Northern Mariana Islands

Two apply for Saipan casino license

Tue 22 Apr 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- Two foreign companies have applied for an exclusive casino license on Saipan. Each paid the application fee of $1 million.

Google Earth to visit Saipan next month

Tue 22 Apr 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana --- The Marianas Visitor Authority (MVA)is encouraging all government departments and agencies to “spruce up” public areas, especially tourists destinations, because Google Earth representatives are arriving next month.

Cattle export to Guam nears

Fri 11 Apr 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Marianas ----Months after Marianas governors and lawmakers took a strong interest in improving interisland agricultural trade, the CNMI is now a step closer to exporting cattle to Guam with the recent introduction of a bill in the Guam Legislature removing the required testing for a cattle disease that ...

Governor Inos proposes US$134million budget for fiscal year 2015

Tue 01 Apr 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Marianas -----Although the funding levels for Tinian and Rota were “substantially” cut, CNMI Governor Eloy S. Inos says his administration will submit a US$134 million budget for fiscal year 2015 which begins on 01 October.

House resolution calls for Fitial extradition

Tue 25 Feb 2014 -

SAIPAN, CNMI --- Seven of the 20 House members Monday pre-filed a joint resolution urging Gov. Eloy S. Inos to take the necessary steps to extradite former CNMI Governor Benigno R. Fitial who faces criminal charges in Saipan.

February 2014

Gov Inos deals with land issues

Haidee V. Eugenio

U.S. President Barack Obama signed on Sept. 18, 2013 a law conveying 3-mile submerged lands to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, only to temporarily withhold the transfer to local control of five offshore lands four months later or on Jan. 15, 2014.

Sitting on a gold mine, CNMI may have gold, silver, oil deposits waiting to be explored

Haidee V. Eugenio
Tue 04 Feb 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- If international seafloor mining companies’ interests in previous years are a gauge, then the CNMI may be sitting on or surrounded by multimillion worth of high-grade hydrothermal deposits rich in copper, zinc and lead with a high gold and silver content as well as large ...

UN adviser: CNMI Periodic reassessment is good

Tue 04 Feb 2014 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- Dr. Carlyle Corbin, a visiting international adviser on governance and multilateral diplomacy, noted with interest the renewed push to assess the CNMI’s political relationship with the United States at a time when other areas in the world with political relationship with bigger countries are doing ...

CNMI charter flights from three cities in China to start this month

Tue 21 Jan 2014 -

SAIPAN, CNMI --- The CNMI’s third signatory airline is expanding its route to China, with Dynamic Airways’ announcement that it will launch charter flights to Saipan from Tianjin, Wuhan, and Hangzhou later this month.

US withholds transfer of 5 islands’ submerged lands in CNMI

Haidee V. Eugenio
Fri 17 Jan 2014 -

SAIPAN, CNMI --- U.S President Barack Obama signed a proclamation yesterday temporarily withholding the transfer to the CNMI of submerged lands around five islands that are either part of a national marine monument or under lease to the U.S. military. Governor Eloy S. Inos and the Legislature’s request for a ...

Relief as 15 CNMI soldiers return from Afghanistan deployment

Wed 08 Jan 2014 -

SAIPAN, CNMI ---- “Relief and happiness—that’s what I felt seeing and hugging my son tight,” 54-year-old Joey Ejercito told Saipan Tribune last night, describing the moment he first saw on Monday night in Guam his oldest son, SPC Josh Ejercito, one of the 15 CNMI soldiers who just returned from ...

Former speaker: Congress should consult the CNMI people on Political status

Tue 07 Jan 2014 -

SAIPAN, CNMI --- As the U.S. Congress considers a bill that will grant improved status to longtime residents in the Northern Marianas, former House Speaker and a person of Northern Marianas descent Pedro R. Deleon Guerrero said the indigenous people should be consulted.

Changing relationship with America is long shot — CNMI Governor Inos

Mon 06 Jan 2014 -

SAIPAN, CNMI --- Northern Marianas Governor Eloy S. Inos is cautioning against a “shotgun approach” to raising issues with the United States over immigration and military plans to use more islands for live-fire training, saying that changing the CNMI’s political relationship with the most powerful country in the world is ...

US House budget spares CNMI programs from sequestration

Tue 17 Dec 2013 -

SAIPAN, CNMI --- CNMI programs dependent on federal dollars will be spared some of the impacts of sequestration or automatic across-the-board budget cuts under a compromise federal budget plan that the U.S. House of Representatives passed last Wednesday.

Electronic gaming machines on Saipan now law

Tue 17 Dec 2013 -

SAIPAN , Northern Marianas --- CNMI Governor Eloy S. Inos signed into law on Friday a bill allowing the operation of electronic gaming machines in hotels on Saipan, ending months of discussions and compromises between the House, the Senate and the administration. Others describe it as legalization of “stealth casino ...

US Army offers up to $100K upgrade to DPS firing range no link to other military plans in Marianas

Fri 13 Dec 2013 -

SAIPAN, Northern Marianas ---- The U.S. Army Pacific is proposing an up-to-$100,000 upgrade to the CNMI Department of Public Safety’s firing range on Saipan so that soldiers can get their Army weapons qualification on island instead of sending them to Hawaii or Guam. In exchange, DPS and other local and ...

Marianas Visitors Authority approves US$1M for destination enhancement

Thu 12 Dec 2013 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands ---The Marianas Visitors Authority board of directors unanimously approved on Tuesday a US$1 million budget for destination enhancement projects on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

GOP chair Villagomez resigns

Thu 12 Dec 2013 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- Joaquin “Jack” P. Villagomez resigned as chairman of the Republican Party of the Northern Mariana Islands Association on Friday for “health reasons.”

Kilili: Shipping proposal could affect costs of goods in CNMI

Wed 11 Dec 2013 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands ----- Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) joined five other members of U.S. Congress in asking the Federal Maritime Commission to carefully review a proposed vessel sharing deal that could affect the costs of goods in Hawaii and other Pacific territories such as the CNMI.

Micronesian leaders wary of Compact impact decisions

Wed 11 Dec 2013 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- Micronesian governors expressed concern not only about the current level of U.S. funding to offset the impacts of migration of an estimated 56,000 citizens from Freely Associated States to islands such as Guam, the CNMI, and Hawaii, but also responses to related issues, based on ...

CNMI, Guam governors to meet with Pacific Command officials

Thu 05 Dec 2013 -

SAIPAN, Northeron Mariana --- The governors of Guam and the Northern Marianas are scheduled to make a visit to Hawaii to meet with officials of the U.S. Pacific Command.

Senate shelves Saipan casino bill

Wed 27 Nov 2013 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana --- By a vote of 7 to 1, the Senate Tuesdday shelve) a bill that proposes to legalize casino on Saipan.

Inos, Kilili to discuss birth tourism with feds

Mon 25 Nov 2013 -

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands --- U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan said he and Governor Eloy S. Inos have arranged a meeting with Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection officials to discuss the CNMI’s concerns regarding “birth tourism.”

CNMI, Guam legislatures: One voice of Marianas

Mon 18 Nov 2013 -

SAIPAN, Northern Marianas 18 NOVEMBER 2013 () --- The lawmakers of the CNMI and Guam last Wednesday adopted a resolution urging both territories to address issues with one voice.

CNMI addressing birth tourism, says governor

Tue 12 Nov 2013 -

SAIPAN, CNMI ---- CNMI Governor Eloy S. Inos and U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan are working with federal authorities to prevent the “small issue” of birth tourism from being “blown out of proportion.”