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Route 36 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Community members now have better access to the northeast part of Saipan. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday morning, Governor Arnold I. Palacios, Lt. Governor David M. Apatang, CNMI Department of Public Works Secretary Ray Yumul, and Federal Highway Administration-Hawaii Division Territorial representative Gabrielle Gersh joined members of the public to celebrate the official opening of the route.

SOEL-CNMI Brain Builders Partner Meeting & Appreciation

On Monday, August 21, 2023, the SOEL-CNMI Brain Builders Team, met with some of the CCDF Partners, namely CHCC-System of Care/Healthy Transitions, CHCC-Home Visiting Program, CHCC-MICAH/F2F, DICE Pacific Solutions, LLC, Council on Developmental Disabilities, CNMI UCEDD, CNMI WIC, and DYS. This meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Giovanni’s Conference Room. 

We Will Never Forget: Field of Heroes Proclamation

Governor Arnold I. Palacios and Lt. Governor David M. Apatang recently honored the first responders that sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001, and the brave men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep the community safe in a proclamation designating September 2023 as “  “We Will Never Forget: Field of Heroes” month. 

Expanding Workforce Capacity

Governor Arnold Palacios and Lt. Governor David Apatang were joined recently by CNMI Department of Labor Secretary in meeting with the U.S. Department of Labor District Director of the Wage & Hour Division Terence J. Trotter, the U.S. Department of Labor Assistant District Director for Guam and the CNMI Patrick G. Candoleta, and the U.S. Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division Investigator Feng Daniel Wang to sign a memorandum of understanding. 

Oath of Office: White to serve on the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation Board of Directors, Joab to serve as a member of the Civil Service Commission, Babauta and Barcinas to serve on the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation’s Board of Trustees.

Congratulations to Ms. Rebecca C. White, who was recently sworn in to serve on the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation Board of Directors, Mrs. Michelle O. Joab, who was sworn in to serve as a member of the Civil Service Commission, and  to former CNMI Governor Mr. Juan N. Babauta and Ms. Mariah M. Barcinas who were sworn in to serve on the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation’s Board of Trustees respectively.

Guam Mayors Thank CNMI for Relief Goods

Five mayors from the Mayor’s Council of Guam presented Governor Arnold I. Palacios a  resolution expressing their “sincerest appreciation and gratitude for the generosity and kindness of the people of Saipan and the CNMI in coming to [Guam’s] aid after the devastation of Typhoon Mawar.” 

Law Enforcement Agencies Ink Agreement to Re-establish and Reorganize Joint Drug Prevention Task Force

The leaders of six law-enforcement agencies recently inked an agreement to reestablish and reorganize a joint-drug-prevention-task force. Drugs, specifically ice, have continued to negatively impact the CNMI. Agencies are seeing more cases of drug use especially in younger people, an increase in property crimes linked to the habit, and other crimes. The goal of the joint task force is to stop drugs from coming in through the CNMI’s ports.

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