United States Pacific Command Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield, right, talks with Governor’s Office legal counsel Wes Bogdan after yesterday’s meeting between the CNMI government and the U.S. Department of Defense. Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Joint Region Marianas Commander Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar were also part of the meeting. (Jon Perez)

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$1K excise tax on pistols declared unconstitutional

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has declared unconstitutional the $1,000 excise tax on pistols and several provisions that the CNMI imposed under the newly enacted Special Act for Firearms and Enforcement. “The government need not arm the poor, but it cannot impose uncommon burdens on their ability to exercise their fundamental constitutional rights,” said Manglona in a 55-page order issued on Wednesday. Manglona said the court will strike down the excise tax...

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Crutchfield part of 902-led visit to Pagan

United States Pacific Command Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield will be joining the 902 talks-led panels that will be visiting Pagan today. Gov. Ralph DLG Torres will be leading the CNMI panel, while Office of Insular Affairs Assistant Secretary of the Interior for...
Posted On Sep 30 2016

Sirok: USCIS CW-1 regulation results in preferential treatment

The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has stated that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ regulation and policy on the CNMI-only Transitional Workers (CW-1) nonimmigrant visa program have resulted in unequal and preferential treatment. CUC legal counsel James S. Sirok...

Kilili: Minimum wage hike good for everyone

The federal minimum wage goes up to $6.55 per hour in the Northern Mariana Islands starting today, Sept. 30, a change that is good for everyone, according to Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP). “The more money that workers have to spend, the better off our entire...

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Humanities council featured in Sunday’s ‘Your Humanities Half-Hour’

Scott Russell, executive director of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, and program officer Eulalia V. Arriola will be featured this Sunday on “Your Humanities Half-Hour.” The show will cover the history of the council and upcoming programs for CNMI Humanities Month this...

Sports

Lee stays in contention in NZ

The CNMI’s Carol Lee is still in the title hunt in the singles and doubles events of the Auckland ITF Indoor Championships 2016. In the singles competition, Lee defeated New Zealand’s Amelia Lawson, 6-3, 6-1, yesterday at the Scarbro Tennis Centre in...

Business

Local commercial a semifinalist in national bank competition

HAGATNA, Guam—The Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Bank of Guam are proud to announce that the American Bankers Association (ABA) has named its “Bank of Guam Ifit 5K Run” commercial one of four semifinalists among nearly 400 entries in a...

Opinion

Return of the Marlboro man

Now that we’ve burned through summer I’m still hoping to improve the year somehow. It’s been too quiet. Like the old song says, kicks just keep getting harder to find. It’s too late in the game to gamble on unproven fads, so I want some kicks that are...

Letters to the Editor

A bunch of questions

Do you ever wonder if you elect the person of your choice, really know how to make things better? Do you ever wonder what they have done? Do you ever wonder if they are lying or not? I’m sick and tired of those mean high-salary supporters that go...