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The purse seiner Jeanette being towed out to sea from Pago Pago harbor.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Jeanette had no gasoline when it sank last Thursday morning, 17 miles south of Tutuila; but exactly how much ammonia and diesel was on board when the purse seiner went underwater is unclear. These are the findings — so far — of the United States Coast Guard (USCG),...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A former firefighter who was convicted of unlawful possession of methamphetamine last year is now before the court for a probation violation. Methodist Kuka Mika appeared in High Court last Friday for a preliminary hearing for not complying with conditions of his...
Pictured during the siva Samoa are some of the fourteen ASDOE Teachers of the Year during last Friday night’s 2018-19 Exemplary Teachers of the Year celebration
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Although it was a Department of Education celebratory event to honor teachers last week, a moment of sadness swept the audience members that night when it was time to remember one of their own: Samoana High School Teacher of the Year, Fuaimamao Mageo who passed away last...
Aumua Amata speaking from podium
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed House action passing a series of bills which she supported in the House Natural Resources Committee, along with a Veterans’ bill as Congress works to wrap up more of the year’s final business. Veterans: On Monday, the House passed S. 2248,...
Pictured is Katherine Kim (on the mic) and three of her peers: Michelle Lo, Heyao Yang, and Victor Chen.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — What a way to get kids to learn that giving is the true spirit of the holiday season! Last Friday, Dec. 8th, at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium in Utulei, children of different ethnic backgrounds banded together with Onnuri Piano Academy students, to host a special...
(Left) Melissa Paolo in Dec. 2017 weighing 205 lbs. and (right) Melissa in Dec. 2018 at 129.8 lbs.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Stronger Slimmer You (SSY), the obesity awareness movement taking the island by storm, hosted "Dance the Night Away" last Friday, Dec. 8th at Maliu Mai Beach Resort in Fogagogo. The event brought together SSY members to hear and share stories about their transformations...
FEMA logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IX Administrator, Robert Fenton is open and willing to work with the American Samoa Government to “fashion mutually beneficial solutions” regarding the proposed new two-story multi-million-dollar Fono building. However...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 39-year-old man was charged Monday in District Court after he allegedly stabbed his wife, 32, at a friend’s house in Futiga on Friday evening. The victim sustained wounds on her left arm and was admitted to the LBJ Surgical Ward because the blade penetrated the joint...
Paul Harman being taken into custody in American Samoa in Nov of this year.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A written decision was issued by the Trial Division of the High Court of American Samoa last week in the case of Tongan national, Paul Harman against the Governor of American Samoa, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, confirming the governor’s authority to issue arrest warrants...
Toalepai pictured with her daughters.
Las Vegas, NEVADA — A Samoa woman is making waves in Sin City. And she's doing it in an industry that has been — and still is — predominantly male. Virginia Toalepai is a single mother who was the recipient of the International Young Professional Division Award during this week's 15th Annual Athena...

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