Tuesday, June 03, 1997

US Virgin Islands

[singlepic id=4817 w=180 h=40 mode=web20 float=left]Good morning! This is Alex Randall with Good News Headlines


Revised School Calendar Will Be Used

The arbitrator made a decision regarding the extensions of the school calendar in those schools that opened late due to the storm. The Dept. of Education extended the calendar to make up the lost days, but the union said that violated the collective bargaining agreement. The dispute was given to binding arbitration and the decision ins in. School will continue at Berthe C. Boschulte School, Peace Corp. Lockhart and Central High on St. Croix until the full number of school days has been met. The arbitration panel said the statute is clear and unequivocally grants the authority to the Department to set the calendar.

Current Conditions in Paradise:

Temperature: 78 Degrees Water Temp: 71 Degrees Skies: Crystal Clear, Cloudy, 60% chance of showers Beach: Perfect Swimming: Perfect Diving: Perfect Sailing: Perfect Drinks: Ready

Lieutenant Governor Mapp Says the Tax Bills will go out.

The Lt. Governor announced yesterday that real estate tax bills are going out despite some properties not being reassessed after the storm. 50 million in tax bills will go out almost immediately. By Friday, 1995 tax bills for St. Thomas, Christiansted and St. John will go out. The 1996 tax bills for Frederiksted will also go out by Friday. The 1996 tax bills for St. John and Christiansted will go out by June 30th and St. Thomas 1996 bills will go out in August. The Acting Governor appointed Claudette Farrington to run the Bureau of Finance, but will hold the formal nominations until the Governor returns from the Far East.

Senate Finance Committee Meeting today

The Senate Finance Committee is meeting today at 10 in St. Thomas. They have a long list of leases and requisitions from Department of Planning and Natural Resources, and the fire service.

Changes come to the Grigg Senior Home

Senator Hansen asked for changes at the Herbert Grigg Home for Seniors on St. Croix and she got it. The Lt. Gov. announced that the Alda Forte is leaving the Herbert Grigg home and that Vera Falu will assume responsibility for the Herbert Grigg home.

Hurricane Hunters are Back

The Rholsen airport has the famous hurricane hunters back on St. Croix and that is good news. The Hurricane Hunters will fly into all incoming storms to insure that we know where the storms are and how strong they are. Lets all make the Hurricane Hunters welcome, they are here to help us all.

Dept. of Public Works News

Dept. of Public Works has a special project going on today, they are beginning to replace the road signs lost to Hurricane Marilyn and Hurricane Bertha. Starting today on the west end they will be replacing all those road signs. Heavy equipment operators and large truckers, there is a meeting at 2:00 PM – at the Dept. of Public Works conference room. You know there are restrictions to keep large vehicles from using the roads from 6 and 9 AM – and from 3 to 6 PM. This is a meeting for the operators and owners of those large vehicles to tell their side of the story. This at 2:00 PM – at the Dept. of Public Works Conference room in Crown Bay

Conde Nast Essay Contest Winners

Remember the Conde Nast Essay Contest, well we have some semi-finalists in the Virgin Islands. Patrick Henry and Kevin Hensley from St. Croix are semi-finalists, so are Kyle Rhymer and Tiffany Vanterpool of the Ulla Muller School also Larna Walters from the Joseph Gomez Elementary School. One of the five will represent the Virgin Islands at the 21st Annual Caribbean Tourism Conference in Aruba in Sept.

June is Father’s Month and June 15th is Father’s Day

Water Island Report

The equipment has arrived and the first fire brigade on Water island will begin training soon. Volunteers are needed to fill in the ranks of the Water Island Volunteer Fire Brigade.