Local News

Hundreds of Portuguese Man-Of-War (jellyfish) were spotted yesterday morning at one of the coastal areas of Tutuila, prompting the Department of Marine of Wildlife Resources to issue a notice to the public of what to do in the event they encounter or get stung by these harmful creatures. In a news...
From an “economic development perspective”, Commerce Department, through its director Keniseli Lafaele, yesterday issued a “position statement” on the ASG owned Territorial Bank of American Samoa, which is slated to open the first week of October this year. “Money lending is the lifeblood of an...
Unruly behavior by a juvenile held at the local Juvenile Detention Center has led to an investigation and drug testing, which uncovered that the male juvenile allegedly had methamphetamine or ice in his system. This is confirmed by reliable police sources, as efforts to obtain direct comments from...
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...

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