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Commissioner of Public Safety, Le'i Sonny Thompson has transferred Chief of Police, Tauese Vaaomala Sunia to the Territorial Correctional Facility to serve as warden, according to a memo dated Sept. 29, addressed to All DPS Personnel. The memo, from Le’i, notes Senior Personnel Reassignments, as...
At its 171st Meeting later this month in American Samoa, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, will take action on two fishery issues pertaining to American Samoa, including the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) in territorial waters. The Council will consider seven options for...
COMMUNITY MEMBERS URGED TO HELP WITH DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS  A Disaster Relief fundraiser, aimed at raising money for the victims of states and territories recently affected by natural disasters - as well as local residents - is being publicized and help is being sought via solicitations letters...
Attorney General, Talauega Eleasalo Ale and Director of Department of Homeland Security, Samana Semo Ve’ave’a. Talauega has requested Samana to install security cameras at the Immigration Office, including the room used to take ID card photos.  [photo: AF]
Attorney General, Talauega Eleasalo Ale has requested Department of Homeland Security (DHLS) director Samana Semo Vea'vea, to conduct a complete survey of the interior of the Immigration Office — including the room used to take ID card photos — for the purpose of installing security cameras for...
Rendering of the proposed new Fono Building. [SN file photo]
In an unexpected turn of political events in the Fono, the Senate rejected a measure that seeks to return two senatorial seats for Manu’a,  after the proposal which would change the Constitution, failed to muster the required votes for approval. “I believe and it's my understanding that it’s the...
The U.S National Marine Fisheries Service “has no flexibility” on its proposed rule regarding fishing days limitation on high seas and in US EEZ, because NMFS is legally bound by a Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) measure, according to Brian Hallman, executive director of...
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa [Samoa Observer]
For the first time since it was inaugurated in 2006, the Stars of Oceania is being hosted outside of Hawaii. The 2017 Stars of Oceania event will be held in American Samoa, Wednesday, October 04, 2017 at the H. Rex Lee Auditorium in Utulei, 6:00-8:30. Registration starts at 5:30. With the exception...
From Left to Right: William Sili, Daystar Parker, Fa'amamata Meredith, Sofai Falelua, Lui Maea, and Jordan Fanene. [courtesy photo]
The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) is celebrating the educational achievements of six staff members.  Daystar Parker and Lui Maea have earned bachelor's degrees, while William Sili, Fa'amamata Meredith, Sofai Falelua, and Jordan Fanene have completed their Master's degree...
Members of the local community are pleased with the announcement earlier this month that the American Samoa Medicaid Agency is now reimbursing facility fees for all legal residents to the Department of Health's Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and its five Community Health Centers (CHC) in...
Rendering of the proposed new Fono Building. [SN file photo]
A large portion has been expended of the $78.91 million in revenues the government received from the sale of American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA) bonds, with just over $15 million left, according to the Sept. 1st 11-page ASEDA summary report for 2017. The report was prepared for...

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