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7/17/2015

Marianas Variety
BY JOHN O'CONNOR | VARIETY NEWS STAFF

​THE Guam Legislature’s Committee on Rules, Federal, Foreign and Micronesian Affairs, Human and Natural Resources, Election Reform and Capitol District heard testimony yesterday during a public hearing on the nomination by Gov. Eddie Calvo of Matthew Sablan to be director of the Guam Department of Agriculture. Chairman of the committee, Sen. Rory Respicio presided over the hearing.

The committee heard testimony from two panels consisting of uniformed officers and longtime officials of the department. Conservation Officer Michael Reyes praised Sablan’s leadership ability and vision for the department. He stated that he was impressed with Sablan’s dedication to addressing the operational and manpower shortfalls that each division experiences. Reyes said he had never appeared before the legislature to express his support of an individual but he had made an exception for Sablan.

7/15/2015

Marianas Variety
BY JOHN O'CONNOR | VARIETY NEWS STAFF

SEN. Rory Respicio drew attention to growing tensions surrounding Compact-impact funding and enthusiasm for a regional health care plan in a speech at the general assembly meeting of the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures last week in Pohnpei, according to a release from the senator’s office.

In his speech, Respicio noted the recurring costs of the Compact agreement between the freely associated states (FAS) and the United States.

7/10/2015

KUAM News

A local senator is pushing the Guam Environmental Protection Agency to make its investigation a priority into whether storm water runoff was pumped directly into Tumon Bay. A video was sent to KUAM from multiple sources showing what appeared to be storm water from Tropical Storm Chan-Hom being pumped from flooding in the driveway area between the Outrigger and Dusit Thani into the Tumon Bay Marine Preserve.

Guam EPA deputy administrator Yvette Cruz told KUAM it was under investigation. Dusit Thani issued a release this week stating the hotel contractor followed Guam EPA's approved storm water drainage plan and re-directed the water into the storm water system not directly to the beach. In a letter to Guam EPA senator Rory Respicio urges the administrator to make the investigation a priority and to share the results with the public "the details reported so far are as murky and unclear as the water fouling the bay and clarification is imperative".