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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...
American Samoa High Court building
  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two cases against two men charged in drug related matters are now in High Court, after District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea found probable cause to bind them over, following a preliminary examination (PX) last week for each man. Talosaga Willie is charged with one count...
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  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While there are no new laboratory confirmed measles cases for American Samoa as of Feb. 1st, health officials are awaiting results of one suspected case sent to the Hawaii state lab. This was the latest update provided by the Health Department and LBJ Medical Center,...
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  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has charged a 29-year-old man with unlawful possession of marijuana, public peace disturbance, and attempted burglary, for trying to break into a store in Tafuna. Falaula Faapoi made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is charged in...
The Leone Health Clinic
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two local residents who returned last week after visiting China and Taiwan are under 14-day quarantine observation for the coronavirus at the Leone Health Center. This is according to DOH’s Dr. Saipale Fuimaono during a cabinet briefing late Sunday afternoon. Both cases...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Because American Samoa didn’t respond to federal questions on the use of 911 fees collected from consumers, the US Federal Communications Commission has requested Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga to provide an explanation. The FCC’s letter, which the agency made public...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Pro Tem Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde has found probable cause to bind over to High Court, the government’s case against Tony Vaifanua, who is expected to enter a ‘not guilty’ plea this morning at arraignment. Vaifanua, who is still in custody, unable to...

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