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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a memo issued Tuesday, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga lifted the freeze on annual increments for locally funded positions for Executive Branch employees, following a recommendation by the Annual Increment Team, headed by Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga. The governor...
People sitting outside at LBJ hospital during power outage
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Local residents who were at the LBJ Medical Center Tuesday afternoon had to be evacuated and according to a security officer, it was because there was smoke in the building and a power outage. Reportedly, an employee had turned on a light switch that caused a power surge...
Tuna boats in port, American Samoa, 2009
Washington, D.C. — The US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced the tuna purse seine fishery in the "Effort Limit Area for Purse Seine" (ELAPS) will close as of Oct. 9. The rule was passed on Oct. 1, as a result of vessels reaching the 2019 limit on purse seine fishing effort in...
House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Fono Special Session officially closed last Friday after the Senate and House agreed on the final language of an Administration bill appropriating funds for the construction of a “new cement perimeter wall” around the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), and a...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A woman convicted of violating local drug laws is ordered to serve 180 days at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). Christina S. Malauulu, 48, who has been in custody since her arrest last month, unable to post a $5,000 surety bond, appeared in court last week...
Sandra King Young, director of the American Samoa Medicaid Office
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Medicaid Office has stopped paying for escorts for patients that are referred to New Zealand except in certain cases. The move comes because of incidents involving escorts and some patients which have put the referral programme in jeopardy. Sandra King...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the co-defendants in the Ottoville drug case from last year will serve 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) and thereafter, he is to depart the territory and remain outside of its borders for 5 years — the duration of his probation. Si’u...
Tualauta Rep. Larry Sanitoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tualauta Rep. Larry Sanitoa is stepping in to help out with what’s needed for repairs to several problem areas for the classroom and office serving Special Education students at Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School (NVTHS). This follows an email request last month...
Dogs left with no water or food
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As of last week, there was still no medication at the ASG Department of Agriculture Veterinary Clinic. And if that isn’t enough — a notice has been posted, informing all pet owners that as of Oct. 10th, the vet clinic no longer accepts any small pets (i.e. cats and dogs...
Tisa and Candyman aboard his fishing boat.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Public Health last week announced the closure of local tattoo shops, due to what is being described as an isolated infection issue. Tisa Faamuli told Samoa News over the weekend that this move is making it impossible for local tattoo artists to provide the public with...

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