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New Zealand construction firm, McConnell Dowell, has been awarded the contract for the upgrade of the Pago Pago airport runway in American Samoa. This project is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration which has allocated $US9.2 million dollars and given McConnell Dowell until the end of...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale has posed a challenge for faipule to think about: whether it is the right time for the Fono to have sessions and hearings broadcast live on television and radio, so the public will know exactly what's being discussed, and to avoid the media from publishing...
Members of the local marine safety detachment unit of the US Coast Guard are currently conducting an investigation into the death of a man on board a US flagged purse seiner vessel that arrived yesterday. The Department of Public Safety was contacted about the situation Wednesday, after local USCG...
The Student Government Association (SGA) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) will hold a Halloween carnival fundraiser this Saturday, October 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the College’s Gymnasium. Going by the theme “Freak Show,” the carnival will feature 20 game booths, costume contests, and...
The total budget for “personnel services” for the Legislative Finance Office (LFO) for fiscal year 2018 is $841,500 for 35 employees. And it is broken down in quarterly apportionments (every three months) of $210,375 Samoa News has obtained a copy of the Fono’s final FY 2018 budget, which shows...
“ONE THOUSAND ROPES” DEBUTS TONIGHT — The film, “One Thousand Ropes”, is set to debut tonight at the Fatu-O-Aiga Hall, in Tafuna, Thursday, Oct. 26, with another showing for Friday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. From the writer and director of The Orator - O Le Tulafale – Tusi Tamasese, “One Thousand Ropes” is a...
While there are a lot of questions about the status of an investigation into allegations of wrongdoings against the governor’s Chief of Staff Fiu Johnny Saelua, Private Attorney David Vargas, who is the court appointed Independent Prosecutor for the case, has continued to refuse to comment on its...
Of the four divisions of the Fono - Senate, House of Representatives, Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB), and the Legislative Finance Office (LFO) - the LRB has the least number of employees with 24, getting paid a total of $829,500. This is according to a copy of the Fono's 2018 final budget —...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse is asking DPS Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson for an opportunity to allow his court marshals to participate in future firearms training and lethal/ nonlethal qualification sessions. The request was noted in Kruse's letter to Le’i last week, in response to an invitation...
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to raise awareness in Congress of the needs of American Samoa’s workers who will be temporarily out of work this Thanksgiving season. “I wanted to take this opportunity to make other Members of...

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