October 2, 2019

If not giving birth or working at construction sites, illegal aliens are driving cabs on Saipan

                                             An aerial photograph of tourists on a sand bar in front of the Hyatt Regency hotel on Saipan.

 Chunxiao Chen, a citizen of China, was pulled over by police patrol for traffic violation earlier this year. She was later found to be in possession a fake...

July 7, 2019

 Saipan — When it comes to politics and the government, many us believe that what’s happening now should be the worst thing ever. Not a lot of us care for history, and what we can’t Google probably never happened anyway.  

In the NMI’s case, some of us believe that its history consisted of Spaniards hundreds of years ago; a war 75 years ago; garment factories and Jack Abramoff in the 1990s followed by the website Saipan Sucks created by a disgruntled former assistant attorney general af...

The CNMI has received $8.7 million in federal grants to help the typhon-ravaged commonwealth rebuild.

“The partnership we have had with Assistant Secretary Doug Domenech and the Office of Insular Affairs over the last few years has been a fruitful one, and this award is just another product of our work for the benefit of the Marianas,” CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres said.

“We worked collaboratively on the funding of our priorities by sharing our critical needs, which include funding for our local cost sha...

May 9, 2019

The Commonwealth Ports Authority, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands government and the U.S. Department of Defense finalized and signed a 40-year lease agreement worth $21.9 million for the U.S. Air Force’s divert airfield on Tinian Island, May 3.

The divert project is designed and designated to provide strategic operational and exercise capabilities for U.S. forces when needed and offer humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in times of natural or man-made disasters.
 

Officials from t...

February 6, 2019

While the CNMI is still recovering from the impact of typhoon Yutu, 14 public safety officers led by CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres are currently in the Federated States of Micronesia for a goodwill visit.

The CNMI delegation, who arrived on Feb. 1, will be staying in  Ponhpei for a week to assist with building public safety capacity, according to FSM Information Service.

Torres came to Pohnpei upon invitation from FSM President Peter M. Christian and to “demonstrate CNMI’s appreciation of its close relat...

January 5, 2019

 In one of its last announcements for 2018, the outgoing Calvo administration hoped to end the year (and its term in office) on a happy note. A press release sent on Christmas eve had a Sally Fields-esque email subject: “They really love us. Tourists show love for Guam with record-breaking arrival.”

Statistics showed Guam welcomed 132,850 visitors for the month of November, reflecting an 8.6-percent increase as compared to the same month of the previous year— notably the period when the market wa...

December 31, 2018

Remembering the economist who helped put the CNMI on the map 

Let’s go back to 1970 in the Northern Mariana Islands. The self-governing Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands doesn’t exist yet. The Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands rules Micronesia from its headquarters on Capital Hill. Saipan still bears the marks of World War II and its economy, such as it is, is a work in progress. The Vietnam War is still on and troops are being shuttled through Guam on their way to that confl...

December 23, 2018

The recent federal government shutdown will have limited effects for the Commonwealth, according to a CNMI government news release. 

While Congress and the White House are in the middle of negotiations on appropriation bills for a portion of the federal government, roughly three-quarters of the government has already been funded by existing funding measures. Accordingly, critical federal services will remain intact, including other programs classified as essential. Commonwealth services remain l...

Government of Guam is open for business

With U.S., Guam and CNMI already flying at half-staff, both Joint Region Marianas and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands will be following President Donald J. Trump's executive order authorizing Dec. 5 as a National Day of Mourning to pay respect to the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush. All executive departments and agencies of the federal government including Joint Region Marianas will close Dec. 5.
 

Supervisors will iden...

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Nayyaamunhotep Stubbs signals the Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) 1633 to approach the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) to receive equipment in preparation to conduct Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) efforts. Sailors and Marines from Ashland, part of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit team, are preparing to provide Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’...

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