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Members of the local marine safety detachment unit of the US Coast Guard are currently conducting an investigation into the death of a man on board a US flagged purse seiner vessel that arrived yesterday. The Department of Public Safety was contacted about the situation Wednesday, after local USCG...
ASCC will get deep into the "trick or treat" spirit during their Halloween Carnival this Saturday, October 28th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the College's Gymnasium — it’s hosting a “Freak Show”. Costumes are encouraged and all ages are welcome.  The event is a fundraiser for the spring and fall community service projects the Student Government Association (SGA) takes part in.  [photo: J. Kneubuhl]
The Student Government Association (SGA) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) will hold a Halloween carnival fundraiser this Saturday, October 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the College’s Gymnasium. Going by the theme “Freak Show,” the carnival will feature 20 game booths, costume contests, and...
Rendering of the proposed new Fono Building. [SN file photo]
The total budget for “personnel services” for the Legislative Finance Office (LFO) for fiscal year 2018 is $841,500 for 35 employees. And it is broken down in quarterly apportionments (every three months) of $210,375 Samoa News has obtained a copy of the Fono’s final FY 2018 budget, which shows...
Following a Business Forum presented by the Business Ambassadors of ASCC (BAOA) last week, guest speaker HTC Iulogologo J. Pereira, Special Assistant to the Governor (left) is pictured with ASCC Business instructors Lam Yuen Lam Yuen Jr. and Ioapo Taua’i.  [photo: J. Kneubuhl]
“ONE THOUSAND ROPES” DEBUTS TONIGHT — The film, “One Thousand Ropes”, is set to debut tonight at the Fatu-O-Aiga Hall, in Tafuna, Thursday, Oct. 26, with another showing for Friday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. From the writer and director of The Orator - O Le Tulafale – Tusi Tamasese, “One Thousand Ropes” is a...
Chief of Staff Fiu Johnny Saelua. [photo: Tautalala]
While there are a lot of questions about the status of an investigation into allegations of wrongdoings against the governor’s Chief of Staff Fiu Johnny Saelua, Private Attorney David Vargas, who is the court appointed Independent Prosecutor for the case, has continued to refuse to comment on its...
Rendering of the proposed new Fono Building. [SN file photo]
Of the four divisions of the Fono - Senate, House of Representatives, Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB), and the Legislative Finance Office (LFO) - the LRB has the least number of employees with 24, getting paid a total of $829,500. This is according to a copy of the Fono's 2018 final budget —...
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Chief Justice Michael Kruse is asking DPS Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson for an opportunity to allow his court marshals to participate in future firearms training and lethal/ nonlethal qualification sessions. The request was noted in Kruse's letter to Le’i last week, in response to an invitation...
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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to raise awareness in Congress of the needs of American Samoa’s workers who will be temporarily out of work this Thanksgiving season. “I wanted to take this opportunity to make other Members of...
This May 2014 photo provided by Tri Marine International shows attendees of one of the fresh fish training workshops held at the Samoa Tuna Processors (STP) facility in Atu’u. Part of a fishery development grant from the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council went towards the workshops. See story for details.  [photo: Tri Marine]
Last week’s 171st Meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council hosted by American Samoa, revealed that the Council provided financial assistance for the construction of a small longline dock at Tri Marine International’s Samoa Tuna Processors (STP) cannery at Atu’u. The...
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District Court Judge Fiti Sunia dismissed another drug case this week, after the court found no probable cause to bind the case against Methodist Kuka Mika over to the High Court. The court believes the police officers' search of Mika during a traffic stop last month was unlawful, and violated the...

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