Community Briefs – March 7, 2019


Zoning Office closed tomorrow
The Zoning Office will be closed on Friday, March 8, 2019, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm, for staff training. Normal working hours will resume on Monday, March 11, 2019. (PR)

7 Saipan beaches red-flagged
The Division of Environmental Quality has red-flagged seven Saipan beaches and is advising the public not to fish or swim within 300 feet of these locations for the next 48 hours or until otherwise notified.

The affected sites are Garapan Fishing Dock, Sugar Dock, CK District 2, CK District 4, Laly Beach, Chalan Piao, and Hopwood.

Samples collected from these locations contained excessive concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria (enterococci) that exceeded the CNMI Marine Water Quality Standards. These bacteria can indicate the presence of human and animal waste in the water.

DEQ analyzes water samples collected from Saipan’s recreational beaches and storm drainage every Tuesday. For more information, contact DEQ at 664-8500. (DEQ)

Military training at old golf course
ASAN, Guam—The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit will conduct training at the former Adm. Nimitz Golf Course in Barrigada on March 7-18, from 6am to 11:55pm.

The public should be advised that routine training often accompanied with the use of blanks can occur during training.

These types of trainings are designed to enhance the readiness of military personnel. Residents in surrounding areas should not be alarmed if they see or hear increased activity associated with the training. (PR)

GRC physicians to hold clinic at CHC
Dr. Nathaniel B. Berg and Dr. Jeffery Shay of Guam Radiology Consultants are returning to the Commonwealth Health Center on Thursday, March 14, 2019, just two weeks after Shay’s Feb. 28 visit. Berg and Shay will be seeing patients at risk for or diagnosed with atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease, or ASPVD. The clinic will be at the Radiology Department of CHC, from 9am to 4pm.  Send inquiries and referrals to or fax to (671) 647-4600. Sheila Baisa, IR coordinator will assist. (PR)

CHamoru commission meetings set
The Kumisión i Fino’ CHamoru yan i Fina’nå’guen i Historia yan i Lina’la’ i Taotao Tåno’ (Commission on CHamoru Language and the Teaching of the History and Culture of the Indigenous People of Guam) will hold it monthly meetings on March 14 and 28, 2109, Thursdays, from 12:30pm to 3pm, in the Garden House, Plaza De Espana,  Hagatna.

Agenda items include but are not limited to: approval of minutes, reports from the chair, vice-chair, secretary and committee chairs, fiscal year 2019 financial matters, second set of orthography training, strategic plans and implementation updates, and Year of Indigenous Language activities.

Work sessions will also be held on Thursday, March 7 and 21, 2019, 12:30pm – 3pm at the same venue. 

For more information contact Kumisión chair/Gé’helo’ Hope Alvarez Cristobal at 483-0097 or secretary/Sikritåria Rosa Salas Palomo at 727-5522. (PR)

Military trainings set
ASAN, Guam—Military units participating in COPE North 2019 is conducting training at the island of Farallon de Medinilla until March 8, from 8am to 7pm.

Also, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is conducting training at the former Adm. Nimitz Golf Course in Barrigada until March 8, from noon to 4pm.

The U.S. Navy will also conduct an open-ocean, live-fire gunnery exercise tomorrow, March 7, from 10am to 11:55pm.

Military units participating in Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training 2019 will conduct training from midnight to 11:59pm, March 7-10, at Warning Area 517. 

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

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

The public should be advised that routine helicopter training often accompanied with the use of blanks can occur during training at the former Adm. Nimitz Golf Course.

The open-ocean exercise will take place within a 10-nautical mile radius of the following coordinates: 13° 26”N/145° 08”E, 13° 42”N/144° 36”E. It is recommended the public, commercial pilots, fishermen and marine tour operators stay clear from this area during the dates and times indicated. (PR)

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