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Wilma Lewis gets Presidential nod

It's 78° Fahrenheit  73% humidity. Clear Skies
Wind out of the North East at 9 mph
Barometric pressure is 29.97 rising  
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had  .17 inches of rain in the last 6 hours.
Doppler radar shows: widely scattered showers.   The Satellite Photo shows: Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for Partly cloudy this morning then becoming variably cloudy with Scattered showers. Highs 83. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

On this Friday March 4th we welcome : Explorer of the Seas and Seabourn Legend to Havensight  Dock


At the top of the news on Friday March 4th  

Senate Committee on Planning and Environmental Protection had no problem with modifying the Coastal Zone Permit to Marriott's Frenchman's Reef. The hotel complex is getting ready for a major renovation, and the senators were in favor of rebuilding the dock and constructing of a pump house with a 300 foot inlet for sea water. Frenchman's Reef is also going green by reducing the number of air conditioning  units by building a central plant and reducing the temperature of the outflow of their reverse osmosis plant by mixing it with seawater.

Senate Committee of the Whole is meeting on St. Croix to take testimony on  the use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The Governor sent down a report on the use of ARRA money – we had some 338 million dollars awarded to the Virgin Islands through the ARRA stimulus program. So far 140 million has been spent funding infrastructure projects and 140 jobs. The Governor said the funds prevented some layoffs and helped with critical infrastructure. There is 1.8 million for port security in the pipeline.

WAPA is having water trouble – Unit 15 is down and that reduces their ability to desalinate seawater. Which means less fresh water in their system.  WAPA will effect water conservation from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM in Lindberg Bay, Contant, Anna’s Fancy, Altona, Solberg., Upper Savan, Agnes Fancy, Frenchtown, Hospital ground, Berg’s Home and Estate Thomas.

On top of WAPA’s water problems, we have had the driest winter in 30 years which means cisterns are low, vegetation is dry and prone to fires and there is no sight of rain in the forecast.,  Everyone needs to practice water conservation.

Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen is fighting back at the lionfish. She submitted a resolution  in congress to develop a comprehensive scientifically based region wide strategy to address the lionfish with local management plans and international cooperation. Her resolution supports scientific research and encourages raising public awareness.

Hearty Congratulations to Wilma Lewis. Governor John DeJongh said he was please that President Barack Obama has chosen St. Thomas Native Wilma Lewis to be the judge of the District Court in the Virgin Islands. She is presently the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Interior and has previously been solicitor general for Department of Interior as well as Inspector General and other legal posts. Lewis has her law degree from Harvard University and a bachelors degree from Swarthmore College.  

Anyone know Durray S Primus of 83 Contant.   His Driver’s license and car paper work are all here at WSTA.  Durray Primus.

This is Virgin Islands History Month in the Virgin Islands.  Governor John DeJongh signed a proclamation urging everyone to honor and celebrate the territory and its history. People of all origins, backgrounds, ethnicities, colors, beliefs and religions have made contributions to the history of this community – disproportionate to its size and geography. March is the month to celebrate Virgin Islands History.

World Day of Prayer is this evening at Nisky Moravian Church the children service is at 6:30 PM and the main World Day of Prayer service is at 7:00 PM. Women are asked to wear white.  Men are asked to come and be creative. World Day of Prayer service on St. Croix is this evening at the Ebenezer Methodist Church in Estate Richmond in Christiansted at 7:00 PM.

I told you the other day about the new police department mobile command center on St. Croix – well it paid a visit to the Claude O. Markoe School on Wednesday and children in the first and second grades got to take a tour of the new mobile police vehicle. They got to learn about of the touching a gun if they find one and they got to touch bullet proof vests before getting a handful of pencils, crayons and coloring books to accompany the juice and candy.  Commissioner of Police Novelle Francis said the mobile unit was all about outreach.

Poetry Out Loud competition is coming up to the finals today at Divi Carina Bay Resort and Casino at 3:30 PM today. The top two winners from each school are converging on the Divi today to find out who will represent the Virgin Islands in Washington DC in the finals on April.

Bolongo Bay earned a spot in the readers choice at About.com’s Best All Inclusive Resort listings.  We need to help. Bolongo Bay beat all kind of hotels all over the region to get on the top five list. Pretty amazing for an independent 62 room resort. Go to hotels.about.com and look for the finalists in the readers choice. Right now Bolongo Bay is 3rd among 5 contestants with 16% of the vote. We all need to go to hotels.about.com and vote for Bolongo!  Voting is open until March 8th.

Here is another place you can make a difference.  MSI wants your opinion on their carnival T-shirt.  They have two designs on Facebook and you can choose your favorite.  Go to facebook.com//islandtough and pick your favorite for the MSI Carnival T-Shirt. Someone said they missed the page – that’s facebook.com//islandtough

Hearty Congratulations to the two UVI students who won the top awards in the Fall 2010 research Symposium.  Sanlin Robinson and Emilio Edwards are the top two research scientists among the UVI students. I will spare you trying to read the titles of the research, just be pleased that among UVI students there are many who excel in science research.

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