Senate fails to inform public of me...

Senate fails to inform public of meetings

ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Legislature failed to inform the community of meetings to be held this week at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall on St. Thomas, but Legislature officials said they do not believe they violated the territory's open meetings law.
St. Croix radio magnate faces tax e...

St. Croix radio magnate faces tax evasion charges

ST. CROIX - Jonathan Cohen, owner of JKC Communications, was casually dressed in khaki shorts and a faded orange T-shirt when deputy marshals escorted him before District Magistrate Judge George Cannon on Wednesday afternoon. Cohen was advised of his ri
Golden Grove remains 'dangerous, vi...

Golden Grove remains 'dangerous, violent, unhealthy'

ST. CROIX - A new report on conditions at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility says the facility remains "a very dangerous, violent, unhealthy, under-supervised, under-maintained, and deleteriously understaffed correctional environment" - and that th
Box of blasting caps found at Peter...

Box of blasting caps found at Peter's Rest Convenience Center

ST. CROIX - The road that runs in front of the Peter's Rest Convenience Center was closed to traffic for several hours Wednesday after workers discovered what they thought were live explosives. Traffic was diverted through the Peter's Rest residential ar


Island?s Newest Fuel Service Statio...

Island?s Newest Fuel Service Station Opens on South Shore Road Hillside


Customers were lined up to fill their gas tanks during the grand opening of Racetrack Gas Station on South Shore Road on Saturday, April 19.

After going from three gas stations to one for the past several years, St. John now has a second gas station with the long-awaited opening of the Racetrack Gas Station on the east side of the renowned Jacob?s Ladder hill on Southshore Road between the Westin Resort and Cruz Bay, on Saturday, April 19.

The construction of the purported $1 million gas station on a long narrow strip alongside the steep two-lane road is an engineering marvel, with towering concrete retaining walls creating the space for the pumps and tanks.

Additional commercial space is being developed between the new station and the neighboring St. John Market in the neighboring commercial center adjacent to Guinea Grove apartments and the Westin.

Special guests gas jockeys, above, were on had to serve customers for the opening.

V.I. Port Authority To Meet with Ma...

V.I. Port Authority To Meet with Marine Operators About Enighed Repair Work


It wasn?t that long ago, but it may be hard to remember what the Enighed Pond waterfront looked like before the construction of the wastewater treatment plant and subsequent port. These late 1990s Tradewinds file photos, above and below, show when the waterfront area across South Shore Road from what is now The Marketplace, was a dumping ground and junkyard.

The V.I. Port Authority will be meeting with the island?s marine operators to take control of the indiscriminate usage of the Enighed Pond Port facilities, according Carlton Dowe, Executive Director of the V.I. Port Authority.

?Those boats that are doing repairs have to leave,?  Dowe told St. John Tradewinds on Tuesday, April 15. ?We will meet with the operators to discuss what activities can be conducted.?

?There are some challenges and we will be meeting on the 29th of the month,? Dowe said. ?The usage is managed by the port?s marine manager.?

Permit Allows Incidental Repairs
The federal Army Corps of Engineers, which issued the permit for the construction of the port, restricted work in the port to ?incidental? repairs, according to VIPA  officials.

Since the construction of the port in the former salt pond, residents of the Contant neighborhood on the south shore have complained that the operators of several island marine companies have conducted repairs of vessels not in service at the port for lengthy periods of time.

Education, Transportation Top Topic...

Education, Transportation Top Topics at Coral Bay Town Meeting


Senator Donald Cole (center) hears from constituents in Coral Bay at a town meeting at GBS on April 16.

The fate of the Guy H. Benjamin Elementary School and transportation issues topped the list of concerns expressed at the Tuesday evening, April 16, town meeting in Coral Bay.

The meeting, hosted by the Coral Bay Community Council, drew about 40 participants, many of whom shared their opinions and concerns. Members of the 30th Legislature and their representatives traveled from St. Thomas to hear from their constituents.

Much of the talk at the two-hour meeting centered on a pending decision by Governor John P. deJongh as to whether Guy Benjamin School can stay open as a public elementary school. Because of a drop in enrollment, caused in part by the transfer of the kindergarten and first grades to the Julius E. Sprauve School in Coral Bay, Gov. deJongh is expressing concern about the $1 million he says is needed to keep the school open.

One alternative, being promoted by the Department of Education and some lawmakers, is converting Benjamin School into a an early learning center. Senator Tregenza Roach says a model already exists in the school system at the Jane E. Tuitt School in Savan on St. Thomas.

?The idea of the early childhood center was the most promising,? Sen. Roach said.

"Licensed Villa Company" Parking On...

"Licensed Villa Company" Parking Only!


This V.I. Police Department officer tried not to write a parking ticket for the operator of the safari bus parked in the recently-designated waterfront parking spaces reserved for ?Licensed Villa Company? on Thursday, April 17, but the unattended bus had been parked there in the early morning hours to await a pre-arranged tour and the driver could not be found.

Former St. John Police Chief and DP...

Former St. John Police Chief and DPNR Chief Sentenced in Drug Case


A veteran St. John police sergeant and the former chief law enforcement officer of the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources official were sentenced to short federal prison terms April 17 for smuggling more than 15 pounds of cocaine.

Retired Police Sergeant Angelo Hill and DPNR Environmental Enforcement Chief Roberto Tapia received 21 months and 70 months, respectively. Hill pleaded guilty in December 2013 to drug conspiracy charges. Tapia pleaded guilty to racketeering related to drug trafficking.

Chief District Judge Curtis Gomez sent Hill and Tapia away after telling both men they did a lot to save themselves more time behind bars than they could have gotten by cooperating in the prosecution of other defendants.

Credit for Testifying Against Others
Judge Gomez credited the cooperation each defendant gave investigators after their arrests in handing out the sentences. Hill otherwise could have received up to 84 months under federal sentencing guidelines.

Tapia was facing life in prison, Gomez said.

The two men were arrested in May 2013 after a team of local and federal law enforcers used surveillance methods to track the course of a day-long drug smuggling operation on May 17. Six other individuals were arrested in the course of that investigation.

Seven kilograms of cocaine were confiscated from a backpack carried by Tapia after he made a trip from Cruz Bay by ferry boat after a rendezvous with Hill on St. John. 

Lengthen, Loosen and Ease Pain with...

Lengthen, Loosen and Ease Pain with Melissa Luterek at Pilates Worx


Pilates Worx studio owner and instructor Melissa Luterek demonstrates an exercise on the Pilates reformer.

For anyone feeling pain in their back, knees, wrists, ankles, or anywhere really, Melissa Luterek could hold the alternative to surgery.

Luterek recently opened a spacious, air conditioned Pilates Worx studio in The Lumber Yard bringing 17 years of Pilates instruction experience with her to Love City. She has been working with patients suffering from arthritis, scoliosis, sciatica, herniated disks, carpal tunnel and more.

It was an injury she suffered which first introduced Luterek to Pilates. Originally from the East Coast, Luterek was just about to begin a four-year dance scholarship at Marymount Manhattan College, when she blew out her knee, she explained.

?I was a professional dancer and just before heading off to college for dance, in my very last audition, I blew out my knee,? said Luterek. ?The doctors said I would never dance again and that I needed surgery.?

Undeterred, Luterek put on a brace and showed up to dance school anyway.

?My instructor told me I couldn?t perform on stage with the brace,? Luterek said. ?She told me I had to go take Pilates classes two or three times a week. I danced for four years on that knee and after college decided to get certified in the use of Pilates.?

A Major Addition to Virgin Islands ...

A Major Addition to Virgin Islands Park

The National Park Service recently purchased the beach at Maho Beach and its surrounding hillside for the Virgin Islands National Park.
N.E.A. Grants Aim to Reach Those Wi...

N.E.A. Grants Aim to Reach Those With Limited Access to the Arts

A concerts series for veterans and an exhibition of work by artists with disabilities are among the projects awarded grants.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Vir...

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Virgin Islands

Better than boating or diving, paddle boarding is a 360-degree experience, with vistas of land and sea all around.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Vir...

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Virgin Islands

Better than boating or diving, paddle boarding is a 360-degree experience, with vistas of land and sea all around.
A Rum Battle, a Tax Hangover

A Rum Battle, a Tax Hangover

Rum has set off a dispute between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands over a tax the U.S. treasury collects on it.
Resort With Tents

Resort With Tents

To the Editor: Your article on the ecological tent resort at Maho Bay on St. John, ''Resort Option in the Caribbean: A Tent'' (Dec. 6), nicely celebrated the success of the concept, its execution and its endurance. In crediting the developer, Stanley Selengut, the author pointed at the...

UPDATE: Five on remand, two denied ...

UPDATE: Five on remand, two denied bail for money laundering and drug charges

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Five men who were allegedly caught laundering money in addition to being found with a substantial amount of cocaine, appeared before the Magistrates Court today, August 13, 2012. The session concluded with the men being remanded to prison until a next court hearing; two applications of bail were also denied by Magistrate Tamia Richards, who presided.
SOL: ?We are confident that we put ...

SOL: ?We are confident that we put in a very good submission?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) today, August 13, 2012 opened bids for the supply of diesel, lubricants and gasoline for their engines and vehicles. The bids are to cover the period September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2014.
UPDATE: Court against man leaving t...

UPDATE: Court against man leaving territory for ?unnecessary? treatment

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After being remanded to the Peebles Hospital for medical evaluation, Elrys Todman appeared at the Magistrates Court today, August 13, 2012, where he was instructed by Magistrate Tamia Richards, that the request for his case to be adjourned for him to be able to travel abroad would not be granted and his bail requirements would be increased.
MVP Rymer powers ?Canes to Champion...

MVP Rymer powers ?Canes to Championship victory!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI ? The Hurricanes were crowned Eva Simmons Fast Pitch League Champions on Saturday August 11th, 2012 thanks to Kye Rhymer?s Grand Slam and some too hot to handle pitching from Neville Smith in a decisive 7-5 victory over the East Invaders in Game 5.
CCT improves service in Jost Van Dy...

CCT improves service in Jost Van Dyke

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI ? CCT would like to inform its valued customers that cellular service levels have been fully restored in Jost Van Dyke and surrounding areas. CCT's investigation in to the degradation in service revealed issues affecting one of the cellular sites used to provide service.
?Showtime ain?t sleeping!? says Jug...

?Showtime ain?t sleeping!? says Juggo

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - In an exclusive interview with Showtime Band member and vocalist Raul ?Juggo? Sprauve, Virgin Islands News Online was told that the band was ?very grateful that we came up and won again?, adding that ?The band really did good this year and we?re very happy that we came out victorious once again?.
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