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US longline fleet based in American Samoa.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tautai-o-Samoa Longline & Fishing Association president, Christinna Lutu-Sanchez has told the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council the reasons behind the decision by the US longline fleet based in American Samoa, to decline participation in the...
Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An administration bill proposing an increase in the contribution of members of the American Samoa Government Employees' Retirement Fund (ASGERF) was submitted to the Fono last week by Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga. In his letter to Fono leaders, Lemanu said the...
Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie has shared with senators two updates: Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s health condition; and the construction of the new Fono building, for which a decision has been reached that will move the project forward. Gaoteote, who returned last...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — All three cases against a man facing a total of 7 criminal charges are set for bench trial in May this year. Absalom David Fanene a.k.a. "Loma" appeared in District Court last Friday for a pretrial conference. He was represented by Public Defender Michael White while...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month and to celebrate, DOE Special Education (SPED) division heads and staff members at various public schools across the territory are hosting activities for their students. For Samoana High School, the SPED students were...
Pago Pago Rep. Vesiai Poyer Samuelu.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Issues regarding the off-island medical referral program, and the process of recruiting nurses for the LBJ Medical Center were raised by some lawmakers during the House Session last week. RECRUITING NURSES Rep. Vesiai Poyer Samuelu said a lot of complaints have been...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was arrested following a disturbance reported from Fagatogo last Thursday, Mar. 21, has been released on his own recognizance. Samasoni Muliau, 63, made his initial appearance in District Court last Friday where he entered a 'not guilty' plea to a single count...
Sen. Tauaa S. Vaouli introduced legislation requiring convicted sex offenders to undergo chemical castration
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the spike in the number of reported sex cases, especially those against young children, Sen. Tauaa S. Vaouli introduced last Friday in the Senate, legislation requiring convicted sex offenders to undergo chemical castration. “Chemical castration is the use of...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sentencing for Aneti Luana is scheduled for May 2 after the court accepted his plea agreement. Luana, who has been in custody since his arrest last October, unable to post a $5,000 bond, appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Luana, 25, was...
 Congresswoman Amata, NOAA’s Captain Kristie Twining, Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Waddington, and friends in Tafuna
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Congresswoman Aumua Amata toured and discussed the special mission of the “hurricane hunter” aircraft the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) currently has in American Samoa. “I appreciate the opportunity to hear the details of this unique aircraft and...

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