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President Bush Discusses Conservation and the Environment, Designates Three New Marine Protected Areas in Pacific Ocean

Washington (Jan. 6)—President George W. Bush has created three new marine protected areas in the central and western Pacific Ocean protecting nearly 200,000 square miles. In his remarks, Bush said “The benefits of today's decision reach far beyond nature. The monuments will preserve sites of cultural and spiritual significance to native peoples. They will ensure full freedom of navigation, and include measures to uphold training missions and other military operations. And they will open the door to new economic benefits in the Territories.” (Remarks) (Fact Sheet)

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NOAA Names First Woman to Direct National Geodetic Survey

Washington (Jan. 5)—The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Juliana P. Blackwell has been named the new director of NOAA’s Office of National Geodetic Survey where she will oversee NOAA's responsibilities for the nation's spatial reference system. She is the first woman to head the nation's oldest federal science agency which was established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807 as the Survey of the Coast. (More)

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New Year Marks Half-Century of Broken Promises by Cuban Government and Abuse and Repression of Cuban People, Writes Gutierrez

Washington (Dec. 30)—“…the Cuban people have experienced the most tyrannical regime in the modern history of the Western Hemisphere, with the same political elite in power for the past 50 years, “wrote U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez in an opinion editorial printed in the Washington Times. “The prosperity Castro promised was never realized as the economy stagnated under the weight of communism.” (Opinion Editorial)