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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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