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American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man charged with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), entered a 'not guilty' plea during his arraignment this past Monday in High Court. A pretrial conference for Faasasao Mauga is scheduled for April 5. According to the...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga in a Samoa News file photo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The governor’s first cabinet meeting of 2019 raised — again — the issue of misuse of government vehicles. This has been a long standing matter for the Lolo Administration, as in almost every cabinet meeting over the past six years, it has been on the agenda. At last...
Amata meets with Veterans
Pago Pago — Congresswoman Aumua Amata held a town hall meeting with veterans in American Samoa to discuss the status of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other federal services, including the partial federal government shutdown. The purpose of a town hall meeting is to speak face-to-face...
American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) has issued an apology to residents of the east side, who have experienced a handful of power outages over the past month. Responding to Samoa News inquiries this week, ASPA said its T&D team have been trying to locate an "...
Peter Tulaga Eliesa
Apia, SAMOA — The man charged with attempted murder in connection to an incident where a woman was allegedly shot in the face has been identified as Peter Tulaga Eliesa, of Vailoa [Samoa]. This was confirmed by the Deputy Registrar of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, Ve'atauia Fa’...
Galea'i Peni Poumele Cancer Foundation group photo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Galea'i Peni Poumele Cancer Foundation hosted a special luncheon last Friday, Jan 11, for its stipend recipients. Altogether, 15 cancer patients were awarded stipends of $2,000 each from the Foundation, which has been in existence since 1992. The financial assistance...
Tualauta Rep. Larry Sanitoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Army’s plans to build a Modular Small Arms Range (MSAR) facility in Tafuna continues to raise questions regarding safety and security. And these concerns have prompted Tualauta Rep. Larry Sanitoa to call for a House committee hearing to obtain more information on...
ASG Executive Office Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A  new restaurant — set up only a few feet away from the Executive Office Building (EOB) in Utulei — is the newest topic of discussion around the island. Le Fonuea is operated by Asians but owned by Siakisone Liu and his wife Eseneiaso Liu, current director of the Dept....
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  An explanation on how the government achieved a $3.9 million positive balance at the close of fiscal year 2018, as well as the revenue sources to repay the 2018 bond series, are two of the main questions that will be raised during a Senate Budget and Appropriations...
Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean, a retired Associate Judge of the High Court, has raised questions on what Immigration is doing to stop the many “overstayers” whose illegal statuses surface only when they appear in court. During yesterday’s Senate session, Tuaolo suggested to...

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