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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Following recommendations by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and other ASG officials, the Health Department issued a revised travel advisory dated last Friday - and “effective immediately” - to hopefully lessen confusion from previous advisories. DoH also added what it calls “...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a passionate plea during oral arguments before a federal appeals court, Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale contends that the Deeds of Cession “covers more than just ‘alia fishing. It covers and protects culture. The culture of the American Samoa people.”...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 43-year-old man from Ottoville was arrested Wednesday night on the allegation that he assaulted his wife while he was under the influence. The wife was present with noticeable bruises on her right eye when her husband made his initial appearance in District Court last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A man from Samoa who pled guilty to meth possession is ordered to serve 20 months at the TCF as a condition of his 5-year probation sentence. Taavili Iakopo appeared in High Court earlier this month for sentencing. He has been in custody since his arrest in February...
NWS weather graphic
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Current satellite imagery show a line of enhanced low-level clouds extending north through south of the territory, especially over Manu`a; this indicates higher shower activity over the Manu`a islands, according to the NWS Pago Pago website. Latest 18Z Pacific Streamline...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A father of four was arrested again last month on the allegation that he violated conditions of his 5-year probation which was handed down by the High Court 4 years ago. John Pelenato, who has been in custody since his arrest two weeks ago pursuant to an arrest warrant...
Mrs. Tamari Mulitalo Cheung
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Last week, Independent State of Samoa newspaper the Samoa Observer announced the winners in its 2019 Tusitala Short Story Competition. The competition, in place since 2015, offers awards for unpublished fiction from writers living in the Pacific region countries of...
Gaoteote & Fai’ivae” gubernatorial team with their wives
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Under the campaign theme “O le Ala i le Pule o le Tautua”, Senate President Gaoteote Palaie Tofau and Sen. Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet officially announced their candidacy for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively, in the November 2020 general election. Family,...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Last week, District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea sentenced Edward Sauvao to 10 days behind bars, after being convicted of public peace disturbance while on probation. “This is how things work in this courtroom; once you violate a condition of your probation, we’re no...
The Emerald Princess
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A third cruise ship in as many months will not be stopping in American Samoa as planned. The Emerald Princess was due to arrive in Pago Pago this week on 13 February but its local agent, Harbor Maritime, says the cruise liner has cancelled its stop over. Harbor Maritime'...

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