Sunday, January 04, 2009

Tribune gets the scoop

The Mariana Trench Marine National Monument was front page news in Saipan today.
President Bush is set to declare the fate of the proposed Mariana Trench Marine National Monument tomorrow (Tuesday Jan. 6) at the White House, according to Friends of the Monument.

The group, the most ardent supporters of the project in the CNMI, was invited to attend the ceremony.

In a statement to media yesterday, Friends of the Monument said they expect Bush to issue his important remarks on conservation and environment and that they are optimistic that the President will approve the proposal.
I leave for DC in about 30 minutes. I am excited to be going to the White House and I am happy the monument, although smaller than we asked for, is something that our local leaders are happy with. Comments on the Saipan Blogosphere claim that Governor Fitial and John Joyner were able to negotiate conditions that are amenable to them and the rest of our politicians.

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John Gourley also had a letter to the editor, his final swipe at a monument now supported by the political establishment and the majority of the people in the Marianas.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Will this show live on Fox/CNN?

bigsoxfan said...

Congratulations. I'm betting your dad is smiling along with you

Anonymous said...

Good bye Joe Gourly!

SteeleOnSaipan said...

I don't suppose that you'd be interested in yelling "Here's to Wall Street" and heaving a size 11 at Bush would you?

bradinthesand said...

sounds like some last chance griping to me. big deal, it's done.

take the high road and press on with progress. john will likely do the same since he's not being paid to oppose the monument anymore.

Anonymous said...

You are correct Brad, those were almost the words John Gourley stated in his last interview.
He even said.. This could be a blessing to the CNMI...and time will tell.
This is great! Happy happy!