The Lyus stand before Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang last Thursday after being pronounced husband and spouse at the Saipan Mayor’s Office in Oleai. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

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Same-sex union of Chinese tourists thriving

The wedding of two Chinese men last Thursday at the Saipan Mayor’s Office is the latest proof yet that same-sex marriage ceremonies is indeed booming on the island. Since 2015 when same-sex marriage was legalized in the U.S. and its protectorates, there has been a significant jump in the number of same-sex marriages on Saipan, majority of which involve Chinese tourists. The upward trend of same-sex marriages started out with the Saipan Mayor’s Office officiating 12 same-sex marriages in...

Featured Stories

Trump extends Veterans Choice Program to 2018

Veterans in the CNMI and others who are living in remote areas would continue getting medical care in their respective places after President Donald Trump extended the Veterans Choice Program. Trump signed the Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act on Wednesday, April 19,...
Posted On Apr 25 2017

Construction workers housing lacks occupancy certificate

A number of construction workers at Imperial Pacific Resort’s ongoing project in Garapan have been housed in a renovated garment factory in Tanapag despite two notices of violation issued by the Department of Public Works. The citations are for occupying the building without...

Petition wants new crayon named after Saipan’s azure waters

For the first time in its 132-year history, Crayola LLC announced it is retiring one of the colors from its 24-pack of crayons and plans to replace it with something “in the blue family.” A group of color-passionate activists in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana...

Other Local News

Jury trial of ex-DPS deputy chief, co-defendant starts

The Superior Court jury trial of former Department of Public Safety deputy commissioner Ambrosio T. Ogumoro and his co-defendant, Herman M. Manglona, for corruption charges began yesterday. Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo started the jury selection. When Saipan Tribune left...

Sports

Go See Mark still spotless

Go See Mark stays on course for a perfect record in the regular season of the 2017 Saipan Baseball League following another win last week at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield. GSM downed the Comets last Thursday, 9-6, for the former’s 11th victory...

Business

Docomo Pacific’s Susupe branch is now open

Docomo Pacific’s Susupe branch opened its doors to the public on Thursday, promising an interactive experience for its customers. After operating in the CNMI for 15 year with one branch in Gualo Rai, the new branch in Susupe will bring a new experience to...

Opinion

National Poetry Month

Shall I Compare You to a Spring Day (Inspiration from Shakespeare’s sonnet 18, Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day) Shall I compare you to an early day in Spring your brain develops with the freshening green Ides of March help the sudden garden mind...

Letters to the Editor

The working illegals: A dilemma

So the FBI found “illegals” (overstayed visitors) here, over 1,000 of them, and certainly not only Chinese although most of the attention is focused on those from China for whatever reason. They came as tourists and stayed for the opportunity to work,...