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Bumble Bee execs meet with longliners


Officials from Bumble Bee Seafoods held a luncheon meeting today with the owners of longline vessels to get to the know them and to gauge their interest in working with the San Diego based company as they plan to set up a processing plant in Samoa.
 

Matagi David Sialega Mauga is official winner


The Election Office has certified the results of the House of Representatives Special Election for District #6, Sua #2.

 

Agriculture launches Buy Local campaign


The Department of Agriculture launched this month its Import Substitution Initiative marketing campaign in an effort to support local farmers and increase community awareness about food security.
 

Ex-LAPD cop named new commissioner in Samoa


A retired police officer from the Los Angeles police force was named this week as Samoa's new police commissioner.

 

Governor hasnt given up on LVPA issue


Governor Lolo Moliga has tasked the attorney general to look into ways the administration can advance its position not to open the 50 nautical mile zone surrounding American Samoa to vessels larger than 50 feet.

Vice Speaker says tax should be across the board


A person staying at a hotel or motel for more than 30 days who has a lease with the owner of that establishment will be exempted from paying the 5% hotel occupancy tax.

Tokelau explores jobs with Tri Marine


The Government of Tokelau is exploring job opportunities for Tokelauans to work under Tri-Marine International and its local Samoa Tuna Processors plant in the territory.

Happy Mart fails inspection


The fast food and bakery part of Happy Mart remains closed after the Nuuuli store failed its health inspection yesterday.
 

Feds charge second 1602 project owner


Another project owner has been charged by the federal government in connection with the use of  1602 income housing federal funds.   

DOE cancels field trips & other activities


DOE cuts back bus services for schools.

Police Det. Paselio jailed for 30 days


Police Detective Ioane Paselio was sentenced yesterday to 30 days in jail for misdemeanor charges of assault and possession of a prohibited weapon.  

BlueSky & Samoa News announce donation program


The Bluesky Group which includes American Samoa, Samoa and Cook Islands, is teaming up with Samoa News to raise funds to help the three Pacif  islands that were devastated by Cyclone Pam on March 13.

Council begs to differ with Governor Lolo


The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has told Governor Lolo that they do not believe their recent decision to amend the Large Vessel Prohibited Area goes against territorial jurisdiction or the protection of fishery resources.

Bill would raise business licenses $250-$1,000


Business license fees will increase 50 to 90% if a bill proposed by the administration is enacted into law.   

Committee passes bill to end 21-day check hold


The House Financial Services Committee has unanimously approved a bill to end the 21-day bank-hold policy for off-island checks in American Samoa and the Northern Marianas.

Samoa gives to Vanuatu and Tuvalu


The Samoa Government is giving financial assistance to Tuvalu and Vanuatu to help relief efforts after Cyclone Pam.   

Treasurer reveals sales tax bill heading to Fono


A new revenue measure the administration will be sending to the Fono for approval is a sales.

Many off island VIPs to attend 2015 Flag Day


Many off island guests have been invited to attend this year’s Flag Day celebrations and some of them have confirmed their attendance with the Governor's Office.

Move to regulate E-cigarettes


The administration has sent to the Fono legislation regulating the usage of  electronic  cigarettes.   

Samoa to get new marine cable in 2016


Samoa will have a new submarine fiber optic cable by next year.   

Ex manager granted work release


The Trial Court yesterday granted work release to the former manager of Pacific Shipping Services who is currently serving time for embezzling company funds.   

Not enough funding to upgrade sports facilities


Department of Education official Rus Aab says limited funding and different priorities are the reasons why DOE is unable to upgrade sports and recreational facilities at the public high schools.  

Not enough funding to upgrade sports facilities


Department of Education official Rus Aab says limited funding and different priorities are the reasons why DOE is unable to upgrade sports and recreational facilities at the public high schools.  

2Samoa fashion show to benefit Vanuatu


The proceeds from the two Samoa Fashion Show being planned on the night of Flag Day will all be donated to relief efforts in Vanuatu. 

PM tells Don Bosco to aim for victory


Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele has challenged students of Don Bosco College to aim for victory in American Samoa's Flag  Day fautasi  race  next month.   

Results of survey on healthy foods & prices


The CDC official who conducted surveys about the availability of healthy foods in local stores and restaurants says health officials can use the data to create strategies that would improve the availability and pricing of healthy foods in the territory.

LVPA measure returned to House committee


The House of Representatives has sent back to committee a Senate Concurrent Resolution which opposes amending the Large Vessel Prohibited Area regulations.   

Businesses say 5% hotel tax unfair


Hotel owners and operators described as unfair a proposal by the administration to implement a 5% hotel occupancy tax.  

Second batch of tax refund checks out today


A second batch of tax refund checks were released today.  

Funeral services for Sheldon Haleck on Monday


Funeral services for Sheldon Paul  Haleck, who died  after being contained by Honolulu police using a stun gun, will be held Saturday.   

Man who duped Whitehorn jailed for 4 years


The man behind a massive surety bond scheme that affected local company Whitehorn Construction which was formerly awarded the multi million dollar Tafuna airport road project has been sentenced for wire fraud.

Mosegi Solia charged in drive by shooting


House bill would hike OMV fees


Five House members are behind a bill to increase motor vehicle and licensing fees so that the extra revenues go towards programs for the elderly population.   

ASG awarded three federal grants


Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced today the awarding of three grants for American Samoa.  

New group promotes healthy eating & living


Several local residents have formed a grassroots organization with the goal of getting people into the habit of eating healthy and staying healthy.   

Administration wants to double tax on cigarettes


Excise tax on cigarettes will more than double if a proposal by the Lolo and Lemanu Administration is passed into law.   

PVC farm brings relief for ASPA customers


American Samoa Power Authority customers should start seeing some savings from the utility’s photovoltaic farm near the airport.   

Bill sets age limit for temp associate judges


Five senators have sponsored a bill that would remove the age limit for temporary associate judges.   

PNA tells Japan & Taiwan stop building new boats


The Parties to the Nauru Agreement have called again for Japan and Taiwan to stop building boats that will lead to further depletion of Pacific tuna stocks. 

Ice smuggler into TCF ordered to leave


A woman who tried to smuggle methamphetamine inside a bar of soap into the Territorial Correctional Facility has been ordered to depart the territory and remain outside for five years.    

Governor tells AVM to find 3rd party


Governor Lolo Moliga says he has signed an agreement with the Filipino company AVM Bernado Engineering giving it the go ahead to secure a third party to manage the food processing  plant it wants to set up in the territory.

ASVOAD plans radiothon for Vanuatu


The American Samoa Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters is organizing a radiothon relief drive for the thousands of people left homeless and without food in the wake of Cyclone Pam.  

Collections fall short of projections


ASG did not collect as much revenues as it had hoped to do in the first quarter of the fiscal year.



 

Amata congratulates CMS Panapa Willis


Congresswoman Aumua Amata has extended congratulations to son of American Samoa, Panapa R. Willis, Command Sergeant Major of the US Army Intelligence and Security Command in Fort Belvoir, VA., on his selection as the Sergeant Major, HQ Department of the Army.

Couple charged with assaulting man


  A husband and wife are being accused of assaulting a man with a beer bottle and kitchen knife.       

Police arrest elusive fourth suspect in shooting


Police arrested today the fourth man believed to have been in the vehicle that shot at the Leone police substation last November.  

Langford's plea agreement sealed


Details of the plea agreement between former Human Resources Director and Governor’s Authorized Representative for Disaster Recovery Evelyn Vaitautolu Langford and the federal government is currently under seal.  

Is anti smoking law working?


Representative Puleleiite Tufele Jr., has asked for the House Committee on Health to find out whether any citations or fines have been issued against people who violate the American Samoa Smoke Free Environment Act.   

Great turnout for Nutrition Block Party


Hundreds of adults and youngsters turned out Saturday to a Nutrition Block Party Fair promoting healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. 

Four receive DOI scholarships for JSA


Four local high school students have been awarded Department of Interior scholarships to attend Junior Statesmen Summer School programs this year.  

Governor seeks repeal of Economic Development Fund


The administration is proposing to repeal a fund that was established by law to aid the Development Bank of American Samoa partly because it never got the funding it was supposed to receive. 

ANZ waives transfer fees to Vanuatu


ANZ today announced that it will waive fees for International Money Transfers into Vanuatu, as relief efforts continue following the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Canneries say LVPA amendment crucial


The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council’s decision to open some of the now closed waters surrounding American Samoa to longliners to fish will need the approval of the US Secretary of Commerce before it becomes effective.   

Canneries say LVPA amendment crucial


The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council’s decision to open some of the now closed waters surrounding American Samoa to longliners to fish will need the approval of the US Secretary of Commerce before it becomes effective.   

Chef Oliver generates interest in local foods


More than 80 people turned out Friday night at Sadies By the Sea to learn a recipe or two from award winning chef Robert Oliver.   

Man drowns on east side


The Marine Patrol Division of the Department of Public Safety is investigating the death of a Caucasian man whose body was found Friday in the Eastern District. 

Electricity rate now 28 cents per kilowatt hour


The electricity rate is now at 28 cents per kilowatt, the lowest rate in more than a decade.  

PNA accuses US and NZ of bullying


The CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) rejected on Saturday criticism from New Zealand and United States fishing industry interests of the organization's tuna management system.

Matagi David Sialega Mauga wins special election


Matagi David Sialega Mauga has won the Special Election for District No. 6 Sua #2. 

Finally...tax refund checks are out


Here’s news that many have been waiting for.  The first batch of tax refunds were issued this afternoon. 

New ANZ ATMs arrive, installation to begin


 ANZ Bank reports that its fleet of new automated teller machines has arrived on island this week. 

Senate approves matai bill, hotel tax bill introduced


 The Senate approved in final reading today a bill that would prohibit anyone who has been convicted of a felony crime and is not pardoned, from holding a matai title or filing an objection against a title claimant. 

Vaitautolu-Langford pleads guilty


Evelyn Vaitautolu Langford today pleaded guilty in federal court to fraud and bribery charges in connection with the handling of federal funds that the territory received while she was Director of Human Resources and the Governor’s Authorized Repres

Mauga: why are we treated without respect?


The decision by the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council to amend the Large Vessel Prohibited Area for American Samoa triggered some strong comments from senior senators this morning.
Satele standing right

Governor awaits PC Satele's return


The governor says he is awaiting the return of Secretary of Samoan Affairs Satele Galu Satele to the territory before making a decision about his position.

Judge refuses bail reduction for "Mama"


District Court Judge Elvis Patea yesterday denied a request to reduce bail for the owner and operator of Le Aute Sports Bar Tumuatasi Leafatia or Mama Lefatia. 

ASG considering reduction in hours


Governor Lolo Moliga has confirmed that a reduction in hours for government employees is being considered because ASG is experiencing a financial down turn.   

Aunt offers to take niece's place if jailed


A relative of the former director of Human Resources and the Governor’s Authorized Representative for disaster recovery programs Evelyn Vaitautolu Langford has written to the judges overseeing her case in federal court asking for leniency. 

Support for bill to prohibit felon matai


Officials of the Office of Samoan Affairs are supportive of a Senate bill which would prohibit persons convicted of felony crimes and have not been pardoned from becoming matai or filing objections for titles in dispute. 

DOH shuts down Happy Mart bakery & snack bar


The Department of Health shut down yesterday afternoon the snack bar and bakery part of Happy Mart in Nu'uuli due to an unsanitary kitchen.  

Customs look out for anything taxable


Passengers on the Lady Naomi and crew members who arrived today with sacks of taro as oso or gifts for families were surprised when they were questioned by customs officials.  

Senate passes measure objecting to LVPA change


The day after the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council voted to reduce the Large Vessel Protected Area for American Samoa, the Senate passed a resolution objecting to the reduction.   

Case of Le Aute owner goes to High Court


Owner and operator of the Le Aute Sports Bar in Malaeloa Tumuatasi Leafatia or Mama Lefatia will be arraigned in High Court tomorrow on drug and ammunition charges after a probable cause hearing in District Court today. 

Man implicated in shooting sentenced for drugs


Tuliese Taliu  was sentenced today to time served and ordered to depart the territory for possessing one marijuana joint and several live ammunition last year.  

District No. 6 voters head to the polls


Voters who are unable to make it to the polls because of disability began cast ballots Tuesday and yesterday in the Special Election for District No. 6, Sua #2.  

Amata charges Obama Admin of environmental colonialism


American Samoa’s Congresswoman has charged the Obama Administration with environmental colonialism.   

Governor not taking Council decision quietly


Governor Lolo Moliga says even though the Western pacific fishery management Council has voted to allow longliners to fish within the Large Vessel Prohibited Area now reserved for local alia, the territory must continue to object to having outsiders control what belongs to the people of American Samoa.

ASTCA promises faster internet with BLAST


The American Samoa Telecommunications will be launching in the next few months faster internet speed services through its Broadband Linking American Samoa Territory or BLAST and the 03b satellite services.
 
Photo: John Raynar

No new additions to Airport Road Project


Changes that were to be made to the Airport Road project have been scrapped and the job is just about completed.   

Tautai o Samoa thankful to Fisheries Council


The President of the Tautai o Samoa Longline and Fishing Association Christina Lutu Sanchez says yesterdays’ decision by the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council will help the local longline fleet survive. 

Former school secretary enters plea deal


The former secretary for Lupelele Elementary today pleaded guilty to stealing a check belonging to a teacher which she endorsed and cashed.

Rep. Faimealelei asks those who owe ASG to pay up


Representative Faimealelei Anthony Allen is urging businesses and individuals who owe money to the government to pay up their debts.  

Vandalism at Tafuna High School


Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau is asking the community to please help police school campuses, after a vandalism incident at Tafuna High School night before last. 

Man who died in Hawaii has ties to territory


Family members have confirmed that Shelden Haleck who died in Honolulu following an incident in which he was tased and pepper-sprayed by police, was the son of former Commissioner of Public Safety, William Haleck. 

Efforts made to hike EMS salaries


In addition to upgrading equipment and skills of the EMS personnel, efforts are being made to increase the entry salary of EMS technicians. 

WPFMC allows longliners to fish in LVPA


The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has voted to open the large vessel prohibited area to longliners despite pleas from American Samoa repersentatives on the Council to postpone voting on the issue. 

Only 15 school buses running, 9 down


There are only 15 school buses now transporting students of government and private schools from ECE up to high schools. 
 

Amata co-sponsors BRAVE Act


Congresswoman Aumua Amata lent her support as an original cosponsor to the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment (BRAVE) Act, a bill introduced by her colleague on the House Veterans Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY).
 

Man dies after being tased, pepper-sprayed


From Honolulu a man whom police tased and pepper-sprayed as he attempted to evade authorities has died following the incident.

Senator complains about ANZ ATMs


Prompted by complaints from constituents, Senator Magalei Logovi’I is calling for a hearing with ANZ bank to explain why their ATMs, or automated teller machines are not functioning.  

Seattle company works on new design for alia


The government is looking into an improved design for an alia boat for local fishermen. 

Man admits he hit land surveyors


A man who struck a man with his vehicle during a land dispute incident back in 2011 has pleaded guilty assault and property damage. 

Gas prices going up again


Prices at the pump have gone up again this month. 

5% hotel occupany tax proposed


The Lolo Lemanu administration has submitted its first revenue generating bill to the Fono...a hotel occupancy tax.   

Two arrested while police on hunt for Mosegi Solia


Police arrested two men this morning in connection with their search of a fourth suspect in the shooting of the Leone substation last November. 

Visa to Fagaitua road project gets underway


The next major road construction project to get underway is one that Eastern district residents have been looking forward to for a long time.

House resolution honors Marcus Mariota


The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Ardel Talauniu Mariota has been honored in a House concurrent resolution that was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives today.   

Entire island in Tuvalu evacuated


The entire population on one of Tuvalu's islands has been evacuated due to flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam. 

Bill to raise Small Claims ceiling fails in House


An administration bill which would raise the ceiling that banks can collect for unpaid debt in Small Claims court from $3,000 to $7,500 has been killed in the House of Representatives.  

Council considers local catches for School Lunch


The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is looking into getting the School Lunch Program to buy fish caught by the local fishermen for its school menu. 

EMS Chief explains delays in 911 calls


Some of the complaints about the EMS service is the length of time they take to reach a home after a 911 call has been placed. 

Another query about tax refunds


Tuala-uta Representative vui Florence saulo today asked about the status of tax refund checks, the same question that Senator Alo Faauuga posed yesterday.

ATM attacker jailed for 20 months


A man who tried unsuccessfully to steal money by breaking an ANZ ATM machine has been ordered by the High Court to pay close to $4,500 to ANZ as part of his sentence. 

Bill to prohibit felons from becoming matai


Anyone convicted of a felony and not pardoned would be banned from succeeding to a matai title or filing an objection to succession to a matai title.  

EMS getting support to make improvements


Two years ago things were so bad at the Emergency Medical Services or EMS  at LBJ Hospital that staff had to fork out of their pockets to pay for fuel so ambulances could be kept running.  

Vaitautolu-Langford to enter change of plea


Former Director of Human Resources and the Governor’s Authorized Representative for disaster recovery programs Evelyn Vaitautolu Langford is scheduled to appear in federal court on Friday to enter a change of plea. 

New purchasing policy for ASG


The American Samoa Government will no longer honor or pay for invoices from businesses that do not have complete paperwork. 

Case of Manu Lefatia now in High court


One of the bullets fired at the Leone police substation last November flew about three feet above the head of a female police officer who was in the station that morning. 

DPS thanked and commended for Le Aute raid


Senator Mauga Tasi Asuega has commended and thanked the Department of Public safety for carrying out a successful raid last Monday.   

Governor seeks delay on LVPA amendment


Governor Lolo Moliga has reiterated his opposition to an amendment under review that would allow longliners to fish within the Large Vessel Prohibited Area within American Samoa’s Exclusive Economic Zone.  

Chef Oliver puts island food on the map


Anyone who has watched an episode of celebrity Chef Robert Oliver’s cooking series Real Pasifik can identify with recipes that their grandmothers made in their outdoor ovens or umu. 

Obama administration deals with illegal fishing


The Obama administration has announced a new program to catch those fishing illegally “no matter where they are.”   

What's happened to tax refund checks?


When the Fono resumed today after a four week recess, Senator Alo Faauuga asked a question that the public has bene asking for some time?   

Celebrity chef here to train SLP cooks


Traditional Pacific cuisine is on the menus of leading hotels and restaurants in the region and the man responsible for that is award winning chef Robert Oliver. 

Case of one Le Aute defendant is in High Court


The government's case against Ah Kiong or Ationo Talamoa was today bound over to High Court.  

Still more changes with customs fees


In the latest development regarding customs inspections fees, Chief of Customs Moetulu’i Sipili Fuiava has confirmed that the $60 inspection fee for containers that are inspected at the main dock has been put on hold.  

Amata has proposal for US citizenship


Congresswoman Aumua Amata will be discussing with local leaders a proposal that would amend the US Immigration and Nationality Act to make it easier for US nationals to apply to become US citizens. 

Committee recommends longline fishing in LVPA


The Scientific and Statistical Committee, a group that advises the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, has recommended that the Council approve an exemption area seaward of 12 nautical miles (nm) within the American Samoa Large Vessel Prohibited Area.

Registration begins today for free mobility aides


Registration begins today for those in need of wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches and other mobility aides.   
Photo: AFP

Death toll in Vanuatu climbs


Twenty-four people are confirmed to have been killed in Vanuatu by Cyclone Pam, the United Nations says. 

Not much public confidence in ASG bank


Members of the public raised with Congresswoman Aumua Amata last night their reservations about the American Samoa Government owning and operating a commercial bank. 

DMWR director attends SPC fisheries meeting


The impact of climate change on coastal fisheries in American Samoa was one of the issues raised by director of Marine and Wildlife Resources Dr Ruth Matagi-Tofiga at this week's Secretariat of the Pacific Community Heads of Fisheries meeting.

Rotary swimming pool out for bid soon


The Pago Pago Rotary Club’s Swimming Pool Project is scheduled to be put out for bid later this month. 

Fautasi lanes picked for Flag Day race


The 10 fautasi competiting in this year’s Flag Day now know their lanes for the April 16 race. 
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Pam causes death and destruction in Vanuatu


Whole villages in Vanuatu are reported to have been blown away by Cyclone Pam, with unconfirmed deaths being put at 44.  

SSBCI investment areas varied


An official of the company consulting ASG on its State Small Business Credit Initiative Programs says one of their main goals is make sure the local program doesn’t invest heavily in one sector.

Veterans enquire about new services


At Congresswoman Aumua Amata’s townhall meeting yesterday veterans asked about the possibility fo extending more services for veterans in the territory.  

Det. Ioane Paselio pleads guilty


Police Detective Ioane Paselio pleaded guilty yesterday to assault and possession of a prohibited weapon stemming from an incident that occurred last October during a bar outing. 

Want to be a wildland firefighter?


The National Park of American Samoa seeks applicants for wildland firefighter training. 

Hawaiian adds ten extra flights this summer


Hawaiian Air is adding ten extra flights this summer on the Honolulu Pago Pago route.   

Court asks for $50,000 bail in cash


Police are sorting through the contraband and paraphernalia confiscated from the raid of the Le Aute Sports Bar.

Congresswoman gives report to the people


The minimum wage, the government’s charter bank, the proposal to open closed waters to longliners, Medicare, veteran services and communal lands were some of the topics residents raised with Congresswoman Aumua Amata during her townhall meeting yesterday.

Student lawmakers in mock JSA Congress


The names of two students from American Samoa appear as sponsors of a bill that was passed at the Junior Statesmen of America’s 23rd Annual Winter Congress Convention.  

Package pick up is from noon to 5pm Saturdays


The Pago Pago Post Office reminds the public about changes to its opening hours effective tomorrow.   

Territory has deadline to spend SSBCI money


American Samoa has three more months to spend the first portion of its $10.5 million funding under the State Small Business Credit Initiative Program. 

Amata co-sponsors fisheries legislation


Congresswoman Aumua Amata is a co sponsor of a bill reauthorizing the Magnuson Stevens Fishery and Management Act. 

DOA hires degree graduates


Two university graduates have joined the Department of Agriculture’s staff under Governor Lolo’s apprenticeship program. 

Third man charged in Leone station shooting


A third suspect was charged today in connection with the shooting of the Leone police substation last November. 

BlueSky offers four scholarships


BlueSky Communications has announced its inaugural BlueSky’s Future of American Samoa Scholarship.  

DOA ordering portable residue testers


The Department of Agriculture is ordering two portable residue testers that it will use in the field to test locally grown produce for the presence of pesticides.   

Samoa wants to make use of LBJ Hospital


Samoa’s Ministry of Health invited the LBJ Hospital Board and management to discuss how they can collaborate and share resources with their local counterparts.   

Greenpeace ranks top US tuna brands at bottom


The largest and most recognized three canned tuna brands in the United States ranked at the bottom of Greenpeace's most recent US canned tuna ranking chart. 

Voice recording leads to assault


A husband is facing assault after he allegedly punched his wife when she confronted him about a voice recording between the husband and another woman. 

ASRU hosts Flag Day Rugby Sevens


The American Samoa Rugby Union (ASRU) is hosting the Flag Day Rugby Sevens Tournament for 2015. 

Siblings face drugs and weapons charges


The two people who were arrested from Monday’s police raid of the Le Aute Sports Bar made their initial appearances in District Court this morning. 

Clemens is executive assistant to LBJ CEO


The CEo of LBJ Hospital Taufetee John Faumuina Jr., says Mr. Rene Clemens has been hired as his executive assistant.   

ASG wants vessels included in insurance


The government is negotiating with its off island property insurer for the inclusion of additional ASG properties under its property insurance coverage. 

Congresswoman holds town hall meeting


Congresswoman Aumua Amata is giving a report on her first two months in Congress at a town hall meeting this evening at the Fono guesthouse.  

Off the beaten track an attraction


Being the farthest away from the continental United States makes the National Park of American Samoa an attraction for adventurous tourists.  

Samoan travel agent jailed for 5 years


Samoan travel agent Calliope Saaga of Saratoga Springs, Utah has been sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay restitution of $782,480 for stealing more than $300,000 from a high school band.

Arrest warrants issued for two from Aute raid


Two arrest warrants have been issued in connection with the raid that was carried out by police on Monday at Le Aute Sports Bar. 

Chairman differs with LBJ CEO's comments


The chairman of the Hospital Authority Board Leilua Mase Akapo begs to differ with statements by CEO of LBJ Hospital Taufetee John Faumuina Jr. insinuating that the board was trying to manage rather than governing the hospital.

Leilua says the board had to manage the hospital for a short time last year and this was sanctioned by the governor who had concerns with the way the LBJ was being run

USPS reconsidering Leone Post Office


US Postal Service official Felix Bagoyo is looking into whether having a Leone Post Office was a good idea. 

ASG to pay man struck by school bus


The Trial Division of the High Court has ordered the American Samoa Government to pay close to $15,000 to a man who was nearly hit by a school bus as he was trying to push it off the main road. 

ABC Board said no to Aute liquor license


The police weren’t the only ones who wanted to inspect the operations of the Le Aute Sports Bar. 

Customs changes put on hold


Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a has placed on hold recent changes made by Chief of Customs Moetulu’i Sipili Fuiava on the charging of inspection fees for container inspections conducted at business premises.

Chairman says ASG owes LBJ $3 million


Local vendors are not the only ones waiting for money from ASG.   

Mediocre sales at Fagatogo malae


Several vendors who set up tents at the Fagatogo malae Wednesday say sales were not that good from tourists of the cruise ship Ocean Cruises Marina. 

Affidavit: Drugs sold at Le Aute Sports Bar


The police affidavit supporting criminal charges against two men accused in the shooting of the Leone police substation says both men are involved in the distribution of narcotics which are being sold from the Aute Sports Bar. 

Treasury explains why ASG paperchecks now drawn on ANZ


The Treasury says its been working to transition ASG paper checks from Bank of Hawaii to ANZ for more than a year.   

Governor Lolo returns home


Governor Lolo Moliga arrived back in the territory last night after more than three weeks off island.  

Affidavit in shooting of substation unsealed


District Court Elvis Patea today unsealed the affidavit detailing the government’s case against a man accused of firing a gun at the Leone police substation last November. 

Senate committee seeks info on airline loan


The Senate Government Operations Committee has asked for a report on the disbursement of the $1 million that the Fono approved in the Fiscal year 2014 budget for the Development Bank for business loans.

Satirist John Oliver puts spotlight on territories


It will be months before a ruling is made in the lawsuit challenging why American Samoans are not granted automatic US citizenship.   
Police at the Tafuna substation at end of Le Aute raid

Police find guns and drugs in raid


Police found guns and illegal drugs during their raid of the premises of the Le Aute Sports Bar yesterday. 

AG explains status of $1.2 million in Vietnam


Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo who is ASG’s main point of contact for the return of the $1.2 million that was transferred to the Bank of Vietnam says efforts are being made for the return of the money as soon as possible.  

Rep. Sanitoa seeks financial reports from DBAS


Tuala-uta Representative and Chairman of te House Commerce Committee Larry Sanitoa is requesting the President of the Development Bank of American Samoa for financial reports of the bank.   

Man charged for punching another


A 69-year-old man spent the weekend in jail after he allegedly punched another man during a bar outing. 

Flight scheduling would improve mail service


US Postal Service official Felix Bagoyo says he hopes the flight scheduling in American Samoa improves because that would also improve mail service in the territory. 

ASG paperchecks now drawn on ANZ


ASG employees receiving paperchecks got a surprise today when their checks were drawn on ANZ instead of Bank of Hawaii.  

Thirteen inducted into ASCC's PTK


Thirteen students were inducted into the Alpha Epsilon Mu Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) on Friday. 

Nearly all day raid at Aute Sports Bar


More than 30 police officers carried out a raid of the premises of a business and homes known as the Aute Sports bar, which leads off the main road in Futiga going inland to Malaeloa.   

Taxi owners unhappy with shuttle service


Some taxi owners were not pleased with the Visitors Bureau’s free shuttle service when the cruiseship Ocean Cruises Marina arrived this morning.  

Taema II made of carbon fiber


The man who built the Leone fautasi Papu Williams says the material used to build the Taema II is more advanced then what’s being used for building local longboats. 

Committee to review Am Samoa fishing issues


A proposal that would allow local longliners to temporarily fish within the American Samoa Large Prohibited Area will be reviewed this week by the Scientific and Statistical Committee.

A food deficit is needed for weight loss


The LBJ Hospital’s dietician nutritionist Ianeta Ah Ping offers some advice to those who exercise heavily but just cant seem to shake off the pounds.

Leone returns to fautasi racing with Taema II


The village of Leone celebrated on Saturday the christening of their fautasi, Taema II, a symbol of village unity and the return of Leone to fautasi racing after a 50-year hiatus. 

Work release for 8 inmates suspended


Eight inmates have had their work release privileges suspended as the Department of Public Safety carries out a review of the program. 

Post Office needs more storage space


More and more parcels are coming through the Fagatogo US Postal Service and pretty soon, the Post Office will outgrow its town facility. 

Congresswoman on island for district visit


Congresswoman Aumua Amata arrived Friday night on a district work trip to conduct constituent outreach, formulate advisory councils and visit various facilities in the territory.

Post Office opens longer on Saturdays


The Post Office in Fagatogo will have extended hours for parcel pick up starting next week Saturday. 

Visitors Bureau will see how Fagatogo venue works out


Chairman of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau says they will see how the cruise ship passengers respond to having two venues for shopping and if it works, the Bureau may be able to expand the Fagatogo Malae site. 

March is National Social Workers Month


For the first time National Social Workers month is being celebrated in the territory. 

Amata seeks answers from SBA


Congresswoman Aumua Amata participated in a House Small Business Committee hearing entitled: Building an Opportunity Economy:  The State of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Chamber okay with customs changes


The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce doesn’t have objections towards changes made by the Customs Division on the charging of inspection fees outside of the wharf.  

Fagatogo malae will be second venue for vendors


Some of the cruise ship vendors will be set up at the Fagatogo malae for the arrival of the next cruise ship Ocean Princess Marina on Monday.  

Lack of time & money affect diet & exercise


The two main reasons that patients give as to why they cant stick to a healthy diet and don’t exercise is lack of time and money.   

Two men arrested in shooting of Leone station


Two men have been arrested and charged in the shooting of the Leone police substation last November. 

Bond rating presentations moved to April


The American Samoa Economic development Authority Board has held three days of meetings with their financial advisors in Honolulu this week to prepare for presentations to bond rating companies. 

Veterans will entertain in 2015 Flag Day


Military veterans spouses and dependents are practicing their pese and siva for Flag Day. 

Positive signs on healthy living


People are getting the message to eat healthy and stay active.  

Three sites on Tutuila eyed for geothermal wells


A study about the geothermal potential of American Samoa has identified several locations for drilling of exploratory thermal gradient wells. 

A new school for Taputapu on the horizon


Construction of Taputapu elementary school, the last of the schools which were destroyed or damaged in the 2009 tsunami to be rebuilt, moves closer to reality.  

Pastor ordered to get counseling


The Independent Seventh Day Adventist pastor for Leone was ordered today to undergo anger management in a case where he slapped a blind teenager in late January.

Food index increases .04% in February


Food prices went up by .04% at the end of February.   
Aumua with former FBI Director, Judge Williams Sessions, and his son, current House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions.

FBI is looking for special agents


Congresswoman Amua Amata is spreading the word about job openings with the Federal Bureau of Investigations.   

Partnership on climate change curriculum


This year the National Park of American Samoa is partnering with the American Samoa Community College-Teacher Education Department (ASCC-TED) to develop climate change curriculum programs that will be taught in elementary classrooms. 

Samoa PM not losing sleep on spy allegation


Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele is not losing any sleep over reports that New Zealand is spying on phone calls, and emails and turning over the information to the United States.  

Many receiving WIC food stamps


More and more people are benefiting from food stamps and the Women Children and Infant or WIC Program under the Department of Human and Social Services. 

Hobbs Lowson to succeed retiring Cannoles at BOH


Bank of Hawaii’s executive vice president and West Pacific region manager Ronald Cannoles, has announced that he will retire from BOH at the end of May after 29 years of service.  

Keep an eye on Jazmine Davis


A star on the University of Washington’s women’s basketball team with Samoan ancestry has aspirations of playing professional. 

Intruder in minister's home jailed for 31 days


A man who unlawfully entered the home of a Fagaitua minister and assaulted the minister's daughter was sentenced today to 31 days in jail.  

Report: NZ spying on the Pacific


New Zealand ‘s  electronic eavesdropping agency is spying on its Pacific neighbors and sharing communications it intercepts in bulk with the US National Security Agency, says a report in the New Zealand Herald. 

Births at LBJ continue to drop


The number of babies born at LBJ Hospital has been dropping steadily for the last five years and so too has the teen pregnancy rate.  

Lesson learned from shortages: diversify


Wholesaler Panamex Pacific believes it would take a month before the shipping situation from the United States starts to normalize. 

 

DMWR awarded $114,000 for conservation


State and territorial efforts to protect species and habitats in greatest need of conservation received a boost this week as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced over $45 million in funding provided through the State Wildlife Grant (SWG) program.

Customs chief explains inspection fees


Chief of Customs Moetului Sipili Fuiava says change he has made to the way customs conducts business is within the law and is in no way intended to hurt the business community.  

Lemanu congratulates new Postmaster


In congratulating the new Postmaster Tao Suani, Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga took the chance to thank the leaders of the US Postal Service in Honolulu for selecting a female postmaster for American Samoa. 

All circuits are busy now...


699 numbers have been down all day  today and the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority says its due to technical problems. 

Tao Suani installed as new Postmaster


Tao Suani of Leone takes the oath of office as the new Pago Pago Postmaster as administered by Honolulu’s US Postal Service Operations Manager Felix Bagoyo during her installation ceremony this morning. 

Wholesaler praises customs agents


One of the majn wholesalers in the territory has praised the customs Division of Treasury for their quick action in clearing containers which helped businesses get goods on the shelves as quickly as possible.   

Some fixtures from Rainmaker salvageable


  Some furnishings from the Rainmaker Hotel can still be used.  

Visa training for Amata's staff


The Chief of Staff of Congresswoman Aumua Amata’s Washington D.C. office Leafaina Tavai Yahn and three staff members from Amata’s local office are attending a visa training at the US embassy in Apia.   

Demolition of Rainmaker Hotel begins


In a few months time, the Rainmaker Hotel will be just a faint memory.  

Port needs dock space for cargo operations


Port Administration says it has reduced the space available to vendors who sell to the cruise ships at the main dock due to cargo operations and the change will remain in effect until further notice.

 

Hacked $1.2 million not yet returned


There’s been no information from ASG officials but sources in Washington D.C. have told KHJ News that the ceremony for the return of the $1.2 million that was transferred by a hacker from an ASG account with the Bank of Hawaii to the Bank of Vietnam didnt happen.

ASG provides new payment option


You can now use your Visa or master card or ANZ debit card to make payments to ASG.

Port reduces space for cruise ship vendors


More than 14 vendors missed out on making some bucks when the Ocean Princess cruise ship visited today after being cut from the list of vendors allowed to sell at the main dock.

Petroleum consumption up 6% in FY2014


The Territorial Office for Fiscal Reform reports consumption of petroleum went up 6% in Fiscal Year 2014 compared to the previous year. 

Samoa seeks more funding for renewable energy


Samoa's prime minister has told a regional workshop on energy efficiency in Apia that it is vital development banks and donors give more support to capacity building in the renewable sector. 

Sen. Galea'i pays back Retirement Fund


Senator Galeai Tuufuli says he has reimbursed the Retirement Fund check that was issued him for his travel and accommodation to attend the meeting of the Retirement fund board and its investment managers and advisors.   

Postmaster Tao Suani takes oath tomorrow


Tao A. Suani will be officially installed as the Pago Pago Postmaster at a ceremony tomorrow morning on the second floor of the Lumana’i Building. 

Bill to limit sponsorship of corporations now law


A bill that would limit the ability of corporations to sponsor foreigners to live and work in the territory is now law. 

Mount Alava summit area closed temporarily


If you’re planning a hike to Mount Alava,  the National park of American Samoa advises that the Mount ‘Alava summit area, including the fale, are temporarily closed due to construction activity. 

Defendant must stay away from Bowling Alley


Ga’opule Tapuala has been ordered to stay away from the Bowling Alley after he was taken into custody over the weekend for fighting inside the club. 

DBAS Board reconsidering Tausani Air loan


The Development Bank Board of Directors is reported to be reconsidering a loan that was approved for Tausani Airlines after seeing the state of the government aircraft Segaula which the airline plans to use for its planned flight service to Manu’a. 

ASEDA law offers protection for bond investors


Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga has signed a bill amending the American Samoa Economic Development Authority Act in order to better facilitate the sale of bonds by ASEDA. 

ANZ sues Casamar for unpaid loans


ANZ Guam Inc., has taken net repair company Casamar Inc., to court for failing to pay its loans to the bank. 

Hospital Board to discuss internships with OUM


Members of the Hospital Authority Board are traveling to Samoa today to discuss am Internship Program with the Oceania University of Medicine.   

ASDHS okay while awaiting funding decision


The American Samoa Department of Homeland Security is keeping close tabs of congressional action on funding for their federal grantor, the US Department of Homeland Security. 

Fuel prices going up again


Get ready to pay more for gas as prices at the pump are going up again. 

Weekend outing ends in jail


A 22-year-old man was charged today for assaulting his girlfriend during an outing this past weekend. 

Thursday is deadline to request absentee ballot


Voters for District #6, Sua #2 have until this Thursday to request for an outside absentee ballot for those who will be away during the district’s special election. 

Acting Governor signs charter bank & OFI bills


Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga today signed legislation creating the government owned and operated Territorial Bank of American Samoa as well as the Office of Financial Institution to regulate banking activities in the territory. 

Alia prepare for safety inspections


There’s been good response from the local alia fleet to efforts by the Coast Guard and local agencies to get them ready for mandatory safety inspections that they have to pass.
Photo: Talamua Media

Former minister fined $14,000


A former Samoan government Minister, Muagututagata Peter Ah Him, has been fined $US14,000 after being convicted on forgery charges. 

Fautasi Committee chair explains entry fee


The Chairman of the Flag Day Fautasi Committee has explained why he has agreed to lower the entry fee for the race from $1,000 to $300. 

CJPA works to avoid penalty on PREA


The Criminal Justice Planning Agency is working on making sure American Samoa is not assessed a 5% penalty on several of its grants for not being in compliance with the requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act or PREA. 

PPD lands man in court


A man accused of assaulting another man at McDonald’s Restaurant in Fagatogo was charged today with public peace disturbance and assault third degree. 

February excise tax collections way down


In February of last year ASG raked in a record $3.3 million in excise taxes.   

ASCC remains accredited under "show cause"


Between now and the next meeting of the governing board for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges ACCJC, the Ameircan Samoa Community College remains a US-accredited institution.

Using culture to deal with domestic violence


Being culturally responsive and sensitive when dealing with somestic violence and substance abuse cases was the aim of a training workship which brought together government and non-government social workers and service providers dealing with such problems.

Court denies off island travel for convict


The Trial Court denied on Friday a request from former Immigration officer Polone Savea for permission to travel off island for medical reasons. 

STP awaiting final equipment


The Samoa Tuna Processors plant which was officially opened in January is still waiting for equipment before it can fully begin production.    

Bribery case goes to High Court


The businessman accused of bribing three tax auditors will be arraigned in High Court tomorrow following a probable cause hearing in District Court today. 

Amata advocates for VA businesses


Congresswoman Aumua Amata is drawing attention to the needs of veterans in American Samoa.  

Funeral services for Shevon set for next week


Funeral services for educator, entertainer, and a founding member of the Society of Faafafine of American Samoa Soli Shevon Kaio Matai will be held on the second week of March. 

Fautasi captains say $1,000 fee too high


The office of Samoan Affairs has been asked to reduce the entry fee for the Flag day fautasi race. 

'Get into your sanctuary campaign' kicks off


Getting residents to experience, explore, discover and learn about the National Marine Sanctuaries of American Samoa is the aim of a campaign that was launched this morning at the Tauese P. Sunia Ocean Center in Utulei.  

Alliance loses tax exempt status


The Alliance for Strengthening Families has lost its non profit 501 (c) 3 tax exempt status because the group failed to submit necessary paperwork to the Internal Revenue Service. 

Woman admits to embezzling $11,000


A former employee of GHC Reid Inc., admitted today in High Court to embezzling more than $11,000 from the company in 2010.  

AVM optimistic it will start construction soon


The owner of the Filipino company aiming to set up a manufacturing plant to produce Made in American Samoa food items is optimistic that the project will get off the ground soon.   

Stomach flu cases up this week


The Department of Health said in a Communicable Disease report that the week ending yesterday showed above levels for flu-like symptoms, acute fever and rash, and gastroenteritis or the stomach flu. 

Funding for CJPA on the decline


The Criminal Justice Planning Agency is proceeding with caution and is carefully reviewing all active grants it administers as it waits to hear from the US Department of Justice regarding funding for Fiscal Year 2015.

 

Coral bleaching spreading fast


An off island team is working with the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa to document and capture the severe coral bleaching affecting the territory’s corals. 

Polynesian gets 30 day pass for Manu'a flights


The US Department of Transportation has again given the green light to Polynesian Airlines to continue flights to Manu’a for 30 days, but not longer as the Samoa based carrier had hoped. 

Still no word on tax refund checks


As February draws to a close, residents are still waiting for word on when tax refund checks will be issued.  

Public Defender's take on drop in prosecutions


The Office of the Public Defender has weighed in on why there’s been a decline in the number of cases prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office in the past year. 

Samoa soon to pick new marine cable


The Government of Samoa is on the verge of making a decision on a new submarine fiber optic cable for the country. 

Board of Inquiry reviews case of Lt. who released inmates


A Board of Inquiry at the Department of Public Safety is reviewing the case of a police lieutenant who released three inmates and ordered a guard to take them to Alofau last month.

BlueSky extends reach in Polynesia


The acquisition by Blue Sky Communications of the main phone company in the Cook Islands, Telecom Cook Islands will see local personnel working in the Cook Islands and vice versa. 

Amata thanks Interior Secretary Jewell


Congresswoman Aumua Amata has thanked Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for her assistance during the shipping slowdown which affected the territory. 

Sailele backs into sunken vessel


The tugboat Sailele had to go up on drydock at the Satala shipyard this week to fix a propeller which was damaged when it backed into a vessel that’s half submerged at the service wharf since last year. 

Viena avoids jail time for ppd


Duke Viena has been ordered to attend alcohol counseling as part of his sentence for causing a public disturbance at his home in late December.
 

Chairman explains benefits of Honolulu meeting


The Chairman of the Board of the American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund explains the benefit of having lawmakers attend briefings by investment managers and financial advisors for the Fund.

DOC puts unemployment at 10.2%


The Department of Commerce puts the unemployment rate for American Samoa at 10.2%.

 

Bill to establish ASG bank remains unsigned


Last Thursday the bill to establish the Territorial Bank of American Samoa was submitted to the Governor's Office.  

Spreading the word about "Fa'a Samoa Initiative"


Representatives of the Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation are on island this week to promote the upcoming Polamalu summer youth camp. 

ASCC put on "show cause" status


There has been no statement from leaders of the American Samoa Community College regarding a decision by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to place the school on “show cause” status.

CJ wants whole immigration file on felon


A hearing today to find out how a sex offender was able to re-enter American Samoa multiple times despite a stay away judgment has been continued to May so that the Immigration Office can present the offender’s entire Immigration file to the court.

AG's Office undergoes SORNA training


The staff of the Attorney General’s Office will be attending training off island as part of preparations for implementing legislation establishing a sex offender registry. 

PM says China fills the void others dont


Samoa Prime Minister has paid tribute to Samoa’s strong links with China at a conference at the National University of Samoa which is examining the China's role in the region. 

Two new leases approved for Industrial Park


Two new leases have been approved by the governor for parcels of land at the Industrial Park.

 

Caution urged on unfunded liability


The Chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Senator Laolagi Vaeao says while the ASG Employee Retirement Fund is in a healthy position now care must be taken to ensure that the fund‘s future remains bright. 

Attention high school artists


For the first time local high school students can enter artwork in the Congressional Art Competition- An Artistic Discovery. 

NOAA scientists assess reefs


Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA are conducting a reef assessment and monitoring cruise of US Pacific territories which includes American Samoa.   

Retirement Fund's net position grew 1%


The net position of the American Samoa government Employees Retirement Fund as of September 30 2014 increased 1% over the previous year.  

AG issues opinion on watermelon sales


A person must obtain a business license from the Department of Commerce plus an agricultural importation license from the Department of Agriculture before he can sell imported produce at the roadside. 

Off island mechanics work on 328 Dornier


Off island mechanics have been seen working on the 30 seater 328  Dornier aircraft belonging to Inter Island Airways, fueling speculation that the aircraft may be sold.  

Man enters plea deal in sex case


A man who committed sex acts to a nine-year-old girl has admitted to his crime. 

LFO report shows FY2014 in red, not black


While ASG has yet to close its books for fiscal Year 2014, its apparent that it will not finish the year in the black. 

DOC takes over ASG real estate properties


The Department of Commerce will be taking over the management of ASG’s real estate properties. 

Governor talks Chinese, climate change


Governor Lolo Moliga told the annual meeting of the Interagency Group on Insular Areas today that American Samoa is usually off Washington’s radar.
 

Man jailed for 20 months in sex case


A man who touched a 14-year-old relative in a sexual manner was sentenced today to serve 20 months in jail. 
Photo: DOI

Lolo: American Samoa deserves much better


Governor Lolo Moliga told federal officials at the annual meeting of the Interagency Group on Insular Areas in Washington, American Samoa “deserves much better” than the economic help it gets today.  

LBJ needs money & staff for mental health facility


The LBJ Hospital is reaching out to other government departments and agencies for help in recruiting and funding for qualified individuals to staff the mental health facility now under construction.

FASE President unhappy about salaries


The president of the Federation of American Samoa Educators is not happy that salary adjustments are already in place for new teachers for the Department of Education including those from Samoa.  

Mother Jones features citizenship case


The US citizenship case Tuaua vs the United States is featured in an article in the independent investigative news magazine Mother Jones.   

Spending to fix deficiencies, not in LBJ budget


The LBJ Hospital is spending a lot of money that wasn't budgeted to address citations by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. 

Salaries of teachers from Samoa adjusted


The Department of Education has adjusted the salaries of teachers hired from Samoa last year.  

SeaJade brings relief


Store shelves should be restocked by the end of today with the arrival of the Polynesia Line vessel SeaJade.   

Honest Tax Office employees praised


The Tax Office employee who turned over $1,000 in cash that a businessman gave him in order to make the businessman’s tax problems go away is Tim Mauga who has only been with the Tax Office for about a year. 

Treasury report not forthcoming


The administration is not as transparent as it used to be in its quarterly performance reports.

 

Chamber says lessons learned from delays


The Chamber of Commerce welcomes news that the two sides in a labor dispute that’s caused shopping delays from the US west coast have reached a tentative agreement.

KVZK-TV says sorry for not airing "The Oscars"


Director of KVZK-TV Office of Public Information has issued a statement apologizing to viewers for the government TV’s failure to air The Oscars as planned.

Taylor Va'alele Jessop offered 2nd appointment


Local student Taylor Va’alele Jessop has been accepted by the US Army Military Academy at West Point.  

President of Ocean Star Enterprises charged


A businessman was charged today with bribery of a public servant after he allegedly tried to pay off a Tax Office employee to make his tax problems go away. 

BlueSky acquires Telecom Cook Islands


The Bluesky Group has extended its reach to the Cook Islands with a 60% interest In the main phone company in the Cook Islands Telecom Cook Islands.  

ASTCA can look forward to e-Rate payments


Some new cash should be flowing in to the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority.

 

IGIA plenary session is tomorrow


Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and White House Intergovernmental Affairs Director Jerry Abramson will co-host the 2015 Senior Plenary Session of the Interagency Group on Insular Areas (IGIA).

Businessman arrested for bribe attempt


An Asian businessman was arrested Friday for allegedly trying to bribe a Tax Office employee. 

Amata relieved labor dispute settled


News that employers and dock workers involved in a nine month long dispute have reached a tentative agreement brings relief to importers, the canneries, ASG and residents.   

Entry level salary for police will be hiked


The entry level salaries of police officers will be increased from $10,000 to $15,000 under a salary reclassification for the police force.    

Climate change and crown of thorns a worry


The impact of climate change and the crown of thorns outbreak to the territory’s coral reefs were two of the issues highlighted by the Director of Marine and Wildlife Resources in her remarks last week at the 33rd Meeting of the US Coral Reef Task Force.

Give Kids a Smile Day


More than 200 children had their teeth cleaned on Saturday during the Department of Health's Give Kids a Smile Day. 

Consolidated grant for DOE finally released


The Department of Education  can rest easy now that its Consolidated Grant for fiscal year 2015 from the US DOE has been released.    
Photo: BlueSky

BlueSky releases Yellow Pages Directory


BlueSky Communications has released a new yellow pages directory for American Samoa, the first phone directory for the territory in almost ten years. 

Lolo: We are to blame for cash flow problem


Governor Lolo urged his directors today to diligently work on improving their department finances, especially those who still have outstanding draw downs with the federal government.   

Slow voting in District No. 6 special election


Voting was slow for the first six hours in the House Special Election for District No. 6 Sua # 2.

Samoan woman charged for stealing $700,000


A former program director of an Oahu transitional homeless shelter has been charged in the theft of more than $700,000 from her former employer. 

Ex StarKist boss is new CEO of STP


Tri Marine International has announce that it has hired former StarKist CEO, Donald Binotto as CEO of both The Tuna Store and Samoa Tuna Processors.   

ASTCA promises faster internet with BLAST


The American Samoa Telecommunications will be launching in the next few months faster internet speed services through its Broadband Linking American Samoa Territory or BLAST and the 03b satellite services. 

March is Developmental Disabilities Month


March is Developmental Disabilities month.  

New Taputapu school moves closer to reality


The last of the schools which were destroyed or damaged in the 2009 tsunami Taputapu school on the western end of the island moves closer to reality. The school which was located at Poloa will be built in Fagalii.  Deputy Director of Education Russ

March is Nutrition Month


Health care providers are visiting elementary schools this month to promote a healthy lifestyle as part of activities celebrating Nutrition Month. 

Taimalelagi: Time to think outside the box


Port Director Taimalelagi Dr Claire Poumele says Port is a strong advocate of tourism but it’s high time that people think outside of the box in terms of attracting tourist sales beyond vendors at the main dock.