Frances Baumann to retire after 40 years in advertising business
Frances Baumann, the founder and president of Baumann Advertising, will retire on Jan. 31, with the company set to close its doors after 40 years in business, according to a Jan. 2 statement. Baumann Advertising launched in 1980 and went on to become one of the longest-running ad agencies in Guam. The agency specialized in service industry businesses such as insurance companies, banks, airlines and travel agencies.

The agency’s work was recognized over the years with 19 national and international awards, including the American Design Award in 2006. Baumann was also nominated in 2019 as “Guam Businesswoman of the Year” by Guam Business Magazine.


GPA issues scam advisory to the public
HAGÅTÑA, Guam — The Guam Power Authority issued a public advisory due to customer reports about an off-island phone number requesting for payment over the phone at the risk of power service disconnection, according to a Dec. 31 release. GPA said its employees do not make phone calls requesting payment to customers, nor threaten power service connection. Additionally, GPA said the public should not provide payment or personal information to an unverified caller.

Customers can make payments and access their account information on or its mobile phone application. Phone payments are available via its pay-by-phone services at 647-5787.


Three appointees sworn into lead FSM preservation, education and finance agencies
PALIKIR, Pohnpei — David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia, administered the oath of office ceremony on Dec. 24 for Dr. Rufino Mauricio, director of the FSM Office of National Archives, Cultural & Historic Preservation, Kalwin Kephas, secretary of the Department of Education, and Eugene Amor, secretary of the Department of Finance & Administration, according to a Dec. 30 statement.

In his remarks, Amor said, “I thank you for this extraordinary opportunity to serve the nation and to serve the people under your leadership. I have a very good team in finance, and we stand ready to support you in advancing our development goals. I fully share your vision of an economy that is sustainable, that is inclusive, and that is environmentally friendly, and I will use all the power that is given to me as the secretary of finance to do what is best for our nation.”


United adds Hawaii flight for summer routes
TAMUNING, Guam — United Airlines has added a new weekend flight between Guam and Honolulu from June 5 to Aug. 15, according to a Dec. 31 release. The additional weekly flight, UA77, will depart Honolulu on Friday at 4:45 p.m. and arrive on Guam at 8:25 p.m. on Saturday. The aircraft used for the Guam-Honolulu flight is the Boeing 777-200. The additional flights will add more than 700 seats weekly, which amounts to more than 8,000 seats between the islands during the peak summer period. Tickets are also available for purchase.


President Panuelo delivered Christmas presents to hospital patients with fisheries partners
PALIKIR, Pohnpei — David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia, joined Eugene Pangelinan, executive director of the National Oceanic Resource Management Authority, Marko Kamber, president of Caroline Fisheries Corporation and NORMA staff to deliver Christmas presents to patients at Pohnpei State Hospital, according to a Dec. 23 statement. The annual tradition began in 2018. Gifts were donated from all the major fisheries companies operating in the FSM, including Liancheng Fisheries, Caroline Fisheries Corp., Taiyo Micronesia, Kasar Fisheries Corp., National Fisheries Corp., Dayang Seafoods, City Pro Management and Diving Seagull Inc. mbj

The front signage of the studio on Dec. 31.
Photo by Morgan Legel

First indoor cycling studio coming to Guam
TAMUNING, Guam — The Camacho Landmark Center will soon be home to a new cycling studio, the first of its kind on Guam. Rockit Ride signage can be seen in its storefront windows within the center. There are no announcements on when the new studio will open, but the signage has an email for applicants to send resumes for employment. Barbara Chancey Design Group, an international boutique fitness firm, was hired by owner Jeremy Leslie to brand the studio, but is no longer part of the project, Chancey told the Journal.


Participants attended a four-day training session at the Guam Community College from Dec. 17 to Dec. 20.
Photo courtesy of the Guam Department of Labor

GDOL hosts training for dislocated workers
HAGÅTÑA, Guam — The Guam Department of Labor hosted a four-day training session to improve services for dislocated workers, according to a Dec. 27 release. The training was for its Virtual One-Stop system and was part of the Reemployment and Systems Integration Dislocated Worker Grant, which totaled $2.17 million for Guam. The session aided individuals who experienced job loss due to layoffs and was held from Dec. 17 to Dec. 20 at the Guam Community College. It was held in partnership with GCC, Guam Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities and the Department of Public Health and Social Service. Training was also focused on moving participants to career pathways necessary for success.


The inaugural flight from Jeju Air’s Muan, Korea route arrived on Dec. 24 at the Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport, Guam.
Photo courtesy of the Guam Visitors Bureau

Muan, Korea flight arrives at Guam airport
The Guam Visitors Bureau, in partnership with the Guam International Airport Authority, welcomed visitors who arrived via Jeju Air’s inaugural flight from Muan, Korea on Dec. 24. The new route will run through March 7. (See “Full-time flights: GVB looks to make Jeju Air route from Muan, Korea permanent” in the Dec. 23 issue of the Journal for more details.)


Lee San Nicolas, local artist, at T Galleria by DFS for the launch of Everything Guam’s Latte Stone Cookies inaugural Artist Collection on Jan. 2.
Photo courtesy of Everything Guam

Latte Stone Cookies launches inaugural collection
TUMON, Guam — Everything Guam’s Latte Stone Cookies launched its inaugural Artist Collection with local artist, Lee San Nicolas, according to a Jan. 2 release. The latte-shaped shortbread cookies launch was scheduled from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3 at T Galleria by DFS, where San Nicolas was present to autograph purchased boxes in the evenings. The 2020 Artist Collection features collectible boxes with San Nicolas’ art of Guam’s ocean scenery alongside its coastline and skies. A total of 500 boxes of assorted flavored shortbread were produced and are an exclusive item at T Galleria by DFS. Latte Stone Cookies will feature a different artist each year.