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First the weather:
78  degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
67% humidity.
30.04 Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from NE at 17 MPH – Mostly Clear Skies
Point 09 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says: 
Partly cloudy with rain showers. High of 82F. Breezy. Winds from the East at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Cruise Ship News
Explorer of the Seas at Havensight Dock
Ruby Princess at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

Ace Sea Chest - Just in time to get seeds - this year’s seeds are at half price. And here comes new seeds from Livingston Seeds – new seeds at the regular price. The current year seeds are half price. Ace Sea Chest has Mrs Myers fragrances. They have the lovely IOWA PINE and ORANGE CLOVE liquid hand soaps, dishwashing liquids, counter sprays etc. this week.

At the top of the news on Thursday January 17

The newly elected senators got off to a good start on Wednesday in St Croix. Everyone is lovely dovey until the minority started complaining that their offices are too small. The allotments too small. They says this hurts St Croix since 4 of 7 St Croix senators are in the minority.  That means fewer people on St Croix taking calls or talking to constituents. Senators Capehart and Hansen decried the smaller allotments. BUT – Donald Cole cited chapter and verse, it is the law.  Code written in 2005 sets the allottments.  On to more business.

The Port Authority Board of Directors welcomed the new executive director, Carlton “Ital” Dowe. Second day on the job. Attorney General Vincent Frazersaid he had a “tough job ahead. Saying “The Port Authority is the gateway to the economy of the Virgin Islands,” Frazer continued. “We, as a board, fully support you.” Of immediate concern is the state of Port Authority physical infrastructure on St. Croix, Dowe said he will take a familiarization walk through next week. Vehicles are always a topic.  They rewrote the rules about who gets cars and where they can go.

Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen has Good News from Washington DC. She has been named to three subcommittees on the House energy and commerce committee. Delegate Christiansen will continue to serve on energy and commerce, the first Virgin Islands  ever to do so she returns to the subcommittee on health which deals with hospital construction of mental health research she will sit on the committee on energy and power which covers energy policy fossil fuel renewable energy and energy conservation and she will sit on the subcommittee on commerce manufacturing and trade which covers interstate and foreign commerce and all trade matters.

Is it over? The upheaval of the roads in CHRISTIANSTED – is it over. Almost. Today and tomorrow they will be finalizing the repaving – This is the final stage of the undergrounding of water and electrical conduits in the downtown area.  Paving today and it should be complete late on Friday

It’s beautiful.  The new farmers market pavilion in Bordeaux. The annual Bordeaux Farmers Rastafari Agricultural and Cultural Food Fair is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday. Time to come see the new market. 10am to midnight Saturday  and Sunday.

Arts Alive is announcing that David Bromberg will not be able to appear at Tillett Gardens on Friday, January 18, BUT the David Bromberg Trio, will appear, joined by Jonathan Edwards.
Edwards is familiar to Virgin Islanders from the years he spent living on St. Croix.  Tickets are $35.00 Doors open at 6:00 and the concert begins at 8:00 PM.

Can the National Park stop you from smoking on the beaches? They want a ban on smoking on all of its beaches and within 50 feet of its picnic areas and buildings And no smoking in bathrooms. The main idea is to protect visitors and the marine environment. Park officials say the plastic and chemicals in the cigarette butts impact wildlife. Every littered cigarette butt can take up to 25 years to breakdown and all that time leach toxic chemicals into the environment. The park plans to install cigarette butt containers at Trunk and Hawksnest Bay. Add a smoking ban and butts go out at the beach enterance. As money becomes available, more containers at more beaches. You are invited to comment to Acting Superintendent Mike Anderson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  You have until Jan. 28 to do so.

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