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Drug defendant Marty Tanielu outside of the District Court last Wednesday, where he made his initial appearance on two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.  [photo: AF]
A man with two bench warrants issued by the District Court for failure to appear for two separate cases was arrested for alleged possession of methamphetamine last Wednesday, when the vehicle he was driving was stopped by detectives from the DPS Vice and Narcotics Unit in front of a store in Tafuna...
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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has dismissed criticism circulating in the community that he is “anti-canneries”, saying that only a governor who isn't right in the head — ‘e leaga le ulu’ — would be against the canneries, the lifeline of many families in American Samoa. Lolo made the comment during last...
 Cannery, American Samoa[ Photo: Supplied]
Nearly 2,000 employees at a cannery in American Samoa will be returning to work this week, after five weeks without pay. The workers at StarKist Samoa have been without pay cheques since production was shut down to upgrade the plant, which was part of a settlement between the plant at the US...
An example of the condifition of the field during week 5 of the current ASHSAA football season. [SN file photo]
Concerned with the “steady decrepit condition” of the Veterans Memorial Stadium field, where high school football games are played, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed a three-member task force to carry out resurfacing of the field. There have been concerns raised with the administration over...
Preparing the area in front of the Jean P. Hayden Museum, for the construction of a new 2-story structure that will provide more storage, office and display space for the Jean P. Hayden Museum. [SN file photo / Blue Chen-Fruean]
The proposed two-story extension to the Jean P. Hayden Museum in Fagatogo is moving forward as planned. As the museum undergoes major reconstruction work to the existing building and the erection of a new one, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has made changes of his own, appointing new members for the...
ASPA’s Managing Director Paul Young (right) pictured during a recent trip to Tonga to procure electricity poles manufactured by the Tonga Forestry and Milling Company. [photo: provided by DOC]
With the territory already facing difficult times — including the 5 week temporary closure of StarKist Samoa and the previous reduction in ASG working hours — the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) Board of Directors has “unanimously” approved a recommendation to delay the rate hike for water,...
Although the 'Love Thy Neighbor' food drive ended last week, with the distribution of hundreds of care packages for cannery workers, the cadets of the JROTC program at Fagaitua HS donated a huge amount of nonperishable food items, as part of their annual Thanksgiving food drive. Coordinator of the...
The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) has completed a week of inspections in the Manu’a Islands. The main focus of the visitation was to conduct piggery inspections, educational outreach in schools, and perform joint inspections with field office on the islands of Ta’u and Ofu...
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A man from Samoa pled guilty on Wednesday to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl over a span of nearly five months. Ashley Afamasaga, 24, is an overstayer who was initial slapped with 8 felony charges, including two counts of rape, two counts of sodomy, and 4 counts of sexual abuse in the first...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is hopeful for an expedited Fono approval of proposed amendments to local statute, which established the Territorial Bank of American Samoa, that would allow the government-owned commercial bank to obtain a long awaited routing number. If the Fono takes swift action, Lolo...

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