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January 2, 2014 @ 1:17 am

Music and Prayers for Peace concert held November 23, 2013 at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral. This concert featured the Guam Territorial Band performing with Cantate! the Academy of Our Lady of Guam Choir, Magis and several guest artists.

January 2, 2014 @ 1:01 am

Ep. 171 “CNMI Residents React to Military Plans to Use Their Islands for Testing and Training”

(hosted by Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero with production assistance of Joy White) airs 12/27/13.   


Beyond the Fence co-host Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero traveled to Saipan at the end of November and met with a group of concerned residents and community leaders to discuss the plans of the Department of Defense for training and testing activities in the Northern Mariana Islands. 

The program opens with the song "Marianas" by Stacia Guzman and Joey Franquez. This song describes all of the 15 islands in the Marianas archipelago.

The first guest is Mr. Herman Cabrera, an architect in Saipan, who has been working with a group of business and government leaders to organize a cruise to the island of Pagan next year. Mr. Cabrera raises concerns about the military's plans to use Pagan for training activities, because he believes the island is too beautiful to be bombed and must be protected. 

Following Mr. Cabrera's interview is the song, "Uno Hit" or "We Are One" by Jesse Bias, which describes how the people of the Marianas are one with the islands and the sea that surrounds them. 

The second guest is Mr. Juan Castro, who has family from Pagan and has visited there many times. Mr. Castro recently spent a couple of months on the island and describes how living there allows people to return to traditional ways of being. He also described how the island provides nourishment and healing. 

The song "Bonito na ha'ane" or "Beautiful Day" by Saipan artist KC Deleon Guerrero is featured after Mr. Castro's interview, paying tribute to the beauty of the Mariana Islands. 

The third guest is Ms. Betty Hamilton Johnson, who has lived in Saipan her whole life and has always wanted to explore the northern islands of the Marianas.  A few months ago, she was finally able to visit Pagan. A local boat captain, Ms. Kelly Tenorio, took a group of women to Pagan to experience the island's pristine environment. Ms. Johnson vividly describes the landscapes of Pagan, including the "moonscape" left by the volcanic eruptions and the ancient Latte site. 

The final guest is Mr. William Torres, a former educator and C.N.M.I. congressman, who has been vocal about his opposition to the military's plans to use the Northern Mariana Islands for testing and training activities. Mr. Torres attended the public meeting in Saipan about the Mariana Islands Testing and Training Draft Environmental Impact Statement. He describes the meeting and his concerns.  


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January 2, 2014 @ 12:54 am

Ep. 170 “Christmas Memories 2013”

(hosted by Dr.  Vivian Dames with production assistance of Joy White) airs 12/20/13.   

This episode offers the Christmas memories of thirteen program guests together with excerpts of the Music and Prayers for Peace concert held November 23, 2013 at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral.  This concert featured the Guam Territorial Band performing with Cantate!, the Academy of Our Lady of Guam Choir, Magis and several guest artists.  

The program in the first half:  

Petition by Senator Tom Ada; The Long Gray Line by James Barnes; Memories of Jesse Toves (U.S. Army Veteran and resident, Salvation Army Lighthouse Recovery Center);   Madeleine Martinez (Guam Army National Guard spouse and teacher, St. Francis Catholic School) and son, Sean Paul Martinez, Jr.  

Petition by Monica Duenas; March Slav, Op. 31 by Peter Tschaikowsky; Memories of Capt. Elizabeth Swatzell (Director of Nursing, Guam Naval Hospital). 

Petition by (not identified); I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables performed by Nina Terlaje; Memories of Georgina Cundiff Charfauros (widow of U.S. Army veteran and client, Oasis Empowerment Center), Maj. Neil V. Fisher II (Public Affairs Officer, Marine Corps Activity Guam), and Mike Nauta, Jr. (Santa’s Workshop volunteer and teacher, Inarajan Middle School).   

The program in the second half:  

Petition by Senator Aline Yamashita; Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius; Memories of Jerome Kaipat Aldan (member of the Save Pagan Island Campaign, recorded in Saipan by Daisy Demapan). 

Petition by Joseph Artero Cameron, president, Department of Chamorro Affairs;  The Prayer performed by Dr. John & Mrs. Abigail Rivera; Memories of Tony Ramirez (historian, Guam Parks & Recreation) and Ruth Craft (former U.S. Navy dependent and Girl Scout leader on Guam). 

Petition by Mervin Tamayo; When You Believe by Stephen Schwartz; Memories of Pearl Turner aka ‘Mama Peaches’ (US Marine Corps disabled veteran and evangelist). 

Petition by First Lady Christine Calvo; Let There Be Peace on Earth by Sy Miller & Jill Jackson; Memories of Jolynn Roberto (2nd grade teacher, St. Francis Catholic School) and Dr. Ronni Alexander (director,  Popoki Peace project and member of the faculty, School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS), Kobe University, Japan).  


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January 2, 2014 @ 12:43 am

Ep. 169 “The Mariana Islands Training and Testing Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Part 2 of 2”

 (hosted by Dr.  Vivian Dames with production assistance of Marlon Molinos and Joy White) airs 12/13/13.    

From November 12-15, the U.S. Navy conducted a series of open house public meetings on the islands of Guam, Saipan, Tinian and Rota for the Mariana Islands Training and Testing Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Oversea Environmental Impact Statement  (MITT Draft EIS/OEIS).  The Department of Defense (DOD) has used the Mariana Islands for testing and training for decades. This environmental impact statement is necessary in order for DOD to continue and to expand training and testing in the Marianas, which DOD refers to as the Mariana Islands Range Complex (MIRC).  The MITT Draft EIS/OEIS is just one of five National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) actions that the people of Guam and the Northern Mariana Island must review to register concerns and recommendations. This Phase II draft was released to the public on September 13 and the Navy accepted comments through December 12.  A Final EIS/OEIS is expected in Spring 2015 to be followed by a 30 day wait period and consideration of public comments. For more information, go to www.MITT-EIS.com

This episode (Part 2 of a two part series) features interviews with Anne Brooke, Conservation Program Manager, NAVFAC Marianas/Natural Resources Specialist for the MITT;  Dr. Terry Donaldson, Director of the University of Guam Marine Lab, and two members of the Our Islands Are Sacred movement [https://www.facebook.com/ourislandsaresacred], Eva Aguon Cruz and Ursula Herrera. 

Music selection:  Don’t Let Us Go by singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist Barbara Joy to inspire children and families to love and protect marine wildlife and the oceans across the world. For the full video documentary go to:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEtrgaKOfmE

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January 2, 2014 @ 12:38 am

Ep. 168 “The Mariana Islands Training and Testing Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Part 1 of 2”

 (hosted by Dr.  Vivian Dames with production assistance of Marlon Molinos and Joy White) airs 11/22/13.  

From November 12-15, the U.S. Navy conducted a series of open house public meetings on the islands of Guam, Saipan, Tinian and Rota for the Mariana Islands Training and Testing draft Environmental Impact Statement/Oversea Environmental Impact Statement  (MITT Draft EIS/OEIS).  The Department of Defense (DOD) has used the Mariana Islands for testing and training for decades. This environmental impact statement is necessary in order for DOD to continue and to expand training and testing in the Marianas, which DOD refers to as the Mariana Islands Range Complex (MIRC).  The MITT Draft EIS/OEIS is just one of five National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) actions that the people of Guam and the Northern Mariana Island must review to register concerns and recommendations. This Phase II draft was released to the public on September 13 and the Navy is accepting comments through December 12, 2013.  Written comments may be submitted on line at www.MITT-EIS.com.  

This episode (Part 1 of a two part series) features excerpts of the briefings about the MITT Draft EIS/OEIS by Rear Admiral Tilghman D. Payne and Mr. John Van Name presented to the Association of Mariana Islands Mayors, Vice Mayors and Elected Municipal Council members at their 20th General Assembly held November 7, 2013.  This is followed by an interview with Mr. Van Name at the November 12 public meeting held at the University of Guam, which about 90 people attended. [These briefings and this interview were edited to fit the format of this program]. 

Rear Admiral Payne is the U.S. Defense Representative Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau; Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas; and Commander, Joint Region Marianas.  He talks about geography and the strategic importance of the Mariana Islands  as ‘America’s front porch in Asia’ in the ‘rebalance of the Pacific’; the humanitarian role of the U.S. military in the region and local community engagement to ‘win the hearts and minds of people’, and the importance of communication in ‘our community’ to create a ‘partnership of prosperity’ with the people of the Marianas. 

Mr. Van Name (John.VanName@Navy.mil)  is the Pacific Fleet Environmental Planner and MITT project manager.  He reviews the project timeline, proposed action/purpose and need, study area, alternatives, resources analyzed and impact summary, consultation status, and public involvement.     

Music selection:  Rooted (2010) written by Primitiva Muna who led other members of the Our Islands Are Sacred movement in song and protest at the November 12 MITT Draft EIS public meeting held at the University of Guam. 


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