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American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 31-year-old man from Samoa who pled guilty to meth possession has been ordered to depart the territory and remain outside of its borders, as a condition of his 5-year probation sentence. Steven Alaimalo appeared in High Court last week for sentencing. He was initially...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In another revised travel advisory dated Feb. 5th, the Health Department made adjustments to travel requirements for US passport holders and American Samoa residents “transiting” through Tonga to the territory, while today’s MV Lady Naomi sail was suspended due to...
In this Oct. 2019 file photo, McConnell Dowell continues work
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — To ensure that Pago Pago International Airport remained in operation, the Dept. of Port Administration split into three phases the $34-million-dollar airport Apron Rehabilitation Project, which is expected to be completed by mid-2021, says Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga. The...
Cong. Aumua Amata with coins and Director David J. Ryder
Washington, D.C. — In January, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed the opportunity to visit the U.S. Mint headquarters in Washington, D.C., meet with Director David J. Ryder, learn more about the process and programs at the U.S. Mint, and enjoy an early look at the soon to be released quarter...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting another man during a drinking session last week is now in custody after police allegedly found 2 small baggies containing illegal drugs and a glass pipe — also containing drugs — in his possession. Adam Nikolao made his initial appearance in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Historic Preservation Office (ASHPO) is spearheading a video and photo contest for locals who have an eye for capturing special moments. PHOTO CONTEST According to ASHPO, each year, their office produces calendars that feature historic photos of...
Photo of Pago Pago harbor
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In her new book, JoAnna Poblete, who is an associate professor of history at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont CA, connects the U.S.-American Samoa colonial relationship to global overfishing, world consumption patterns, the for-profit fishing industry,...
Two firetrucks awaiting parts
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Over the past month, Samoa News has been told that the local Fire Department is down to one fire truck — the other two (pictured) are parked at the DPS Tafuna Substation and have been down for two months, with the explanation that they are awaiting parts, according to a...
Talofa Airways plane
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Following a meeting with Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga over the weekend, the Health Department has added new restrictions for travelers entering American Samoa, especially those from Tonga on Talofa Airways’ two weekly flights - and travelers are now required to route...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tevita Tangilahu made his initial appearance before Judge Elvis P. Patea last week. He is charged with one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine; one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; one count of unlawful possession of...

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