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Weather in the World : freezing in Washington at 32 degrees, New York is 28 degrees Boston is 20 with clouds. In Denver 32 degrees same temperature and Bismarck North Dakota, 30 degrees in Minneapolis but it's not that cold here


80 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear  Skies.
76 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.03 inches
Wind is from East at 10 MPH
No rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says :   Generally dry and stable weather conditions are expected to continue across the Virgin Islands as an upper level ridge remains the dominant weather feature. Embedded trade wind showers are expected to affect parts of the local area and the surrounding coastal waters this morning. Across the local waters, small craft operators are urged to exercise caution for seas to five feet and winds to 21 knots.  The forecast calls for Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 80 degrees. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

Cruise Ship News:  the Reflection, Carnival Liberty, Divinia are at Havensight Dock
Norodom is at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: and Prinsendam is visiting St. John

Headlines : 

At the top of the news on !!AIR – March 18 Tuesday
How are we going to raise 40 million dollars?  That is the size of the hole in the fiscal year budget. Fourteen members of the Legislature met Monday with Governor John DeJongh and members of his financial team to discuss revenue generating measures to close the budget gap for fiscal 2014. Senate President Shawn Michael Malone described the meeting as "encouraging, constructive and productive." On the list – an income tax surcharge, increasing the fee for vehicle registration, increasing cell phone tax that might raise $1.2 million possibly a luxury tax that might raise $2.5 million maybe a sales tax or online gaming tax. They discussed furloughs and reducing workloads. They focused on the recently approved Villa Tax which might generate $3 to $5 million dollars.  There is concern they can’t get the money due to lack of personnel at the Bureau of Internal Revenue. They also discussed businesses that are not paying their fair share of taxes. Another topic was a tax on monies being sent through money exchanges off island and maybe a departure tax. What emerged as the main idea was NOT to burden the local citizens, but focus closing loopholes in existing laws. The biggest revenue generator is to increase tax collection of money already owed the government. 18 million dollars is out there to be collected.

Meanwhile one senator is rushing the opposite direction. Senator Chucky Hansen is proposing to reduce the gross receipts tax. Right now it's five percent. She wants to reduce the tax to 4.5 percent. Hansen says business is hurting, and the biggest hurt is the tax. While the other senators are trying to raise revenue Hansen's working on reducing revenue. Hansen has other ideas she says the people are overtaxed already. She says you can't reduce government services she asks quote what service? Quote you hardly get someone answer the phone in government. While some are calling for aggressive collection she says most people can handle two tax bills in a single year. Hansen prefers a luxury tax or arrival and departure tax on tourist going to the British islands. She says get the hotel projects going on St. Croix, and she favors reducing the gross receipts tax

The port authority concluded public hearings on the plans to increase the fees for the Authority’s marine tariffs. The ship dues will rise from $.85 to two dollars and wharfage fee will increase from one to three dollars. This applies to all vessels except cruise ships and ferries on the St. Thomas St. John route. The fees have not increased in 20 years. The new rates going to effect on April first. What are we getting for the new money? The Port Authority plans to construct a Customs and Border Patrol facility in Red Hook. They plan to build a second level on the parking outside the terminal. The old dock in Red Hook will be refurbished, and the Charlotte Amalie waterfront bulkhead will be repaired.

If you've driven over the hill from WAPA to the airport past Haypiece Hill and Sarah Hill you can't help but notice all the tires on the side of the road. Crews from the Port Authority have been fishing tires out of the bush. Evidently dozens of people have disposed of their tires by pulling over to the roadside and hurling tires into the bush. Not only is this unsightly from Lindbergh Bay beach but the tires collect water and breed mosquitoes. Waste Management Authority said they can’t track who is disposing of the tires but if someone gets a picture and a license plate number – then enforcement officials can investigate and issue a citation. The fine for dumping tires illegally is $1000. You really have to wonder about the mindset of a person who pulls over to the side of the road and throws tires into the bush. Shame on you.

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The Police Department juvenile unit are searching for Sharif Matthew. He is a 16 year-old minor who failed to appear at a court hearing and has not been seen since March 13. Matthew is 5’11 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds.  He has a dark complexion, dark brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing khaki pants, a black t-shirt and slippers when he was last seen. Matthew frequents Mon Bijou, Frangi Pangi and Harbor View apartments. If you have seen Sharif Matthew or know his whereabouts  please contact juvenile detectives at 712-6046, or call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. 

The Government Employees’ Retirement System wishes to advise members that the hours of operations for obtaining a GERS Member Discount Card, has been modified.
Effective today members may visit the GERS office to get their discount betwenen 9:00 AM and noon.  And Thursday of every week from 9:00 AM to noon and again 2 to 4:00 PM in the afternoon. Cost $5 and gets you discounts at participating businesses in Havensight Mall, Seaborne Airlines and Carambola Resort. 

The Enterprise Zone Commission will host a charrette to develop a town plan for Upstreet.  Residents and business owners in Upstreet, and the public, are invited to the charrette. This is a series of intense, planning sessions, this evening through Wednesday at the Winston Raymo Recreation Center.  They will draw on your ideas and solutions to town problems and develop a town plan for Upstreet.  
This evening at 5:30 p.m.:   “Social Issues and Housing”
March  19, @ 5:30 p.m.:   “Economic Development”

The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities has a free presentation by Steven Rothstein, from the Perkins School for the Blind. He is talking about the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program called ICanConnect.  The program ensure that every person with combined hearing and vision loss has access to modern telecommunication tools and the training to use them, granting every individual the opportunity to interact with the world as an involved, TODAY on  St. Croix at the University  Cooperative Extension Services Building, Room #133 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Music is in the air - The University of the Virgin Islands has its first biennial Conference on Music and the Arts at the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas Campus starting this morning. The conference is led by Dr. Lorna Young-Wright, the university’s first Ann Elizabeth Richardson Distinguished Professor of Music. The conference presents ideas and recital about Caribbean music. Today at 11:15 there is a recital with Dr. Janise White, from West Los Angeles College, who will present keyboard works by Le Chavalier de Saint-Georges from the island of Guadeloupe. He is remembered as the first classical composer of African ancestry. The performance is today at 11:15 am. Caribbean music today at the University.

And we have a concert on the WICO dock this evening 5:00 to 9:00 at the WICO Dock.. Dion Parsons is bringing us more free music this evening on the dock. Steve Torrey Quarter – Steve plays trombone and something really special, he will also be playing the conch shell. Making music with conch shells. This evening at 5:00 PM at the WICO dock.

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