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Alega, AM. SAMOA — A perfect weekend greeted skin art enthusiasts at Alega Bay for the 12th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Festival this past weekend. Setting the tone for this year’s event was the first-time Tatau Forum at American Samoa Community College. The event was well attended by students, members of...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is reminding all public and private employers of local election laws, which allow employees, who are registered voters, to go to the polls on Nov. 8 to cast their ballots, during two-consecutive hours. And with Election Day now only five-days away, the Election Office...
Agriculture Department acting director Peter Gurr says hydroponic vegetable farms on island have already been checked and “these guys were clean” and are allowed to continue to sell their vegetables to the federally funded school lunch program as well as in stores and restaurants. Gurr recommended...
Local attorney Marie Alailima says the federal agencies involved in fisheries “continue to ignore” the call from local traditional chiefs, government leaders and residents of American Samoa for meaningful discussions in issues impacting the territory’s resources. Alailima made the observation in...
3RD ANNUAL ETHNOMUSICOLOGY FORUM TO BE HELD THIS FRIDAY The Annual Ethnomusicology Forum — “Pese Lotu” will be held this Friday, Nov. 4 from 9a.m.- 12noon, at the ASCC Lecture Hall.  Participants — music educators, church musicians, directors, composers & scholars will speak of their...
The defense attorney, for an American man accused of the murder of his wife in Tonga, plans to argue this morning for dismissing the local misdemeanor charge against his client, who remains jailed at the Territorial Correctional Facility without bail. Fifty-three-year old Dean J. Fletcher was...
Owners of three vegetable farms on island say the temporary ban on selling their locally grown vegetables to local stores is seriously impacting their businesses, which have always complied with local laws as well as Department of Agriculture regulations. In an Oct. 26 letter, Agriculture Acting...
Department of Agriculture farm inspectors are conducting follow-up visits to vegetable farms on island, while DOA works on ensuring the “safety of food” that is consumed by children, through the school lunch program, and the general public, says Agriculture Acting Director Peter Gurr. In an Oct. 25...
American Samoa Visitors Bureau’s airline departure survey of visitors to the territory will be launched next month for six months, to among other things, determine how much contribution tourism makes to the local economy that for many decades has depended solely on the canned tuna industry. And for...
In a final decision dismissing a federal voting right lawsuit, a federal judge focused her decision, on American Samoa, which has “a unique relationship with the United States” and the reason why the territory remains on an Illinois state election law for overseas absentee voters. US Judge Joan B....

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