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Crew members of Pentagon Construction seen last Saturday morning working on the front section of the Fagatogo Pavilion, which is set to be dedicated on Aug. 30th during the annual Workforce Day, sponsored by the local government.  The project comprises the renovation and extension of the Fagatogo Pavilion
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More people in American Samoa joined a second day of protest against the government's paving of a section of Malae o le Talu in Fagatogo this week. About 50 people, mainly women and children, took part in the second day of demonstration. The protestors say the paving is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old man from Tafeta who was convicted of driving with a permanently suspended license is going to jail. Alema Filisounu’u, who has been in custody since his arrest on Mar. 29, 2018, unable to post a $5,000 bond, appeared in High Court last week where he was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old bus driver who was charged for unlawful possession of a glass pipe containing meth after his vehicle was pulled over by police in May of this year has entered a guilty plea in court. Tanielu Lelevaga, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post...
Artwork that will be on the tail side of the 2020 quarter honoring the National Park of American Samoa
Washington D.C. — A quarter honoring the National Park of American Samoa is part of the federal “America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Coin Act of 2008” which honors national parks across the US. According to the US Mint, the designer is Richard Masters while the sculptor-engraver is Phebe...
Dr. Harriet Thornton of the Animal Protection Society of Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Animal Protection Society is struggling for funding to manage the stray dog population in Samoa. The not-for-profit also provides veterinary and health services to cats, dogs and other animals. The clinic is busier than ever, according to one of the society's veterinarians,...
Sisgn at entrance to Pago Pago International Airport
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Department of Port Administration has already set a more than $69 million budget total in projects for the territory’s three airports for FYs 2020-2024. And among the projects, is the complete rehabilitation of the Ofu Airport runway. At last Friday’s cabinet meeting...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An uncle accused of inappropriate touching of his 14-year-old niece is fighting the allegations against him, evident in his denial of the government’s offer and his wish to set the case for trial. (Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant to protect the...
Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele; airport grants business manager, Falenaoti Loi-0n Fruean; and airport manager, Tavita S. Fuimaono
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More than $84 million was allocated and spent in project costs for American Samoa’s three airports between FY 2013 and 2019 under the federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP), according to a financial report presentation by Port Administration at last Friday’s cabinet...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two of the three men arrested on allegations that they disturbed the public peace in Kokoland last week are now facing additional charges. All three defendants: Rodney Mata’u, Vainalepa Toia, and Salu Tufuga made their initial appearances in District Court last week, on...
PV2 Morgan Ulu with her parents, Rev. Iasepi and Leone Ripley-Ulu, and SFC Sheri Hoddle
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A partnership between the Oregon Army National Guard (ORARNG) and the Southern Oregon University (SOU) ROTC Program paved the way for SFC Sheri Hoddle to travel to American Samoa recently, to share information on education benefits to local students, which would allow...

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