September 6, 2005
Will today mark end of rolling blackouts?
Gov. Juan N. Babauta’s word on ending rotating blackouts will be tested today. Two weeks ago, the governor promised that a broken 13-megawatt engine at Power Plant 1 would be fixed by today, Sept. 6, 2005. Despite the delayed delivery of needed materials and the onslaught of a typhoon, it appears that the repair of Engine No. 8 has been completed on time. “Everything has been done on schedule. We are confident that the engine will be back in service by Tuesday,” said Pamela Mathis, Commonwealth Utilities Corporation special adviser for corporate communications.
Head Start faces classroom shortage
The Head Start Program in the CNMI is currently facing a classroom shortage due to the program’s lack of permanent spaces for classrooms, according to its local director. Head Start director Jean Samari told the Board of Education last week during its regular monthly meeting that the biggest challenge she now faces is finding permanent “appropriate” spaces for classrooms in the villages where schoolchildren reside. “Without this we have a very hard time keeping our funded enrollment as many families have transportation problems,” Samari said. At present, children in San Vicente and Dandan who are enrolled in the program attend the Chalan Kanoa Head Start, she said, adding that there are also some children in Garapan who attend Head Start centers on Capitol Hill and in Tanapag.
September 6, 2006
17, including 5 juveniles, fall in weekend operation
The Department of Public Safety conducted over the weekend its biggest roundup this year, with the arrest of 17 persons, including five juveniles, all allegedly involved in burglary and theft cases on Saipan. Acting DPS commissioner Rebecca Warfield, in an interview with the Saipan Tribune yesterday, commended the DPS Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives for their hard work that resulted in the arrest of the suspects. Warfield said such hard work embodies DPS’ mission of “one department, one force.” “They are doing their job to make our community safe. I applaud them,” said Warfield as she also expressed appreciation to other agencies that participated in the crackdown.
21 new animals at Saipan Zoo
Meet Tasha the Tiger, Lambert the Lion, Ozzie the Leopard, and Booboo the Black Bear at the Saipan Zoo in As Mahetog. These are just four of the 21 exotic animals that have been recently added to the island menagerie, giving residents and tourists many new reasons to visit or revisit the only zoo in the CNMI. Aside from the four, there’s Liberty and Oppie the monkeys, Jinga the genet, Shadow and Timber the foxes and Bobbie the bobcat. Other new set of animals includes kinkajous from the raccoon family, parrots, cockatoos, owls, a vulture, a hawk, emus, iguanas, coatimundi and Serval cats. Zoo owner Frank Aldan told the media yesterday that the addition of these animals to the local zoo is good news for the CNMI community.
September 6, 2007
Cohen calls for mutual respect in debate over federalization
A ranking U.S. official has appealed for mutual respect in the debate over the proposed federalization of local immigration. David B. Cohen, the U.S. Interior Department’s deputy assistant secretary for insular affairs, said he understood that people are anxious about the future of the Commonwealth. However, anxiety should not lead to misdirected anger, he added. Cohen’s statement came amid tension over a proposal to grant permanent status to long-term guest workers in the CNMI. Cohen, who has openly endorsed the plan, has himself been subject to political and sometimes personal attacks by critics.
Govendo allows temporary release of suspected illegal casino operator
The Superior Court yesterday allowed the temporary release of a businessman who was arrested on charges he was one of the operators of an illegal casino operation after he posted a property bond. Associate Judge Kenneth Govendo granted attorney Antonio M. Atalig’s request to modify the $25,000 cash bail that the court had earlier imposed on defendant Hideo Kato. Govendo accepted Atalig’s motion to temporarily release Kato to former Senate president Juan S. Demapan who will serve as third party custodian.