Saipan's vegetation has been flourishing and important underground aquifers are being replenished because of the unseasonable rains during the past few days. But the Division of Environmental Quality is reminding people that the heavy showers can be a potential health problem too.
Despite brewing conflict over naming of the streets on Saipan, Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio has decided to keep his hands off the controversial issue to let the local delegation seek compromise on whether Chamorro or Carolinian names should be used.
The chair of the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation has appealed for calm on a potentially divisive issue that may further drag the street naming project on the heels of opposing views on the overdue plan by the municipal government.
Business leaders have expressed opposition against compromising the Covenant provisions to allow the federal government to control local immigration, minimum wage and customs standards on the heels of several legislation under consideration by the U.S. Congress.