One of my favorite people, Ruth Tighe who is a longtime CNMI resident, active community member, environmentalist, respected writer and author of the popular On My Mind column was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the CNMI. The CNMI House adopted House Resolution 16-104 yesterday. Her daughter Stacey and some of her friends were in attendance.
From the Marianas Variety:
The 78-year-old Tighe, a former journalist and now an online commentator, first arrived on Saipan in the late 1970s when she participated in the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science’s project to assist Guam, the Northern Marianas and the then-Trust Territory of the Pacific in preparing for the first ever White House Conference on Libraries, held in Washington, D.C. in 1979.
Tighe, who has five children and three grandchildren, returned to Saipan in 1980 to serve as a consultant to the then-library services section of the Department of Education and eventually worked for Northern Marianas College.
“Because of her adaptability, intellectual curiosity and exceptional writing and research skills, Ms. Ruth Tighe’s long career includes assisting Coastal Resources Management, the Division of Environmental Quality and the Division of Energy in the development of their printed materials; reporting for the Marianas Variety; serving as editor and chief reporter of the Marianas Review; serving as the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s public information officer and working as a legal researcher for Eason & Halsell before retiring,” reads a portion of House Resolution 16-104, which Rep. Heinz S. Hofschneider authored.
Tighe was born in Wurzburg, Germany, but her family emigrated to the U.S. in 1934.
She earned her BA from the State University of New York in Albany, New York and her Master of Library Science from Columbia University.
She runs a weekly online column, “On My Mind,” which first appeared in print in the mid-1980s.
“Ms. Ruth Tighe’s columns reflect her diverse interests and sincere concern for the natural environment and the welfare of the people of the Northern Marianas,” the resolution stated.
Tighe was involved in campaigns to clean up PCB contamination in Tanapag, the protection of the Sugar Dock beach, the wise stewardship of public lands, stricter clean water regulations and the creation of the national marine monument.
Last month, CNMI Congressman Gregorio “Kilili” C. Sablan paid tribute to Tighe in a statement he submitted to the U.S. Congressional Record, referring to her as a “citizen extraordinaire.”