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State of emergency declared for Tinian debris site grass fire grows out of control
State of emergency declared for Tinian debris site grass fire grows out of control

CNMI Acting Gov. Jude Hofschneider, on Thursday, declared Tinian under a state of emergency, after a grass fire grew out of control. The acting governor of the Northern Marianas signed an executive order declaring a major disaster, arising from the burnin

Coach Michelle Pang brings experience, discipline, championship attitude to Team Guam Tennis
Coach Michelle Pang brings experience, discipline, championship attitude to Team Guam Tennis

The Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games roars on and off the field as athletes from 20 nations reach the halfway point before Saturday's closing ceremony. Michelle Pang, the head coach of Team Guam Guam Tennis, told KUAM News, "We’ve been at the co

Thomas Manglona
CNMI healthcare workers remain on frontline during Pacific Mini Games
CNMI healthcare workers remain on frontline during Pacific Mini Games

Over in the Northern Marianas amid the 2022 Pacific Mini Games, athletes are in top shape arriving and medical officials at the island’s only hospital hope to keep it that way. At the start of the Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games, first responde

Thomas Manglona
Saipan welcomes visiting USS Jackson
Saipan welcomes visiting USS Jackson

Over on Saipan, the USS Jackson docked on Saipan for ten days of maintenance and shore liberty. Acting Gov. Jude Hofschneider greeted the crew and sailors earlier this week and met with Commander Brian Bungay. The commander led local officials on a tour o

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Pacific pride on full display in Saipan at Mini Games
Pacific pride on full display in Saipan at Mini Games

Over in the Northern Marianas, the 2022 Pacific Mini Games kicks off with a parade of nations as teams from 20 countries dig in their heels as the games finally begin on land and sea. Ben Babauta, CEO, Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games, announced, "We

Thomas Manglona
Village flag decorating competition held in CNMI
Village flag decorating competition held in CNMI

Over in the CNMI the Taste of the Marianas Festival will kick off this weekend, highlighting the best of CNMI cuisine at the Garapan Fishing Base. Along with the colorful tastes of food from the region, there will also be a new display of village flags at

Thomas Manglona
CNMI Lt. Gov. Palacios is now in outpatient care
CNMI Lt. Gov. Palacios is now in outpatient care

CNMI Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios was discharged from the ICU at The Queens Healthcare Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i, and released to a primary care physician for outpatient care, according to a media release from his office. The update comes two weeks si

Thomas Manglona
Non-critical NMI gov't employees granted admin leave for Pacific Mini Games
Non-critical NMI gov't employees granted admin leave for Pacific Mini Games

CNMI Governor Ralph Torres granted admin leave starting at 12 pm on Friday for all non-critical government employees because of the 2022 Pacific Mini Games. "The CNMI has truly shown its perseverance by rising up to the challenge to host the NMPMG despite

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Measures protecting LGBTQ+ residents clear CNMI House
Measures protecting LGBTQ+ residents clear CNMI House

Over in the Northern Marianas, two pieces of legislation mark a major victory for the LGBTQ+ community on Saipan, Tinian, Rota, and the Northern Islands. KUAM News reports on the progress made on this Pride Month. 

Thomas Manglona
CNMI readies to host 11th Pacific Mini Games
CNMI readies to host 11th Pacific Mini Games

It's four days away for 20 countries to compete across nine sports. In the CNMI, Ben Babauta, CEO of the Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games 2022 is gearing up for a big weekend. "So NMI is doing a lot of firsts. Obviously, it is our first time to host t

Thomas Manglona
Bonus for CNMI retirees delayed as funding sought
Bonus for CNMI retirees delayed as funding sought

The CNMI legislature’s disagreement has delayed the bonus for the region’s retirees for months. In a recent house session, lawmakers passed House Bill 22-95 offering its latest proposal to pay out the $500 to $1,000 bonuses promised by Gov. Ra

Thomas Manglona
Samples confirmed to be BA.2 Omicron subvariant
Samples confirmed to be BA.2 Omicron subvariant

COVID-19 samples sent to Hawaii to undergo genome sequencing were identified as the stealth variant. According to the Joint Information Center the 10 virus samples that were sent were collected between February 4th to February 18th. All 10 were identified

Sabrina Salas Matanane