November 5, 2020

Saipan —  In 2018, a $21-million lease agreement was inked between the United States and the CNMI, making Tinian an alternative landing site for U.S. Air Force planes in case the airfield at Anderson Air Force Base on Guam becomes unavailable for any reason. 

The plan, which started in 2016, involved the development of the Pacific Air Force Divert and Exercise airport.

With increased military presence, infrastructure development, a spike in demand for workforce and a significant wave of comme...

October 8, 2020

                                           Lilian Perez-Posadas/Photo courtesy of Pacific News Center

 The siren of an ambulance pulling into the Guam Memorial Hospital premises always brings along a cloud of foreboding. The hospital staff prepares to receive the patient, whose uncertain fate triggers a collective fear and anxiety.

“(Patients) keep coming in. They need help and attention and th...

August 10, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the weaknesses of Guam’s political status, according to congressional candidates Dr. Robert Underwood and Sen. Wil Castro, who have hit the campaign trail, promising a stronger representation for the island in the nation’s capital.

Like other U.S. territories, Guam can only elect one non-voting representative to the U.S. House of Representatives, where the incumbent delegate, Michael San Nicolas, has been at the center of controversy. He is being investigated f...

On June 24, the Guam Visitors Bureau launched an online campaign designed to reassure visitors that Guam was a safe and healthy destination. A GVB video titled “Visit Guam Safely” begins with greetings from former governor Carl T. C. Gutierrez, in his signature sunny yellow shirt, and features the local mascot Che’lu the Ko’ko’ Bird demonstrating to travelers what they can expect when they come to Guam in the “new Covid-19 safe environment.”

“As we begin to settle into the new normal, our island...

June 4, 2020

                            Dr. Bwarenaba Kautu. Photo courtesy of Greenville University

The dark skies and heavy rain in Boston make for the perfect weather to cozy up indoors with Netflix and hot chocolate. However, Harvard scientist Dr. Bwarenaba Kautu, who has been holed up in his home, itches to return to his lab after weeks of being in quarantine. Kautu, a medical researcher, is not too worried about returning to work during t...

During World War II, governments around the world launched the “Dig for Victory” campaign to encourage people to build backyard gardens not only to supplement their food rations but also to boost morale; hence, the birth of “victory gardens” that eased the strain on public food supply.

Now amid World War III against the Covid-19 pandemic, people are fighting the burden of isolation imposed by the governments’ stay-home directives designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

On Guam, many resi...

February 9, 2020

“Where is Guam?” was trending on Google search in August 2017 when North Korea was threatening to nuke the island. Many Americans then learned about Guam for the first time.

The small island drew the world’s attention, and those who didn’t know already have since learned that it is U.S. territory. The devastation left by hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands also educated the world about the political situation of these territories.

"It's sad that these unfortunate...

January 27, 2020

Ohala Adoptions founders Lori Boss, Traci Anderson and Kelley Larsen

The number of children waiting to be adopted has dramatically risen in recent years. There are 280 children currently living in Guam’s foster care homes, according to the Archdiocese of Agana.

Ohala’ Adoptions, Guam’s first adoption agency, builds a bridge between families looking to adopt and children in need of homes. And amid the recurring debate on abortion, the agency also provides a “compassionate choice” for young single m...

December 5, 2019

In a reversal of roles, talk show host Andrea Pellacani finds herself in the hot seat as she answers questions about her job at Newstalk K57 and her life outside the radio booth. Pellacani, the voice behind K57’s midday broadcast, is known for her intrepid opinions on current events.

But once the microphones are turned off, she admits to shunning the crowd for quiet spaces A childhood friend once teased Pellacani, “I would be shocked if you took that job.” To which, she responded: “Challenge acc...

November 7, 2019

Former Guam resident Dana Kiyabu, David Koresh’s sixth wife, talks about her upcoming memoir revealing her life inside the Waco cult’s compound

 Who would have thought the infamous Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh had ties to Guam?

“I was David’s sixth wife,” said Dana Kiyabu, who grew up on Guam. She is a former member of the Branch Davidian community in Waco, Tx.

Kiyabu made a three-day stopover on Guam in October and showed up in a church in Dededo. The Pacific Island Times had a ch...

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