BUSH FIRE: A large bush fire sweeps through hundreds of acres of grassland at a mountain in Kannat Tabla last night. The fire of still unknown cause was still raging as of press time. (Ferdie de la Torre)


Swift Air execs settle Saipan Air suit

by Ferdie De La Torre
Swift Air executives Jeffry Conry and Boris Van Lier have settled Saipan Air Inc.’s $12.5-million lawsuit against them for their failure to deliver three aircraft for Saipan Air’s program. Saipan Air Inc. counsel Steven Pixley and attorney J. Nathan Duggins III, counsel for Conry and Van Lier, have informed the U.S. District Court for the NMI that they have reached a confidential settlement agreement. Pixley and Duggins filed in court on Friday a stipulation that sought to have Saipan Air’s… Read More»

Featured Stories

Tinian Dynasty, Gain Millenia sign MOU

Agreement precursor to Chinese Strategic Holdings subsidiary sub-leasing Tinian casino
by Mark Rabago
The owner of Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino is on the verge of signing a sub-lease agreement with yet another indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinese Strategic Holdings Ltd. after entering into a memorandum of understanding with Gain Millenia last Jan. 19. The MOU sets forth… Read More»

Probationer found using ‘ice’ several times

by Ferdie De La Torre
Justin A. Funkugub, an ex-convict who was required to speak to school children about the dangers of drug use as part of his probation, tested positive for use of methamphetamine or “ice” several times and failed to report for drug testing and counseling session. U.S. Probation… Read More»

Biologists poke holes on USFWS findings

USFW assures that ‘best available science’ will be used; asks for public input
by Dennis B. Chan
CNMI officials, biologists, and landowners shared their concerns at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the proposed listing of 23 Marianas species as either threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act at a public hearing last Wednesday night. While some warned… Read More»


Swimmers get 42 PBTs in 4 events

Forty-two more personal best times were registered in the breaststroke and freestyle races in last week’s 2014-2015 SSC Pentathlon Swim Meet at the Kan Pacific Swimming Pool. Of the 42 PBTs in the event’s next two events, 20 were logged in the 50m… Read More»


United announces full-year and Q4 2014 profit

CHICAGO—United Airlines reported Friday full-year 2014 net income of $1.97 billion, an increase of 89 percent year-over-year, or $5.06 per diluted share, excluding $834 million of special items. Including special items, UAL reported full-year net income… Read More»


Don’t supersize, but right-size it

About 10 months ago, a 23-year-old intern at the Division of Customs Services discovered smuggled illegal pesticides hidden in a 5-gallon plastic container topped by about a 3-inch layer of pungent pickled vegetables. He dipped his gloved hand in the… Read More»

Letters to the Editor


I, Elizabeth Barganio, would like to apologize to the residents of Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands for my mistakes, and I also sincerely apologize to Mr. and Mrs. Zacharias Sakisat, and I promise that it would not happen anymore. Elizabeth Barganio… Read More»