Swains to select delegate Saturday

Election Commissioner Tuaolo Fruean is calling a meeting of Swains islanders for the purpose of selecting their representative to the American Samoa House of Representatives. 


Man who duped Whitehorn pleads guilty

A man indicted in connection with a massive bond scheme that affected a local company that was formerly awarded the airport road project pleaded guilty yesterday at the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division.


IDG to empower girls & women

From the response of civic organizations, government departments, businesses, churches and other groups, organizers of the first local celebration of the International Day of the Girl, are expecting a huge turn out Saturday.


Detectives in ppd under investigation

Commissioner of Public Safety William Haleck has ordered an internal investigation of two detectives who allegedly caused property damage to a nightclub Saturday night.

Nicole Girard-Savoy

ASNOC gets visit from IOC & ONOC

Officials from the International Olympic Committee and the Oceania National
Olympic Committee will be on island to conduct a general evaluation of the
American Samoa National Olympic Committee.


SORNA bill is signed into law

In 60 days, American Samoa will be on par with other states and territories in meeting federal sex offender registration and notification requirements. 


Travel on HA tapers off

Demand for seats on Hawaiian Air seems to be tapering off after the busy summer season when flights to and from Honolulu were full.


Woman escapes jail term for passport fraud

A Samoan woman was sentenced yesterday afternoon at the federal court in Fairbanks, Alaska to five years on probation for committing passport fraud.


Directors confident of Ebola preparedness

The Director of Health and Director of Homeland Security confidently told senators today that their departments are prepared and ready to handle any cases of  Ebola.

EDA Revolving Loan Fund up by $600,000

The Economic Development Administration has approved American Samoa’s application for recapitalization of its EDA Revolving Loan Fund.

Hawaiian celebrates 30 yrs of service to AS

Hawaiian Air is celebrating 30 years of service to American Samoa this Friday, October 24th.   


Students spend weekend in Juvie Center

Seven students from Leone High School spent the weekend at the Juvenile Detention Center after they were caught drinking when they were supposed to be in class.

Search for missing plane & man resumes

A three-man crew from a mainland company arrived Friday night to continue the search for a small aircraft which crashed into the ocean off Pago Pago International Airport on July 23rd.

Inaugural Samoana Jazz & Arts Festival

The inaugural Samoana Jazz & Arts Festival will be launched in American Samoa on Friday, October 31st through Sunday November 2nd, 2014. 


Teacher: If it aint broken, dont fix it

If it ain’t broken don’t fix it. 


House reconsiders and approves Sen. Tuiasina

The Special Session of the Fono adjourned this morning. 

Damaged purse seiner now on slipway

The owners of the Captain Vincent Gann purse seiner which collided with another purse seiner at the main dock last week says damage was minimal to the bulb of the vessel and it's currently being repaired at the shipyard at Satala.


Aumua cals for hearing

Candidate for Congress Aumua Amata has written  to U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) urging him to hold early hearings on a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) to prevent President Obama or future presidents from unilaterally restricting usage of any additional vast areas of land or sea resources under the Antiquities Act of 1906.


Police accused of damaging night club

The owners of a night club have filed a complaint against two off duty detectives who allegedly caused property damage to the night club Saturday night.

Governor holds meetings in Honolulu

While in Honolulu for medical appointments last week, Governor Lolo Moliga is reported to have held meetings with companies interested in setting up in the territory.

School teacher leads vote no demonstration

Public school teacher Aitofi Lomu was the main organizer of a vote no on the veto override referendum demonstration at the Fagatogo malae on Friday. 


STP on target to open cannery in January

Samoa Tuna Processors is gradually hiring employees to assist with construction of its plant at Atuu and prepare for production in the early part of next year.   

Clean up continues after purse seiner accident

Clean up operations are continuing today in Pago Pago Harbor to mop up what’s believed to be a couple hundred gallons of fuel which leaked into the ocean after a purse seiner rammed into another at the main dock yesterday.    

House votes down senator

In what is seen as a payback move for the Senate’s disapproval of a member of the House to serve on the Immigration Board, House Representatives today voted overwhelmingly to reject the Senate member on the board.  

Purse seiners make annual trip

It’s an unusual sight to see the main dock crowded with many purse seiners at one time. 

WHO urges Pacific to prepare for Ebola

The World Health Organisation says the Pacific must do more to prepare for the possibility Ebola will reach the region. 
Cable Car Task Force

Tramway site gets a face lift

Some of the overgrown brush and trees blocking the spectacular view form the tramway site at Utulei were cleared today.   

Opening of LVPA on Council's agenda

One of the items the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council will again take up at its meeting next week is a measure to open some of the now closed waters surrounding American Samoa to longliners.


Monday is last day to request off-island absentee ballot

The Election Office reminds registered absentee voters in the military services, those attending higher institutions of learning or working for federal agencies and the ASG Office in Hawaii that Monday, October 20 is the last day to request an absentee ballot.


Vaito'a Hans Langkilde is DD at ASVB

Vaitoa Hans Langkilde has joined the American Samoa Visitors Bureau as its Deputy Director. 


Task Force to review air service study

Governor Lolo has appointed a task force to review an air transport marketing study of American Samoa.


Local reps participate in Pacific Dialogue

Two representatives from American Samoa, Josie Malepeai Lealasola and Zena Iese are participating in the Emerging Pacific Leaders' Dialogue (EPLD) 2014. 


Governor not sitting idle on alternative bank

Governor Lolo Moliga is aggressively pursuing the establishment of a charter bank for American Samoa.


ASG mulls 10% shareholding

The American Samoa Government may end up being a shareholder in the food processing plant being proposed by a company from the Philippines, AVM Bernardo Engineering.
Photos: Pase Paselio

Argosy confers 48 BA, MA & Ph D degrees

Argosy University conferred 48 Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees  at its second annual commencement ceremony at Lee Auditorium this afternoon.

19-yr-old faces sex charges

The government has charged a 19-year-old male for alleged sexual acts involving a 13- year-old girl.

Rep. Fagasoaia explains why he voted no

The only member of the House of Representatives who voted no on a bill that would limit sponsorship of aliens by businesses says foreign owned businesses make a valuable contribution to the territory’s economy.

Collision at the main dock causes oil spill

A major oil spill occurred at the main dock after a purse seiner struck the bow of another purse seiner before 8 this morning. 


Hokule'a & Hikianalia set sail

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The couch shell is blown to signal the departure of the Hokule’a and Hikianalia. 

CEO upset with teachers who migrated here

The CEO of Samoa’s Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture is somewhat upset with the 25 teachers from Samoa who have migrated to teach here.


Yachtee died of natural causes

Police have determined that a yachtsman found dead on his boat last month in Pago Pago Harbor died of natural causes. 

Fuel prices dropping

Prices at the pump will be dropping by 3 to 9 cents effective today. 


Senate turns down Rep. Timusa & Matagi

Two nominees for the Immigration Board did not get enough votes to be confirmed in the Senate this morning. 

Surprise Ebola exercise at dock

Yesterday’s surprise exercise of a possible case of Ebola arriving on a boat at the dock went well according to agencies involved.

Halecks given deadline on federal case

A federal judge has given the Haleck family until November 3 to see if they want to dismiss or amend their case against the US Department of Interior over the more than 20 acres of Tafuna lowland rainforest known as Naumati.  


DBAS hopes to loan from the Retirement Fund

The Development Bank of American Samoa hopes to inject $2 million for homes and business loans and is looking to the Retirement Fund for a loan.

Police ask public for help in probe

Police are looking to the public for information that would help in their investigation of the death of a man whose body was found at the tramway or cable car site in Utulei over the weekend.

Senate approves leases without any hearings

The Senate today approved 30-year lease extensions for two businesses in the Industrial Park, GHC Reid and Pacific Grading Corporation.

Travel agent pleads guilty to stealing

A Samoan travel agent pleaded guilty in the federal district court in Springfield Missouri today for stealing $360,000 from the Willard High School Band Boosters, which forced the cancellation of a trip to Hawaii for more than 300 students and chaperones.

Hike in fees & bonds and stipends for board

Immigration fees are to be increased and members of the Immigration Board are to receive stipends under proposed amendments to be adopted under administrative rule. 

Great American Samoa Shake Out tomorrow

The territory joins the rest of the world in the global earthquake drill or shakeout tomorrow. 


Be informed about Ebola

In an effort to raise public awareness about the Ebola virus and address concerns about the territory’s preparedness in dealing with the disease, the Department of health has issued the following information.

Medicaid Office renewing ASTCA lease monthly

The American Samoa Medicaid Office, a division of the Governor’s Office is currently renewing its lease at the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority Building in Tafuna, on a month to month basis. 

Palolo rise on Tutuila weak, heavy in Samoa

Palolo hunters on shore and on boats report a light palolo rise last night. 


Special Ed plan suggests reorganization

A corrective action plan by the Special Education Division of DOE in response to a study by an off island team which documents a host of deficiencies in Special Ed, recommends a complete reorganization of the Special Education Division.

ASCC forum for congressional candidates

The nine candidates vying for American Samoa’s seat in Congress have been invited by the Student Government Association (SGA) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) to participate in a Congressional Forum next Thursday, October 23rd, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the College’s Gymnasium.

Efforts to restore cable car forge ahead

Governor Lolo Moliga has given the go ahead for a feasibility study and a push for engineering and investor proposals to restore the cable car to Mount Alava. 

No decision made on Samoa Sports purchase

The governor’s executive Assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira and Chief of Staff Fiu Johnny say no decision has been made for ASG to buy the three storey Samoa Sports Building in Fagatogo. 


DMWR will check on palolo tonight

The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources will begin checking on the swarming of the palolo tonight. 


Brothers arrested after fight

The White Sunday weekend didn’t go down well for two brothers who got into a fight after one caught the other trying to kiss their step mother.

Body found at tramway site over weekend

A body was found at the tramway site in Utulei early Saturday morning.


Congressman returns home Friday

Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin returns home this week for the first time since he was medivaced to Honolulu a year ago.

ASEPA now issues citations for pesticide violations

Beginning today, the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency begins issuing citations for the misuse or unlawful use of pesticides.

Leaders expect to finish session quickly

The Special session of the Fono began today with statements from both the Senate President and House Speaker in their respective chambers that if the Senate and House get through the agenda items quickly the session would be finished before the ten days mentioned in the governor’s call.

Teachers from Samoa arrive

Director of Education, Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau says the arrival of teachers from Samoa will help alleviate the current teacher shortage.

Ex-ASTCA CEO is a project advisor at DOC

Former CEO of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority Moefaauo Bill Emmsley has been hired by the Department of Commerce as a senior project advisor. 

AVM commits to paying trip for four

A delegation from American Samoa has been invited by a company from the Philippines with plans to set up a multi food processing plant in the territory see visit the Philippines for a first hand look at their operations. 


Report recommends reorganization of SPED

The report by an off island team which reviewed the Special Education Division of the Department of Education highlights two recurring themes: one is the lack of competent personnel and lack of supervision.

Charter Bank funding a priority for Gov Lolo

Funding for a charter bank that the American Samoa Government is setting up is one of the first priorities that Governor Lolo Moliga has identified for the American Samoa Economic Development Authority .

Steps taken to keep out Ebola

Extra measures were taken by the Department of Health for the arrival of the cruise ship Volendam today, to keep the territory safe from Ebola and other diseases.    
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Territory farewells Hokule'a and Hikianalia

The captains and crews of the Hokule’a and Hikianalia received prayers, thanks and well wishes at a farewell ceremony at the Malaloa Marina this morning.   

Bus knocks down employee

An employee of Mcconnel Dowell who was directing traffic for road construction along the Veterans Memorial Stadium was knocked down by an aiga bus this afternoon. 

Amata lends support for cancer awareness

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Candidate for Congress Aumua Amata has pledged her support to spreading the word about a disease that has taken the lives of too many women often at a young age.

Senator Uti Petelo sworn into office

The new senator for Mauputasi District #6 was sworn in this morning by Associate Judge Logoai Siaki. 

AVM first made proposal to previous governor

AVM Bernardo Engineering the company from the Philippines with plans to set up multi food processing plant in the territory made the same proposal to the previous administration in 2009.

Want to hear better?

Residents with hearing problems will get help from the Starkey Hearing Foundation. 


New US citizens to be sworn in here

Two US Citizenship and Immigration Services officers will be traveling here later this month to conduct interviews for soon to be US citizens…members of the US Army Reserve. 


"Meet the Mormons" premieres today

"Meet the Mormons," a film examining the diverse lives of six devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints premieres today at the Nu'uuli Place Cinema.  


Fono has own agenda for Special Session

Fono leaders have requested Governor Lolo Moliga to include on the agenda of the Special Session, pending legislation from the Fono.

Big sale at Hope House

Hope House has received a generous donation from the owners of a store which has gone out of business.

Company eyes US market

The company from the Philippines that is setting up a food processing plant in the territory, AVM Bernardo Engineering, will take advantage of the Headnote 3 A benefits which entitles products that are made in American Samoa duty free entry into the United States.

Study finds many deficiencies in Special Ed

The American Samoa Department of Education receives about $6 million each year from the federal government to educate children with special needs, but an external review of Special Education conducted in June and July found lapses in qualified personnel, equipment and services for the territory’s special children.

Port tests new passenger ramp tomorrow

The Department of Port Administration will test its new passenger ramp with tomorrow night’s Hawaiian Air flight.

Woman runs down husband

A woman landed in jail for allegedly aiming her F150 truck directly at her husband, a cop. 


New investor is AVM Bernardo Engineering

The company that plans to set up in the territory is AVM Bernardo Engineering which is a giant food processing company from the Philippines. 

ASEDA bill gets green light

The American Samoa Economic Development Authority legislation has now been approved. 


Uti Petelo selected as Ma'uputasi #6 senator

A new senator for Mauputasi District #6 is to be sworn in tomorrow morning.  


Police Academy to start next month

Commissioner of Public Safety William Haleck is hopeful that enough candidates will pass the latest entrance exam for the police academy which was administered Tuesday at the Lee Auditorium.


Tafuna Health Center extends hours on Wed

The first Wednesday evening clinic at the Tafuna Health Center was last night.


Police identify suspects in stoning incidents

Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Hunkin Finau says she has been briefed about recent stoning incidents related to school sports.  


'Feds ignoring purpose of citizenship clause'

Attorneys representing the appellants in the Tuaua v United States citizenship lawsuit say the federal government and those against their case are ignoring the historical text, purpose and original understanding of the 14th Amendments' Citizenship Clause. 


Bills for leaders raises and allowances "resting"

With just one day left in the Third Regular Session of the Fono, two bills which have attracted criticism from the public appear to be resting in peace.


Philippines company wants to set up here

A company from the Philippines plans to set up a multi processing facility in the territory. 


Local absentee voting begins Friday

Local absentee voting will begin October 10. 

Death in Tula a suspected suicide

A suspected suicide occurred on the eastern end of the island yesterday. 


ASEDA bill clears second reading in Senate

The Lolo Lemanu administration looks set to score a major piece of legislation, one worth $100 million, with passage of a bill that gives the American Samoa Economic Development Authority wide ranging powers to issue bonds.

FBI looking for suspect in kidnapping

A Federal Bureau of Investigations search for a man wanted in Seattle for a parental kidnapping case has been extended to American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Marianas and all sovereign nations of the Pacific.

New members for Immigration Board

New members have been nominated to the Immigration Board. 

Swimming pool project gets ASG support

Governor Lolo Moliga has pledged ASG’s support of the Pago Pago Rotary Club’s community swimming pool project. 

Bill would plug immigration loophole

The administration is moving to close a loophole in the immigration law which has allowed corporations to sponsor aliens. 


Garbage truck overturns in Iliili

The driver of a garbage dumpster which overturned near the intersection in Iliili early this morning was admitted to the hospital with minor injuries. 

Governor tells phone companies to talk

Governor Lolo Moliga isn’t taking any action as the Telecommunications Regulatory Commissioner on the complaint filed by BlueSky Communications against the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority.

Incident report on missing doctor(s) ready

The LBJ Hospital is now reviewing an incident report submitted by nurses of the Intensive Care Unit against certain doctors.  


Senate calls in ASEDA Board again

The Senate is calling in members of the American Samoa Development Authority again today for another hearing on the administration bill which upgrades ASEDA’s bond issuing authority. 


Welcome to new crews & captains

The NOAA National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa welcomes the two new captains and crews of the voyaging canoes the Hokule’a and Hikianalia as they prepare for the next leg of their round the world voyage. 

Tongan patrol boat being repaired here

A Tongan patrol boat is now on the slipway at the government shipyard in Satala.


From District Court

A man and woman made initial appearances in District Court this morning for public peace disturbance, assault and resisting arrest.


Treasurer is against Payroll transfer

Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a says he had no say in the transfer of the Payroll Division from Treasury to the Department of Human Resources. 

DOH confiscates large quantity of medication

The Department of Health has confiscated a large quantity of medication, mostly anti- biotics at the airport, port and the Post Office.  


Governor calls special session

Governor Lolo Moliga is calling a special session of the Fono to begin next Tuesday and lasting ten days. 


Leone coach concerned about stoning incidents

The head coach of Leone High School, Arona Samoa, has reported recent stoning incidents which have injured students and damaged school buses.

Accrediting team visits ASCC

An 11-member team representing the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), completed a site visit to the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) this past Friday.


Education a key focus of candidate

Candidate for Congress Rosie Tago Lancaster has identified education as one of the pillars of her campaign platform.  


Asst. Secretary of OIA to visit next month

The Assistant Secretary of Interior for Insular Affairs Esther Kiaaina will be making her first visit to American Samoa early next month. 


Farewell for Hokule'a & Hikianalia Friday

After more than a month in the territory, the Polynesian sailing canoes the Hokule’a and Hikianalia will be departing later this week.  


Fono raises concerns about ASEDA bill

When lawmakers got to read the fine print of legislation to enhance the bond issuing capability of the American Samoa Economic Development Authority they were leery about language in the bill which they felt cuts out the legislature from the decision making on how the bonds will be used. 


Election Office certifies Tuala-uta candidates

The Election Office has now certified candidates in the House of Representatives election for District #15, Tuala –uta after the Appellate Court ruling yesterday in candidate Lucia Bartley’s challenge of incumbent faipule Vui Florence Saulo’s eligibility to be on the ballot.  


Bill to raise retirement annuities now law

Ninety percent of government retirees can look forward to a slightly bigger check later this month. 


Appellate Court upholds CEO's decision

The Appellate Division of the High Court today upheld the Chief Election Officer’s decision in denying Lucia Bartley’s challenge of candidate Vui Florence Saulo’s eligibility to be on the ballot for the Tuala uta House race.

KVZK-TV was the result of a news story

Deputy Director of the Office of Public Information KVZK Tv Tialuga Vince Iuli emceeing the 50th birthday celebration of the government tv station this morning. 

Governor signs settlement for DOH back wages

Governor Lolo Moliga signed last Wednesday a settlement agreement with the US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division for back wages of Department of Health employees.    

Bill to raise salaries missing exemption

There was an attempt in the House of Representatives today to approve the bill to increase the salaries of the governor and lt, governor in second reading.    

Students learn about conservation

more than 200 elementary school students attended the 4th Annual Soil & Water Conservation Day, organized by the American Samoa Soil & Water Conservation District (AS-SWCD).  

Planning underway for Health Bilateral Summit

Planning is now underway for the 5th Health Bilateral Summit for the two Samoa which American Samoa is hosting next month.  

Happy 50th birthday KVZK-TV

The first television station in the South Pacific, KVZK-TV is celebrating its 50th birthday today.  


Rosie aims for new hospital

Rosie Tago Lancaster is optimistic that her voter support for her third bid for American Samoa’s seat in Congress is much stronger now and says with the help of God she can succeed.  


BlueSky says yes to excellence

This week October 6-11, 2014 is Customer Service Week, celebrated in all 50 states and 40 countries annually.  


Bill to remove age limit of judges held

With a majority vote, the House Judicial Committee has tabled for further review and more research a Senate bill which seeks to remove the age limit for temporary associate judges of the High Court.


Dr. Saleapaga says public prefers LBJ

The Chief Medical Officer of the LBJ Hospital Dr. Iotamo Saleapaga doesn’t believe many people will make use of the Department of Health Primary Clinic.   

Tool kit helps identify corals

Coral reef monitoring in the territory gets a boost with a new coral finder kit that would help identify types of coral found in local waters. 

ASCC remembers September 29 tsunami

Cupcakes and face painting.   That’s how the 5th anniversary of the September 29, 2009 tsunami was remembered at the American Samoa Community College.   At the front entrance to ASCC, Student Foundation Association members gave students

Senate approves members for two boards

The Senate has approved four of the five nominees to serve on the Campaign Spending Commission.   

Relatives damage grave of cousin

Eight family members in Samoa have escaped a jail sentence after admitting to charges of willfully damaging a grave of their dead cousin and burning his remains. 

Good response from veterans for book

Author Rob Shaffer is happy with the response from military veterans , and descendants of the fita fita guard ot his request for names, military service and photos that would help him compile a chapter on the military for the Amerika Samoa Centennial Book.

Help available for farmers from FSA

Farmers in American Samoa, who were negatively impacted by the July floods and landslides may be eligible for Emergency Loans through the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Man gets 9 months for negligent homicide

Thirty-five year old Eric Naiuli will serve 9 months in prison for negligent homicide causing death.  

Is payroll transfer legal?

Senator Magalei Logovi’i, a former ASG Treasurer, has questioned the legality of moving payroll from Treasury to the Department of Human Resources.


One day later, LBJ reduces outpatient fees

There was a one day delay in lowering outpatient hospital fees due to what chairman of the Hospital Authority Board and Acting LBJ CEO Leilua Mase Akapo blamed on “someone dropping the ball.”


Governor wants unfunded liability reduced

As he did with other boards, Governor Lolo Moliga has given the Retirement Fund Board of Trustees mandates to carry out.  


Case against 93-yr-old man dismissed

A case filed against a 93-year-old man charged with several sexual crimes involving his 4-year-old great granddaughter has been dismissed. 


Polynesian continues Manu'a flights

Polynesian Airlines is continuing its service to Manu’a for another 30 days after the US Department of Transportation approved the airline’s request for an extension to cabotage waiver.


Director forecasts positive GDP for next year

According to Director of Commerce Keniseli Lafaele, an increase in consumer spending reflected in the 2013 estimates of Gross Domestic Product for American Samoa was due to several initiatives by the administration.


Ude's first bill deals with the banks

Attorney Mark Ude who’s making a bid to be American Samoa’s next Delegate to Congress has already decided on the first piece of legislation he’ll introduce if elected.


Arguments heard in election challenge appeal

The Appellate Court has taken under advisement arguments heard today on a motion by the Chied Election Officer to dismiss an appeal by a contender in the Tuala-uta House election, Lucia Bartley over the Chief Election Officer’s decision to deny her challenge of incumbent faipule Vui Florence Saulo’s eligibility to be an election candidate. 


Troy Polamalu Foundation donates $10,000

The Troy Polamalu Foundation has made a generous donation of $10,000 for the victims of the July floods and mudslide. 


DOH & LBJ in touch with CDC on Ebola case

Health Director Motusa Tuileama Nua assures the public that DOH and the LBJ Hospital are closely following the one Ebola case that’s confirmed in the United States in the state of Texas, and are taking steps to ensure that the territory’s borders are protected from this fatal virus.


USEPA awards $2.1 million for Am Samoa

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing over $2.1 million to American Samoa for environmental protection work.  


Big celebration for Day of the Girl

The United Nations-designated International Day of the Girl is shaping up to be a major celebration in the territory. 


Veto override committee heads to Hawaii

The committee appointed by the governor to promote support for the veto override amendment will travel to Honolulu for a week to explain the proposal to American Samoa voters in the 50th state. 


Attorney says he can do more to help in D.C.

After living and working in the territory for 18 years, attorney Mark Ude says he can do more for American Samoa as its delegate in Congress than he would ever achieve as a single attorney.  


Soliai concerned about ICU doctors

When officials of the LBJ Hospital appeared before the Senate Health Committee yesterday, Senator Soliai Tuipine informed them that nurses in the Intensive Care Unit have complained about the work performance of doctors. 


New scholarships for ASCC students

The Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Foundation (APIASF)  is making available a new scholarship opportunity to American Samoan students through the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Scholarship Program. 


Governor: only directors entitled to 24-hr pass

Road blocks have been suggested to clamp down on ASG vehicle abuse. 


Despite announcement LBJ fees unchanged

Outpatient rates at the LBJ Hospital did not drop by $5 as the chairman of the Hospital Authority Board and Acting CEO Leilua Mase Akapo had said earlier.


Swains Delegate urges action on voting rights

Swains Representative Su’a Alexander Jennings is requesting that a House Joint Resolution he sponsored to grant the Swains island delegate the right to vote in the House of Representatives be brought to the floor for a vote.  


TAMM anxious to return to school

The association of elderly mothers and fathers who helped instill discipline in schools and monitor unruly behavior on campus, "Toe Afua Mai Matua," is anxiously awaiting word from the Department of Education on whether their services will be needed this school year.

Unusual grave found in research

A French archaeologist who spent several weeks helping the American Samoa Power Authority analyze human remains from burial sites dating back more than 1,500 years, came across an unusual grave. 

LBJ Board told to read the law

The Hospital Authority Board has been advised to read the law which establishes the compensation for board members.

Court quashes subpoenas in Bartley appeal

Justice John Ward has approved a motion by the attorneys for Vui Florence Saulo to quash subpoenas issued by the clerk of the court to three government agencies. 


Governor asks cabinet to support veto ref

Governor Lolo Moliga has asked the cabinet to support the veto override
referendum that will transfer the veto override power that now rests with the Secretary of Interior to the Fono. 


DOL changes locally based investigator

The Department of Labor Wage and Hour investigator based in the territory for the last several months, Heather Skidmore, is leaving the territory Friday and her replacement has arrived. 


Local church leader meets Pope Francis

The leader of the local Catholic Church Bishop Peter Brown returned Sunday from his orientation visit to the Vatican as a new bishop. 


Probe continuing into death of yachtsman

The Criminal Investigations Division of the Department of Public Safety is treating the case of a yachtsman found dead on his boat as a homicide for now until they can rule out criminal evidence.   


Board of (Voter) Registration appointed

Governor Lolo has sent to the Fono for confirmation appointments to the Board of (Voter) Registration. 


No veto action on FY2015 budget

The Fiscal Year 2015 budget law appropriating $424.4 million for the American Samoa Government was signed into law today by Governor Lolo Moliga. 


Governor congratulates cabinet for good year

At a cabinet meeting today the governor stressed to directors the need to control spending on personnel. 


ASG will appeal FEMA decision on IA

ASG will be appealing the Federal Emegrency Management Agency’s decision not to recommend individual assistance for American Samoa as a result of the July floods and mudslides. 


Have you registered to vote?

The Election Office is reminding all eligible voters who have not yet registered to vote that October 6 is the deadline for voter registration. 

Marijuana found in bags of chips

Yesterday afternoon customs officers at the airport discovered a sizeable amount of marijuana in bags of chips that a traveler brought from Samoa. 

Next department getting back wages is DOH

ASG is again in negotiations with the US Department of Labor to settlement payments for employees in another government department. 


Eni to return home soon to campaign

Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin will be coming home soon to campaign for re-election, ending speculation that his illness might keep him in Washington.


Governor happy with Visitors Bureau

Governor Lolo Moliga is pleased with the work of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau and is not supportive of the Fono’s move to slash the bureau’s budget by $65,000. 


StarKist Pres & CEO Sam Lee retiring

StarKist, owners of StarKist Samoa has announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer Sam Whi Lee will retire October 31. 


BOH donates $10,500 to Hope House

The Bank of Hawaii Foundation yesterday presented a donation of $10,500 to Hope House to help care for the elderly citizens and children with severe disabilities housed at the home at Fatuoaiga.


Ancient burial sites shed light on way of life

A professor of archaeology from France has been working with the American Samoa Power Authority archeology Division in analyzing 25 burial sites and remains that were uncovered from the sites. 

Campaign Spending Commission named

The governor has submitted to the Fono for confirmation the names of five individuals to serve on the Campaign Spending Commission. 

DOE plagued by missing teachers

The number of teachers that the Department of Education is looking for is more than 30.  


Grandmother a strong influence on Ms. AS

The new Miss American Samoa Anneliese Sword said her namesake her late  grandmother was on her mind throughout her preparations for the pageant. 


Bill sponsors inquire om their status

There are 9 days left in the current Fono session and sponsors of bills which have been sitting idle in committee for months are calling for the legislation to be brought to the floor for a vote.


Congressman commemorate 9/29

Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin today commemorated the five year anniversary of the September 29, 2009 earthquake and tsunami that struck American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga.

Man pays respects to tsunami victim

At the Pago Pago Rotary Club and Hawaiian Air's memorial Saturday for victims of the 2009 earthquake and tsunami was a gentleman who wanted to find out about an Asian woman whose lifeless body he found that Tuesday morning after the waves had receded.  


Governor unhappy with teacher shortage

A month into the new school year and some public schools are short of teachers. 

Ban on BBQ's, signs and tents near voting booths is law

The distribution of free food , display of political signs and campaign tents around voting booths will now be a thing of the past.   

Stepfather sent to jail for five years

  A man has been jailed for 5 years for sexual abuse and sodomy involving his two minor stepdaughters. The citizen of Samoa was sentenced to five years for sexual abuse and 15 years for sodomy.  However he will serve only 5 years with no rel

Children of disaster victims receive checks

Another emotional remembrance of the September 29 tragedy took place Saturday at the Tsunami Memorial Picnic Shelter at Lions Park. 


Ms. American Samoa promotes literacy

The new Miss American Samoa, Miss Tradewinds Hotel Anneliese Sword intends to use her reign to encourage children to read and promote literacy. 


Increases in budget can't be touched

The Fiscal Year 2015 budget for ASG is now awaiting the governor’s signature.


Leone remembers 9/29 tsunami victims

They say time heals but five years on the pain of losing her 6 year old daughter Vaijoresa in the September 29th, 2009  tsunami hasn’t diminished for Mrs. Taitasi Fitiao


New Miss AS is Anneliese Sword

Miss Tradewinds Hotel Anneliese Sword has been crowned the new Miss American Samoa.  

Defendant in Fagaalu murder jailed for 15 yrs

A murder defendant was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for killing a man in Fagaalu in October of last year.  

It must be an election year

There have been a slew of resolutions from the House of Representatives for infrastructure projects such as roads and seawalls.   

Segaula makes maiden voyage to Manu'a

It took the new Manu’a boat, Segaula about 5 ½ hours to travel from Tutuila to Ofu in rough seas .  

Opposition to veto change stirs up House

Calls have been made for the House of Representatives to explain to the public that the House did nto initiate the bill to increase office allowances for the Fono. 

PIE attorney claims ASG hasn't paid in full

The High Court is to decide whether the government has fully paid a judgment in the ASG and Pacific International Engineering Ltd civil case. 


All flags lowered Monday for 9/29 victims

Governor Lolo Moliga issued an order yesterday to lower all flags in the territory at half staff on Monday, September 29 from sunrise till sunset to remember those whose lives were taken by the earthquake and tsunami of September 29, 2009. 


Bigger retirement checks next month

With the Fono’s passage of the bill to increase annuities for retirees, the October retirement checks for 90% of retirees will be up by half a percent.  


CID close to solving Ottoville break-ins

The head of the Criminal Investigations of the Department of Public Safety, Commander Lavata'i Taase Sagapolutele says they are close to solving a series of break-ins in the Ottoville area in May.


Man admits to having sex with 15 yr old

Fereti Talosaga will be sentenced October 22 for first degree sexual abuse for having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

MacDonald & Vui considered for SSBCI

As the American Samoa Small State Business Credit Initiative Program, SSBCI prepares for launching early next month, two individuals are reported to have been hired for senior roles in the program.


FEMA mobilizes for public assistance

Government departments whose facilities suffered damages in the July floods and mudslides have had an initial briefing with the Federal Coordinating Officer for the local disaster Kenneth Suiso. 

No decision on any changes to cabinet

Governor Lolo Moliga says he hasn’t made any decisions on changes to the cabinet as his administration reaches the halfway point of their first term in office.  


Tautai Assoc makes renewed plea to governor

The Tautai o Samoa Longline & Fishing Association has used some of Governor Lolo’s statements to President Barack Obama opposing expansion of the Pacific Remote Island Marine National Monument to again plead their case to be allowed to fish within the territory's 50 mile closure area.  


DOE Director endorses non violence campaign

One of the aims of the non violence campaign by a local group that's promoting peaceful means to resolve conflicts  is to stop violence in schools.  


Governor says Payroll transfer to stop abuses

Governor Lolo Moliga is adamant that payroll irregularities that have been rampant for many years can only be stopped by moving the Payroll Division now under Treasury to the Department of Human Resources.

Seniors get three hotmeals a week

Beginning next week, elderly citizens will be served hotmeals three days a week instead of two.  


Yachtsman was a loner

A yachtsman found dead yesterday on his boat has been described by those who knew him as a person who kept to himself and didn’t socialize much with the yachting community.


Leaders pay tribute to Sen. Faumuina

The three branches of government gathered at the Fono guest house this morning to honor and farewell the late Senator of Mauputasi, Faumuina Tagisialii.

Group wages vote no campaign

A group of veteran public educators is quietly waging a campaign to get voters to vote no on the veto override referendum that will be on the ballot in November.


Mixed reaction to monument expansion

President Obama’s executive order to expand less than planned, the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, is drawing mixed reactions from American Samoa’s congressman and Western Pacific fisheries interests. 

Man found dead on yacht

Yesterday afternoon a man was found dead on a yacht moored in Pago Pago Harbor.

Driver in fatal accident enters plea deal

The driver of a vehicle which slammed in to a utlity pole in Aoloau last year killing one the passengers has entered a plea agreement with the government 


Countdown begins for 2014 Miss Am Samoa

The first judged portion of the Miss American Samoa competition takes place today when the five contestants vying for the crown make presentations on selected topics and answer questions from the judges.  


Hospital board's increases raise questions

Lawmakers have questioned what authority the Hospital Authority Board has to increase their compensation above what is provided under the law.  


Polynesian Airlines seeks extension for Manu'a

Polynesian Airlines has asked the US Department of Transportation to allow them to continue flying to Manua for an additional 30 days. 


Gold Mothers Day celebrated Saturday

This weekend the territory joins the rest of the nation in celebrating Gold Mothers Day, dedicated to honoring the mothers of military men and women who have died while defending freedom. 


Man charged for beating sister

A 37-year-old man  has been charged with third degree assault and private peace disturbance for assaulting his sister for drinking a juice that belonged to him. 


Pres. Obama to sign monument expansion

The expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument is a done deal. 

DoH to open Primary Care Clinic next month

The Department of Health hopes to have its first Primary Care Clinic opened early next month.  


Fono approves SONAR bill, ASEDA members

The House and Senate have approved in unanimous reading the SONAR or Sex offender Notification and Registration bill.


Workforce grant application to be re-submitted

The government's $10 million workforce grant application to the US Department of Labor which was initially submitted early this year will be resubmitted to the federal agency for the next funding year. 


Remembering victims of the 2009 tsunami

Ceremonies marking the 5th anniversary of the 2009 earthquake and tsunami which killed 34 children, women and men will take place this weekend. 


DHR gets ready to take over ASG payroll

The Department of Human Resources is getting ready to take over the processing and management of the ASG payroll.  


Father chokes son over Bible verse

A man accused of hitting his 10 -year-old son because he forgot his White Sunday verse has been charged with endangering the life of a child and private peace disturbance. 


Faleomavaega finally explains illness

American Samoa’s longtime Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has finally revealed the nature of the illness that sidelined him for months starting last October.

Sen. Galea'i still after final payouts

A year after he first wrote to Govenror Lolo Moliga about payouts made to former directors of the last administration, Senator Galea’i Tu’ufuli has sent off another letter to the governor about the same topic. 


Paul Ieti is on island

Local singer Paul Ieti of "America’s Got Talent" fame arrived for a three week holiday last night.  


House drags feet on controversial bills

Members of the public are anxiously awaiting how their House representatives will vote on two bills that has generated much discussion in the community.  


BOH now accepting applications for grants

The Bank of Hawaii is again offering its Small Business Revitalization and Development Grant aimed at stimulating small business development in American Samoa.  


Board to begin interviews for LBJ CEO

The Board of Directors of the Hospital Authority will be meeting soon to go over applications for the position of CEO of the LBJ Hospital. 


Amnesty bill is now law

Governor Lolo Moliga has signed the immigration amnesty bill into law which gives an opportunity to foreigners who have been in the territory without proper authorization to legalize their status.  


AG urges passage of SONAR bill

Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale fully supports a bill which establishes a sex offender registry under the Attorney General’s Office and provides for a website that lists all those who have been convicted of sex offences.  


CRAG awarded $121,000 grant

The American Samoa Coral Reef Advisory Group has been awarded $121,000 by the Office of Insular Affairs, Department of Interior. 


LBJ Hospital to reduce outpatient fees

The LBJ Hospital will be reducing all basic charges for out patient services by $5 effective October 1st.  


Funeral services for Sen. Faumuina Thurs & Fri

The body of the late Senator Faumuina Tagisialii will lie in state at the Fono guest house Thursday morning where a government service will be held in his honor. 


Last open houses for Seamans

The educational and research vessel the Robert C. Seamans will be leaving the territory next week after a six week stay. 


Threats lead to husband's arrest

A woman who arrived home late from work and was accused by her husband of having an affair filed a complaint that her husband threatened to kill her and held her against her will in their house.


Service wharf project needs to be re-bid

A major infrastructure project which has been on the drawing boards since 2007 wil have to be re bid because all of the bids that were received in the first round were way beyond the budget for the project. 


Ten teachers will be hired from Samoa

The number of teachers that the Department of Education is hiring from Samoa is much less than what earlier reports had indicated.


Hokule'a captain thanks territory

The captain of the Hokule’a, Nainoa Thompson says American Samoa has had a very profound impact on their quest to revive traditional sailing methods and promote awareness of global challenges that affect islanders. 


DMWR honors villages & mayors with MPAs

Villages and village mayors with the best managed marine protected areas were honored by the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources during an awards presentation Friday.


Man gets same sentence 2nd time around

David Letuli had his wish granted for the original panel who heard his case from the beginning to sentence him.  


No public disclosure in communications dispute

The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority has filed a response to the complaint filed by Bluesky Communications with Governor Lolo over their dissatisfaction with ASTCA's handling of negotiations for an interconnectivity agreement.

House and Senate approve FY2015 budget

 The House and Senate have now approved their respective versions of the fiscal year 2015 budget intact except for a reduction of $65,000 to the budget of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau.   

Chapter on Fita Fita guard to be added to Centennial Book

Research is being conducted on the history of American Samoans in the U.S. military from the Fita Fita era through the present day.  
Photo: Courtesy Hokule'a

Swains visit strengthens crews' resolve

They had read about Swains island and seen photos of the island but being able to set foot there was an experience that the crews of the Hokule’a and Hikianalia would never forget.

Declaration of disaster helps SSBCI

The presidential declaration of American Samoa as a disaster area is seen by the contractors who are helping set up American Samoa’s State Small Business Credit Initiative Program as a boost in efforts to set up new businesses in the territory. 

Four fishermen alive and well in Samoa

The four local fishermen who went missing while heading from Tutuila to Manu’a two weeks ago are now in Apia awaiting word from Samoa’s Department of Foreign Affairs as to when they will return home. 

Togiola Tulafono kicks off run for Congress

Candidate for Congress Togiola Tulafono says he wants to put the knowledge and he gained from his many years in public office to serve as American Samoa’s delegate to Congress,


Magalei: E le ai afu le maota lenei

The House and Senate will vote on their respective versions of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget bill in final reading today.


Defendant has to pay back $23,000

Filoialii Mata’u was ordered Friday by the High Court to pay $23,000 in restitution to Tri Marine International, the amount of cash he took from the company last year.


ASH Cable pursues second undersea cable

The American Samoa Hawaii Cable company is pursuing a second submarine cable. 

Hokule'a captain presented Senate resolution

A Senate Concurrent resolution honoring the Polynesian Voyaging Society and its navigating canoes Hokule’a and Hikianalia was today presented to navigator Nainoa Thompson. 

Retirees can look forward to bigger checks next month

With less than 2 weeks before the start of the new month, the fono is moving quickly to pass a bill to authorize a .5% increase in annuities for government retirees.  

Vui allowed to intervene in Bartley appeal

The Appellate Division of the High Court today granted incumbent Tuala-uta Representative Vui Florence Saulo’s motion to intervene in the appeal brought by challenger Lucia Bartley over Vui’s eligibility to run for the District 15 race.

Strict controls for SSBCI

Because of ASG’s high risk designation, all disbursements for the State Small Business Credit Initiative, the federally funded program intended to finance new businesses and upgrade existing ones, will be subject to extra scrutiny. 

Bill would help crack down on illegal fishing

The Coast Guard and NOAA will have more authority to crack down on illegal fishing around American Samoa and other US islands under a bill the US House Natural Resources Committee just passed.

Man sent to jail for 6 months for beating teen

A 36-year-old man who assaulted a teenager with a metal pipe was ordered by the High Court today to serve 6 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility.


Youth sell fruits of their labor

The Native American Samoa Advisory Council Youth Livelihood Project will be selling organically grown produce from their farm this evening in Pava'ia'i across from the LDS chapel. 

Resolution asks governor to pay increments

Three members of the House of Representatives are asking Governor Lolo Moliga to lift the suspension on salary increments for eligible government employees.


Lost fishermen found close to Samoa

The four fishermen who went on a fishing trip last week to Manu'a but never arrived at their destination were found yesterday by a purse seiner vessel alive and floating some 230 nautical miles off Samoa.


SSBCI program close to take-off

Contractors who will oversee the American Samoa State Small Business Credit Initiative say the territory’s application was so novel that the US Treasury has never seen or approved anything like it before. 


Youth Center gets a roof

The new Youth Center at Pago Pago, financed jointly by the Indonesian and American Samoa Government, is beginning to take shape.  


Fire stations to be upgraded

The fire stations in Fagatogo and Tafuna will be upgraded and new protective gear and equipment for firefighters will be acquired.  


FEMA says not enough damage for IA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency determined that the extent of damages suffered by those affected by the July flooding and mudslides was not severe enough to warrant individual assistance.


CHIK seems to be slowing down

The Department of Health is seeing a decrease in average cases of Chikungunya as well as a steady decrease in attack rate throughout all the districts.


New DBAS building "a blessing"

It was a day of celebration for the Development Bank of American Samoa when its new building to replace the one destroyed by the 2009 natural disaster was blessed and officially opened.  .


US Secretary Lew was here

Governor Lolo Moliga had a chance to thank the US Secretary Treasury Jack Lew in person on local soil for his approval of American Samoa’s State Small Business Credit initiative (SSBCI) application. 


Smaller reduction from Visitors Bureau budget

The Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the American Samoa Government will have only one amendment to the original budget plan submitted by the Lolo Lemanu administration.  


Campaign Nonviolence at ASCC next week

September 21st -27th has been designated as the kick off week for the national movement of "Campaign Nonviolence” and a symposium on the topic will be held at the college next week.


Attorney seeks answers on Indonesian clients

The attorney representing the four Indonesian men who were kept at the Territorial Correctional Facility for more than a week has written to the Attorney General’s Office questioning why the men left the island after the AG’s Office initially put a stop order preventing their departure.


ASH Cable makes $1.5 m profit

The American Samoa Hawaii Cable, the company which manages the undersea fiber optic cable that connects American Samoa and Samoa to Hawaii made a profit of $1.5 million in 2013. 

Governor wants school buses fixed

Governor Lolo Moliga called a meeting yesterday to discuss school bus transportation.  


Majority are staying put in Gataivai

Most of the families in Gataivai whose homes were damaged by floods and mudslides in July have opted to return to their homes.  


Suleman family hasn't given up search

The family of the family and son team whose small plane crashed off Pago Pago International Airport in July have informed the Director of Port Administration that they will carry out a sonar search of the ocean floor where the aircraft is believed to have crashed. 


Meet and Greet the contestants

Congressional women candidates Aumua Amata and Rosie Fualaau Tago Lancaster last night urged the contestants vying for the Miss American Samoa title to never stop learning and to represent the territory with confidence and dignity. 


Man found guilty of assault

A High Court jury yesterday found 19-year-old Fernandez Euini guilty of assaulting another man with a rock and public peace disturbance but acquitted him of underage drinking. 


Gaoteote: Dont let criticisms stop what's right

Some in the Senate are perturbed with criticisms directed at the increase of office expense allowances for the Fono but Senate President Gaoteote Palaie says criticisms should not stop them from doing the right thing.    


The Hokule'a returns

The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a and sister vessel Hikianalia returned to the territory early this morning after getting a warm welcome by the Jennings family in Swains Island.


Female candidates to address MASI contestants

Five beauties will be vying for the Miss American Samoa title next week and they will be introducing themselves to the public in a meet and greet this evening.


Man admits to sexual contact with 14-yr-old

Lawrence Sevaaetasi admitted today to having sexual contact with a 14-year-girl.


SFC Diaz gives credit to local team

The Local Army Recruiting Station is in a celebration mood and rightfully so.  


US SBA makes loans available after disaster

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made available low-interest federal disaster loans to eligible organizations in American Samoa following President Obama’s recent federal disaster declaration for public assistance. 


Charges dismissed during assault trial

19-year-old Fernandez Euini, who is accused of assaulting another man with a rock, took the stand in his own defense today. 


Visitors Bureau and Special Programs cut

The American Samoa Visitors Bureau and Special Programs have fallen victim to cuts in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

Subsidies are helping alia owners

The President of the Pago Alia Fisheries Association Representative Vaamua Henry Sesepasara says the subsidies alia owners are receiving from the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources have been a tremendous help in reviving alia numbers.  


Need for air traffic control tower raised

An air traffic control tower for Pago Pago International Airport is not a dead issue but according to Port Director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele it would probably be 2017 when funding for the tower can be discussed with the Federal Aviation Administration.  


Vui files motion to intervene in appeal

Representative Vui Florence Saulo is requesting the Appellate Division of the High Court to intervene in the election appeal filed against the chief election officer which questions her eligibility to run for one of the House seats she currently occupies. 


Luxury yacht makes stop over

Quite a few residents stopped by at the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources yesterday to take photos and marvel at the site of a luxury yacht that’s anchored there called the "Margaux."


Govt fails to prove one charge in robbery case

District Court Judge Pro Temp Fiti Sunia yesterday dismissed the second criminal case against one of the defendants in the Fagaalu store robbery following a preliminary examination hearing yesterday. 


Local Army Recruiting Station is #1

The local Army Recruiting Office has put in 153 future soldiers in the US Army this fiscal year, the largest number of recruits out of American Samoa in the last five years.


Alia with four fishermen is missing

An alia fishing boat which left last Wednesday headed for Manu’a never arrived and is now reported lost at sea.  


Joint Committee approves $424.5 budget

Moves to slash the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget for ASG by $6 million did not succeed when the joint budget and appropriations committees got down to finalizing the spending plan today.

Governor will decide when bills get to him

The President of the American Samoa Federation of Educators Ben Peni Te’o says he’s pleased to learn that Governor Lolo has reservations about the planned increases to the salaries of  the governor and lt. governor, and expense allowances of the Fono.

Election chief asks for dismissal of challenge

Chief Election Officer Tuaolo Manaia Fruean is asking the Appellate Division of the High Court to dismiss Tuala-uta candidate Lucia Su'a Bartley's challenge over Representative Vui Florence Saulo's eligibility to run in the House election.  


Grassroots approach for cabotage waiver

It’s the hope of Governor Lolo Moliga that if the grassroots approach to winning cabotage exemption is successful, the US Congress will put American Samoa in the same category as Alaska.  


Coast Weeks kicks off with canoe races

Coast Weeks 2014 got off to a great start yesterday.  


DHSS explains reason for delay

The delay in the issuance of food stamp bonuses for recipients of the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Program yesterday was because Food Stamp employees had to manually input information in order to allow their computer system to print the food stamp bonuses. 


Leaders want a yes vote on veto override

The Governor, Senate President and Speaker of the House have asked voters to vote yes on the veto override referendum when they go to the polls November 4th. 


Ben Te'o gets call from the governor

Leone High School Principal and Preisdent of the American Samoa Federation of Educators Ben Peni Te’o yesterday received a response from Governor Lolo to his letter that before leaders give themselves a payraise they should fix more pressing problems in the schools and other public services. 


.5% increase for ASG retirees

The Retirement Fund Board of Trustees has approved a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 0.5% for ASG retirees who retired prior to October 1, 2012. 


Crowd waited awhile for Food Stamp bonuses

Those who turned up to receive the $90 bonus from the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance or Food Stamp Program weren’t expecting to spend their whole day to pick up the benefit. 


Nu'uuli Vo-Tech gets 6 yr accreditation

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has given Nuuuli Vocational Technical High School, the territory’s only vocational technical high school, a six-year accreditation - the longest accreditation term a school can receive from WASC.


American Samoa's GDP dropped 2.4 in 2013

The estimates of Gross Domestic Product for American Samoa released today by the US Bureau for Economic Analysis show that real GDP – GDP adjusted to remove price  changes – decreased 2.4 percent in 2013.


New lanes of Airport Road will soon be used

Motorists will soon be using the new lanes of the Airport Road from in front of the Triple S gas station to in front of McDonald's in Tafuna.

Faimealelei reacts to criticism

Complaints from the public about planned increases to the Fono’s office expense allowances aren't sitting well with Representative Faimealelei Anthony Allen. 


Consultant: PUC model may not work in Pacific

A public utility commission model to regulate water and electricity utilities will not work in the Pacific Islands.



The Office of Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled and the Territorial Administration on Aging Office have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to plan and develop new programs that will focus on the needs of senior citizens with disabilities.


No jail for man found with trace of marijuana

A man found carrying a container that had liquid tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, when he stepped off Hawaiian Air in late April,  has been fined $2,000. 


Lemanu highlights COT plague

The crown of thorns outbreak, a major threat to the survival of American Samoa’s coral reef, was highlighted by Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga in his remarks at the 32nd United States Coral Reef Task Force in Maui, Hawaii. 


Why ASG needs MOA for hotel demolition

The Memorandum of Agreement needed by ASG in order to move forward with the demolition of the old Rainmaker Hotel will stipulate what needs to be done to mitigate the adverse effect on the historic property. 


Tafuna Dental Clinic reopens today

The Dental Clinic at the Tafuna Health Community Center reopens this morning after being closed the past week. 


Bill steps up sex offender registration

Legislation which implements the minimum standards of the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, in the territory is now before the Fono. 


On line petition to remove cabotage

An online petition calls on Congress to repeal the cabotage restrictions on American Samoa.  


Construction of new power plant gets off the ground

The construction of a new 23-megawatt power plant at Satala to replace the one destroyed by the 2009 earthquake and tsunami will now officially start following the blessing and the turning of the soil by leaders today. 

New Leone bridge dedicated

A new and improved Leone bridge which was damaged during the 2009 earthquake and tsunami was dedicated today.

Attorney says challenge of Vui will fail again

Attorney for Representative Vui Florence Saulo says they will be intervening in the petition filed by challenger Lucia Sua Bartley against the chief election officer over Vui's eligibility to run in the House race. 

Faleomavaega meets with StarKist CEO

Congressman Faleomavaega says he has met  with StarKist President and CEO, Mr. Sam Hwi Lee, regarding cannery operations in American Samoa.


Business incubator in the works

A new addition for the Fagatogo market place is an incubator for new businesses to start up.


Man jailed for 7 yrs for sexual assault

Chief Justice Michael Kruse today questioned how Immigration can grant permission to a 15-year-old girl to live in American Samoa without her parents. 


Sewerline project for the east breaks ground

Leaders of Maputasi led by Paramount Chief Mauga Tasi Asuega celebrated the groundbreaking for the long awaited sewer line project for Leloaloa, Aua and Onesosopo with an ava ceremony and speeches of thanks to the American Samoa Power Authority.


Fiji re-elected chair of PWWA

Members of the Pacific Water and Waste Water Association meeting in American Samoa this week have re-elected the Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Water Authority, Opetaia Ravai. as chairman of PWWA for the next three years. 

Governor's Office wants $420,000 extra

As the Fono is about to finalize the Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the American Samoa Government, the Governor's Office has requested that $420,000 be added to its budget.


$90 bonus for ASNAP recipients

Good news for recipients of the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance or Food Stamp Program.  


Sadie's agrees to pay back wages

American Samoa-based Dateline Industries Inc., doing business as Sadie's Hotels, has agreed to pay $21,314 in back wages to 89 hotel and restaurant employees. 


No more BBQ's close to voting booths

The House has approved in final reading the Senate version of the administration bill dealing with elections.  


Bartley appeals ruling on Vui's candidacy

House candidate Lucia Su’a Bartley is asking the Appellate Division of the High Court to review a decision by the chief election officer to deny her challenge of Vui Florence Saulo’s eligibility to run in the Tuala-uta race.


Early walk on 9/11 for Recovery Month

Employees of the Department of Human and Social Services and their government and non-profit partners held a walk early this morning in commemoration of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States and to celebrate National Recovery Month.


Court grants defendant's request

A man who walked into the District Court late last year with a pouch containing methamphetamine has gotten his request to be re-sentenced for possessing an illegal substance.


Engage public when raising rates

A rate consultant is stressing the need for Pacific utilities to engage the public when they decide to raise power, water or waste water rates. 


Attorney says ASG hasnt paid PIE in full

The attorney for Pacific International Engineering Ltd says ASG still owes PIE $4,700 from the judgment handed down by the court several years ago.


Pacific reps take their case to White House

US Pacific Island representatives met this week with President Obama’s counselor John Podesta to oppose Obama’s plan to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. 


Teo: Fix problems in schools before raises

The Principal of Leone High School Peni Ben Te’o today wrote to Governor Lolo and Fono leaders to please consider funding to resolve problems in the schools first before they raise their salaries and that of directors.

Senators approve $10,000 hike in allowances

Senators were unanimous in their support of the bill raising the office expense allowances for lawmakers. 

No fast solution for ECE transport

It’s not likely that students attending Early Childhood Education Centers will get government buses to transport them to and from school anytime soon .

Rainmaker Hotel demolition awaits MOU

The demolition of the old Rainmaker Hotel is awaiting approval from the US Department of Interior. 


Governor thanks President Obama

Governor Lolo Moliga has thanked President Barak Obama for issuing the disaster declaration which would authorize federal funding to assist American Samoa with recovery, clean up and mitigation costs as a result of flooding  and mudslides in July and August.  


Expired goods found in Leone store again

Health inspectors are looking into issuing citations against a Leone store after a follow up inspection discovered numerous food items on the store shelves which have passed their expiration dates.


TOFR becomes ODAPM

The Fono has concluded hearings on the Fiscal Year 2015 budget and the joint Senate and House budget committees were scheduled to begin divvying up the spending plan this morning, 


Samoa AG's to start exchange staff

The Attorney General’s Office is sorting out final details for an exchange program with their counterparts in Samoa.


President Obama declares major disaster

President Barack Obama today declared a major disaster exists in American Samoa and ordered federal aid to supplement territory and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, and landslides during the period of July 29 to August 3, 2014.


YWAM demonstrates biogas at PPWA

A biogas system developed by a Samoan missionary school is one way being explored as a solution to clean and sustainable energy for Pacific Island communities.


Amnesty bill clears Fono

The administration’s immigration amnesty bill received unanimous approval from the House of Representatives this morning.  


Two men under 21 face drug charges

Two young men are facing drug charges after they were allegedly caught smoking a marijuana joint in the parking lot of a local bar.


AG connects with ex-territories at SIDS

His attendance at the Small Island Developing States conference gave Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale a chance to meet officials from former US territories which are now semi independent like Palau and the Marshall islands.


Investigators hired from NZ to probe fire

Two investigators from New Zealand have completed their probe of the cause of the fire which destroyed the business building in Fagaalu Monday of last week.  


Members told more action needed on water

The 7th Annual Water Conference and Expo attended by representatives from 21 island nations plus businesses from around the region continues today with workshops and a discussion of a benchmarking report for Pacific Water and Wastewater Utilities (PWWA).


Tafuna Dental Health Clinic closed

The dental clinic at the Tafuna Health Center was closed Monday due to unsanitary conditions.


Lawmakers make their own special requests

One of the budget items under the program for Special Programs that was questioned by lawmakers is the local road maintenance subsidy of $568,000 for Fiscal Year 2014. 


Vui calls challenge personal grudge

Representative Vui Florence Saulo has called a challenge of her nationality by Su'a Lucia Bartley and Mrs. Esther Wall an attack that carries with it a personal grudge.


Cargo flight stuck here for a few days

The weekly cargo flight bringing cargo and mail for American Samoa was grounded at the airport for several days after it encountered mechanical problems.


7th Pacific Water Conference & Expo opens

A conference focusing on the business of water and the need for sustainable supplies amid increasing demand in the Pacific opened this morning at the Lee Auditorium.


$10,000 increases in Fono allowances

The Fono’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget includes an increase in the tax free expense allowances for Fono leaders and members.   


House supports bill to hike pay of gov/lt.gov

Today the House Budget Committee continued review of a bill to increase the governor’s salary from $85,000 to $125,000 and the lt. governor's compensation from $75,000 to $100,000. 


Segaula awaits Coast Guard certificate

The new catamaran for the Manu'a islands, the Segaula, is only authorized to carry up to six passengers at the moment.


Administration sets up office for Special Programs

The administration has used part of the funding approved for Special Programs in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget to set up an office that overseas special programs.  


ECE students cannot ride on DOE buses

Beginning yesterday, parents of students in Early Childhood Education have to find transportation for their children to and from the ECE centers as the Department of Education school bus service is no longer available to them.


Halecks happy with Appellate Court ruling

The Haleck family is very happy with the decision handed down by the Appellate Division of the High Court regarding their dispute with ASG over the 26-acre lowland rainforest property in Tafuna known as the Naumati.


Changes would update ASEDA's bond power

Governor Lolo has submitted legislation to the Fono which he says would update the bond issuing capability of the American Samoa Economic Development Authority.


"Keeping the Water Clean"

Representatives from Pacific Island utilities attended a workshop at the American Samoa Power Authority compound this weekend to tackle water quality issues facing insular areas.


Another criminal case dismissed

The High Court dismissed another criminal case today at the request of the government.


Local absentee voting begins Wednesday

Local absentee voting begins this Wednesday for eligible voters who will be off island on November 4th.


Halecks win appeal in Naumati case

The Appellate Division of the High Court has set aside a lower court ruling prohibiting businessman Avamua Dave Haleck and the Haleck family from developing 26-acres of the Tafuna lowland rainforest known as Naumati.


Election Office denies Bartley's challenge

The Election Office has denied the challenge filed by Sua's Lucia Bartley on the eligibility of Vui Florence Saulo to be a candidate in the House of Representatives election for District #15.  


Senators react to PM's "disorganized"

Statements by Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele reported by the Samoa News generated discussion in trhe Senate this morning.  


Local hotel/tour operators featured in NZ

The American Samoa Visitors Bureau will host a travel trade evening in Auckland, New Zealand on September 29th, featuring seven hotel and tour operators from the territory.


One challenge filed in House election

The only challenge of candidates running in the Novemebr general elections which was filed with the Election Office by the deadline on Friday is in District# 15, Tuala –uta. 


LBJ's FY2015 budget remains at $52 million

The chairman of the Hospital Authority Board Leilua Mase Akapo has told the Fono that if the former CEO of the LBJ Hospital had remained, the hospital would go from bad to worse.  


Bar happy with new legal aid service

The American Samoa Bar Association had a chance last week to meet with the off island consultant who is working with the American Samoa Legal Aid to set up free legal aid services for the territory.


Local delegates praise Samoa SIDS

Just like their counterparts from other countries, the group from American Samoa that attended the UN’s Small Islands Developing States Conference says Samoa did a good job in hosting the international event.


Gaoteote: It's a one man show

It was confirmed today that the Board of Directors of the American samoa Visitors Bureau has been operating without a quorum. Board chairman Roy JD Hall Jr, was called in by the joint budget committees to explain issues that lawmakers were not satisfied
Photo: Fatima Langkilde

Red Cross breaks ground for new office

The Red Cross American Samoa Chapter broke ground today for their new home which has been in the making for many years. 

Man gets 28 months for sexual assault of minor

A man who had sex with a 15 year old girl was sentenced to serve 28 months in jail for sexual assault. 

Senate approves amnesty & election bills

The Senate approved in third reading today, the administration bill which would grant amnesty to more than 3,700 foreigners who are in the territory illegally.  


PNRS approves permit for new power plant

The Project Notification Review System Board has approved land use permits for several major projects including one for construction of the new powe plant at Satala.


No change in food index for August

The latest survey of basic food prices by the Department of Commerce showed a slight increase in prices at the end of August.  


Man sent to jail for 8 yrs for assault

A man who fired a shotgun at a minor and later caused a disturbance at the police substation was sentenced today by the High Court to a straight 8 years at the Tafuna Correctional Facility.


ASTCA Board travel questioned

Travel costs for the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority Board came under scrutiny during review of the ASTCA FY2015 budget this week. 

What was learned from SIDS?

One of the forums at the Small Islands Developing States Conference that the Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority found informative and helpful in advancing local projects dealt with renewable energy. 


One probable case of CHIK in Manu'a

The latest Chikungunya situation report shows CHIK-related cases have now surpassed 700 and 1 probable case has been reported from Ofu, Manua. 


Agriculture to set up hammer mill

The Department of Agriculture hopes to set up by next month a hammer mill which will produce planting material out of coconut husks.


Casino group here to look for partners

Officials of Gaming Concepts, the group that's managing the White Sands Samoa Casino which had a soft opening in Mulifanua last week are on island to meet with businesses interested in becoming business partners. 


Major changes proposed to statute on titles

Representative Faimealelei Anthony Allen is proposing a major change to the qualifications for succession to a matai title. 


Tongans follow up on trade

A delegation of Agriculture Ministry officials from Tonga are here to follow up on trading ties with American Samoa. 


Reminder: Amnesty is not a blanket approval

The amnesty program is not a blanket approval for those who registered.  


Reports on cruise ship vendor sales

Vendors who sell items at the main dock to cruise ship tourists are reported to have earned close to $158,000 in sales during the first 9 months of Fiscal Year 2014.


Want to serve on the sanctuary council?

NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa is seeking applicants for three primary seats on its advisory council.


Immigration says its returning overstayers

The House Legal Affairs and Judiciary Committee has asked for a report of over stayers and those in the territory illegally who did not register under the amnesty program.  


SIDS conference draws to a close

The 3rd conference of SIDS, Small Island Developing States, concluded in Samoa yesterday with the adoption of an outcome statement, the Samoa Pathway.  


Segaula the boat christened

The christening of the new government boat that will be used to ferry passengers between the Manu’a Islands was held this morning at the inter island dock.  


ASTCA chairman comments on ex-CEO

When the Chairman of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority Board, appeared before the House of Representatives in January, he testified that he had full confidence in then CEO of ASTCA, Moefaauo Bill Emmsley. 

Steps taken to prevent repeat of U'una'i debacle

One of Charles “Chuck” Greenfield’s responsibilities as the legal aid consultant for American Samoa is to make sure internal controls are in place to prevent a repeat of what happened to the territory’s former legal aid services program.


Governor seeks disaster declaration

ASG is awaiting a response from President Obama for a disaster declaration in American Samoa as a result of the flooding and rapid runoff caused by heavy rainfall from July 29 to August 3. 

Rep. Vui appeals to lift freeze on increments

Representative Vui Florence Saulo is not letting up in her quest to obtain support from lawmakers to lift the freeze on increments for ASG employees. 


IOC & ONOC inquire about suspensions

A meeting of the American Samoa National Olympic Committee to discuss a petition calling for changes within ASNOC has been tabled after ASNOC's mother organizations enquired about the suspension of sports associations who are behind the petition.


Committee named to review org charts

Governor Lolo Moliga has established an organization chart review committee to look into organizational charts of government departments and agencies.


Leaders told to give youth control

It’s not just the leaders of government, business and non government organizations that are having a say at the Small Island Developing States Conference in Apia.  


Ex-Samoana principal gives his side

The former Principal of Samoana High School Mataese Samuelu has disputed comments made by Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau which he says has defamed his character. 


Two cases dismissed at government's request

The High Court dismissed yesterday two criminal cases at the request of the government.


Man admits to stealing safe with $20,000

A man who stole a safe containing more than $20,000 in cash from Tri Marine International had admitted to the crime.