GPA crew is home for the holidays

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Guam – Less than a week after Typhoon Yutu’s passage, Guam Power Authority crews boarded a plane to Saipan to help restore power to the island.

Over the last two months a team of GPA linemen, substation, and plant electricians, operators, engineers, heavy equipment operators, plant mechanics and support staff worked tirelessly to bring Saipan out of darkness and back online.

“Less than a week after Super Typhoon Yutu devastated the CNMI, GPA employees were on the ground in Saipan, working twelve- to fourteen-hour days, seven days a week. These employees were happy to contribute their time and talent to help our brothers and sisters in Saipan. Hopefully, our efforts out there will help make Christmas a little brighter for our CNMI neighbors,” stated GPA Acting General Manager Melinda C. Mafnas.

GPA bucket trucks and other vehicles and equipment were also sent to help support the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation with restoration.

75-percent of Saipan’s power is now restored, and with that accomplishment under their belts, the first team of responders were welcomed home on Saturday. GPA Spokesman Art Perez states that a second team will prepare to leave on December 27th to continue and complete power restoration efforts in the CNMI.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.