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As the Lolo Administration begins its second four-year term, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is moving to approve organizational charts for all executive branch departments and offices. This was an initiative the administration was hoping to complete in the last four years. During last year’s fiscal year...
Hawaiian Airlines has delayed the planned three weekly flights for American Samoa until some time next year, says Commerce Department acting director Keniseli Lafaele, who also said that the proposed development of the old Rainmaker Hotel site, is aligned with the thinking of increased tourist...
Director-nominee for the Department of Human and Social Services, Taeaoafua Dr Meki Solomona with DHSS employees following his confirmation hearing before the House of Representatives yesterday morning. The House in a vote of 13- 5 passed the nomination and he now awaits Senate confirmation.  [Photo: JL]
The director-nominee for the Department of Human and Social Services, Taeaoafua Meki Solomona, during his confirmation before the House of Representatives yesterday, publicly addressed — for the first time — an incident that was recorded during an alleged meeting that the then-DHSS director had...
A woman and her son have been criminally charged by the police in connection to a case based on a family quarrel, which resulted in an alleged shooting incident that happened in Vaitogi last month. Elaine “Laau” Michaels is facing charges of burglary and misdemeanor assault while her son, Lawrence...
Le’i Sonny Thompson last Friday morning at the Fono after his Senate confirmation hearing as Police Commissioner, a post which he now officially holds after being confirmed by both the Senate and House.  [photo: FS]
Drug cases where illegal substances are sent through the US Postal Service but end up being dismissed by the court, is one of the issues raised by both the House and Senate during confirmation hearings for Talauega Eleasalo Ale as Attorney General and Le’i Sonny Thompson as Police Commissioner. Le’...
Catherine D. Aigamaua Saelua last Friday at the Fono after her Senate confirmation hearing as Budget and Planning Office director. The Fono has since officially confirmed her to the directorship post.  [photo: FS]
Another pair of cabinet appointees — Le’i Sonny Thompson as Police Commissioner and Catherine Dora Aigamaua Saelua as Budget and Planning Office director — were officially confirmed by the Fono, last Friday. The Senate in separate unanimous ‘yea’ votes of 16-0 handed final decisions down last...
Through a memo issued last Friday, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga reaffirmed his verbal orders for director-appointees not to travel off island until after their confirmation process. He also directed that cabinet members absent from work for personal reasons or unofficial off island travel require...
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has once again frozen the annual increment which was reinstated in October 2015 after it was first suspended when the Lolo and Lemanu Administration first took office in 2013. The suspension of the step-increments was announced in the Cost Containment Measure (CCM)...
ASCC Samoan Studies Institue (SSI) Director Keseta Okenaisa Fauolo-Manila (second left) is seen here with members of her staff who collaborated on the new publication "O Lo'u Nuu o Fagatogo" or "Fagatogo, My Village." They are (l-r) Teleiai Christian Ausage, former SSI faculty Tofa Nunuimalo Apisaloma Toleafoa. and Fale Tipa.  [Courtesy Photo]
On Saturday, January 28, staff members from the Samoan Studies Institute (SSI) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) joined members of the Fagatogo Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (CCCAS) to launch a new publication that focuses on the oral history of Fagatogo Village....
A screen shot of a video taken by Frank Barron of the incident that happened last Thursday afternoon, where the oil tanker, CSC Brave, crashed into the stern (back) of a purse seiner vessel docked at the main-dock area where fishing nets are repaired, near the Fuel Dock. Samoa News was told at the time that the incident looked like it had been caused by government tugboats, however, Port Administration says no, it was caused by the tanker’s engine problems. US Coast Guard’s investigation of the incident is
The U.S Coast Guard is conducting an investigation into an incident last Thursday afternoon, where the oil tanker, CSC Brave, crashed into the rear of a purse seiner vessel docked at the main-dock area where fishing nets are repaired, near the Fuel Dock. The incident, recorded on video by a person...

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