Local News

Bluesky Moana TV improves services for customers

(PRESS RELEASE)  – Bluesky Digital Moana TV customers will soon be enjoying new channels and premium packages. Here at Bluesky we are constantly looking for ways to improve our services for customers. Earlier in the year we had an open forum where we encouraged customers to offer feedback on what channels they would like to see Moana TV offer. The feedback was tremendous and we decided to try and bring some of the recommended channels to our customers.

ASPA's tieline system & Satala groundbreaking


The Satala Power Plant building and facility replacement project recently held their ground breaking ceremony, and the estimated cost for the project is $12 Million according to the contractors.
This project is designed and built to accommodate 23Mega Watts of diesel generators consisting of seven diesel generators and their associated auxiliary equipment, black start engines, switch gears and distribution feeder power grid system, with a centralized control room and related supporting facilities.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: Am. Samoa economy declined in 2013


An increase in consumer spending — the first since 2004 — helped offset the decline in American Samoa’s economy in 2013, according to American Samoa's estimated gross domestic product (GDP) report released Monday by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)

Court Report


The High Court Appellate Division has scheduled a review hearing in an election appeal filed by Lucia Bartley challenging the authenticity of “Vui Florence Tuaumu Saulo’s birth certificate.” Last week, Chief Election Officer Tuaolo Manaia Fruean denied a challenge lodged by Bartley, noting that Vui satisfies the U.S. national requirement, in accordance with Article II Section 3.

Proposed law would give Economic Dev. Authority bond issuing capability


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has submitted to the Fono legislation which seeks to modernize and enhance the bond issuing capability of the American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA).
The bill was introduced late last week in both the Senate and House but no committee hearings have been scheduled yet on the measure, which the governor says will help move forward the work of ASEDA,  whose board was reconstituted last year.

Community Briefs


Sept. 14-20 is National Child Passenger Safety Week and the DPS Office of Highway Safety’s Occupant Protection Program will be hosting a fitting station at the OMV compound in Tafuna this Saturday, from 9 a.m. til 12noon.

ASG Retirement Board passes retroactive COLA increase

Quid pro quo?

The Retirement Board has unanimously approved a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 0.5% increase for retirees whose date of retirement occurred prior to October 1, 2014, said Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga in a letter sent to the Fono.
Lolo said this COLA increase is to be first paid on October 1, 2014 and is retroactive to October 2, 2012.

Budget debate maintains FY 2015 budget ceiling

Tourism budget targeted for cuts to fund gov & lt. gov raises and Medicare match

The Fono Joint Budget Committee has agreed to keep the fiscal year 2015 budget ceiling of $424.48 million — which includes just over $106 million in local revenues — however,  two major changes will be made: One to allocate funds for the proposed pay hikes for the governor and lieutenant governor and the other to pay Medicare matching funds.



Coastweeks 2014 “Preservation Builds Generations” kicked off this past Monday, with the first of two days dedicated to canoe races that featured teams representing local government departments and agencies, as well as the private sector.
It was the women’s team from the Dept. of Human and Social Services (DHSS) who took first place in their first heat of the day.
More canoe races were scheduled for yesterday and the results were unavailable as of press time.

ASCC-SAFF performs at Teuila Festival

Over the last few years, the Student Association for Faasamoa (SAFF) has established itself as one of the strongest student organizations at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC).
Overseen by the Samoan Studies Institute (SSI), the SAFF promotes Samoan culture, arts and values while also providing its members with an academic support group, particularly in the area of Samoan Studies.

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