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One of the youngest participants in this year's Sanctuary Summer Science in the Village (SSSV) program, learning how to properly use a fishing pole during one of four Tautai Fagota Fishing Derbies  hosted by the NMSAS and local sponsor SOPAC/Aloha Maid.  [photo: BC]
FUN FILLED FISHING DERBIES — The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) and major sponsor South Pacific (SOPAC) Distributors/Aloha Maid held four Tautai Fagota Fishing Derbies in Ta'u, Leone, Aunu'u and Vaitogi. The derbies were the culmination of the Sanctuary Summer Science in the...
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The High Court has ordered Apelu Saito Lilo, convicted of having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl, to depart American Samoa and return home to Samoa, upon serving his jail term at the Territorial Correctional Facility. Lilo, 20, was initially charged with one count each of child...
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During his testimony before the members of the Subcommittee of Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs this week, LBJ Medical Center CEO Taufete'e John Faumuina focused on areas of challenges or needs at the local hospital. They are: Compliance with CMS standards; inadequate staffing and...
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The American Samoa Area Health Education Center (AHEC) summer program is in full swing and the participants have been engaged in various activities. Thursday, the group made their first of three planned visits to the LBJ Medical Center in Fagaalu for orientation, after which they will begin...
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The Lolo Administration, as promised, has proposed to change the way the excise tax is imposed on imported beer, heavy equipment and secondhand goods, while imposing a new import tax on non-carbonated sugary drinks — which the government claims is a “health hazard” to local residents. The proposed...
Because of the many opportunities available for them in the territory, more and more Filipinos are choosing to settle down in American Samoa. For many of them, this means they are limited in the number of times they can travel home to visit family members and friends. One key reason is the...
 [l-r] Hope House board chairman Ta’afano Joe Tavale; BoH executive EJ Tyler Ozu; BoH executive Jon Murakami;  Monsignor Viane Etuale, Vicar General of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago; BoH executive Hobbs Lowson; and Hope House board member Larry Sanitoa, chairman of the Hope House 30th Anniversary Committee - pictured yesterday before BOH executives made its annual $10,000 donation to Hope House.  [photo: FS]
Preparations are underway to mark the 30th anniversary of Hope House, which accepted its first elderly resident three decades ago and is the only facility of its kind in American Samoa providing 24-7 care for elderly patients, the terminally ill, and children with severe disabilities. Hope House...
A screen shot from live video of the US House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs hearing on Tuesday, shows ASG Medicaid Agency director Sandra King-Young, responding to questions from Puerto Rico Congresswoman Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon on how ASG came up with $200 million price tag for a proposed new hospital.  [photo: US House subcommittee video]
American Samoa’s ballpark figure of $200 million for a new hospital, with a request to be funded by the federal government, has no supporting documents, but it’s an “unofficial” amount for the proposed facility on ASG’s “wish list”, according to testimony by American Samoa Medicaid Agency director...
Some of the office equipment that was up for grabs during the government's public auction held two weeks ago at the Office of Property Management. The majority of the items were sold, expect for a few small electronic devices which have been donated to local non-profit organizations. See story for full details.  [photo: Blue Chen-Fruean]
Because several winning bidders have been unable to cough up the remaining 90% of their total bid package submitted on items that were up for sale during the government auction two weeks ago, an exact dollar amount of what ASG stands to collect is still not known. Hundreds of items —including...
ANOTHER DROP IN FUEL PRICES FOR AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa is seeing another drop across the board on all fuel products sold in the territory thanks to a decrease in crude oil price last month, according to the latest data from the ASG Office of Petroleum Management (OPM). The new fuel prices...

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