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Former Public Defender, Douglas Fiaui  [SN file photo]]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Public Defender Douglas Fiaui has dismissed claims that he is on vacation, saying he is on leave approved by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and permitted by federal leave law. He handed in his resignation letter last week. Samoa News had previously reported that Fiaui is...
 Ms. Fala Sualevai as the  Acting  CEO [courtesy photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — ASTCA Board Chairman Fai'ivae Iuli  Alex Godinet called  a special  ASTCA Board meeting this past Saturday to select an acting CEO after the sudden passing of  former CEO, Talking  Chief  Puleleiite Li'amatua Tufele, Jr. The Board  unanimously agreed  to appoint Ms. Fala...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young woman who stole money from her former employer last year by forging her boss’s signature on three checks is going to jail, but will be released to attend an off island drug treatment program if it’s arranged by her family, who would also pay for it. Twenty-three-...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Moving up the timetable, the US Federal Aviation Administration will conduct a “flight check” later this week of new antennas recently installed for the Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Pago Pago International Airport, says FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. And Hawaiian...
This photo shows the front photo on the brochure for the ASG/DOC “Alia Tele - Super Alia” and what the vessel would look like when built.  [photo: FS]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Commerce Department has launched promotion and a public awareness campaign for the super alia vessel, which is part of the Lolo administration’s efforts to boost local fishery development and provide new employment, while DOC is hopeful they will soon secure funding...
Former Public Defender, Douglas Fiaui  [photo by AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The future of the Public Defender’s office is now in limbo. The Director of the office, Douglas Fiaui officially resigned from his post last week, while another assistant public defender will be leaving the office on June 12 on completion of her 2 years contract. Acting...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has established and appointed members for the ASG Project Review Task Force, to identify and prepare proposals under new federal economic development programs that'll help stimulate American Samoa’s economy. The governor notes in his May 3rd...
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Hawaii shallow-set longline fishery for swordfish has reached 33 of 34 allowed loggerhead sea turtle interactions for 2018 and was closed last week by the National Marine Fisheries Service until Jan. 1, 2019, as a settlement agreement approved by the US District Court,...
High Talking Chief Pulele’i’ite Li’amatua Tufele [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — We are deeply saddened and grieve the sudden passing of the Chief Executive Officer of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority, High Talking Chief Pulele’i’ite Li’amatua Tufele at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center Friday evening May 11, 2018. The ill-fated and ill-...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Local florists are not the only ones getting advance orders of flower ulas, being flown in from Honolulu, as several local stores are offering the same service, and its booming as Mother’s Day nears. This Sunday, American Samoa joins the rest of the nation in honoring...

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