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It's 79° Fahrenheit  78% humidity. Clear Skies
Wind out of the East at 9 mph
Barometric pressure is 30.02
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had Point 2 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Clear Skies  Satellite Photo Shows: Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for  Variably cloudy early in the morning then partly cloudy. Isolated showers. Highs 86. Mainly east winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

On this Tuesday February 15 we welcome : Cruise Ship News
Dock Norwegian Sun, Constellation, Carnival dream at Havensight
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At the top of the news on Tuesday February 15
How many couples renewed their vows of marriage on the beaches of the Virgin Islands on Valentine’s day – the count varies, 110, 125, on Trunk Bay Beach St. John, a dozen on the Carambola beach on St. Croix - - no matter how you count, the renewal of vows of marriage counts for a lot.  Couples who have been married for decades renewed their vows, so did newlyweds and all in between.  Congratulations to all.

Good News from HOVENSA – you know there was a fire Friday Department of Health dispatched crews to do air testing and cistern testing right away. Because there was complete combustion and no sulfur was released into the air, there was no immediate health impact. No contamination to cisterns from that HOVENSA fire.

The Government of the Virgin Islands is augmented by many boards and commissions on which citizens serve as helpers and guides to community action.  Senator Usie Richards wrote to Governor John DeJongh asking that the Governor fill many of the open positions on the many boards.  There are vacancies on same boards that prevent them from being able to raise a quorum.  Others have solo positions than need to be filled. St. Croix Port Authority has a vacancy, Civil Rights Commission has three vacancies. Same with the Virgin Islands Lottery commission. GERS board has five members service whose terms have expired. Waste Management Authority board has three expired positions. And the Public Services Commission has the same problem, members serving whose terms have officially expired. Some positions are coming up soon, 4 members of the West Indian Company Limited Board will have their terms expire this month and the television system board has the same problem.

Dept. of Tourism Is having a wonderful week in New York and New Jersey – their campaign to bring the warm Virgin Islands to the cold weary north east states has been a success. The USVI Escape package is SOLD OUT.  They sold all of the packages they had available...  SOLD OUT. Our islands are a big hit in the cold north.

Department of Health is planning to make all the fees for immunizations consistent across the whole territory – as of April 1 all the fees will be standardized. An Administrative fee of $15 will be charged for vaccination and additional children in one family will only cost $5.

While we are talking about health, the Agriculture Fair in St. Croix is coming this weekend and the Department of Health is planning to offer free health screenings during the Aggie fair.  Blood Pressure Screening, Blood sugar screening, Blood cholesterol, flu shots and other services will be offered along with educational information about health. breast and cervical cancer, diabetes and other chronic disease information will be available. Oh and look for the new Department of Health No Smoking Signs available at the fair.

Are Lionfish a cancer. Ask William Coles of the V.I. Division of Fish and Wildlife. He used the Super bowl dates to show the rowth of lionfish.  On Super bowl Sunday 2009 they caught two lionfish. On Super bowl Sunday in 2010 they caught 17. On this Super bowl Sunday they caught 14,000 lionfish.  They are growing like cancer. Divers on St. Croix are working with new traps and lures to try to attract the lionfish to traps where they can be removed.

News from the VI Fire Service – there are no burning permits being issued now.  The dry conditions are hazardous and this is no time to burn trash or brush.  No fires until the dry conditions change.

St. Croix Educational Complex High School, announces that a series of very important grade level parent meetings have been scheduled. The meetings will be held in the school’s auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on this schedule: today - 12th grade, Wednesday, February 16 for the 11th grade, Thursday, February 17 for the 10th grade, Tuesday, February 22 for the  9th grade, For more information, call  778-2036.

Volunteers for the American Red Cross St. Croix is meeting at 5:30 PM at 65 Castel Coakley and on St. Thomas the American Red Cross is meeting at Nisky Center also 5:30 PM. That is all American Red Cross Volunteers meeting at 5:30 PM at your respective office on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

St. Thomas Special Olympics committee members and volunteers are meeting at Today at 5:30 PM at the Disability Rights Center. At 5:30 PM.

CAHS PTSA is meeting at 5:30 PM at Ruth E. Thomas Auditorium – the topic is accreditation.

Our virtue of the week is Purposefulness.  Being purposeful is having a clear focus.  Begin with a vision for what you want to accomplish, and concentrate on your goals.  Do one thing at a time, without scattering your energies.  Some people let things happen.  When you are purposeful, you make things happen.

Here comes Text4Babies.  The First lady is introducing a new service today from the Maternal and Child Health Services – when women get pregnant, they sign up for a text messaging service that will send text messages several times a week with tips on nutrition, health and wellness. The information is available in English or Spanish and is intended to help mothers have healthy babies. There is an announcement today. We’ll have a full report in the evening news.  

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