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Voter education on “no runoff” for delegate race requested by Aumua's campaign


The campaign chairman for Congressional candidate Aumua Amata has called on the Election Office to conduct a voter education campaign reminding electors that there is no run-off in the race for the Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives due to a federal law, which requires that the candidate with a majority of the votes wins outright on election day.

Econ development board moves one step further to issuing bonds


The American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA) board is preparing a presentation for the governor showing the timelines of projects which have already identified revenue streams, for bonds to be issued under ASEDA which will help boost the local economy, thereby creating new jobs.
Passed by the Fono earlier this month and signed into law last week by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, the ASEDA bill modernizes and enhances the bond issuing capability of ASEDA, which the governor reestablished last year.

PacIOOS Wave Buoy now serving Am. Samoa and the Pacific


On October 23, the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) deployed a new wave buoy in the waters off Aunu’u. The bright yellow buoy is located more than three miles offshore and will stream data on ocean and wave conditions. The buoy joins the existing PacIOOS network of 13 real-time wave buoys across the Pacific, providing data on wave height, direction, period, and sea surface temperature.

First 1602 program case lands in federal court


The first federal case in the Section 1602 Program, which has been the subject of an ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, has landed in the federal court in Washington D.C., and the couple facing one count of “knowing conversion of government property” will be issued a summons to appear in court.
The one-page federal information complaint, released yesterday by the feds, identified John Emil Kruse and his wife Elaine Gurr Kruse as those facing the federal charge.

Congressional candidates share their views on automatic U.S. Citizenship


Should American Samoa Nationals automatically become US Citizens — why or why not?
This was one of the questions posed to eight of nine candidates who attended the American Samoa Community College Congressional forum held last Thursday.
While incumbent Congressman Faleomavaega Eni was absent, the candidates who attended were Aumua Amata, Mapu J. Jamias, Mark Ude, Meleagi Suitonu-Chapman, Rosie Fualaau Tago Lancaster, Togiola Tulafono, Tua’au Kereti Matautia Jr., and Tuika Tuika.

AS-EPA celebrates Environment Week 2014

The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) is commemorating its annual Environment Week, which started Oct. 27th - 30th. The theme of this year’s Environment Week is “Keep American Samoa Beautiful” (KASB), which was chosen because it recalls and celebrates the year-long KASB program that was implemented on November 3, 2013.

18-year-old female facing serious drug charges

Following arrest for under-age drinking

There was a heavy presence of Detectives at the District Court yesterday morning for security purposes following the arrest of drug defendant Elsarina Lefatia over the weekend. Lefatia has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a felony that is punishable by up to 20 years, and/or a fine of up to $20,000. Lefatia, who is 18 years old, made her initial appearance in the District Court yesterday morning after spending the weekend in jail.

Village mayor —71 years old — accused of raping teenage girl


Fagatogo’s village mayor is being held behind bars on bail of $50,000 in connection with allegations that he raped a 15-year-old girl near the Juvenile Detention Center. A retired police officer, So’osemea Tinae, who is 71 years old, is charged with rape and sexual assault. The defendant made his initial appearance in the District Court yesterday morning, after spending the weekend in jail.

FEMA denies "Individual Assistance" funds for those affected by summer flooding


The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied American Samoa’s appeal for Individual Assistance to be included in the major disaster declaration for the territory after severe storms, flooding and landslides occurred here between July 29 and Aug. 3 this year.
When President Obama declared early last month that an emergency exists in American Samoa following the disaster, the territory was only granted Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation funding, while FEMA denied Individual Assistance funds.

Community Briefs


Eight candidates vying for seats in the local House of Representatives for Tualauta and Ituau districts will face questions from senior students of Tafuna High School during a political forum this week.

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