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St. John Live Music Schedule

Monday 04/7

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
340-776 5336

Concordia
Open Mic with Johnny B & Lauren
3:30 – 5:30
340-693-5855

Cruz Bay Landing
Chris Carsel
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Instrumental Jazz
Rich Greengold & Greg Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. East wind around 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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St. John Live Music Schedule

Sunday 4/6

Aqua Bistro
Lauren & Bo
3:30 – 6:30
340-776-5336

Asolre
David Laabs
5:30 -9:30.
340-779-4747

Concordia
Bo
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
693-5855

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 7:00
340-714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
Sambacombo
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
693-5244

Ocean Grill
David Laabs
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
7:00 – 10:00
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Hudson & the Hoodoo Cats
7:00
340-779-4982

Sun Dog
The Sunday Night Jam
Hosted by Patrick and friends
Dinner from 5:30 Music from 7-10 pm
340-693-8340

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Mango Flower

St. John Live Music Schedule

Saturday 4/5

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Hudson & the Hoodoo Cats
9:00
340-777-4220

Castaway’s
Brother Nature
340-777-3316

High Tide
Jason Laurence Jones
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

Rhumb Lines
Lauren
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Shipwreck Landing
Tom Mason & the Blues Buccaneers
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Events

Saturday Cinema

Virgin Fire
American Hustle
9 pm $10

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Senate Looks at Net Metering Changes
By Bill Kossler — April 5, 2014

Household-sized solar power producers will still be able to sell excess power to the Water and Power Authority at retail price through net metering, but larger producers will receive a smaller “Feed In Tariff” payment reflecting WAPA’s costs, if a bill approved in committee Friday becomes law.

When net metering was set up in 2007, it allowed a one-to-one exchange rate for electricity between the utility and net-metering customers. That means that when the solar panels on a customer’s roof put 1kWh of electricity onto the grid, that customer receives a credit allowing them to take 1kWh of electricity back from WAPA’s power plants at night when their panels are ineffective for no charge.

WAPA Executive Director Hugo Hodge told the Energy and Environmental Protection Committee that, because WAPA has to maintain the grid and this does not take into account WAPA’s avoided cost, this means other ratepayers subsidize net metering ratepayers to a certain extent.

To illustrate this principle by taking it to its logical extreme and considering a hypothetical case where every household had solar panels and generated enough power on average during the day to pay for their night time consumption. In this extreme hypothetical case, WAPA would receive no ratepayer revenue at all, but WAPA would still have to pay for fuel to produce power at night and would still have to employ crews to maintain the grid, despite no revenue. At low levels of net metering, the subsidy effect is small but as full-retail price net metering increases as a proportion of power generation, the cost to WAPA also increases until a tipping point is reached.

WAPA’s “avoided cost” is a calculation of the difference between full retail rate of net metering and the rate at which WAPA does not lose money, forcing it to pass that cost onto its paying customers…. read more

St. John Weather

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before noon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 76. East wind around 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

 

 

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The Last Trail Bandit Guide

Interview with Bob Garrison, the Trail Bandit:

What was the philosophy of making a St. John map in the first place?
The only recent maps of St. John were the USGS topo maps which were not updated very often and did not show any hiking trails, the National Geographic map which showed few trails and was inaccurate in places and the map passed out by the NPS which was a poor excuse for a hiking map but did show some trails. After I had visited St. John a few times I realized that there was far more out there than shown on these maps. I decided that I could learn a little about map making and do a better job. My map had to be accurate, give more information and stand up better than the others I had seen.

How the maps were created?
I bought a GPS receiver and hiked the trails and drove the roads to record GPS tracks for all. I discovered the wonderful map of St. John that was published by P.L. Oxholm in 1800. His map showed roads and trails that I did not know about. Using his map and aerial photographs I was able to locate most of the roads he showed and many are still in good shape even after over 200 years. Those old engineers knew how to build a road that would last. I purchased a set of negatives that the USGS topo maps were printed from and used them to get the elevation contours, shoreline, and stream bed locations. I added the trail and road locations that I had recorded and made my first map. I now know that my first way of doing things was not the easiest way to do this.

What is the history of the various map editions
My first map was printed in 2004. I used the USGS data for the roads as they were shown on the 1983 revision of their map. I also did as the USGS had done and only showed the part of St. John that is west of Hurricane Hole. It also showed only the main trails that were on the NPS map. The size of the map was 12″ x 14″ and folded up to fit in your pocket. One problem with the NPS map was that it turned to mush if it got wet. I used a water proof paper. This was a vast improvement over the NPS product.

In 2006 I reprinted the first map, adding a few more trails and updating the roads from aerial photos. I had this map printed in a larger format of 17″ X 21″. I also learned about doing maps in vector format as opposed to treating a map like a photograph. This simplified the layout process and made a better quality product.

In 2008 I designed a map that was acceptable to the NPS so that it would be allowed to be sold in the Visitor’s center. The company thet runs the visitor’s center, Eastern National, ordered 5,000 of these maps and I oversaw the printing. These maps were for sale until 2013 when Rafe Boulon and others had them pulled from the store because the map showed things that didn’t want the public to know about. To the best information I can get, they only sold about half of the maps and I guess the rest were thrown away. This map showed the whole island and was printed in a 14″ X 24″ size. The NPS redid this map to remove a number of trails that they objected to and started selling them in the visitor’s center in early 2014. Sadly, they used cheap paper that won’t last long in the rain. Sometimes it rains on St. John. At least there is a decent map available in the Visitor’s Center.

In the 2010 edition of my map I showed the whole island and included many of the hidden old roads that are out there as dashed red lines. The roads were updated by walking on the new roads with my GPS and also from aerial photos. This edition was printed in a 16″ X 26″ size.

What’s new, what’s changed in the Last Trail Bandit Map
In March of 2014 I had “The Last Trail Bandit Guide to the Hiking Trails of St. John, VI” printed. There are more of the “hidden” trails shown and 33 of them are numbered and short descriptions are printed on the back of the map. GPS tracks are available for these trails and can be downloaded from www.trailbandit.org for free. If you enjoy exploring, these 33 trails will give you a good start. There are many more things to find out there. This last map is printed in a 20″ X 34″ format. The larger format was chosen because the dashed red line trails showed up better and my eyes are not as good as they used to be so bigger helped.

When will it be available?
The 2014 map is available now and I will be shipping them starting in mid April.

How can they be ordered?
Send a note to; Bob Garrison, P.O. Box 394, Henniker, NH 03242. The price of the map is $3.00 each, Post Paid. I accept cash or checks. Don’t forget to include the mailing address for where you want the map sent. If you are leaving for St. John in a week and want a map asap, send an e-mail to rgarrison@mcttelecom.com and I will send the map and trust you for the $3.00. Again, be sure to tell me where to send the map. Those who want to buy the maps in quantity for resale, etc. can contact me for pricing.

Why is it called the last Trail Bandit Map?
There is not much more I can do on St. John and I have grown tired of the fight. The Park is being run by “Protection Rangers”, also known as Cops or Goons with Guns. They do very little to help a tourist get to know the park or give information. They ARE IN CHARGE and their ticket pad is never far from their hand. Ever since Superintendent Mark Hardgrove retired, they have been deleting hiking trails from the park by enforced neglect. It is sad to watch and I choose not to watch. Remember, the National Parks belong to the people. The Parks are to be maintained so that people can come visit them and enjoy the experience. The Park Service is supposed to maintain the place and preserve the old buildings, roads, trails, etc. for the enjoyment of future generations. If you look around Virgin Islands National Park you can judge how good a job they are doing. It is not supposed to be a retirement home for Superintendents.

Are you sure? One never knows…
I am pretty sure this is the last edition. I will have all the files necessary to print the map posted on my web site soon. Eventually, I hope some other Bandit will take over the job.

Trail Bandit Map

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Steven Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
340-776-5336

Castaway’s
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
340-777-3316

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
7:00 – 9:00
340-201-1236

Cinnamon Bay
Eddie Bruce
6:30 -8:30 – Drumming
340-776-6330

High Tide
Mikey P
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Island Blues
Brother Nature
8:00
340-776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Rhumb Lines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
6:00 – 9:00
340-776-1100

Virgin Fire
Aussie Guitars
The David T Carter Duo
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Weather

Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. East wind 16 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

 

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Frangipani Caterpillar

There is a large native frangipani tree growing just off of the deck of my house. Its been there a long time. A piece of rusty barbed wire is embedded in the bark of the tree trunk, which means it was here and large enough to support a barbed wire fence back when Chocolate Hole was dedicated to the raising of livestock. There’s also a concrete animal watering trough nearby. So we’re talking about a tree that’s been there for at least 60 years.

I’ve been living in this house for about 15 years and I’ve only seen this tree with full grown leaves about a dozen times and only twice have I seen it produce flowers. This is because as soon as the leaves even begin to grow, frangipani caterpillars appear and devour the new leaves in a matter of days.

In theory, the caterpillar is supposed to wait until the leaves are full grown and the tree flowers. At that point they eat the leaves and fertilize the tree with the after products of the digestion.

I understand this relationship and how both the tree and the caterpillars can survive. What I don’t understand is how this particular tree has survived so long with hardly ever being able to produce leaves, which I imagine would be essential for photosynthesis and the production of food and energy for the tree.

Next time around I think I’ll pick the caterpillars off the tree and see what happens.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055

Concordia
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4 :30 – 6:30
693-5855

High Tide
Island Girl
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Brother Nature
6:30
776-6378

Island Blues
Gann – Solo guitar
7:00 – 10:00
776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
James Anderson
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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St. John Marine Creatures: Queen Triggerfish

Old Wife (Queen Triggerfish)

Old Wife used to be plentiful on the reefs around St. John. They were easy to catch, whether by line, spear or trap. I used to catch a lot of them when I fished commercially on St. John back in the days. Now, you hardly see them at all.

Selling them was another story. Although a tasty fish, their tough skin presented a problem. First off, they needed to be skinned instead of scaled and not everyone had that particular skill, leading many to avoid buying them.

The other problem was that fish lacking scales and/or fins were forbidden to the congregation of the Seventh Day Adventist Church as well as to the zero observant kosher Jews on the island at the time. This is debatable as some people take the position that Old Wife does in fact have tiny scales over their skin, although not readily discernible.

The problem was solved when I discovered that Eric Christian, who operated the only real restaurant on St. John in those days called Eric’s Hilltop, featured Old Wife soup on his luncheon menu. Eric would buy all the Old Wife I could supply and, by the way, when Old Wife is boiled, the skin comes off easily.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
776-6944

High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
776-0303

Shipwreck
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Virgin Fire
Gypsy Jazz
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

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St. John and Virgin Islands News

Swimming could help spur USVI’s tourism industry
Published: April 1, 2014

Creating a national sports policy for the Virgin Islands has been in the news lately, with the Senate Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, Youth and Recreation holding hearings about the topic on both St. Thomas and St. Croix in recent weeks.

Sen. Myron Jackson, committee chairman, is drafting a bill to be vetted that would create a policy to help sports move forward in the territory.

Swimming should be an integral part of a national sports policy in the Virgin Islands. Let’s face it, we are surrounded by water. No matter what happens in the Virgin Islands, we have to travel places and are transported either on the water or over it. In most areas of the Virgin Islands, we are never more than a few minutes from either the Caribbean Sea or the Atlantic Ocean. It’s common sense that we should embrace our island’s innate gifts, and swimming in the Virgin Islands is one of them.

Swimming is an ideal sport to attract tourism to the Virgin Islands. Currently, the Virgin Islands hosts the annual Beach to Beach Power Swim on St. John and the annual St. Croix Coral Reef Swim. These are both ocean swims that attract many hundreds of people to the Virgin Islands…. read more

Man drowns during attempt to swim from Coki Point to Thatch Cay on Saturday night
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: April 1, 2014

ST. THOMAS – The body of a drowned man was recovered near Thatch Cay on Sunday.

The man had set off about 4 p.m. Saturday with a friend to swim from Coki Point to Thatch Cay, according to V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources Environmental Enforcement Assistant Director Jessica Magras Parris.

“His friend made it over, but he didn’t,” she said.

Ricardo Castrodad, spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan, said the federal agency got the call that a swimmer was reported missing the next day.

“We got a call around 10 a.m. Sunday of an individual that had gone swimming with a friend in the area of Coki Point,” Castrodad said. “They were caught in the current and separated and the survivor was able to make it to Thatch Cay where he reported spending the night and then got to St. Thomas the next day and made the report.”

The Coast Guard was providing support for the St. Thomas International Regatta on the East End, and diverted a vessel from the regatta to help look for the man.

“Around 11 a.m., we located the body of the other swimmer who had been reported missing,” Castrodad said. “We were able to recover the body and transfer the person to DPNR personnel via boat to boat transfer.”

The body was found near Thatch Cay, he said…. read more

Man found dead Saturday after swimming near Hull Bay
Daily News Staff)
Published: April 1, 2014

A man was found dead Saturday of an apparent drowning near Hull Bay.

The incident was called into 911 at 12:37 p.m. Saturday as a water rescue/dead on arrival at Dorothea Condos.

St. Thomas Rescue Chief Joseph Cranston Jr. said the volunteer rescue workers had a boat in the water, but the body washed to shore where it was recovered.

He said it was a man, believed to have been swimming when he was swept out to sea.

Cranston said the body was recovered just around the bend from Hull Bay.

“It washed back up to shore, it went out to sea and then came back in on the current,” he said.

Cranston said the seas on the northside of the island were particularly rough and dangerous for swimming.

“The seas were very rough, especially the one down in the Hull Bay area,” he said…. read more

2 charged with cultivating pot after neighbor alerts authorities
By FIONA STOKES (Daily News Staff)
Published: April 1, 2014

ST. CROIX – Two young men have been released from jail on unsecured bonds after being charged with cultivating marijuana.

Eachan Simon, 25, of Mars Hill, and Claudiston Sonson, 21, of Estate Plessen, both appeared before V.I. Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks on Monday morning and were advised of their rights after being arrested and charged Saturday with cultivating marijuana, destruction of evidence and possession of a controlled substance.

According to court documents filed by Police Officer Darryl Walcott, he and his partner were called to a disturbance Saturday afternoon in Estate Grove Place and when they arrived they met a woman who complained that someone had tampered with plastic she had covering her window, and may have been trying to break into her home.

The woman also told police that her neighbors had been growing marijuana in their backyard.

When Walcott and his partner went behind the home, they saw Sonson walking along the fence line towards the back of the property where he began pulling up what was later confirmed to be potted marijuana plants.

According to police, he was ordered to stop pulling up the plants because they were now considered evidence. Sonson, however, continued pulling up the plants and was soon joined by Simon, who pulled up additional plants which they threw over the fence in the direction of the officers, according to the court documents.

Walcott and his partner called for assistance and the two men were arrested. Walcott said a total of 44 marijuana plants were seized…. read more

Innovative could soon lose 17 channels, including MTV, BET and Comedy Central
Daily News Staff)
Published: April 1, 2014

If a threat made by Viacom/MTV Networks is made good, Innovative customers will be without 17 channels today. Despite the threat, the channels were still available to Innovative customers at press time early this morning.

Innovative Cable officials were doubtful the threat will be carried out Monday afternoon, however, and are keeping customers informed on the status of the negotiations.

Viacom/MTV Networks has been in negotiations with the National Cable Telecommunications Cooperative for some time. The cooperative is a nonprofit organization that negotiates programming fees on behalf of about 1,000 cable television providers across the country, including Innovative Cable.

According to Innovative officials, Viacom/MTV Networks are demanding fee hikes that amount to about 40 times the rate of inflation, according to Innovative officials.

“These price increases would be excessive especially in our current economic situation and extremely burdensome and unfair to our Innovative Cable TV Customers,” an Innovative written statement said…. read more

V.I. Charter Boat Rule Passes U.S. House
By Source Staff — April 2, 2014

The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday with a provision allowing V.I. charter boats to carry more than six passengers, according to Delegate Donna M. Christensen and Gov. John deJongh Jr., who both praised the development. The bill still needs to pass the Senate and be signed into law.

In a statement on the floor of the House, Christensen praised Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster and ranking member Nick Rahall for including language in the bill that would clarify a problem that has hurt the charter boat industry in the territory.

“This is something our charter boat industry has been advocating for at least 20 years,” Christensen said on the House floor. She said when the Passenger Vehicle Safety Act was passed in 1993, it limited the number of paying passengers that may be carried aboard uninspected vessels. “Because of the existing rule, our once thriving charter yacht industry has migrated to the British Virgin Islands and estimates of revenue losses to the USVI economy range from 70 to 100 million dollars annually,” she told the House…. read more

St. John Weather

Scattered showers, mainly after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Northeast wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

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ST JOHN FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS: “Yurumein: Homeland”

ST JOHN FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS: “Yurumein: Homeland”

St. John and Virgin Islands News

A Local Perspective of Transfer Day at National Park Service
By Carol Buchanan — April 1, 2014

Olassie Davis, left, reads from Arnold Highfield’s book ‘Saint Croix 1650 to 1733′ with Daina King-Sall (Carol Buchanan photos).

When residents of St. Croix say, as they often do, that they are the unwanted stepchildren in the U.S. Virgins Islands, outsiders usually shrug the comment off as coming from insecurity. However, there may be some historical precedent for that feeling according to professor Olassie Davis of the University of the Virgin Islands Extension Service.

Davis presented a lecture Monday titled “A Local Perspective of Transfer Day” in which he shared several little known facts about the negotiations for the sale of the Virgin Islands to the United States in 1917. Davis said that the United States told Denmark that it did not want St. Croix; Denmark could keep it.

Denmark told the United States it was an all or none deal. So it appears the United States took ownership of St. Croix against its will.

Davis also pointed out several other little known facts about the transfer negotiations in the lecture hosted by InterXchange and the National Park Service in the Steeple Building in Christiansted.

He said France had the first bid on buying the islands from Denmark, but France never got close to the $17 million that the United States paid for it; but even the United States payment was not up to the $25 million Denmark wanted for the islands. Davis said that Denmark was not in a strong negotiating position. He said United States said, “You sell the islands to us or we will just take them.”

Davis added that his grandmother, Carmelita Hodge, who was 17 years old at the time of the transfer, said that locals did not really know about the transfer and that there wasn’t any celebration. He said local folks, at the time, had mixed feelings about the transfer and the change…. read more

Contract dispute ties up ferries
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: March 31, 2014

ST. THOMAS – The brand new ferryboats delivered to the territory last year are still not operational because the ferry franchise companies and the government have not executed a management contract.

Three weeks ago, Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls said all paper work had been finalized and the only thing holding up the launch of the vessels was a Coast Guard inspection.

“We cannot schedule the final inspection until the contract is fully executed,” said Transportation Services General Manager Kenrick Augustus.

Smalls did not return numerous phone calls last week.

The two ferries are 85-foot aluminum catamarans, each of which can carry about 250 passengers and are loaded with state-of-the-art features. The current ferries in operation belong to Varlack Ventures and Transportation Services, the companies franchised to run the St. Thomas to St. John ferry route.

However, the two new boats will belong to the V.I. government and be operated by the franchisees. At the end of January, Smalls said he expected the new vessels would be operational for the public by the end of February.

Augustus said it is a management contract, not a lease agreement, for the use of the ferries. He said the two franchise holders are not expected to pay to use the new boats.

He would not say what the sticking points are that are holding up the contract…. read more

St. John Events

St. John Film Society

ST JOHN FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS: “Yurumein: Homeland”
Director, Andrea E Leland

DATE: Tuesday, April 1, 201
TIME: 7:30 pm
PLACE: St John School of the Arts, Cruz Bay $5. suggested donation or become a 2014 SJFS Member ($35. individual, $50. family)

“Andrea Leland’s Yurumein (Homeland) tells the story of a physician Dr. Gill in Los Angeles originally from the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent and of Carib descent returning to his hometown after twenty years. His trip, which he aptly describes as a “pilgrimage”, becomes symbolic of the efforts of his fellow Caribs to become painfully aware of the history that had been enforced on them, which is replete with negative attributes of their ancestors – “warlike”, “cannibals”, “stupid”, etc. Dr Gill’s mission in his pilgrimage is to rediscover the positive in his people’s history. He is joined by the residents who also speak of the positive characteristics of their ancestors – their bravery, deep sense of identity, and the determination to fight to death for their land.

The film is most appropriate for a people struggling to throw away a shameful past as they rediscover their true history. This applies to indigenous peoples, afro-descendants, and any other people to whom cultural revitalization is a painful process. As a region the Caribbean is the crucible par excellence for such experience, for it was here where the identity of the non-colonizers was brutally suppressed and all efforts made to extinguish it permanently.  -Joseph O Palacio, PhD

Our April 1st screening will also include two short films directed by St John residents: Janet Cook-Rutnik & Bill Stelzer

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 8:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Alter Boys
6:30
776-6378

Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-7755

Morgan’s Mango
Greg Kinslow
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 80. East wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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St. John Live Music Schedule

Monday 03/31

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
776 5336

Beach Bar
Reverend Raven & the Chain Smoking Altar Boys
9:00
777-4220

Concordia
Open Mic with Johnny B & Lauren
3:30 – 5:30
693-5855

Cruz Bay Landing
Chris Carsel
6:00
776-6908

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Virgin Fire
Instrumental Jazz
Rich Greengold & Greg Jones
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

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St. John News

Fence and Beach Hut Raise Questions with CZM, Neighbors
By Lynda Lohr — March 29, 2014

The erection of a fence with no trespassing signs and a tarp-roofed structure to block access to a narrow strip of beach at Hansen Bay on St. John’s east end has upset residents and visitors who use the beach regularly.

Additionally, St. John Administrator Leona Smith said, the man claims to own the beach. “Nobody owns the beach,” Smith said.

Whether he actually owns the property inland of the shoreline is unclear, said Jean-Pierre Oriol, who heads Planning and Natural Resources’ Coastal Zone Management Division. Oriol said Friday that ownership is under investigation but he identified the person who put up the fence and structure as Elroy Ashtian.

Ashtian is in hot water with CZM for developing the property without the necessary permit.

The fence appears to violate the territory’s open shoreline act, which says “no person, firm, corporation, association or other legal entity shall create, erect, maintain or construct any obstruction, barrier or restraint of any nature whatsoever upon, across or within the shorelines of the U.S. Virgin Islands as defined in this section, which would interfere with the right of the public individually and collectively to use and enjoy any shoreline.”

The shoreline is defined as “the area along the coastlines of the U.S. Virgin Islands from the seaward line of low tide, running inland a distance of 50 feet; or to the extreme seaward boundary of natural vegetation which spreads continuously inland; or to a natural barrier; whichever is the shortest distance.”… read more

Aquanauts Gather for 45th Tektite Anniversary
By Lynda Lohr — March 30, 2014

Aquanauts Ed Clifton, left, and Ian Koblick listen as John VanDerwalker talks about the early days of the Tektite project.

Aquanauts Ed Clifton, left, and Ian Koblick listen as John VanDerwalker talks about the early days of the Tektite project.

With stories to tell about their adventures on both Tektite 1 and II underwater habitats, four of those involved with the project to reminisce on Tektite I’s 45th anniversary.

The first Tektite project lasted from Feb. 15 to April 15, 1969, under the waters of Lameshur Bay.

“Our toilet was a 50-gallon barrel cut in half with a stool over it,” John VanDerwalker, 77, said, adding that when the contents got rank, they poured diesel over it and set it on fire.

The underwater habitat often had problems, and VanDerwalker spoke at length about how they had to jury rig the scrubber using a G.E. canister vacuum to keep the carbon dioxide in the air from reaching dangerous levels.

What is now VIERS was the base camp for the underwater Tektite missions. Although the road to VIERS is now partially paved, the location is still one of the most remote on St. John. In 1969, when the first Tektite mission took place, it was truly the back of the beyond. It was easier to get there by boat. Conditions were still primitive when 11 missions on Tektite II happened in 1970.

In the 1960s, the United States was in a race with Russia for space dominance, and Russia was winning. The Tektite project was developed to provide an environment similar to space for training and scientific purposes. It sat about 600 feet below the water’s surface out in Lameshur Bay.

While VanDerwalker in particular was quick with tales about the primitive conditions, Ed Clifton, an aquanaut on Tektite 1 and II missions, spoke at length about the science involved…. read more

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Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
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St. John and Virgin Islands News

St. Thomas brush fire started by an iguana, not an arsonist
Daily News Staff)
Published: March 28, 2014

ST. THOMAS – A brush fire near Lockhart Elementary School on St. Thomas on Monday was started by an iguana, according to V.I. Fire Service Assistant Director Daryl George.

It had originally been reported by St. Thomas Rescue sources that it was started by an arsonist, but George said that was not the case. “It could have been a bird or an iguana, we think it was an iguana because we found a dead iguana in the area,” George said.

The fire was in the area behind Schneider Hospital, near Lockhart Elementary School.

George said the iguana, or other animal, made contact with a power line and a spark fell down to the dry grass in the area. Power was knocked out to the area as well, he said…. read more

Man wanted in St. John shooting arrested at King Airport
Daily News Staff)
Published: March 28, 2014

ST. THOMAS – Police on St. John arrested a man they said was fleeing the territory because he was wanted on a weapons charge.

Police arrested Kamal Hendricks, 28, of St. John about 3:10 p.m. Wednesday and charged him with illegally discharging a firearm; possession of an unlicensed firearm; first-degree reckless endangerment; and interfering with an officer.

Officers detained Hendricks at King Airport on St. Thomas.

According to police, Hendricks was at a bar in Susannaberg on St. John on March 1 and became involved in an altercation with another person. Hendricks brandished a weapon and fired it at least six times, police said…. read more

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