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Mariana Crow on path to being delisted as endangered species
Mariana Crow on path to being delisted as endangered species

The Mariana Crow, which can only be found on Rota, is on the path to being delisted as an endangered species. “We’ve seen incredible results from this rear and release program that began in 2015,” said Sarah Faegre, the Primary Investiga

CNMI Corrections seizes crystal meth while booking Saipan arrestee
CNMI Corrections seizes crystal meth while booking Saipan arrestee

"An arrestee came in and on his person, after conducting a thorough shake-down or search of his person and his belongings, my staff retrieved approximately 111 grams of crystal methamphetamine.," said CNMI Dept. of Corrections Commissioner Anthony Torres

Thomas Manglona
Guam, CNMI senators renew efforts to open our skies to foreign airlines
Guam, CNMI senators renew efforts to open our skies to foreign airlines

Thursday was Day 1 of the Mariana Islands Legislature Association’s Second General Assembly. Guam and CNMI senators gathered under one roof today to discuss important issues in the region, such as renewing efforts to open our skies to foreign airlin

Matsuki Hirayama
CNMI youth leaders push for more Chamorro, Carolinian language classes
CNMI youth leaders push for more Chamorro, Carolinian language classes

Youth leaders on Saipan are calling for more indigenous language classes in the public school system. Sen. Ayden Yumul with the CNMI Youth Congress (from Grace Christian Academy) said, "I reintroduced this bill in the 19th Youth Congress to really just st

Thomas Manglona
Helmsley Charitable Trust awards CNMI Hospital $6.4M grant
Helmsley Charitable Trust awards CNMI Hospital $6.4M grant

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust awarded the CNMI hospital a $6.4M grant this week, paving the way for the Commonwealth’s first MRI machine. The funding will be used to build an MRI suite at the hospital on Saipan, which can provi

Thomas Manglona
Guam, CNMI delegates arrive in Milwaukee for Republican National Convention
Guam, CNMI delegates arrive in Milwaukee for Republican National Convention

Delegates from Guam and the CNMI are already in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the Republican National Convention. Delegate at Large Benny Pinaula shared some of the early photos taken of their arrival. The Guam delegation is being led by former Governor Felix

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CNMI Chief Justice at budget hearing: Should courts remain open?
CNMI Chief Justice at budget hearing: Should courts remain open?

The CNMI Judiciary said the next fiscal year’s budget will determine whether its doors remain open. “Should we keep the doors of the courts open on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota or should we shut it down? Mr. Chairman and members of the committee,

Thomas Manglona
CNMI Customs seizes $155K worth of crystal meth on Saipan
CNMI Customs seizes $155K worth of crystal meth on Saipan

CNMI Customs intercepted 1.1 pounds of crystal meth with a street value of $155,000 on Saipan on July 5th. 6 packages of the drugs were stuffed into a portable speaker that was packaged with clothing. It was sent from Monterey, California through UPS. &ld

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Human skeletal remains found in Marpi cave on Saipan
Human skeletal remains found in Marpi cave on Saipan

On Sunday, the hikers found human skeletal remains inside a cave by Banzai Cliff in the Marpi area on Saipan. The remains were found next to artifacts that are believed to be from World War II. "A member of the Historic Preservation Office came by and det

Thomas Manglona
Guam, CNMI legislators convene this week to discuss regional issues
Guam, CNMI legislators convene this week to discuss regional issues

The Mariana Islands Legislature Association will convene on Guam from July 11 to July 12 for its second general assembly. They plan to discuss transportation, labor, food security, regional security, border security, and healthcare. “...I wish MILA

Thomas Manglona
CNMI’s Joeten-Kiyu Public Library to thieves at large: We can help you better your lives
CNMI’s Joeten-Kiyu Public Library to thieves at large: We can help you better your lives

The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library was targeted by thieves twice in a matter of months. In April, the library’s typhoon shutters were stolen. The library later found it at a recycling center. In June, someone cut the fuel lines and stole gas from their

Thomas Manglona
John Gonzales officially enters NMI delegate race
John Gonzales officially enters NMI delegate race

Independent John Gonzales is the first candidate to officially file his nominating petition of candidacy at the Commonwealth Election Commission on Saipan. Gonzales, surrounded by family and supporters, officially entered the race for NMI delegate on Mond

Thomas Manglona
Archbishop-elect Jimenez: The church should be accountable
Archbishop-elect Jimenez: The church should be accountable

Over the weekend, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Ryan Jimenez from the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa in the CNMI as the next Archbishop of Agana starting Aug. 15. Jimenez shared this message with Guam Catholics in his first interview after the announcement. &ldq

Thomas Manglona
CNMI Gov. Palacios: GOP misses the mark
CNMI Gov. Palacios: GOP misses the mark

CNMI Gov. Arnold Palacios responded to the CNMI GOP’s recent press release where they called into question the state of the economy under current leadership. “It's rather disingenuous for GOP President Diego Benavente to be lecturing about tou

Thomas Manglona
CNMI athlete heading to the Olympics to represent American Samoa
CNMI athlete heading to the Olympics to represent American Samoa

An 18-year-old athlete, who is from the CNMI, is heading to Paris for the Olympics! She is also from American Samoa and will be competing under their banner. The CNMI does not have a seat in the Olympics. The international athlete will compete in track an

Thomas Manglona
CNMI prepares for 78th Liberation Day Parade
CNMI prepares for 78th Liberation Day Parade

The stage is set for the CNMI’s 78th Liberation Day Parade on July 4th. The Royal Court is set for the July 4th parade as the NMI marks its 78th Liberation Day. The parade along Beach Road begins at 10 a.m. Saipan Mayor’s Chief of Staff and Pa

Thomas Manglona
Star Marianas sues Marianas Southern Airways alleging unfair competition
Star Marianas sues Marianas Southern Airways alleging unfair competition

Star Marianas Air has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the now-defunct Marianas Southern Airways and its president Keith Stewart for violations of the Sherman Act, which outlaws monopolistic business practices. In 2023, Marianas Southern Air

Thomas Manglona
Former CNMI chief of parole, co-defendant’s jury trial set for January
Former CNMI chief of parole, co-defendant’s jury trial set for January

Former CNMI chief of parole Nick Reyes and co-defendant Chuilian Fu’s jury trial is set for January 13, 2025. The co-defendants appeared in CNMI Superior Court before Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio Tuesday afternoon. They face charges of misconduct in pub

Thomas Manglona
Fuel lines cut, gas stolen from Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s vehicles
Fuel lines cut, gas stolen from Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s vehicles

A summer reading program event on Saipan is cancelled after someone cut the fuel lines and stole gas from the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s Bookmobile and Technology Mobile Express vehicles. The public library said the crime happened on the morning o

Thomas Manglona
CNMI attorney leading anti-corruption efforts: 'There is scrutiny, protection’
CNMI attorney leading anti-corruption efforts: 'There is scrutiny, protection’

CNMI Special Prosecutor James Kingman said his work is a mission. “The disappointments and heartbreak that have been here for decades, is not something that this place is doomed to repeat. Things can get better, but I can't do it alone. I'm an outsi

Thomas Manglona
CNMI strives for comprehensive solid waste management
CNMI strives for comprehensive solid waste management

Blas Mafnas is the director of the Solid Waste Management Division under DPW showing KUAM a look at their waste management. “This is where all the segregated waste are sorted out and placed in their proper location,” said Mafnas. KUAM spoke to

Thomas Manglona
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

Thomas Manglona
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

Thomas Manglona
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

Thomas Manglona
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

Thomas Manglona