Heavy smoke engulfs the area after a fire broke out at an abandoned building between the former Saipan Younis Lounge and Sunnyside Café in Garapan last Friday. Photo shows the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services responding to the incident. (KIMBERLY B. ESMORES)

 

HEADLINES

22nd COVID-related death in NMI

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. confirmed the CNMI’s 22nd COVID-19-related death over the weekend, even as a total of 128 new cases were identified across three days, bringing the CNMI’s total to 4,246 since March 2020. In an update yesterday, CHCC also reported that, as of Jan. 23, six individuals are now hospitalized as a result of COVID-19. CHCC’s “COVID-19 Updates” issued on Jan. 21 and Jan. 22 gave no further information about the 22nd death. Of...

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‘CNMI’s deficit in FY’21 is $42.6M’

With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the CNMI economy persisting through fiscal year 2021, the CNMI’s deficit that fiscal year is estimated at $42.6 million, according to Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig. That is already a reduction of more than $22 million compared to...

Petition calling for SCA location extension nears 3K signatures

A change.org petition calling to extend Saipan Cares for Animals’ stay at its current location has garnered almost 3,000 e-signatures as of yesterday. According to the petition, the Commonwealth Zoning Board recently denied the animal welfare nonprofit group’s request for an...

Hearing on Torres lawsuit is pushed back

The initial hearing for Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ lawsuit against the House of Representatives’ Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations has been pushed back and will now be heard in March. Superior Court Judge pro tempore Timothy Bellas has granted the request of the...

Other Local News

Bill that authorizes naming of buildings, streets on Rota is OK’d

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres signed Friday a Senate local bill that authorizes the naming of buildings and streets on Rota after those who have made significant contributions to their communities. Torres informed Rota Legislative Delegation co-chairs Sen. Teresita A. Santos (Ind) and...

Sports

Tania resets NMI 3,000m indoor record

Tania Tan has reset her own CNMI 3,000m record with a time of 10:57.58 in the Ramapo Season Opener indoor track meet last Jan. 21 at the Armory Track in New York City. The 20-year-old Fordham University junior eclipsed her old record of 11:26.54 set at...
Posted On Jan 24 2022

Business

AK Saipan Toyota unveils 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross LE

lending together the best parts of Toyota’s Corolla and RAV4 as well as coming equipped with Keyless Entry, Blind Spot Monitors, Qi wireless charging, and many other features, the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross LE is AK Saipan Toyota’s newest offering. AK...

Opinion

It takes a village to provide a better world

Last Friday, the faculty and staff from the Northern Marianas College gathered together to revitalize an important area around the college. Despite how busy our team has been preparing for the start of the spring 2022 semester, they still made time for...

Letters to the Editor

The trial, retirees, and NMDs

I’m sure most readers are anxiously waiting to see what is going to happen in the Senate because it is not only the governor who will be on trial but also senators. The JGO has already deemed the governor guilty of the crimes he is alleged to have...