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American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government case against a Chinese fisherman accused for failing to declare that he had in his possession a huge amount of cash when his fishing vessel arrived in American Samoa at the beginning of this year was dismissed last week by District Court Judge Elvis P....
DOC director Keniseli Lafaele
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Complaints over the drastic increase of taxi rates, alleged to have been imposed by the Taxi Owner Association (TOA) — referred to as TOA Taxi stand — located next to the Tafuna Health Center, have reached the Attorney General’s Office, which is working with the Commerce...
Amata in the Fisheries Hearing (Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife) with Chairman Jared Huffman (D-CA).
Washington, D.C. — Last week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata and the Natural Resources Committee conducted hearings and voted on a series of bills, including passage of an amendment by Rep. Amata, along with a bill affecting the Territories on which she was an original cosponsor. The Water, Oceans and...
A huge pool of water, on the road fronting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ottoville
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This photo taken by a local resident shows a huge pool of water, on the road fronting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ottoville, just after rain fell last Wednesday afternoon. The drainage area went through a complete reconstruction last year, with the...
Girls dancing at at the “Su’igaula o le Atuvasa in Utulei.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Governor’s Drug Control Office (ASDCC), headed by Dr. Mikaele Etuale, rolled out it’s new Initiative for 2019 — “KU’U LOA” — to bring awareness and keep the territory’s young people informed of the dangers of illicit drugs, opioids, and substance abuse for 2019, on...
Thomas Siaumau in a Samoa News file photo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Vaitogi convicted last month of seven counts related to the shooting of a police vehicle with an officer behind the wheel is going to jail. Thomas Siaumau, 20, was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment by the High Court. In delivering the court’s decision,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — To revalidate the weight survey conducted three years ago, Hawaiian Airlines is conducting the survey, again, of passengers on the airline’s flights between Honolulu and Pago Pago with people participating on a “voluntary” basis. The survey is estimated to last four...
A farmer in American Samoa displays his produce at a farmers market
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Officials in American Samoa are urging farmers to take part in a territory-wide agricultural census. Farmers are being urged to complete questionnaires from the Department of Commerce. It says the data will be used to show the value of agriculture in American Samoa, as...
Pago Pago International Airport sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A request from the Department of Port Administration led to Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), Dr. Oreta M. Crichton cancelling the award for Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the “construction management services” contract for one of the airport projects intended to be...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 45-year-old man who was accused of assaulting his wife while extremely intoxicated told the court that he was sorry for his actions. The defendant was initially charged with 3rd degree assault, public peace disturbance and endangering the welfare of a child, all...

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