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CNMI 'lawmaker's remark uncalled for, very disturbing'

Commonwealth Casino Commission board chair Edward C. DeLeon Guerrero described as “disturbing and uncalled for” a lawmaker’s statement about “dynamiting” Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC’s casino/resort during a recent House Gaming Committee meeting.

In talking about the House Gaming Committee’s meeting last week during the CCC board’s monthly meeting yesterday, DeLeon Guerrero said some of the statements some CNMI’s policymakers gave at the meeting were “very disturbing” and uncalled for.

In reference to the role the CCC plays, DeLeon Guerrero said he heard a lawmaker demanding why the CCC doesn’t immediately terminate IPI’s casino license. “I heard statements about burning down facilities, smithereens,” DeLeon Guerrero said.

Commissioner Mariano Taitano said the word used by one House lawmaker was “dynamiting.”

Deleon Guerrero said those statements are uncalled for and not expected of policymakers.

Read more: https://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/lawmakers-remark-uncalled-for-very-disturbing/

Proposed resort would be Guam's tallest building

The Taiwanese developers of the Honhui Guam Resort, which is at the site of the former Royal Palm Hotel in Tumon, plan to build the tallest building on island, with 913 hotel rooms, according to project architect Brent Wiese.

Wiese, senior vice president and principal architect with RIM Architects, provided the first public details about the massive hotel and condominium project during Thursday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Guam. Rotarians met at Three Squares restaurant in Tamuning.

As currently designed, the resort building will have two connected towers, built close to the shoreline near Matapang Beach, with a new waterpark on the south side of the building, according to Wiese.

The taller north tower will have 37 floors and stand 492 feet high, according to Wiese. The south tower will have 31 floors and stand 420 feet high.

Read more: https://www.guampdn.com/money/proposed-resort-would-be-guams-tallest-building/article_221f09fc-f02b-11eb-a56d-837f3172909f.html


Architect Brent Wiese, senior vice president for RIM Architects, provides details about the Honhui Guam Resort project Thursday at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Guam, in Tamuning.
Steve Limtiaco/PDN

Guam hits 80% vaccination rate goal

Operation Liberate Guam reached its goal of immunizing 80% of Guam’s adult population.

A t 2:50 p.m. Thursday, the last of 139 vaccines needed to reach the goal was administered.

To date, 96,066 of Guam’s population over the age of 18 have received either both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single dose series Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Acting Gov. Joshua Tenorio joined Department of Public Health and Social Services Director Art San Agustin and members of the Guam National Guard at the University of Guam Field House vaccination clinic to certify the achievement.

Read more: https://www.guampdn.com/news/guam-hits-80-vaccination-rate-goal/article_c99a1716-f03b-11eb-8c1d-bf2120111cf0.html

Residents of Pagan evacuated, CNMI monitoring volcanic activity

Fourteen residents of the CNMI island of Pagan had been evacuated as a result of volcanic activity and were on their way to safety, Northern Marianas Gov. Ralph DLG Torres announced on NewsTalk K-57 on Friday morning.

The precautionary measure began on Thursday night.

“Under the advisement of (Homeland Security and Emergency Management) and our federal partners close to the situation, we are sending out a (Department of Public Safety) boating team to Pagan to safely evacuate the residents on the island as we continue to monitor volcanic activity in our region,” Torres stated in a release sent at 6:29 p.m. on Thursday.

Two CNMI Department of Public Safety boats were deployed to Pagan to conduct the evacuation of the 14 residents, a release sent at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday stated.

Read more: https://www.guampdn.com/news/residents-of-pagan-evacuated-cnmi-monitoring-volcanic-activity/article_77397a38-f0c3-11eb-889d-7388e93181b8.html

American Samoa Senate draws a line and rejects cell phone bill as "incomplete"

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a unanimous 13-0 vote, the Senate yesterday rejected in third and final reading an Administration bill that restricts the use of wireless electronic devices including cell phones while operating a motor vehicle except for — among other things — emergency calls and if an earpiece is used.

Prior to the vote, Sen. Fai’ivae Iuli Godinet reiterated his previous concern, saying that the proposed law is “incomplete” and return the measure to the Administration for appropriate revision. Sen. Togiola T.A. Tulafono moved to reject the measure and the final vote was unanimous.

The main sticking point senators argue is the legislation gave no provisions of the penalties or fees that will be imposed by the court on violators. (See yesterday’s edition for details.)

Another Administration bill already rejected and sent back to the Governor’s Office for further review is legislation that sought to remove from local law the two off-island board members for the American Samoa Power Authority board of directors. (See Samoa News online July 27.)

Read more: https://www.samoanews.com/local-news/senate-draws-line-and-rejects-cell-phone-bill-incomplete

Alaska Legislature's next special session will begin Aug. 16

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has postponed the next special session of the Alaska Legislature by two weeks after lawmakers requested more time to prepare.

The session will begin Aug. 16 in Juneau, and its agenda includes a change to the Permanent Fund dividend payment formula, the state’s subsidy for rural electrical prices, measures to increase state revenue, and a proposed constitutional amendment that would tighten the state spending cap.

“A full 2021 dividend is still of paramount importance for many members of our caucus,” said Rep. Kevin McCabe, R-Big Lake, and a member of the House’s Republican minority minority. “New constitutional amendments regarding spending or future taxes are incredibly important, but until we tackle how we’ll treat the dividend, going forward, I doubt we’ll make much progress.”

A group of eight legislators, including McCabe, has been meeting regularly in public and private to find agreement on potential options before the session begins. The committee has not yet advanced any proposals.

Read more: https://www.adn.com/politics/alaska-legislature/2021/07/29/alaska-legislative-leaders-ask-dunleavy-to-postpone-special-session-as-they-seek-agreement-on-future-of-permanent-fund-dividend/
(Anchorage Daily News)

Constitution bars Alaska attorney general from suing legislative agency, judge says

JUNEAU — A lawsuit by Alaska’s attorney general against the Legislative Affairs Agency is really an action by the governor against the Legislature that is barred by the Alaska Constitution, a state court judge ruled Thursday.

Superior Court Judge Herman Walker Jr. cited comments by Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Attorney General Treg Taylor in reaching his decision.

The state constitution allows a governor to take legal action “in the name of the State” to enforce compliance with laws but says that the authority “shall not be construed to authorize any action or proceeding against the legislature.”

Taylor sued the Legislative Affairs Agency on June 21, after the House failed to adopt effective date provisions for a state spending package. Dunleavy said the budget was “constitutionally impaired if the goal was for it to take effect on July 1.”

Read more: https://www.adn.com/politics/2021/07/29/judge-tosses-attorney-generals-lawsuit-against-legislative-agency-over-state-budget/
(Anchorage Daily News)

Judge says Alaska's new ranked-choice voting system is legal

Alaska’s new ranked-choice voting system and top-four open primary are legal and may be used in the 2022 statewide general election, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Gregory Miller ruled Thursday.

In his decision, Miller ruled against the Alaskan Independence Party, a Libertarian politician and a Republican attorney who sued to stop the state from implementing Ballot Measure 2, which voters approved last year. Alaskans for Better Elections, the group that backed the measure, joined the state in defense.

The decision was “a big victory for Alaska’s voters and a big step toward holding our first election under the new system Alaskans have chosen,” said attorney Scott Kendall, representing Alaskans for Better Elections.

Attorney Ken Jacobus represented the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and said he needs to talk with his fellow plaintiffs before deciding whether they will appeal.

Read more: https://www.adn.com/politics/2021/07/29/judge-says-alaskas-new-ranked-choice-voting-system-is-legal/
(Anchorage Daily News)

Only minimal damage reported after Alaska's largest earthquake in over a half century

A day after the largest earthquake in the United States in over 50 years struck off the coast of Alaska, damage reports were minimal and no big wave was recorded.

The earthquake struck off the coast of the sparsely-populated Alaska Peninsula at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, and seismologists recorded the event at a magnitude of 8.2, which produced about a 7-inch wave Wednesday evening.

At King Cove, in the Aleutians, pantry shelves were left empty after more than a minute of shaking sent loose items to the floor. Shaking was felt throughout the Alaska Peninsula as well as in Anchorage and on the Kenai Peninsula.

https://twitter.com/AKearthquake/status/1420859977183289344

Tsunami warnings were called off under two hours later, after Unalaska to Homer, Kodiak and Seward moved to higher ground.

Read more: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2021/07/29/a-day-after-alaskas-largest-earthquake-in-over-half-a-century-no-big-wave-minimal-damage/
(Anchorage Daily News)

York Statue Atop Mount Tabor Toppled and Partly Shattered

The York bust anonymously installed atop Mount Tabor was toppled and partly shattered early this morning.

Sometime during the night of July 27 or early morning of July 28, the bust was torn from its pedestal. Photos sent to WW this morning show the face’s nose torn off, and much of its forehead shattered. A historical plaque on the pedestal describing York’s role in the Lewis & Clark expedition was also torn apart, the photos show.

When a WW reporter visited the scene at 8 am, the bust had been removed and the site cleaned. A spokesman for Portland Parks & Recreation tells WW that city workers removed the damaged sculpture from the park.

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The bust, made of urethane painted bronze, depicts the only Black member of the Corps of Discovery. In February, a sculptor who hasn’t revealed their identity installed the bust on the pedestal that once held a statue of Harvey Scott, an 1870s editor-in-chief of The Oregonian who opposed women’s suffrage. Protesters toppled the Scott statue last year.

Read more: https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2021/07/28/york-statue-atop-mount-tabor-toppled-and-partly-shattered/
(Williamette Week)

York was William Clark's slave and an integral member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. More information about York can be found at https://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/york/#.YQP6CdfPzIU .
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