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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “The long-term survivability of the cannery is a key motivation for the positions that we take” during “difficult negotiation” for fishing days at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). This is according to NOAA fisheries deputy assistant for...
A portion of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga wants to find solutions at the “national level” to address “ocean clean-up” instead of just talking about it or leaving it to be a problem for the next generation. This was one of the issues cited by Lemanu during his remarks at...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 26-year-old man from Fagaalu accused of assisting his best friend, Faiaoga “Fred” Satele (co-defendant) in burglarizing a Pago Pago home 3 months ago is now in custody, after his arrest this week pursuant to a warrant from the court. Anderson Ta’ala Jr, (a.k.a. A.J. or...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of selling hand rolled marijuana cigarettes to two men last year has entered into a plea agreement. Faamanu Alesana, 32, of Tafuna appeared in court last week for a pretrial conference but pled out instead. Alesana, a farmer, was initially charged with...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata at the podium in Washington D.C.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The minimum wage in American Samoa is now set to increase by 40 cents every three years. New legislation to that effect, which was introduced by the territory's congresswoman Aumua Amata, has been signed into law by the US President. Previously a 50 cent increase in the...
Samuel Rauch III; incoming new chairman of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, Taotasi Archie Soliai; and Council executive director Seuta’atia Kitty M. Simonds
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Fisheries sustains our livelihoods in all aspects of our lives" was the core message that reverberated through the remarks of Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, who opened the 180th meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council yesterday in Pago Pago,...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In response to numerous complaints about Dr. Ken Lameta, the veterinarian hired from Samoa by the Dept. of Agriculture to head the animal clinic, Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale recommended to DOA director Filifaatali Mike Fuiava, that Dr. Lameta be terminated, or...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After learning about the ongoing abuse of the vehicle purchase policy by some Executive Branch agencies, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has directed the Procurement Office to provide within two weeks the list of all government vehicles that are on a lease-to-own status. The...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 50-year-old man convicted of drug possession is going to jail. Amataga Alatasi has been sentenced to serve 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of his 5-year probation. Alatasi appeared in High Court last week for sentencing. He has...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A man who failed to appear in High Court for sentencing two weeks ago was arrested this week pursuant to a bench warrant from the court. Sierra Isaia, who was convicted of meth possession, made his initial appearance in High Court yesterday. During a recap, District...

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