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Fishing rate in American Samoa
Honolulu, HAWAII — Scientists assessed the stocks of bottomfish in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, and the results varied. Bottomfish stocks in three U.S. Pacific territories are not as healthy as previously thought, according to a new report from NOAA’s...
Manu Lefatia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A police officer accused of allowing an inmate to leave his cell so he can visit his sick son has been arrested and charged with permitting escape, a class D felony punishable by 5 years imprisonment, a $5,000 fine, or both. Saito Pesaeli made his initial appearance in...
Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — To ensure that the Legislature reviews and gives final approval on the spending of proceeds of future bond sales by the American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA), the Senate has moved to amend local law, giving the Fono such authority. The bill, sponsored by...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sonny Mika Kelemete, who was released on a $30,000 surety bond, is now in custody pursuant to a court order. Kelemete, 60, convicted of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, appeared in High Court...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old man accused of assaulting his brother-in-law was arrested last week and charged with second degree assault and first degree property damage, both class D felonies, punishable by imprisonment of up to 5 years, a fine of up to $5,000 or both; and two...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has directed the local Education Department (ASDOE) to come up with a program, or plan, to help teachers who have earned a college/university degree but cannot receive them because of their outstanding student debts. Lolo’s verbal directive was...
[l-r] ASG Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a, Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean, and businessman Tony Togiai
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — ASG Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a, Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean, and businessman Tony Togiai  appeared yesterday morning before the Senate Retirement Committee for their confirmation hearing after being re-appointed by the governor to the ASG Employees’ Retirement Fund...
The refurbished Fagatogo Pavilion with the new flag poles in front.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Among the flurry of activities yesterday morning in front of the newly renovated Fagatogo Pavilion was the installation — and painting — of two new flag poles, which were manufactured and produced locally by the crew at ASG Shipyard Service Authority. The Shipyard...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Great news for all local recipients of the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Program (ASNAP) - commonly known as Food Stamps. Director of the Department of Human and Social Services, Muavaefa’atasi John E. Suisala announced earlier this week on Tuesday, that the U.S....
Photo of Gov. Lolo and the Fagatogo chiefs.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Village council members and descendants of Fagatogo village were able to sit down with Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga last week, to voice their concerns regarding the upgrades being made to the Fagatogo Pavilion — namely the installation of a concrete slab on the...

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