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American Samoans can use the Certificate of Identity (CI) for travel to Hawaii, along with additional identification, required by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) — which oversees security checks points at all US airports. It is recommended by TSA that you carry additional IDs...
Le'i Sonny Thompson [SN file photo]
American Samoa's public safety commissioner, Le'i Sonny Thompson, says young unemployed people are being used in the drug trade. Le'i was speaking at a meeting on the territory's drug problem including US law enforcers and local authorities. He echoed concerns about the presence of drugs in...
Tax Office representatives Tim Mauga (3rd left) and Maryann Olo (5th left) are seen here after presenting a tax preparation training seminar for students and faculty of the ASCC Business Department, with whom they are pictured here. Having completed the seminar, ASCC Business and Accounting students will be on hand several hours a day throughout tax season to assist members of the public who need help preparing to file their taxes. (Photo: J. Kneubuhl)
As they have done for nearly 10 years now, students from the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) will provide assistance to members of the public who need help preparing to file their taxes. Students from the College’s Business Department, most of them currently enrolled in the Accounting class...
Congresswoman Amata with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in a committee room on Capitol Hill.  [courtesy photo]
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted the first steps in developing a national infrastructure plan, which President Trump urged in this week’s State of the Union Address, and said she will work to bring attention to American Samoa’s needs in Congress. The draft planning...
“GOLDEN” [coourtesy photo]
People often look at my dog, “Golden”, and assume I brought him from off island because he is so big and healthy. He’s a Samoan dog, the best kind there is. As the territorial veterinarian, I am often asked how he stays so good looking and healthy.  Here is a list of seven things you can do to help...
The local Homeland Security Department (ASDHS) is conducting an investigation into the laser incident, which occurred the evening of Jan. 19 while a Hawaiian Airlines aircraft was heading for landing at Pago Pago International Airport. Hawaiian spokesperson, Ann Botticelli told Samoa News early...
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American Samoans can use the territorial government-issued Certificate of Identity for travel to Hawaii as long they provide additional identification information, required by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) - which oversees security checks points at all US airports. ASG...
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MELCHOR ALAMIS  The government is going forward with their case against Melchor Alamis even without what could have been one of their strongest pieces of evidence — the results of a DNA test. Investigators recently discovered that the sample for the DNA test that was sent over to the LBJ Lab for...
 American Samoa Drugs Council including Acting Chief of Customs, Keith Gebaur [Photo: RNZ Pacific / Monica Miller]
Law enforcement officials say a lot of the illegal drugs smuggled into American Samoa are coming through the local postal service. Federal and local officials are meeting in Pago Pago to discuss an increasing drug problem. Close to 20 federal agents representing the Coast Guard, FBI, Alcohol...
This 2017 Sword family photo posted on social media, shows the late Mrs. Juliette Caroline Sword (right) with her husband of 29 years, Taulapapa William Sword.  [photo: Sword family]
Taulapapa William Sword has confirmed the passing of his wife, Juliette Caroline Sword, the first Miss South Pacific (1987), who was Miss American Samoa at the time. Her final church service will be at the Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel on the island of Oahu in Hawai’i, and is set for 9:30a.m. Feb...

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