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Ernie Haleck (middle) - the lead instructor in Firearms and Tactics for the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and DPS in American Samoa - briefing local police officers last week, on the last day of a 2-week training course that certifies them to carry weapons. See story for details.  [photo: AF]
Over two dozen local police officers, including sergeants, lieutenants, captains and commanders, were at the shooting range in Aoloau for two days participating in training drills that complete a 2-week course, which ultimately certifies them to carry weapons. Also present at the shooting range was...
US based Tri Marine International is urging a federal agency to grant its exemption request — made three years ago and supported by the American Samoa Government — dealing with US purse seiner fleets that deliver their catch to the canneries in the territory, whose economy is dependent on the...
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Last Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, Governor Lolo M. Moilga issued a General Memorandum that rescinds a prior memo issued in 2014, which appointed Tauese Va'aomala Sunia as Chief of Police for the Department of Public Safety (DPS). Lolo's memo follows a Sept. 29th memo issued by DPS Commissioner Le'i S....
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga last week announced the implementation of the new single Entry Form to eliminate the response burden and replication of information by completing two or more forms by travelers upon arrival into American Samoa. According to a press release from the Governor's Office...
Workers at StarKist Samoa in American Samoa will be out of work for five weeks when the plant shuts down later this month have sought federal assistance. The shutdown is needed to install equipment and other upgrades to ensure the plant works more efficiently. US congresswoman's local director,...
With the Executive Branch executive workforce returned to full 80 hours per pay period, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has set by executive order overtime and compensatory time policies - which has been a challenge for the governor over the years in controlling overtime and comp-time. During a cabinet...
During an oceanographic research sail aboard the vessel “Robert C. Seamans,” Sea Education Association staff lead ASCC students in the appropriate line hauling method to raise the main sail, the largest sail on the ship. (Photo. S. Woofter)
In late September, twenty American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Marine Science Students embarked aboard the Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Robert C. Seamans to conduct oceanographic research around Tutuila.  This is the fourth season where the SSV Robert C. Seamans, owned and operated by the Sea...
White Sunday 2014 [SN file photo]
The annual White Sunday celebration coupled with the Monday federal and local holiday (Discoverers’ Day), adds up to a three-day weekend — and a busy one at that — as residents gear up for a day dedicated to the children of American Samoa. For lawmakers, however, they are getting an extra day off:...
StarKist Samoa official, Taotasi Archie Soliai. [SN file photo]
Because of testimony by some private sector representatives that they hadn’t had thorough discussions with Port Administration on the proposed hike in port fees and charges, the Senate Transportation/ Port Administration Committee has postponed taking complete testimonies from business members on...
Rendering of the proposed new Fono Building. [SN file photo]
Because of testimonies by some private sector representatives that they hadn’t had thorough discussions with Port Administration on the proposed hike in port fees and charges, the Senate Transportation/ Port Administration Committee has postponed taking complete testimonies from business members on...

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