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THE Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America” was one of the bestsellers in 1995. Among its admirers were The New York Times, The Washington Post and Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., JFK’s special assistant and “court historian.”'

HAGÅTÑA — There must be some mysterious force at work seeking to undermine our old society and its values! Look at what they’ve done to our nation and our faith!

WITH all the changes we all encountered this year, it is a good time to take our wellness into consideration as we enter into the new year.

FOR sure there is a big difference between the Democrats and the Republicans which nobody can deny with the prevailing difference being that the Democrats in the CNMI have put forth a genuine pledge to do things FOR the People while the Republicans have only mounted gaslighting character assassination attacks FOR Republicans’ personal intentions of getting elected.

A FEW weeks ago, the Chairman of the Republican Party, James Ada, took a stand against Congresswoman Tina Sablan for factually pointing out dishonest and unethical acts committed by Governor Torres.

THE Saipan Paddling Club is trying to help keep the community healthy by hosting a 5k Virtual Fun Run as part of SPC’s fundraising efforts.

IN the first part of this Report to the People, I highlighted the legislative activities I have been involved in during this term in the 21st House of Representatives.

THE Marianas Racing Association has been given the green light to revive the old motocross park at Cowtown after Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, MRA president Steve P. Sablan and MRA vice president Justis "Cuki" F. Alvarez  signed an agreement for the opening of the Marianas Motocross Park Tuesday.

CYCLISTS and runners are in for a treat on Nov. 7 as two events will be held on the same day: the Off-Road Duathlon and the North Trail Run.

STEVE Balakrishna has secured a place among the Saipan Golf Association's best players of the year after breaking a three-way tie to win the July Ace of the Month title on Oct. 18 at LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.

CALVIN Yamagishi notched the Marianas Golf Association's October Ace of the Month title by edging Gus Palacios on Saturday at the Kingfisher Golf Links.

FOR individuals who are discouraged by the pandemic from exercising, Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz recommends walking.

(Press Release) — The Triathlon Association of the CNMI and the Northern Mariana Islands Cycling Federations have submitted its enhancement project plan for the North Trail in support of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers’ Public Private Partnership initiative.

WHEN I began my term in the 21st Legislature, I made a commitment to being open and transparent with you, the people of Precinct 2 and the Commonwealth, about the work I do in serving you.

NICK Reyes fought his way into an elite group as he clinched the Amigos Golf Club’s November Ace of the Month title on Oct. 11, 2020 at the Kingfisher Golf Links.

 KYUNGA Park topped the CNMI Women's Golf Association's October Ace of the Month Tournament on Sunday at LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.

FRANK Camacho, 31,  was already known as "The Crank" before his rise to cage-fighting stardom,  but have you ever wondered how did he get his nickname?

FRANK "The Crank" Camacho, who could stand and bang with the best of them in the octagon, is also passionate about biking/cycling.

THE entire CNMI is invited to attend an Extraordinary and FREE Film Festival on “the Origins & Evolution of Racism in America” at the MHS Gym this weekend starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Amistad and the Mini-series of ROOTS are the two classic films with Grammy winning actors that are full of adventure, chills, action and drama that will surely entertain the audience.

LARRY Deleon Guerrero joined the elite of the Saipan Golf Association after securing his spot as June's Ace of the Month on Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Kingfisher Golf Links.

ON behalf  of the Senate Committee of Fiscal  Affairs, I would like to thank the members of the CNMI Legislature  for their tireless  efforts to pass the annual  budget for fiscal  year  2021.   

ASIDE from the long course category, the Saipan Unity Lions Club 4th Annual Bike Race on Sunday also featured a short course with Ronald Bernardo and Jully Rose Felipe as the overall top finishers in their respective divisions.

YET another unique class has been added to Latte Built's list of activities. It’s called Class & a Glass and it mixes yoga with a glass of wine.

“The world seems scarier than it is because what you hear about it has been selected — by your own attention filter or by the media — precisely because it is scary.” — from Hans Rosling’s 2018 book, “Factfulness

WHILE Butch Sublemente topped the mountain bike category of the Saipan Unity Lions Club 4th Annual Bike Race on Sunday, Joel Buko and JC Ferrer ruled the road bike category in their respective divisions.

THE winners of this year's Rotary Club of Saipan Goodwill Golf Tournament that was held  Saturday at  LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort were Jack San Nicolas, Ramon San Nicolas, Soon Ja and Chang Hee Yoo.

BUTCH Sublemente finished first in the mountain bike men's long course category of the Saipan Unity Lions Club 4th Annual Bike Race on Sunday.

THE right workout and nutrition are crucial for an athlete or anyone who wants to be fit, Gold's Gym personal trainer and nutritionist Jerry Diaz said. 

ENRICO Del Rosario's journey in the world of soccer continues as he joins the roster of Kings Hammer Soccer Club, an elite U23 team that will compete in the 2020 Ohio Valley Premier League.

IT wasn’t there until I came across the book, “The New Golf Mind,” by PGA Master Professional Dr. Gary Wiren and Dr. Richard Coop.

LATTE Built 24hr Fitness Gym on Monday resumed its Barbell Club that was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

SPNkx walked away with the top prize in the very first islandwide 2020 SPNSunset Call of Duty Warzone Tournament hosted by the Island Thieves on Saturday. 

 

DAS Krishnan topped the May Ace of the Month Tournament of the Saipan Golfers Association at LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort.

 

 

THE Northern Marianas Badminton Association is aiming to expand the sport to the outdoors with the introduction of AirBadminton to the youth on Wednesday during the second Shuttle Time event at the Oleai Sports Complex.

WHEN it comes to maintaining one’s health, eating right is one of the biggest challenges one faces, Gold's Gym personal trainer and nutritionist Jerry Diaz said.

(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be an emergency water service interruption on Friday, Oct. 30, from 8 .m. to 12 p.m. for customers in the areas of Capital Hill 1200 Block, Isa Drive from the NMI Retirement Fund building south toward the Kagman Road intersection to include Talafofo and Egigi Drive.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Managaha's recreational beaches this week.

(JKPL) — Community members can contact   Joeten-Kiyu Public Library during its hours of operation (Wednesday to Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) to make an appointment to JKPL’s spooktacular Book-a-Treat event!

(Press Release) — Grace Christian Assembly is hosting “Let’s Raise a Hallelujah Night,” a candy drive-thru Halloween event on Oct. 31, Saturday, on Magas Loop, Navy Hill from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. or until candy is gone.

 

 

(Press Release) —  Pacific Historic Parks, in partnership with the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, would like to invite the community to join them live on Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 at 9 a.m. for “Operation Forager, Northern Attack Force: The Battle for Saipan and Tinian with Don A. Farrell.”

(Press Release) — Pacific Historic Parks, in partnership with the Northern Marianas Humanities Council would like to invite the community to join them live on Zoom on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 9  a.m. for “Islands Too Beautiful For Their Names: Rethinking Legacies of Japanese Colonialism and WWII in the Northern Mariana Islands” with Dr. Jessica Jordan.

(Press Release) — Palau Consul Eileen Kintol is informing members of the Palau community on Saipan that they can cast their ballots for the Palau general elections from Monday, Oct. 26 to Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the  Carolinian Utt, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

(MCS) — Through the  effort of the campus minister and members of the theology department, the Mount Carmel School Chapel has reopened with new features to ensure compliance with the safety guidelines set by the CNMI Covid-19 Task Force and Mount Carmel School’s policies and procedures.

(PIC-Saipan) — In view of increasing local demand, as well as to give back to local community, Pacific Islands Club Saipan is going to re-open its waterpark partially during the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) beginning Oct. 24, 2020.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality has analyzed water samples collected from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches and Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week.

(Press Release) — The National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea or NYMWPS, a peaceful transglobal group that advocates for the preservation of Philippines;  territorial sovereignty and integrity, would like to invite members of the public to its 2nd Virtual West Philippine Sea Forum on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Manila time or 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Marianas time.

(Press Release) — Stellar Marianas, the island’s nonprofit pageant and talent group, announces its 2021 Miss Marianas Pageant slated for this March and is inviting eligible young women across the CNMI to help their community by becoming a positive role model and ambassador to the world.

(NMC) — Northern Marianas College Beta Lambda Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa or PTK International Honor Society recently celebrated the induction of 72 new members into the Chapter, the second largest induction ceremony recorded in NMC’s history.

BANGKOK (Reuters) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Tuesday dismissed calls from opposition parties to resign at a parliament session he had called to discuss months of protests demanding his departure and reforms to the powerful monarchy.

LAS VEGAS/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) — President Donald Trump will hold two campaign rallies on Wednesday in the battleground state of Arizona, where polls show him narrowly trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden, as the White House race heads into its final six-day stretch.

MANILA (AP) — A strong typhoon blew out of the Philippines on Monday after displacing more than 120,000 people, leaving several fishermen missing and causing at least six vessels to sink or run aground in storm-tossed waters, officials said.

(Stellar Marianas) — With the flu season coming to full swing, 2019 Miss Marianas Shannon Sasamoto reminds our community to continue to wear masks out in public and follow social guidelines to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News/Pacnews) —  A plan to create a travel bubble between Taiwan and Palau has been postponed because of the Pacific ally's decision to not relax quarantine rules for Taiwanese travelers, the Central Epidemic Command Center or CECC said Saturday.

(Press Release) — The E-Land Group was among the first private companies to step up and support the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers’ destination enhancement initiative, reaffirming its continued and deeper commitment to the CNMI.

(CNMI Judiciary) — This is to inform all prospective jurors on panel “17GS” that the jury selection scheduled for Monday, October 5, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. is hereby cancelled until further notice.  For further information, contact Clerk of Court Patrick Diaz at 235-4258.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Townhall) —The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday night, by a vote of 52-48.  Every Democrat voted against Judge Barrett, in addition to GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who faces a tough reelection battle; Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski inevitably voted to confirm Judge Barrett after hearing her unmatched qualifications. Democrats gave their best effort toward derailing Judge Barrett’s confirmation, but with the rules that they themselves set in 2013, Senate Republicans were able to give Judge Barrett an easy confirmation.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Monday are down to the final full week of campaigning before the Nov. 3 election, as surging coronavirus cases and a Covid-19 outbreak within Vice President Mike Pence’s staff keep the focus of the race on the pandemic.

MAJURO — At least 33 Marshallese are in detention in the United States awaiting opening of Marshall Islands borders for deportation, making the just-ended fiscal year 2020 possibly a record-setting year for Marshallese deportations from the United States.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of three weapons systems to Taiwan, including sensors, missiles and artillery that could have a total value of $1.8 billion, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

MANILA (AP) — The Philippines on Wednesday lifted a ban on non-essential foreign trips by Filipinos, but the immigration bureau said the move did not immediately spark large numbers of departures for tourism and leisure.

 PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, conducted recently the oath of office ceremony for  Samson Pretrick, director of the FSM Office of Personnel.

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) — Argentina has become the fifth country in the world to exceed one million coronavirus cases, its health ministry said on Monday, making it the smallest nation by far to reach the grim milestone after infections accelerated in recent weeks.

MANILA (AP) — The Philippine president has said he has no problem with being held responsible for the many killings under his anti-drugs crackdown, adding that he was ready to face charges that could land him in jail, though not charges of crimes against humanity.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Oct. 16, 2020, Kandhi A. Elieisar, secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia, and  Livingston A. Taulung, FSM secretary of the Department of Health & Social Affairs, joined Huang Zheng, ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, in a formal handover ceremony for the FSM’s receipt of 30 containerized isolation units.

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) — Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi on Sunday as part of a campaign to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan, who they accuse of being installed by the military in a rigged election two years ago.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Oct. 15 2020, Carlson D. Apis, secretary of the Department of Transportation, Communication & Infrastructure of the Federated States of Micronesia, received  Huang Zheng, ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, to discuss ongoing development projects, and to sign on behalf of the FSM a contract for China’s construction of the Hapilmohol-2, a replacement for the aging Hapilmohol-1, a 600-ton class cargo and passenger ship which will predominantly serve the State of Yap and other FSM-wide services as necessary.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that differences remained with President Donald Trump’s administration on a wide-ranging coronavirus relief package but that she was optimistic legislation could be pushed through before Election Day.

MANILA (AP) — Philippine left-wing groups on Friday criticized the treatment of a detained activist who was allowed by a Manila court to attend her baby’s burial but was forced to wear handcuffs and a sweltering protective suit and was heavily guarded by armed escorts as she quietly wept.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) —  Former Vice President Joe Biden won a TV ratings battle with President Donald Trump as the two held competing town halls with voters just weeks ahead of the Nov. 3 election, according to Nielsen ratings data released on Friday.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) —  In September and October, the Federated States of Micronesia’s  Customs and Tax Administration intercepted two separate consignments of illegal weaponry, which have since been confiscated and handed over to the FSM National Police for investigation.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, said on Wednesday it was an “open question” whether Trump could pardon himself and added that the top U.S. judicial body “can’t control” whether a president obeys its decisions.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Democratic senators including vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Monday painted President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as a threat to the Obamacare healthcare law during a deadly pandemic and denounced the Republican drive to approve her before the Nov. 3 U.S. election.

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star) — A day after President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman told reporters that the chief executive was fed up with the squabbling of his allies in the House of Representatives, a majority of its member elected a new speaker, Lord Allan Velasco.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will tell senators in her high-stakes confirmation hearing this week that she will approach cases based on the law, not her personal views, as Democrats urged her to step aside on an upcoming challenge to the Obamacare law and any potential election-related disputes.

ATLANTA Ga. (Reuters) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday reported 7,694,865 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 53,363 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 577 to 213,614.

MANILA (The Philippine Star) — The pro-administration faction supporting Rep. Lord Allan Velasco  was pushing to unseat another pro-administration lawmaker, Alan Peter Cayetano,  as speaker of the House of Representatives by declaring the position vacant.

TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) — Taiwan’s government has denounced China, citing entrapment and manipulation, after Chinese state television aired a documentary showing a Taiwanese citizen confessing to visiting Hong Kong to support anti-government protesters there.

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) — Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala Harris clashed over the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic during their debate on Wednesday, as the White House struggled to contain an outbreak that has infected President Donald Trump and dozens of others.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Sept. 29, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia, signed into public law the budget for Fiscal Year 2021, which began on Oct. 1, 2020.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump faced a fresh backlash on Tuesday for removing his mask when he returned to the White House and urging Americans not to fear the Covid-19 disease that has killed more than 209,000 people in the country and put him in hospital.

NEW YORK (Reuters) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday agreed to New York City’s plan to close schools in nine coronavirus “hot spots” in Brooklyn and Queens, but said he was still discussing whether non-essential businesses should be shut down again in those areas.

MANILA (The Philippine Star) —  President Rodrigo Duterte scored the highest approval and trust ratings among the five top government officials amid criticism over his administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Pulse Asia survey released Monday.

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services) — On Oct. 2, 2020, David W. Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia,  virtually joined Thomas E. Remengesau Jr., president of the Republic of Palau, David Kabua, president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Lionel Aingimea, president of the Republic of Nauru, and Taneti Maamau, president of the Republic of Kiribati, for a special meeting of the Micronesian Presidents Summit.

MANILA (AP) — Grade and high school students in the Philippines began classes at home Monday after the coronavirus pandemic forced remote-learning onto an educational system already struggling to fund schools.

JOHNSTOWN, PA., /DULUTH, MN (Reuters) — U.S. presidential debate organizers vowed on Wednesday to change the rules to rein in unruly behavior after President Donald Trump repeatedly interrupted rival Joe Biden and the moderator in the candidates’ taunt-filled initial prime-time encounter.

KOROR (Island Times/Pacnews) — The Trafficking in Persons Report released by the U.S Department of State in June identified the challenges that limit Palau’s anti-trafficking efforts, including official complicity, a lack of convictions, and insufficient identification and protection services.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 79th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 12:38 p.m. Friday. The patient was a 63-year-old male with underlying conditions that were further compounded Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on October 24 after testing positive at the Guam Regional Medical City.

THERE has not been any discussion about what will happen to the alternate care site at Kanoa Resort once the pandemic subsides, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said on Wednesday.

THE CNMI Historic Preservation Office will hold the reinterment of 16 ancestral remains in the ancient Chamorro village of Araiao, Saipan located on the grounds of Hopwood Middle School today, Friday.

(CUC) —  The  Commonwealth    Utilities   Corp. announces  that the Fuel  Adjustment   Charge  or FAC  remains  at $0.11165 per kWh  for the month of November.

(Office of the Governor) — In a memorandum to all department and activity heads and employees on Thursday, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, is Election Day and thus a legal holiday in the Commonwealth.  (See 1 CMC § 6508.)

(Press Release) — Ben Rayphand and Jerry Diaz,  from Dandan Middle School, collaborated with Preston Basa from Marianas High School, Lizelle Amirez from WSR Elementary School, and Nerine Villagomez from San Vicente Elementary School in an IXL Academic Program Training session.

ONLINE  classes conducted by at least two public schools on Saipan were canceled  Thursday morning due to an hour-and-a-half islandwide power outage that started at 8:59 a.m.

NORTHERN Marianas College is seeking the support of the Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance board of directors in encouraging CNMI students to enroll at a local institution for the first and second years of their college education.

(Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers) — Lions Club International District 204 Region II will take every opportunity to serve the community.

 The event was held on Sunday, Oct. 25, with over 1,000 vehicles participating on Saipan and Rota.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 78th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 11:11 a.m. Thursday. The patient was a 76-year-old female with underlying conditions that were further compounded Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on October 22 after testing positive at the Guam Regional Medical City.

(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) —  At 8:59 a.m. Thursday, CUC experienced an islandwide power outage due to a short circuit on the electrical panel for the radiator on Engine No. 1 causing two engines to also trip resulting in an islandwide power outage.

BECAUSE the No. 1 priority of the Public School System is the safety of its students, Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada is urging everyone to give remote learning a chance in the new school year.

THE CNMI alternate care site facility at Kanoa Resort was officially opened on Wednesday.

ATTORNEY Aaron Halegua said Imperial Pacific International LLC has not complied with the federal court order to pay the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees in the amount of $93,834.25.

HAGÅTÑA (Pacific Island Times) — With Covid-19 hospitalizations surging and daily positive cases hitting all-time highs, the coronavirus crisis is pushing the island’s fragile health care system to its limit and causing the 198-bed Guam Memorial Hospital to exceed capacity.

THE Department of Public Safety has not been complying with a CNMI Supreme Court order to have traffic citations filed electronically on File & Serve Express or FSX platform, Variety learned.

(DPS) —  On Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at about 2:13 p.m., the Department of Public Safety  received a call from the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., notifying traffic investigators that the operator of the crashed vehicle in As Terlaje had passed away about an hour ago.

THE Saipan Mayor’s Office has designated street numbers to 709 residential and commercial buildings in seven villages, Mayor David M. Apatang and his special assistant, Henry S. Hofschneider, informed the Saipan Rotary Club during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

SECRETARY of Finance David DLG Atalig on Wednesday said it is not true that some Pandemic Unemployment Assistance checks have bounced.

(Office of the Governor) — The CNMI Department of Labor has received hundreds of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance  applications and weekly claims certifications that do not meet the filing requirements or eligibility for PUA benefits. 

(Office of the Governor) — The Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force announces guidelines for a healthy and safe Halloween this weekend.

(NMCADSV) — The Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence recently named Department of Public Safety Officer Rose Taman Rios, as the recipient of the 2020 Bridge of Light Award or BOLA. 

WASHINGTON (U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor) — U.S. Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (Mariana Islands-at Large), and Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), introduced legislation to save nearly 4 million education jobs, spur economic growth in the midst of an economic crisis, and help mitigate the impacts of students’ learning loss as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 77th Covid-19-related fatality was pronounced dead on arrival at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 3:23 a.m. Wednesday. The patient was an 82-year-old female with underlying conditions and expired at home in hospice care. She was a known Covid-19 case and was previously admitted to GMH.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 76th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 12:26 p.m. Wednesday. The patient was a 41-year-old male with underlying health conditions complicated by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on October 5 and tested positive upon admission.

THE Commonwealth Election Commission is urging voters to take advantage of the expanded early voting period to avoid risks on Election Day on Nov. 3.

THE Covid-19 pandemic did not stop the faculty and administrative staff of William S. Reyes Elementary School from celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and commemorating the events that led to the NMI becoming part of the United States.

Governor Ralph DLG Torres issued the following statement Tuesday:

THE CNMI Division of Revenue and Taxation collection branch has filed another tax lien notice under Commonwealth tax law against Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC in Superior Court and the District Court for the NMI.

RONALD Jr. Leon Guerrero Ealey, who was wanted by the Department of Public Safety for theft, has been arrested and brought to Superior Court for a bail hearing.

DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has denied Barry Israel’s motion for summary judgment in his cross-claims against Keith Waibel, the former trustee of Junior Larry Hillbroom.

(DPS) — The Department of Public Safety is seeking the public’s help in locating Juan D. Tydingco who is wanted for failure to appear in court for the charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, speeding, and reckless driving.

THE alternate care site at Kanoa Resort will officially be handed over to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m., according to Patrick Guerrero,  governor’s authorized representative for the Covid-19 pandemic.

“THERE’S no pressure when it’s time to cast a vote other than putting pencil to paper,” said Rep. Luis John Castro during an interview on Friday at the House of Representatives.

WITH Halloween just around the corner, trick-or-treating will look a little different this year, said the chairman of the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, Warren Villagomez.

(Committee to Elect Christina Sablan) — Keeping a campaign commitment, Democratic House candidate and incumbent Rep. Christina “Tina” Sablan of Precinct 2 has released her statement of financial interest and campaign finance report ahead of the November 3 elections.

(Press Release) — The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers has emphasized the importance of getting various projects off the ground as soon as possible to help the CNMI get through the Covid-19 pandemic and fast-track the islands’ recovery from the crisis.

THE Department of Public Works on Tuesday issued a stop work order to Imperial Pacific International, citing violations of the Building Safety Code.

THE Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. on Monday reported four new confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing the CNMI total to 92 since March 28, 2020.

CNMI Washington Office director Jason Osborne on Friday said the Torres-Palacios administration is trying to get more federal assistance possible even as the second stimulus talks remain at a standstill in the U.S. Congress.

 “DEE DEE” is the first sailing canoe made entirely by Chamorro and Carolinian hands, 500 Sails Inc. secretary-treasurer Emma Perez said on Sunday.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A doctor on the governor's physicians advisory group Wednesday talked about his and other health care professionals' frustration with those who seem to "minimize" Covid-19 deaths because of underlying health conditions, or comorbidities.

CHIEF Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the NMI has granted the parties’ stipulation for dismissal in the lawsuit of a seaman who sued the owners of a tugboat for the injuries he sustained while on the vessel.

A CONCERNED citizen who declined to be identified told Variety that a wedding ceremony and reception were held at the Department of Public Safety on Monday for two police officers.

(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) — There will be scheduled power interruptions on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 in Sadog Tasi from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, on Lalanghita Road and Pine Drive in Kagman 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

(DPS) — On Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at about 8:24 p.m., the Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol Units were dispatched to a reported auto-run off crash incident at the Chalan Monsignor Guerrero and Chalan Tun Antonio Apa street light on As Terlaje hill.

PRECINCT 1 Democratic Party House candidate Peter Reyes Muna  has been an entrepreneur for 17 years and has a master’s degree in education.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Guam Department of Education and its partners have managed to whittle down the list of 4,000 students they weren't able to contact previously to about 750 as of Wednesday.

(Office of the Governor) — November will be a very short month for government services with four legal holidays on November 3, Election Day; November 4, Citizenship Day; November 11; Veterans Day; and November 26, Thanksgiving.

(Press Release) — In what he says is an attempt “to contribute to the body of academic knowledge regarding the mental and socio-emotional health needs for teachers,” Jim Rayphand, former San Vicente School teacher and acting principal, hopes he can get a 100% response rate from Saipan’s public elementary school teachers on a specially developed on-line survey which he intends to roll out no later than October 30, 2020 or this Friday.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 73rd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the U.S. Naval Hospital at approximately 11:20 a.m. Monday. The patient was a 76-year-old female with underlying health conditions complicated by Covid-19. She tested positive on October 15, but no information was available on hospital admission date.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 72nd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 10:25 p.m. Sunday night. The patient was a 28-year-old male with underlying health conditions complicated by Covid-19. He was admitted to GRMC on October 25 and tested positive upon admission.

HAGÅTÑA (Guam Homeland Security / Office of Civil Defense) — The National Weather Service Guam Weather Forecast Office on Monday issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A developing circulation is now about 250 miles south-southwest of Guam moving northwest around 10 mph.

FOUR individuals on Saturday received the 23rd Governor’s Humanities Award for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the humanities in the CNMI.

SECRETARY of Finance David DLG Atalig on Friday said about 9,600 taxpayers have been paid their tax refunds.

OFFICE of the Public Auditor investigator Travis Hurst has resigned, and his last day at OPA was on Saturday, Oct. 24.

SAIPAN-BORN singer Erica Faye S. Tubera performed in a virtual  show in New York called “Live from Quarantine,” Saturday morning local time.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — At the age of 5, Edison Manaloto —  now Dr. Manaloto — moved to Guam from the Philippines with his family and found opportunity in the public school system to gain an education that led to his earning both a bachelor's and a master's degree at the University of Guam where he graduated as valedictorian in 2006.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 71st Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 2:07 p.m. Saturday. The patient was a 67-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GRMC on October 24 and tested positive upon admission.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 70th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 4:50 a.m. Saturday. The patient was a 55-year-old male with underlying health conditions complicated by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on October 10 and was a known positive case.

A STOP-WORK order may be issued to Imperial Pacific International after the construction manager at the site failed to correct the violations of building safety code as ordered by the Department Public Works earlier this month.

This is a reprint of an article originally published on Feb. 22, 2019.

CULTIVATING a strong cultural identity in indigenous youth could be the key to preserving their physical and mental health, according to an article written by Lisa Wexler, head of the Community Health Education program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She lays out the connection between cultivating indigenous culture and enabling young indigenous people to traverse life’s hardships in her brief but fascinating paper “The Importance of Identity, History, and Culture in the Wellbeing of Indigenous Youth.”

THE $244 million awarded to the CNMI through the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Program will address the needs of the Commonwealth following the Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu disasters as  stated in the action plan submitted by the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. in collaboration with the Office of the Governor.

ALMOST a month after issuing Executive Order No. 2020-21, which separates the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. from the Commonwealth Development Authority, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres appointed Tinian and Rota representatives to the NMHC and CDA boards of directors.

THE law imposing a $3 million regulatory fee is unconstitutional, Imperial Pacific International’s counsel stated in its affirmative defense filed with the Commonwealth Casino Commission on Wednesday.

EDUCATION Commissioner Alfred B. Ada said over 100 public school students have not registered for this school year or have registered already but have not been attending online or face-to-face classes.

NOW that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved $244 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery or CDBG-DR assistance for the CNMI, the Commonwealth has begun preliminary work on the projects.

FRED C. Camacho said he found a World War II-era Japanese tunnel in Puerto Rico in early 2015 while searching for a rumored mini submarine access tunnel that the Japanese forces built near the Tanapag harbor.

THE Covid-19 pandemic will reduce the students’ ability to achieve their dreams, said Rep. Roman C. Benavente, chairman of the House Committee on Education.

AFTER a heated discussion on Tuesday, the Board of Education decided to follow the central government’s designation of Monday  as no-work day under Public Law 21-35 or the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations Act.

“WE’RE in the 10th month of the impact on the tourism industry caused by the coronavirus, and there still isn’t a clear path forward as to the willingness of international travel and the demand for international travel to any destination, let alone the CNMI,”  said Matthew Deleon Guerrero of the Governor’s Economic Council of Advisers.

THE Micronesian Islands Nature Alliance recently received a monetary donation from Salty Skin Pacific to support MINA’s mission of empowering communities for conservation.

(DPL) — The  Department  of  Public  Lands  is pleased   to  inform  the  general  public  that  it  will  lift  the  moratorium  on  the issuance   of  temporary  Agricultural  Grazing   Permits   or AGPs   for    Saipan   and  will  be  accepting applications in November. 

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzed water samples collected from Tinian’s recreational beaches and storm water drainages this week as part of the regularly scheduled sampling. 

(Press Release) — The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers sees the strategic acquisition of grants for infrastructure improvement and related projects as a significant contribution of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ administration toward getting the CNMI economy back into shape.

DEDEDO, Guam (U.S. Marine Corps) —  Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz officially began the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign in Guam and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

CNMI Department of Labor Secretary Vicky I. Benavente said as of Friday, Oct. 16, over $136 million in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance funds have been distributed on the three main islands.

TWO more individuals have tested positive for Covid-19, raising the total confirmed cases in the CNMI to 88,  the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. said on Tuesday.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG. Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Tuesday announced the nomination of former Speaker Joseph P. Deleon Guerrero as the new secretary of Community and Cultural Affairs, succeeding Robert Hunter who is now the senior policy advisor for the Office of the Governor.

BOARD of Education member Phillip Mendiola-Long of Tinian resigned on Tuesday.

OF the 29 members of the 21st Legislature, only six — four in the House and two in the Senate — have never missed a session.

THE Governor’s  Covid-19 Task Force chairman, Warren Villagomez, on Tuesday shared updates regarding  the CNMI’s fight against the global pandemic.

SUPERIOR Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja has sentenced Michael Lee Borja to one-year imprisonment, but all suspended except 30 days, for hitting the defendant’s then-12-year-old daughter.

HOUSE Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs Chairman Luis John Castro has invited Gov. Ralph DLG Torres to a meeting on Friday to discuss the chief executive’s proposed version of House Joint Resolution 21-8, which expresses the CNMI government stance on military training in the Commonwealth.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan’s recreational beaches and storm drainages every Tuesday.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 67th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 6:27 a.m. Tuesday. The patient was a 72-year-old male. He was admitted to GRMC on October 20 and tested positive upon admission.

COMMUNITY volunteer Max Aguon is again asking members of the public to cooperate in maintaining the cleanliness of the Chalan Kanoa cemetery and Sugar Dock.

IMPERIAL Pacific International, LLC is requesting the federal court to allow its investor to deposit $5,599,975 in a CNMI bank to secure the payment of judgment issued by the court in favor of Pacific Rim Land Development, LLC.

COMMONWEALTH Election Commission administrative officer Kayla Igitol on Monday said all polling booths are sanitized and cleaned as part of the government’s Covid-19 directives.

THE Public School System’s implementation of the hybrid learning model will be a challenge to everyone in the community, according to the chairman of the House Committee on Education.

THE House leadership on Monday agreed to extend the contract of Legislative Bureau Director Antonio “Tony” Sablan to January 31, 2021.

(Commonwealth    Utilities  Corp.) — There will be a scheduled   power  interruption   on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.   for the Kagman 3 Phase 3 area.

HAGÅTÑA (Guam Commission on Decolonization/Office of the Governor of Guam) — In a phone interview on Oct. 1, 2020 with Sean Hannity of Fox News, President Donald Trump expressed his opposition to granting statehood to U.S. territories like Guam, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.).

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam Department of Labor Director David Dell'Isola told the Rotary Club of Guam on Thursday that an enormous number of fraudsters are attacking not just the federal unemployment aid system but other programs as well, so he asked for public vigilance and patience.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Friday announced the approval by the federal government of the $244 million Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Action Plan for the CNMI.

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the Governor’s CNMI Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday reported six more confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing the islands’ total cases to 86 since reporting started in March.

THE bill allowing the government to issue temporary business permits became law without the signature of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday last week.

THE Office of the Mayor of Saipan held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for the new multifunctional animal shelter building that is to be constructed on the As Perdido agriculture station property.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Friday led the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Philippine Consulate Support Office at Sun Palace Hotel in San Jose.

THE CNMI Bar Association has adopted procedures to evaluate this year’s judicial candidates for retention: local Supreme Court Associate Justice Perry B. Inos, Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja and Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo.

THE federal court did not revoke the supervised release of Vickilyn Manglona Teregeyo who admitted to violating the conditions of her probation.

BRIAN Galang Lizama has admitted that he impersonated his brother and made a series of withdrawals amounting to $30,000 from his brother’s Bank of Guam account.

(DPS) —  On Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at about 12:39 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting an overdue swimmer at Fishing Base, Garapan.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The staff at the Underground Dungeon, a specialty party gift retail store that offers a wide range of Halloween items every year, is keeping their doors open while they can during the pandemic.

(Commonwealth     Utilities    Corp.) —   There  will  be a scheduled    water  service interruption   on Fridav,  Oct.   23,  2020 from  8 a.m.  to 4  p.m.  for the   Kagman, Papago,   San Vicente,   Upper Dandan  and Obyan areas.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 63rd Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 5:49 a.m. Friday. The patient was a 51-year-old male with underlying comorbidities that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on September 4 and was a known positive case.

THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. reported on Thursday evening that three additional individuals had been confirmed positive for Covid-19. This brings to 80 the total number of Covid-19 cases in the CNMI since March.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday resubmitted to the House Committee on Federal and Foreign Relations a proposed substitute version of House Resolution 21-8 pertaining to the CNMI government’s position on U.S. military activities in the Commonwealth.

COMMONWEALTH Casino Commission acting Executive Director Andrew Yeom filed last week a complaint against Imperial Pacific International for its failure to pay the annual $3 million regulatory fee.

 

THE Indigenous Affairs Office will conduct a public forum on Oct. 21 and 23 at the Rota mayor’s office from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and at the Sinapalo Youth Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to present and explain the National Parks Service options for historical sites on Rota.

THE $1.3 million provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act and disaster supplemental funds will allow the Division of Youth Services to continue providing services to the community, DYS Administrator Vivian Sablan said.

“I NOTE that the budget was not actually passed until after midnight on October 1, thus forcing the lt. governor, the attorney general, and my staff to review the budget bill overnight so that I could sign the budget, avoid a government shutdown, and permit government employees to report to work that morning,” Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said in his letter explaining the  line-items he voted when he signed the fiscal year 2021 bill into law.

(Office of the Governor) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality-Division of Environmental Quality announces the availability for public review and comment  of the proposed amendment to the pesticide regulations  published September 28, 2020, in Volume 42 of the Commonwealth Register.

DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has granted the request of seven construction workers to order Gold Mantis Construction Decoration (CNMI) LLC to produce discovery materials in their lawsuit alleging labor and other violations.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches and Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week as part of the regularly scheduled sampling. 

THE Northern Marianas Humanities Council, the Office of the Mayor of Tinian and Aguiguan and the Office of Indigenous Affairs have joined forces to bring Humanities Week to Tinian this month.

CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, held “The Great CNMI ShakeOut” on Thursday to practice safety measures in case of an earthquake.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero on Wednesday said Guam is "now struggling to control" the second surge in Covid-19 cases as it modified quarantine rules and began reopening the economy.

FINANCE Secretary David DLG Atalig on Wednesday said the first batch of tax refunds will be released this week.

LIEUTENANT Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Wednesday led the ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the official opening of the new Division of Youth Services office in Kagman.

THE Public School System, in collaboration with IT&E and the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs-Division of Youth Services, is providing its students with high-speed internet services, Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada said.

BOARD of Education Chairwoman Janice A. Tenorio on Wednesday vowed to continue working closely with the Torres administration to ensure the Public School System will not have payless paydays.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Wednesday renewed his declaration of state of public health emergency and continued declaration of state of significant emergency establishing response, quarantine, and preventive containment measures concerning Covid-19.

THE renovation of major tourist sites on the island initiated by the government continues with the help of non-government organizations and the private sector Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said on Tuesday.

(Commonwealth Utilities    Corp.) —  There will   be a  scheduled    power  service interruption    on   Saturday,    Oct.  17,   2020 from 5 a.m.   to 9 a.m.   for the areas of Garapan-Kristo   Rai  Church,   Upper Miha,  Best Sunshine  hotel   and  the northern   side  of China Town.

THE U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged Jesse Reyes Babauta, Noribel Adao Mendez, and Mary Rose Chelo Herradura with one count of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine or “ice” with intent to distribute.

(DPS) — The CNMI Department of Public Safety has been made recently aware of a social media post regarding a murderer on the loose in Chalan Kanoa. This post is false and misleading.

(MVA) — A Marianas-theme flight departing from and returning to Incheon International Airport on Oct. 25, 2020, has sold out on its first day of sale in Korea, emphasizing the market’s renewed interest in travel.

 

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages every week.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — When Terry Cutshaw and his wife Chikako turned the Charcoal Guam brand into a maker of handcrafted bath and beauty items in August 2019, they envisioned that their products would be in some local retail stores' shelves by now.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Tango Theatres is permanently closing its movie theaters at the Agana Shopping Center because of the prolonged Covid-19 shutdown and the lack of new feature films available in this time of the pandemic, according to Tango Theatres general manager Kit Lanuza.

(U.S. Department of Justice) — U.S. Attorney Shawn N. Anderson announces the assignment of assistant U.S. attorneys to lead the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming Nov 3, 2020, general elections.

OTHER than one voter going to the wrong polling site, there was no major issue encountered at the Kagman Community Center, a polling supervisor said Tuesday afternoon.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday said with many businesses already  reopening , the CNMI appears to be moving toward Community Vulnerability Level Green, which is the safest in the community vulnerability chart.

THE number of weekly commercial aircraft landings at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport has gone down to three from 65, Commonwealth Ports Authority Executive Director Christopher Tenorio said.

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday urged registered voters to cast their ballots now that the early voting period for Saipan and the Northern Islands has started.

REGARDING the reopening of the Northern Marianas Technical Institute, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Tuesday said that he is still awaiting the transition report from the trade school.

THE Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality-Division of Coastal Resources Management on Tuesday said the most collected debris during the 2020 International Coastal Cleanup in the CNMI were cigarette butts.

THE Lions Clubs International District 204, Region 2 on Saturday cleaned up Sugar Dock beach.

(DPS) — On Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, at about 12:30 a.m., an officer was conducting routine patrol in Chalan Kanoa when she noticed a group of individuals walking on the roadway.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A man convicted in a case involving 35 grams of meth and 1.5 grams cocaine was spared from having to spend another day in prison following his sentencing hearing in the Superior Court of Guam on Monday.

(CNMI Judiciary) — This is to inform the general public that the Superior Court will be hearing all traffic arraignment cases every Thursday at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 101 of the Horiguchi Building in Garapan starting Oct. 15, 2020. 

TODAY, October 13, early voting begins for the third senatorial district — Saipan and the Northern Islands.

BECAUSE of a major electrical fault on the Feeder 1 circuit fronting the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., an islandwide power outage was experienced by Saipan residents in the early morning hours of Oct. 12, Commonwealth Cultural Day.

DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona said Imperial Pacific International LLC has no 5th Amendment right to self-incrimination as she denied its request to suspend the court proceedings in the lawsuit of seven construction workers who have alleged labor and other violations.

COMMUNITY volunteer Max Aguon said a concerned local resident informed him about  three containers of used cooking oil dumped in the Aquarius beach area on Sunday.

A SUCCESSFUL partnership between Inas’ Kitchen and Triple J’s Payless SuperFresh & Truckload Store resulted in a best-selling menu item that helped the church-based charitable group Karidat aid those in need.

THE Public School System will observe its first austerity Friday for the new school year this week.

SPEAKER Blas Jonathan Attao  will  inform Gov. Ralph DLG Torres  this week about the vacancy in the House of Representatives following the resignation of former House Minority Leader Edwin Propst of Precinct 1.

SENATE Vice President Jude U. Hofschneider is hoping that IT&E will provide free data to Public School System students and teachers using distance learning platforms.

(Commonwealth Utilities Corp.) —  At 3:38 a.m. Monday morning, CUC experienced a major electrical fault on the Feeder 1 circuit fronting the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation.   The fault caused an electrical surge, which tripped the Power Plant 1 station service and also the Aggreko Plant, causing under voltage at PP1 triggering the protective devices resulting in an island wide power outage.

TWO individuals have been confirmed positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases in the CNMI to 77 since March, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. announced on Saturday.

SOROPTOMIST International of the Northern Mariana Islands on Saturday celebrated women "Rising Above the Storm" and awarded the 2020 "Live Your Dream" winner, Christine Fereti, at the Fiesta Resort Hibiscus Hall.

CNMI Rep. Ivan Blanco joined Guam Sen. Kelly Marsh-Taitano on Friday participated in a virtual discussion on the benefits of breadfruit, a plant that has existed in the Pacific isles for generations.

VICENTE Castro Camacho, who is one of the Democratic Party’s Precinct 3 House candidates, is advocating for a new CNMI retirement system which he said is “absolutely doable.”

THE courtrooms recently vacated by the District Court for the NMI at the Horiguchi Building in Garapan were leased by the CNMI judiciary for three months, building accountant Nita San Nicolas said.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — While some restaurants on Guam are now able to offer alfresco, or outdoor, dining to help boost sales, other establishments are still trying to tread water and keep business afloat with curbside and pickup service only.

(Commonwealth    Utilities  Corp.) — There  will  be a scheduled    water  service interruption     scheduled   for  Monday,   October   12,  2020  from  8  a.m.    to  12    p.m.    for customers    in   the  following    areas:   Capital   Hill    1200    Block,   Isa   Drive   from  the  Retirement Building  south toward  the Kagman  Road  intersection   to include the Talafofo   and Egigi   Drive.

(CUC) — The Commonwealth   Utilities  Corp. regularly performs   tree-trimming  and  vegetation   control   around  its  power  transmission    and  distribution infrastructure    in  order  to  minimize   the  chance   of  a  power   interruption   during   any  kind  of environmental   event,  typhoon,  high winds,  and heavy rains.   

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 60th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 3:51 a.m. Sunday. The patient was a 60-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on October 3 and tested positive upon admission.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 59th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 2:13 p.m. Saturday, The patient was a 73-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GMH on September 26. The patient was confirmed as a positive case earlier that day through the Department of Public Health and Social Services.

THE Commonwealth Zoning Board on Wednesday approved three of the four applications for cannabis farming.

CNMI Republican Party President James A. Ada on Thursday described Rep. Tina Sablan’s  Facebook article that criticizes the GOP’s “legacy of chaos” as a “continuance of her effort to fracture the [local] community.”

CHIEF prosecutor John Bradley is accusing Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho of violating the CNMI Constitution by usurping the local Supreme Court chief justice’s authority to propose rule changes.

SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has sentenced Vicente Sablan Basa to one-year imprisonment,  but all suspended except for 90 days  after the defendant pled guilty to theft of vehicle.

DEDEDO, Guam (U.S. Department of Labor) — After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division or WHD, a janitorial and ground maintenance services company and federal contractor in Guam will pay $22,648 to workers for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality conducted a “resample” of the beach water at CK District #2 Drain,  and analyzed water samples collected from Rota's recreational beaches and storm drainages this week.

(Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — Despite President Trump’s order to end negotiation over new pandemic relief legislation, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan said Thursday he believes there will be an agreement, because the need for aid to individuals, businesses, and states and territories is not going away.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 58th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Regional Medical City at approximately 2:38 a.m. Thursday. The patient was a 41-year-old male with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. He was admitted to GRMC on October 8 and tested positive upon admission.

WITH less than a month left until the November 2020 midterm elections, absentee voters still have until tomorrow, Friday, to submit an absentee ballot application.

FROM the outside, the Sugar King Park Cave does not look like a cave — but it is, and up to three 13-seat vans can fit inside, cave explorer Fred Cabrera Camacho told Variety.

FORMER Secretary of Labor Edith Deleon Guerrero, the Democratic senatorial candidate on Saipan, and her Republican opponent, Sen. Sixto Igisomar, participated in the virtual Saipan Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting on Wednesday to discuss issues affecting the CNMI.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The number of Guam Memorial Hospital staffers who have tested positive for Covid-19 from the time the pandemic started seven months ago to Oct. 5 has reached 60, according to hospital Administrator Lillian Perez-Posadas.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's east and south recreational beaches this week.

SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has granted the request of a defendant in a sexual abuse of a minor case to have access to “the tangible materials in possession of the Commonwealth that relate to [its] determination of probable cause so that the defendant can fully and properly cross-examine the government witness.”

 

SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has granted the request of a defendant in a sexual abuse of a minor case to have access to “the tangible materials in possession of the Commonwealth that relate to [its] determination of probable cause so that the defendant can fully and properly cross-examine the government witness.”

THE federal government provided the Public School System with badly needed funds in fiscal year 2020, PSS federal programs officer Tim Thornburg said.

THE Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality is inviting community members to join a beach cleanup this Saturday, Oct. 10.

2020 Bisita Luta or Visit Rota kicks off today, Thursday, the Office of the Mayor of Rota said.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) —The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 57th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 12:47 p.m. Wednesday. The patient was a 61-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on September 4 and was a known positive case.

HAGÅTÑA (JIC) — The Joint Information Center was notified that Guam’s 56th Covid-19-related fatality occurred at the Guam Memorial Hospital at approximately 8:48 a.m. Wednesday. The patient was a 69-year-old female with underlying health conditions that were compounded by Covid-19. She was admitted to GMH on September 23 and tested positive upon admission.

STUDENTS, faculty and other staff members will start the new school year at  the original campus of Hopwood Middle School in Chalan Piao, Education Commissioner Alfred Ada announced during the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.

REPRESENTATIVE Tina Sablan urged voters to remember the “chaos” she attributes to the Republican administration of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres.

INSTEAD of issuing press statements with “harmful” allegations, the officials of Imperial Pacific International must face its disgruntled workers in a public forum, some of its former  employees said on Tuesday.

SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo granted the motion for bail modification of former Corrections officer Eloy Reyes Dela Cruz Jr.

(DPS) — On Saturday, October 03, 2020, at about 1:12 p.m., the Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a theft incident at the Mango Resort Apartment complex in Koblerville. Police were dispatched to the scene.

THE New XO Market, which was issued a notice of closure on Sunday by the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.-Environmental Health Disease Prevention or EHDP, reopened on Tuesday.

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — Guam's unemployment claims as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic reached 80,436 as of Monday, after a surge caused by the second lockdown starting on Aug. 21, according to the Guam Department of Labor.

(BECQ) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipan's west coast recreational beaches and storm drainages every week.

(Office of the Governor) — The Department of Public Works- Energy Division Office will be hosting its 2020 Drive-Thru Saipan Energy-Efficient LED Lighting Promotional and Educational Awareness Campaign on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Garapan Fishing Base.