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St Croix may be a National Heritage Area

It's 81° Fahrenheit  26.6 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
79% humidity. Under clear skies.
Wind out of the East at 4 MPH.   
Barometric Pressure is 29.89 and rising
We had .04 inches of rain in the last 24 hours
Water temp: 81° in LimeTree Bay St. Thomas and 84 in Christiansted harbor
Doppler radar shows: showers in our area this morning.   Satellite Photo Shows: long band of showers passing over our area

The national weather forecast calls for Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers in the morning...then scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 86. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Today is Wednesday May 11- we welcome: Disney Magic, Carnival Glory and Freedom of the Seas to Havensight Dock

At the top of the news on Wednesday May 11

Power is out on St. Thomas this morning as WAPA had a failure of a generator - major event. St. Thomas has no electricity on any feeder right now. . We are awaiting news from WAPA when they expect to restore power. Department of Human Services offices are closed today. HeadStart is closed. Senior centers are closed. Meals-on-Wheels and homemaker services will be operating.

Central High School  closed early yesterday  due to a noxious smell that permeated the school. HOVENSA said it had no unusual releases - not their fault.  Diageo said they had no releases Department of Planning and Natural Resources  investigated and took air samples. But right now no one knows where the smell came from. Education officials closed Central High School  at 1:00 PM.

Governor John DeJongh sent a letter to the Senators asking them to take action to complete the job of addressing the budget shortfall that is looming.  While the senators passed some of the Governor's budget changes, raising some taxes and making some budget cuts. A 17.4  million dollar shortfall remains for this fiscal year and 90 million in the next fiscal year. The recent senate action closed the original shortfall which was 75 million down to just 17.4 million but they still Gotta close the gap. The Governor wants the senators to come to action. The Governor said, they don't have to agree with my proposals, but they have to come up with their own if they reject mine. Senate President Ronald Russell said he will address the problem but he'd like to have the financial team come to the Senators and give them up to the minute figures on the budget.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be posting patient advocates on St. Thomas and St. Croix, allowing veterans to retroactively submit mileage reimbursement claims for medical travel in 2009 and 2010 according to Delegate Donna Christensen. That V.I. veterans are supposed to  have equal access to health care, but the frequently have to travel to get to the right medical services. , Looking into the cost of medical travel for V.I. veterans, the report concludes that relatively generous allowances for private care and the ability of V.I. vets to get reimbursed for travel expenses make up for the dearth of local services. And now the vets will have access to advocates to help with the travel reimbursement.

This is National Tourist week. Acting Tourism Commissioner Brad Nugent  said,  "This industry is critical to our economy, and it is imperative we employ the necessary measures to ensure its success,"
Today is St. John Hospitality Day -- from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with entertainment at the Creek and Visitors Bureau in Cruz Bay. Local artisans, along with storyteller Gilbert Sprauve will be on site, while Tourism will provide visitor information and distribute branded giveaways.
we have a Hotel & Tourism Association’s Career Fair on St. Thomas from 9 a.m. to noon at the Charlotte Amalie High School gym to showcase different careers in tourism.
There is entertainment at Henry Rohlsen Airport, St. Croix with steel pan musician Noel Winter entertaining airline passengers from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We have entertainment at the Cyril E. King Airport, St. Thomas with entertainer Oleik Ledee welcoming airline passengers from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tomorrow is the day Department of Tourism will show its appreciation to the airport employees from 11:00 Am to 2:00 PM and Saturday residents and visitors are invited to stroll the historic streets of Christiansted with CHANT Executive Director Frandelle Gerard, beginning at 9 a.m. Children are welcome.

Good News from St Croix where the Department of Interior and National Park Service says the island meets the Department of Interior's criteria to be designated as a National Heritage Area. Delegate Dr. Donna Christiansen says she is delighted and plans to introduce legislation to complete the process of making St Croix  a National Heritage Area - To get the designation, the island had to meet a number of qualities - St Croix has natural cultural, historic, scenic and recreational resources that give the island a distinct landscape - there are 49 National Heritage Area is the USA.

American Cancer Society  Relay-For-Life is coming up on their tenth anniversary this June.  The American Cancer Society is asking all survivors and family are asked to register for the survivors dinner on the night of the event.  You need to register now. Call 775-5373

Senate committee on Human Services Recreation and Sports will not be meeting on Wednesday as planned - new date will be set later.

Joint Board of Elections is meeting at The battery in St John on Wednesday May 11 at 10:00 Am.

CAHS has a mandatory meeting for 8th graders who will be 9th graders at CAHS.  The orientation is on Wednesday May 11 at the Ruth E. Thomas Auditorium at 5:00 PM.

Social Security Representative is on St John on Wednesday May 11 from 9:00 AM  to 12:45 PM to answer all Social Security Questions. Call 714-0136

Here comes the Health Department's "Fight the Bite" campaign, aimed at educating residents about how to prevent against dengue as the hurricane and rainy seasons draw closer. The idea is to teach residents various precautionary measures, reminding them that "prevention is best," since there is no cure for the disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Tips for the home include:
• replacing or repairing damaged screens;
• protecting infants by covering cribs with cotton mosquito netting;
• keeping tires in a dry place or punching holes in them so that water leaks out;
• putting plants currently in water into soil, and emptying flowerpot bases weekly;
• keeping barrels where water is collected tightly sealed;
• covering or turning over children's toys or buckets that could hold water upside down; and
• placing a screen or mesh over the cistern overflow pipe.

Department of Tourism is hitting home runs with the major media. Essence magazine carried a huge story on fashion in the Virgin Islands.  The May 6 episode of the Nate Berkus Show sent their show winners on a trip to St. Thomas and on yesterday edition of The Today Show the fan of the week got a vacation on St Croix.  Here is one more. On Mother's day the ABC hit show Extreme Make over Home Edition sent the special family on a vacation to St. Thomas showcasing Coral World, BOSS underwater adventure and Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort while 10 million viewers took in the sights of St. Thomas. Even I watched that one.

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