Baldyga Group special projects director Troy Williams, left, listens to Rep. Ramon Tebuteb’s (Ind-Saipan) concerns about his company’s $1.125-million shark and stingray marine park project during last night’s public hearing conducted by the Senate Committee on Resources, Economic Development and Programs. (Mark Rabago)


‘Ebola has zero effect on travel to NMI’

by Mark Rabago
With memories of how SARS gravely affected the islands’ tourism industry in 2003 still raw in their minds, the Marianas Visitors Authority and the Inos administration are keeping a close tab on how the Ebola epidemic in Western Africa might affect the CNMI’s rebounding visitor arrival numbers. MVA managing director Perry Tenorio said the Commonwealth tourism agency is doing its due diligence on the Ebola contagion. “Any potential worldwide epidemic like Ebola is naturally something that the… Read More»

Featured Stories

‘Moving Sea Touch project north not feasible’

by Mark Rabago
Baldyga Group special projects director Troy Williams said that moving his company’s planned $1.125-million shark and stingray marine park project a few yards north from its proposed location at the back of Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan is not operationally feasible. Speaking… Read More»

Autopsy shows Bjorge died of drowning

by Ferdie De La Torre
An autopsy concluded that Eric Joseph Bjorge, a 52-year-old economist at Bridge Capital LLC who was found dead at the Grotto on Sunday, died of drowning. Department of Public Safety police spokesman Travis Hurst disclosed yesterday that Guam chief medical examiner Dr. Aurelio… Read More»

Gas prices go down 10 cents

by Jayson Camacho
Saipan motorists are now paying less for gas than what they had been paying in the last several months. Mobil Oil Mariana Islands and Shell Marianas decreased their gas prices late afternoon yesterday. Mobil gas stations started changing their prices at 3pm while Shell followed… Read More»


MHS nips KHS; Southern rebounds

Marianas High School 9 and Saipan Southern High School pulled off contrasting wins over their respective opponents in the 2014 Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization Girls Basketball League last Monday at the MHS Gymnasium. The Lady Dolphins… 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»


Cyclical hardship?

A casual ocular review of the quality of life of our people over the last 10 to 20 years prompts the question: What has leadership done to improve the buying power of families struggling for air in the sea of economic disaster? Answer: None! Thus, we move… Read More»

Letters to the Editor

Who not to vote for governor

In a couple of weeks, voters need to make a major decision on the CNMI’s future. The governor will make or break the CNMI. Voters need to look at the past history of the candidates. Two of the candidates are former governors. Former governor Babauta… Read More»