Airlines updates:
United Airlines resumed flights on the Fukuoka-Guam route on Aug. 4 and on the Nagoya- Guam route on Aug. 1. United – which flies 737-800s – had 42 passengers on the flight to Guam on Aug. 4 and 39 passengers on the flight to Guam on Aug. 1, according to an Aug. 4 release from the Guam Visitors Bureau.
Japan Airlines resumed flying to Guam Aug. 4, bringing 78 passengers from Tokyo, GVB said.
While Japan Airlines will fly to Guam in August and September, it has no scheduled flights for October to Guam. JAL has cancelled flights to Guam (and Hawaii) between Oct. 1 and Oct. 29, according to the airline, which said that further flights for its routes to Guam and Hawaii will be confirmed “after Oct. 30.” The Sept. 18 flight to Guam has also been canceled.
Japanese have many reasons not to travel (See “Rising prices may keep Japanese at home in the short term or vacationing in Japan,” in the July 4 issue of the Journal.)
Japan’s domestic traffic was up 146.4% in June, compared to June 2021, according to the International Air Transport Association.
Marianas Southern Airways – which is headquartered in Saipan – will begin flying on the Saipan-Tinian route Aug. 12, on the Saipan-Rota route Aug. 15, and on the Saipan-Guam route Aug. 19. Ticket sales have begun at www.iflymarianas.com. The airline is offering competitive rates for the Mariana Islands market, and said it will add additional flights.
In other GVB news, Milton Morinaga, chairman of the board, GVB President and CEO Carl T.C. Gutierrez, and Guam Airport Executive Manager John M. Quinata called on Okayama prefecture Gov. Ryuta Ibaragi and other officials, after a GVB “road show” in Fukuoka. Okayama and Guam established a sister city relationship in 2010. Flights were discontinued to Okayama in 2015. The groups discussed the potential for visitors to Guam if flights were resumed.

Air Guard engineering units converging on Guam
Eight U.S. Air National Guard Engineering Installation Squadrons from across the U.S. have “integrated as one unit to work alongside the 36th Communications Squadron from July 5 to Sept. 30 to refresh records and repair infrastructure” on Andersen Air Force Base, according to an Aug. 2 post from the 36th Wing at Andersen.
The Public Affairs Office at Andersen told the Journal 61 personnel will visit during the weeks of the project.

FSM COVID updates
President David W. Panuelo signed a decree Aug. 1, that persons are advised to stay home unless essential for them to go to work or to buy food and supplies; that facemasks must be worn in public places; that everyone is required to observe proper hygiene, and to avoid large crowds; and that persons who tested positive, or demonstrate flu-like symptoms, must stay home. 
Arrivals into Chuuk took place Aug. 1, 2, and 4 and a flight is scheduled Aug. 22. Arrivals will be subject to a 14-day quarantine, and no more than 50 per flight will be allowed. Pohnpei reported three additional deaths according to an Aug. 1 release from the Office of the President.
See the Aug. 3 update, the last issued by the Office of the President.

List of Community Care and After School Care grant recipients
According to a release from the Office of the Governor on Aug. 4, 22 entities were approved for Community Care and After School Care grants under the first round of Prugråman i Pinilan i Famagu’on Guåhan to “make childcare more affordable and accessible for working families by providing additional support to childcare providers, local businesses, and non-profit organizations.
“The programs also will expand community education opportunities and encourage job creation. The first round of grants includes 22 applications approved with an average grant amount of $39,000,” for a total of $861,201, the release said.
Applications are open until Aug. 25 for the second round of funding.
Entities that received first round funding are:
1. Swan Ballet
2. Academy of Computer Art & Sciences
3. Gracie Barra
4. Sinajana Mayor’s Office
5. Mangilao Municipal Planning Council
6. Our Lady of Mount Carmel
7. Gametime Inc.
8. Breaking Wave Theatre Inc.
9. The Talent Box
10. Junior Achievement 
11. Island Twisters
12. Custom Fitness LLC
13. Natibu Dance Group
14. Guahan Sustainable Culture
15. DanzJazz Dance Studio
16. Piti Municipal Planning Council
17. Providence International Christian Ministries
18. St. Paul Christian School
19. St. Francis Catholic School
20. SiFA Learning Academy Charter School
21. Guam Basketball Confederation
22. Guam Rugby Football Club

More assistance funds for Guam residents
The pre-application period for a third cycle of the Guam Housing Assistance Fund Program Cycle will begin Aug. 8. Residents may download the application at doa.guam.gov, or visit the HAF office on the 2nd Floor of the ITC building in Tamuning or the Government of Guam Relief Center on the 3rd Floor of the Bank of Hawaii building in Hagåtña. 
To qualify for assistance, applicants must have experienced reduced income or an increase in living expenses due to the pandemic, after Jan. 21, 2020. Applicants must own or occupy a home as their primary residence and meet the household annual income bracket. In addition, mortgage, utility, and property tax accounts must be past due as of the initial relief payment. Funds awarded from the program are issued to the lender, utility, or tax agency for the homeowner. Homeowners who received the full $15,000 payment in HAF Cycles 1 and 2 are not eligible for Cycle 3. 

Four-way stop signage officially unveiled on well-traveled road
The Guam Department of Public Works officially informed the public that new STOP signs have been installed at the intersection of Route 15 and Route 26 (Macheche) and the intersection of Route 15 and Route 29 (Gayinero Drive). The new four-way Stop Sign traffic pattern will take effect Aug. 9. Traffic signs were installed before DPW officially informed the public and were then covered.
“STOP AHEAD” signs have been installed along Route 15, DPW said in an Aug. 5 release.

GPA credits on the way
Guam Power Authority residential, and business customers will see the $100 monthly credit beginning in August as part of Prugråman Ayuda Para I Taotao-ta Energy Credit Program.
Signed into Public Law 36-106 on July 27, the legislation provides residential, master-metered, and commercial customers with a $500 credit toward their accounts, to be disbursed as $100 each month for the months of July, August, September, October and November 2022, and will be credited to the current billing of such months, according to GPA.
John M. Benavente, general manager at GPA, said the credits will be applied once the agency receives the funds from the Department of Administration – which will effectively be for the August billing, giving customers $200 in credit. Payment credits will be specifically noted on residential post-paid and commercial customer billing statements. Residential pre-paid customers will receive a text or email message noting the application of credit to their accounts.
In a July 28 memo to the Department of Administration, Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero directed the agency to use the general fund as a source for the program. The memo makes note that the law said, “No local funds may be used for the [program] as long as federal funds that can be used for the purposes of this Act are available to encumber, obligate, or expend.”
The governor, in her memo, said American Rescue Plan Act funds have certain restrictions and as such can’t be used to pay for the power program because the rise in power costs didn’t result from COVID-19 but from geopolitical circumstances. Also, the credit isn’t exclusive to those who lost their jobs or wages because of the pandemic. In addition, the credit is given to commercial subscribers who don’t qualify as impacted households.

Jack in the Box opens in Tamuning

Photo by Justin Green

Jack in the Box – which does business in Guam through franchisee Blue Pacific Management LLC of Hawaii – opened a 2,700 square-foot stand-alone restaurant, with a drive-through option on Marine Corps Drive at the corner of Jalaguac Way. M.V.P. Enterprises Inc. owns the
property. The 24-hour restaurant opened doors at 4 a.m. Aug. 4, employing more than 50 employees.
The first Guam Jack in the Box opened at the Shell gas station on Marine Corps Drive opposite the Micronesia Mall intersection in 2014, according to Journal files and shares a 5,000 square foot building. That outlet has about 40 employees. Blue Pacific is also the franchisee of Jamba Juice.

Catholic School closes doors
San Vincente Catholic School in Barrigada is closing due to what the Archdiocese of Agana said on Aug. 3 was a drop in student enrollment of more than 50%, which dropped from 107 students to 39. San Vicente was established in 1955 and offered 1st grade to 8th grade.
A representative of the Office of Catholic Education told the Journal that in general middle school education enrollment numbers had increased, while lower school education had decreased, but enrollment had dropped overall in the Catholic school system.

Groups come together to solve dog problem in Guam
Guam Animals in Need hosted a kickoff for the Spay & Neuter Island Pets, the spay and neuter program for Guam on Aug. 3 at the GAIN property in Yigo. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office has brought in 10 veterinarians from the National Chung Hsiing University in Taiwan to conduct surgeries from Aug. 4 – scheduling 50 daily surgeries across eight working days until Aug. 15. Community Clinic The SNIP eight-day Kick-off is being held at the Mongmong-Toto-Maite Mayor’s Office weekdays from Aug. 4. The Government of Guam will fund the SNIP Program in Guam for the next five years. Spay and neuter services will be provided at the Dr. Lynn Raulerson Spay and Neuter Clinic at GAIN for four to five days per week, in addition to quarterly sterilization campaigns at satellite clinics in various villages throughout the island, the Aug. 2 release said.   
Others supporting the spay and neuter program include the Guam Department of Agriculture, the Boonie Flight Project and the University of Guam, according to the Office of the Governor. Members of the public who are on a waiting list for spay or neutering are being contacted.

Ground breakings and ribbon cuttings:
Aug. 5 – Groundbreaking for Route 14, Resurfacing from Rt 1 to Rt 14B, the Archbishop Felixberto Flores Memorial (turning) circle, Tamuning.
Aug. 12 – Ribbon Cutting for the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Facility at the A.B. Won Pat International Airport, Guam – funded by the Federal Aviation Administration.
 
And also …
On Aug. 8, a 36th Guam Legislature roundtable hearing, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Bill No. 114-36 (COR) – “AN ACT TO AMEND §73102, §73107, §73109, §73141, and §73142 OF CHAPTER 73, TITLE 5, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO POWERS OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS, DEFINITIONS, GUARD ON VESSELS, PLACE OF INSPECTION, AND RELEASE OF SEALED CARGO AT GUAM’S PORTS OF ENTRY, AND TO FURTHER UPDATING THE PENALTIES IN VIOLATION OF THESE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS,” for proposed amendments to the bill.

Guam Premier Outlets has launched the “GPO Furry Friends” program, to allow dogs into GPO. Dogs must be collared and on a short leash of no more than three feet. Owners may also opt to keep their dog in a carrier or stroller. Dogs must also be licensed. For the Guam Department of Agriculture form and the GPO Furry Friends Code of Conduct go to www.gpoguam.com . Aside from the common area of GPO, pets will be allowed into any store with a paw print sticker visible.

For your diary:
Aug. 7 – Guam Community College College Fair, Micronesia Mall, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On-site services include information on admissions, financial aid, health services, academic counseling, workforce training, and degree information.
Aug. 12 – Guam Contractors Association 34th Annual Scholarship FUNraiser Golf Tournament, Starts Golf Resort. Contact Desiree Lizama at [email protected] or on (671) 647-4836 for more information, or go to
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ej9zf9r87927617e&llr=pgnno4bab
Aug. 19 – Society for Human Resources Management Guam Chapter Annual Conference, Dusit Guam Resort – an in-person event. Registration for Game ChangHR 2022 is open on SHRM Guam’s website at www.guam.shrm.org. SHRM is offering HR recertification credits, and continuing legal education credits to conference attendees. mbj