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The 18-person NPS crew and leader who left to fight wildland fires in California. [courtesy photo]
An 18-person National Park of American Samoa crew and crew leader were scheduled to depart on Wednesday, August 2, from American Samoa to Northern California to fight wildland fires for 30 days. Once in California, the national park’s fire crew will receive their field assignment and work side-by-...
Brian Benjamin Loma when he was interviewed by the media outside the High Court last Friday, after Chief Justice Michael Kruse granted the government's motion to dismiss the case against him. [photo: AF]
A Hawaiian Airlines passenger from Colorado who was arrested for possession of marijuana back in September 2015 is now a free man, after Chief Justice Michael Kruse granted the government’s motion to dismiss the case against him last Friday.  Assistant Attorney General Gerald Murphy asked for a...
U.S. Federal District Court House, Honolulu. [All-Hawaii News]
The federal court in Honolulu has denied the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) motion for reconsideration, to amend the court decision issued this past March that found that the NMFS 2016 rule to reduce from 50 to 20 miles the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) in territorial waters “was...
BILLING CHANGES IN EFFECT FOR ASPA CUSTOMERS Last week, the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) announced changes in billing cycles and billing days, which go into effect this month. Instead of customers receiving bills in the mail after the 21st of each month, the semiautonomous agency will now...
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Tile Talamoa Tuala-Tamaalelagi is one of the local artists at the Jean P. Haydon Museum who helped out with the Children's Cultural Maintenance Summer Program that closed last Friday. When asked about his experience working with the children this year, Tuala-Tamaalelagi told Samoa News that one of...
First Lady Cynthia Malala Moliga did the honors of cutting the ribbon to open the new Territorial Bank of American Samoa, located at the Centennial Building in Utulei — the former site of the main branch of the Bank of Hawaii in the territory. The bank opened its doors in October 2016. [Photo: AF]
Visiting American Samoa is like stepping back in time — both because of its unsullied natural beauty and its antiquated banking system. The economy runs on cash, but until recently the island had just seven ATMs, only three of which usually worked, to serve 60,000 residents. It's common for...
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LBJ Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina told a US congressional panel that the low salary level in American Samoa is making it difficult to fill vacant positions for medical professionals at the hospital. This view is also cited by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, in his...
Seventy local kids participated in this year's Children's Cultural Maintenance Summer Program, held at the Jean P. Haydon Museum and hosted by the American Samoa Council on Arts and Humanities. Last Friday, the program closed yet another chapter in its 30+ year history. See story for full details.  [photo: Blue Chen-Fruean]
One of our islands’ most consistent and valuable summer programs came to a close last Friday, after the participants wowed their parents and teachers with special performances, bringing to life some of the many things they learned over the past month. The Children's Cultural Maintenance Summer...
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Last week, several businesses on the west side were broken in to and robbed. Samoa News has been unable to confirm if any suspects have been identified. Last Monday, thieves hit up the Tool Shop's Tafuna location. According to a company official, the culprit or culprits took off with some cash, and...
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SIVANILA TAUINAOLA  — A citizen of Samoa who has appeared in court six times for various crimes, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for his latest conviction on drug possession. The jail term for Sivanila Tauinaola, who was sentenced late last week in High Court, is among the conditions of...

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