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A man accused of possession of illegal drugs as well as possession of unregistered guns — a 12-gauge shotgun and a 22-caliber rifle — has had his bail set at $60,000. According to the criminal complaint, Tautua Letasi is charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute...
The four recipients of the 2017 National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) studies award at Virginia State University with their parents and (center, back row) the Director of Public Works Faleosina Voigt.  Seated (L-R): are the four students Morgan Ulu of Samoana High School, Nichole Semeatu and Vini Sipili of Tafuna High School and Casidhe Mahuka of Faasao Marist High School, who were selected from 52 applicants.  [Photo: EM]
Last week Friday the Department of Public Works hosted a private ceremony for the four high school students selected to attend and study at the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) at Virginia State University, in Petersburg, Virginia for 3- 4 weeks. The four students are Morgan Ulu of...
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In response to public complaints of favoritism in the issuance of refund checks, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has prohibited the Treasury Department from releasing tax refund checks, under the “Expedited Tax Refund Policy”. The governor’s policy outlined in a memo last month to ASG Treasury Uelinitone...
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Avril Louela Andales Regis is the Champion of the 2017 Samoa News Territorial Spelling Bee. Her winning word was “Despicable”. Major sponsor of the event is McDonald’s American Samoa. Avril left for Washington DC last Friday, to compete, representing American Samoa, in the Scripps National Spelling...
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Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is urging all smokers to refrain from smoking today, “in hope that it is a beginning of a life as a non-smoker.” He also urges all local residents to “support all activities planned by the Department of Health, Tobacco/Diabetes Prevention Control Programs, Tobacco/...
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LEUPENA ITELE The High Court has taken under advisement a plea agreement between the government and Leupena Itele, who is scheduled to return to court in July, at which time there is hope that the court has reached a decision on the plea. Itele was initially charged with one count each of second...
In this Samoa News file photo,  ASCC President Dr. Rosevonne Makaiwi-Pato after she delivered the keynote address for Manual Academy’s 8th grade graduation last week. (L-r) Pastor Lemmy Seumanu, Dr. Makaiwi-Pato, Donna Gurr -Vice Chairperson of the Manumalo Academy school board, and board member Tish Peau. [photo: Blue Chen-Fruean]
American Samoa Community College has been meeting with chief executives of the private sector on how the college can assist them, and one area identified so far is “leadership development” in which cabinet directors can help, says ASCC President Dr. Rosevonne Makaiwi Pato at last week’s cabinet...
CHILDREN’S CULTURE MAINTENANCE SUMMER PROGRAM Looking for something to keep the kids occupied during the summer months? Why not have them learn about the Samoan way of life during the Children’s Culture Maintenance Summer Program, hosted by the American Samoa Council on Arts, Culture, and...
Dr. Charles Birkeland and Dr. Alison Green with local scientists Motusaga Vaeoso and Alice Lawrence were in the water, completing the Aua Transect survey for the program’s 100th anniversary celebration last week. The survey is the oldest survey of a coral reef in the world. [photo: courtesy]
The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Aua Transect Village Project ended last Friday, but the work will continue. Dr. Charles Birkeland and Dr. Alison Green, two visiting scientists who have previously surveyed the transect and documented the state of the coral community on the 100th...
For the first time, the local Department of Health (DOH) will be awarding scholarships to graduates from the six public high schools, Manu’a HS included. The scholarships are made possible through grant funding from the World Health Organization (WHO) and will be awarded to seniors who have met the...

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