Federal judge says SBA followed its lending criteria Federal Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood has upheld the U.S. Small Business Administration's decision to disqualify the Archdiocese of Agana from the Paycheck Protection Program due to its bankruptcy status. The court said SBA simply abided by its own lending criteria and "did not act arbitrarily or capriciously when it excluded bankruptcy debtors in the PPP." The PPP, a component of the Coronavirus Assistance and Rehabilit
Senators on Monday passed Bill 13-36, which would adopt the Nurse Licensure Compact to allow qualified nurses to come to Guam without the need to wait for a local license or emergency declaration. “If NLC were in place prior to the pandemic, it would have eased the mobility of nurses to work on Guam,” said Christine Tuquero, deputy assistant administrator of Nursing Services at the Guam Memorial Hospital, said during the bill’s deliberations. “We had to recruit nurses from a
Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero vowed to veto the contentious Bill 11-36, which senators narrowly passed on Monday. "There is 'fair game' and there is 'playing games,' and I refuse to play games at the expense of people’s lives," the governor said in a statement following the passage of the bill authored by Republican Sen. Chris Duenas. Lawmakers voted 8-7 to pass Bill 11-36 titled "Restoration of Separation of Powers Act," which would require a legislative approval for any extension
Under Guam law, stealing produce from a private farm is not considered illegal, thus leaving the agricultural sites wide open for theft. Sen. Clynt Ridgell has introduced Bill No. 62-36(LS) and Bill No. 63-36(LS), in collaboration with the Office of Vice Speaker Tina Rose Muña Barnes, the Department of Agriculture, and after working with multiple farmers on how best to address the issue of agricultural theft.
Farmers have been increasingly plagued by the theft of produce; h
The Navy is proposing to construct two buildings at at the Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz as part of the military buildup on Guam. The first is a multi-story administration and communication building, and the other is a medical/dental clinic. "Both buildings are located in the main cantonment area of Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz previously prepared for vertical construction by J-001B Utilities and Site Improvements," the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Marianas said.
The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is experiencing another Covid-19 outbreak, with three sailors testing positive. The three sailors, who tested positive on Feb. 14, were flown to U.S. Naval Base Guam today, according to the Joint Region Marianas. Military officials said the sailors, who are asymptomatic, have been in isolation since their positive test Feb. 14 in accordance with Navy and Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Covid guidance. "The ship has continued to