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The Saipan Southern High School Mock Trial team has their picture taken with mock trial officials, teachers, and attorney coaches in the Supreme Court after being named the 2015 Mock Trial High School champions. (Thomas A. Manglona II)

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DUE TO EXPIRING LAND LEASE AGREEMENTS

Hotels still iffy on future investments

by Jayson Camacho
Some members of the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands are holding back on making future investments on their hotels if they cannot get any assurances that their land lease agreements will be extended. Without such an assurance, hotels whose public land leases are close to expiration say the uncertainty is putting a damper on their plans to improve amenities and raise hotel standards. HANMI president Gloria Cavanagh said that right now there has been very little communication… Read More»

Featured Stories

Cape Air down this weekend

by Dennis B. Chan
Cape Air flights to the CNMI were cancelled last Friday, and this appears to have continued into the weekend. In the meantime, United Airlines has provided extra flights to accommodate passengers. Cape Air and United are code-share partners, with Cape Air providing the… Read More»

SSHS repeats as Mock Trial champ

Marianas High School wins second, professionalism award 
by Thomas Manglona II
Saipan Southern High School dominated the 17th Annual High School Mock Trial Competition last Thursday and Friday at the House of Justice. The defending champions went head to head with the formidable student attorneys and witnesses of Marianas High School in the final round. … Read More»

‘Quichocho made fraudulent transfer of lands, properties’

10 parcels of land transferred to a brother
by Ferdie De La Torre
Disbarred lawyer Ramon K. Quichocho allegedly transferred 10 parcels of land on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota to his brother, Ignacio, supposedly for $30,000, while his and wife’s jury trial were ongoing in federal court, according to attorney Robert T. Torres. That case eventually… Read More»

Sports

Kagboys nip IT&E Comets, 7-6

J.P. Celis and the Kagboys bullpen—composed of Justin Agulto and Tom Agulto—escaped with a 7-6 win over the IT&E Comets in the Major division of the Saipan Little League on Saturday at the Miguel “Tan Ge” Pangelinan Baseball Field. Celis went 3-for-4… Read More»

Business

Delta employees earn more than $1B in profit sharing

ATLANTA—Delta Air Lines employees received yesterday profit sharing as part of the company’s $1.1 billion total payout for 2014—the largest payment in the company’s history—in recognition for their industry-leading performance. “At Delta, we believe that… Read More»

Opinion

They broke the law. Now what?

It’s not often that some of the CNMI’s top elected officials admit to breaking the law they are supposed to uphold. But what is the consequence to now Lt. Gov. Ralph Torres, House Speaker Joseph Deleon Guerrero (Ind-Saipan), and House Vice Speaker Ralph… Read More»

Letters to the Editor

Strategic planning that gets you nowhere

The CHCC’s CEO announced a few days ago the launch of CHCC’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020, and invited stakeholders to submit comments. The 16-page document may be a mistaken understanding of the CEO because this phase (initial publication) as it… Read More»