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BINGHAM SUIAUNOA After spending a week at the Territorial Correctional Facility, inmate Bingham Suiaunoa was released Tuesday per order of the court to await sentencing on Nov. 15t after he pled guilty early this week to a misdemeanor count of public peace disturbance. Suiaunoa was initially...
American Samoa Power Authority is getting a $30,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households (SEARCH) Program. The grant for American Samoa and 39 other states was announced Tuesday by US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in a...
Four complaints regarding the treatment by the local Education Department (ASDOE) of students with special needs filed and investigated by the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) were recently addressed when the USDOE issued its findings and conclusions for these cases. (...
A US Department of Education investigation has found that the local Education Department (ASDOE) failed to provide for students with disabilities attending Matafao Elementary School with one week of educational programs while their resource room was being repaired, according to a USDOE’s Office of...
Reduce petroleum use by land-based vehicles and explore the use of electronic vehicles, is one of the four renewable energy strategies outlined in the updated 2016 report of the American Samoa Energy Plan, released in September by the American Samoa Renewable Energy Committee, established some six...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga (fourth from left) was joined yesterday by local leaders in breaking ground for the shipyard’s $1 million project, which includes the construction of a two-story building at the shipyard’s site in Satala. Making land available for a StarKist cannery freezer is also cited by the Shipyard Authority as one of the reasons for the new building.  [photo: AF]
The ASG Shipyard Service Authority yesterday broke ground for a $1 million project, which includes the construction of a two-story building, as well as major improvements to the 3,000-ton slipway for large vessels and the 1,000-ton slipway for small vessels. Funded with proceeds from the American...
The traditional ‘ava ceremony, that opens the Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Festival. At center is the 2016 Miss American Samoa, Antonina Lilomaiva.  [photo: Zachary Zemby]
Alega, AM. SAMOA — A perfect weekend greeted skin art enthusiasts at Alega Bay for the 12th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Festival this past weekend. Setting the tone for this year’s event was the first-time Tatau Forum at American Samoa Community College. The event was well attended by students, members of...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is reminding all public and private employers of local election laws, which allow employees, who are registered voters, to go to the polls on Nov. 8 to cast their ballots, during two-consecutive hours. And with Election Day now only five-days away, the Election Office...
This 2012 photo shows hydroponic vertical stack drip method at Avegalio Farm Pavaiai [photo: USDA]
Agriculture Department acting director Peter Gurr says hydroponic vegetable farms on island have already been checked and “these guys were clean” and are allowed to continue to sell their vegetables to the federally funded school lunch program as well as in stores and restaurants. Gurr recommended...
Local attorney Marie Alailima says the federal agencies involved in fisheries “continue to ignore” the call from local traditional chiefs, government leaders and residents of American Samoa for meaningful discussions in issues impacting the territory’s resources. Alailima made the observation in...

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