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ASG Treasurer, Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The ASG Treasury Department is releasing today, June 30, tax refunds under Batch #12 for just over $2.01 million. According to ASG Treasurer, Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a, this tax refund batch is for taxpayers who filed between Apr. 6 to June 2nd and with mailing addresses...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who is on probation for stealing and burglary is now in custody when police allegedly found illegal drugs inside his vehicle during a traffic stop last month. Talavani Ualesi made his initial appearance in court last month. He is charged with one count of unlawful...
ASCC president Dr. Rosevonne Pato
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Of the total $1.61 million that the American Samoa Community College received in federal COVID-19 funding, 50% went to stipends for students who attended the Spring semester and each student received a check of more than $900, according to ASCC president Dr. Rosevonne...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was arrested by police after a woman who was riding on the same bus with this man requested police assistance, claiming that the man allegedly touched her legs and stomach in a sexual manner. Mark Tagaloa, 34, made his initial appearance in court last week where...
SBA Building Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. —  On Monday Congresswoman Aumua Amata said a surge in reports from the Small Business Administration (SBA) showed a weekly rise in assistance for American Samoa’s small businesses and nonprofits. The total increased by $3 million to $15,226,818. That includes 287 combined loans...
Vaiety of Nat'l Park of American Samoa photos
Washington, D.C. — The US Secretary of Interior David L. Bernhardt announced last week the annual economic benefit of the national parks to the U.S. and local economies for the year 2019. According to the report, in 2019 about 60 thousand park visitors spent an estimated $3.6 million — an increase...
Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) building in Pago Pago
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As of June 26, a total of 118 local resides have been repatriated back from Samoa while 100 citizens of Samoa were returned back to their home country, according to Health Department data presented at Sunday’s ASG coronavirus task force meeting aired later in that...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of the vehicle pulled over by police during a traffic stop in Malaloa last week told investigators that the illegal drugs found in his possession was bought from a man named “V” at the EMS in Fagaalu. (Samoa News is not using the man’s full name as he has not...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the government re-opening all of the doors at the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) building in Pago Pago, used as a quarantine site for repatriated local residents from Samoa, local resident Bryan Jackson says he will not move forward with legal action...
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Washington, D.C. — Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed an education grant for Head Start of over $1.17 million through the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS). Specifically, the discretionary grant to the American Samoa Department of Education is for Head Start projects, an early...

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