The Commonwealth's center of government is located in the village of Capitol Hill on the island. As the entire island is organized as a single municipality, most publications term Saipan as the Commonwealth's capital.
The current Mayor of Saipan is David M. Apatang, who was sworn into office on June 12, 2015.
Saipan is the second largest island in the Mariana Islands archipelago, after Guam. It is located about 120mi (190km) north of Guam and 5 nautical miles (9.3km) northeast of Tinian, from which it is separated by the Saipan Channel. Saipan is about 12mi (19km) long and 5.6mi (9.0km) wide, with a land area of 115.38km2 (44.55sqmi).
The western side of the island is lined with sandy beaches and an offshore coral reef which creates a large lagoon. The eastern shore is composed primarily of rugged rocky cliffs and a reef.
Philip Dauterman, a pathologist based in Saipan, flies out to Guam every two weeks to do autopsies and exams. He’s scheduled to fly to Guam next week, but flights between Saipan and Guam will be canceled for most of April ... “It is not a good idea for me to leave from Saipan if I can’t get a confirmed return.”.
She moved to Saipan in May, and the federal court in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands officially took over jurisdiction of her case in August ... 17 approved Teregeyo’s request to leave Saipan Sept ... Defense attorney William Gavras told Sukola Teregeyo still is on Saipan, on supervised release.
Mantanona, through his attorney Joaquin "Jay" Arriola Jr., asked for her recusal because she was the judge in the drug case against Raymond Martinez and Juanita Moser ... Attorney RosettaSan Nicolas said the issue of Manglona's other cases in Saipan which involved John Mantanona was brought up in fairness.