The three top winners of the 31st Annual Attorney General’s Cup Speech Competition held yesterday at the CNMI Supreme Court. From right are first placer Lee Ann L. Jastillana of Marianas High School, second placer Maria Fe Andrea M. Lazaro of Mount Carmel High School, and third placer Katrina Punzalan of Saipan Southern High School. (Ferdie de la Torre)


Military could reduce area of bomb targets on Pagan

by Joel D. Pinaroc
The military will start incorporating the public comments it had gathered on a draft environmental impact statement on proposed “live-firing” exercises on Tinian and Pagan after conducting several public hearings on the issue. According to Craig Whelden, executive director of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, the military will look for ways to address the public’s concerns and incorporate these concerns in the final EIS. “We will collect of the public comments and we will incorporate them… Read More»

Featured Stories

‘Tai respetu’ for Tinian land, people

Proposed plans clash with promises of civilian- military society decades ago
by Dennis B. Chan
TINIAN—An island people are “threatened” in the Northern Marianas. On Tinian—where two-thirds of land is leased to the U.S. Department of Defense—the U.S. military proposes live-fire ranges on land it has left idle for decades, after plans for a military base inclusive of shared… Read More»

‘Leave Clifford alone!’

by Dennis B. Chan
Clifford Guzman, the moderator for all three public hearings of the U.S. military, was told off by CNMI residents several times when he had to remind them that their time to speak had run up. To be fair to Guzman, speakers were only allowed three minutes to speak and the CNMI did… Read More»

Team Bodig wins most awards at MMAC

More than $121K raised; over 2K luminaries this year
by Jayson Camacho
Thousands turned up to support the Commonwealth Cancer Association’s signature fundraiser last Friday and Saturday at the Hopwood Junior High School field in Chalan Piao. The 2015 Marianas March Against Cancer, held from May 1 to 2, had more teams showing up in the fight against… Read More»


Saipan boxing fans pick Pacquiao over Mayweather

Saipan is going Manny all the way as the Philippines’ Pambansang Kamao (National Fist) Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao seems to have the hearts and minds of the island’s boxing aficionados in his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. this Sunday (Saturday in Las… Read More»


Herman’s Modern Bakery opens Garapan branch

Pan tuba, sweet bread, or pan toasta? If you live in, or at least near Garapan, you don’t have to drive far to have the freshest bunch of these old Herman’s Modern Bakery favorites. The iconic bakery in the CNMI and the Pacific is celebrating another… Read More»


Unit of measurement

This past week, the people of the CNMI have been given a chance to voice their thoughts, opinions, and emotions as they pertain to the activities proposed by the CNMI Joint Military Training Plan, or CJMT. The CJMT is a 1,388-page long document, with… Read More»

Letters to the Editor

A plea for help for the people of Nepal

Dear community members: You may have heard about the massive earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, April 26, 2015. This has caused a heavy destruction to our country. More than 4,400 people lost their lives, thousands of people are injured and… Read More»