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Several senators disagree with the X-ray scanner fees proposed by the Lolo Administration in a bill, which authorizes the Customs Office to use scanners for customs inspections, arguing that it’s the public that will end up paying these fees. The Senate is looking at reducing some of the proposed...
Utulei, AMERICAN SAMOA —In late 2012, Bank of Hawaii (BoH), one of the two non-local banks serving American Samoa, announced plans to cease operations in the territory and close their two retail branches in Utulei and Tafuna. This looming departure of BoH would have left the local residents with...
Washington, D.C.— The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded a grant in the amount of $5,400,000 to the Government of American Samoa for the purposes of runway/taxiway lighting rehabilitation.  “A strong transportation infrastructure is essential for our geographically isolated...
Sen. Magalei Logovi’i noted his concern with the rushed passage of a Senate Concurrent Resolution, which was sought by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga as required for the American Samoa corrective action plan following a 2014 land use audit by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the Pago Pago...
Chief election officer Uiagalelei Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei has responded to the “urgent matters” cited in a Sept. 1 letter from candidate for governor, Faoa Aitofele Sunia. The letter alleged voter ID fraud, petition fraud and a possible conflict of interest by Uiagalelei in his position as chief...
Rep. Fatulegae’e Palepoi Mauga has accused a “newspaper” of inaccurate reporting, while House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale says the news media should be thankful they are allowed to sit in and observe House proceedings. This took place during the House session last Thursday (Sept. 8th). At the...
After making one amendment, the Fono Joint Budget Committee yesterday approved the proposed fiscal year 2017 budget totaling just over $380 million, as the House also approved yesterday an administration bill that authorizes the use of scanners, with $2 million in revenues collected from scanner...
The purchase of the controlling interest in the Bluesky Pacific Group (“Bluesky), by Fiji-based Amalgamated Telecom Holding (ATH) from Amper SA is far from a done deal, although both companies have earmarked this month to sign formal agreements to a transaction that is “subject to requisite...
Candidate for governor, Faoa Aitofele Sunia has raised with the chief election officer Uiagalelei Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei, what the former lieutenant governor describes as “urgent matters, which require your immediate attention and resolution.” Faoa’s Sept. 1 letter points out several times the...
Sad news for American Samoa today, former Samoana Sharks all-purpose player Logan Tago, was reported by The Seattle Times – as arrested on Monday, on suspicion of a felony robbery and second degree assault that occurred on June 4, 2016. According to The Seattle Times, they’ve confirmed this as of...

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