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The old cable car
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This courtesy photo taken Feb. 25th by Bruce Sagapolutele and shared with Samoa News, shows the remnants of the old cable car — once an iconic tourist activity on island — on top of the hill in Utulei. Over the years, many residents, as well as those who reside off...
Director of the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS), Muavaefaatasi John Suisala
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Director of the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS), Muavaefaatasi John Suisala is supporting a letter signed by two deputies from his department denying allegations that funds for those with developmental disabilities went to an inactive organization to...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga has appointed five new members of the seven-member ASG Immigration Board and the nominations were introduced last Saturday in both the Senate and House during their respective sessions. As previously reported by Samoa News,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man arrested for assaulting his girlfriend is now charged with unlawful possession of illegal drugs, which police allegedly found in his possession. Wayne Aleki appeared in District Court last month for his initial appearance where he informed the court that he wanted...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A driver of a vehicle pulled over by several police officers last month for violating traffic laws is now arrested and charged for violating local drug laws after police allegedly discovered drugs in his possession and in his vehicle. Ah Chong Lefatia, who is on...
Governor Lemanu and Congresswoman Uifaatali with U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby
Washington, D.C. — Sunday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata highlighted the successful inclusion of American Samoa throughout the House-passed COVID-19 relief and economic stimulus package. The bill would send millions in federal support to American Samoa for the vaccine effort, $1,400 in economic...
Vaccine notice posted at Health Dept. Facebook page
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  The Health Department is taking its COVID-19 vaccination effort to the community, with three days of vaccination at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium. DoH will also conduct a drive-thru vaccination in the upcoming weekend at the airport. DoH issued a statement last Friday...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man arrested for violating conditions of his 5 years probation after testing positive for for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active compound in the controlled substance marijuana was released from custody last week after the court decided not to revoke his probation...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A father of five convicted of unlawful possession of illegal drugs was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) for 90 days to seek and secure gainful employment. If Anitipa Malae is unable to secure gainful employment, the court ordered him to report...
ASPA Satala power plant
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With American Samoa in the middle of the cyclone season — with several days of strong winds and heavy rain in the past days — the American Samoa Power Authority, reminds the public that “overhead power lines are energized and dangerous.  Take precautions when around any...

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