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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 The competition, in place since 2015, offers awards for unpublished fiction from writers living in the Pacific region countries of...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'...
Kanana Fou JROTC rifle team
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — And the overall winners are… the Kanana Fou Stallions! The 2020 American Samoa JROTC Air Rifle Competition was held Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Konelio Pele US Army Reserve Center in Tafuna. Participating schools included Leone, Tafuna, Kanana Fou, Samoana, and...
Taro plantation on Aunuu.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As the Agriculture Department (DoA) moves to increase local agriculture production to — among other things — ensure food security, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the territory continues to face many difficult challenges due to its remote location and limited natural...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men were arrested and later charged with drug possession when police went looking for a suspect in an alleged rape case. Filipo Farani and Kueva Lilo made their initial appearances in District Court this week. They waived their rights to a preliminary hearing and the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer from Samoa who told the court last week that his wife has already filed papers to renew his immigration status has been remanded to custody without bail until his next hearing on Feb. 26th. Migao Siliga appeared twice last week before District Court Judge...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata hailed House passage this week of a bill she cosponsored, H.R.4305, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act. Through this unique bill, veterans will learn the art and science of training dogs. This can give the...

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