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The Fono Building in Fagatogo will be demolished as soon as a "Notice to Proceed" is issued. So says an official from Paramount Builders, responding to Samoa News inquiries yesterday afternoon. Paramount Builders won the contract for the demolition job, beating out a handful of other local...
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The Trial Division of the High Court of American Samoa has taken under advisement a motion to suppress statements made by 87-year old Joseph T. Yandall to police when they interviewed him twice — in November 2016 and on March 07, 2017. The court has also taken under advisement a second motion, to...
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American Samoa Community College’s Vice President of Administration and Finance, Dr. Mikaele Etuale has tendered his resignation but no additional information is available on the reason for him leaving and when exactly he tendered his resignation. Dr. Etuale has worked at ASCC for several years,...
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Cabinet members have been informed that there is no more travel and/or leave from  now until the end of the upcoming fiscal year 2018 budget hearings, according to a memo from the Governor's Chief of Staff, Fiu J. Saelua to all cabinet directors.  The Aug. 1 memo first mentions a cabinet meeting...
The 18-person NPS crew and leader who left to fight wildland fires in California. [courtesy photo]
An 18-person National Park of American Samoa crew and crew leader were scheduled to depart on Wednesday, August 2, from American Samoa to Northern California to fight wildland fires for 30 days. Once in California, the national park’s fire crew will receive their field assignment and work side-by-...
Brian Benjamin Loma when he was interviewed by the media outside the High Court last Friday, after Chief Justice Michael Kruse granted the government's motion to dismiss the case against him. [photo: AF]
A Hawaiian Airlines passenger from Colorado who was arrested for possession of marijuana back in September 2015 is now a free man, after Chief Justice Michael Kruse granted the government’s motion to dismiss the case against him last Friday.  Assistant Attorney General Gerald Murphy asked for a...
U.S. Federal District Court House, Honolulu. [All-Hawaii News]
The federal court in Honolulu has denied the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) motion for reconsideration, to amend the court decision issued this past March that found that the NMFS 2016 rule to reduce from 50 to 20 miles the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) in territorial waters “was...
BILLING CHANGES IN EFFECT FOR ASPA CUSTOMERS Last week, the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) announced changes in billing cycles and billing days, which go into effect this month. Instead of customers receiving bills in the mail after the 21st of each month, the semiautonomous agency will now...
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Tile Talamoa Tuala-Tamaalelagi is one of the local artists at the Jean P. Haydon Museum who helped out with the Children's Cultural Maintenance Summer Program that closed last Friday. When asked about his experience working with the children this year, Tuala-Tamaalelagi told Samoa News that one of...
First Lady Cynthia Malala Moliga did the honors of cutting the ribbon to open the new Territorial Bank of American Samoa, located at the Centennial Building in Utulei — the former site of the main branch of the Bank of Hawaii in the territory. The bank opened its doors in October 2016. [Photo: AF]
Visiting American Samoa is like stepping back in time — both because of its unsullied natural beauty and its antiquated banking system. The economy runs on cash, but until recently the island had just seven ATMs, only three of which usually worked, to serve 60,000 residents. It's common for...

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