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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Before the partial federal government shutdown ended last Friday — with affected federal agencies re-opening Monday this week — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga had issued a general memorandum outlining cost saving measures due to the shutdown. This was the memo, which outlined...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata has been appointed to serve on the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). In January, the White House announced the appointments of 12 individuals for the Commission. Amata is the only Commissioner living in a U.S...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sentencing for Ioane Faimata was continued to this week, to avoid any "inconsistent outcomes". Faimata appeared in High Court last Friday for sentencing, during which time he apologized to the court, the victims, his family, village, church and the Probation Office for...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Office of the Territorial Registrar has issued a “final” notice of the increase of fees in the services it provides, effective next month, after meeting requirements under the local statute. The move to hike fees comes after it was put on hold following public...
Nu’uuli Village Road-Coconut Point project groundbreaking
The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Nu’uuli Village Road-Coconut Point project.  Funded by the US Department of Transportation, the project was awarded to Silva Group Corporation for $891,338 with a duration of 240 days. Work on the project involves construction of 6-inch thick...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — "This is the second time this has happened to me this week," Judge Fiti Sunia said yesterday when Poasi Puloka was a 'no-show' in court. "Where is he?" Sunia asked. The Immigration officer who was in court could not provide an answer. "He was released to your office,"...
District Court Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who has been a "regular" in Judge Fiti Sunia's courtroom over the past years has been sentenced to 24 months probation under one condition: he has to depart the territory on or before Thurs., Jan. 31, 2019 or he will serve 12 months imprisonment — minus time served...
Jon Lee speaking during the 9th MSC forum
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jon Lee, Command Executive Officer and staff of the 9th Mission Support Command (9th MSC) of the Army Reserve based in Fort Shafter, Hawai’i, speaking Monday during the 9th MSC forum regarding the Modular Small Arms Range (MSAR) being constructed in Tafuna. Lee, at the...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale has shared with senators some background information on the Guest Worker Permit program law, which Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga reactivated on Jan. 11th as StarKist Samoa encountered early this month a “severe and acute absenteeism...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Fiti Sunia said that "out of necessity" — after yesterday's initial appearance — he is recusing himself from hearing the government's case against Malia Sunia. (Samoa News understands the defendant is married to Judge Sunia's uncle.) Sunia is charged...

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