Tinian divert airfield bid date nears
Bids are due June 2 to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific for the Tinian divert airfield – a project that includes a cargo pad, taxiways, a maintenance building and “all necessary supporting facilities … .”

The airfield was initially due to be completed in 2019 or 2020 and is now estimated to take “950 calendar days,” according to solicitation documents. The solicitation calls for bids between $50 million to $100 million. Other work may be added, according to the project description.

 

NMI eases restrictions under economic recovery plan
As of May 26:

  • Businesses may remain open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Restaurants may serve dine-in up to 25% of capacity. How many will open at a 25% capacity remains to be seen.
  • Religious services may resume, also with 25% capacity of normal occupancy.
  • Gyms may open

The May 25 release gave a nod to the opening of tourism. “Preparations among tourism operators may continue in anticipation of the resumption of flights and guidance should be sought to Federal Officials on the steps necessary to resume international flights,” the release said.

The NMI is using a “traffic light” system to grade its restrictions, rather than a numerical one.

 

Coast Guard rescues catamaran operator
A 53-year-old is safe in Guam after Coast Guard Sector Guam rescued him from his dismasted 14-foot catamaran in outer Apra Harbor on May 24 following a distress call, towing the vessel back to the Marianas Yacht Club.

 

NMI gets ready to disperse unemployment payments
With the approval of the NMI unemployment payout implementation plan, USDOL also approved an initial disbursement of $70.5 million for the PUA and FPUC programs in the CNMI.

 

Department store lines include residents settling accounts
Macy’s Guam re-opened on May 23 and Ross followed on May 24, with lines to get into both its stores. The biggest lines at Macy’s were at the At Your service desk; followed by a second counter opening to assist customers either paying or with account queries.

Similar lines can be seen at Guam utility facilities and banks.