Photo shows an artist’s rendition of the future U.S. District Court Marianas. (Contributed Photo)

HEADLINES

Budget bill ready for House action

With a little over 60 days left on its mandated deadline, the $148-million budget bill for fiscal year 2018 is beginning to take shape. The House Ways and Means Committee adopted the budget yesterday after tedious deliberations at the committee level over the week. According to committee chair Rep. Angel Demapan (R-Saipan), the fiscal year 2018 budget draft has yet to be released to the public but the bill could be expected today. According to Rep. Ivan A. Blanco (R-Saipan), the bill’s...

Featured Stories

Labor: Differences in findings hinder progress

Discrepancies in the results of investigations done by both local and federal bodies is one of reasons the case involving the recruitment of tourists as workers for the casino project appears to be glacial. CNMI Labor investigator Jeff Camacho said the compiling of information...

Aqua Resort introduces Cajun cuisine

For those in the mood for a spicy summer, Aqua Resort Club Saipan is offering, for a limited time only, a summer Cajun Seafest starting on Aug. 1. Not only is it a special to kick off the summer, it is also a means to introduce Cajun cuisine to the island with a fun twist. Aqua...

GSA awards lease for new US courthouse

SAN FRANCISCO—The U.S. General Services Administration has awarded a 20-year lease to Marianas Management Co. for the construction of a new federal courthouse on Saipan. This new lease was based on a competitive, best-value procurement process, according to GSA. The three-story...

Other Local News

Over 800 apply for SHEFA scholarships

Over 800 students have applied for aid with the Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance program for school year 2017-2018. According to SHEFA, 853 valid applications have been processed as of July 20, 2017. About 293 students will be attending college off island. Some 560...

Sports

3 SSC members set records

Northern Mariana Islands Swimming Federation certified the age group records that three Saipan Swim Club members earned when they competed in the 69th Annual Keo Nakama Invitational at the Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center in Hawaii early this month....

Business

SHRM Guam VP to address Saipan meeting

An official of the Society for Human Resource Management Guam Chapter will be speaking at the CNMI SHRM membership meeting today, July 27, at the Pacific Islands Club Charley’s Cabaret. Dana A. Gutierrez, the SHRM Guam Chapter’s vice president of...

Opinion

27 years of protecting civil rights of people with disabilities

Yesterday, July 26, 2017, marked the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, commonly known as the ADA. Signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush, the ADA was created to ensure people with disabilities would not be...

Letters to the Editor

House numbers already exist

It was just days ago that I wrote about how my ideas are being ignored for years, then all of a sudden another person comes up with the same idea and the powers-that-be wants to use the idea. Give me a break and some credit, please! I’m not saying the...