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Building site for the new fono building.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As the cost of the proposed new two-story Fono building escalates with the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maintaining that the structure must meet federal regulations, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is requesting Congresswoman Aumua Amata’s assistance in...
(l-r) Menora-Justine M. Samia; Jo-Nica Ta’aitulagi Tuiteleleapaga; Epifania Petelo; Brenda Fa’afua Foleni; and Tauaitala Leasiolagi
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Before the Miss American Samoa pageant officially came to an end last Friday evening, social media was already abuzz with viewers - and those who witnessed the pageant LIVE - voicing complaints about the final standings. As a matter of fact, it was when Brenda Foleni was...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of being armed with a machete when he assaulted another man in front of a Tafuna store last week was arrested and later detained at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). Ioelu Tulaga Jr, 42, made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Legislation appropriating funds for the construction of a new prison security wall and temporary seawalls are among the proposals Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga plans to submit for Fono consideration during the 1st Special Session of the 36th Legislature set to convene Oct....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 24-year-old man is being accused of drug possession and for allegedly trying to break into a Malaeimi store. Joseph Foma’i Jr. made his initial appearance in District Court last week, represented by Assistant Public Defender Bob Stuart while prosecuting the case is...
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Pago Pago AMERICAN SAMOA — Bluesky continues to deliver on its commitment to invest in empowering the youth of American Samoa. In their bid to help promote technology in the territory, the company donated network equipment valued at over $150,000 to the American Samoa Community College (ASCC)...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After making major amendments, the House last Thursday approved — through a majority vote — an Administration bill which increases the salaries of the governor and lieutenant governor with an early effective date — instead of January 2021. The House version of the bill...
Eleven-year-old Malakai, posing for Samoa News with a portrait of his mother, Sabrina Seva’aetasi
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “In Loving Memory of Those We Lost: A September to Remember- Tsunami of 2009” was the theme of the government sponsored 10th anniversary memorial service of the 2009 tsunami last Saturday morning at the Veterans Memorial Center malae, where more than 300 mourners...
Lt. Gov. Lemanu Sialega Palepoi Mauga, welcomes families to the government memorial service on
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAOA — Several family members representing the 34 people in American Samoa who perished in the Sept. 29, 2009 tsunami attended Saturday's memorial service hosted by the territorial government marking the 10th anniversary of the worst natural disaster in American Samoa’s history...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is putting together an agenda of issues to be addressed by lawmakers before sending out a Call of a Special Session of the Fono, as lawmakers prepare to officially close the current legislative session on Oct. 2nd. The governor made the...

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