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Sen. Magalei Logovi’i has voiced to ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipea the government policy when it comes to reimbursing the public if they are overcharged; for example, the registration renewal of vehicles at the Office of Motor Vehicles that appears to have overcharged car owners for many years...
Rose Atoll Marine National Monument [photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service]
Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) Chief Fisheries Biologist, Domingo Ochavillo has shared concerns with US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, over the designation of Rose Atoll as a marine monument; and also argues that expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is encouraged by US President Donald Trump’s “desire to put American first” and he hopes that this “applies to American Samoa and our tuna industry,” according to the governor’s letter to US Secretary of Interior, Ryan Z. Zinke. Lolo was responding to Zinke’s separate...
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga wants to know more about the green substance floating on the waters at Pago Pago Harbor. The Governor's concerns were outlined in a July 13th letter to Ameko Pato, the director of the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA), and Lt. Tanner Stiehl of the...
Miss American Samoa Antonina Lilomaiava performing the traditional Samoan Ava ceremony to welcome the guests of the 104th Annual Conference for the Association of Pacific Ports. See story for full details.  [photo: TG]
American Samoa is playing host this week to more than 60 guests, which includes officials and representatives from 11 ports throughout the Pacific region — from Washington state to Tonga — for a one-week conference to network and discuss challenges faced by each port authority in the Pacific. The...
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During a Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing last Friday morning, Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie called on ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipea to immediately halt taking federal deductions from allowance checks for senators. The committee hearing followed complaints and...
Faavale Aiga Muipu of Aua {SN file photo]
It has been nearly two weeks since a Samoan man in Federal Way, WA allegedly shot his girlfriend — also Samoan — to death. Chris Tavita of Aoa has been charged with first degree manslaughter for the shooting death of his girlfriend, 21-year-old Faavale Aiga Muipu of Aua, a 2013 graduate of Samoana...
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Pictured is the 14-member ASDOE delegation heading to Koror, Palau for the 30th Pacific Education Conference (PEC), set for July 17-21 under the theme, ‘Quality and Sustainability in Education for Student Success’. ASDOE deputy director Faaui Vaitautolu is heading the delegation — made up of nine...
US-based StarKist Co. is willing to work with the Trump Administration to find more effective ways to protect the ocean and US waters, but it must be done in a way “that is science based and does not unfairly hurt the American Samoan economy and our US fishermen,” according to the company’s Seafood...
A look at some of American Samoa's brave men and women who are proudly serving in the United States Army and stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. The group was very much a part of last week's cultural celebrations during the week-long festivities for Flag Day in Washington state. Samoa News thanks you for your service! [photo: courtesy]
The local US Army Recruiting Station has done it again. Breaking records as far as getting the territory's future heroes on their way to being 'Army Strong'. On Sept. 9,  2014, the local US Army Recruiting Station was ranked #1 (worldwide) in production out of the 885 Army recruiting stations and...

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