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81  Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Mostly Clear Skies.
81 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.96 inches
Wind is from East South East at 6 MPH
No rain in the last 24 hours at WSTA.

National Weather Service says:   An area of mid level high pressure is expected to strengthen over the northeastern Caribbean through the end of the week resulting in significant drying today through the weekend. A Saharan air layer will suppress cloud cover and shower development. And give the sky a hazy appearance.  Across the local waters, north swells will continue to reach the Atlantic coastal waters today through Thursday. Winds are expected to strengthen today through the end of the week. Expect rip currents on the north and east facing beaches. Seas to six feet and winds to 18 knots.

Forecast : A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. High 82F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. 10% Chance of rain

Cruise Ship News Norwegian Getaway, Freedom of the Seas, Disney Fantasy, are at Havensight Dock and the Caribbean Princess is at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

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At the top of the news on !! AIR – June 4 Wednesday

Have you driven past Donoe Bypass recently? A lot of land behind Home Depot has been cleared getting ready for 17,000 solar panels. The panels will sit on 32 acres and generate some 4.2 megawatts of electricity to go into WAPA’s grid. That solar facility will provide as much as five percent of the daytime baseload for St. Thomas. Right now it looks like a wasteland. But WAPA will be planting solar panels and harvesting electricity from sunshine.

WAPA is also building a mountain. WAPA is taking the top of Grambokola Hill and moving the rock to the side of Sara Hill opposite the airport runway. Looks like a new mountain rising in the Parking Lot. WAPA says the blasting is over and they are close to the end of moving the rock to make way for the new propane tanks.  Hugo Hodge says WAPA will be operating on propane by October. Maybe later. Maybe January, but propane is coming.

Soraya Coffelt had her day in court.  Can the team run for Governor and Lieutenant Governor if one is no-party and the other is a Republican Party official.  Judge Wilma Lewis took it under advisement. She said she would make a prompt decision. Lawyers for the election system said the law is clear. People who are registered with political parties have to run under those parties or it would create chaos. Imagine a candidate who loses their party primary but files as an independent in the general election.   Coffelt’s lawyers say that is moot.  John Canegata is not in the primary. Judge Lewis said her decision will be based on the plain language of the law.

The Virgin Islands National Guard  is conducting a 5-day training exercise throughout the territory. Operation Forward Guardian II takes place today through Sunday June 8. During the exercise, Guardsmen will set up field sites, perform required tasks, and react to no-notice scenarios.  Personnel, equipment, and vehicles will be utilized in this training. Guardsmen and Army Reserve forces will participate in the preparedness exercise.  The community is asked not to be alarmed as this is just a TRAINING EXERCISE.  We apologize for any noise and road traffic in the residential areas adjacent to the training areas around St. Croix. Motorists are advised not to overtake a group of military vehicles on the roadways.

Remember the fish? The tilapia fish at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School? Vandals damaged the program back in October, and killed most of the fish.  But Kean school rebuilt and the program is back – from a donation of fingerlings, they have raised big fish They will have a fish sale on Friday at nine a.m. and they expect to have as many as 700 fish by the end of the summer.

Hearty congratulations to the two students at St. Croix education complex who are headed into the US service academies. Chasen Richards will be going to West Point to become an Army officer. And or Orchadia Sackey will be attending the Air Force Academy in Colorado. There are other high school seniors headed to the academies. Portia Norkaitis, of Peter Gruber International Academy, Alex Lewit and Harry Hoffman from Country Day are going to the Academies. Good Hope Country Day senior Joseph Lanclos will attend the Air Force prep school next year to enter the Academy a year from now. Meanwhile Kean school 2013 graduate, Peron Trotman, is graduating from that same Air Force prep school headed into the Air Force Academy.

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Could your small business use a boost? Are you making the most of Online Marketing tools? Is your business safe in the cyber world? Do you have a business in the VI or want to start one?

The Small Business Development Center and the US Small Business Administration will honor small businesses during Small Business Week – now through Friday. . There are opportunitires for business owners to participate in special trainings to help with business growth. Late in the week is the awards ceremony.   Small Business Week is June 3 - 6 with a class about online marketing tools. Safeguard your businesses with security strategies. Network with other small businesses and show off your own.  Find out more about the Small Business Week seminars, luncheons and awards ceremonies at sbdcvi.org Or call 776-3206 to ask for a seminar schedule.

Cancer Support Virgin Islands meets at noon at the Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute Bennie Benjamin Auditorium.  June 4: Dr. Katherine Anderson, ND & Dr. Petra Ketterl, MD Medical Oncologist CTCA, Southwestern Regional Medical Center

Senator Terrence Nelson and Senator Kenneth  Gittens are holding a Town Meeting, to listen to all viewpoints regarding the Hovensa issue. This evening at #89 Strawberry Hill from 5:30 pm until 7:00 PM. The Senators will express their views on the history/future of Hovensa, as well as provide an update on what they see is happening now. For more information contact Senator Nelson's at 712-2210

We keep hearing wonderful things about baseball star Jabari Blash. Tuesday night in El Paso Texas, Blash launched three home runs as his Tacoma Rainiers team emphatically ended a four-game losing streak with a 13-4 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas. Blash hit a towering three-run homer to center field in the third inning. He led off the fifth inning by ripping the first pitch down the left-field line for a solo homer.  Blash’s third shot was a majestic three-run smash to left field off Sexton in the sixth inning, making it 13-3. Blash is a star on the rise.

Our  good newsmakers of the day today are the lower school children at the Antilles school. This year they held a raffle to raise money for charity. The raffle prize was a chance to throw a whipped cream pie in a teacher's face. That must be popular. They raised $175. And they are going to donate the money to the organization that gives teddy bears to the Family Resource Center for children in traumatic situations. Lower School – you are making good news.

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