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Just say no to marijuana symbol
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of selling hand rolled marijuana cigarettes to two men last year has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Poutasi Ikenasio, 42, of Mapusaga Fou appeared in court last week for a pretrial conference. However, his defense attorney, informed the...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — A 33-year-old man from Leone, a repeat offender, is in court again for another violation. Faamamafa Galea’i, who is on probation, was arrested last week on drug possession allegations. He made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning, where Judge Elvis P...
MV Nafanua departing Samoa for Australia
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa will be without a patrol and rescue boat until September after its only dedicated vessel was returned to Australia. Police commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil said he was worried about an incident happening in the next four months. Newsline Samoa reported police have warned...
ASG Treasurer, Uelinitone Tonumaipe’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More than $3.4 million in tax refund checks covering both local and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC)  will be released tomorrow, Wednesday June 26. ASG officials say tax refunds of such a large amount, will give local residents more buying power, “putting more...
Fire at new micro grid power plant in Ofu, Manu’a
Ofu, MANUA — Residents of Ofu, Manu’a received quite the scare this past Friday afternoon, when a fire broke out at the new micro grid power plant there, specifically the solar battery storage area. Rep. Tiaoalii Fauagiga Sai told Samoa News that the fire started around 1p.m. — the same time the...
TBAS logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A handful of local residents who hold active accounts at the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) are confused — and frustrated — with what some of them have called ‘irresponsible” and “unprofessional” banking services. Earlier this month, TBAS had issued a “bank...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court has accepted a plea agreement between the government and Alesana Lafoga, 40, who was arrested and charged for hitting his friend on the head with a rock after a rugby game in Pavaivai. Lafoga, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $15,...
Michael Castaneda, deceased captain of a US fishing vessel.
Santa Ana, CA — A “settlement agreement” has been reached by the parties — plaintiffs and defendants — in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the surviving family members of a fisherman, Michael Castaneda, who died when he fell overboard a US fishing vessel, Cape Ferrat, while it was docked in Pago...
[Source: Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council] logo
Honolulu, HA — The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council concluded a three-day meeting last Thursday in Honolulu recommending bigeye tuna catch limits and allocation amounts for the US Participating Territories for the fishing years...
Rodalyn Gerardo (Guam), at podium, Sherlyn Reynold (Chuuk) and Katrina Hunkin-Seumanutafa (American Samoa)
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) graduated 24 future Pacific leaders in Honolulu last week and 3 of them are Samoan. They are: Katrina Seumanutafa, Crystal Simanu and Pilivesburg Salanoa. The ELDP is managed by the Graduate School USA's Pacific Islands Training...

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