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StarKist employees entering the canning plant in American Samoa.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the decision by a federal court judge in San Francisco to sentence StarKist Co., to a fine of $100 million “is unsettling for me, given the potential adverse impact on its proposed production capacity expansion” for its StarKist Samoa plant...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three faipule have proposed major changes to the ASG Employees’ Retirement Fund law, which include having three members elected by Retirement Fund members and mandating an annual board meeting to be held in American Samoa. Sponsored by Reps. Larry Sanitoa, Andra Samoa,...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer from Samoa who pled guilty to meth possession is ordered to serve 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of her 5-year probation sentence. Lili Apolo — who has been in the territory illegally for 11 years — appeared in High...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man involved in the case where 4 males were charged and convicted of shooting at the Leone Substation a few years ago was arrested last week on drug charges. Sinapati Tuufaanatu made his initial appearance in District Court this week. He later waived his right to a...
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson (right) and two other Public Safety officials
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson and two other Public Safety officials appeared Wednesday morning for about 15-minutes for the Dept. of Public Safety’s FY 2020 budget hearing before the Fono Joint Budget Committee. Among the handful of issues raised during the...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, in a memorandum dated Sept. 9, 2019, has once again raised the longstanding issue of government vehicle abuse. Addressed to the Secretary of Samoan Affairs, CEOs, directors, and executive directors of ASG departments and agencies, Lolo...
The ASPA Operations building in Tafuna
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Revenue projection for utility rates for the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) FY 2020 budget proposal is based on the assumption that — among other things — the authority’s board of directors will approve a base rate hike effective next month, collecting just over $...
American Samoa Executive Office Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More than $1.8 million in tax refund checks - covering both local and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) — will be released on Friday, Sept. 13th. In a brief statement issued Wednesday afternoon, ASG Treasurer, Uelinitone Tonumaipe’a said Friday’s tax refunds are for...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed more than $1 million in federal funds for coral reef conservation in American Samoa over the next two years. These federal funds through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency within the U.S. Commerce Department,...
Photo of high surf on Aunu'u
Aunu'u, AMERICAN SAMOA — A photo of the recent damage done to Aunu’u Island when monstrous waves came crashing down near homes, flooding people’s front yards and raising concerns from residents who are calling on government officials to take action before tragedy strikes. Samoa News was sent this...

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