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Photo of high surf on Aunu'u
Aunu'u, AMERICAN SAMOA — A photo of the recent damage done to Aunu’u Island when monstrous waves came crashing down near homes, flooding people’s front yards and raising concerns from residents who are calling on government officials to take action before tragedy strikes. Samoa News was sent this...
 ASTCA chief executive officer, Lewis Wolman (right) and chief financial officer, Fala Sualevai
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority (ASTCA) chief executive officer Lewis Wolman told the Fono’s Joint Budget Committee that ASTCA is “unapologetic”for the many consultants mentioned in the agency’s proposed FY 2020 budget. Wolman made the statement as part of...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A bus driver accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl told he court the reason he changed his ‘not guilty’ plea to ‘guilty’ is because he wants to return to his family in Samoa. Lalomilo Raymond Taume, 35, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, unable...
Portuguese Man-of-War on a beach.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Reports of people being stung in Utulei, as well as sightings in the Failolo area of the Portuguese Man-of-War have been forwarded to the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR), resulting in a public advisory being issued. According to DMWR, their office has...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has charged two men in connection with an Iliili store burglary. But one of them has confessed to breaking in to three other stores. In this case, the accused allegedly yanked the cash register from the counter and took off with it. The storeowner told...
A U.S. flag hanging from a steel girder, damaged in the Sept. 11, 2001
Washington, D.C. —  “Every year on September 11th, we pause to remember the thousands of lost lives on that day in 2001, and the incredible bravery of firefighters, police, first responders and the passengers on Flight 93,” said Congresswoman Aumua Amata in a statement. “Except for the very young,...
Dept. of Commerce director Keniseli Lafaele
Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — Dept. of Commerce director Keniseli Lafaele appeared on Monday before the Fono Joint Budget Committee hearing on DOC’s FY 2020 budget proposal, which includes the Tafuna Industrial Park. Among the questions is the status of the $3.5 million that Am Samoa received from the...
Sen. Magalei Logovi’i
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Administration including the budget of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau (ASVB) - which according to local law is a semi-autonomous agency - in the annual general government FY 2020 budget submission has been questioned by Sen. Magalei Logovi’i. The ASVB was...
U.S. Federal District Courthouse in Honolulu
Honolulu, HAWAII — An American Samoan man, who was arrested in the territory last year and taken to Hawai’i by federal agents to face federal drug charges, has been sentenced to 2 years in federal prison, while another drug case against him has been dismissed. Alapati Vaivai is one of 14 defendants...
 Human Resources director Eseneiaso Liu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While ASG employees whose salaries are paid by federal grants still get their increments paid, those funded by local revenues are on hold until - and unless - Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga sees there’s sufficient revenues to pay them. That was the explanation from Human...

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