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[photo: BC]
What initially started off as a low key pick-a-thon for Manumalo High School students turned into something bigger last Saturday when the school announced that it will 'adopt' the Pala Lagoon in Tafuna as part of its contribution to the Keep American Samoa Beautiful (KASB) program, spearheaded by...
[photo: Blue Chen-Fruean]
It's been a month since a small fire broke out on the second floor of the Dept. of Public Safety's main building in Fagatogo and now work is being carried out to repair the area that was damaged by the blaze. The structure, along with the two small buildings to the east of it (the old jail, which...
The gangway of the fishing vessel the purse seiner's captain tried to cross before he accidentally fell into the ocean and died. [photo: AF]
After a thorough investigation into the unexpected death of a fishing vessel captain last month, local police have recommended to close the case, after they determined no criminal act was involved, and the incident was nothing more than an unfortunate accident. The deceased, a 62-year-old man, was...
ASCC Science Department chairman Dr. Randel DeWees (front, center) with some of the students who participated in last week's Science Symposium at the College.  [Photo: J. Kneubuhl]
The Science Department at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) hosted its annual Science Symposium last week, an event open to students from both the College and the Territory’s high schools. “The Symposium provides an opportunity, for science to showcase their scientific activities and...
American Samoa Visitors Bureau executive director David Vaeafe. [file photo]
American Samoa Visitors Bureau executive director David Vaeafe is the new chairman of the South Pacific Cruise Alliance (SPCA), a regional cruise ship organization, which will now have its Secretariat office based in the territory, during Vaeafe’s tenure. “This is the first time in a long while...
Historic Preservation Office David Herdrich, at the tramway site in Utulei which recently underwent repairs and upgrades as part of an ongoing effort to improve the local tourism infrastructure.  [photo: ASHPO]
Visitors to the Tramway site in Utulei will notice the area has been given a facelift. The repairs and upgrades at the Tramway site are part of an ongoing effort to improve the local tourism infrastructure, with an emphasis on eco & heritage tourism. “Ecotourism and heritage tourism are natural...
God Bless our Veterans [courtesy photo]
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day 2017: “Thank you to everyone who has served in our nation’s armed forces, and thank you also to every family of those who served. “Veterans Day is particularly important on our beautiful...
An American Samoan woman accused of filing false tax returns with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for local residents intends to change her plea, according to her attorney in recent court filings at the federal court in Anchorage, Alaska. Coriana Ifopo, 54, was arrested in Honolulu on July 11...
Samoa Police Commissioner, Egon Keil, and DPS Commissioner, Le’i Sonny Thompson during last year’s PTCN conference in American Samoa.  [photo: AF]
DPS Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson is attending the Pacific Transnational Crime Network Conference (PTCN) in Honolulu this week, representing the American Samoa Department of Public Safety at the annual event. The workshop provides an important opportunity for PTCN team leaders to collectively...
The "Most Creative Female Polynesian" tattoo at this year's Tisa's Tattoo Fest is a goat, by Otto Jonigkeit. [photo: courtesy]
Alega Beach, AS —It was indeed another successful year of the Tatau celebration for Tisa’s Tattoo Fest 2017. And a major part of this success came from our long time local businesses and new sponsors, who continue to give their Tautua to maintain and celebrate the famous Tatau Art of Samoa. Our...

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