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The public is advised that Bank of Hawaii has issued TEMPORARY closure notice for Wednesday, February 14 due to their inability to connect to the telecommunications network as a result of damages caused by Hurricane Gita.  In the event telecommunications utility lines are restored sometime on...
While the American Samoa Power Authority continues to update the Territory on power and water supplies, there are families that are still living in the dark without electricity and without water after Tropical Storm Gita. Speaking to Samoa News yesterday, Alesana Mikaele, a 45-year-old from Pago...
More than 900 local residents were housed at eleven emergency shelters island-wide due to Tropical Storm Gita, as of late Monday afternoon, according to data released yesterday morning by the ASG Emergency Operations Center (EOC). And Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga reconfirmed to Samoa News early...
The Coast Guard successfully completed pollution response efforts Monday for the 88-foot commercial fishing vessel Chu Zai Fa No. 1 grounded approximately 300-yards off Leone Bay. Crewmembers from Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Prevention along with contracted personnel conducted assessments of all...
Port Administration Department has completed the purchase of a second tugboat, a requirement by the US Coast Guard, which gave the Port of Pago Pago an extension for compliance until the middle of next month. “The tugboat is officially ours, after the purchase was completed last Friday,” Port...
A man, accused of firing a gun into the air outside a nightclub on the night of Super Bowl LII was arrested by police on Monday afternoon, and he’s being charged with weapon possession. Hapakuki Fotuaika made his initial appearance before District Court Judge Fiti Sunia yesterday with his private...
Proposed funding for American Samoa’s basic government operations and capital improvement projects (CIP) in fiscal year 2019 will be reduced from FY 2018, under the Interior Department's Office of Insular Affairs proposed FY 2019 budget submitted to Congress by the Trump Administration, according...
While the main focus of Tropical Storm Gita recovery efforts are on water and power, damaged houses and lost homes — with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on the ground doing assessments — the devastation to agriculture crops could actually be one of the biggest problems Gita has...
StarKist Co. has commended the US Congress for passing federal legislation, which includes a provision reinstating the American Samoa Economic Development Tax Credit (30(A) for the 2017 tax year. The company’s president and chief executive officer, Andrew Choe, said StarKist is “especially...
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES IN COURT    Another domestic violence case came before District Court last week for sentencing and District Court Judge Fiti Sunia told the male defendant that he court doesn’t take these cases lightly. He told the defendant that a week doesn’t go by without these cases...

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