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Washington, DC— Congresswoman Aumua Amata said that Chairman Mark Takano of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will plan on a trip to American Samoa as soon as possible to speak to the veterans, as this week’s visit was canceled due to changes in the schedule cause by Typhoon Hagibis in the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The two men convicted of receiving stolen property from a Tafuna home were given light sentences last week. Atapana Ulisese and Matthew Pisopa were ordered to serve 20 months at the TCF, as a condition of their 5-year probation terms. Both men have been in custody since...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of giving marijuana to a minor to sell for him in the beginning of this year has asked the High Court to set his case for jury trial — and trial is now set for March 2020. Opetaia Asuni appeared in court last week for his pretrial conference. Assistant...
Wise Honest being towed by an off-island tugboat out of the harbor
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Off island news outlets were abuzz yesterday afternoon, reporting that the Wise Honest — which has been docked in American Samoa waters since the earlier part of this year — had been sold for scrap metal and was being towed away from American Samoa. Samoa News contacted...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — There was lots of commotion at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) in Tafuna this past weekend. Samoa News confirmed with a DPS source, that there is an ongoing investigation into a reported break-in at the TCF cafeteria. According to the source, inmates...
The Fono building site
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Because the US Congress prohibits members in both houses from requesting “congressionally directed spending for a specific discretionary” funding, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is unable to assist in Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s request for more than $20 million in federal...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young woman accused of stealing more than $40,000 from her former employer says she used the money to pay for her ex-husband’s medical bills, personal expenses, church donations, and a family trip to Savai’i. Marieta Lafitaga was arrested last week pursuant to an...
[l-r] Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele; ASG Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a; and Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA) board members, re-nominated for another 4 year term, appeared last Friday morning before a Senate committee for their confirmation hearings. Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele; ASG Treasurer...
Mother cat with kittens
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — That means there are no surgeries done with the proper medication needed; and the risk of surgeries done may result badly — causing death. There are also no de-wormers, no flea & tick medicine, no vaccinations, no antibiotics. Please stay clear of the veterinary...
Construction workers seen last Friday afternoon, working on erecting a perimeter wall at the Territorial Correctional Facility.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Lolo Administration has identified a funding source for the construction of a “new cement perimeter wall” around the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) and a seawall from Aua village going east along the coastline of Tutuila. According to an administration bill...

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