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The American Samoa Government is hopeful that StarKist Co. will decide soon on a parcel of land to build a new freezer storage facility, and resolve the fish supply issue to a significant extent, thus avoiding future closures to StarKist Samoa cannery operations, said Commerce Department director...
NAPA Samoa is launching its newest product — car paint. The company is sponsoring store supervisor Sharane Smith, 23, from Aua (pictured) as a contestant in this year's Miss American Samoa pageant. [photo: courtesy]
Are you tired of looking at those scratches on your car but don't want to fork out the cash to pay for a full-on paint job? NAPA Samoa has got you covered. The company now has available, car paint that can be customized and sold in spray cans, making quick touch-ups a breeze. This is the perfect...
Monica Afalava (front, 2nd right), the new Program Coordinator for the American Samoa Area Health Education Center.  Front (l-r): Hawaii/Pacific Basin AHEC Associate Director Erica Davis; Hawaii/Pacific Basin AHEC Director Dr. Kelley Withy; Afalava; ASAHEC Board Co-Chair Dr. Robin Faumuina. Back (l-r): ASAHEC Board Chairwoman Ipu Eliapo-Unutoa; ASCC Dean of Academic Affairs Letupu Moananu; and ASCC-ACNR Community Nutritionist Travis Fleming. See story inside for details. [Photo: J. Kneubuhl]
During the faculty orientation last week to begin the fall 2017 semester at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC), Dean of Academic Affairs Mrs. Letupu Moananu introduced the new Coordinator for the American Samoa Area Health Education Center (ASAHEC), a program hosted by the College. Ms....
After a week-long shut down, which began on Aug. 21, due to fish supply shortages, StarKist Samoa cannery is scheduled to resume production on Monday. StarKist Co., corporate spokesperson Michelle Faist told Samoa News last Friday morning that the Samoa Kist Samoa plant was expected to have fish...
“There is no refund. There is no refund,” declared Senate Transportation Committee chairman Sen. Paepae Iosefa Faiai, to residents who claim to have been overcharged over the years when renewing registration for their vehicles. Paepae’s public declaration was made towards the end of the yesterday’s...
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A young man who was convicted of stealing in connection with a store robbery in Malaeimi during which a handgun was used to threaten the cashier, has been sentenced to 28 months in jail. Fa’asi'i Aupaau, 19, was initially charged with first-degree robbery; but under a plea agreement with the...
The now closed Fono building awaiting demolition. [SN file photo]
The Lolo Administration is planning to set up a new sales tax unit at the Treasury Department to specifically deal with enforcement and collection, if the proposed 7% sales tax measure is enacted into law, according to testimony by Deputy Treasurer of the Revenue Division, Keith Gebauer during...
Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipea [SN file photo]
Although there are allegations of a beer importer bringing in large shipments of beer that don’t match the invoice, Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipea told a House committee there is no proof, or evidence. Deputy Treasurer for Revenue, Keith Gebauer added that an investigation by Customs was carried...
The two local businessmen who worked together to pull up the sunken Fo’isia vessel yesterday at the Malaloa Marina: (l-r) Iupeli Kava and Timothy Jones Sr., together with Timothy Jones Jr., and a bystander. The government owned Fo'isia sank - for reasons unknown - earlier this year in May. [photo: AF]
The government owned Fo'isia vessel, which sunk at the Malaloa Marina on Wednesday, May 7, 2017, was finally pulled out of the water yesterday by local businessman Iupeli Kava and the crew from P.J. Corporation. The vessel, which cost the American Samoa Government $300K and purchased in 2009 during...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has revealed that excise tax collection on cigarettes “took a dive” in the current fiscal year because of contractual issues with off island vendors and market contract forces, but they’ve since normalized; and that funding has been committed to “beef up” revenue...

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