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Traditional leaders of Fagatogo, Utulei and Fagaalu last Friday afternoon following a meeting to select its next senator. The leaders selected Fano Mitch Shimasaki (middle in brown).  [photo: AF]]
Following a traditional Samoa meeting last Friday, the tradition leaders of Fagatogo, Utulei and Fagaalu selected Fano Mitch Shimasaki as their Senator for the next four years when the new Legislature convenes in January next year. Fano will represent one of the three senatorial seats for Maoputasi...
As part of the settlement agreement with the federal government, the local Department of Education (ASDOE) has agreed to put in place by early next year, policies and procedures to ensure that students with disabilities attending public schools are entitled to a free education as required by...
The Faoa-Sanitoa team during a debate prior to the recent election. [SN file photo]
Chief election officer Uiagalelei Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei had responded immediately to the concerns raised by the gubernatorial team of Faoa Aitofele Sunia and Rep. Larry Sanitoa regarding matters the team says are “causing concerns for our committee.” The gubernatorial team’s letter, signed by Faoa...
A man who tried to cause serious harm to his wife with a machete was sentenced last Friday by the High Court to 60-months in jail followed by 10 years of probation. However after the court reviewed all information presented in this case as well as the arguments from the defense and an apology by...
A look at the Luani Family car that was destroyed by a fire last week.[Courtesy Photo: Luani Family]
The Luani family whose two homes and vehicle were completely destroyed by a fire last week is seeking assistance from members of the public. Police Commissioner, Save Liuato Tuitele told Samoa News last week that the investigation is underway by the Fire Department, with the Criminal Investigation...
The new YAG laser (left on the table) as well as the eye examination/procedure chair seen last Thursday afternoon the LBJ Medical Center’s Eye Clinic.  [photo: FS]
With the generous support from an Oregon couple, the LBJ Medical Center has new equipment for the Eye Clinic, and this includes a $40,000 yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) III laser, which will help patients waiting for eye surgery — allowing for surgery to happen sooner. The Oregon couple, Kathy and...
Newly selected Senator Tuaolo in a Samoa News file photo.
Senator Tuaolo Vaivao Manaia Fruean will return as senator for Ma’oputasi District when the new Legislature is sworn in next year. “I feel good, everything is fine,” Tuaolo told Samoa News yesterday when asked about his feelings towards the decision. The Pago Pago village council of chiefs...

Former Lt. Gov. Faoa in a Samoa News file photo.
American Samoa Government Employee Retirement Fund (ASGERF) Office Executive Director, I’aulualo Talia Fa’afetai has kept his word —  when he first took the position of the Office’s director he said they would be auditing the benefits distribution account to determine if there are discrepancies....
Agriculture Department acting director Peter Gurr says DOA farm inspectors will be visiting the majority of local farms by the end of next week, and some farms have been issued certificates by DOA to sell locally grown vegetables on the roadside, markets, stores and restaurants. On Oct. 25, Gurr...
The three finalists in Lau Gagana! Tuvaaga Tusiga Tala Faasamoa, a writing competition in the Samoan language organized by the ASCC Samoan Studies Institute are (left to right) second place winner Andrea Faalei'ua, first place winner Dorothy Mana'o, and third place winner Oneata Melody R. Soi.  [Photo: J. Kneubuhl]
            The Samoan Studies Institute (SSI) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) held an awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 1st, to recognize the top three finalists in its Samoan language writing competition Lau Gagana! Tauvaga Tusiga Tala Faasamoa. ASCC student Ms. Dorothy Mana’o...

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