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Students from ASCC Fine Arts classes with artist Regina Meredith-Fitiao (back row)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Twenty students in Fine Arts classes at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) received rare opportunities this semester to gain a perspective on different approaches to what might be termed “cultural documentation” by participating in special public activities....
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of passing bad checks at a local store was arrested last week pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court. Tuilata Faasega made his initial appearance this past week. He is charged with three counts of stealing and three counts of passing a bad check, all...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has requested local Homeland Security (ASDHS) director Samana Semo Ve’ave’a to provide a report on the Territory-Wide Disaster Drill that was carried out late last month, as well as the 10th Anniversary of the 2009 tsunami ceremony which was...
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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Interior Assistant Secretary Doug Domenech announced last week that the Department of the Interior has provided $550,000 in technical assistance grant funding for fiscal year (FY) 2018 and FY 2019 to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Division of Parasitic Diseases and...
Youngsters celebrating White Sunday in a 2017 Samoa News file photo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The annual White Sunday celebration, coupled with the Monday federal and local holiday (Discoverers’ Day), adds up to a three-day weekend — and a busy one at that — as residents gear up for a day dedicated to the children of American Samoa. Sunday, Oct. 13th is White...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Department of Legal Affairs’ Travel Division will launch on Oct. 15th a new Certificate of Identity (CI), a travel document used by US nationals and others who don’t have a US passport. In a brief statement early this week, Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale...
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Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand’s National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and MetService analyses indicate 9-12 named tropical cyclones (TC) could occur in the Southwest Pacific basin between November 2019 and April 2020. This expectation for tropical cyclone activity is...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate has called for a Conference Committee of the Fono to convene Fridy morning to iron out differences and reach a resolution on the final language of an Administration bill appropriating funds for the construction of a “new cement perimeter wall” around the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 60-year-old man has been ordered to serve 40 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) for a drug conviction. Sonny Mika Kelemete appeared before Chief Justice Michael Kruse yesterday morning for sentencing. Prosecuting the case was Assistant Attorney...
StarKist employees entering the canning plant in American Samoa.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with fish canner StarKist to resolve alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act at its facility in American Samoa. StarKist is leasing the Samoa Tuna Processors facility to refrigerate tuna. Ensuring...

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