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LOIMATA MIKA Sentencing for Loimata Mika has been set for early next month after the defendant pled guilty to second degree burglary under a plea agreement which was accepted by the High Court during a change of plea hearing last Friday. Loimata Mika was initially charged with one felony count of...
Following a three-week recess, the Fono reconvened on Monday, with the House offering congratulations to Speaker Savali Talavou Ale, who got married off island, during the break. It was Rep. Vui Florence Saulo who made the announcement of the Speaker tying the knot. Savali’s new bride was not...
Congresswoman Amata addresses the panel during Wednesday’s hearing on Marine Ntl Monuments. [courtesy photo]
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata at a Natural Resources subcommittee hearing today, strenuously objected to the lack of local input, transparency and scientific scrutiny in the marine monument designation process.  Her colleagues, on the committee, echoed the Congresswoman’s sentiments...
[photo Tulaga Whitcomb]
The government has awarded a contract to a construction company for repair and improvements to the drainage for the area of the road in Ottoville, in front of the Mormon Church, that during rains creates a large pool of water— known as the “Mormon Lake.” Public Works director Faleosina Voigt,...
Despite impending uncertainties and challenges due to the closing of Samoa Tuna Processors Inc. cannery and the new administration of US President Donald Trump, there is hope that the White House will make good on its campaign promises to improve the nation’s economy, according to ASG Budget and...
Motorist will soon see a slight increase in the retail price of gasoline at local gas stations, with the release this week of the new maximum allowable price (MAP) or wholesale price of all petroleum products sold in American Samoa. For the new MAP — effective Mar. 15 to Apr. 14 — Office of...
A member of the team, headed by Jeremiah Masoli, speaking Monday morning to students, during the athletics clinic at Leone High School, which was the last public high school, visited by the team, during their one week on island. The San Francisco-based non-profit group CASEProject teamed up with Masoli, whose parents are from American Samoa, to set up literacy workshops — called “Samoan Voice” — and football clinics throughout last week, including a “football combine and skills clinic,” held last Saturday.
Before departing the territory Monday night, Jeremiah Masoli extended sincere appreciation and many thanks for the support from the local community during the weeklong literacy workshops and athletic clinics at public high schools. He was also very thankful to the Department of Youth and Women’s...
MEETING OF PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS FOR FOOD PLANT ONGOING Meetings off island with prospective investors in a local multi purpose food processing plant by Philippines based AVM Bernardo Engineering is ongoing, says Commerce Department Director Keniseli Lafaele. During his Senate confirmation hearing...
IOSE LIAINA JR. Chief Justice Michael Kruse has told a prosecutor that the government shouldn’t give the response of “I don’t know” many times, when asked about issues the court wants further details on. Kruse’s comments were made during last Friday's probation review hearing for Iose Liaina Jr.,...
Congresswman Aumua Amata [SN file photo]
Ensuring American Samoa continues to receive an increase in federal Capital Improvement Projects in the future, and American Samoa Government’s “high risk” status with the Interior Department’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) were two issues from Congresswoman Aumua Amata during a congressional...

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