No recall for jailed Yona mayor

No recall for jailed Yona mayor

What started out as a bill to initiate a recall election for Yona Mayor Jesse Blas was changed dramatically during an emergency session of the 35th Guam Legislature. The new version of Bill 259 was passed by senators on Saturday afternoon. The bill was ch

Agana Pool remains closed

Agana Pool remains closed

The Agana Pool will remain closed until further notice following the results of tests conducted by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency. “GEPA samples of Free Residual Chlorine indicate levels at 8.6 to 11.0 parts per million. Department of Publ

Woman caught on camera burglarizing elderly man's home arrested

Woman caught on camera burglarizing elderly man's home arrested

Georgina Cundiff Quenga has been arrested in connection to a burglary reported on KUAM. As we reported, 80-year-old widower Daniel Guerrero's home was allegedly robbed by Quenga, who appeared to be on surveillance video provided by Guerrero. A release fro

Livestream the Investiture of the Sacred Pallium mass for Archbishop Byrnes this Sunday

Livestream the Investiture of the Sacred Pallium mass for Archbishop Byrnes this Sunday

Local Catholics will celebrate the official recognition of His Excellency Archbishop Michael Byrnes as the shepherd of the island's faithful during a historic mass this Sunday. The Investiture of the Sacred Pallium will formally confer Byrnes, who has bee

Daughter's Christmas wish to feed the homeless becomes family tradition

Daughter's Christmas wish to feed the homeless becomes family tradition

The good deed 11-year old Zekaya Taitano and her family did may have taken place on Christmas day but the impact is long-lasting. For the past five years, it has become a tradition for the Taitano family to prepare and deliver homemade meals to the homele

Students learn the importance of preparedness at summit

Students learn the importance of preparedness at summit

The 2020 Service Learning, and Youth and Community Preparedness Summit brought out students, teachers and the general public to a three-day interactive training . This year's theme is "Community Resilience: Harvesting Young Minds through Service Learning.

New federal firefighter nonprofit raising funds for Australia Red Cross

New federal firefighter nonprofit raising funds for Australia Red Cross

In a profession where they help others...federal firefighters on Guam launch a non-profit organization aimed at doing just that. Here's more. The Association of Federal Firefighters is a newly formed non-profit organization on island. Currently, 85% of Na

GBHWC gets grant to tackle stigma

GBHWC gets grant to tackle stigma

The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center was recently awarded a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration totaling $736,000 per year for the next five years to fund Project "Guam Focus on Life." The project objectives

Police, fire radios still down

Police, fire radios still down

The Guam Police Department's Motorola Smartnet radio communications system crashed at around 12:30 today. The radio communications system is also used by the Guam Fire Department. Police Chief Steve Ignacio told KUAM they are working to restore the system

Marsh (Taitano) subpoenas Hagatna Restoration for answers

Marsh (Taitano) subpoenas Hagatna Restoration for answers

The Hagatna Restoration and Redevelopment Authority has been slapped with a legislative subpoena. Oversight Chair Sen. Kelly Marsh (Taitano) said the committee's been waiting almost a year to review half-a-million dollars in planning documents for the red

Senators debate Yona mayor recall bill

Senators debate Yona mayor recall bill

It was a healthy debate on Acting Speaker Telena Nelson's recall election bill. Senators going into committee of the whole with discussion centering on funding for the recall and if there is even a need for one. Senators debated first if an emergency exis

Pika's Cafe unveils new mural

Pika's Cafe unveils new mural

Pika's Café in Upper Tumon unveiled its new mural featuring the work of local artist John Bermudes. He's been working on the mural over the past month featuring his interpretation of the café's philosophy of "Eat Local." "It's an imperative

Janessa Tydingco found with 8.6 grams of meth, tells police she deals drugs

Janessa Tydingco found with 8.6 grams of meth, tells police she deals drugs

Carrying 8.6 grams of meth in her car and more than a grand in cash, 37-year-old Janessa Dezell Tydingco was arrested on a charge of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. On Jan. 16, police pulled over her blue Toyota Ca

Man convicted of killing Gilbert Alvarez wants new lawyer and appeal

Man convicted of killing Gilbert Alvarez wants new lawyer and appeal

Life in prison--a conviction A-Last Simiron told the court he plans to appeal. Simiron appeared before Judge Maria Cenzon this morning. Simiron, along with co-defendant Mallo Sally, were charged for the 2017 murder of Gilbert Alvarez. The two beat Alvarez

GPA's revenue bonds upgraded

GPA's revenue bonds upgraded

The Guam Power Authority's Revenue Bonds were upgraded by Fitch Ratings Services to a "BBB" with a Stable Outlook. GPA General Manager John Benavente says the improved investment grade rating is a positive confirmation of the agency's operational improvem

Candidate packets should be ready next Friday

Candidate packets should be ready next Friday

A technical review of candidate packets will be completed before the Guam Election commission approves them for pickup.GEC staff tell KUAM the packets - which are for candidates seeking elected office in the 2020 elections - will be available next Friday.

Naval Base main gate closed evenings and weekends

Naval Base main gate closed evenings and weekends

Beginning Jan. 22, the U.S. Naval Base Guam main gate will be closed during the weekdays in the evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday in support of ongoing base construction upgrades.The back gate along Route 2A will be open for inboundand outbound tra

Using campaign funds for chenchule' is a no-no and other candidate tips from the GEC

Using campaign funds for chenchule' is a no-no and other candidate tips from the GEC

Candidate 101 - that's what the Guam Election Commission is offering as it gets ready for Decision 2020. Guam Election Commission Executive Director Maria Pangelinan said the GEC has started its new candidate seminars, which are held every second Thursday

Jury selection begins for former cop accused of negligent homicide

Jury selection begins for former cop accused of negligent homicide

Jury selection is underway for the government's second try at Mark Torre, Jr. Torre has asserted his rights to a speedy trial. An amended indictment charges him with negligent homicide and aggravated assault for the 2015 fatal shooting of fellow police of

Church offering $21M to settle sex abuse claims

Church offering $21M to settle sex abuse claims

The Archdiocese of Hagatna is offering $21 million to settle the more than 200 clergy sex abuse lawsuits. The figures are contained in a disclosure statement and bankruptcy reorganization plan filed Thursday with the Guam District Court. According to cour

Family of beaten dog Zeus grateful to the public

Family of beaten dog Zeus grateful to the public

KUAM News reported yesterday on a family dog named Zeus and how he was viciously beaten with rocks and doused in gasoline on Tuesday night. Zeus' owner, Rossane Ikertang provided an update to KUAM saying, "I wanted to extend my appreciation to the people

Emergency responders' mobile communications system goes offline

Emergency responders' mobile communications system goes offline

Police Chief Steve Ignacio says they are currently working to restore their mobile radio communication for emergency responders. Ignacio says at around 12:30pm their SMARTNET system went down. The system supports both the Guam Police Department and Guam F

Ad still out for chief medical examiners, no applicants yet

Ad still out for chief medical examiners, no applicants yet

The position remains vacant for a chief medical examiner. According to the Office of the Attorney General, the Commission on Post Mortem Examinations has an ad out in the National Association of Medical Examiner for an ME. There have not been any applican

Thrill-seeking youngsters encouraged to register for Trench Kids

Thrill-seeking youngsters encouraged to register for Trench Kids

Early Bird Registration for Trench Kids opened early January with the option to insure entry fee. For the first time since its inception and the first time on Guam, athletes/participants will now have the ability to purchase Entry Protection Insurance for

Six fall ill after fish poisoning

Six fall ill after fish poisoning

The Department of Public Health and Social Services is alerting the public of suspected fish poisoning in December that led to six people falling ill. Any reef fish can cause ciguatera poisoning, but species such as barracuda, grouper, red snapper, moray

William Toves allegedly punched man at a drive-thru, sought him out and assaulted him again

William Toves allegedly punched man at a drive-thru, sought him out and assaulted him again

He beat a man at a drive-thru and then used social media to find the victim and beat him again. Police arrested 42-year-old William Christopher Toves on a charge of Harassment and two counts of Assault. Court documents state the victim honked his horn at

Pair arrested on drug possession

Pair arrested on drug possession

A pair's suspicious-looking activity inside a parked vehicle near the Piti power plant got the attention of police on Jan. 15. Court documents state Nathan James Diego Weakly, 35, was the driver of the vehicle who said he was on probation and didn't have

Some Guam Historic Preservation Office staffers threaten to quit if former SHPO Lynda Aguon is reinstated

Some Guam Historic Preservation Office staffers threaten to quit if former SHPO Lynda Aguon is reinstated

A letter signed by some employees of the Department of Parks and Recreations Historic Resources Division calls Lynda Aguon's potential return to the job as "not workable" and says "there was a consensus of the employees that we could no longer work with M

Agana Pool closed again

Agana Pool closed again

According to a media release issued Thursday evening by the Department of Parks and Recreation the Agana pool will be closed on Friday while water quality tests will be conducted by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency. The results are expected on Fri

Tourist Attraction Funds given to culture-promoting groups

Tourist Attraction Funds given to culture-promoting groups

Seventeen different non-profit groups will split some $640,000in funding from the Tourist Attraction Fund.The Guam Visitors Bureau handed out the first of the checks in a media event at its Tumon headquarters today. Gov. Leon Guerrero and GVB President Pi

Former Yona Mayor Ken Joe Ada restrained, taken to GMH after bridge incident

Former Yona Mayor Ken Joe Ada restrained, taken to GMH after bridge incident

Former Yona Mayor Ken Joe Ada was rushed to the Guam Memorial Hospital. Police and medics were on scene this morning. According to police spokesperson Paul Tapao preliminary reports indicate that Southern Precinct Command received a complaint around 9 thi

Lawsuit alleges GRMC doctor was negligent in surgery

Lawsuit alleges GRMC doctor was negligent in surgery

A former Saipan resident has filed suit against the Guam Regional Medical City alleging she suffered injuries as a result of negligent surgery. She also challenges the constitutionality of Guam's mandatory medical malpractice arbitration law. According to

Raising awareness on Guam's human trafficking, stalking issues

Raising awareness on Guam's human trafficking, stalking issues

The National Slavery & Human Trafficking and National Stalking Prevention and Awareness Wave opened the month-long recognition to prevent human trafficking on Guam and worldwide. Yesterday, the Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence alo

Emergency session tomorrow for Yona mayor recall bill

Emergency session tomorrow for Yona mayor recall bill

Acting Speaker Telena Nelson will likely call for an emergency session tomorrow to hear debate on her Bill 259 - the Yona mayor recall bill.Nelson's office told KUAM with session being held tomorrow, there will still be time to debate the bill, get it pas

Branch: congressman lashing out because he's scared

Branch: congressman lashing out because he's scared

Claiming his party has tried to kick him out twice in the past, Congressman Michael San Nicolas now claims they've endorsed Public Auditor BJ Cruz as a candidate to try to defeat him in the 2020 election. "I've been a possible candidate since 1984 when I

Family dog found beaten, doused in gasoline

Family dog found beaten, doused in gasoline

A family and community are outraged after a pet dog is beaten Tuesday night and left with severe injuries. Before Rossane Ikertang headed into work today, she stopped by Animal Medical Clinic to visit her pet dog Zeus who was admitted early Wednesday. Zeu

All invited to Guam Women's March Saturday

All invited to Guam Women's March Saturday

Guam will join millions across the globe this Saturday in a march for women's rights and justice. All are welcome to join island empowering organizations for the Guam Women's March on Jan. 18. It begins at 3:30 p.m. with a healing circle at Paseo De Susan

Governor's 'Safer Guam' initiative bills include alcohol sales restriction

Governor's 'Safer Guam' initiative bills include alcohol sales restriction

The governor has come up with a series of bills aimed at curbing crime. They're all part of her "Safer Guam" initiative announced last week, which followed a series of village meetings held to gather residents' concerns about criminal activity in their ne

Christopher Basa, 44, allegedly came at victim with a knife

Christopher Basa, 44, allegedly came at victim with a knife

He's accused of assaulting a teen and then threatening him with a knife. Forty-four-year-old Christopher Prado Basa was arrested on Jan. 14 on charges of Family Violence as a third-degree felony with Special Allegation of Use of a Deadly Weapon in the Com

Won Pat resigns as democratic party chairperson; San Nicolas says BJ Cruz is running against him

Won Pat resigns as democratic party chairperson; San Nicolas says BJ Cruz is running against him

Almost three months after Judi Won Pat was elected as the Democratic Party of Guam Chairperson she resigned from her position, according to a press release from Congressman Michael San Nicolas. In the same press release the Congressman, said BJ Cruz is ru

Terlaje changes mind, won't sit on Yona municipal planning council

Terlaje changes mind, won't sit on Yona municipal planning council

Senator Pedo Terlaje has had a change of heart and is now declining his appointment to serve on the Municipal Planning Council for Yona. Terlaje is a former three term mayor of the village. He was one of ten people appointed by jailed Yona Mayor Jesse Bla

BMS students collect 700 canned goods to help the homeless

BMS students collect 700 canned goods to help the homeless

Vicente Benavente Middle school student donated over 700 canned goods to the Guam Homeless Coalition. The students held a canned food drive that was led by the National Junior Honor Society Chapter. Guam Homeless Coalition's Angelina Alapang said the dona

GTA's 'Magic of Giving' gifts nonprofits

GTA's 'Magic of Giving' gifts nonprofits

Three local nonprofits, Harvest House, Sanctuary and the Rigalu Foundation were each presented $5,000 checks by GTA as part of the Telcom company's "Magic of Giving" holiday campaign. Pop sockets representing each organization were also sold at GTA stores

Javin Garrido gets 20-year sentence for sexually abusing minors

Javin Garrido gets 20-year sentence for sexually abusing minors

Javin Garrido will spend the next 20 years behind bars for sexually assaulting minors. He was convicted of First Degree and Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, both as first degree felonies. KUAM files show Garrido was arrested and charged a year ago,

Public Health kicks off mosquito repellant spray distribution

Public Health kicks off mosquito repellant spray distribution

More help has arrived to rid the island of the dengue fever threat. After a personal appeal by Public Health director Linda Denorcey, the Centers for Disease Control foundation has sent 5,000 bottles of mosquito repellant spray. Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero joi

William Mantanona pleads guilty to making false statements in jury tampering case

William Mantanona pleads guilty to making false statements in jury tampering case

One of three defendants accused of jury tampering in a federal drug trial has entered a plea agreement. The three who were charged separately were William Mantanona and his brother John "Boom" Mantanona, who is a retired Guam Police Department officer and

Pedo Terlaje shows support for jailed Yona mayor, also selected for village MPC

Pedo Terlaje shows support for jailed Yona mayor, also selected for village MPC

To recall or not to recall. That is the question. Vice Speaker Telena Nelson's Bill 259 - which would allow a recall election for jailed Yona Mayor Jesse Blas - up for a public hearing today. "We would have to go into session tomorrow to ensure that we sa

Jailed Yona mayor's Municipal Planning Council picks revealed

Jailed Yona mayor's Municipal Planning Council picks revealed

Meanwhile, Jailed Mayor Blas' 10 picks to serve on his Municipal Planning Council have accepted their appointments. Most notable is Sen. Pedo Terlaje, a three-term former mayor of Yona for whom Blas served as an Administrative Assistant.Two current employ

Still no H-2B worker approved for civilian projects

Still no H-2B worker approved for civilian projects

The local construction industry is waiting to see if the ban on Filipino H-2 workers will be lifted this month. The Philippines was removed from the program last January by the homeland security department because of a high rate of overstays. In a present

Governor: war claims MOU draft headed to Treasury, payment coming after

Governor: war claims MOU draft headed to Treasury, payment coming after

It's going to happen. The finishing touches are being put on the final draft of the Memorandum of Understanding that will allow the Government of Guam to begin making local war claims payments. "So once we get that, we're sending it off, we're sending it

GPD says Japan Consolute notifying family of pair found in golf course lake

GPD says Japan Consolute notifying family of pair found in golf course lake

The Guam Police Department is now working with the Japan Consulate to notify the families of a couple that was found in a lake at the Guam International Country Club. As reported on KUAM, staff at the golf course confirmed with us the two were an elderly

Police officer Dennis Santos convicted in 2018 DWI crash

Police officer Dennis Santos convicted in 2018 DWI crash

An off-duty police officer who was drunk while he crashed his unmarked official unit into another vehicle was convicted of Driving While Impaired. The Office of the Attorney General is lauding the conviction of Police Officer III Dennis A.Q. Santos who re

CSC rules in favor of former SHPO Lynda Aguon

CSC rules in favor of former SHPO Lynda Aguon

She's one step closer to officially getting her job back as the Civil Service Commission ruled in favor of Lynda Aguon. Her attorney believes her termination was not only personal but political. Aguon served as Guam's State Historic Preservation officer f

Leyton Borja's federal bail revocation hearing continued

Leyton Borja's federal bail revocation hearing continued

Leyton Borja appeared in District Court this morning for an answering hearing, however, the date has been continued. Borja is answering to a revocation of his supervised release conditions related to his federal conviction that was filed by the U.S. proba

Brandon Acosta's burglary, drug conviction on hold for possible restitution

Brandon Acosta's burglary, drug conviction on hold for possible restitution

After taking a plea deal, Brandon Acosta continues to wait for any restitution outcomes In Judge Anita Sukola's courtroom, the Office of the Attorney General said they have continuously been reaching out to victims, but have not made contact yet. The pros

Man standing in the middle of Route 1 assaults driver, claims he's God

Man standing in the middle of Route 1 assaults driver, claims he's God

He was standing in the middle of a busy roadway and then allegedly punched a man in a car. 43-year-old Paul Opena Evaristo was arrested on charges of Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing the Public Ways after police were called on Jan. 12. When police

Elderly widower fed up waiting for burglar's arrest, police say all cases on hold

Elderly widower fed up waiting for burglar's arrest, police say all cases on hold

Last week the Leon Guerrero Tenorio Administration rolled out its Safer Guam Initiative a multi-prong approach to tackle crime and drugs on Guam. But for a Tamuning resident, the implementation of this plan can't come soon enough. Patience is starting to

GDOE's proposed FY2020 budget climbs to $347M

GDOE's proposed FY2020 budget climbs to $347M

In the draft stages, the Guam Department of Education's Fiscal Year 2021 budget request is the table for discussion this week with the Guam Education Board. KUAM attended the first proposed budget work session. The initial number is $346, 644,803 for the

Senator questions Agat mayor's $50K reimbursement to two employees

Senator questions Agat mayor's $50K reimbursement to two employees

Agat Mayor Kevin Susuico is crying foul after Sen. Regine Biscoe Lee called him out over what she says are some questionable spending practices. Lee has asked the attorney general, the public auditor and oversight chairman Sen. Jose Pedo Terlaje to look i

Tamuning blaze took hours to extinguish

Tamuning blaze took hours to extinguish

For much of the morning, arson investigators with the Guam Fire Department were seen taking photos and making notes, trying to determine the cause of a fire that ripped through a Tamuning property early this morning. "Shortly after 2 a.m., our units recei

Woman caught on camera burglarizing elderly man's home arrested

Janessa Tydingco found with 8.6 grams of meth, tells police she deals drugs

Pair arrested on drug possession

Marsh (Taitano) subpoenas Hagatna Restoration for answers

Daughter's Christmas wish to feed the homeless becomes family tradition

Former Yona Mayor Ken Joe Ada restrained, taken to GMH after bridge incident