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earthrise: A tree of misogyny

JAPANESE Rotarians helped me stick the sapling to the ground.  I put one as a lark when Ivan Groom was still on island doing landscapes, and Patrick Calvo had his attention on plants, but last year, the tree still looked healthy until Soudelor came calling.

House panel eyes $142M budget for FY 2017

THE House Committee on Ways and Means will propose a $142 million budget for fiscal year 2017 which starts on Oct. 1, 2016.

Ninth Circuit executive Cathy Catterson to retire

SAN FRANCISCO (Press Release) — Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced the impending retirement of Cathy A. Catterson, Circuit and
Court of Appeals Executive for the Ninth Circuit. Catterson plans to officially step down on Feb.  28, 2017.

Younis Art Studio Inc. - Marianas Variety News & Views

Fair. Balanced. Independent.

Established on March 16, 1972, Marianas Variety is the islands’ oldest, most trusted, most influential and most widely read newspaper. It is an independent publication with no ties to business or political interests. Its business is to be a newspaper, not to “defend” special interests or promote any business entity or politician.

Variety has a readership of 40,000 in the CNMI and 2,000 throughout Micronesia. We print an average of 28-40 pages daily with full color capability. A sister publication based in Koror, Palau, the Palau Horizon, was launched in 1998 with a readership of 8,000. Variety on Guam was launched in 1999 and now has a readership of 48,000. We distribute in the CNMI, Guam, Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia. We have subscribers in the South Pacific, the Philippines, Hawaii, Japan and the mainland U.S.

Variety provides its readers with the most extensive local and regional news and views. It carries interesting and in-depth feature stories, U.S. and international news. It has the liveliest opinion page in all of the Marianas and remains the only CNMI newspaper that takes a stand, through its editorials, on the burning issues of the day.

Variety is published from Monday to Friday and is owned by Younis Art Studio, a local company.

Variety’s website allows readers to submit comments as well as to see our advertising rates and other specifications.

We are a member of the Associated Press, Reuters and the Pacific Islands News Association.


Best Newspaper, awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists-NMI chapter in 1995

Best Editorial Writing, SPJ-NMI, 1995

Best News Photography, SPJ-NMI, 1995

NMI Humanities Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism, 2001

Best Online Edition of a Pacific Island Newspaper, 2002

Environmental Achievement Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2003

The MV Team

Laila Y. Boyer is an honors graduate from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, double majoring in mass communications and performing arts after attending programs at the Aichi University in Nagoya, Japan and Haifa University in Israel in international communications.  She worked as an education, government and community reporter for Marianas Variety from 1997 to 1999, and helped launched the company’s sister publications Palau Horizon in 1998 and Guam Variety in 2000 becoming the company’s operations manager and recognized as Guam’s Outstanding Woman of the Year in 2001.  In 2002, she returned to Saipan as general manager, expanded the MV sales team, became company president in 2010 and was nominated as Business Woman of the Year in 2012.  An active community volunteer, she is the former president of the Saipan Rotary Club and Stellar Marianas, and assists with the NMI Girl Scouts, among other worthwhile organizations.

Zaldy Dandan studied broadcast journalism at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and wrote and/or edited for the Philippine Daily Globe, the Manila Standard and the Manila Times. He was editor of the Marianas Observer from Feb. 1994 to Jan. 1996. He started writing for Marianas Variety in July 1996 and has covered all the news beats on island. He is the recipient of the Best Editorial Writer Award of the U.S. Society of Professional Journalists, and the CNMI Humanities Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism. He has also been awarded fellowships to the University of the Philippines National Writers Workshop in Baguio City and the national writers workshop conducted by Philippine National Artist for Literature Edith L. Tiempo, Ph.D. in Dumaguete City. His fiction and poetry have appeared in several Philippine literary publications. His book of poems, "We'll Kiss Like It's Air and We're Running Out of It," and book of short stories, "Die! Bert! Die!," are available on

Emmanuel “Arnold” T. Erediano is a journalism graduate of the Lyceum of the Philippines and was a police reporter for People’s Journal Tonight, a leading national publication, for 11 years before he started working for  Marianas Variety in 2006.

Honorio “Junhan” B. Todiño has a bachelor of science degree in commerce from Southwestern University and, starting in 1990, was a reporter for radio/TV and newspapers in the central and southern Philippines. He is also a former reporter of Island Times in Koror, Palau.

Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa has a bachelor of arts degree in communication arts from the Philippine Women’s University and was a reporter for People’s Journal Tonight in Manila for nine years before she joined the Variety news staff in 2005. She is also a former reporter of a sister publication, Palau Horizon.

Bryan Manabat was a liberal arts student of Northern Marianas College where he also studied criminal justice.  He is the recipient of the NMI Humanities Award as an Outstanding Teacher (Non-Classroom) in 2013, and has worked for the CNMI Motheread/Fatheread Literacy Program as lead facilitator. He was also an active member and/or officer for CNMI community outreach and cultural non-profit organizations.

James Sablan has been writing sports stories for Variety since 2013. He is a liberal arts student of Northern Marianas College.

Lori Lyn C. Lirio is a mass communications graduate of the Lyceum of the Philippines, and is a former reporter/writer of Metro Star News, People’s Tonight, the Philippine Daily Globe, and the TV program Calvento Files.

Other services

Younis Art Studio also offers printing and sign services, known as the MV Print Club.
Join the MV Print Club and Print Your Way!

As a member of the MV Print Club, you will receive 20% off print orders, emails for promotions, discounts and other great deals for your customized printing needs!  Plus, fill in your eight boxes with print jobs and join the quarterly raffle for great prizes!

For Businesses and Organizations:
Business Cards
Annual Reports

For Special Occasions:
Party Bags
Party Tags
Candy Wrappers
Cake Boxes
Novelty Items

For Promotions or Campaigns:
Hand Held Bill Boards
Yard Signs
Large Format Print

With our creative graphic designs, we could tailor any of your print orders to fit your needs.  

Call 234-9272 or come and see any of our sales team, Jeanette, Noemi or Joanne today!
For more information, please contact our Saipan office at (670) 234-9272 or 234-9797. Our fax number is (670) 234-9271 and our e-mail address is
Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Fiesta, Kanoa make it to playoff

THE Fiesta Rockers and Kanoa Resort advanced in the double-elimination playoffs in the 2016 Tan Holdings Intercompany Basketball League claiming their first win over their respective opponents last Friday at the Tan Siu Lin Sports Complex.

User Content Posting Rules

Marianas Variety User Content Posting Rules

Decisions as to whether User Content violates any Posting Rule will be made by the Marianas Variety in its sole discretion and after it has actual notice of such posting.  Every User shall register an email address to receive communications from Marianas Variety and for verification purposes.  If Marianas Variety cannot verify information through User-provided email address, all postings from User will be withheld until verification.  When you provide User Content, you agree to the following Posting Rules:

• Comments must be relevant to the news story, opinion piece or article. Stick to the issues!

MV policy prohibits comments or user names that are:

•  Defamatory, abusive, obscene, racist, or otherwise hateful
•  Excessively foul and/or vulgar
•  Inappropriately sexual in nature
•  Baseless personal attacks or otherwise threatening
•  Containing illegal material, or material that infringes on the rights of others
•  Commercial postings attempting to sell a product/item, including using company names as User names.

We will not allow:

• Name-callings or users attacking/insulting each other.
• Repeated messages related to another user and/or derogatory or offensive comments about another individual, or repeating prior posting of the same message under multiple threads or subjects.
• Violation or encouragement of the violation of any local, federal or international law, rule, regulation or ordinance.
• Uses or attempt to use another's Registration Account, password, service or system.
• Uploading or transmitting of viruses or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files, material or code.

If you violate any term of this policy, your comment will not be posted or will be removed and your account may be banned.

A User who posts comments agrees and understands that posting false or defamatory comments may subject him/her to personal liability and responsibility should a person or entity bring an action for defamation for publishing libelous and defamatory comments which are false and/or malicious.

Further, every User is informed that Younis Art Studio dba Marianas Variety may provide User information to law enforcement authorities as to any criminal investigation(s) for violations of CNMI or federal law. 

All persons are informed that the Marianas Variety encourages comments by Users which advance the robust and spirited discussion of a news story, opinion, editorial, or article. 

The Marianas Variety encourages and defends the free exchange of ideas, thoughts and speech under the First Amendment.  However, the Marianas Variety discourages comments of the nature prohibited in this User Content Policy and urges every User to exercise extreme discretion when posting comments.

Korean students participate in cleanup campaign

VISITING Korean students on Friday participated in a cleanup activity on Beach Road, the mayor’s  student program coordinator Yuki Kishimoto said.

Ad Rates

Advertising Rate
Display Ad Size Column Inch Rate Price
Full Page 75 col. inch $8.75 $656.25
3/4 Page 56.25 col. inch $8.75 $489.75
1/2 Page 37.50 col. inch $8.75 $328.30
1/3 Page 25.00 col. inch $8.75 $219.75
1/4 Page 18.75 col. inch $8.75 $164.06
1/8 Page 10.00 col. inch $8.75 $87.50

New Artwork & Lay-out Charge

3/4 Page Above.......................................................................$20.00
1/2 Page Below.......................................................................$15.00

Additional Color Charge Rate:

Number of Additional Colors
Advertisement Size 1 2 3 4
3/4 page above $96.00 $134.00 $188.00 $263.00
1/2 page below $68.00 $95.00 $133.00 $186.00

Classified Ad Rates

Per One Inch Column................................................................$6.00
Classifieds Ads One Column......................................................$6.00
Web Ad Rates
Size Regular Rates
per Day
Max File Size File Format
(1200 X 160)
$ 45.00
50 K
.gif, .psd., .tif, .jpg
(760 X 120)
$ 25.00
.gif, .psd., .tif, .jpg
(340 X 243)
$ 15.00
30 K
.gif, .psd., .tif, .jpg
(150 X 150)
$ 12.00
30 K
.gif, .psd., .tif, .jpg
(150 X 300)
$ 16.00
50 K
.gif, .psd., .tif, .jpg
(150 X 600)
$ 18.00
50 K
.gif, .psd., .tif, .jpg
(300 X 600)
$ 30.00
50 K
.gif, .psd., .tif, .jpg

Artwork & Lay-out Charge .......................................................................$20.00


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