Saturday, February 23, 2008

FMI Schedule for March 2008

First Sunday of the month Cleanup.
Garapan Tourist District -- March 2, 2008
Start at 8:00am to 10:00am

Second Sunday of the month Cleanup.
ISA DRIVE to NMC -- March 9, 2008
Start at 8:00am to 11:00am

Good Friday FMI will be at the Mount Tapotchao doing volunteers.

3rd Sunday of the month Cleanup.
Lao-Lao Beach -- March 16, 2008
Start at 8:00am to 10:00am

Fourth Sunday of the month FMI monthly meeting (03-23-08)
Venue: San Vicente Village FMI Office.
Start at 1:00pm

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Beautify CNMI Looking For Award Nominations

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Beautify CNMI looking for award nominations

The Committee Chairs of Beautify CNMI are seeking nominations for their annual Beautify CNMI Steward and Beautify CNMI Champion awards. The two awards will be given out at the annual Beautify CNMI anniversary dinner to take place on March 27.

The awards are given out to recognize the individuals or groups who have been environmental leaders during the past 12 months.

There are two award categories, the Environmental Steward and the Environmental Champion.

The Environmental Steward award recognizes a person or group that leads the community in activities that help protect our environment in a variety of ways. This individual or group has demonstrated the need to take pride in our islands and to take care of the place we all call home. They serve as an example for others, especially the next generation, to follow.

The Environmental Champion award recognizes a person or group that exemplifies the Beautify CNMI spirit. Those qualities include volunteerism, cooperation, innovation, creativity and the ability to infect others with the Beauty Virus. The Environmental Champion is a role model for others to follow. They bring environmental issues to the forefront of public consciousness. They make things happen and effect change.

Last year's Environmental Champion winners were PSS teacher Bree Reynolds, MINA board member Kathy Yuknavage, and local activist Captain Carl Brachear. The winners of the Environmental Steward award were elementary school student Adam Sablan and volunteer group Friends of the Mariana Islands.

To nominate an individual or group, submit a written nomination explaining why that person or group deserves recognition. You can make as many nominations as you like, but individuals and groups can only be nominated for one award category. Nominations must include the award category the nominee is being considered for, a well written argument detailing the reasons why this nominee should be considered, and contact information for the nominee and for the person making the nomination.

Send nominations to Angelo Villagomez at or mail them to PO BOX 505149; Saipan, MP 96950 or call the PTI sponsored Beautify CNMI volunteer line at 285-6462 for more information. (PR)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Marianas Dive to expand its reach to Tinian during Hot Pepper Festival.

When: Saturday and Sunday February 16th & 17th.
Where: Tinian

* Exploratory dives - Saturday and Sunday morning.
* Taga Beach underwater clean up – Saturday @ 4PM
* Discover SCUBA – Sunday from 2-4PM at the Dynasty pool
* Marianas Dive information booth - open during festival hours.

Against the backdrop of Tinian's annual pepper festival, members of the local dive group will conduct a series of events designed to increase Tinian's appeal to divers while creating a foundation of new divers with a greater understanding of what lies beneath some of the most inviting water in the world!

On Saturday and Sunday morning group members will make exploratory dives with Tinian Fun Diving a local dive operation. Owner Mr. Shine states the area around Tinian’s South Western tip is “untouched and full of possible dive sites” including relics from WWII.

As described by Marians Dive President Mike Tripp, “the ultimate goal is to put Tinian on the diving map with multiple dive sites that are short, easy boat rides from the harbor. This will help make Tinian a destination where divers spend a few days or more taking in all the sites the island has to offer both above and below the surface”.

In addition to these morning dives Marianas Dive will lead an underwater clean up of Taga Beach on Saturday at 4PM. This will be the group's fifth clean up of this kind and the first on Tinian. “We’re excited to do one of our ‘treasure hunts’ at Taga beach. The water is so clear I can’t wait to jump in” said member Mark James. Tanks and mesh bags will be provided. All certified divers wishing to participate are encouraged to do so.

The final dive event of the weekend will take place at the Dynasty Hotel pool from 2 to 4PM on Sunday afternoon. Marianas Dive instructors will offer free Discover SCUBA lessons to interested individuals over the age of 12. Discover SCUBA participants will have the opportunity to try diving in a controlled environment including using full SCUBA gear and breathing under water. An adult must accompany participants under the age of 18.

Discover Scuba sign up forms and additional information about these and other events will be available from members at the Marians Dive booth on the festival grounds during festival hours. Those interested in hearing a dive tale or two as well as learning more about the group’s goals and objectives are encouraged to stop by and jump in!

“We are really excited about this weekend. Not only do we get to experience the best of Tinian hospitality with the pepper festival but we also get to make a positive contribution to Tinian’s tourism industry. Of course it would not be possible without the help from those making it all happen including Debra Fleming of the Fleming Hotel, Kiri Jackson from the Dynasty and local boat captain John Barcinas as well as the staff at the mayors office” said Tripp.

Marianas Dive is a growing group of individuals with a passion for everything underwater and specifically what Saipan Tinian & Rota have to offer as dive destinations. The group welcomes community members to join and help the CNMI build a truly world class dive destination while promoting our excellent diving locally and globally. Members meet twice monthly. Visit for more information.

Mike Tripp

Mike Tripp Productions
Marianas Dive

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Monday, February 04, 2008

'Pass anti-animal cruelty law'

The following letter was hand-delivered to the Legislature and is available at
Come on! If a 6th grader can do it, so can you!!
To Senate President Pete Reyes:

My name is Aprilleen Sablan. I am in 6th grade. I attend school at William S. Reyes. My homeroom teacher is Ms. Phyllis Ain. I am writing to you because I think the CNMI Legislature should pass the Anti- Animal Cruelty Law because the people of the CNMI aren't treating animals the way they should be treated. Most of the villages I go to, I see abandoned animals, animals with diseases and that isn't right. This law will prevent animals from being neglected, abandoned, and injured.

A few nights ago you said that you weren't going to pass the law because the CNMI has a budget. It doesn't really matter if the CNMI has a budget or not. The law wouldn't need that much money. If you pass this law the CNMI would be a better place. There wouldn't be any neglected or injured animals. The CNMI would be an even more beautiful place. Now the CNMI isn't that beautiful because there are animals going around with diseases and animals that are injured, and that might scare away the tourists. The CNMI Legislature wants more tourists to come to the islands, right? So I think the Legislature should pass the Law. I hope you and the rest of the representatives pass this law. Thank you for your time.

Aprilleen Sablan
William S. Reyes Elementary School

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Beautify CNMI in Hawaii

David KhorramDr. David Khorram wore his Beautify CNMI Volunteer shirt during a recent trip to Hawaii. Thanks for the promotion, David!