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Mitzie Jessop-Taase
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The House of Representatives last Friday approved the governor’s nomination of Mitzie Jessop Taase as Attorney General (AG) of American Samoa. The unanimous vote by the House of 16-0 was cast just before the Fono took a two-week break. Jessop Taase is now cleared to...
Rep. Vesi Talalelei Fautanu Jr,
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Representatives from Manu’a made a plea for another medical charter flight from Honolulu to bring those who are stuck in Hawaii and the mainland due to suspension of flights into the territory during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike the first flight which didn’t bring any...
The Sailele & Masausi village committee to elect Lemanu and Talauega on the field at Veterans Stadium
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Parade, floats, a youth flash mob dance and Samoan siva by various village committee groups, as well as speeches by the candidates marked the official campaign kick off for the Lemanu and Talauega 2020 gubernatorial team on the malae of the Veterans Memorial Stadium in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While COVID-19 risk in American Samoa is “high”, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says the virus risk in independent Samoa is “unknown,” according to the Aug. 6th CDC global travel recommendation bulletin. As the COVID-19 situation around the...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government alleges in its criminal case against former executive director of the American Samoa Government Employees' Retirement Fund (ASGERF), Luatua Filisouaiga Ta’afua that the case came to light when an employee of ASGERF notified the former and now deceased...
Attendees at last week's Chamber of Commerce candidates forum
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Developing the local tourism industry has been targeted by past administrations as a third economic pillar for American Samoa, but the number of visitors to the territory remains low when compared to this booming industry in other Pacific nations. And during a recent...
A group of friends each painting a picture
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the latest trends for social gatherings in the territory is “Downtime with Dee,” a guided painting event with entrepreneur Diana T. Silao-Pelini, 38, of Aoloau. Dee, who works full time at ASCC, and started Downtime two months ago. The side business offers...
Tualauta Representative Larry Sanitoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tualauta Representative Larry Sanitoa has questioned the reason why the American Samoa Government (ASG) has not submitted the $164.6 million in COVID-19 grants awarded to ASG to the Fono for review as required by law. During a House Budget and Appropriations Committee...
Port workers and Customs officers inspect a mixed cargo container.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After a container vessel leaves port, it’s common on the main wharf to see workers and ASG customs agents — as seen in this photo from this past Thursday morning — removing cargo from a container, checking for content. Usually this occurs due to ‘loose’ cargo owned by...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man allegedly found with two glass pipes containing methamphetamine inside his vehicle when police pulled him over for a traffic violation almost two years ago has just recently been arrested and charged. The question as to why the government waited so long to charge...

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