P1 Kwajalein agreements reached in Washington President Kabua successfully concluded negotiations with the United States regarding use of Kwajalein Missile Range for an interim period of up to three years prior to the effective date of the Compact. President Kabua was also successful in reducing the term of the US use rights under the Compact from 50 to 30 years. After concluding negotiations with the United States, President Kabua concluded a parallel agreement with Kwajalein Atoll landowners organized under the Kwajalein Atoll Corporation.
P3 Pedro beats Reiher at chess In what developed into the first serious chess match in recent years locally, Fred Pedro of the Department of Internal Affairs defeated William Reiher of Althea Bing & Co. The game was played Wednesday at a downtown location before interested observers. The game is considered significant in that Reiher has been more or less considered the most difficult player to beat on island. For example, he defeated Pedro in four previous matches.
P1 AMI turns a profit Air Marshall Islands’ version of the “Endless Summer” — one nobody would hope to repeat in their worst nightmares — has been erased by the DC-8 turning in its first money-making month of service. It ends four-and-a-half-years of loss with the DC-8, and a particularly difficult summer when the jet was out of service for about five months having a major maintenance overhaul.
P3 Marshalls turn to blast United States The Marshall Islands government sharply criticized the United States government for objections it raised to nuclear waste disposal in the Marshall Islands. A government response said the US should be less concerned with the political fallout of developed nations exporting waste to a developing country and more concerned about its failure to provide adequate funding for clean up of islands and treatment of people affected by nuclear testing.
P3 No nukes for RMI Kwajalein Senator Alvin Jacklick hopes to see an anti-nuclear organization established in the Marshall Islands in the next few weeks specifically to address concerns about the nuclear waste storage project. “There are always two sides to an issue,” he said. “If the government is pro-nuclear waste, then there must be a group to point out the consequences.”
P16 Mass measles campaign starts A mass measles immunization campaign hit public and private schools in Majuro this week Tuesday to prevent a repeat of an epidemic that has hit Chuuk, leaving 13 dead and more than 850 ill with the disease. “We’re being very cautious about possible spread (from Chuuk),” said Justina Langidrik, the assistant secretary for preventive services at the Ministry of Health.
P17 Majuro makes up close to 50% of RMI The estimated population of the Marshall Islands in 1994 is 54,069, according to the Office of Planning and Statistics. Majuro’s population is estimated at 25,326 — 47 percent of the population — although OPS staff believe that the number of Majuro residents may actually be higher.
P1 Ownership change Formosa took over the former RRE mainstore Monday afternoon, and on Tuesday the RRE sign came down, making the ownership change official. The doors were locked on Monday afternoon, prompting passersby to peer in to see what was happening. The store resumed partial operations Wednesday as Formosa Supermarket Inc.
P3 Saeko on watch at MWSC Saeko Shoniber is Majuro Water and Sewer Company’s new fiscal officer. The former long-time Secretary of Finance took up her new post at MWSC this week, according to Marshalls Energy Company General Manager Billy Roberts.
P4 Fond farewell to Len, friend of Bikinians Leonard “Len” Mason, one of the most knowledgable anthropologists on the Marshall Islands, died earlier this month in Honolulu at the age of 92. He was in the first group of American anthropologists to work in Micronesia when he conducted research in the Marshall Islands for the Navy’s postwar Economic Survey of Micronesia in 1946. But it was his work with the Bikinians that started in late 1947 and continued for many years after that endeared him to many in the Bikini community. Mayor Tomaki Juda and the Bikinians credit Mason’s report to US officials in 1947 that people were starving on Rongerik Atoll as being a major reason they were taken off Rongerik in 1948 and moved to Kwajalein and later to Kili.