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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was released on bond awaiting the outcome of his matter in High Court where he’s charged with violating local drugs is now back in custody after he was arrested last week pursuant to a bench warrant from the court. Rintel I’atala appeared before Associate...
Education director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has awarded the local Eduction Department (ASDOE) more than $45.59 million under provisions of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. American Samoa’s allocations cover two programs — over $38.32...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who is on probation for an assault conviction from two years ago was arrested by police two weeks ago on the allegation that he assaulted his sister’s boyfriend. Viliamu Tapelu is charged with one count of second-degree assault, a class D felony, punishable by up...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C. — This week Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a CARES Act grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of $266,229 through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. HUD, led by Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, was also the first federal agency to announce...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At last Sunday’s ASG coronavirus task force meeting, Health Department Epidemiologist Dr Aifili John Tufa shared two questions from the community relating to the coronavirus pandemic and Samoa News points out that these are the questions that have been circulating on...
Samoa Airways crew
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has instructed the Health Department and others to come up with a set policy to follow for the use of the ASG charter, operated by Samoa Airways, for flights to and from the Manu’a island group. The governor gave the verbal instructions at...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A preliminary examination (PX) before Chief Justice Michael Kruse last week regarding a matter where an inmate refused to submit to random testing inside the Territorial Correctional Facility revealed that the two Probation officers who went over to conduct the test,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The third co-defendant in the court case where a family allegedly found a way to tamper with the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) service to get power illegally — without being metered or charged is now in custody. When Ernie Aetui was taken into custody, police...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga (far right), accompanied by Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council chairman Taotasi Archie Soliai and others
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The groundbreaking ceremony for a long-awaited dock for larger American Samoa fishing vessels took place yesterday morning at the Malaloa Marina in Pago Pago. Gov. Lolo M. Moliga, members of his staff and cabinet, the Silva Group contractors and members of the Western...
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WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech this week announced that the fiscal year (FY) 2020 grant application deadline for the Technical Assistance Program (TAP), the Maintenance Assistance Program (MAP), and the Coral...

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