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Third Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Site Discovered on Rota

On Saturday, September 12, 2020 the Department of Lands and Natural Resources (DLNR) received a critical tip regarding possible infestation of the coconut rhinoceros beetles (CRB) in the Gagani and Talakhaya areas of Rota.

CNMI DOL PUA Program announces change of operations

The CNMI Department of Labor (CNMI DOL) is announcing that it will temporarily suspend the in-person appointments it has established for the PUA program at CNMI DOL building # 1334, starting October 15, 2020 to November 30, 2020.   

NAP to Reduce Levels by 25 percent on October 1 due to funding unavailability from Congress

The CNMI’s Nutrition Assistance Program funding availability for fiscal year 2021 is nearly half of the funding that was available in fiscal year 2020 which ends on September 30, 2020. The funding that will be available to the CNMI for FY 2021 is anticipated to be $22.733 million. Of this amount, $17.365 million will be allocated for Program Benefits.

Public Notice – Know Our Beach Flags, CNMI

Hafa Adai, Tirow! On behalf of the CNMI Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, we are pleased to inform you about our new beach advisory signs that have been recently installed around the island to provide useful knowledge in relation to the health of our waters and surroundings. 

Torres-Palacios Administration Set on Streamlining and Modernizing Permitting Process

In an effort to address what is often a cumbersome and, sometimes, lengthy permitting process for businesses and investors, Governor Ralph DLG. Torres and Lt. Governor Arnold I. Palacios have prioritized a complete review and revamp of the process with the goal of creating a more understandable and easier way to do business in the CNMI.

CNMI awarded more than $1.7 million for energy projects

On Wednesday, Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech informed Governor Ralph DLG. Torres that the Department of the Interior has awarded $1,706,075 in Fiscal Year 2020 grant funding through the Office of Insular Affairs’ Energizing Insular Communities (EIC) program Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for the CNMI.

COTA awarded $351,000 under FTA Emergency Relief Program

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres and Lt. Governor Arnold I. Palacios announced on Thursday that the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority (COTA) was awarded $351,000 under the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) Emergency Relief Program for transit systems affected by major disasters that occurred in 2018.

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Third Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Site Discovered on Rota

On Saturday, September 12, 2020 the Department of Lands and Natural Resources (DLNR) received a critical tip regarding possible infestation of the coconut rhinoceros beetles (CRB) in the Gagani and Talakhaya areas of Rota.

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