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A look at the area in Aua where oil contaminants were found last week
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Oil Contaminants were found Oct. 1, 2018 at Leloaloa, during trenching activity for the sewer main line. According to information from an official at the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA), upon discovery of the oil contaminants, immediate corrective action is to put...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 35th Legislature officially ended yesterday with the 4th Regular Session, and House members seeking re-election will now focus their efforts on their campaign — while two faipule who are running unopposed have no worries about returning to the Fono next year. The...
Sisi Spitzenberg receiving a stipend for her dad
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Breast cancer awareness month is about more than wearing pink, fun runs and proclamations. These are great, and important – they do get people’s attention, hence the ‘raising awareness’ part.  But the purpose of raising all this awareness is to inspire ACTION! To...
Governor’s Chief of Staff, Fiu Saelua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After a long period of investigation, criminal charges against the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Fiu Johnny Saelua were finally filed in District Court this week Monday by the Independent Prosecutor (IP). Sources told Samoa News that following the case being filed in court...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata with Chairman Schuster and Secretary Chao.
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed U.S. Senate approval of her cabotage bill to promote reliable air service in American Samoa. Additionally, the bill, led in the House by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) – who visited American Samoa...
Drug defendant Fidelis Taumalua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man with several bench warrants including a huge amount of traffic fines owed to the court was arrested last week on allegations of unlawful possession of illegal drugs. Fidelis Taumalua made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He was represented...
A January 2018 file photo of Liren Zhang a.k.a Kevin
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The plea agreement for one of the three defendants in the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS) Food Stamp scheme was discussed behind closed doors at the High Court last Friday. Samoa News is unable to report on the conditions of the plea agreement between the...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa heavyweight champion accused of violating local drug laws entered into a plea agreement with the government last week. Sui Fausaiga, 26, also known as Sui Palauni was initially charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, to wit;...
a mother cat with her kittens
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Coconut Mutts, in cooperation with ASG Department of Agriculture Veterinary Clinic, is sponsoring a three-month “Healthy Pets, Healthy Island” campaign.  This campaign will be focused on reducing the number of unwanted animals on Tutuila.  One hundred animals will be...
Jordanna Maga (second from right), a mathematics’ teacher at Tafuna High School, has been selected as the 2019 Territorial Teacher of the Year (TTOY). Maga is pictured with Education Department director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga (third from left) and other ASDOE officials.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jordanna Maga, a mathematics’ teacher at Tafuna High School, has been selected as the 2019 Territorial Teacher of the Year (TTOY). The 2019 TTOY was announced Monday this week by Education Department director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga, who explained that Maga has been a...

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