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SIX CANDIDATES CERTIFIED FOR HOUSE SPECIAL ELECTION Chief Election Officer, Uiagalelei Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei, has certified six candidates for next month’s special election for House of Representatives District No. 5, Sua No. 1 — comprising Fagaitua, Amaua, Auto, Avaio, Alega, Aumi and Laulii. The...
Speaker of the House, Savali Talavou Ale has approved a recommendation from Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) officials for a closed-door hearing with faipule today.  [photo: AF]
House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale has accepted a recommendation from the President and the Board of Directors of the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS), for a closed-door hearing with faipule today, to avoid the media reporting on some of the sensitive issues they are going to discuss, with...
A scene from Pago Pago as the tsunami waters receded on Sept. 29, 2009. [SN file photo]
As American Samoa remembers the devastating tsunami of September 2009, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is urging the community “to reassess our plans” to respond quickly and effectively to future disasters including nuclear threats. Eight years ago — on Sept. 29, 2009 at 6:38 a.m. — a strong 8.1...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has urged Hawaiian Airlines to reevaluate its policy for flights to and from American Samoa, for which passengers have to stand in line for check-in bags and separately also stand in line “to secure a seat assignment”. In response, Hawaiian Airlines president and chief...
Rendering of the proposed new Fono Building. [SN file photo]
Both the Senate and House have endorsed the amendments made by the Senate to the House version of the fiscal year 2018 budget bill, and the Fono has given final approval of ASG’s more than $395 million financial plan for the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2017. The budget bill is now being...
The 18-person NPS crew and leader who left to fight wildland fires in California in August of this year. [SN file photo]
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata participated in a hearing exploring wildfire solutions, and highlighted the contributions of American Samoa’s firefighters. “In recent years, firefighters from American Samoa have traveled more than once to join the fight against major fires in the...
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The Department of Public Works remedied (or seemed to have) what has been dubbed the “Mormon Lake” in front of the LDS Chapel in Ottoville, on Tuesday, after heavy rains during the night and early morning hours. However, a woman who lives around the area witnessed the ASG workers pumping the water...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale and Deputy Attorney General Lornalei Meredith appeared before the House Legal Affairs & Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to discuss issues regarding changes at the Immigration Office.  Now: Immigration ID cards only processed once a week — issuance & photo — only on Wednesday. [photo: AF]
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHLS) have launched a joint investigation into the issuance of fake ID cards used by Asians to travel. Because of this, changes have been made, like setting aside just one day out of the week - Wednesday - for the...
  Samoa Submarine Cable Company (S.S.C.C.). [Talamua On-line News]
Samoa News has learned that the American Samoa Government has filed their ‘Letter of Intent’ with the Samoa Submarine Cable Company (SSCC) to join the Tui Samoa cable. This was reported by the Samoa Observer. The Observer reported that the cost may have gone up, given that they did not sign on when...
A recent photo, provided by the ASG Port Administration, showing the tugboat, ‘Signet Courageous’, in Louisiana. This used tugboat is being checked by Port Administration engineers, who are in Louisiana, as a possible second tugboat for the Port of Pago Pago.  [courtesy photo]
ASG Shipyard Authority chief executive Moefa’auo Bill Emmsley and Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele, who is also a member of the shipyard board, gave different explanations to a Senate committee this week regarding repairs of ASG tugboats and the purchase of a second one....

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