AARP shares letter on Tibbar Energy Proposal

Posted on 12/3/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy | Virgin Islands Magdalene Morancie, Acting Director Department of Planning and Natural Resources Division of Environmental Protection 45 Estate Mars Hill, Frederiksted VI 00840 Via E-mail: Madgalene.Morancie@dpnr.vi.gov November 25th, 2014 Dear Director Morancie: AARP Virgin Islands is concerned about the petition currently before the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (“DPNR”). According to the Petition, the applicant Tibbar Energy intends to drill 22 water wells on St. Croix so that they may appropriate over 520,000 gallons of groundwater per day for …

Only Hospital on St. Croix Gets Boost

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Virgin Islands Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center, the only hospital on St. Croix, has filled five of the nine seats on its board—enough to set policy for the facility. The hospital board had been without a quorum since 2013, leaving major decisions to a territorial board whose members are largely from St. Thomas. Having a quorum means the board can address the needs of local residents, and having AARP member Kimberly Jones on the panel means St. Croix residents …

AARP Virgin Islands 2014 Voter Guide is Available Online

Posted on 10/20/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy | Virgin Islands Elected leaders are important resources in a community. These individuals hold a great deal of responsibility for the health, welfare and prosperity of their community. Their leadership and foresight are critical toward the success or failure of all of us. Voters, on the other hand have a responsibility and a duty to learn as much as they can about the individuals who have come forward to serve the community. Only by getting familiar with each candidate can the voters truly …

Ask the Candidates: Here’s How

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Virgin Islands Virgin Islanders will elect a new governor, territorial senators and a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 4, and AARP is using social media to help voters learn candidates’ views. The effort, called VIW2K—short for “Virgin Islanders Want to Know”—gives voters a chance to pose questions to candidates via Facebook and Twitter, as well as at public events. AARP does not endorse any candidate or political party, but seeks to clarify candidates’ positions on issues important to …

AARP VI Member Appointed to St. Croix Hospital Board

Posted on 09/5/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Local Resources | Virgin Islands Two St. Croix residents: Kimberly Jones and Troy deChabert-Schuster, who were recently nominated by Governor John P. DeJongh to serve on the Governor Juan F. Luis (JFL) Hospital Board have sailed through a Rules and Judiciary Legislative confirmation hearing in early August. Their confirmation to the Board will give the hospital the ability to conduct its own business. The hospital lost that ability last year due to some political controversies that resulted in unexpected resignations. The Board, by law, has …

USVI Could be Almost Free of Fossil Fuels by the Year 2025

Posted on 09/5/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy | Virgin Islands By Paul Chakroff — August 20, 2014 This is the second in a two-part commentary on energy independence in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Part one, “Storage is a Key Piece to Make Renewable Energy Work in the V.I.,” can be read here.     I applaud WAPA and the VI Energy Office for undertaking (and the US Department of Interior Office of Insular Affairs for funding) a USVI integrated energy resource plan, known as an IRP.   My support is conditioned …