Local News

Drug defendant Mafoa Mikaele takes plea agreement


Drug defendant Mafoa Mikaele will be sentenced on June 25, 2014 after he admitted to being in unlawful possession of a controlled substance, marijuana. The defendant and his co-defendant, Lorenzo Rodriguez, 20 , were caught with more than 20 marijuana joints, and are held on bail of $25,000.

IRS warns about reporting $10K cash transactions


The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is warning businesses in U.S. territories of federal requirements to file appropriate forms when they engage in cash transactions in excess of $10,000.
Form 8300 must be filed within 15 days of the transaction, the IRS said in a national news release this week, but it didn’t elaborate further as to the reason for the warning to businesses in U.S. territories — including American Samoa.

Parents call on government to make Iliili road safer for school children


A traffic accident this week in which a Lupelele Elementary School student was struck by a vehicle has re-ignited calls by Ili’ili residents and parents of students attending the school, for the government—including Tualauta lawmakers— to do something that will reduce the speed of cars traveling on the Ili’ili-Airport road that runs in front of the school.

Health Dept. closes down Pago laundromat


The Dept. of Health’s Environmental Services Division continues to crack down on businesses that are operating in conditions that pose a threat to the health and safety of the territory’s residents.
Earlier this week, a DOH team shut down the T.M. Inc. Laundromat in Pago Pago after customers complained that a very strong bad odor was coming from some of the broken washing machines.

May rainfall well over norm


The total rainfall so far for this month is 11.80 inches, well over the norm of 10.62 for May. This is according to local meteorologist Carol Maafala-Baqui who said that the rainy weather will continue until tonight.
She said the stationary front will eventually dissipate around noon today, “yet there will be clouds near the Samoan islands that will move westward, causing scattered rainfall to pass over the island.”

DPS head annoyed by HR transfer policies

Calls it “too much unnecessary work”

“That’s too much unnecessary work. It’s like stopping the police and it hampers our ability to do our work,” is how Department of Public Safety Commissioner, Save Liuato Tuitele describes the Human Resources’ policy on the voluntary and involuntary reassignment and transfer of employees. Save said he’s concerned about the policy and noted that DPS is different from other departments and agencies.

Police Report


The Department of Public Safety is currently investigating a traffic incident where a Lupelele Elementary School student was struck by a vehicle during the school’s lunch time on Tuesday, this week.

Gov Lolo to Decolonization Committee

Perhaps we should stay on UN list until we decide what we want

Until the people of American Samoa determine their own future political status, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has suggested to the UN Decolonization Committee to perhaps keep American Samoa on the United Nation’s list of the world’s 17 non self- governing territories.

Community Briefs


The Home of the Lions will be graduating its 50th high school class this year and preparations are already underway for a week long celebration event for all the alumni and their families.
The festivities are planned for the week of Oct. 12

Aumua welcomes AS students to Washington DC

Source: Press Release, Cong. Aumua Amata’s office

On Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed students from American Samoa, who were in Washington, DC as part of the Close Up program.


“What a pleasure it is to have these future leaders of American Samoa here in Washington,” said Amata. “It always gives me such hope and optimism regarding our community’s future when I see our young people getting involved and learning about our system of government. As the Delegate who represents American Samoa, I am honored to have these young leaders here representing our island,” she added.

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