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Government officials say the Lolo Administration will be implementing, starting early next week, reduction in working hours - from 8 hours to 7 hours. Reduction in working hours is the subject an emergency cabinet meeting underway this morning and called yesterday afternoon by Gov. Lolo Matalasi...
Paramount Chief, Mauga T. Ausega, who is Secretary of Samoan Affairs, testifying Monday at a Senate committee hearing on drug problems in public high schools.  [photo: AF]
Secretary of Samoan Affairs, Mauga T. Asuega, has informed senators of the governor’s plans to establish a commission to address the drug problem in American Samoa, saying that the whole community — not just the government — needs to work together to fight this problem that is spreading faster than...
LBJ Hospital Comptroller, Reverend Rapi Emau Amosa has been appointed as Acting Chief Financial Officer by the hospital board in response to outgoing CFO Pauline Gebauer, who has opted not to renew her contract with the hospital. Gebauer who has been in the Health Finance field for over 20 years...
Amata is seen during the HVAC hearing on Vet suicide hotline.  [Courtesy photo]
$1.7 MILLION FEMA GRANT FOR TAFUNA POWER PLANT Washington, D.C.— Congresswoman Aumua Amata, announced on Monday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant in the amount of $1,740,439 to assist in funding the retrofit of the Tafuna Power Plant.  “The people of American...
Manu’a’s three senators have banned together in seeking to return two senatorial seats to the Manu’a islands that were taken away 57 years ago. Prior to this, there were five seats in the Senate representing Manu’a’s five counties — Fitiuta, Faleasao, Ta’u, Olosega, and Ofu. While the move failed...
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson says police should be the first to be contacted if an incident surfaces in schools with students involved in drugs, instead of the school contacting parents first. Le’i made the statement at yesterday’s Senate joint Education and Government Operation...
A proposed amendment to the current election law for candidates in the local House of Representatives and Congressional races has been described by Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale as “too broad”, saying that current statutes are sufficient to address any concerns over candidates with a...
The United States flag draped casket of the late former Sen. Fuata Dr. Tagiilima I’atala, during his memorial service on Sunday at the CCCAS church in Amouli, with his children and his wife, Manumanu Sipili I’atala  (in white and wearing a hat — far left). [photo: Samoa News]
Former Sen. Fuata Dr. Tagiilima I’atala who enlisted in 1974 in the U.S. Air Force and served for four years, passed away Mar. 3, at the age of 70. Fuata served in the Senate, representing Saole county, from 2011 to 2012, after the Saole County council selected him to fill the senatorial seat that...
A look at the piles of trash currently dumped – illegally — on the side of the road in Poloa village. The litter problem in this area has become so bad that passersby are asking, “Out of sight, out of mind?”  [photo: BC]
Littering is a problem that has continuously plagued the territory. Executive Director for the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) Utu Abe Malae agrees, and says, “Littering is still a huge problem in American Samoa because of the bad behavior of some of our people.” Utu oversees the semi-...
Happy & loyal customers of Pacific Tires & Auto Parts who came in to get tires changed and to celebrate the one year anniversary last Saturday in Tafuna. [Photo: Ese Malala]
Last Saturday the Pacific Tires & Auto Parts in Tafuna marked its one year anniversary by giving back to the community with prizes from a huge drawing because as Managing Director of Pacific Tires & Auto Parts Howard Afualo said, “It is our customers who helped us grow.” Prizes included a...

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