A firefighter sprays water into the kitchen area of a semi-concrete house in San Vicente during a fire yesterday morning. Arson investigators determined that the cause of the blaze was a lighted paper used as a “pilot light” for a gas stove. (Derek Gersonde)

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ACG ‘alters’ 1st phase of project

The Alter City Group is looking at holding a groundbreaking ceremony in the next two months for their $1.2-billion casino resort project in Puntan Diablo Cove on Tinian. However, there will be changes to their project plan that they hope to submit to the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality soon. According to ACG managing director Ken Lin, they will no longer be building massive hotel complexes but instead have villa-type accommodations, at least for Phase 1 of their project, which...

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CNMI drafts measures to put programmatic agreement with DoD back to drawing board

The administration of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has finalized its version of a programmatic agreement for a proposed U.S. Air Force divert airfield on Tinian, drafting language that essentially forces parties to re-negotiate terms, if the military chose to site the airfield on...

Gas stove triggers fire at San Vicente house

Cooking with a gas stove triggered a fire at a one-story, semi-concrete house occupied by a family in San Vicente yesterday morning. No one was reported injured and no treatment was provided to anyone at the scene for medical complaints, according to Department of Fire and...

Torres seeks comments from biz community on sugar tax

Comments from the business community is being sought by Gov. Ralph DLG Torres regarding the proposed sugar tax law which is now on the governor’s desk after being passing by the Legislature last week. Saipan Chamber of Commerce secretary and Government Relations Committee member...

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ERRATUM

The quote from Bill Hofschneider, president of Hofschneider Engineering Corp., in the story “PHI, Hofschneider Engineering join MMAC” should have read: “We try to donate our services.” Our apologies.

Sports

Yankees rout Comets in Big League

The Yankees quickly dispatched the Comets, cruising to a 15-1 win after only four and a half innings in their Big League division game in the 2016 Saipan Little League Baseball last Saturday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield. The early victory...

Business

First Hawaiian Bank’s Dacanay to retire

HAGATNA, Guam— After a 25-year career with First Hawaiian Bank, Laura-Lynn Dacanay, senior vice president and region manager for Guam and the CNMI, is retiring from First Hawaiian on April 30, 2016, according to an announcement by Ray Ono, First Hawaiian...

Opinion

Mother’s Day

A friend often talks about how the Satawal men navigate the open seas while the mothers are left behind to suckle the young. When not listing in the rough winds and typhoons, boats often are in warfare at a drop of a slight, or a tarnishing of honor....

Letters to the Editor

Sixto Igisomar for retirees?

If you believe in the tooth fairy. Just recently during a Settlement Fund update to the Senate by its trustee, Joyce Tang, Sen. Sixto Igisomar dared to demean her performance and question her ability. This from a failed chairman of the bankrupt Fund not...