What's Happening

Trainer pleased with oil spill response

Representatives of more than 10 different government departments and businesses completed today a weeklong training on how to effectively respond to an oil spill. 

Is the Fono a rubber stamp for administration?

The speed with which the Fono approved administration revenue bills in the last session has prompted some to label the Legislature as being a rubber stamp.   

Congresswoman recognizes ANZAC Day

Congresswoman Aumua Amata has recognized  Australian and New Zealand Army Corps or Anzac Day with a statement submitted into the congressional record. 

MV Sili is back in service

The Coast Guard has inspected the hull repairs for the MV Sili and has given its seal of approval.

DOH closes east side restaurants

The Department of Health closed down yesterday one of the four fast food restaurants in Satala that cater to the cannery workforce due to an unclean kitchen. 

Exercise tests response to oil spill

That wasn’t a real oil spill in the Bay Area this morning.  

Port advised to separate operational costs

One of the recommendaitons made at yesterday’s public hearing regarding an increase in port fees was for the Department of Port Administration to provide a report differentiating the actual operational costs of seaport and airport. 

Rape case heads to High Court

The government's case against a teacher and two students of Don Bosco who are accused of having sex with a 15-year-old minor is now bound over to High Court.  

ANZ ATMs down on Sunday night

ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank informs customers that there will be a disruption of services with ANZ ATMs and point of sale terminals this Sunday.  

Businesses react to Port's 51% hike

Representatives of the canneries, shipping and stevedoring companies have recommended that Port Administration consider the minimum wage and a gradual raise in rates when it makes a final decision on proposed Port fee increases.

Sen Galea'i looks for gov candidate

A declared supporter but vocal critic of Governor Lolo Moliga, Senator Galeai Tu'ufuli said at a press conference yesterday that he is now looking for a candidate to run for governor in the 2016 elections. 

Committee planned to split prize money

The governor says he told the Fautasi Race Committee that they should have decided the race results as they were the ones that made the race rules, not him. 

Higher port fees under review

The Port Administration hopes to raise $2 million if its proposal to raise Port fees is implemented later this year. 

Galea'i : People have a right to know

Senator Galeai Tu’ufuli says the people have a right to know how much money was spent on the Flag Day celebration.  

Womens Auxiliary donates to Dental Clinic

The Dental Clinic at the LBJ Hospital received a generous donation today from the Womens Hospital Auxiliary.  

No new refund checks

An announcement that Treasury issued yesterday about tax refund checks has upset many people who went this morning to pick up their checks.

Galea'i calls fautasi race unjust & unfair

Senator Galeai Tuufuli has criticized the way the 2015 fautasi race was conducted calling it unjust and unfair when nearly $100,000 of public funds has been spent on the event. 

ASPA rate increases effective next month

Proposed rate increases for some of the services provided by the American Samoa Power Authority are expected to go into effect sometime next month.  

Company eyes Manu'a for next branch

Manu’a is the next location being eyed by Pacific Holdings American Samoa Ltd, which operates Western Union money transfer services.   

Commissioner seeks training for cops

Plans by Commissioner of Public Safety Save Liuato Tuitele  to attach local police officers for training with the US Army Military Police group have hit a snag.  

Burglars plead guilty in 2013 cases

Two men who broke into separate homes in 2013 have pleaded guilty to their crimes. 

Three Don Bosco members charged

A teacher and two students from the Don Bosco school who were here for Flag Day were charged today with having sex with a 15-year-old girl. 

ASEPA leads Earth Day celebration

Today is Earth Day, a day to celebrate the environment and the importance of protecting it. 

Don Bosco honors hosts with name

As a token of their appreciation to their hosts, the Don Bosco fautasi added UT or Utulei to their name before Monday’s race.  

EFNEP promotes healthy, low cost meals

The Community & Natural Resources (CNR) Division of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) makes learning available to the general public, 

DPS asked to beef patrols for prom events

Tuala-uta faipule Larry Sanitoa has asked the Commissioner Public Safety to beef up police patrolling on Friday night when three high schools are set to have their senior proms. 

Prominent Bahai passes away suddenly

The family, business associates, members of the Bahai Faith and friends of Afoa Fepuleai Titi Nofoagatotoa are shocked by his sudden passing.  

Womens Hospital Auxiliary holds golf tourney

One of the oldest voluntary organizations in the territory, the Women's Hospital Auxiliary is well known for its generous giving. 


Flag Day prizes total $173,000

The groups which entertained for Flag Day received monetary gifts of $10,000 and $15,000.   

Motion to revoke probation for Solia

The Probation Office is asking the High Court to revoke the probation for one of the men implicated in the shooting of the Leone police substation. 

Port Administration plans to hike dock charges

The Department of Port Administration is holding a public hearing  tomorrow to discuss proposed increases to rates and fees charged on the main dock.    

Three charged in ppd on bus

Three men spent part of their Flag Day holiday in jail accused of assaulting a bus driver and causing damage to his bus.   

More tax refund checks released Thursday

If you filed your taxes in early February and have been waiting for your tax refund check, you may want to visit Disbursing tomorrow.  

Over supply caused by too many fishing boats

It’s the view of the Chief Operating Officer of Tri Marine International that over fishing is the reason why there’s an oversupply of fish leading to fish prices crashing.   

Capt of Fuao disappointed with decision

Disappointing…is how the captain of the Fuao from Vatia and Senate President Gaoteote Palaie reacted to the decision by the Flag Day Committee to declare the standings of Monday’s fautasi race official.  

Total purse for Fautasi Race is $89,000

The total amount spent on the Flag Day fautasi race is $89,000.   

MV Sili is still on the slipway

The MV Sili was scheduled to come off the slipway yesterday however it still needs some work. 

Shriners hold clinic at LBJ

A team of doctors and nurses from Shriners Hospital in Honolulu began a clinic for children with orthopedic and burn problems at the LBJ Hospital today.  

Stop orders issued for suspects

As of this afternoon no charges had been filed against members of the Don Bosco group who were being investigated for alleged sexual assault. 

Youth interact at 2 Samoa Trade Fair

Another positive aspect of the 2 Samoa Trade Fair is that it has brought together youth of American Samoa and Samoa to interact and network. 

AmSamLaw offers online legal service

An off island law firm operated by a former assistant attorney general is now offering online legal services for local residents. 

Veterans strut their stuff

The territory’s veterans and their families did not disappoint when they opened the siva ma pese performances on Flag Day, Friday. 

Yesterday's fautasi results are now official

The standings of the 2015 flag Day fautasi race from yesterday have been declared the official results.  

CNMI delegate's bill to improve fisheries

CNMI Congressman Greg ‘Kilili’ Sablan introduced legislation to improve fisheries conservation, while raising revenue for the US Pacific islands.  


Presenting the ASCC orchestra

A combined orchestra comprising members of the beginning music class,  student volunteers and Fine Arts faculty will present their Spring Recital Thursday, April 23rd, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of the American Samoa Community College.

Don Bosco members questioned in sex assault

More than half a dozen members of the Don Bosco group were taken in for questioning yesterday in connection with allegations of sexual assault involving a minor and they were unable to leave the territory with their malaga on the Lady Naomi last night.

19 arrests Flag Day weekend

Up to this morning Flag Day has been relatively peaceful.    

26-yr-old charged with manslaughter

A 26 year old man has been charged for the death of their family matai, Namu Tuamasaga Aetui, a week ago in Futiga.   

Kia'aina & Rep. Gabbard send Flag Day messages

Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina thanked American Samoa for its commitment and loyalty to the United States.

Hawaiian Air left Sunday afternoon

The fautasi race wasn’t the only thing that got postponed.   

Manulele Tausala celebrates victory, results till unofficial

The captain of the winning fautasi, Manulele Tausala has credited his crew for their victory as well as the strong support from their village of Nu'uuli. 
Photo: Pei Raynar

Committee yet to call fautasi race results

It was a spectacular Flag Day fautasi race but the placings that spectators who crowded the waterfront in the Bay Area witnessed or saw on KVZK-TV has not been made official.  
Photo: Pei Raynar

Congratulations Manulele Tausala

Nu'uuli's Manulele Tausala is the winner of the 2015 Flag Day race. 
Pei Raynar

Flag Day fautasi race is on today

The 2015 Flag Day fautasi race will take place today as scheduled. 

Hawaiian Air flight set to leave 7:20 am Sunday

Hawaiian Air passengers have been informed that the Friday flight to Honolulu is now set to depart Pago Pago International  Airport at 7am Sunday, April 19th.  

All public schools closed Monday

The Department of Education has decided to suspend all public schools on Monday, April 20.

Fautasi race tentatively set for Monday

There will be no fautasi race today because of rough seas.   

Captains meeting underway

Fautasi captains have gathered at the Fale at the Suiga ula ole Atuvasa in Utulei if and when the 2015 Flag Day fautasi race will be held. 

Fautasi race will not be held at 7am Saturday

The Flag Day fautasi race will not be held at 7am Saturday as announced earlier by the Flag Day Fautasi Committee. 

Veterans take center stage in 2015 Flag Day

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Retired Command Sgt. Major and Senate President Gaoteote Palaie, in command at the Flag Day ceremony calling on all veterans, service men and women to salute the flag that they defended.  

Positive response from fair participants

Organizers of the 2 Samoa Trade Fair are very happy with the response and the networking between businesses from here and Samoa during the four day trade exhibition. 

Man admits to smoking marijuana

A man who smoked a marijuana cigarette outside a local bar has pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance. 
Photo: Olivia Red Gillet

Happy 2015 Flag Day

The tents are up, the stadium has been decorated and cleaned and before daylight groups were already gathering for the 2015 flag day program at the Veterans Memorial Stadium.   

Western Union opens branch at airport

The newest Western Union branch in the territory was opened yesterday at Pago Pago International Airport.   

ANZ ATM at LBJ out of service

ANZ Bank advises customers that its ATM at LBJ Hospital is currently out of service.  

Faleomavaega gives talk at ASCC

Former Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin discussed his experiences during his long years of service as American Samoa's delegate to Congress and the territory’s relationship with the United States at a forum at the American Samoa Community College.

Governor signs five bills

Governor Lolo Moliga today signed five bills proposed by his administration and approved in the just concluded session of the Fono.

Ambassador says business climate conducive

Indonesia ambassador to the U.S. Budi Bowoleksono says there's no better time than the present for businesses to grow and maximize thier economic potential through the Indonesia American Samoa relations. 

Nana's Company donates $10,000 for Flag Day

A donation of $10,000 was presented to the Flag Day Committee yesterday by Nana’s Company.

It's official...Fautasi Race on Saturday

The Flag Day Fautasi Race will be held on Saturday at 7 a.m. and its planned that prize monies would be distributed right after the race at the Suigaula o le Atuvasa. 

Interested in Rainmaker site?

The demolition of the old Rainmaker Hotel is expected to finish ahead of the six month deadline for the project.   

Good sales all around at Trade Fair

American Samoa and Samoa businesses participating in the 2 Samoa Trade Fair are happy with their for the past three days at the Suigaula o le Atuvasa. 

Family disputes police report

The family of the man who died Saturday after being  assaulted in a land dispute in Futiga is not happy that the police investigation into his death is taking a while to yield any arrests. 

PC Mauga thankful to be chosen

Paramount Chief Mauga Tasi Asuega is thankful to Governor Lolo Moliga for the opportunity to once again serve as Secretary of Samoan Affairs.

Fautasi race now moved to Saturday

The 2015 Flag Day Fautasi race has now been set for Saturday, April 18 at 7am.   
Photo: Pei Raynar

Captain of Fealofani Samoa thankful

The crews of the two fautasi which took on water this morning as they were rowing to the starting line, Fagasa’s Fealofani Samoa and the Matasaua from Manu’a are all fine.   

Fealofani capsizes, Matasaua takes on water

The Fealofani Samoa from Fagasa capsized and the Matasaua from Manu'a took on a lot of water as they were getting ready for the start of the 2015 Flag Day fautasi race.  

All's set for 2015 Flag Day fautasi race

It will be only a matter of hours before the victor in the most anticipated event of Flag Day, the fautasi race will be known.   

The Polynesian Cowboy passes away

Aliimau Jr, Scanlan of Fagatogo and Malaeimi, one of American Samoa’s best known musicians and recording artists passed away in Seattle, Washington this morning.   

Ambassador upbeat about opportunities

The ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United States has pledged his commitment to promoting economic opportunities between Indonesia and American Samoa. 

Presenting the 2015 History Day winners

Morgan Ulu of Samoa Baptist Academy and Keilona Falefia and Leusumanu Crichton of Leone High School are the overall winners of the 2015 History Day. 

Female cop held on $1,000 bail

A female police officer who was arrested for public peace disturbance over the weekend is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow. 

Re-assignment of priests announced

The leader of the Catholic Church in American Samoa Bishop Petelo Brown has announced the reassignment of some of the priests of the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago.

Victims of 1980 plane crash remembered

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Master of Ceremony Moefaauo Bill Emmsley reads the names of the six paratroopers, a NASA employee, and a Japanese tourist killed in the 1980 Flag Day plane crash, during a memorial this morning. 

Waste to energy project will cost $25 million

$25 million is the estimated price tag for one of the most ambitious renewable energy projects that the American Samoa Power Authority will undertake.   

Crack on bow of Don Bosco fautasi

Samoa’s fautasi, Don Bosco 200, suffered a crack to its bow while it was placed at Utulei Beach yesterday. 

Call for moratorium on fishing

A glut in fish supply has driven tuna prices down from a high ot $2,300 a ton in 2013 to $1,000 a ton.   

Ma'uputasi Senate seat now vacant

The Office of Samoan Affairs plays a pivotal role in the annual commemoration of the first raising of the US flag on local soil. 

An arrest imminent in man's death

Police are expected to arrest one suspect in connection with the fatal assault of a man in Futiga last Thursday. 

April 15 is deadline to file your taxes

Its April 15, the last day to file your taxes. 

Flag Day Art Show opens this evening

About 40 local artists are showing  their artwork in a Flag Day Art exhibition Flag Day which opens this evening at the Pago Plaza. 

Man charged for sex acts on two 9 yr olds

A 33-year-old man will be arraigned in High Court this morning on allegations that he committed sex acts on two 9-year-old girls, one of whom lived in the same apartment complex as the defendant. 

AS Chinese Community donates $10,000

The ASG Flag Day Committee continues to receive financial support from businesses to help with this year’s Flag Day celebration. 

High school students charged with PPD

12 students of Samoana High School are set to face public peace disturbance charges in connection with a fight that occurred last Friday. 

Jane Pelenato wins congressional art show

A painting by Jane Pelenato of Nuuuli Vocational technical High School has won the local congressional art competition hosted by Congresswoman Aumua Amata. 

PC Mauga is new Sec of Samoan Affairs

Governor Lolo Moliga has appointed Paramount Chief Mauga Tasi Asuega as the new Secretary of Samoan Affairs.

Flag Day purse is $60,000 richer

Three off island renewable energy companies who have offices or representatives based in American Samoa today donated $60,000 to the Flag Day Committee to help with Flag Day preparations. 

30 cent smoke tax passed

The first regular session of the 34th legislature has now concluded.

Not enough school buses forces cancellation

Not enough school buses is the reason why the Department of Education is canceling all elementary schools on Thursday.    

MAP will be released monthly

The release of the wholesale price chart for fuel prices will now be done once a month instead of twice a month. 
House Majority whip Rep. Steve Scalise sent cupcakes to congratulate Amata on passage of her first bill

Amata's check bill approved by House

The US House has approved by voice vote, a bill to end the 21-day bank-hold policy for off-island checks in American Samoa and the Northern Marianas.  

Help reduce traffic congestion in Utulei

Commissioner of Public Safety Save Liuato Tuitele says if you can carpool or catch the bus that would help reduce traffic congestion during Flag Day activities this week. 

DOE announces changes for elementary schools

The Department of Educations has announced some changes for all public elementary schools this week.   

RUS auditors to decide on BLAST extension

Auditors from the federal grantor for the Broadband Linking American Samoa Telecommunications project, the Rural Utilities Service are due in the territory in mid-June to carry out an audit of the project and determine whether additional time would be needed to complete the project.

1980 plane crash remembered

As part of this year’s Flag Day festivities, a memorial service will be held tomorrow at Maugaoalii to honor the lives of 8 people who were killed during American Samoa’s Flag Day celebrations in 1980.

No prize money for fautasi that dont follow rules

Fautasi captains were told today by the Flag Day Fautasi Committee that a fautasi that does not follow the rules of the race will not receive any prize money. 

NOAA team reports mild coral bleaching event

A significant finding by a team from the National Oceanic and Atmopsheric Administration which assessed the territory’s reefs is a mild coral bleaching event in the territory. 

Maugaoalii cleared for ASEDA Board

Fagatogo Representative Maugaoalii Leapai Sipa Anoa’I is now confirmed to be a member of the Board of Directors of the American Samoa Economic Development Authority.  

Cop arrested for peace disturbance

A police officer spent the weekend in jail after she was arrested for creating a public disturbance. 

Employers reminded about wage hike

The US Department of Labor reminds the public that the next 50 cents hike in the minimum wage is set to go into effect in September. 

Food, clothes, beverages, art & more

Colorful material and dresses, varnished carvings, handicrafts of all sorts, tuna products, locally made beer, water and health drinks, yummy treats, entertainment and much much more can be found at the Suigaula o le Atuvasa Utulei Beach. 

Senators insist on 30 cent cigarette tax

Senate conferees were successful in convincing Representatives to approve an excise tax of 30 cents per cigarette, as the administration had requested. 

Sermon: Rule based on love & service

In order for American Samoa and the world to care for God’s creation and leave it intact for future generations, leaders must base their pule or rule on love and service to others. 

Suigaula o le Atuvasa is the place to be

Governor Lolo Moliga and Samoa’s Deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo will open Flag Day festivities and the 2 Samoa Trade Fair at the Suigaula o le Atuvasa, Utulei Beach. 

Man dies from fatal assault in Futiga

A man who was assaulted in Futiga last Thursday morning in what has been described as a land related dispute died at the LBJ Hospital Saturday.  

Alliance regains tax exempt status

The Internal Revenue Service has reinstated the 501 (c) 3 tax exempt status for the non-profit group Alliance for Strengthening Families. 

DOL identifies common problems

Improper deductions and the payment of employees based on scheduled hours and not their actual hours worked are two of the main issues repeatedly raised by employees with the US Department of Labor. 

American Samoa hosts major Trade Fair

More than 80 businesses from American Samoa and Samoa will take part in the 2 Samoa Trade Fair that opens next week Monday in the territory. 

Senate moves slowly on OMV & clearance fee

The Senate is not moving as quickly as the House would like on legislation that Representatives have already approved. 

ASG cleans up & decorates for Flag Day

Most of the ASG workforce were out on the streets this morning picking up trash and decorating the roadside for the Flag Day celebrations. 

Governor comments on removal of PC Satele

Governor Lolo Moliga says he understands and respects the Senate’s feelings regarding his decision to end the services of Paramount Chief Satele Galu Satele as Secretary of Samoan Affairs.    

No work for StarKist Samoa next week

StarKist Samoa will shutdown for scheduled maintenance beginning tomorrow up to April 19.   

Court reviews woman's motion to reduce bail

The High Court has taken under advisement a request from a woman accused of having sex with a minor to reduce her bail from $20,000 to $10,000. 

Five SSBCI applications ready for review

Five applications are ready for review and  Director of Commerce believes the local State Small Business Credit Initiative Office can meet the deadline of expending the first portion of SSBCI funding from the U.S. Treasury. 

Sen. Magalei says hotel tax is unfair

Tuala uta Senator Magalei Logovii says he voted no on the bill to establish a 5% hotel room tax because he doesn’t think it’s a fair tax.  

Bluesky donates $15,000 for Flag Day 7s

Bluesky Communications is again supporting the Flag Day Rugby Sevens Tournament this year. 

MV Sili out of commission for hull repairs

The MV Sili will be out of commission because it needs repairs. 

New ANZ Branch ATMs online soon

ANZ Bank has started site preparation work for installation of new Automated Teller Machines or ATMs.   

New DOL investigator arrives

Emily Mills of Michigan is the new investigator for the US Department of Labor Wage and Hour to be based in American Samoa. 

PK Petelo believes in power of women

A 13-year-old Pago Pago Elementary student promoted at the History Day this week her belief that women can be effective rulers just like men. 

Drug defendants get 20 month sentences

Two men convicted of unlawful possession of a controlled substance have each been ordered to serve 20 months in jail, however one will get out soon while the other will be in jail for the next couple of months. 

Bluesky sponsor 2Samoas Trade Fair

Bluesky Communications donated yesterday $10,000 and telecommunications services to help ensure the success of the 2Samoas Trade Fair that will be held next week.


Removal of PC Satele concerns Senate

Senators have expressed concern about the removal of Paramount Chief Satele Galu Satele as Secretary of Samoan Affairs.  

House approves $20 fee, Senate passes hotel tax

It’s now up to the Senate whether travelers leaving the airport and port for foreign countries will pay a $20 clearance fee.   

Warm welcome for Don Bosco

Local residents cheering on as Don Bosco students carry their fautasi, the Don Bosco 200, off the Lady Naomi this morning. 

Report shows higher density population for islands

A new report regarding population trends shows U.S. Insular Areas show higher population density levels than the U.S. mainland. 

19-year-old found with marijuana on Sili released from jail

A former college student was released from jail today after serving three months in jail for possessing marijuana. 

Only some fees waived for Samoa group

ASG has waived some of the fees for the contingent from Samoa who will be here for the 2 Samoa Trade Fair during Flag Day week. 

AG answers questions about payouts

While the Attorney General didn’t share with the Senate Government Operations Committee his legal opinion on the payouts for members of the former administration, he did answer members’ questions.

ASG rejects subsidy for Polynesian

Port Director Taimalelagi Dr Claire Poumele is scheduled to meet with the CEO of Polynesian Airlines to discuss whether the Samoa carrier can make regular flights to Ofu, Manu’a. 

House amends bill for $20 clearance fee

The House of Representatives has amended the administration bill to impose a 420 clearance fee for travelers to foreign countries leaving Pago Pago International Airport and the port.   

AG declines to release opinion on payments

Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale declined to release a legal opinion he gave to the governor regarding final payouts issued to leaders and officials of the previous administration. 

Rep. Maugaoalii nominated for ASEDA Board

Fagatogo Representative Maugaoalii Sipa Anoai has been nominated as the House representative on the American Samoa Development Authority Board of Directors.   

"Kavagram" spreads Polynesian artwork

A son of American Samoa has developed a phone app known as “Kavagram” which allows users to decorate their pictures with Polynesian artwork. 

Woman who stole check released from jail

A former secretary for Lupelele Elementary was released from jail today after spending three months behind bars for endorsing and cashing a check belonging to a teacher. 

American Samoa at the table for treaty talks

American Samoa was part of the US delegation to a renegotiation session for the South Pacific Tuna Treaty between the United States government and Forum Fisheries Agency member countries.   

Man fined $1,000 and must pay $800 restitution

A 63-year-old man who hit another man with his vehicle during a land dispute was ordered by the High Court today to apologize to the victim and the land surveyor whose equipment he also damaged. 

Governor comments on $20 clearance fee

Governor Lolo Moliga says he knew that the Federal Aviation Administration will object to the $20 clearance fee he’s proposing for travelers leaving the airport and port for foreign countries.  

Students show indepth knowledge of subjects

Officials of the Amerika Samoa Humanities Council are impressed with the number of entries and the variety of projects students are displaying at this week’s History Day. 

Catholic Education Summit Friday & Saturday

The Catholic Diocese of Samoa Pago-Pago is holding for the first time an Education Summit. 

Many donors for Pago Pago Youth Center

The Pago Pago Youth Center has gotten the backing of some generous donors who will help improve the facility for the territory’s youth. 

ASG hasnt paid subsidy to LBJ in four months

ASG has not paid its subsidy to the LBJ Hospital for four months and is also behind on remitting the 2% wage tax for the hospital.  

Congresswoman welcomes union settlement

Congresswoman Aumua Amata is pleased with the tentative agreement reached between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). 

House approves TPC members

The House of Representatives has rejected a Senate bill which would have removed the age limit of 70 for those who can serve as temporary associate judges. 

ASCC hosts SIT students

The American Samoa Community College hosted last month 11 students from the School of International Training (SIT) Study Abroad Program. 

Port Director: federal law supercedes local law

Port Director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele says if a bill to charge a $20 clearance fee for passengers heading to foreign countries from Pago Pago International Airport and the port is passed as is, she believes funding from the Federal Aviation Administration will be affected.

House approves bill to hike business license fees

The House of Representatives approved by unanimous vote in final reading this morning the Senate version of the administration bill to raise business licensing fees.   

Residents receive wheelchairs, walkers, canes etc.

Residents with mobility problems got some help today today thanks to the American Wheelchair Mission and the American Samoa Project Saolotoga. 

Phone thief pleads guilty

A man who was scheduled to face a jury trial yesterday in High Court on two separate criminal cases opted to take a plea deal from the government. 

Auto shop owner gives his side of bus saga

One of the auto shop owners given school buses to repair has spoken up about why he decided to return the buses to the Department of Education. 

Eradication of COTs making an impact

A team from the Papahanaumokuakea National Marine Monument has been on island for the past two weeks killing crown of thorns or alamea by injecting them with poison.


Drive by shooting cases now in High Court

The government’s cases against three of the four men charged in connection with the shooting of the Leone police substation were bound over today to the High Court. 

Sen. Galea'i persists on payout trail

Senator Galea’i Tu’ufuli is unrelenting about the payouts for elected officials, directors and appointed employees in the last administration.

Students compete in history projects

More than 300 elementary students from private and public schools presented History Day projects at the Lee Auditorium about important people and events throughout history which helped shaped policies in American Samoa and the world. 

ASPA seeks exemption from USEPA

The American Samoa Power Authority is seeking an exemption from the US Environmental Protection Agency for its waste to energy project at Futiga.  

Afternoon quake rattles territory

An earthquake rattled the territory around two this afternoon.  

PC Satele removed as Sec. of Samoan Affairs

Governor Lolo Moliga has removed Paramount Chief Satele Galu Satele as Secretary of Samoan Affairs.

AG says $20 clearance fee within the boundaries

The administration is hoping the federal government will make an exception for American Samoa so it can charge a $20 clearance fee for travelers departing for foreign countries from Pago Pago International Airport and the port. 

ASG will distribute vouchers for Flag Day

The government will again be distributing food vouchers to residents who come out to watch the Flag Day celebrations at the Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, April 17. 

Woman charged with assault & PPD

A woman was charged today with third-degree assault and public peace disturbance after she allegedly went to another woman’s house and attempted to assault the woman. 

Polynesian to resume direct flights to NZ

The Samoa Government has approved the resumption of direct flights from Apia to New Zealand by its national carrier Polynesian Airlines. 

Supply shortage, dirty bed sheets and unclean hospital

Reports of hospital employees reusing supplies, patients using dirty sheets and the overall cleanliness of the hospital were some of the issues House members raised with officials of LBJ hospital during a hearing on Thursday. 

DOI grant will not pay labor for school bus repairs

The head of DOE’s Transportation Divison which oversees school buses believes that rather than outsource maintenance of school buses to the private sector DOE should hire certified mechanics to do the job in house.  

Congresswoman happy with "Doc Fix" bill

Congresswoman Aumua Amata is pleased with the  recent passage of the bill commonly known as the “Doc Fix”. 

House approves tax of 25 cent per cigarette

The House of Representatives approved in 3rd reading by a 16-0 vote Thursday the bill to increase the excise tax on cigarettes.  

Cases of drive by shooting defendants re-filed

Not long after District Court Judge Elvis Patea dismissed the criminal cases against two of the men implicated in the shooting of the Leone police substation last Thursday, the Attorney General’s Office re-filed its case against the men. 

Leone wins 2015 High School Speech Festival

Let’s hear it for Leone High School.  The Home of the Lions was the overall winner in the 2015 High School Festival held today. 

$20 clearance fee is prohibited by federal law

 The administration’s move to impose a fee on travelers from Pago Pago International Airport does not comply with federal law.  

Senators Magalei and Soliai unhappy with Galea'i

Two senators who were also directors in the last administration are upset with the chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee writing to the governor regarding payouts issued to directors and appointed employees. 

Defendants in drive by shooting released

Two of the men allegedly involved in the shooting of the Leone police substation were released from jail today because the government failed to have probable cause hearings in their cases in a timely manner.  

Polynesia docks, customs at work on Good Friday

With the Polynesia vessel in port, the Customs Division will be working on the Good Friday holiday tomorrow to clear containers so that long awaited goods are available in local stores as soon as possible.    

ASG owes ASPA close to $10 million

ASG's debt with the American Samoa Power Authority is $9.9 million which includes electricity, water, waste water and solid waste bills and special projects like the territorial clean up.  

Batch #3 of tax refund checks released

Another batch of tax refund checks was released beginning at 10 this morning, just in time for the long Easter weekend. Batch #3 is for taxpayers that filed as of February 3, 2015. 

New MAP hikes gasoline prices by 6 cents per gal

Gasoline prices will see an increase of 6 cents per gallon under the latest wholesale price chart that goes into effective today. 

Lolo: We need to boost financial capacity

The territory cannot depend any longer on the annual allocations from the federal government to carry out major infrastructure needs and provide public services.  

All the world's a stage

Close to 400 students from 8 high schools will take to the  stage today for the 27th Annual Department of Education Speech Festival. 

Funding for eastside road questioned

Questions have been asked regarding the source of funding for road repairs from  the Visa to Fagaitua which got underway two weeks ago. 

No double use of SSN for tax filing

The Tax Office continues to be plagued with cases of taxpayer's double claiming dependents.  

Easter Message from Governor Lolo

With Good Friday and Easter Sunday upon us, Governor Lolo is urging residents to seek out their own personal Galilee or beginning and to remember the territory’s motto, “Samoa muamua le Atua” or "Samoa, God is First." 

ASG payroll almost $8 million per month

There are 4,665 people now employed by the American Samoa Government and every two weeks, ASG spends close to $4 million on  payroll. 

Faalavelave & church donations part of survey

The success of the 2015 Household  Income and expenditure Survey is dependent on the accuracy of the information provided.  

What's planned for 2015 Flag Day

The Kapolei High School Swing Choir will be singing the hymns for the church service that will open activities for this year’s Flag Day celebrations on Sunday, April 12. 

House amends duty on cigarettes

House members agreed yesterday to lower the excise tax on cigarettes to 25 cents instead of the 30 cents that’s proposed in the bill from the administration. 

Congresswoman here for 3 weeks

Congresswoman Aumua Amata arrived Monday night to begin a three week congressional district work period.


Defendant charged in 2012 burglary

Freddie Viliamu or Freddie Fa’aoso William was arraigned yesterday in High Court on two separate criminal cases from 2012. 

DOE looks to Territorial PTA for help

An area that the director of Education hopes the newly-established Territorial Parent Teacher Association will help resolve is student behavioral problems that result in fighting, vandalism, bullying and disrupting class. 

Senate and House increase business & OMV fees

Revenue generating bills are getting priority on the Fono’s calendar with just over a week left in the current legislative session.   

DOH cracks down on street food sellers

Heath inspectors have beefed up their late hour enforcements after seeing a spike in the number of cases where people are selling cooked foods not only on the roadside and in front of stores but also door to door. 

Income & Expenditure Survey begins

Households selected for the 2015 Household Income and expenditure survey will be asked to keep a diary of what they buy, contribute to faalavelave and churches and other spending. 

Senators reduce fee hikes for business licenses

The bill to increase business license fees cleared the Senate in second reading yesterday but senators have reduced the original fees that the administration proposed.    

New superintendent for AS National Park

A new superintendent has been named for the National Park of American Samoa. 

Governor says Fono shouldn't pass the buck

Governor Lolo Moliga says the Fono should not pass the buck but use its authority to deal with the payouts to former administration officials.   

Territorial PTA elects officers

Representatives of Parent Teachers Associations of public schools today elected executive officers for its first Territorial-wide PTA that serve as advisory group to the Department of Education. 

House lowers proposed OMV fee hikes

The House of Representatives has made amendments and passed in second reading a bill to increase nearly all of the fees and charges now being paid by the public at the Office of Motor Vehicles.  

Mosegi Solia Jr, faces new drug charges

Mosegi Solia Jr., was charged today in District Court with possessing methamphetamine which was allegedly found in his belongings when police arrested him in connection with the shooting of Leone police substation. 

Veterans of Foreign Wars explain benefits

A team from the national Veterans of Foreign Wars organization is on island this week to conducting training and inspection of the local VFW operation. 

School repair fund used to pay salaries

The government is breaking the law by using the school maintenance fund to pay employees and buy vehicles.

2Samoas Trade Fair set for Flag Day Week

More than 50 businesses from American Samoa and Samoa will be participating in the 2Samoas Trade Fair and Fashion Show that will be held here during the week of Flag Day. 

Senate still worried about pesticides

The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee says senators and farmers are beginning to doubt whether there are any problems with local vegetables especially since there is no machine to test for pesticide residues on locally grown vegetables and crops.

Former faipule is coordinator to Fisheries Task Force

Former Pago Pago faipule Vaamua Henry Sesepasara is now a coordinator of the Fisheries Task Force that Governor Lolo appointed in January to come up with recommendations to protect and sustain the competitive advantage of the two canneries and ensure their continued viability.

Rep. Matagi David Sialega Mauga takes oath

The seat for District #6 in the House of Representatives was occupied today.  

Rep. Talaimatai nominated for DBAS Board

Representative Talaimatai Elisara Su’a has been named by the Speaker as the House Representative on the Development Bank Board of Directors.


DOH clears re-opening of Happy Mart bakery

The Department of Health has given Happy Mart in Nuuuli the all clear to re-open its fast food and bakery. 

ASG given more time to respond to FAA land audit

The Federal Aviation Administration has given the American Samoa Government additional time to respond to its audit of airport land that was released earlier this year. 

Mixed reaction to hike in business license fees

An administration bill that would significantly raise business license fees has received mixed reaction from senators. 

STP still not at full throttle

Full production for Samoa Tuna Processors which officially opened earlier this year will be ramping up soon now that most the cannery’s equipment is here.

HR Director's comments disappoint chairman

The chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Senator Laolagi Vaeao is not pleased with comments by the Director of Human Resources Sonny Thompson.   

There will be only one fautasi race

Fautasi captains and representatives of villages with long boats have spoken.   

Galea'i presses Governor to recoup payouts

Senator Galea’i Tu’ufuli has advised the administration to recover funds that were illegally paid out to officials of the former administration. 

Juice bars are catching on

The owner of “Herb n’Juice” says juice bars are getting more and more popular on island as residents realize the importance of healthy eating and exercising.


Eight graduate in Grace Home Care training

Eight individuals received certificates last week after completing training as a homecare giver under the Grace Home Care Program. 

Man charged in 2012 sale of stolen Ipads

One of the men who allegedly sold two iMac computers that were stolen from Leone High School several years ago is scheduled to be arraigned in High Court tomorrow. 

House passes 5% hotel tax bill

It didn't take long for the  House of Representatives to approve the administration’s move to establish a hotel occupancy tax of 5%.   

ASEDA faces tough questions for bond rating

Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority Utu Abe Malae gave cabinet members last week a glimpse into preparations by the American Samoa Economic Development Authority for their planned meeting with bond rating companies next month.

Chef Oliver praises SLP cooks & management

Celebrity chef Robert Oliver has praised the commitment of the School Lunch Program cooks and management to providing good nutrition for the children of American Samoa.   

Senators disappointed with "no show"

Senators expressed disappointment Friday at having to cancel a hearing with Human Resources Director Sonny Thompson because the director had other commitments. 

Tremors felt here last night

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake was felt  in the territory around 9 last night.

Governor proposes new $20 "clearance fee"

Passengers departing from Pago Pago International Airport and the port for international destinations will be paying a $20 “clearance fee” if the Fono gives the green light to a proposal by the Lolo Lemanu Administration.    

Bumble Bee plant in Samoa pushed back

It’ll take a year or two years before Bumble Bee’s plans to set up a plant in Samoa are realized. 

ASVOAD still accepting donations for Vanuatu

The American Samoa Voluntary Organization Acting in Disaster’s radiothon for the victims of Cylcone Pam in Vanuatu collected close to $4,000.  

1602 project owner to enter guilty plea

Faamaoni John Utu who is accused of knowingly converting Section 1602 low income housing grants administered by the US Treasury for his personal use is set to enter a guilty plea.

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. 

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.