How Magnificent is the Frigate Bird?

I have never seen a magnificent frigate bird up close. Mostly they appear as dark figures hovering high overhead, easily recognizable by their sharply arched wings. Last Friday during the weekly bird walk at Francis Bay, National Park Ranger Laurel Brannick mentioned a recent National Public Radio report about scientists who put electronic tags on…


Pond Bay Brush Removal is Legal

St. John Tradewinds News received phone calls on Wednesday, October 18, from some residents of Chocolate Hole concerned about a landscaping crew removing brush along the beach at Chocolate Hole. However, Legacy Development, the owner of the partially completed condominium complex that has been known as the Pond Bay Club, is in compliance with permits,…


Plastic Bag Legislation Now Law; Governor Mapp Urges Senators to Support Recycling and Bottle Bills

Pictured above: Reusable bag distributed by Dolphin Market in Cruz Bay, St. John.  ST. CROIX, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS –  Governor Kenneth Mapp formally signed his proposal to reduce litter and protect marine life into law late Friday. Bill No. 31-0379 will restrict the use of plastic shopping bags in the territory beginning next year. Members of…


Steven Payne Ramps Up Write-In Campaign

Pictured above: Steven Payne with his daughter Steffi on the left and STJ campaign manager Noellise Powell on the right.  “Our kids are beautiful pawns for politicians.  Saying we care about them makes a great soundbite for election time,” says Steven Payne, who is running as a write-in candidate for senator-at-large in the November 8…

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