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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Executive Officer of the American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority (ASTCA) Pulelei’ite Li’amatua Tufele Jr. passed away peacefully at the LBJ Medical Center early Friday evening. The news of Pulelei’ite’s death sent shockwaves across the territory. Over 100...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa and American Samoa are being used by foreigners who are non-Samoans to smuggle drugs into the countries.  So claims American Samoa’s Deputy Treasurer, Keith Gebauer, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.  Recently, American Samoa Customs presented to a...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Bishop Peter Brown of the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago was presented a cyclone claim settlement check of $152,732.49 for cyclone Gita damages to the diocese properties insured with National Pacific Insurance Ltd. Presenting the check to the Diocese is Tower CEO Richard...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tafuna High School class of 2014 valedictorian Nerisa Vee Taua still keeps her nose in the books. Currently attending Chaminade University majoring in environmental studies, Taua is a senior who has received a full-ride scholarship to pursue her master’s degree at Purdue...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson has issued a threat, warning Samoa News yesterday morning not to use his private email anymore to send any inquiries regarding the services of the Department of Public Safety (DPS). He wants Samoa News to use his “official work...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A representative from Island Technologies Inc. in Faleniu has denied reports that they employed an over stayer from Fiji last year and underpaid him ($60 a week). According to a representative, their company never hired Rusiate Tabete nor did they pay him the amount he...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — People in American Samoa are eagerly anticipating this week's first taro shipment in two months from neighboring Samoa. The ban on Samoan taro exports to the territory was lifted this week after high level talks. Initially, American Samoa suspended the importation of...
St. George’s, GRENADA — Those attending a gathering of the United Nations Decolonization Committee are hearing about the challenges American Samoa faces in its relationship with the US, and the “way forward” as far as a future political status of the US territory. Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo...
Sacramento, CA — Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West announced this week that SBA has approved more than $5 million in federal disaster loans for American Samoa businesses and residents impacted by Tropical Storm Gita that...
Washington, D.C.  — Congresswoman Aumua Amata voted to permanently preserve and protect a historic site in Kentucky under the mission of the National Park Service, as the Natural Resources Committee advanced six bills, and highlighted our own National Park of American Samoa. “I have great...

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