MINI-COURSE WEEK-With the help of Tribe Marianas, a mix of students learned advanced digital filmmaking as part of Mount Carmel School’s annual Mini-Course Week, during which alternative courses are taught students. Mini-Course Week gives junior high and high school teachers and students a chance to take a break from traditional academic instruction and dabble in hobbies and interests that engage students in hands-on learning. (MCS)

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Over 10 wildfires in a week

In the span of just a week, the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to over 10 wildfires across the CNMI. Wildland fires—also known as brush fires, forest fires, grass fires, etc.—have become rampant in the CNMI, attributed to the Commonwealth’s early transition into a drought season that is being blamed on an early onset of the Pacific-wide El Niño phenomenon. In the past week alone, the CNMI saw roughly over 10 wildland fires, according to the DFEMS Facebook page....

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April 22: Employers’ 1st PWS deadline

The first round of the 2019 CNMI Prevailing Wage Survey will end on April 22, 2019. That’s this Monday. Employers must submit their employee wage data before this deadline to be processed within the first tabulation of wages. If they fail to meet that deadline, the employer may...

‘DPL doing its duties under mandate’

Last part of a two-part series The Department of Public Lands insists it is doing everything in its powers to fulfill its duties to meet its mandate when the agency was created in February 2006. Those responsibilities include implementing a homestead program, settling land...

2 Superior Court staff directed to talk about court interpreters

Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho ordered two court staff yesterday to testify about the issue governing interpreters in connection with a murder case. Camacho said director of Courts Sonia Camacho and Limited English Proficiency coordinator Vivian S. Dela Cruz...

Other Local News

Ninth Circuit turns down Montgomery’s 2 petitions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied yesterday two petitions for rehearing of a motion for sentence reduction requested by former businessman Bert Douglas Montgomery, who was handed a 20-year prison sentence in 2003 for his role in a conspiracy to defraud the...

Sports

First season win for KFAS

Korean Football Association on Saipan finally broke into the win column this season following an 8-2 triumph over Matansa Football Club in the Division A game in the 2019 Spring Men’s M-League last Sunday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville....

Business

SHRM meeting to highlight employment law updates

The May meeting of the Society for Human Resource Management-NMI Chapter will feature two labor experts who will provide updates on laws governing employment in the region. Keith Sonderling, acting administrator and deputy administrator of the U.S....

Opinion

Private industry expansion

There was casual discussion among friends how do we get out of the economic contraction that has pushed both investments and revenues south. Initially, I thought it could be done with a set of plans. But my hope was dashed by the departure of Nippon...

Letters to the Editor

Comment deadline today to help save Pagan and Tinian

Please step up and submit a written statement today to help stop or limit Department of Defense training in the CNMI. Today, April 17, is the last day to provide concerns about DoD using Pagan and Tinian, and that can be done at https://mitt-eis.com/....