This has to be the most positive press the CNMI has received in the last 20 years. I am really proud of the following paragraph:
Conservation groups have been lobbying the White House to set aside 115,000 square miles of the Northern Mariana islands as a marine monument. The U.S. commonwealth -- 1,400 miles south of Japan in the Pacific Ocean -- is known as the Grand Canyon of the ocean and includes 14 islands that are home to seabirds, endangered and threatened sea turtles and giant coconut crabs, the largest land-living crustacean in the world.First of all, we are in the running for this monument because of our abundant natural life. Isn't MVA trying to sell us as a nature destination? Does it get any better than a story on CNN? How much is that exposure worth?
Second, isn't it great to talk about the Marianas without mentioning Guam?
This is only the beginning, too. How many more national stories are going to run on this? Won't there be another round of press when the President actually makes the announcement on Monday?
What a proud day for the CNMI!
As of 2:22 PM on Sunday, Local Saipan Time, this was the #3 story on the CNN website.