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Community Briefs – June 20, 2014

Unai Dangkolo beach red-flagged
The Division of Environmental Quality has red-flagged the Unai Dangkolo beach and is advising the public not to fish or swim within 300 feet of this location for the next 48 hours or until otherwise notified. Samples collected from this site contained excessive concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria (enterococci) that exceeded the CNMI Marine Water Quality Standards. These bacteria can indicate the presence of human and animal waste in the water. DEQ analyzes water samples collected from Saipan’s recreational beaches and storm drainage every Tuesday. For more information, contact DEQ at 664-8500. (DEQ)

Air Force training on FDM, at Warning Area 517
The U.S. Air Force will conduct training at the island of Farallon de Medinilla on June 23, from noon to 3pm; June 24, from 7am to 12:30pm; and June 26, from 8am to 1pm. The U.S. Air Force will also conduct training at W-517 on June 24-27 from 6am to 10pm.
The general public—especially fishermen, commercial pilots, and marine tour operators—are advised to stay clear from the area during the times and dates indicated. The general location of the training on the island of Farallon de Medinilla training area will be on a 10 nautical mile radius on all quadrants. W-517 is an irregular shaped polygon comprising of 14,000 nautical square miles of airspace that begins south of Guam and extends south-southwest in international waters. (PR)

Free USDA workshop for farmers, ranchers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is inviting the public to a free workshop called “What’s Good for the Farmer is Good for Everyone.” It will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, starting at 6:30pm, at the Kagman Community Center. The workshop will teach farmers and ranchers how to explore grants, financing, risk management, and technical assistance programs as well as opportunities to leverage resources and build partnerships. This is a tri-agency workshop involving Rural Development, Farm Services Agency, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. (USDA)

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