P1 Compact problems in Congress A Gannett News Service article outlined several areas of possible difficulties expected to be encountered by the Compact of Free Association as it wends its way through the two houses of the US Congress. At a hearing of the Public Lands and National Parks Committee chairman Rep. John Seiberling (D-Ohio) uncovered many problems with the negotiated Compact that would require at least 15 hearings to discuss the administration’s role in the islands.
P8 Riders defeat Compound It was a great game on Wednesday as the Isuzu Riders remained undefeated downing Rita Compound, 4-1. Isuzu drew first blood, scoring in the second inning as Mobi walked, then scored on Danny Wase’s double to the left center field fence. Rita tied the game in the third, with two out, Aki singled and went to third on a throwing error and scored on a clean single by Antila.
P4 President favors gambling In a presentation at the beginning of Nitijela Tuesday, President Amata Kabua made a statement broadly supporting legislation to enable the national government to provide conditions whereby gambling will be permitted within the Marshall Islands.
P10 New Micro Council forming An inaugural meeting of Micronesia area governments was held on Guam recently to work out policies on potential problems of the environment, tourism and fisheries. Guam has been hard hit by migration from Micronesian states and has not been receiving compensation from the US, said Guam Gov. Carl Gutierrez. The group includes Guam, Palau, Nauru, Kiribati, FSM, RMI and CNMI.
P13 Ebeye target for Japan fish project Foreign Minister Phillip Muller met with Japan’s Minister Counselor Susumi Yamagishi to sign an exchange of notes for a $3 million project for improvement of the Fishery Marketing System on the outer islands phase two. The initial phase began in 1991, with fish based on three outer islands — Likiep, Ailnglaplap and Namu — becoming operational in 1994. The phase two work will extend the project to Ebeye with a new base to support outer islands with supplies of ice, cold storage, fishing gear, boats and insulated coolers.
P15 Out of the mouths of babes Assumption High School Radio Club broadcast the first of its weekly shows February 15. The hourlong slot on V7AB was completely researched, written, produced and recorded by students after school hours, overseen by teacher Josh Hale.
P1 Tony’s back! Unofficial results from the RMI Electoral Administration indicate a significant victory for candidates Jack Ading of Enewetak and Tony deBrum of Kwajalein, the candidates vying for the vacated seats of deceased senators Ismael John and Justin deBrum, respectively.
P9 WASC raises CMI a notch After teetering on the brink of losing its US accreditation, the College of the Marshall Islands is now just one step short of regaining its full accreditation. At its mid-January meeting, WASC voted to remove CMI from probation and instead place it on “warning.” Just two years ago, CMI was placed on “show cause” status, the most severe penalty short of removing accreditation.
P9 Majuro welcomes traditional canoes Two Polynesian sailing canoes, the Hokule’a and Maisu, arrived in Majuro on Monday after traveling over 2,000 miles from Hawaii to RMI, their first stop in Micronesia. The crews spent their first night at Eneko to recover before coming into Uliga for a welcome ceremony Tuesday.