From right to left, Tyra Reese Atalig Calvo places first, Kelvin Wolf places second, and Jennylyn Candia places third in the junior division of 11th annual Valentine N. Sengebau Poetry Competition. (Dennis B. Chan)


No federal disaster aid for NMI

Damage from Vongfong totaled less than $500K
by Mark Rabago
The damage on public infrastructure brought by Typhoon Vongfong last Oct. 6 failed to reach the $1-million threshold needed for the CNMI to qualify for Presidential Disaster Assistance, according to Homeland Security and Emergency Management special adviser Marvin Seman. “We did not quality or meet the criteria for a presidential directive. It’s just not about the $1 million [threshold]. We looked at every possible avenue from the presidential directive from FEMA [Federal Emergency… Read More»

Featured Stories

Inos not attending Chamber forum

by Mark Rabago
On the orders of his doctors, Gov. Eloy S. Inos will be spending the next couple of days in the Philippines getting treatment on a “routine medical procedure” and will therefore not be able to attend the Saipan Chamber of Commerce Gubernatorial Forum on Monday. “It is with much… Read More»

Manibusan, Evangelista share views, plans if elected

by Ferdie De La Torre
Former Superior Court presiding judge Edward Manibusan and attorney Michael Norita Evangelista shared their thoughts and views yesterday on the position of elected attorney general and laid out their plans if voted to the position this Nov. 4 election. Manibusan and Evangelista,… Read More»

Norcio, Nishida, Calvo win poetry competition

by Dennis B. Chan
Nine schools, 33 students, and 21 recitations later, Wednesday night’s 11th Annual Valentine N. Sengebau Poetry Competition concluded with Ann Margaret Norcio and Yuuki Nishida of Marianas High School emerging first place in the senior division, and Tyra Reese Atalig Calvo of… Read More»


Matansa downs Shirley’s FC, 3-1

Matansa Football Club triumphed over Shirley’s Football Club, 3-1, in M-League’s Division 2 game last Wednesday night at the Oleai Sports Complex Field. Matansa got a break early in the match, as it was credited with an own goal off Shirley’s miscue,… Read More»


CDA to host free Small Business Expo on Saipan

The Commonwealth Development Authority announced Friday that it is hosting a free Small Business Banking Expo on Oct. 25, 2014. The expo will be held at the Hyatt Regency Saipan’s SandCastle Theatre from 9am to 12pm. Local bankers and other lenders have… Read More»



No, I had not started watching HBO. It is not really available in mainstream China TV yet but it promises to go streaming next year. To date, it has been a subscription program within the 50 States of the Union, and its international exposure has been… Read More»

Letters to the Editor

Do the right thing with master concession

We, the people of the CNMI, need to thank DFS. We need to appreciate DFS. We need to commend DFS. They have been an outstanding community member and local employer on Saipan. They have trained and recruited countless fresh high school graduates and… Read More»