Community Briefs – January 23, 2018


Sablan will address SHRM on Jan. 25

Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) will be speaking at the Jan. 25 meeting of the Human Resource Management NMI Chapter about the recently introduced Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act, legislation to extend the CW visa program. 

This lunch meeting will be held at the Pacific Islands Club Charley’s Cabaret on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. The presentation is open to the public. Sablan will provide an opportunity for questions.

The presentation includes the PIC lunch buffet at the cost of $20 for SHRM members and $30 for non-members. Seats are limited, so reserve your seat by contacting Penny Jones by email at or Denise Montenegro at or by telephone at 323-5867/68. (PR)

Meeting of Kagman farmers

The Department of Lands and Natural Resources, Division of Agriculture, and the Saipan and Northern Islands Soil and Water Conservation District would like to inform farmers and farmers of the Kagman Commercial Farm Plot that there will be a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at 9am at the Division of Agriculture’s Kagman station. Topics to be discussed will include the upcoming election of S&NISWCD administrators. The DLNR is looking for farmers to be administrators of the S&NISWCD. If you are interested or would like to get information on this matter call Diane Gabaldon at 256-3319. (PR)

Military training at Warning Area 517, FDM

ASAN, Guam—The U.S. military will conduct training at Warning Area 517 during the following dates and times:

-Jan. 23, from 9am to 4pm

-Jan. 24-25, from noon to 8pm

The U.S. military will also conduct training at the island of Farallon de Medinilla on Jan. 26 and 28, from 10am to 11:59pm

It is recommended the public, fishermen and marine tour operators monitor the Coast Guard broadcast notice to mariners for advisories.

W-517 is activated south of latitude 12° 40’ 00”N. Santa Rosa Reef and Galvez Banks are open for public use.

The general location of the training on the island of Farallon de Medinilla will be in a 12-nautical mile radius of the island. (PR)

World Cancer Day Awareness Walk planned for Yap

COLONIA, YAP—Yap’s Non-Communicable Disease and cancer programs will sponsor an awareness walk on Sunday, Feb. 4, to highlight World Cancer Day. 

Registration, raffle sign-up and distribution of free T-shirts will begin at 3:30pm at the hospital. Everyone is invited to join in the walk that will start at the hospital, circle around the lagoon, enter Milroo behind the Bahai Center, continue through Nimar and exit at Domathing by Guang Mao, finishing back at the hospital with the raffle of prizes beginning at 4:45pm. 

“World Cancer Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer,” said Jennifer Palemar of Yap Cancer Program. “This awareness walk is one way we are encouraging everyone in Yap to take action against the disease, so come out and help us put cancer on the list of preventable diseases that have been eradicated forever.” For more information contact Jennifer Palemar at (PR)

Initiating change within indigenous communities

The Pacific Islands Bilingual-Bicultural Association Guam Chapter will have a public presentation and conversation with Dr. Deborah Ellen on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 11am to noon at the University of Guam, HSS106. Her presentation title is, “If you wanted to change a culture in a single generation, how would you do it? Ellen, a longtime educator and proponent of educational reform and indigenous rights, asks the questions: In what ways can the implementation of English and Western education impact indigenous communities? How do circumstances within Guam’s educational system compare to other indigenous communities? What can we learn from the work of others within indigenous communities in regard to maintaining languages and ways of being? There is no admission fee. For more information, contact PIBBA, Guam Chapter president Rosa Salas Palomo at 727-5522 or secretary Lois Gumataotao at 727-5647. (PR)

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