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New accessible trail in St. John National Park

It's 78° Fahrenheit  74% humidity. partly cloudy skies
Wind out of the East North East at 7 mph  
Barometric pressure is 29.95 and rising  
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had  .53 inches of rain in the last 24 hours So far 1.01 inches of rain this month. and 3.94 since new year. .
Doppler radar shows: lots of small showers   The Satellite Photo shows: a cloudy rain system passing through our area

The national weather forecast calls for Mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs 84. East winds around 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

On this Thursday April 14 we welcome the Emerald Princess to Havensight  Dock and  Ruby Princess to Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal and SeaDream 1 is visiting St. John

At the top of the news on Thursday April 14  

Good News for handicapped and elderly visitors to the National Park on St. John. There was a ribbon cutting on Wednesday to open the new handicapped accessible trail through the scenic wonders of Cinnamon Bay St. John.  The new trail is 610 feet long and features concrete paths and wooden boardwalks to take visitors from the campground through the Cinnamon Bay factory ruins to the top of the trailhead.  Big Thank You to Diageo for their financial support, also MSI Building supplies, Carlson Construction, BBC Concrete and Paradise Lumber for providing building materials.

How much did they spend? The Daily News is reporting the cost of the parties following the swearing in ceremonies for the Virgin Islands Legislature.  Total tab for parties. $98,950.  Private parties, food, tents, booklets, giveaway souvenirs, flowers, food, award certificates, hotels, airfare, entertainment.  $98,950.  The Governor’s inauguration cost $140,995.  So how much did we taxpayers spend on the government’s parties? $239,945. Almost a quarter million dollars.  I hope they all had a good time.

Meanwhile Taste Of St. Croix is working with the Dept. of Agriculture to raise awareness of local produce and fruit and veggies? The Taste of St. Croix donated $3,000 to the Dept. of Agriculture to promote the Virgin Fresh Marketing campaign. – wonder what they could do with a quarter million senate party dollars?

The U.S. government says Virgin Islands sewage pump stations need major work or they will continue to fail and spill sewage, the District Court issued an order this week requiring the Waste Management Authority to reorganize maintenance of the pump stations. Last year the federal government sued to stop the Figtree pump station by pass that sent sewage into Cane Garden Bay. District Judge Curtis Gomez issued an order for immediate repairs to the Figtree and LBJ sewage stations and repairs to 75 damaged or inoperable pumps territory-wide -  They have 45 days to get it all fixed. The federal attorney was before Judge Curtis Gomez saying "The situation at the pump stations still precarious and demonstrates the lack of timely attention to pump failures," Gomez issued a court order that requires WMA to create a $150,000 Raw Sewage Avoidance Fund to use solely for fast, emergency repairs. WMA 90 days to ensure all the pump stations are operating at all times, with at least one backup pump available.

Health insurance was the topic as the Lieutenant Governor held a meeting of the health Reform Implementation Task force.  Here’s news – there is a tax credit to small business for giving employees health insurance. If you have 25 or fewer employees, provide health insurance and the annual wages are below the limit, then your business may qualify for the tax credit.  Some 1,400 businesses in the Virgin Islands may qualify.

Folks from our Department of Planning and Natural Resources are in New York City today for the meeting of Environmental Protection Agency region two. During the meetings Alicia Barnes and her Chief Financial Officer Susan Penn will assess the current standings of our environmental programs and examine areas of improvement and those that need improvement.

Department of Planning and Natural Resources has a decision meeting for the  Coastal Zone Management for the Waste Management Authority to build a gas and storm water collection system as part of the Anguilla Land Fill – 6:00 PM at Coastal Zone Management Commission Conference Room at Henry Rohlsen Airport at 6:00 PM.

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Here comes UVI with the first digital data buoy that will transmit data directly to a web site. A new technology is being deployed  for coastal ocean observing starting April 14 the new buoy will be installed some 7 nautical miles south of St. John and deliver real time information about wind, air temp, ocean temp wave height, ocean currents and salinity.  This is part of the Integrated Ocean Observing System and eventually there will be 12 digital Buoys that serve the whole region around the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. There will be a commissioning ceremony on April 14 at Havensight Shopping Center near the West Indian Company Limited Dock.

Police Department making Good News on St. Croix and St. Thomas as officers visit schools for the Week of the Young Child.  The K9 and bomb squads paid visits to the Head start programs in Frenchtown, Sugar Estate and Little Blossom Day care. Kids got to meet the K9 dogs and the bomb disposal robot who shook their hands. On St. Croix the Police Department visited Kingshill Head Start and Grove Place Weed and Seed. The message – the Police officer is your friend.

Virgin Islands Carnival Committee is having a Troupe leaders meeting on Thursday April 14 at CAHS Cafeteria at 6:00 PM. Commissioner of Police Novelle Francis is reminds parents of the curfew in effect during all carnival activities.  The Virgin Islands Curfew law says all minors under the age of 16 must be off the streets before 10PM unless accompanied by an adult. Unsupervised minors may be taken in police custody until they are released to their parents or guardians.

WAPA Said extra hours of water service in the evening have been added in some neighborhoods affected by the water conservation schedule,. Customers in the following areas will now have water service daily from 5 to 9 a.m. and 7 to 9 pm: There will be water service at all schools until 5 p.m. each day. WAPA says the schedule will be relaxed as water storage increases.

Dept. of Tourism is on Facebook and they have a new contest. Tell your family and friends in the states to enter this contest.  Dept. of Tourism has a Facebook contest called Experience Virgin Islands Carnival 2011 Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes ends at Midnight on Sunday the 17th.   The lucky winner will receive two round trip airfares and 7 days and 6 nights at the Home in the Tropics bed and breakfast and a chance to march in the Adult parade with a carnival troupe.  They also get a welcome bag, and a bunch of certificates for free dining certificates for dining, rental and activity. The winners have to travel between May 3 and 9 just in time for our Carnival.  The Dept. of Tourism had 1500 new friends since the start added to their sixteen thousand friends on Facebook.  Tell your family and friends in the states to enter this contest.  The sweepstakes ends at Midnight on Sunday the 17th.  

Catch the largest dolphin over 55-pounds and win $25,000 cash! That’s the top prize in the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club’s 2011 Dolphin Derby sponsored by Budget Rent A Car, set for April 17, 2011. That’s not all.  Over $30,000 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs. The top boat and top three anglers will receive trophies. In addition, cash prizes will be awarded to anglers reeling in the ten largest dolphin.  The 2011 Dolphin Derby sponsored by Budget Rent A Car will be limited to boats from St. Thomas and St. John. Register for the tournament at the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club in Red Hook on Friday April 15 from 6 pm to 9 pm.  Fishing begins with lines in the water at 6:30 a.m. on April 17. All boats must be back at the American Yacht Harbor dock by 4 pm for weigh-in. For more information, call 340-775-9144 or Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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