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Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Certain fees will increase for immigration services, including the Certificate of Identify fee, which will double from $50 to $100 — but at the same time, it will be valid for one-year instead of six months, under proposed amendments by the Attorney General’s Office to...
Fill dirt washed out of ditch in Kokoland
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This recent photo taken by Tualauta Rep. Larry Sanitoa shows a large ditch along the side of the road entering the Kokoland area, next to the CCCAS Ierusalema Fou Church. This is an area of the road that was dug by Paramount Builders Inc., which was contracted by the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — StarKist Co., which operates StarKist Samoa in the territory, has lent support to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) proposed rule that would expand the definition of "variety”, saying “it would provide small format retailers with greater flexibility to stock healthy,...
Just say no to marijuana
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating local drug laws has admitted to the charge against him. Luluga Onosa’i, a 35-year-old taxi driver from Samoa, pled out last week. Onosa’i was initially charged with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), a...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting his brother-in-law has been sentenced in District Court to 12 months probation, after he pled guilty to third-degree assault under a plea agreement with the government last week. When given the chance to address the court, Soli Laupama, who...
PTSD Awareness Month banner
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —This month, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is recognizing National PTSD Awareness Month, an important topic of concern for our veterans and armed forces. She released the following statement highlighting the serious nature of this national health need: “This year, the...
DOC director Keniseli Lafaele
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 2018 Agriculture Census for Ta’u in the Manu’a island group got underway this week and will take two weeks, according to the Commerce Department, which officially launched the Agriculture Census on May 1st, starting with Tutuila with public awareness programs through...
ASCC - Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources Division
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Safety Day for Children 2019 is this Thursday and youngsters between 6 and 14 years old are invited to sign up and register for this annual program, hosted by the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Agriculture Community and Natural Resources (Land Grant Program);...
ASCC marine science students and Olosega Elementary School students
Ofu, MANUA — While the near-shore reef pools of Toaga beach in Ofu are world famous amongst coral reef researchers, many American Samoa residents have not visited them. Faculty and students from the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Marine Science Program, with support from the science...
Fatu ma Futi above and below the water line.
University of Newcastle, AUSTRALIA — A geologic one-two punch rocked the South Pacific in September 2009, as a magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck off the coast of the island nation of Samoa, followed mere moments later by a similarly intense tremor. A towering tsunami soon crashed onto the shores of...

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