Stories tagged: Puerto Rico
UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 7:24 p.m.
Montana company settles dispute over Puerto Rico grid work
A small Montana company that landed and lost a contract to restore Puerto Rico’s hurricane-shattered electric grid has reached a settlement in a dispute over money it said it was …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 5:25 p.m.
Whitefish sues over payments for Puerto Rico power work
A small Montana company that landed and lost a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico’s hurricane-shattered electric grid has sued a subcontractor for allegedly interfering with tens of millions …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 7:43 p.m.
Big contracts, no storm tarps for Puerto Rico
After Hurricane Maria damaged tens of thousands of homes in Puerto Rico, a newly created Florida company with an unproven record won more than $30 million in contracts from the …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 8:37 a.m.
Whitefish halts power work in Puerto Rico over $83M owed
Whitefish Energy Holdings said late Monday that it was halting work to help restore power in Puerto Rico because the U.S. territory’s government has not paid crews as part of …
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 9:19 p.m.
Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico struggles to regain electricity and thousands flee the island
The lights remain off in bustling cities and in small rural villages. Gas generators, the only alternative to the downed power lines that seem to be everywhere, continuously hum outside …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 4:42 p.m.
Director of Puerto Rico power company resigns amid scrutiny
The director of Puerto Rico’s power company has resigned amid ongoing blackouts and scrutiny of a contract awarded to a small Montana-based company to help rebuild the electric grid destroyed …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 11:03 p.m.
Documents: Puerto Rico utility ignored advice on repair deal
Puerto Rico’s bankrupt electric utility ignored advice from its own lawyers before signing an expanded contract worth $300 million with a tiny Montana company to repair its damaged power grid, …
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 9:42 p.m.
Puerto Rico seeks $94 billion in federal aid after hurricane
Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday asked the federal government for $94.4 billion as the island struggles to recover from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria, with much of the U.S. …
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 6:58 p.m.
In Florida, all eyes on Puerto Rican voters after Maria
The arrival of more than than 130,000 Puerto Ricans in Florida since Hurricane Maria has some officials anticipating a political shakeup in a battleground state dominated by the Republican party.
Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 9:17 p.m.
‘Hamilton’ creator visits Puerto Rico, announces $2.5M fund
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda made sandwiches, took selfies and announced a partnership with a nonprofit group for a $2.5 million hurricane recovery fund during a trip Tuesday to Puerto Rico.
Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 2:55 p.m.
Official says Puerto Rico needs ‘unprecedented’ federal help
Puerto Rico has suffered such extensive devastation from Hurricane Maria that its recovery will fail unless the island gets more help from the Trump administration and Congress, the head of …
Fri., Nov. 3, 2017
Goodman: Puerto Rico defends against disaster capitalism
Disasters both natural and human-made are increasingly being exploited by for-profit corporations and so-called free-market ideologues to reshape vast swaths of impacted societies.
Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 11:55 a.m.
Puerto Rico faces cash shortfall after Hurricane Maria
Puerto Rico’s struggling government warned on Tuesday that it will face a cash shortfall by the end of the year and will seek billions of dollars in additional federal funds …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 3:53 p.m.
FEMA chief says agency didn’t approve Whitefish contract
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials had nothing to do with approving a pricey no-bid contract to restore the power grid in Puerto Rico, the head of the agency told Congress …
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 10:59 p.m.
Puerto Rico says it’s scrapping $300M Whitefish contract
Puerto Rico’s governor is demanding that the island’s power company cancel the $300M contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid increased scrutiny of the Montana company following Hurricane Maria.
Sat., Oct. 28, 2017
After deployment to Puerto Rico, Spokane Valley volunteer describes difficult, uplifting experience
When Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, it caused catastrophic damage to the island – flooding roadways, collapsing power grids and destroying homes. Valley resident Devin …
Sat., Oct. 28, 2017
Her school destroyed by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican student finds welcome at St. George’s
Though you wouldn’t know from her easy manner in class and on the school soccer team, St. George’s student Sofia Ocasio has only been in Spokane for two weeks. She …
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 5:05 p.m.
Cantwell, others in Congress call for investigation into Whitefish Energy contract in Puerto Rico
Senator Maria Cantwell is calling for an investigation into how a small company from Whitefish, Montana, got a contract to restore power in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 2:39 p.m.
Trump administration disavows Puerto Rico power contract
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it had no involvement in the decision to award a $300 million contract to help restore Puerto Rico’s power grid to a tiny …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 2:52 p.m.
Trump signs $36.5 billion emergency aid bill for disasters
President Donald Trump signed a $36.5 billion emergency aid measure on Thursday to refill disaster accounts, provide a cash infusion to Puerto Rico and bail out the federal flood insurance …
Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
Ex-colonel to oversee troubled Puerto Rico power company
A former military officer was appointed Wednesday to oversee reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s flattened electrical grid and operations of the island’s troubled power company amid growing concerns over a $300 …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 10:02 p.m.
Democrat urges probe of Puerto Rico power contract to Zinke’s Montana neighbor
A Democratic congressman is calling for an investigation into a $300 million contract awarded to a small company based in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown of Whitefish, Montana.
Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 8:55 a.m.
Puerto Rico tourism craters in wake of Hurricane Maria
Tourism, a rare thriving sector on the island in a deep economic slump, is practically nonexistent a month after Hurricane Maria swept though. And part of the recovery from the …
Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 12:42 p.m.
What Puerto Rico is doing to get the power back after storm
Electrical linemen descend from helicopters, balancing on steel girders 90 feet high on transmission towers in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, far from any road. At the same time, …
Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 6:29 p.m.
Company from Whitefish, Montana, helping put Puerto Rican power grid back on line
Whitefish Energy from Whitefish, Montana, signed a $300 million contract with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authorityto repair and rebuild electrical transmission infrastructure on the hurricane-ravaged island.
Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 3:06 p.m.
Trump on his Puerto Rico response: ‘I’d say it was a 10’
President Donald Trump gave himself a “10” on Thursday for his response to the widespread devastation Puerto Rico suffered after back-to-back hurricanes created a situation that the island’s governor described …
Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 10:36 a.m.
Puerto Rico still stumbles in the dark a month after ‘Maria’
This is life one month after Hurricane Maria slammed into the U.S. territory on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm that killed at least 48 people, destroyed tens of …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 10:04 p.m.
Puerto Rico youth stranded with school still out from storm
Alanys Arroyo and her little brothers have been cooped up in a school for weeks, but they aren’t in class. They’ve been living in a campus-turned-shelter in western Puerto Rico …
Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 5:07 p.m.
Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez raise $26M for Puerto Rico
Lopez says that amid “swirling negativity dividing our country,” the outpouring of support for Puerto Rico following the devastating hurricane was gratifying.
Sat., Oct. 14, 2017, 1:06 p.m.
Puerto Rico’s death count slowed as paper records replace emails
Puerto Rico’s efforts to record how many people died as a result of Hurricane Maria have slowed to a crawl because a lack of power has forced officials to rely …