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Alfonso Pete Galea’i testifying Tuesday
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Office of Disaster Assistance & Petroleum Management (ODAPM) director Alfonso Pete Galea’i testified Tuesday before the Fono Joint Budget Committee for his agency’s FY 2020 budget of $5.79 million, which includes the Office of Petroleum Management and the American...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A bus driver accused of assaulting two men during a drinking session over the weekend is now in custody after police allegedly discovered 2 small baggies containing illegal drugs in his possession. Kalolo Lemalu made his initial appearance in District Court this week....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of stealing merchandise and money from his former employer has admitted to one of the charges against him, under a plea agreement. Simeatu Tamafili, who was released on a $10,000 surety bond, appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The proposed increase to the salary of the Governor’s Chief of Staff to $75,000 annually (which will then put it on the same pay-level as the Lieutenant Governor) raised questions and concerns from lawmakers during Tuesday’s Fono Joint Budget Committee hearing. Further,...
Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele (left) at Wednesday's budget hearing
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Dept. of Port Administration has received $46,000 so far for Port services and fees imposed on the North Korean cargo vessel Wise Honest, but ASG is hoping to collect additional monies as the vessel has been anchored in bay area waters for over three months. This is...
Office of Budget and Planning deputy director Aukuso Satia and Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Projected revenue collections for fiscal year 2020 compared to the last two fiscal years was the target subject of yesterday’s Fono Joint Budget Committee hearings with ASG witnesses Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a and ASG Office of Budget and Planning deputy director...
Terriorial Corectional Facility (TCF)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An inmate who escaped from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) three times was sentenced by the High Court to serve an additional 5 years behind bars. Logoitinomatagilelei Amituana’i appeared before Chief Justice Michael Kruse last week for sentencing. He was...
Houses at Sogi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa police are preparing to evict families who are refusing to vacate government lands at a settlement known as Sogi in Apia. The Police Commissioner Fuiavaili'ili Egon Keil has cautioned against violence in the process. "Our plea to the families in this area is to keep the peace...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Amy Wagner, a laboratory certification officer from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Region 9, administered an on-site evaluation of the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) water laboratory, for analyzing drinking water...
Tualauta Rep. Larry Sanitoa [
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Unable to get specific answers to questions dealing with the American Samoa Economic Development Authority’s 2018 bond series sale and tax exempt status of the bond being in default, Rep. Larry Sanitoa, on behalf of his Tualauta constituents and others, plan to take...

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