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December 27, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

Ep. 138 “Strategies for Development in Tinian, CNMI”

Ep. 138 “The Military Buildup and Strategies for Development in Tinian, CNMI” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Daisy Demapan and Joy White) airs 12/28/12.

Tinian is the second most populated (3,136 residents) of the three main islands which constitute the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI).  Over two thirds of the island is controlled by the US military of which less than one third has recently been returned on a ‘lease back’ term.  Company and battalion level non-live fire training areas  already exist and the island may be developed further to accommodate live fire ranges as well as greater aviation support training.  While details for the buildup are still being worked out, some Tinian Islanders question the economic benefits and environmental impacts that increased militarism will have on the island and seek to learn from the mistakes made and lessons learned on Guam.

These two program guests share deep ties to Tinian, a record of public service, and a commitment to cultural preservation and sustainability.  Each is pursuing different strategies for development, with one focusing on economic development and the for-profit sector; the other, focusing on human development in the non-profit sector.

In the first half,  our program guest is Phillip Mendiola-Long (phil@shermanpacific.com), a native son of Tinian and of a Chamorro mother and retired  Air Force Caucasion father.  Since returning from college18 years ago, Mr. Mendiola-Long has held various government roles such as the Chief Policy Advisor for the Mayor of Tinian, Chairman of the Marianas Public Land Trust, Board Member of the CNMI Free Trade Zone and member of the Governor’s and Mayor’s Military Task Force. He is the owner of Sherman Consulting, LLC, an administrative and management consulting firm that specializes in assisting US domestic and foreign firms set up business in Micronesia and assisting the US federal government (Joint Region Marianas and NAVFAC) with meeting coordination and ground logistics. He is also the President of the Tinian Chamber of Commerce (since 1996) and has been appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to represent the CNMI in the Hawaii Pacific Export Council which is mandated to increase US Pacific Exports.  This interview was conducted December 11, 2012 when Mr. Mendiola-Long was on Guam attending the Micronesia Council of Chambers of Commerce meeting.

In the second half, we talk with Florine M. Hofschneider (florine hofsch@gmail.com ) who grew up in Tinian and has 35 years of public service experience in the Northern Marianas as a teacher, social worker, special assistant to the Tinian mayor, director of admissions and records at Northern Marianas College, and principal of Tinian Junior-Senior High School. She also had brief stints as the personnel manager for the Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino and helping out with a family pizza franchise in Texas. She is a member of the CNMI Women’s Association and project director for a federally funded anti-poverty program that provides pre-employment training and job placement of US citizens in Saipan through the NMI Department of Community & Cultural Affairs. She is also a volunteer with Gineftao I ManMo’na (GIMM), a non-profit organization focusing on youth development, Chamorro language and culture preservation, and sustainable development. This interview was conducted on November 20, 2012  while Ms. Hofschneider was on Guam attending the Payu’ta 3rd Micronesian Non-Profit Congress.

Music selection is “Tinian” by Julian Hofschneider.

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December 27, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

Ep. 137 “Hannukah and Christmas Memories 2012”

(hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Joy White) airs 12/21/12.

The eight days of Hannukah ended December 15 and Tuesday, December 25 is Christmas Day.  In celebration of this season, the spirit of hope and the promise of peace,  we are pleased to feature a montage of memories and songs contributed by Beyond the Fence guests and listeners.

Guam sends out and receives people from all around the world.  In the first half of the program, we begin with “Celebrating the Festival of Lights in Israel and Guam” by Tali Ariav, an instructor of English and Theatre at the University of Guam (recitation of A Hannukah Blessing). After her husband’s retirement from the Air Force, Teresita Garrido Roberto Cruz and husband, Simon, landed jobs working for the Boeing Company in Saudi Arabia. She describes the intrigue surrounding the celebration of “Midnight Mass in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia”(Oh Holy Night by Josg Grobin). Herta Laguana, part of a small community of German military wives on Guam, talks about her marriage to a Chamorro Vietnam veteran, widowhood, and “Passing On Christmas Traditions” (Stille Nacht-Silent Night by Nami-chan) US Coast Guard Petty Officer Bob McCormick and wife, Amy, a substitute teacher at a DODEA school talk about why they prefer celebrating Christmas on Guam over their previous duty station in Alaska in “A Surfing Christmas at  Talofofo Bay” (Little Saint Nick by The Beachboys).

For many, the holiday season is a time of struggle with separation, loss and healing.  In this segment we are reminded of the sacrifices made by the sons and daughters of Guam and their families as Major Benjamin San Nicolas Guerrero (USMC retired) recalls Christmas eve 1967 when he departed Guam to return to the Vietnam Conflict, after three and a half months recuperation from serious wounds (I’ll Be Home for Christmas).  Another couple, Troy and Tricia Lizama, talk about the challenges of deployment and post-deployment adjustment in “Christmas Apart in the Horn of Africa and in Guam.” At the time of their year long separation, Troy was a member of the Guam Army National Guard,  Tricia was a member of the Air Force Reserves and they were parents of two small children (Blue Christmas by Amanda B, Muna). Reanna Naputi is the sister of PFC Richard Junior Degracia Naputi who was killed in Iraq on December 20, 2005.  On the 7th anniversary of his death, she talks about grieving their fallen hero and slowly “Getting Back Christmas” through the birth of her child and their family’s return to the nine day novena to the Christ child (Un Patgon - What Child is This?by Amanda B. Muna). 

We conclude this special episode with Capt. Christopher M. Hoyler, Public Affairs Officer, Anderson Air Force Base, who provides highlights of Operation Christmas Drop 2012 in Micronesia. Every year since 1952 joint forces across the Pacific come together for the longest standing humanitarian effort that the Department of Defense conducts (Here Comes Santa Claus by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters).

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December 5, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

Ep. 136 “Citizens Speak Out Against Southern and Northern Alternatives…”

Ep. 136 “Citizens Speak Out Against Southern and Northern Alternatives for the Live Fire Training Range Complex” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Daisy Demapan) was recorded 12/5/12 and airs 12/7/12.

From November 8-10, 2012 the Joint Guam Program Office (JGPO) conducted three scoping meetings in different locations in Guam seeking public comment on an adjusted plan to support training and operations for the Marines to be relocated from Okinawa. This adjusted plan includes seven alternative sites for the Live-Fire Training Range Complex (LFTRC).  These alternatives still include the Route 15A option, near Pagat, and another Rt 15 site in the north which threatens the continued existence of the Guam International Raceway and three sites within Naval Magazine in the south.  As previously noted, each has different land requirements.  No option is without controversy.

This episode features interviews with two citizens who discuss community resistance to the Naval Magazine option closest to Malojloj, Inarajan and Guam’s water reservoir for the South and the Rt 15 option adjacent to Anderson Air Force Base in the north.

In the first half, our program guest is Jose S.N. Chargualaf,  a retired Department of Corrections social worker and resident of Malojloj-Inarajan since 1947.  As a nature lover and someone who frequently hikes the area of catch shrimp and pick beetlenut. Mr. Chargualaf has been involved in two major grassroots resistance efforts related to land use. The first was the formation of Protehi I Tano’ta (Protect Our Land) in the late 80s which challenged a proposed plan for a $1.5 million mega resort in Malojloj-Ianarajan. The megaresort was not developed.  The second was the formation of PARA (People Advocating for Responsible Action ) several years ago which challenged the selection of Dandan for the islands’ landfill.  After years of controversy and despite consderabel opposition, this landfill was built in Malojloj-Inarajan.

In response to the SEIS scoping meetings, an adhoc group called Community Advocates of the  Raceway( CAR) has formed to resist the RT.15 option which threatens the continued existence the Guam International Raceway.

Our program guest in the second half is Henry Simpson, co-organizer and spokesperson for CAR and volunteer General Manager for the Guam Racing Federation which operates the Guam International Raceway.  A native of Washington and lifelong racing enthusiast, he moved to Guam as  a young man in  1967 and later established himself as a businessman with the opening of Island Imports, a Suzuki dealership, then later an Isuzu dealership.  In 1996, he supported the enactment of legislation which established the Guam Racing Federation and oversaw the acquisition and development of land for the Guam International Raceway, through a license with the Chamorro Land Trust.  This license is up for renewal in 2018.

Those who wish to support the campaign to save the Guam International Raceway may sign forma available from all Napa Auto parts stores, Medlerz Auto,  Racers Edge, Cycles Plus and all Shell stations.  All support forms must be submitted to CAR through any of these at locations by Friday, December 7.  However, additional on-line comments may be submitted directly to the Department of Defense through Monday, December 10 by going to at http://guambuildupeis.us/.

Please forward this announcement to your respective networks and encourage listeners to submit comments on line.  Suggestions for future topics and guests or requests to be removed or added to this contact list may be sent to btf.kprg@gmail.com.

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