROIX - The territory's response to Tropical Storm Erika may prove to be an expensive one.
In addition to activating the V.I. National Guard into Territorial Active Military Service, Gov. Kenneth Mapp declared a state of emergency, imposed a curfew a
Tropical wave predicted to bring rain Monday
Once again, Mother Nature is teasing the territory with the possibility of rain to brng some relief to the drought-stricken islands.
However, less than 48 hours after Tropical Storm Erika threatened to drench the territory - and then did not - Virgin Isl
Closed, canceled and postponed
Tropical Storm Erika's trek across the territory caused a number of closures and cancellations for various businesses and events.
Here is a list of changes, cancellations and reopenings available at press time this morning.
- Carnival Liberty is schedule
Erika 'a little more' than some expected
In the 50 years he has lived on St. Croix, Eric Schindler has seen his share of hurricanes - Hugo, Marilyn, Lenny - but as far as storms go, he said Erika was every bit a tropical storm as it howled across the island Thursday night.
"It was a little more
St. Croix 'fared very well,' says Public Works head
Public Works crews and contractors stayed busy Friday morning clearing trees from numerous roads on St. Croix, but the island benefited from a steady rain brought on by Tropical Storm Erika.
"St. Croix fared very well in my opinion," Public Works Commiss
Local efforts under way to help Dominicans
ST. THOMAS - Several Dominica fundraiser efforts are under way to help those recovering from Tropical Storm Erika.
The Dominica Disaster Relief Committee was born Friday night, and it will begin taking donations starting today at 2:30 p.m. at Dominica Ca
St. Croix bin sites to reopen today
Wastewater facilities on St. Croix were running on generator power Friday in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika.
Stella Saunders, communications manager for the V.I. Waste Management Authority, said the William's Delight Pump Station was "offline due to a
In midst of storm, drive-by shootings
Two drive-by shootings transpired Thursday night on St. Croix in the midst of Tropical Storm Erika.
An off-duty officer employed at Luis Hospital reported shortly before 9 p.m. that a gunshot victim drove himself to the facility for treatment, according
Man rescued off Cabrita Point after taking to boat during Erika
Tropical Storm Erika almost washed a man out to sea early Friday morning at Cabrita Point on St. Thomas.
First responders rescued a man who found himself drifting away in a small boat after he thought he was securely tied to the dock, said St. Thomas Res
BVI 'spared significant impact'
The British Virgin Islands was spared by Tropical Storm Erika, though residents reported trees down and debris on some roads.
"Once again, we have been spared significant impact from a tropical weather system," said acting Gov. Inez Archibald.
Town hall meeting set for Bovoni
The Community And Police Association, in conjunction with the Bovoni Home Owners Association, will conduct a town hall meeting for residents and businesses in the communities of Bovoni, Nadir, Thomasville and Jeni's Hope at 6 p.m. Monday at the Bovoni Ba
WAPA working through weekend on St. Croix
V.I. Water and Power crews started early Friday morning assessing and repairing damage from Tropical Storm Erika, and they will continue to do so on St. Croix throughout the weekend.
WAPA had feeders powering mid-island St. Croix - UVI, the Sunny Isle Sh
2015 storm season
Tropical Storm Ana developed off South Carolina on May 9 and made landfall in the early morning May 10 just north of Myrtle Beach. Ana later was downgraded to a tropical depression.
Tropical Storm Bill formed in the northwest Gulf of Mexico on June 15 an
Governor cites debris, downed lines for calling in Guard
Just after midnight Friday, Gov. Kenneth Mapp issued a statement declaring a state of emergency, instituting a territory-wide curfew until 5 p.m. today and ordering the V.I. National Guard into territorial active military service. He said he made his dec
Reasons unclear for daytime curfew
ST. THOMAS - Gov. Kenneth Mapp made the decision to declare an emergency, institute a daytime curfew and establish catastrophe-level public safety measures by calling the V.I. National Guard into "territorial active military service" after meeting with m
8 of 9 St. Croix power feeders offline
Tropical Storm Erika put down almost all of St. Croix's nine power feeders Thursday night, but she hardly touched the rest of the territory.
The only power feeder still functioning shortly before midnight was No. 5, which provides electricity to Luis Ho
Cruise ship update
Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas cancelled its rescheduled port call for today. The ship will make its regular port call on Sunday, arriving at 7:30 a.m. and departing at 5 p.m.
Carnival Liberty will arrive at 7 a.m. Saturday and depart at 5 p.m.
Rescue teams tackle Erika fallout
Tropical Storm Erika forced St. Croix's first responders Thursday night to deal with entrapment situations and critical emergency calls.
St. Croix First Responder Special Operations Commander Jason Henry said rescue teams saved a couple from a tree that
Government to assess damage today
Gov. Kenneth Mapp is planning to fly over the territory today to judge the damage from Tropical Storm Erika.
Mapp, speaking Thursday evening, said he will meet with Public Works Commissioner Gustav James, VITEMA Director Mona Barnes and National Guard Ad
FEMA deploys staff to help ahead of Erika
ST. THOMAS - Staff from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were present on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John on Thursday in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika.
"This is one of the first times I've seen FEMA staged on all islands," said FEMA Exter
Flooding Waste Management's top concern
ST. THOMAS - V.I. Waste Management Authority Executive Director May Adams Cornwall said Thursday that her contractors can't get out and pick up trash until they get an all clear this morning that all the roads are passable.
"I will have folks out doing
Airports, seaports close for Erika
All airports and seaports in the territory will remain closed until further notice, according to the V.I. Port Authority.
King Airport on St. Thomas and Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix were closed at 4:30 p.m. Thursday as the territory prepared for the arri
On the cover V.I. Fathers March
ST. THOMAS - A crowd of 300 is expected at Emile Griffith Ballpark on Saturday as fathers are feted for being involved in the lives of their children.
The event, the V.I. Fathers March Rally barbecue, is being held in conjunction with the LADIES Back to
Trash to be collected this morning
The Waste Management Authority is advising residents to dispose of all household waste by 7 a.m. today throughout the territory to allow for Waste Management contractors to empty the bins prior to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.
The "Report A Proble
Erika expected to pass within 10 miles of V.I.
Here she comes.
Erika is expected to arrive today as a tropical storm bearing sustained winds of up to 60 mph and heavy rain.
As of press time this morning, Erika was moving west at about 16 mph and was about 100 miles east of Antigua.
With Erika slowing
AARP shows needs of older V.I. residents
ST. CROIX - An AARP survey of caregivers in the Virgin Islands shows that 97 percent of residents ages 45 and older who provide care to seniors and sick or disabled loved ones or family members say training and instruction on medical tasks upon discharge
Shelter locations What you should bring Special needs shelters set up on St. Thomas and St. Croix Shelters ready to protect V.I. residents
More than 400 American Red Cross of the V.I. volunteers are offering shelter from the storm.
"Everyone will be safe," said Robert Sofaly, the Disaster Program Specialist for St. Thomas and St. John told The Daily News on Wednesay evening. "We can guarant
Oscar Mayer recalls turkey bacon
More than 2 million pounds of Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon has been recalled because of "spoilage-related consumer complaints."
The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs issued a statement Wednesday that Oscar Mayer turkey bacon produced between May 3
Forecasters: Coming days will bring dust and more rain
Rainy days will continue after Tropical Storm Erika blows through the territory today.
"There is some moisture in the forecast," National Weather Service meteorologist Walter Snell told The Daily News on Wednesday afternoon. "I think we will have scatter
Residents urged to seek shelter, ports close as Erika nears
ST. CROIX - Gov. Kenneth Mapp on Wednesday urged residents to take the necessary steps to protect themselves as Tropical Storm Erika pays a call on the territory today.
"We ask you all to stay safe, stay dry as much as possible and please make the approp
Attorney in deJongh ruling leaves Justice
The attorney who in 2007 authored an opinion saying public funds could be used to pay for security improvements to the governor's private residence abruptly left his V.I. Justice Department job on Monday, less than a week after the agency filed criminal
Work ongoing on Brookman Road after rain, WAPA water main issue
ST. THOMAS - Rumors circulating around St. Thomas that work has stopped on the Brookman Road project because the V.I. government has not paid the contractor, Island Roads, are not true, according to officials connected with the project.
"We have been pai
Ports prepare for storm; boaters urged to do same
With the non-impact of Hurricane Danny - which fizzled past the territory, leaving it almost as dry as it was a week ago - still fresh, the V.I. government agencies have not been quite as quick to announce changes to hours or instigate special storm proc
St. Croix hopes Erika delivers drought relief
ST. CROIX - Unpredictable weather continues to challenge V.I. agriculture.
Tropical storms threatening the territory this week caused the Agriculture Department to close its abattoir's doors, which are now scheduled to reopen next week, Agriculture Commi
AG removes lead prosecutor from White Collar Crime Unit
Less than a week after filing criminal charges against former Gov. John deJongh Jr., Acting Attorney General Claude Walker removed the lead prosecutor from the Justice Department's White Collar Crime/Public Corruption Unit.
Assistant Attorney General Den
Carrington named to WAPA board of directors
Gov. Kenneth Mapp has named Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Devin Carrington to the board of directors for the V.I. Water and Power Authority.
Carrington serves at the governor's pleasure and his term shall be as long as he rema
Seaborne Airlines cancels flights ahead of storm
Seaborne Airlines issued its storm policy on Tuesday for customers who may be impacted by Tropical Storm Erika, which is expected to affect travel to, from and through the Caribbean in the coming days.
Passengers should check flight status frequently
2 to 4 inches of rain predicted from Erika
The National Weather Service is again forecasting 2 to 4 inches of rainfall, this time starting on Thursday afternoon and continuing into Friday morning as Tropical Storm Erika moves across the territory.
Danny was predicted to deliver similar amounts,
Erika on track for St. Thomas, St. John
Although Hurricane Hunter planes and the National Hurricane center said late Tuesday night that Tropical Storm Erica is poorly organized, it continued speeding toward the territory on a track that put the storm's center on top of St. Thomas and St. John
Moravian docks spared until DPNR, church meet Sept. 9
ST. THOMAS - The Moravian Church V.I. Conference and the Coastal Zone Management Commission will meet in September to discuss the government's need to have floating docks on church property permitted and approved.
If the docks are not brought into compli
2 men detained on separate gun charges
ST. THOMAS - Two St. Thomas men made their initial appearances in federal court Tuesday on firearms charges that resulted from joint investigations conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the V.I. Police Department.
Kids' bike rodeo Saturday on St. John
The St. John Bike Rodeo will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Julius Sprauve School ballfield in Cruz Bay.
The purpose of the rodeo is to ensure that children preparing themselves for the new school year on St. John become aware of their responsibili
Kernan L. McLuster
We announce the passing of Kernan McLuster on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, he was 57 years old.
He is survived by his two children, Kernan McLuster Jr., and Tanya Marquez; granddaughter, Aralyn; four sisters, Alexis Holdman, Tracy Elaz
Lassington "Jacko" Jackson
With deep regret we announce the passing of Lassington "Jacko" Jackson, who passed away on August 15, 2015.
Funeral services will start with a viewing on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at Turnbull's Funeral Home from 5 to
Albertha Rebecca Oliver Francis
Funeral services will be held Saturday for Albertha Rebecca Oliver Francis, former director of Personel of the Foster Grandparents Program, of Bordeaux, St. Thomas, who died Aug. 18, 2015.
She was born on March 14, 1936