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Candidates' views on selection of senators


Congressional candidate Meleagi Suitonu-Chapman believes if voters are unhappy with their senators they should make this known during village council meetings.

 

ASEDA bill is now law


Governor Lolo Moliga has signed the bill which enhances the bond issuing authority of the American Samoa Economic Development Authority in law.
 
 

Should senators be elected?


Several congressional candidates believe it’s time senators are elected by popular vote while others said the selection of senators by village councils is a great example of the Samoan culture in action.

 

Olympic officials generally pleased


Two officials from the International Olympic Committee and the Oceania National Olympic Committee wrap up a five day visit to check on the American Samoa National Olympic Committee.
 
 

Toa o Samoa prayer service marks 10th year


This Sunday marks the tenth year of the Toa o Samoan prayer services, organized by the Marist St. Joseph’s Old Boys Association. 

 

Sponsorships under close scrutiny


The attorney general has apologized to members of the public who were affected by the suspension of the Immigration Board’s weekly hearing on Wednesday.
 
 

Candidates state views on veto override


If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

 

Why congressman missed ASCC Forum


The only  congressional candidate who was not at the ASCC Forum yesterday was incumbent Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin.
 
 

Toa Bar & Grill to pay $50,819 in wages


Toa Communications Inc., doing business as Toa Bar and Grill has agreed to pay $50,819 in back wages to 58 employees. 

 

Forum on Samoan music next week


The inaugural Samoana Jazz and Arts Festival which kicks off in American Samoa next weekend and tops off in Samoa the following week, will also feature a forum on Samoan compositions. 

 

Only 6 passed last police exam


The Department of Public Safety is still short of the number of recruits needed for the next police academy. 
 
 

Suleman family continues cause after tragedy


A documentary is being filmed of the search for Mr. Babar Suleman, whose body was never recovered after a fatal plane crash off Pago Pago International airport in July.
 
 

Shipyard completes repairs to purse seiner


The government shipyard at Satala has been working round the clock since last Saturday to complete repairs for the Captain Vincent Gann purse seiner which was involved in a collision at the main dock last week.
 
 

Incumbent misses ASCC Forum


Eight congressional candidate fielded questions this afternoon relating to the veto override, US citizenship, election of senators, youth and politics and the war on terrorism at a congressional forum hosted by the Student Government Association at the American Samoa Community College.

 

Search for father helps bring closure


Yesterday was the first full day of an underwater search by a private company hired by the family of a father and son team whose small plane crashed off the airport three months ago.
 
 

LBJ marks Infection Prevention Week


The LBJ Hospital is putting up informational booths this week near the cashiers and records office as part of activities to mark International Infection Prevention Week. 

 

Tisa's Tattoo Fest celebrates 10th year


The 2014 Tisa’s Tattoo Fest marks ten years of the annual event celebrating the ancient art form of Samoa and giving traditional and contemporary tatooists a venue to practice their trade.

 

Four 1602 suits dismissed, projects completed


Four 1602 project owners no longer have to worry about the lawsuits filed by the Development Bank of American Samoa against them to recapture grant funds.
 
 

Network to help special kids


Efforts are underway to establish a parent network and support group to cater to the needs of children with special needs.

 

Swains meeting to select faipule postponed


The meeting of Swains islanders to select their delegate to the American Samoa House of Representatives, which was scheduled for this Saturday, has been postponed to next Thursday, October 30.
 
 

Some 1602 owners a 'no show' in court


Three 1602 lawsuits calendared for today's court have been continued because two of the project owners were a no show while discussions are ongoing in the third matter. 

 

Treasury has 1,000 unclaimed checks


You always hear people and businesses waiting for checks from ASG. 

 

Artwork now accepted for 2015 calendar


Student artists from kindergarten to high school seniors have a chance to enter art work for next year’s lunar tide calendar.
 
 

Abrupt suspension of immigration hearings


The Immigration Board suspended its weekly hearings today much to the chagrin of businesses and individuals who were scheduled to appear.
 
 

Governor calls meeting with farmers


Farmers will have the chance to tell the governor and lt. governor services they need from the government to ensure food security for the territory.
 
 

Close Up Forum gives students a voice


High school students from public and private high schools who are members of Close Up, are putting what they've learned about the democratic process into practice at a three day conference hosted by the Department of Education and the Close Up Foundation.

 

A week of celebrating the arts


This whole week local artists are displaying their handicrafts and demonstrating how to print elei material, weave baskets and hats, sew ulas and make hair pieces. 


 
 

Governor says review of org charts productive


The review of organizational charts of government departments and performance of directors is continuing. 

 

Visas for wealthy investors


The government is exploring a financing tool that would provide an immigration privilege to wealthy investors from foreign countries who pump money into the local economy. 

 

It's mating and breeding season for whales


Since 2003, scientists have been coming to American Samoa around this time of the year to continue studies of the humpback whale population. 

 

New airline to service Manu'a


Tausani is the name of a new airline that’s being set up to fly between Tutuila and the Manu’a islands. 

 

Tugboat rates to go up


If the Department of Port Administration has its way, tugboat rates will be nearly doubled in the near future. 

 

Governor has no complaints about outcome


Governor Lolo Moliga has no complaints about the outcome of the just concluded special session of the Fono.  

 

Teacher in Samoa blasts CEO


A government elementary school teacher in Samoa has blasted the Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C), Matafeo Falanaipupu Aiafi.

 

Others learn from ASEPA's example


Other US Pacific territories are learning from American Samoa’s example in dealing with illegal pesticides and chemicals found at the port of entry. 

 

Bench trial for man accused of embezzlement


The Trial Court has given the attorneys involved in the trial of a man accused of embezzlement until this week to finalize their written closing arguments.

 

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.

 
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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.

 

93KHJ Morning News October 21


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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.
 
 

93KHJ Noon News October 20


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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. 

 

93KHJ Morning News October 20


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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.
 
 
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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.
 
 

93KHJ Morning News October 17


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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.
 
 

93KHJ Morning News October 16


93KHJ Morning News October 16


 

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. 
 
 

Senators sound cautionary note


Proceed with caution was the advice from two senior senators today regarding the company from the Philippines that’s courting ASG to set up a food processing factory in the territory.
 
 

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.
 
 

93KHJ Morning News October 14


93KHJ Morning News October 14




 

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.

 

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. 
 
 

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.  

 

Kidney diseases climbing


A celebration this week honoring nurses who care for patients with kidney disease is highlighting the rise in kidney disease in American Samoa and the need for residents to become “health kidney” advocates.

 

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.

 

OPAD & TAOA sign MOU


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.   

 

Fagaalu fire still under investigation


Investigations are continuing into the cause of the fire which burned down a commercial building in Fagaalu late night on Labor Day last week. 

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.