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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa’s new rules — effective for only 120-days — allowing service animals to enter the territory is “a sham to make the case appear moot,” according to the latest filing by a local resident, who has a lawsuit pending in the US District Court, Central District...
Temporary Senate chamber
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A new Senate bill, sponsored by Sens. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono and Togiola T.A. Tulafono, was introduced on Tuesday seeking to increase the annual salaries of the governor and lieutenant governor, and the effective date of the proposed hike in salaries for the two leaders...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two people were arrested and charged after cops allegedly discovered drugs, a gun and ammunition inside a rental vehicle they were traveling in. The two people are Elisa Aloese, the female driver and Leaisaufeau Ale, a male passenger. Aloese is charged with one count of...
MV Sili
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government vessel MV Sili is no longer operational, and it will be costly to repair — close to $4 million in order to be US Coast Guard certified, says Port Administration director Christopher King, when asked during his department’s fiscal year 2022 budget hearing...
Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) director, Taotasi Archie Soliai
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A House resolution to postpone the current National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) proposed critical coral habitat designation process due to the complete disregard of local agencies was passed by the Fono yesterday morning during the regular House session. The...
Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While rumors have been flying about a delay in the first Hawaiian Air-managed flight in almost a year and half, a press release from the COVID-19 task force is now confirming the August 26th flight — the first flight in phase two of the government’s repatriation plan —...
KHJ’s Morning Show co-host John Raynar
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — KHJ’s John Raynar is one of five finalists selected to receive The Marconi Award for Small Market Personality Of The Year. Measles, coronavirus, tropical cyclones and a tsunami.  It was another exciting year in broadcasting for John Raynar and the 93KHJ morning show....
SCC President Dr. Rosevonne Pato
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Community College is faced with a challenge heading into the new fiscal year, as instructors and other staff exit the territory’s only college, for higher salaries offered by the government and the local Department of Education (ASDOE) — which now has...
Temporary Senate chamber
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While very supportive of increasing salaries of public school teachers, many senators voiced their concern and displeasure that an Administration bill for this proposal failed to provide details of the new salary hikes, which has been in effect for over a month — since...
Commerce director Petti Tagipo Matila
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The ASG Commerce Department (DOC) is preparing to carry out an “economic impact study” for the territory as a result of the new ASG minimum wage, federal COVID-19 money, and the new federally mandated minimum wage hike for all industries in American Samoa, says Commerce...

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