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Rendering of the proposed new Fono Building. [SN file photo]
Of the four divisions of the Fono - Senate, House of Representatives, Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB), and the Legislative Finance Office (LFO) - the LRB has the least number of employees with 24, getting paid a total of $829,500. This is according to a copy of the Fono's 2018 final budget —...
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Chief Justice Michael Kruse is asking DPS Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson for an opportunity to allow his court marshals to participate in future firearms training and lethal/ nonlethal qualification sessions. The request was noted in Kruse's letter to Le’i last week, in response to an invitation...
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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to raise awareness in Congress of the needs of American Samoa’s workers who will be temporarily out of work this Thanksgiving season. “I wanted to take this opportunity to make other Members of...
This May 2014 photo provided by Tri Marine International shows attendees of one of the fresh fish training workshops held at the Samoa Tuna Processors (STP) facility in Atu’u. Part of a fishery development grant from the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council went towards the workshops. See story for details.  [photo: Tri Marine]
Last week’s 171st Meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council hosted by American Samoa, revealed that the Council provided financial assistance for the construction of a small longline dock at Tri Marine International’s Samoa Tuna Processors (STP) cannery at Atu’u. The...
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District Court Judge Fiti Sunia dismissed another drug case this week, after the court found no probable cause to bind the case against Methodist Kuka Mika over to the High Court. The court believes the police officers' search of Mika during a traffic stop last month was unlawful, and violated the...
Chief Clerk of the House, Fialupe Felila Fiaui Lutu, garnered the most votes during Tuesday’s Special Election for Representative District #5, Sua #1, according to “unofficial results” from the Election Office. The results will become official following a 7-day period, in accordance with local law. [photo: AF]
Chief Clerk of the House, Fialupe Felila Fiaui Lutu, garnered the most votes during Tuesday’s Special Election for House of Representatives District #5, Sua #1 — which comprises Fagaitua, Amaua, Auto, Avaio, Alega, Aumi and Laulii, according to “unofficial results”, released by Chief Election...
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A sneak peek at the nearly completed Community Swimming Pool at Lions Park. The funds for the project come from nearly 15 years worth of fundraising activities that include the Rotary Club's annual golf tournaments, private donations, and help from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). “It...
“For the survival of American Samoa, the US [flag] fleet needs those  3,882 high sea” fishing days, declared William M. Sardinha, a San  Diego based tuna vessel manager and consultant. “And let's be frank,  if the tuna industry leaves American Samoa, their future economy will  be almost totally...
Now certified, Bluesky Technical staff successfully completed safety and rescue training, allowing for Bluesky to ensure employee safety.  [Courtesy photo]
Bluesky Technical staff members have successfully completed safety and rescue training, and are now certified in Telecommunications Tower climbing safety, Fall protection and rescue operations.  The program evaluates current procedures and provides onsite climbing, rigging, rescue and...
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This is the second installment of a four-part report on the Fono's budget — which totals nearly $7 million for FY 2018 — and includes a breakdown of where taxpayer funds are being spent by the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Legislative Finance Office (LFO), and the Legislative Reference...

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