ST. THOMAS — The V.I. Water and Power Authority came under fire Tuesday after unveiling a long-term, consultant-driven plan for efficiency — a plan that residents, unconvinced, slammed as convoluted “mumbo jumbo” and another hopeless attempt to rid the territory of its exorbitant rates and u…

Long-awaited plans to merge the V.I. Port Authority and the West Indian Co. are apparently on the back-burner, according to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., who on Monday, said his administration already has too many “ducks on the table” to tackle the project right now.

New details surrounding a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the West Indian Co. have plaintiff Yacht Haven USVI accusing WICO of an active, years-long scheme to undermine Yacht Haven Grande as a viable competitor, diverting — and even blocking — business from the marina complex in favor of…

ST. CROIX — Bicyclists on St. Croix will soon be able to travel along the Christiansted Bypass more safely as a bike path is on the way, according to officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday.

ST. THOMAS — A man who surrendered to authorities is in jail after police say he attempted to extort and intimidate the owner of a motorcycle.

Arts school scholarship fundraiser and performance

The holiday season kicked off Friday on St. John with Mongoose Junction’s Evening in the Courtyard event, where live music and performances by mocko jumbies and the Caribbean Ritual Dancers evoked a festive feeling.

ST. CROIX — Gov. Albert Bryan on Tuesday proposed legalizing recreational marijuana to help fund the Government Employees’ Retirement System, saying it would help the public pension system, which is facing insolvency by 2024.

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The Virgin Islands welcomed two AARP dignitaries this week, attending events on both St. Thomas and St. Croix to present community leaders with the prestigious Andrus Award and to witness the unveiling of an AARP Community Challenge.

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. recently met with the owner and developer of the soon-to-be-completed Lovango Resort and Beach Club, the first newly constructed resort development in the territory in 30 years.

ST. THOMAS — Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. addressed Monday what he described as the public’s “confusion” over a proposed utility base rate increase in the territory, insisting the hike will be offset by lowered surcharges — and not affect customer bills.

ST. THOMAS — Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said his administration has already begun talks to “dissolve” the two district boards overseeing the territory’s hospitals in favor of a single board.

The V.I. Water and Power Authority recently issued a “scam alert” to customers who appear to be targets of unauthorized attempts to solicit money from WAPA payments, according to a statement.

ST. THOMAS — The Main Street Enhancement project has been extended to Friday, according to a press release the Public Works Department issued Monday afternoon.

The Queen Mary II and the Silver Wind cruise ships pay a visit to Tortola, British Virgin Islands, on Saturday. The winter season is ramping up, with a total of five cruise ship visits to St. Thomas today, and two more calling on Tortola.

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ST. CROIX — Residents braved the heat on Sunday to converge at Estate Bethlehem Sugar Factory for the annual Crucian Coconut Festival.

ST. CROIX — Local artists both new and experienced set up shop at the Estate Whim Museum Sunday for the annual Starving Artists Day, giving residents the perfect opportunity to do some shopping for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.

ST. CROIX — A man was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in Estate Campo Rico, St. Croix, according to V.I. Police spokesperson Toby Derima.

A North Carolina man drowned at Buck Island on Wednesday morning, V.I. Police announced Saturday.

ST. CROIX — Some dedicated shoppers stood in line as early as 4 a.m. on Friday to catch some of the many deals offered by stores around St. Croix on the biggest shopping day of the year — Black Friday.

While some got their Black Friday shopping done early Friday morning, others chose to get their discounted items in downtown Christiansted as hundreds of residents turned out for the final Jump Up event of the year Friday on St. Croix. Many stores stayed open late, offering discounted prices…

Jean Walcott, left, and Joan Barry have been best friends for more than 50 years and said they can’t remember when last they had seen each other. The two were reunited at the Christiansted Jump Up on Friday evening.

ST. CROIX — As residents across the island prepare for the fast-approaching Christmas holiday, the owners of Plaza Extra West remind them that they will once again be selling live Christmas trees to benefit the Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands’ Queen Louise Home for Children.

Two men have been charged with drug-related crimes after their boat was intercepted near Puerto Rico, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert.

The location of the first Penn-Scipio Thanksgiving luncheon was stated incorrectly in Friday’s edition of The Daily News. The first luncheon was held under the Mrs. Addelita Cancryn building in the cove, in 1994.

ST. THOMAS — Scores of residents gathered for the annual Penn-Scipio Thanksgiving luncheon Thursday in Emancipation Garden, an opportunity to feast on traditional holiday fixings and witness firsthand the kindness of a community giving back.

ST. THOMAS — The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to fine the government for every day officials do not comply with court orders to improve the St. Thomas jail — and to use that money to pay detainees’ bail.