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Miss American Samoa Antonina Lilomaiava, during her Siva Samoa in Savaii earlier this week. Antonina and all the other contestants visited Savaii as part of their pre-pageant activities.  (Miss Pacific Islands Photo: Su’a Hessed Ieremia)
Apia, SAMOA — Miss American Samoa Antonina Lilomaiava is putting everything into her preparations for the Miss Pacific Islands pageant with the main goal of bringing the title home to American Samoa.   Samoa News coverage of the Miss Pacific Islands pageant is brought to you by the Sheraton Hotels...
The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System wave buoy off Aunu’u that was recently tampered with. It’s the only wave buoy in the Samoan waters.  [photo: Kimball Milikan/via Samoa News]
Two weeks ago, the PacIOOS wave buoy was intentionally tampered with before it broke free from its mooring. The buoy will be out of the water and out of commission until replacement parts arrive on island, NOAA’s National Weather Service Office in Pago Pago said in a media release this week. Tepora...
The American Samoa Power Authority has implemented the second increment in its rate increase, and it went into effect on Nov. 21, 2016. It covers only wastewater and solid waste services, according to an ASPA notice, which also notes that there are no changes scheduled for electric and water rates...
The US Department of Labor is “considering all of our legal options” after a federal judge blocked a USDOJ final rule set into effect Dec. 1 that raises the exemption for salaried workers throughout the United States and American Samoa. Last week Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant...
UILITONI FOKETI A man, who was convicted in 2010 for unlawful drug possession, has been ordered by the High Court to depart American Samoa and return to his home country during the 15 years of his probation. Uilitoni Foketi appeared in High Court last Friday for a probation violation hearing where...
In this Oct. 5 Samoa News file photo, Dean J. Fletcher (left) is escorted by a police officer after his initial appearance in District Court the previous day.  [photo: AF]
Describing the fugitive as a flight risk and a danger to the community, US prosecutors have asked the federal court in Honolulu to detain without bond a US citizen wanted in Tonga for the alleged murder of his wife. Dean Jay Fletcher, who turned 54 years old this month while in custody in American...
San Diego-based American Tunaboat Association (ATA) is calling for, among other things, a “level playing field” and the protection of US fishing rights on the high seas at the 13th meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fishery Commission from Dec. 5- 9 Nadi, Fiji. Tri Marine International,...
Traditional leaders of Su’a County have selected new senators for Sua’s two senatorial seats when the new 35th Legislature convenes in January next year. Traditional leaders of Su’a County villages of Sailele, Masausi, Masefau, Afono, Fagaitua, Amaua, Auto, Avaio, Alega, Aumi and Laulii met last...
A member of the Paepaetele Mapu S. Jamias campaign team has questioned the Election Office policy on unused leftover ballots and has also called for the modernization of the local election process by using voting machines, in the 21st Century. Rosie Fuala’au Tago Lancaster was the poll watcher for...
Traditional leaders of Manu’a District No. 1, the counties of Ta’u, Faleasao and Fitiuta, have returned Sens. Galeai M. Tu’ufuli and Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga Nua for the next four years in the Senate. The two senators will be serving their second consecutive four-year terms. Galeai had previous...

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