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Chief Justice Michael Kruse  [SN file photo]
DAVID FO’A A change of plea hearing for a man, accused of using a “shotgun” to threaten a store cashier during a robbery last year, has been continued to later this week, due to the High Court’s concerns over a proposed plea agreement between the prosecution and defense. David Fo’a was in High...
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The Festival of Sites, featuring Okeanos Explorer (NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research) and hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS), was a huge hit last month, when the Emerald and Sea Princess cruise ships called into port. First, the tourists were treated to...
New uniform for the Samoana High School football teams donated by the school Booster Club last week. [photo AF]
This year was a lucky year for the Samoana High School (SHS) Football team, when they received gifts from the school Booster Club last Friday before the end of this school year, which was full new football uniforms, plus monetary gifts to buy whatever they want for school. The new uniforms for the...
Illegal dumping is on the rise in American Samoa — especially down hillsides next to roads in outer villages. As proved in this photo, out of sight does not mean it exists no more — highly damaging toxic fluids from such dumped appliances seep into our to our drinking water, soils, oceans and coral reefs. NPAS has formed an Illegal Dumping Task Force to help clean up and stop this practice. It comprises the Office of Samoan Affairs, National Park of American Samoa and other local agencies.  [Courtesy photo]
There has been an increase in illegal dumping all around American Samoa especially down hillsides next to roads in outer villages. The increase in illegal dumping may be caused by a lack of convenient legal alternatives such as dumpsters, a lack of public awareness about the impacts of illegal...
This year, the Alofaituli family is opening up their scholarship program to students of American Samoa who plan to attend a four-year university in the fall of 2017. Two scholarships are up for grabs: one for $1,000 and another for $500. [photo: courtesy]
With graduation season looming and college bound teens looking for financial resources to help with the cost of pursuing a college degree, the Alofaituli family has announced that their annual scholarship program is now open to American Samoa students. All Pacific islanders residing in California,...
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A man who has been in prison for 17 months for having sexual contact with a woman was freed last week, after a High Court jury acquitted  him of all charges. During the two-day trial, which opened Tuesday, the government called four witnesses while the defense called one witness, a friend of the...
Vaitoa Hans Langkilde croons down memory lane during the UNESCO International Jazz Day Celebration held at the Oasis Night Club in Tafuna on Thursday, April 27. A member of the Samoana Jazz Fest board, Vaito’a also served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.  [Courtesy photo]
Jazz is a music, which often defies description. We throw around words like “freedom”, “improvisation” or “hustle and flow” to capture its essence, but it remains elusive.  In his 1993 book entitled simply, “Jazz”, author and music critic John Fordham may have captured it better than most when he...
ASCC students Jeanne Togiailua (left) and Louwill Cazilo are the spring 2017 recipients of the College's Saili le Atamai in-house scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by the Student Government Association, assists students with outstanding academic achievement who do not qualify for federal financial aid. [Photo: J. Kneubuhl]
The Division of Student Services at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) has announced the recipients for the spring 2017 semester of the College’s Saili le Atamai scholarship, sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA). In addition to recognizing outstanding academic performance...
WorldTech volunteer teacher (far right) who teaches at Ofu Elementary School and several Ofu residents in front of the Afioga Misaalefua Tausulu Palega Executive Office Building on Ofu Island in Manu’a. The building was dedicated yesterday. [photo: AF]
The Manu’a island group is now powered by solar energy after yesterday’s commissioning of the multi-million-dollar Ofu Solar Park project, which went live on Earth Day, Apr. 22, powering — at this time 80% — of Ofu and Olosega islands. ASPA Executive Director Utu Abe Malae told Samoa News on...
Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga T. Asuega [file photo]
Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga T. Asuega has called a meeting of traditional leaders of the Western District to discuss and hopefully resolve the issue regarding the Western District Governor post, which has been vacant since the passing of Lualemaga Faoa earlier this year. The public message...

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