One-stop kiosk on military buildup open

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While the federal government is getting a cut of the war claims, Speaker Tina Muna Barnes pointed out that Guam survivors haven't seen a dime due to the faulty language contained in the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act of 2016, hanging up the release of the funds.

Knowledge is power and making information easily available to the community on the military build-up is the goal of oversight chair Speaker Tina Muna Barnes who has launched a one-stop kiosk for the community at her legislative office.

Speaker Barnes’ vision to create a central repository for all documents related to the Guam build-up is now a reality as it is not only available on the Legislature’s website but also at her office.

There is a plethora of information available on the Guam buildup but as the Speaker quickly learned, navigating that information may take some effort. Speaker Barnes says that her goal is to make it easier for the community to access such information.

“What I wanted to do is to bring everything into one house for our community residents to look at. There are a lot of residents out there who still don’t have access to full internet and this was one way of showing that this office is open by building this kiosk,” the Speaker said.

She says anyone wanting to learn information about the latest military processes and the programmatic agreements can visit her office where a kiosk is dedicated to ensure the community has easy access to build up information dating back to 2011.

“As you know there are two recent documents regarding the programmatic memos. One is on the Andersen Airforce Base P-103 for the new well field for water and the other one is a J-755 covering the Urban Combat Training Area at Anderson South. I want you to know that programmatic agreement for comments is online and our office is working closely with JRM. We got all the information there but the deadline is on October 9th,” the Speaker said.

With the deadline for the comment period for the proposed actions coming to a close next month, the Speaker says the community can use the kiosk to read the PA memos and upload their concerns and comments.

According to the Speaker, this deadline is important “especially when a project could potentially impact our water.” She says she looks forward to seeing the community voice their concerns.

If you have access to the internet you can find the documents under the directories tab on the Guam Legislature website. Click on the Guam Build-Up link on the dropdown menu. Speaker Barnes says that their goal is to have all other pertinent information uploaded by the end of the month.

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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.