Foul air, backflow, crumbling walls, and an unsightly pool of water describe the Garapanís open-air canal, which runs into the nearby lagoon. Public and private stakeholders look to its repair. (Dennis B. Chan)


‘Crimes in the CNMI staggering’

Over 15,000 crimes, traffic incidents, criminal complaints last year alone
by Ferdie De La Torre
Just last year alone, more than 15,000 crimes, car collisions, and criminal complaints were reported to the Department of Public Safety in the CNMI, a number that, according DPS Commissioner James C. Deleon Guerrero, is a “staggering” sad reality. On the methamphetamine or “ice” problem alone, Deleon Guerrero disclosed that over the last two years, the joint DPS, Customs, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force seized over $720,000 worth of “ice” off the streets and confiscated… Read More»

Featured Stories

Cape Air down again this month

by Dennis B. Chan
Cape Air/United Express cancelled their flights between Guam and the CNMI yesterday due to maintenance issues. To accommodate affected passengers, United provided extra flights last night using a Boeing 737-700 aircraft. According to Cape Air/ United public relations office, the… Read More»

Inos issues $15M guarantee to fund stalled CUC projects

by Ferdie De La Torre
Gov. Eloy S. Inos has affirmed that the CNMI government will meet its $15-million funding obligation for 2016 to 2018 for the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s stalled projects. Inos issued a letter on Monday that serves as a financial guarantee that the CNMI will meet its financial… Read More»

BSI eyes repair of Garapan canal

by Dennis B. Chan
The polluted and unsightly open-air canal in Garapan—an eyesore for tourist and residents alike—may soon be remedied. Best Sunshine International, Ltd., which is planning to build a casino on Saipan, and government officials confirmed yesterday that BSI is leaning toward fixing… Read More»


Saipan Little League meeting this Monday

The Saipan Little League Baseball, Inc. is requesting all team managers and coaches to attend an important meeting this Monday, March 30, beginning 5:30pm at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium conference room. The upcoming Marpi Carnival will be the agenda as… Read More»


United to run 3 charter flights to Iwo Jima

GUAM—United Airlines announced yesterday that it will operate three charter flights between its Guam hub and Iwo Jima, Japan, on Saturday, March 21, 2015, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. More than 30 World War II veterans… Read More»


Evidence-based expansion

Plans are now rolling to build BSI’s integrated casino project that begins in public land in Garapan. Such project should be restricted to Garapan. Any expansion must be “evidence-based” with active participation of the indigenous people on any additional… Read More»

Letters to the Editor

Our right to bear arms

The recent statement by assistant attorney general James Zarones that the citizens of the CNMI have never “considered handguns to be the quintessential self-defense weapon” is one of the lamest excuses uttered in defense of the CNMI laws that ban handguns… Read More»