Guam News Pacific News Center - The most breaking news, local news and sports news for Guam and the Marianas, along with K57 Interviews. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:42:21 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Guam Judiciary in the Top 30 Nationwide of Employers Who Support the Guard; In the Running for DoD "Freedom Award" That news comes as the local Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is preparing for its April 25 annual awards gala, which will be held at the Pacific Star Hotel in Tumon. With the theme of “We All Serve,” MG Bret D. Daugherty, the Adjutant General of the Washington National Guard, will keynote this year’s awards ceremony.

Fifty-five local employers will join the Judiciary of Guam in this awards gala where they will be honored for the extraordinary support they have extended their Guard and Reserve employees.

“Our employers have distinguished themselves for supporting our uniformed service members and their families and the best expression of this is ensuring that their service member employees have a job to go back to right after deployment. The employers we are honoring at this gala have instituted policies and initiative that inspires and encourages the military service of our service members. They make the sacrifice in order to guarantee that the rights and privileges of their service member employees are protected,” said David J. Sablan, ESGR state chair.

“Our yearly gala event is our way of thanking and honoring our patriotic employers for their help and support. We are grateful for their help and we also enjoin our community to honor them for their contributions,” said Sablan.

ESGR is a Department of Defense office that seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.

Companies and agencies that will be honored, alongside the service member that nominated them, include:

ANZ Bank
ASRC Primus
Bank of Guam
Black Construction Corporation
Defense Commissary Agency - Orote Point
Delta Airlines
Delta Global Services
Department of Military Affairs
Department of the Navy - 36th Security Forces Squadron
Department of Youth Affairs
Docomo Pacific Guam
Guam Department of Education
GDOE - Division of Special Educaiton
GDOE - F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School
GDOE - J.P. Torres Alternative School
GDOE - Oceanview Middle School
GDOE - Price Elementary School
GTA Teleguam, Inc.
Guam Cleaning Masters
Guam Community College
Guam International Airport Authority
Guam Power Authority
Guam Waterworks Authority
Hawaiian Rock Products, Inc.
Hilton Guam Resort & Spa
Igale, Inc.
Inland Builders Corporation
IT&E Guam - Life In Motion
Judiciary of Guam
Kings Restaurant
KMart Guam
Macy's Guam
Marianas Variety Guam
MWR Liberty / Single Sailor Sanctuary
Office of the Attorney General of Guam
Office of the Governor of Guam
Outrigger Resort Guam
Pacific Islands Club Guam
Pacific Trucking Company
Payless Supermarkets, Inc.
Perez Brothers, Inc.
Port Authority of Guam
Secure Safe Solutions
South Pacific Petroleum Corporation
Transportation Security Administration - Guam Office
Tumon Kidney Center
U.S. Dept of Agriculture - Division of Aquatic & Wildlife Resources
U.S. Navy Fire & Emergency Services
U.S. Navy Security Forces
U.S. Postal Service

For more information about ESGR, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and to RSVP for the event, contact Maj. Josephine Blas, ESGR Guam-CNMI Office at 671-735-0456.]]> (News Release) Guam News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:51:30 +0000
Aguon Calls for Roundtable Discussion on Draft SEIS MONDAY, April 28 Guam - Military Realignment Chair Senator Frank Aguon Jr. has called for an oversight hearing this coming Monday, April 28th, to review the draft Supplemental EIS that is being released Friday.

READ the release from Seantor Aguon below:

Island Community Invited to Attend Roundtable discussion on the DSEIS

(Thursday, April 17, 2014, Hagåtña, Guam) In anticipation of the release on the 2014 Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for the Relocation of the Marines from Okinawa, Japan to Guam, the Committee on Guam US Military Relocation, Homeland Security, Veterans’ Affairs and Judiciary has scheduled a Roundtable discussion on Monday, April 28, 2014 beginning at 6:00PM at I Liheslaturan Guåhan.

The basic premise of this roundtable is: to open up lines based on two-way communication, to increase knowledge and understanding of the DSEIS process, to share complex information with our island leaders and other stakeholder groups and most importantly, engage the community in public dialogue. Topics for discussion include: key differences between the 2010 Final EIS and the 2014 DSEIS; review of executive summary; associated population change; preferred alternatives; and public meeting schedule and format.

“I am confident in the four pillars negotiated into the Programmatic Agreement signed in 2011 which encompasses the Department of Defense’s determination to continue to listen to the concerns of our island’s community; and upon the release of the DSEIS, I encourage our island community to review these documents at the SEIS website,” said Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr.  “Furthermore, I strongly encourage you to provide official verbal and written comments on the DSEIS during the public meetings hosted by the Department of the Navy.”   

The community is encouraged to review the DSEIS documents on the SEIS website at:   Also posted on this website, are the times and locations for the Public Meetings that will be hosted by Department of the Navy.

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JRM: HSC-25 Rescues Missing Hikers
HSC-25 received a request from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam April 16 at 10:16 p.m. for aerial support in search of the hikers, a mother and daughter, within the vicinity of Tarzan Falls.   

A Navy MH-60S helicopter from HSC-25 arrived on the scene at 10:46 p.m. to begin search efforts.

At 8:50 a.m. April 17, a Navy MH-60S helicopter was launched from Andersen Air Force Base. The crew flew approximately 18 miles to the reported area, recovered the individuals and transported them to U.S. Naval Hospital Guam for treatment.

“The successful rescue today is a perfect example of the strong partnership between the Navy and Government of Guam agencies" said Rear Adm. Tilghman Payne, Commander Joint Region Marianas. “The close coordination between homeland security, Guam Fire Department and HSC-25 played an integral part in finding the hikers and bringing about a happy ending for all.”

The incident was the 11th search-and-rescue executed by HSC-25 personnel this year.

“HSC-25 continually trains our pilots and crews to handle any situation, any time day or night, whether on the water or on land,” said HSC-25 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Gregory Leland. “This rescue is a direct result of the skills our crews develop during combat training for deployed missions in and around the region, and put to use saving lives right here on Guam.”  

HSC-25 is the Navy’s only forward-deployed MH-60S expeditionary squadron. As a part of Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific, it provides an armed helicopter capability for U.S. 7th Fleet in support of logistics, search and rescue and humanitarian assistance missions. 

The command is also the only squadron that maintains a 24-hour search-and-rescue and medical evacuation alert posture, directly supporting the U.S. Coast Guard and Joint Region Marianas.

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Senator Respicio Brings Easter Bunny to Sinajana Senior Center Today for Surprise Visit Guam - Senator Rory Respicio brought treats and the Easter Bunny to the Sinajana Senior Citizens Center for a surprise visit today. 



[L-R: Senator Respicio, Center Executive Council President Mary Santos Torres, the Easter Bunny, Center Manager Kenneth San Agustin and Center Executive Council Vice President Annie Sablan].

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VIDEO: No Applicants for Saipan Casino Gambling License, Yet; Deadline to Apply is Monday Guam - The CNMI has until Monday, April 21, to attract an investor willing to plunk down as much as $31 million to operate a casino on Saipan.
The Commonwealth government, the Saipan Tribune reports, has yet to receive an application for an exclusive license to operate a casino.


However, Gov. Eloy S. Inos remains hopeful and so does the casino bill’s main author, House floor leader Ralph Demapan.

Under Public Law 18-43, which amended the original Saipan casino law, “in the event that a license is not issued within 90 days after this Act becomes law, the commission shall establish new application procedures.”

Inos, meanwhile, said he was anticipating a wire transfer as early as Tuesday, after an entity inquired about the bank account for the purpose.

Any interested investor that turns in an application by April 21 would be in the running for securing an exclusive license to operate a casino on Saipan. It also has to pay a $30-million license fee by May 5, representing the license fee for the first and fifth year.

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VIDEO: Easter Bunny Bring Smiles to Children at Hospital The Easter Bunny, from the Hyatt Regency hotel, came by the hospital and walked around the pediatric ward, greeting children as he delivered Easter baskets. GMH Administrator Joe Verga expressed his gratitude for the Hyatt’s generous efforts.


"Thank you very much for brightening the days of our children and we really appreciate your time and the time and effort of all you folks from the Hyatt hotel. So thank you very much I know that you will see the smiles on the faces of the children that you will brighten today," said Verga.

The Easter baskets from the Hyatt contained some goodies and gift certificates. Cookies were passed out as well.

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VIDEO: Pangelinan Says McCreadie's Prison Bill Deficient; McCreadie Disagrees Saying It Was Crafted "By the Experts" Guam - Senator Ben Pangelinan has written a letter to Senator Brant McCreadie about his original prison construction bill saying that it has some deficiencies that need to be addressed.

Senator McCreadie has been pushing for his bill to be reported out of Senator Pangelinan's committee so that it can be put on a session agenda for a vote. 

Senator McCreadie says he grew tired of waiting for his bill to be reported out so he introduced another prison construction bill or bill 315 which he says will also build a prison but this time with GEDA taking the lead on identifying financing.


Senator Pangelinan says in his letter that the original bill's deficiencies has to do with the funding sources identified for building a new prison. Senator Pangelinan says that the funding sources are not sufficient and would've had a negative financial impact on the judiciary.

"Kinda late but I thank him for his opinion,” said Senator McCreadie adding, “I disagree with his findings and why I introduced my second bill he claims that I agree with his opinion that there are some disparities with the first bill. I don't agree with the disparities. That bill was crafted by the Department of Corrections, the experts, and I am the champion of that bill. Obviously ten people co-sponsored it and the second bill 8 people co-sponsored it in a bi-partisan event. It's important to note that the reason why I introduced the second bill was because I wanted to show the chairman that I'm willing to compromise and do anything possible to get this vetted and through the process on the session floor to vote yes or no on it.”

Senator McCreadie says that Congresswoman Bordallo has responded to his request indicating that she is willing to ask the army corps of engineers and the Bureau of Prisons to facilitate a feasibility study and cost analysis of building a new prison.

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Governor to Search and Rescue Teams: "Thank You!" Fortunately, the pair were found safe and sound Thursday afternoon at 1pm.

The Governor's note reads: "Thank you to the brave heroes who rescued a lost mother and child. Lives were saved because you didn’t give up. A family is whole again because of your good work. – Eddie"  


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VIDEO: Postal Service Address Problems Have Now Hit GMH; 1,500 Bills Returned; Residents Encouraged to Check on Bill Status Guam - Utility ratepayers aren’t the only ones affected by the recent changes in the delivery of US Postal Mail, the Guam Memorial Hospital received 1,500 returned bills in the mail in the past month.

GMH Administrator Joe Verga is advising residents to get in touch with the hospital’s billing department in case you were affected.

The average returned mail that GMH receives every month is about 200 bills. But within the past month, the hospital got 1,500 sent back. They too were affected by the recent changes in the US Postal Service delivery system. 15


"In light of recent problems with the US Mail, this box here contains about 700 bills that just came back to GMH," announced GMH Administrator Joe Verga, pointing to a cardboard box containing the returned mail. "This is the second box of about 700 bills of about 2 weeks bringing the total to about 1,500 that have come back to GMH."

He says the extraordinarily high amount of returned mail will surely impact the hospital’s finances.

'It definitely affects cash flow if folks don’t get their bills and pay it. We’re counting on receiving a certain amount of cash being paid from those bills and when folks aren’t paying those bills it affects our cash flow and it affects everything across the whole hospital," Verga pointed out.

Which is why, says Verga, he invited PNC to GMH so he can demonstrate how easy it is to pay your hospital bill. Verga himself was treated at the emergency room recently and received a hospital bill.

This cashier window, near the entrance of the hospital is open on weekdays from 7am to 6 pm. GMH Spokesperson June Perez says there are also other ways to be able to pay your hospital bill after hours.

The hospital has a drive thru drop lock box at the main entrance and a 24 hour cashier at the emergency department. For payment plans or other billing questions, GMH also has a business office on the first floor which is open from 8am to 5 pm on weekdays.

Meanwhile, Verga says that tax refund garnishments are already in effect. So far, for the latest round of refunds to be mailed out this week, out of the $20 million, Verga says GMH will get $263,000 in tax garnishments. But the total that GMH sent to Rev and Tax for garnishments is about $15 million.

"If you are owed a tax refund, you may either receive the refund if your refund is less than the amount that you owe the hospital, or you will receive the balance of the refund if your refund is more than what you owe. So the hospital bill will be taken out of your refund and then the individual will recieve the balance. And that’s why it’s very important for folks to make arrangements to pay their bill, even if they can’t pay all of it," Verga stated.

To find out if your bill is one of the 1,500 that got sent back, you can call GMH’s billing office at 647-2126 or 2127. 

READ the release from GMH below:

April 17, 2014

With over $150 million in unpaid patient bills, the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) urges all GMH patients to please pay their bills on a timely basis.  The following are some helpful tips:

Get an itemized bill estimate before leaving GMH as a patient.
Please pay your bill before leaving GMH as a patient.
Payments can also be made through the following services:

a.    Pay by phone with credit cards only by calling 647-2265;
b.    Pay by curb-side payment drop box for check payments only. Drop box is located at the GMH front entrance drive through area.  Drop box is locked with closed circuit camera and security surveillance.
c.    Pay at Business Office Cashier Windows open 7:00 am – 6:00pm for all payments, closed weekend and GovGuam holidays.
d.    Pay at the Emergency Dept. Cashier Windows open 24 hours a day, every day for all payments.
e.    Cashier Windows are for payment services only.  

For personal assistance with billing questions and payment plans, the GMH Business Office hours are 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday, closed weekend and GovGuam holidays.
Billing questions and payment plan requests can also be emailed to or call 647-2126/2127/2231/2232.
GMH provides two 10 minute reserved parking spots for bill payers.
Curb side payment services are available for the elderly and people with disabilities.  Please give advance notice to the Business office by calling 647-2265.  

Once again GMHA urges all patients to please pay their bills promptly.  GMHA is deeply grateful for any and all efforts patients make to meet their financial obligations to GMH.  Patient payments help ensure GMH continues to provide quality hospital services to all.  For further details, please call June Perez at 647-2415.

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VIDEO: UOG Faculty Senate Tables Closed Meeting Proposal; McNinch Approves {youtube}QkwQUaz19P8{/youtube}

Even so, McNinch praised the action taken by the faculty senate today, saying it shows that they are making the right choice by hearing more input on the open government issue.

“I think that everyone's thinking and talking about this a lot more and thats really what universities are about we think about things we talk about things,” McNinch told PNC. “They thought about it and got input on it and like a good university does they rethought what they were going to do."

McNinch remains critical of the September meeting however, and says the FOIA Council will be discussing that matter on April 30th.

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