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Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata is delighted to announce the nominations of 10 excellent students for consideration by the service academies. Each year, these select nominations are based on the high quality of the students’ combined academic records, essays, along with letters of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young woman accused of stealing a rental car and violating local drug laws entered into a plea agreement last week. Julie Uiese, 21, appeared before Chief Justice Michael Kruse for a Change of Plea hearing. Uiese, who is released on a $10,000 surety bond, was initially...
MV Manu'atele near the dock in Ofu
Ofu, MANU'A — American Samoa's MV Manu'atele inter-island ferry remains in Ofu after suffering damage during stormy conditions during the weekend. The vessel had left Tutuila midweek to deliver fuel but was unable to go to Ta'u because of bad weather so it docked at Ofu. The chief engineer Jimmy...
Pictured is the staff of Neil’s ACE Home Center, ASCCC members, cancer patients and their family members.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Over the last 10 years, Neil's Ace Home Center in Malaeimi and the people of American Samoa have all played a pivotal role in helping the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition's efforts. "We would like to thank our community here in American Samoa for continuously...
Elliott Siaumau Jr.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Vaitogi with a lengthy criminal record has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars. Elliott Siaumau Jr., 36, appeared before Chief Justice Michael Kruse last week for sentencing. He was initially charged in 4 separate cases. In the first case, Siaumau Jr., was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While American Samoa’s laboratory-confirmed measles cases remain at 12, health officials are awaiting the outcome of three suspected cases being tested at the Hawai’i State laboratory, according to officials of DoH and LBJ Medical Center. This was the latest update...
Ufagafa Ray Tulafono
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Before the Fono took a three-week mid-session recess at the close of business last Friday, both the Senate and House during their respective sessions, endorsed the governor’s nomination of Sala Dr. Sataua Mata’ese Samuelu as the new Agriculture Dept. director. Also last...
Terriorial Corectional Facility (TCF)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An inmate serving a 20-year sentence for stealing, and also escaping from the TCF in January 2013 during which he assaulted a government employee, was sentenced by the High Court to an additional 5 years for escaping from confinement, again, last year. Pursuant to a plea...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “O ai gei kamaiki” — meaning — “who are these kids” who filed the lawsuit to impose automatic US citizenship on persons born in American Samoa , asked Sens. Tuiagamoa Tavai and Satele Galu Satele Sr. in Samoan during last Friday’s Senate Rules Committee hearing where...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old father of 6 accused of the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old girl told the court in a plea agreement that he is guilty. Iosua Kilifi, who is out on a $10,000 surety bond appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was initially charged with two...

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