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Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — So how did Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga fund the $100,000 for ASG’s donation to the Manu Samoa rugby team during their fundraising event held at Utulei beach in July this year? The answer was made clear and confirmed yesterday during the Fono Joint Budget hearing for the...
Front of a fake $100-bill circulating in American Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Just last week, Samoa News published a photo and caption of a counterfeit $5-bill that was used to purchase a barbecue plate at a fundraising event on the west side. The particular bill had scribblings on both sides of the bill, over the serial numbers. Yesterday, Samoa...
A C-130 on the tarmac and an MV-22 Osprey military plane overhead at Pago Pago International Airport
Pictured at the tarmac late Tuesday morning at the Pago Pago International Airport is one of the two military C-130 aircraft, while flying overhead is one of the four MV-22 Osprey military planes — here for the first time — which made a refueling stop in the territory, arriving in American Samoa...
Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean is sponsoring legislation, which seeks to amend current law on the Closing of Registration for Matai titles, calling for a three-month temporary moratorium to allow families to register valid matai titles and to allow for more than one person to...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Malaeimi who was arrested and charged for burglarizing his relative’s home and store is now facing additional charges of unlawful possession of illegal drugs. Absalom “Loma” Tufuga made his initial appearance in District Court last week. Prosecuting the case...
ASCC president Dr. Rosevonne Pato and Board of Higher Education vice chair, Monsignor Viane Etuale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Government is allocating only $1 million in general fund subsidy to the FY 2020 proposed budget of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) and its president, Dr. Rosevonne Pato contends that this is not sufficient, saying the subsidy has continued...
Fofo Rep. Andra Samoa cutting the ribbon last Friday
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Fofo Rep. Andra Samoa cut the ribbon last Friday during the official dedication of the new basketball court at the Leone High School gym. The school has been without a basketball court since its gymnasium was completed in 2014 by PRIMO Builders. Throughout the past five...
Reigning Miss American Samoa, Magalita Johnson (3rd from left) surrounded by the five beauties vying for the 2019-2020 title. In no particular order: Epifania Petelo, Jo-nica Ta’aitulagi Tuiteleleapaga, Brenda Fa’afua Foleni, Menora-Justine M. Samoa, and Tauaitala Leasiolagi.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — It’s that time of year again! When local beauties put on their best smile and compete for the honor of being the territory’s ambassador. At this moment, Miss American Samoa Inc. (MASI) is gearing up for this year’s pageant, to be hosted at the American Samoa Community...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young father is fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the LBJ Hospital after being stabbed with a kitchen knife. Laupepa Toto and Fafau Filipi, who were engaged in a drinking session in front of a Pago Pago store last Saturday morning, were arrested...
Just say no to marijuana symbol
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Vaitogi was taken into custody last Friday afternoon, after police executed a search warrant on his home and vehicle, where drugs and paraphernalia were allegedly discovered. Uiluama’a Galea’i, a.k.a. “Ma’a” made his initial appearance before District Court...

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