FEMA HOUSING PROGRAM-Eric M. Hofschneider is the owner of the first house on Tinian completed under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Permanent Housing Program. According to FEMA, 10 more Tinian residents are participating in the program and 157 households Commonwealth-wide. The Permanent Housing Program was made available to individuals whose homes were destroyed or damaged, when Super Typhoon Yutu struck the Marianas in 2018. Photo and text taken from the Facebook page of Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP). (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)
Aguirre and Avry Racoma were recently awarded $600 each from the Lady Diann Torres Foundation. The LDTF Scholarship program gives individuals with disabilities more opportunities at pursuing higher education at NMC. In both photos with the scholars are NMC president Galvin Deleon Guerrero, first lady Diann Torres, LDTF board member and NMC regent Irene Torres, NMC dean of Student Support Services Charlotte Cepeda, NMC counselor Roxanne Torres, NMC Learning Support Services director Christine Inos, NMC counselor Kaelani Demapan, NMC Financial Aid specialist Roy Alegre, NMC Financial Aid director Daisy Manglona-Propst and LDTF board member and NMC federal accountant Katherine Palacios. (NMC)
‘WE WILL NEVER FORGET’-Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, 500 U.S. flags were erected in front of American Memorial Park’s Court of Honor and Flag Circle last Saturday as part of the Field of Heroes commemoration. The Field of Heroes is a static display arranged by TanHoldings and the Tan Siu Lin Foundation. The flags will be displayed from Sept. 4 to 30. Photo taken by licensed commercial drone pilot BJ Eddy. Check out his YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/mydiGis7xwY. (Photos by BJ EDDY)
UNTAMED BEAUTY-Last week, Pagan volcano released low-level emissions that prompted the U.S. Geological Survey to upgrade its Aviation Color Code/Volcano Alert Level for Pagan to ORANGE/WATCH. That means Pagan is restive and is showing increased potential for an eruption. Fourteen Pagan residents were safely evacuated from the island last July 31, and they are right now staying with family members on Saipan after an uptick in volcanic tremors prompted the CNMI government to send two boats to the island to evacuate the residents, mostly people who represent the Northern Islands Mayor’s Office. (Photos by VLADISLAV MELNIK)
IT&E INKS ‘PLEDGE’-The telecommunications firm IT&E commits to the Hafa Adai & Tirow pledge, which embodies the preservation and integration of the indigenous Chamorro and Refaluwasch cultures into IT&E’s everyday business practice. Photo shows IT&E, Marianas Visitors Authority, and Saipan Chamber of Commerce representatives at the signing ceremony. From left, Velma Palacios (IT&E), Shayne Villanueva (vice president, Saipan Chamber of Commerce), Janice Tenorio (IT&E), Leriza Debrum (IT&E), Joe Guerrero (president, Saipan Chamber of Commerce), Ed Javier (IT&E), Rose Soledad (general manager, IT&E), Sharon Abragan (IT&E), Natashia Tomokane (IT&E), Priscilla Iakopo (managing director, Marianas Visitors Authority), and Rob Harrell (executive director of Customer Operations and NOC, IT&E). (IT&E)
WAR GAMES AT FDM-U.S. Marines with 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company disembark on Farallon de Medinilla in the Northern Mariana Islands from an MV-22 Osprey aircraft before a tactical air control party exercise with the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232. Inset, U.S. Marines and an airman observe an air strike during a tactical air control party exercise on Farallon de Medinilla. (U.S. MARINE CORPS/LANCE CPL. TYLER HARMON)
Hats off to medical student Joshua Calixterio Mostales and his fellow researchers at Johns Hopkins for receiving the American Geriatric Society 2021 Presidential Best Abstract Award for his research abstract titled “Early Outcomes Following Implementation of a Hospital-Wide Geriatric Surgery Pathway.” Thank you for your commitment to medical research. We are so proud of you! With love, from Dad, Kate, Naomi, JC, and Chloe.
COASTAL CLEANUP-Bureau of Environment and Coastal Quality’s Water Quality Surveillance & Nonpoint Source program manager Larry Maurin picks up a piece of frayed plastic rope at Micro Beach early Saturday morning for the 2021 International Coastal Cleanup. Hundreds of volunteers fanned out across Saipan last Saturday for the annual ICC, which had the theme “Connect and Collect.” (IVA MAURIN)
OFFLOADING OPERATION-U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy sailors with Operation Freedom Banner conduct crane operations to offload equipment and supplies om Tinian in the Northern Mariana Islands. (U.S. MARINE CORPS/LANCE CPL. AUSTIN GILLAM)
‘KICKOFF CEREMONY’-Northern Marianas Technical Institute interim chief executive officer Jodina Attao, bottom row rightmost, holds up the signed memorandum of agreement between NMTI and the Department of Corrections, making official a pilot program that would allow inmates to take trades courses through NMTI. From left, also pictured, are Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios and Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, top row first and second, and NMTI board chairman Mario Valentino and DOC commissioner Wally Villagomez, bottom row first and second. (JOSHUA SANTOS)
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