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 SBA’s section on Mar. 13, 2018 at the now closed Disaster Recovery Center
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Last week Friday, SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West director, Tanya N. Garfield, reminded American Samoa small businesses that Dec. 3, 2018, is the deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by Gita. In a statement, Garfield...
Photo of sign on door at USPS saying it would be closed TFN after plumbing problems discovered
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Although the US Post Office in Fagatogo reopened yesterday during normal business hours, this notice was still posted around 1p.m yesterday on the main door of the Post Office, saying that the Post Office was closed until further notice, “due to plumbing and water...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Territorial Correctional Facility’s (TCF) Maximum Security, a bathroom and cafeteria buildings were closed down permanently last week by officials from the Department of Public Health (DOH), due to the unsafe health conditions. This was confirmed to Samoa News by a...
An election official at the Ili’ili polling station
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Voters in American Samoa have spoken and have again rejected the veto over-ride referendum, which seeks to amend the local Constitution by giving the Legislature the authority to override the governor’s veto instead of the US Secretary of Interior as it stands now....
American Samoa voter, Ufi Fegaimaali’i
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Any registered voter, who has lost or misplaced their Voter ID when polls open territory-wide for the 2018 mid-term election today, can still cast their ballot, by making sure proof of identification is provided to election officials at the respective polling stations....
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The the case of the 45-year-old stepfather who is accused of sexually abusing his 11-year-old stepdaughter is now bound over to the High Court, after the defendant waived his rights to a preliminary hearing last week. (Samoa News has decided to withhold the name of the...
Michael Castaneda
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A hearing is scheduled for next month at the federal court at Santa Ana, California on the motion to dismiss for “forum non conveniens”, in the wrongful death lawsuit of a fisherman who died after falling overboard while the US flagged purse seiner Cape Ferrat was dock...
NAT'L WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE AMERICAN SAMOA
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The International Research Institute National Weather Service (NWS) Climate Prediction Center predicts a weak El Nino and continue through the tropical cyclone season. With this scenario, the South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ) typically develops near to just northeast...
Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who is accused of assaulting an elderly woman in front of a store in Aua last week while holding a machete in his hand was arrested by police last week. Otineru Tuuaga Samoa made his initial appearance in District Court last Friday. He is represented by Assistant...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 56-year-old church pastor who was convicted by a six-member jury last month of endangering the welfare of a child, who is his 13-year-old biological daughter is going to jail. Chief Justice Michael Kruse sentenced him to a term of imprisonment of 180 days, (which is...

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