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Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has issued a bench warrant — without bail — to arrest Tautua Letasi, after he failed to appear in High Court last Friday for an Order to Show Cause (OSC) hearing. Letasi, who has several outstanding warrants in his name, was scheduled to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Fishing on high seas and fish aggregating devices (FAD) management are among the concerns and issues for the US-based American Tuna Association (ATA) that are expected to be shared at this week’s 15th Meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission which...
National Weather Service, Pago Pago
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As of 2:16 p.m. yesterday, a wind advisory, high surf advisory, and flash flood watch remained in effect for American Samoa. Wet conditions that developed over the weekend got worse yesterday morning when traffic in certain areas around the territory was slowed, due to...
Dr. Akenese Nikolao
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Commencement for the fall 2018 semester at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC), the 69th since the College’s inception in 1970, will take place this Friday, December 14, beginning at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Multi-Purpose Building.  The estimated...
Aerial view of Starkist canning plant in American Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — StarKist Inc., is looking at relocating some of its production from California to American Samoa, creating up to 300 new jobs, according to a summary report by Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga, following meetings last month in Washington D.C. with US Department of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 32-year-old man from Poloa was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting a woman. The government claims that on Dec. 5, 2018, a woman walked into the Tafuna Substation to report her daughter was punched in the mouth by a man named Lani Selota at their home in Poloa....
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Honolulu, HAWAII — The US government has called on the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission for informed deliberation on fisheries issues impacting the US, especially a provision approved at last year’s WCPFC meeting, to help American Samoa’s economy, which depends on the tuna and...
[Left – Right] Soliali'i Falepo (Am. Samoa Government), H. Gingerlei Porter (UH PITD/Pacific RANET Project), Bonnelley Pau'ulu (Am. Samoa Government), Amit Sighn (Fiji Meteorological Service), Ray Tanabe (NOAA/NWS Pacific Region), ‘Ofa Fa’anunu (Tonga Meteorological Service), Christina Higa (UH TASI), Jimmy Gomoga (Papua New Guinea Meteorological Service) and Terry Atalifo (Fiji Meteorological Service).
Honolulu, HAWAII  — The Pacific RANET Project last week presented several equipment itmes and instruments to Pacific Island Countries to assist with ongoing disaster preparedness and planning and data collection to further improve weather forecasts.  Since 2003, the Pacific RAdio And InterNET...
Pictured (l-r): Hyun Chui Yoon (secretary); Hyon Chong Park (current president); LBJ CEO Faumuina John Faumuina; Seong Lim Heo (incoming president); and Taek Yong Kweon (accountant/treasurer).
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Last Friday morning, officials from the local Korean Community presented a $2,000 donation to the LBJ Medical Center. Accepting the gift on behalf of the territory's only hospital was chief executive officer Faumuina John Faumuina (center). Current president for the...
2019 Territorial Teacher of the Year (TTOY), Jordanna Maga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “I am the product of public education,” declared 2019 Territorial Teacher of the Year (TTOY), Jordanna Maga, during her speech at a Department of Education celebration last Friday evening at Tradewinds Hotel, where the Tafuna High School Mathematics teacher dedicated the...

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