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Saipan casino files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Saipan casino files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Imperial Pacific International in the CNMI recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in NMI District Court. KUAM learned that the Saipan Casino, which has been out of operation and has been fighting to keep its exclusive gaming license, owes at least $165-

Artists showcase work at Saipan’s Flame Tree Arts Festival
Artists showcase work at Saipan’s Flame Tree Arts Festival

Mathew Masga is a long-time carver from Tinian. He’s one of many artists who displayed and sold their work over the weekend at the Flame Tree Arts Festival on Saipan. He said, “I've been displaying the Chamorro necklace, which are called spond

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CNMI Chief Parole Officer’s bench trial begins
CNMI Chief Parole Officer’s bench trial begins

CNMI Chief Parole Officer Nick Reyes appeared in Superior Court on Saipan. Reyes, who is facing allegations of misconduct in public office and forgery, had his day in court as his bench trial began on Saipan Monday. In a February hearing, Reyes asserted h

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U.S. Senate confirms CNMI Chief Judge Manglona for second term
U.S. Senate confirms CNMI Chief Judge Manglona for second term

CNMI District Court Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 97-2 last week. She will serve a second 10-year term on the bench. In November, Manglona appeared before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington D.C

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Guam, CNMI mayors discuss regional issues on Saipan
Guam, CNMI mayors discuss regional issues on Saipan

The Association of Mariana Islands mayors, vice mayors, and elected municipal council members convened on Saipan to discuss regional issues. Tinian Mayor Edwin Aldan, who is the president of the regional association, welcomed Marianas leaders. "We are gat

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Gonzales relaunches campaign for CNMI delegate as an Independent
Gonzales relaunches campaign for CNMI delegate as an Independent

It’s official again, Former Republican candidate for NMI delegate, John Gonzales, is running once more. He said, “I am running as your Independent candidate for NMI Delegate to the U.S. Congress as your economy delegate.” Gonzales offici

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Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan donates 2K hygiene products to the Department of Corrections
Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan donates 2K hygiene products to the Department of Corrections

Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan donated 2,000 unused shampoo and body wash to the CNMI Department of Corrections. Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan General Manager Clayton Darlington said that the hotel aims to deliver a more sustainable business by 2030. "The Crowne

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Guam, CNMI leaders meet on Saipan to discuss visa waiver, tourism issues
Guam, CNMI leaders meet on Saipan to discuss visa waiver, tourism issues

Members will convene on Saipan this week. KUAM sat down with Guam Visitors Bureau President and former Guam Governor Carl Gutierrez who arrived on Saipan Wednesday. He’s meeting with CNMI Governor Arnold Palacios, Lt. Gov. David Apatang, and Mariana

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What is the state of the CNMI hotel industry?
What is the state of the CNMI hotel industry?

Major hotels in the Northern Marianas have been operating with less than half of their rooms being occupied year-round. How long can they stay afloat if things do not improve fast? Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands Chair, Dennis Seo commen

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United lowers resident fares between Guam and Saipan after community petition
United lowers resident fares between Guam and Saipan after community petition

United Airlines has reduced resident fares for locals traveling between Guam and Saipan. “United has lowered our resident fares to $299 for Basic Economy and $399 for Standard Economy, inclusive of taxes and fees,” Dan Weiss, Managing Director

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CNMI commits to 100% renewable energy by 2045
CNMI commits to 100% renewable energy by 2045

The Northern Marianas inks a major agreement to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2045. The Northern Marianas signed The Blue Planet Climate Agreement on Monday. It’s part of a global effort to pivot away from the reliance on fossil fuels. CNMI

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Google’s transpacific fiber optic cable will land in the CNMI
Google’s transpacific fiber optic cable will land in the CNMI

In a history-making move, Google plans to land a transpacific fiber optic cable in the Northern Marianas. The CNMI Governor’s Office announced the news this week. They said the collaboration marks the introduction of the first-ever transpacific fibe

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CNMI GOP endorses King-Hinds after Gonzales withdraws from primary, runs as Independent
CNMI GOP endorses King-Hinds after Gonzales withdraws from primary, runs as Independent

The CNMI Republican Party officially endorsed Kimberlyn King-Hinds for U.S. delegate and canceled the primary that was set for Saturday. It comes after a major shake-up as candidate John Gonzales withdrew his letter of intent seeking the party’s end

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Commonwealth Casino Commission grants extension for settlement negotiation
Commonwealth Casino Commission grants extension for settlement negotiation

April 22nd is the new, final-final deadline the Commonwealth Casino Commission gave its executive director and Imperial Pacific International to finalize a settlement agreement. CCC Executive Director Andrew Yeom said, “The commission approved the e

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CNMI GOP delegate primary set for April 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
CNMI GOP delegate primary set for April 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

CNMI Republican Party president and former lieutenant governor Diego Benavente says they are all set for the party's delegate primary on Saturday, April 13, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. The race is between Kimberlyn King-Hinds and Jo

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CNMI OAG Chief Investigator accepted to FBI National Academy
CNMI OAG Chief Investigator accepted to FBI National Academy

CNMI Attorney General Chief Investigator Ikluk Masayos will attend the 292nd Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia after being admitted to the 10-week course. According to the CNMI AG's office, its mission is to support, promote, and e

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CNMI Judiciary celebrates Women’s Month
CNMI Judiciary celebrates Women’s Month

The CNMI local and district court celebrated Women’s Month with Marianas High School students through a conversation about the legal profession with leading women. Director of Courts Sonia Camacho said, “We hope this exchange enhances and prom

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CNMI, Guam delegates attend State of the Union address
CNMI, Guam delegates attend State of the Union address

CNMI Delegate Gregorio Sablan, a Democrat, and Guam Delegate James Moylan, a Republican, were on the House floor during President Biden’s State of the Union speech in D.C. CNMI Delegate Gregorio Sablan spoke with KUAM’s Thomas Manglona immedia

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New chief at helm of Marianas visitors authority
New chief at helm of Marianas visitors authority

Chris Concepcion has spent more than a decade in the travel and tourism industry. And now he’s back leading the Marianas Visitors Authority in the CNMI after he left the agency in 2019. "If not us, who? If not our people here to sort of help fix the

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New CNMI commerce chief appointed after Rios' nomination withdrawn
New CNMI commerce chief appointed after Rios' nomination withdrawn

CNMI Gov. Arnold Palacios withdrew the appointment of Joseph Rios for commerce secretary. He informed the legislature of his withdrawal without giving any reason, though he saidhe would re-submit Rios' appointment at a later date. As of Monday, Frank Cabr

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Firearms stolen from Saipan shooting range
Firearms stolen from Saipan shooting range

CNMI police are seeking help to find a thief who stole seven guns from Bing Beng Bang Shooting Range in Western Garapan on Saipan last Wednesday. The business owner returned from a weeks-long off-island trip to discover the front gate door padlock cut ope

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Confirmation hearings continue for CNMI appointees
Confirmation hearings continue for CNMI appointees

Senate confirmation hearings for CNMI Gov. Arnold Palacios' appointees continued at the CNMI legislature today. Pedro Itibus was the first to be questioned by senators about his appointment to the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation board. Itibus previousl

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Rota trains for pollution response
Rota trains for pollution response

The U.S. Coast Guard recently conducted pollution response training on Rota. The Coast Guard tested local response capabilities to meet national standards. Authorities responded with an actual containment and exclusion boom, which is used to control the s

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CNMI businesses, organizations, agencies urged to participate in wage study
CNMI businesses, organizations, agencies urged to participate in wage study

The prevailing wages for the CNMI expires in June. The Department of Commerce encourages all businesses, public agencies, and organizations to participate in the next prevailing wage study, which spans March 1 to March 15. The survey is online at cnmidata

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Saipan Chamber holding its first economic forum Wednesday
Saipan Chamber holding its first economic forum Wednesday

The Saipan Chamber of Commerce will be holding its first economic forum Wednesday. The discussion is over the state of the CNMI economy and tourism. CNMI Gov. Arnold Palacios is expected to deliver brief remarks. The forum comes as the islands still wait

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Saipan breaks ground for new commuter terminal
Saipan breaks ground for new commuter terminal

The island of Saipan officially broke ground on its new commuter terminal after it was destroyed by Typhoon Yutu in 2018. The project has taken some time because the airport is not self-insured and they do not qualify for FEMA funds, so they made a claim

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