Community Briefs – February 8, 2016


Portions of AMP reopening

Over the last few months since Typhoon Soudelor, staff at American Memorial Park have been working hard to reopen the site to the public. The park is happy to announce that the picnic pavilion, Micro Beach (south of the pathway), and the sidewalks through the park are reopening at this time.

The area north of the bell tower and sidewalks remain closed due to unsafe conditions. This area is roped off and marked with “Area Closed” signs. Stay alert for unseen hazards and report safety issues to park staff.

Please note that the entire park remains a “Day Use Only” area until lights arrive and are installed in the coming months. We hope to open the tennis courts for day use in the next month or so as well.

We appreciate your patience during these last few months of recovery, and encourage you to come back and “Find Your Park!” (PR)

Military to conduct training at FDM, W-517

ASAN, Guam—The military will conduct training at the island of Farallon de Medinilla during the following dates and times:

• Feb. 8-10 from 7am to 11:30pm

• Feb. 11-12 from 8am to 11:30pm

• Feb. 13 from 10am to 11:30pm

The military will also conduct training at Warning Area 517 during the following dates and times:

• Feb. 9-10 from noon to 10pm

• Feb. 11-12 from 8am to 4pm

The general public, especially fishermen, commercial pilots and marine tour operators are advised to stay clear of the areas during the dates and times indicated.

The general location of the training on the island of Farallon de Medinilla will be on a 12-nautical mile radius on all quadrants. Farallon de Medinilla plays a special and unique role in national defense because its location provides frequent access that supports established training requirements. In addition, the air and sea space in the Farallon provides sufficient room for the many different attack profiles necessary to replicate training opportunities in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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. W-517 supports surface and aerial gunnery, missiles, and laser exercises. This will affect fishing in the vicinity of Santa Rosa Reef and Galvez Bank. (PR)

Temporary water service interruption in Garapan

Commonwealth Utilities Corp. customers in the village of Garapan are experiencing a temporary water service interruption due to low levels in the Puerto Rico reservoir.

CUC Water Operations personnel discovered the Puerto Rico tank was empty during routine monitoring this morning. A subsequent investigation of the production and transmission system revealed three wells went offline during the night.

Repair personnel are currently addressing the issue; however, customers in Garapan will not receive water for the remainder of the day. While there is currently no estimate for the resumption of water service, Operations personnel should be able to provide an estimate by 5pm. In the meantime, CUC will continue to provide updates though our local media and social media outlets as information becomes available.

For more information, please contact the 24-hour CUC Customer Call Center (664-4282) or visit for the latest updates. (PR)

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