Skymark Airlines president and representative director Masahiko Ichie and Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, at left, flank first lady Diann Torres, partly hidden, as they help welcome passengers of the inaugural charter flight of Skymark at the tarmac of the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport Friday afternoon. (Ferdie de la Torre)

HEADLINES

Historic touchdown for Skymark

Skymark Airlines Inc. made a historic touchdown on Saipan last Friday afternoon with a chartered B737-800 plane carrying 173 passengers, making it the first Japanese carrier to fly directly to Saipan since Japan Airlines withdrew from the CNMI in 2005. This new partnership between Skymark and the CNMI government comes with high hopes of increasing tourist arrivals from Japan and reviving the slumping Japanese market. Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, as well as Skymark...

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Peter wins by landslide

Marco Taisakan Peter of the Republican Party received 863 out of a grand total of 1,737 votes—or 49.68 percent of all votes cast—for a landslide victory in a four-way race for Precinct 3’s vacant seat in the House of Representatives. At 11:49pm Saturday, the Commonwealth Election...

NMBAC: Wait for prevailing wage survey

The Northern Marianas Business Alliance Corp. is asking all employers to hold the submission of their petitions for renewal of all of their CNMI-only Transitional workers, or CW-1 workers, until the prevailing wage survey for the Commonwealth has been established. The Saipan...

Man drowns at Sugar dock

A 50-year-old man being described as a “local male” drowned outside the reef by the Sugar Dock over the weekend. According to the Department of Public Safety, the man was declared dead on arrival at the Commonwealth Health Center. He was found face down in the open ocean outside...

Other Local News

Triple J donates car to SCC golf tourney

Triple J Saipan is sponsoring a hole-in-one prize for the annual Saipan Chamber of Commerce golf tournament next week. Last Wednesday, Triple J Saipan donated a 2019 Hyundai Elantra that will be used as a hole-in-one prize in the chamber’s annual fundraising golf tournament...

Sports

Carol gets first title for 2019

The CNMI’s Carol Lee rallied past her highly favored finals foe to clinch the singles championship in the ITF/CAT North African Circuit yesterday in Casablanca, Morocco. Lee defeated No.1 seed Aubane Droguet of France, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 7-6 (6) to win her...

Business

BankGuam Holding names executive team

HAGATNA, Guam—BankGuam Holding Co. announced last week several appointments to its executive team of the holding company and the bank. Joaquin P.L.G. Cook was appointed as the president and chief executive officer and vice chair of the board of directors....

Opinion

Gas

As of yesterday morning, self-serve gasoline cost about $3.94 per gallon for regular grade on Saipan. Also as of yesterday, oil was trading at its year-to-date high in New York. West Texas Intermediate crude stood at about $60 a barrel. People who deal...

Letters to the Editor

Bennett girls continue to accomplish new goals

This is two proud parents’ update on the Bennett girls who are still plowing ahead with accomplishments and representing the CNMI. We are sharing this not only out of our love and pride in our children but we are always asked about them and we hope this...

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