The Marianas Variety doesn't archive its newspaper articles, so I am reprinting it here:
US magazine features NMI, Marine Monument
WEDNESDAY, 23 JUNE 2010
BY RAQUEL BAGNOL - REPORTER
THE Northern Marianas and the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument were featured by Outside Magazine, which has a million readers, in its July 2010 issue.
Titled “Off the Deep End,” the 10-page story of contributing editor Patrick Symmes relates how he joined the group of 10 people who went with former Pew Saipan coordinator Angelo O’Connor Villagomez on a 10-day tour of the Northern Islands.
Symmes narrates the experiences of the group on board Lady Carolina from day one, chronicling their island stops, how they survived on their fuel allotment, scuba tanks and food supplies, how they fought and survived against the waves and other harsh elements of nature, as well as with engine trouble and seasickness.
The story includes photos from Maug, Uracas, Agrigan, Pagan and Sarigan.
The expedition was organized by the Friends of the Mariana Trench Monument and the Pew Environment Group but the participants had to fork out $2,000 each to cover their expenses.
Symmes said the expedition was the first circumnavigation of the Marianas archipelago after President Bush signed declaration for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument on Jan. 6, 2009.
Villagomez, who is now based in Florida, said the international exposure that the monument continues to bring to the CNMI is rebranding the islands as an ecotourism destination.
“The next step is for the federal government to build a visitor center,” Villagomez said.
The Outside Magazine article features quotes from CNMI Historic Preservation Office’s Herman Tudela, Pew Environment Group’s Jay Nelson, Friends of the Marianas Trench Monument’s Laurie Peterka, Gary Evilsizer, Agrigan resident Eddie Saures, and Villagomez.
The Outside Magazine is created for the active reader and devoted to travel, fitness, outdoor gear and sports. Visit http://outside.away.com/ for more information, or http://outside.away.com/index.html to get your copy.