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A screenshot of a map from the US Geological Survey website shows a ‘gold’ star, in the Samoan Islands Region, where an earthquake occurred, located about 102 miles southwest of Pago Pago. Some residents on the western side of Tutuila reported that they felt the quake. According to the US...
A look at some of the USMC F-35B stealth fighters that were part of a fleet deployed to Iwakuni, Japan in the first operational overseas deployment for the jets that are dubbed — the most expensive plane in history. The side of the aircraft features the name of Leone HS graduate: SSGT Louis H. Uhrle, a US Marine mechanic who is part of the squadron that deployed to Japan. The name of his village — Leone — is featured on the plane, alongside "American Samoa".  [photo: screenshot of CNN news broadcast]
American Samoa's name is being flown high in the sky, thanks to the dedicated work of a Leone High School graduate who is proudly serving in the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Earlier this year, SSGT Louis H. Uhrle became one of America's elite, a member of the F-35B stealth fighter squadron...
Fire Chief O'Brien and his crew, along with officials from the School Lunch Program, following a presentation by the Fire Dept. last Thursday during the week-long food safety training workshop for all SLP cooks and food handlers. See story for full details.   [Courtesy photo]
Only 157 of the 174 cooks and food handlers of the School Lunch Program (SLP) were HACCP certified last week, following a week long training that was held at the Samoana High School cafeteria. While having a valid health card used to be the critical component in securing a job in the school...
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If enacted into law, all American Samoa Government employees, including contract workers, elected officials and political appointees will be subject to alcohol and drug testing.  And applicants seeking a job in government will also be subject to drug testing before being considered for the job,...
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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has directed that all purchases by American Samoa Government entities regarding telecommunication needs should only be with the American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority, not its “competitor”. The governor’ s directive was outlined in an Aug. 15 memo, titled “Support of...
This year’s Workforce Appreciation Day, an initiative started four years ago when the Lolo Administration took office in January 2013, is set for next Friday, Sept. 1 — ahead of the Sept. 4 Labor Day holiday. The committee charged with overseeing the event gave a presentation during the recent...
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Vaitogi resident, Fontela Faifaimalie (far right) raising her hand and sounding o a loud cheer, after officially being declared by Bluesky official, Sherry Sele (middle), as the winner of a 2017 Ford Explorer — part of Bluesky’s 18th birthday celebration give- away — during Saturday’s presentation...
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Makerita Leituane, who pled guilty to embezzlement for mis-appropriating over $18K while working for ASPA’s Aunu’u office, was sentenced last Friday to 7 straight years in prison — meaning no conditions for probation, no work release. But, she is not ordered to pay restitution of any amount for her...
WASHINGTON — U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, with the National Park Service, last week announced $30,959 in Historic Preservation Grants to American Samoa. The announcement is part of $21 million in grants announced today across the nation, which represents a total of $58...
American Samoa's agriculture authorities are optimistic the territory can begin exporting agricultural goods to the US by next year. The Director of Agriculture Filifaatali Mike Fuiava has been at a meeting of the Western US Agricultural Trade Association which offered to help American Samoa send...

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