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SECOND WOMEN’S SUMMIT: Several members of the CNMI’s 19th Legislature join CNMI Women’s Association board and staff, including Gov. Eloy S. Inos’ daughter, Dora, Lt. Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ wife, Diann, and Guam Legislature Speaker Judith Won Pat, front row, fifth from left, during the second annual Women’s Summit held yesterday morning at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe. (Jayson Camacho)

HEADLINES

HPO has no archaeologist to guide Section 106 talks

by Dennis B. Chan
The Historic Preservation Office’s sole archaeologist resigned 11 days ago, prompting the HPO board to recall the tough hiring prospects of past years and consider the scarce technical resources it faces as the CNMI stares down the release this week of impact documents on proposed joint military live-fire trainings. Concerns over the CNMI Joint Live-Fire Training Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Pagan and Tinian—due on April 3—were raised after HPO updated the board on a vacant… Read More»

Featured Stories

Ex-convict gets 286 months in prison for kidnapping

Camacho rejects co-defendant’s plea deal
by Ferdie De La Torre
Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho handed down a sentence of 23 years and 10 months in prison against an ex-convict for kidnapping and beating up a drinking partner but rejected a separate proposed plea agreement for the man’s co-defendant. At a change of plea… Read More»

CHC down to 157 nurses, doctors at 130

by Jayson Camacho
The number of nurses at the Commonwealth Health Center is currently at 157, just a one-person drop compared to March of last year when the hospital had 158 nurses, according to hospital administrator Jesse Tudela. He conceded, though, that recruitment challenges continue due to… Read More»

US House passes ‘doc fix’ bill, Kilili says

by Joel D. Pinaroc
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to expand funding for the Commonwealth Health Center to $7.2 billion and to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP for another two years. According to Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP), the bill,… Read More»

Sports

Brewers drub Fielders in playoff opener

Jun Rabauliman blasted his first postseason homer to power the GSM Brewers to a 16-2 victory over the IP&E Fielders in a rain-soaked opener of their best-of-three playoffs in the Saipan Baseball League last Friday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” M.… Read More»

Business

United to run 3 charter flights to Iwo Jima

GUAM—United Airlines announced yesterday that it will operate three charter flights between its Guam hub and Iwo Jima, Japan, on Saturday, March 21, 2015, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. More than 30 World War II veterans… Read More»

Opinion

Autism

The governor declares CNMI’s April Autism Awareness Month tomorrow. Among the Chinese that calls the computer “electric brain” and airplane a “flying machine,” they call autism the “loneliness disease” and the “closed-self disease.” The description for… Read More»

Letters to the Editor

End corporate welfare

Last week, Mr. Antonio Muña, on behalf of Ocean Vista, replied to the testimony I submitted to the Commonwealth Development Authority. Since I was accused of spreading “misinformation,” I thought it was necessary to offer my response to his letter. Mr… Read More»