Giff Johnson

Reef grief for Ribuuk Ae

Reef grief for Ribuuk Ae

GIFF JOHNSON The Ribuuk Ae field trip vessel is likely a total loss. After running aground on the reef at Ujae Atoll shortly before New Year’s Eve, the vessel developed a large hole in the hull under the engine room. That allowed the engine room to flood, and by the time a Pacific International Inc. […]

Supremes nix Mudge appeal

Supremes nix Mudge appeal

GIFF JOHNSON Nearly four years after the 2015 election, the RMI Supreme Court recently issued its opinion in former Mayor Mudge Samuel’s lawsuit attempting to overturn Ladie Jack’s election victory. The Supreme Court upheld the High Court’s decision, which confirmed the correctness of Jack’s election. The Supreme Court panel said the High Court’s ruling “leaves […]

Election shifts momentum to opposition

Election shifts momentum to opposition

GIFF JOHNSON Unofficial election results released this week show that the balance of power has shifted from President Hilda Heine’s government to the opposition. The opposition now appears to have an outright majority of 17, and possibly more as the country awaits the announcement of the complete unofficial vote tabulation results that start a two-week […]

Ebeye: 4 new generators

Ebeye: 4 new generators

GIFF JOHNSON Three rental generators have stabilized Ebeye Island’s power situation as the island waits for four new generators to be installed over the next several months. Two new generators arrived last month and their installation is waiting on the arrival of two new alternators. In the meantime, two additional complete generator sets — including […]

Turnout mixed in Majuro

Turnout mixed in Majuro

Voter turnout Monday varied around Majuro. While many of the outer island absentee voting locations showed heavy turnout and long lines, some Majuro regular voting stations saw relatively few voters. The Rita ward voting station at Rita Elementary School was prepared for 1,200 voters, the number registered. To accommodate the anticipated large number of voters, […]

Majuro hit by flooding

Majuro hit by flooding

GIFF JOHNSON Shorelines around Majuro Atoll were repeatedly inundated this past week during high tides that approached all-time records. Flooding began early morning Sunday September 29 and continued at each high tide through Tuesday, when the tide levels began dropping with the new moon phase. “Water level was 20cm (7.8 inches) higher than predicted at […]

Postal ballot goes to Supreme Court

Postal ballot goes to Supreme Court

A hearing scheduled for this week in the High Court for two lawsuits seeking to restore voting by postal ballots for off-island Marshallese was cancelled as the judge sent the dispute to the RMI Supreme Court. The two lawsuits had been scheduled for their first hearing in the High Court August 27. Although the plaintiffs […]

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