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Boat captain for the NMSAS research vessel - RV Manuma - Peter Taliva'a making a brief presentation on the traditional way to maintain a healthy taufusi (taro plantation).  [Courtesy photo]
From exciting site visits to learning about traditional Samoan taro planting methods, the three dozen kids currently participating in the 2017 Summer F.I.T. Camp will be taking with them so much more than they expected. FIT, which stands for "Functional. Interactive. Training" is a three-week...
A screen shot from live video of the US House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs hearing on Tuesday, shows US Interior Department official Thomas Bussanich responding to questions from US Rep. Bruce Westerman, regarding the impact of federal policies — ocean monuments and sanctuaries expansions — on American Samoa.  [photo: US House subcommittee video]
Expansion of national marine sanctuaries as well as prohibition placed on fishing in the high seas are two federal policies that Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says have impacted the development of the local economy and are taking away local revenues that could help the LBJ Medical Center. This is...
American Samoa’s population has a slight increase of 100 persons  since July last year, according to the “2017 Mid-Year Population estimate” released early this week by the ASG Commerce Department. The estimated population for American Samoa is 60,300 according to DOC data - which shows that the...
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MOI KERESETA — A 58-year-old man from Faleniu, accused by the government of breaking the glass door of a store, after the storeowner refused to sell him beer because he was already intoxicated, was among the 14 people taken into police custody over the weekend. Moi Kereseta, aka Mr. Saleka, is...
The atrium area of the EOB in Utulei was jammed packed yesterday afternoon after participants in the Summer Youth Employment Program were notified that their paychecks were ready for pick-up. [photo: Sabrina Sinapati]
The more than 800 youth who are currently working under the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) this year did not receive paychecks this past Monday, which was government payday. Since then, Samoa News has been bombarded with phone calls and email inquiries from parents wanting to know when...
Commander for the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Marine Safety Detachment Unit in Pago Pago, Lt. Tanner Stiehl confirmed to Samoa News yesterday that one of the three incidents mentioned by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga in a July 13th letter to the USCG and AS-EPA involved a product that is not...
It would seem the financial woes of American Samoa are pervasive — affecting all areas of government, including the Public Defender’s Office. And while a shortage of lawyers is its oft complaint, this time, a complaint is being made against the Public Defender’s Office for not paying the bill of a...
On July 10, 1968, Brian Cruz Conboy was born at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center. Brian is being held by his mother Josephine who moved to the territory with her husband Roy and their children after Roy received a contract job to work as principal for Nua Elementary School in 1966. Brian returned to his birthplace two weeks ago, 49 years after he left. See story for full details.  [photo: courtesy]
For his 49th birthday, Brian Cruz Conboy knew exactly where he wanted to celebrate. On a tiny island in the South Pacific where he was born — American Samoa. Brian, a Palagi man whose parents relocated to the territory back in the 1960s, returned home to Long Beach, CA last Friday after visiting...
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14 TAKEN INTO POLICE CUSTODY OVER THE WEEKEND It was a busy weekend for police responding to calls for assistance. Fourteen people were taken into custody and held at the Territorial Correctional Facility over the weekend. They appeared yesterday morning for their initial appearances before...
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Some senators have suggested that the Education Department hire security guards to watch over public school facilities at night and over the weekend to prevent break-ins and damages to school property. The suggestion, along with recommendations to build fences around all public school campuses, was...

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