Thursday, July 10, 1997

US Virgin Islands

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Post Office Will Improve Service

The Dept. of Public Works and the US Post Office are looking at plans to improve the delivery of mail in the Virgin Islands. The plans call from clusters of delivery boxes in residential areas that are storm proof. It also calls for more drop off boxes in more locations around the islands. 07/10/97 7:45 AM

Current Conditions in Paradise:

Temperature: 84 Degrees Water Temp: 72 Degrees Skies: Partly Cloudy Chance of Rain: 20%: Beach and Swimming : Perfect Sailing and Diving : Perfect Drinks: Ready

Conch Protection Doesn’t Include Frozen Conch

Senators Hansen, White and the minority senators passed legislation to allow local restaurants to keep and serve conch that was caught prior to the closed season. It makes no sense to stop serving conch caught legally or imported from outside our region.

Senators are Fighting Air Ticket Taxes

Senator Holland Redfield says the federal government is planning to add taxes to airline tickets and this could hurt us. The new tax could add $30 to an airline ticket.

Bovoni Report to be Released

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry will release the health assessment of the Bovoni Landfill. The report will address the exposure to health hazards and whether the landfill will effect people’s health. The final draft will be available after July 30th and copies will be in the libraries.

Science Summer Camp a Success

The St. Croix Curriculum Center has wrapped up the science and math summer camp. It was a crashing success. The students took control of their learning and went on field trips, they worked with laptop computers and wove pinwheels. They practiced language skills and made models of eco-systems.

Oscar’s Is back

Oscar’s Convenience store in Cruz Bay is back. Oscar James said smoke damage and insurance were more work than hurricanes. He spent over $50,000 to restore the store and added a sidewalk cafÈ, an outdoor bar and hot dog stand. He says the afternoon movie will come back later.

VIAA to Fight Discrimination

The Virgin Islands Advocacy Committee is monitoring all entertainment organizations in the Virgin Islands for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. They will issue law suits today at a press conference.

Can Dead People Vote ?

Senate President Lorraine Berry says the election board rolls include people who are dead and convicted felons in the list of eligible voters. She says she regularly sends mailings to the whole voter list and often gets responses from family and friends that a registered voter is actually deceased.

Holmberg Moves to #7 in the World

Our America’s Cup Skipper Peter Holmberg has been moved up in the international rankings of sailors. Holmberg had been #12 in the world, but after his win in Italy last week with Morgan Avery, Chris Curreri and John Cutler, Peter Holmberg moves up to 7th in the world. That’s Peter Holmberg, a native Virgin Islander, is in the top 7 of all sailors in the world.

Heroes of the Day

Governor Schneider says the heroes of the day are the folks at Majestic Construction. They have adopted the Winston Wells Ball Park in St. John and the St. John Racquet Club is financing the resurfacing of the Cruz Bay Tennis Courts. Dept. Housing Parks and Recreation is committing 250,000 to upgrading St. John recreation facilities.

Water Island Report

Wind, Sand and Stars! What a combination.

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