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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga with his eyes closed and head bowed in a silent prayer, after calling for a moment of silence to remember the victims and survivors of Hurricane Harvey, which ravaged several areas of Texas and parts of Louisiana. The governor made the call during last Friday’s annual Workforce Appreciation Day at Veterans Memorial Stadium.  [photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
American Samoa observed a moment of silent on Friday, Sept. 1, during the annual Workforce Appreciation Day, to remember and pray for victims and survivors of Hurricane Harvey, which left behind devastation and destruction impacting communities on the Gulf Coast of the US mainland, especially in...
Chief Warrant Officer Sara Matos, assigned to the 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 9th MSC, labels a map with critical locations during Ocean Sun EDRE in American Samoa, 14-18 Aug. (Photo by Capt. Liana Kim)
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — A dozen Pacific Army Reserve Soldiers deployed to conduct “Ocean Sun” Emergency Disaster Response Exercise at the Konelio Pele U.S. Army Reserve Center, here, Aug. 14-18. “Training events like this enhance the mission capability and capacity of the 9th Mission Support...
The governor’s new nominees to the American Samoa Economic Development Board [l-r] Commerce Department deputy director Uili Leauanae, Chief Procurement Officer, Dr. Oreta Mapu Crichton; Public Works director Faleosina Voigt at the conclusion of their Senate confirmation hearing this past week. [photo: FS]
The Senate has endorsed Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s three nominees to the American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA); while the Fono is prepared to hold soon, committee hearings on an administration bill to amend a single provision of the local sex offender law, to comply with federal...
During the course of their investigative work, which includes looking into the source of illegal drugs in the territory, special agents with the local Homeland Security Department (ASDHS), will ask people who are being interviewed for their identification, according to Homeland Security director,...
[photo: Fili Sagapolutele]
A look at part of a large crowd representing both the government and private sector before the start Friday morning of the 5th annual Workforce Appreciation Day at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Early this week, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga declared next Monday, Sept. 4, as the Labor Day holiday in the...
(l-r) Deputy Police Commissioner, Vaimaga Maiava; local Homeland Security director Samana Semo Ve’ave’a; Human Resources director Eseneiaso Liu; Human and Social Services deputy director Muavaefa’atasi John Suisala, and Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale, testifying Wednesday before a Senate committee on a bill requiring drug testing for ASG employees, including elected officials.  [photo: FS]
A drug rehabilitation service and facility are included in the government’s plan, as ASG tackles the drug problem in American Samoa, which Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says is “poisoning our way of life and we must act now to root it out.” Provisions of a Senate bill that would require all ASG...
ASG Tax Manager, Tagoa’i Vaaimamao Poufa and ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipe’a, testifying before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, on an Administration bill updating the local individual income tax table to mirror federal tax law. See story for details.  [photo: FS]
Updating the American Samoa individual income tax table to mirror the federal code would mean taxpayers would be giving less money to the government, according to testimony yesterday by ASG officials. Senators, who plan to share the information with their constituents, welcomed the good news....
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale addressing the Senate Public Safety/Homeland Security Committee yesterday morning on a Senate bill, seeking to mandate a minimum 5-year jail term for drug convictions.  [photo: FS]
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale and Deputy Police Commissioner, Vaimaga Maiava, have voiced their support of a Senate bill, which mandates a minimum five-year imprisonment for those convicted of delivering, dispensing, distributing, possession with intent to deliver, dispense or distribute,...
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 A fishing vessel company that operated in and around American Samoa was convicted and sentenced today for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oil and garbage, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood of the Environment and Natural Resources...
	Dr. Thomas Petznick collects a specimen sample from a sow at one of the local pig farms during the ASCC-ACNR Swine Disease Survey in early August. [photo: D. Helsham]
The Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources Division (ACNR) of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) conducted a swine disease survey in the territory in early August. The project involved training ASCC agriculture students and local pig farmers in methods of conducting a swine health...

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