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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga (center) with Commander Andy Strickland, Commanding Officer of the USS Shoup; two Naval officers and a US Coast Guard official
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the visit of a US Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Shoup, to the territory reassures American Samoa of the US government’s commitment “to protect our people, our rights, our property.” The governor was speaking yesterday morning...
 [l-r] the newly appointed Council chairman and also American Samoa Council member, Taotasi Archie Soliai; Council executive director Kitty M. Simonds; American Samoa Council member Christinna Lutu-Sanchez; and the Council’s late chairman, Edwin A. Ebisui Jr. - who passed away earlier this year in July
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This June 2017 photo from the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council shows, [l-r] the newly appointed Council chairman and also American Samoa Council member, Taotasi Archie Soliai; Council executive director Kitty M. Simonds; American Samoa Council member...
Forsgren's store in the Laufou Shopping Center
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The woman accused of stealing more than $110,000 from her former employer told investigators that she used the money to make her car payments, pay bills, give to her church, and pay for a family trip to Australia. Jennifer Atafua was arrested last Thursday, pursuant to...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 31-year-old father who was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of illegal drugs after his 1-year-old son was admitted to the LBJ Hospital for methamphetamine intoxication was ordered to serve a term of imprisonment of 5 years at the Territorial Correctional...
American Samoa Election Office photo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Election Officer, Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei has designated more than 30 polling stations in American Samoa for next week — the Tuesday Nov. 6th mid term elections — in which only 50 requests have been made to the Election Office for off island absentee ballots. And...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the defendants in the alleged rape of two 14-year-old girls appeared in District Court last Friday, after the government filed an additional charge against him. The additional charge stemmed from the earlier complaint where two young girls were the alleged victims...
StarKist Samoa management including Taotasi Archie Soliai (far right back row) and some of the cannery’s employees, wearing pink last Friday, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month of October
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — StarKist Samoa management including Taotasi Archie Soliai (far right back row) and some of the cannery’s employees, wearing pink last Friday, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month of October. Responding to Samoa News inquiries Taotasi explained over the weekend that StarKist...
Members of the American Samoa Republican Party pose for a photo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On Saturday Night at DDW in Utulei, The Republican Party of American Samoa celebrated the life and legacy of the first ever appointed Samoan Governor, Peter Tali Coleman. Coleman was appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956. Chairing the event was Dr. Alo Paul...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tafa Satele is a single dad. He is a farmer and a chef. He is very adamant about exercising and living healthy. So when his 13-year-old son came home last week and told him that he had taken the lymphatic filariasis pills during a Mass Drug Administration (MDA) at his...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was arrested over the weekend for driving under the influence of alcohol is now charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, to wit; methamphetamine, a class D felony. Wesley Tugaga made his initial appearance in District Court this past Monday;...

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