Wednesday, July 23, 1997

US Virgin Islands

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Governor Schneider Says School Repairs to Begin

Governor Schneider met with Liston Davis and engineers and project coordinators to review plans for the reconstruction of Berthe C. Boschulte School, Lockhart and Peace Corp schools Plans call for new media centers, computer labs, cable TV and security systems. The new schools will comply with ADA requirements for access. The Governor said they are “fine-tuning” the method to fund the construction.

Current Conditions in Paradise:

Temperature: 84 Degrees Water Temp: 72 Degrees Skies: Crystal Clear, Occasional Cloud Chance of Rain: 20%: Beach and Swimming : Perfect Sailing and Diving : Perfect Drinks: Ready

Senate Finance Committee Hearings

The Senate Finance committee met again yesterday. When they learned about the lottery and possible impacts of casino gaming on our lottery. Alec Dizon of the Lottery said they want to look at new ways to make the lottery more appealing to visitors and cruise ship passengers. The budget hearings also took up the topic of the Port Authority and the Governor’s Special projects office.

EAST says Stop Lovers Lane Road Work

The Environmental Association of St. Thomas-St. John is filing an appeal of waiver of a Major CZM permit for the road project at Lover’s Lane. They asked for a cease and desist order on the road work saying it needs a full review of the environmental impacts. They say they are not questioning the merits of the project, but the government’s willingness to begin projects without the proper review and permits.

Health Hearings Expose Payment Problem

The Committee on Health held hearings last evening on the state of medical payments and insurance. The patients said they are often asked to pay in advance for medical care. The legislation under consideration would force doctors to accept insurance payments. Adrian Dudley speaking for the Medical Society said the bill punishes physicians to the benefit of the insurance companies. What we need is better communication between the physicians and the insurance carriers. Hearings continue tonight at the Boulon Center on St. John

Coming Up:

The Counselor for Veterans is in town this week. The Veterans Councilor is in St. Thomas at Buccaneer Mall tomorrow from 8:30 AM – to 2:00 PM – on July 24th. The Veterans Councilor is in St. Croix at Estate Richmond on Friday from 8:30 AM – to 2:00 PM – St. John Taxi drivers are having a free training class on Thursday at the National Park Biosphere at Lind Point from 9:00 AM – to noon. A bus tour to park sites is included. It is free Today on the Miss J Show we will be celebrating her 20th anniversary. Call your friends and remind them to tune in for Miss J’s 20th anniversary

Blood Drive Success

The first day of the blood drive was a tremendous success on St. John with over 60 donors coming out to donate blood. Special thanks to the Rolling Pin and Pizzaria and St. John Business and Professional Women sponsored the food for donors. Did you know that every two seconds someone in America needs blood? You can donate blood today at Nisky Center St. Thomas and tomorrow at the Federal Building in St. Thomas. Join me today at Nisky Center. 07/18/97 11:31 AM

Improvements at Mon Bijou

Senator Camacho’s office reports that there are a number of important changes in the Mon Bijou area. Including new security lighting at the Community Center, and new landscaping in the entire neighborhood. Senator Camacho says there are still problems to fix, like the underpinnings of main bridge which gives access over a large gut. 07/22/97 1:12 PM

New Book Out – Virgin Islands History

The disastrous year of 1867 has been reported on in a new book called the Disasters and Disruptions in 1867, Hurricane, Earthquake and Tsunami in the Danish West Indies. The book is accounts and reports of the year of the disasters. When there was a devastating hurricane and 39 earthquakes and tidal waves. The new book is published by the Eastern Caribbean Center.

Recorder of Deeds to Move

The recorded of Deeds is moving – it is the third component of the Lieutenant Governor’s office to move, to Estate Thomas at the Builder’s Emporium building. The Recorded of Deeds will close Wednesday and reopen on Tuesday next week with the same phone number 774-9906

West Indian Company Dock Repairs

The WICO Dock is getting some strengthening this summer as they dock staff prepare for the upcoming season. They are adding sheet piles to the south end of the dock and dredging out the silt that has accumulated. The work is being done in the daytime and will not effect the cruise ship traffic.

Water Island Report

Water island is so dry this year that they are distributing bags of “Instant Water” all you do is open the bag and add water.

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