P1 Rosenblatt rules out independence for Micronesia US chief negotiator Peter S. Rosenblatt ruled out the possibility of more political fragmentation — and independence for any part of the territory — in a recent radio interview here.
P3 Lady mechanic honored The Ponape District Legislature adopted a resolution congratulating Mershina Likor of Net municipality for becoming the first woman mechanic trainee in the Department of Public Works. The resolution said that her new occupation was a “historic event.”
P3 A solution for Ebeye? High Commissioner Adrian Winkel, who returned recently to Saipan from touring the Marshall Islands, said that there “must be an improvement in conditions in Ebeye” because of the high number of people, approximately 8,000, that are staying on such a small island. The only “significant improvement” that could be accomplished is through an “overall coordinated program” like a master plan-type approach, he said.
P1 Strauss’ last waltz Prominent Marshall Islands’ attorney David Strauss has called it quits with his government post and opted for private practice. The youthful but experienced and handsome attorney, fresh on the wake of a resounding court victory for local gambling interests, is the current key holder to a posh suite of potential executive style law offices located in the trendy Robert Reimers Hotel building. Until last week the feisty Strauss, who (according to his filed photograph in the alien registration record of government) bears a striking resemblance to rock star Mick Jagger, served as the Chief Public Defender for the government. His record of successful defenses, sparkling over the years with biting newsworthiness, reached into the Supreme Court. High Court judges and opposing attorneys alike fell victim to his keen aggressive lawyering.
P5 Arno tops in copra production The total copra tonnage for this year is 4,020 tons, according to Tobolar, plus another 684 tons of copra produced in the Gilberts brings the total to 4,704. Arno was top with 633 tons, Mili second at 448 and Ebon third at 424.
P9 Four missing from ‘Sarah Joe’ still a mystery Nuggets of information about the ill-fated fishing boat Sarah Joe cntinue to come in, but the biggest pieces to its mysterious disappearance remain missing. Five fishermen left Hana, Maui, in the Boston Whaler in February 1979 and never returned. The wreckage of the boat was discovered last year on Taongi Atoll (Bokak), about 2,300 miles southwest of Hawaii, but only the remains of one of the fishermen — Scott Moorman — was found. The fate of the other fishermen is unknown.
P2 PII’s Mercy K cargo vessel arrives for RMI service The private owned passenger and cargo vessel Mercy K has arrived. PII’s Kenneth Kramer bought the 285 ton, 138-foot vessel that will be providing ferry service for supplies to the outer islands. The Mercy K is the first privately owned vessel to come into service for Majuro and the outer islands since the RMI government virtually bowed out of the inter-island shipping business earlier this year.
P3 Immigration halts baby passports RMI’s Immigration office has halted issuance of passports for children being adopted by non-Marshall Islanders following Nitijela passage of a temporary moratorium on adoptions.
P5 Saab goes for 25¢ on the dollar Air Marshall Islands has a buyer for the Saab 2000. An agreement for the four year old Saab will be sold for $5.3 million. The plane originally cost AMI nearly $20 million when it was bought from Saab in 1995.