Recovery Plan for Coqui Llanero

The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) of the Department of the Interior has created a draft recovery plan for the  Coquí Llanero, Puerto Rico’s smallest tree frog and is requesting comments by the public. The Coqui Llanero is currently on the Endangered Species list. The FWS introduces its plan with a surprisingly lyrical description of the tiny… Read more »

Who Are the Puerto Rico Admissions Act Cosponsors?

HR 6246, the Puerto Rico Admissions Act of 2018, started out with 37 cosponsors. As of this writing, there are 43. Who are they? First, they are a bipartisan group. 19 Democrats and 24 Republicans have cosponsored this bill so far. Second, they are not the same group that has supported Puerto Rico status bills… Read more »

Center for American Progress Says Being a Colony is Puerto Rico’s Problem

Enrique Fernandez Toledo, Director of Puerto Rico Relief and Economic Development Policy for the Center for American Progress (CAP) led fourteen CAP staff members on a fact-finding trip to Puerto Rico and came back with some key conclusions. “Our visit allowed us to witness firsthand the creative and courageous response to the crisis by brave individuals and… Read more »

Surprise! Donald Trump Is President of Puerto Rico

This screenshot shows that searches for the answer to the question, “Who is the president of Puerto Rico?” peaked last fall right after Hurricane Maria’s catastrophic landfall in Puerto Rico. It also shows that people are still looking for the answer to that question. So who is the president of Puerto Rico? As of this… Read more »

Gonzalez Colon Touts Support of Puerto Rico Admission Proposal

Jennifer Gonzalez Colon

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez Colon touted support of her recently introduced Puerto Rico admission legislation this morning from the floor of the United States House of Representatives.  Her unofficial remarks are copied below: On June 27, I was joined by more than 40 members of this house in introducing H.R. 42 — 6246,… Read more »

Ignorance Shows in Harassment Video

In the video below, a drunken Timothy G. Trybus harasses a woman wearing a shirt showing the flag of Puerto Rico. He steps into her personal space and speaks to her in offensive terms. She asks a nearby police officer, identified as Patrick Connor, to remove him. Governor Ricardo Rossello has asked that the police… Read more »

Dr. Helen Rodriguez Trias Honored by Google

Google’s Doodle honored Dr. Helen Rodriguez Trias on what would have been her 89th birthday last Saturday, July 7. Dr. Rodriguez Trias was a champion for public health and health education. Rodriguez Trias was born in New York and grew up in Puerto Rico, completing her medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico. She… Read more »

Beryl Downgraded to Tropical Storm, Threat of Flooding Continues

The National Hurricane Center is reporting that Beryl is no longer forecast to be hurricane strength as it approaches land, and it has been downgraded to a tropical storm.  Yet the threat of flooding remains considerable and wind damage with related power outages are also possible given Puerto Rico’s fragile electric grid. The Guajataca Dam,… Read more »

Hurricane Beryl Kicks Off 2018 Hurricane Season

Beryl started off as a tropical depression and within 18 hours was classified as a hurricane. By now, Beryl is  a Category 1 Hurricane heading for the Lesser Antilles. What does that mean? Hurricane categories Hurricanes are sorted into categories, from Category 1 to Category 5. Hurricane Maria was a Category 5 hurricane that dipped… Read more »