What's Happening

Loss of purse seiners will be catastrophic

The Chairman of the Governor’s Fisheries Task Force, Solip Hong, says there will be catastrophic effects for the territory’s economy if the current fleet of US purse seiners pack up due to loss of fishing grounds in near waters. 

SYEP participants await word on paychecks

The Department of Human Resources which administers the Summer Youth Employment Program says it is doing its best to have paychecks for participants issued on Friday. 

Am Samoa Chamber newest member of PIPSO

The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce has been accepted as the newest member of the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization or PIPSO.

Lauren Meredith wins bronze medal in shot put

The first of our special athletes to win a medal at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles is Lauren Meredith.  

Sports Commissioner sees potential in gymnastics

Sports Commissioner for the Department of Youth and Women Affairs Ethan Lake says one only has to look at the example of the greatest diver of all times, Greg Louganis, to see what can be achieved through gymnastics. 

ASG spent $6.4 million more than what it earned in FY2014

ASG spent $6.4 million more than what it earned in revenues, grants and other monies for Fiscal Year 2014. 

CNR works with local farmers on taro breeding

Scientists still cannot explain the 1993 arrival in these islands of the taro leaf blight, a leaf disease caused by a fungus, but once here, it quickly spread by wind and rain to all of American Samoa and Samoa. 

Gymnastics not tailored for specific body or age group

A visiting gymnastics trainer believes there’s potential for the sport to take root in the territory.

ASG records deficit of $13.1 million in FY2014

The American Samoa Government recorded a deficit of $13.1 million for Fiscal Year 2014

PM asks Airlines PNG to fly to Samoa

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has invited the Airlines PNG Limited to land their planes at Faleolo Airport connecting Samoa to Los Angeles and Hong Kong.   

Assault during Leone clean up

The clean up by Leone village a week ago resulted in the assault of a Leone matai with a cane and machete.

StarKist awards four scholarships

Four students were awarded $20,000 four year scholarships by StarKist Samoa today to help with their college education.    


Retirement Fund Board reiterates decision on Luatua

The Board of Trustees for the American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund expects that Director of the Retirement Fund Luatua Filisouaiga Taafua will follow the board’s directive that he take leave with pay for 30 days.

ANZ customers upset with new fees

There’s angry reaction from customers of ANZ Guam bank regarding new fees that the bank implemented Monday of last week. 

USDOE awards $2.3 million for Head Start

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has awarded a $2.3 million grant for American Samoa's Head Start Program.

Our Special Olympians are holding their own

 Some results from the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles.


Mayor of Burnsville City presents key to her city

The mayor of Burnsville City in Minnesota, Leloaloa native  Elizabeth Malae Langkilde Kautz, paid a courtesy visit to Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga this morning. 

USDA reconsiders removing local preference for SLP

The grantor fort he School Lunch Program, the United States Department of Agriculture appears to be changing its mind about doing away with the local preference for vendors who supply produce for the School Lunch Program.

You can buy ASPA cash power online

The American Samoa Power Authority is promoting a new service. 

Court ponders motion to dismiss in assault case

The government has filed an amended motion to dismiss criminal charges against a man for assaulting his girlfriend two years ago.  

Wanda Miles encourages women to run for office

Old age has triggered a yearning in a woman who was adopted by an American couple and lived away nearly all of her life to return to see where her life began. 

Rotarians induct officers, recognize outstanding leaders

The Rotary Club of Pago Pago inducted new officers at a dinner at Sadie Thompon Inn on Saturday at which outstanding Rotarians were also recognized. 

Explosive load out at main dock

This morning an explosive load out operation took place at the main dock in Fagatogo during the unloading of a container of explosives intended for construction work. 

ANZ Guam Inc. disputes court's findings

ANZ Guam Bank’s motion for reconsideration and or a new trial contends that the Trial Court’s  opinion and order of July 13 which found in favor of the defendants Pago Pago Village Council and individual chiefs of the village, contained errors of law and fact. 

The bank disputes nearly all of the court’s findings and we highlight only some. 


How much trash is too much?

About 117.64 tons of solid waste was collected during the two day clean up of Tuala-tai and Tuala-uta districts in response to the dengue fever outbreak.

Judges receive legal training at UH law school

Four local judges attended an intensive week of legal training about consituttional law at the William S. Richardson School of Law m University of Hawaii last week.

US House approves bill to stop illegal fishing

The U-S House has passed major legislation to crack down on illegal fishing.   

Increase in dengue numbers not cause for alarm

The number of suspected dengue fever cases surpassed 150 as of last Wednesday and health authorities are anticipating that the numbers will continue to increase with increased public awareness about the illness and people heeding advice to seek treatment early if they suspect they have dengue.

Sea side villages concerned about high surf

Villages on the eastern and western side of the island situated right along the coast have been experiencing unusually high wave action.  

Retirement Fund Director snubs board

The Board of Trustees of the ASG Employees Retirement Fund  is meeting tomorrow to discuss its next course of action concerning Director Luatua Filisouaiga Taafua.

Great start to Special Olympics World Games

Team American Samoa to the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles is getting off to a good start.  

AG's Office has plans to issue 12 month CIs

The six month Certificates of Identity issued by the Attorney General‘s Office have created problems for travelers from American Samoa in some countries.  

ANZ Guam Bank files motion for new trial

ANZ Guam Inc. has filed a motion for a new trial and reconsideration of the High Court ruling of July 13 which found in favor of the Pago Pago Village Council and chiefs of the village who guaranteed repayment of a loan that the council made from ANZ. 

Bid opening for Samoana building extended one week

The bid opening for construction of Samoana High School’s new school building did not take place Wednesday as scheduled. 
Photos: NMAS

NMAS Youth Summit set for next Friday

The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa will host its Youth Ocean Summit next  Friday capping off the 3 week long Ocean Science Ocean Swimming and Ocean Star Summer Youth programs. 

Let the Special Olympic Games begin!

After four days of fun and festive activities with host town Oxnard, California, the American Samoa athletes are ready to compete at the Special Olympics LA World Games 2015. 

ASPA looks for land for solar farm

If you have land to spare the American Samoa Power Authority wants to hear from you.   

Telecom Cook Islands rebrands as BlueSky Cook Islands

Bluesky Cook Islands was launched this week in Rarotonga when Telecom Cook Islands rebranded with the BlueSky name.

Acting Governor orders lowering of flags

Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga yesterday ordered the lowering of flags in the territory to honor the victims of last week's shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  

Amata chairs first congressional hearing

Freshman Aumua Amata Radewagen has served barely 7-months in Congress…but last Thursday, American Samoa’s first woman delegate to the US House took the gavel at a hearing of the Small Business Subcommittee on Health & Technology.

Director of Retirement Fund placed on 30-day admin leave

The Director of the American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund Luatua Filisouaiga Taafua is being placed on 30-day administrative leave. ​

Company president praises fire fighters

The President of GHC Reid Co. Olivia Reid-Gillet says the fire which destroyed the old Daewoosa Samoa dormitories yesterday was unfortunate but their company is thankful that no one was hurt. 

Sterling Fuga laid to rest

Sterling Mane Fuga, aka superman, aks Batman, aka "e iai sou tala?" of Leone was laid to rest yesterday.  

Man held without bail on sex and weapons charges

A 56-year-old man faces multiple sex charges involving a five year old girl. 

President orders lowering of flags for Chattanooga victims

A presidential proclamation issued Tuesday orders that flags of the United States be flown at half staff across the nation and territories and all US embassies, vessels and other installations in honor of service members killed last week in a shooting at two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Court denies motion to suppress in case of Aute Bar owner

The High Court has denied a motion by Tumuatasi Lefatia, one of the defendants charged as a result of a police raid of the Le Aute Bar in March, to suppress evidence that were seized from her home. 

Half of ASG workforce in village clean up

Refrigerators, washing machines and dryers, toilet seats, tires of all sizes, roofing iron and containers and bottles made up the bulk of trash collected today from Tuala- tai and Tuala-uta. 

Fisheries Task Force needs support for petition

The American Samoa Fisheries Task Force is urging support for a petition that’s been filed with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to exempt US  purse seines that deliver at least 50% of their catch to the American Samoa canneries, from the limits on high seas fishing effort for 2015.

Senator queries status of new Samoana Building

Yesterday was the bid opening for construction of the new school building for Samoana High School to replace the History Building that was condemned last summer.

Man charged in assault using machete

A man is being held on bail of $50,000 for allegedly assaulting another man with a machete.   

ASPA issues RFP for electric rate study

The American Samoa Power Authority has issued a Request for Proposals from qualified firms to conduct an electric rate study.

Tips on how to stop spread of dengue in homes

The village clean up by the Office of Samoan Affairs and the island Wide Clean Up Committee to stop the spread of dengue fever starts today in the Tuala-tai and Tuala-uta districts 
Photos: John Raynar

Old Daewoosa Samoa dorms burn to the ground

A fire broke out at the old Daewoosa Samoa dormitories at the Industrial park in Tafuna this afternoon.  

Retirement Fund Board asks Director/Ceo to resign

The Department of Public Safety has initiated an investigation into allegations of misappropriation and misuse of funds  by the ASG Employees Retirement Fund and Office. 

Lawmaker thankful for communications meeting

A two day meeting to gather input from emergency responders in the government,private sector and the community for American Samoa’s Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan ended today.

Almost 200 employees of DOH told they may lose jobs

Almost 200 employees of the Department of Health who were hired on federal grants were told yesterday of the possibility that they will lose their jobs by the end of next month.

Village clean up begins in Tuala-tai and Tuala-uta

The campaign against dengue fever will see government agencies out in the villages tomorrow and Friday to clean up and get rid of containers in which mosquitoes breed and multiply.

Court grants motion to dismiss in burglary & assault case

The High Court yesterday granted a motion by the government to dismiss the case of a man accused of breaking into the home of his estranged wife and beating her.

Jean P. Haydon Museum reopens

The Environmental Health Division of Public Health lifted the closure notice for the Jean P. Haydon Museum last Monday.

Moody's gives Am Samoa bonds a Ba3 rating

Moody’s Investors Service has assigned an initial Ba3 rating to general revenue and refunding bonds to be issued through the American Samoa Economic Development Authority.

VA Committee hearing looks into budget shortfall

American Samoa’s congresswoman says it’s unacceptable that the Veterans Administration is seeking additional funding from Congress halfway through the year. 

Stakeholders review and make input on emergency communications

Communications is very important before, during and after a disaster.  

Leone Village begins monthly clean up

Last Saturday, Leone conducted the first of what will be a monthly clean up for the whole village. 

ASPA hopes to remove Boil Water Notice next year

The American Samoa Power Authority‘s target date to completely lift the Boil Water Notice for villages from Iliili to Pago Pago is December 2016. 

CDC: take precautions, dengue is serious

The team from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta now in the territory to help local authorities contain the spread of dengue say everyone should take precautions as dengue is a very serious disease.  

Case of TSA employee now in High Court

US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee Cindy Mailo yesterday waived her rights to a preliminary examination in District Court and her case has been bound over to the High Court. 

DPS investigates possible child trafficking

Commissioner of Public Safety Save Liuato Tuitele has confirmed that the Criminal Investigations Division is looking into what appears to be child trafficking and exploitation involving a church denomination.  

Nominations being forwarded to the Fono

Nominations of a director and a new member of the Hospital Authority Board will be forwarded to the Fono for confirmation by the time lawmakers are back in session in the first week of August. 

Governor travels off-island

Governor Lolo Moliga left the territory last night for two weeks.  

CDC team praises concerted response to dengue

A three member epidemiology team from the Centers for Disease Control  got down to work today to get an overall picture of the dengue fever outbreak. 
Photo: Talamua Media

US Army retiree charged in Samoa

In Samoa, a US Army retiree, Mr. Mualia Salamo, has pleaded not guilty to 5 charges relating to possession of drugs and illegal weapons.

Village mayor fined $1,000

The court today sentenced the mayor of Fagatogo village Petelo Lefeau to 18 months probation and fined him $1,000 after he pleaded guilty to a charge of public peace disturbance, a class A misdemeanor.  

Dialysis Unit resumes treatment after brief suspension

Good news for dialysis patients,  A container of bicarbonate solution which arrived by freighter yesterday is not affected by the latest recall by manufacturer Fresinius, therefore the treatment of dialysis patients resumed this afternoon. 
Photos: Solomona Aoelua

Samoan missionaries in PNG leave lasting legacy

During their trip to Papua New Guinea for the Pacific Games,  local leaders were able to visit a part of Papua New Guinea where the influence of Samoan missionaries of the early London Missionary Society are still felt today.

Top Samoan comedian here for benefit show

Few can argue that Taavaomaalii Petelo is in a league of his own when it comes to Samoan comedy or faleaitu.

Lawmaker disputes Nu'uuli involvement in rugby brawl

Nu’uuli Representative Manumaua Wayne Wilson disputes reports that spectators from Nu’uuli were involved in the fight that took place during the rugby shield match between Pago Pago and Fagatogo on Saturday.

LFO report says revenues fall short by over $10 million

A report by the Legislative financial Office on revenue collection for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2015 shows that actual revenues collected fell short of budgeted amounts by over $10 million.   

Concerns raised about dengue in schools

The Department of Health has assured that clean up of schools in areas where the dengue fever outbreak is concentrated will be carried out before students return to class.

Plaintiffs file for full court to review citizenship case

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit for automatic US citizenship have now filed for the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review a June decision that constitutional citizenship by birth on U.S. soil does not apply in U.S. territories.  

Cop arrested for PPD at home

A police officer was arrested and charged with public peace disturbance over the weekend. 

'Serious dengue cases waiting too late'

The Department of Health media campaign on dengue fever will  begin focusing on the different stages of dengue fever. 

New batch of tax refund checks released

As July draws to a close, the waiting is over for some who have been waiting for tax refund checks.  

Court denies release of drug defendant pending sentencing

The High Court Friday denied a motion by a man facing drug and assault charges to be released from jail. 

Another recall of solution used in dialysis treatment

Another recall of bicabornate solution used in the dialysis process  has forced the suspension of dialysis treatment at LBJ hospital effective this evening.  

Fight breaks out during rugby shield match

A fight broke out during the shield rugby match at the Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Report: Raising minimum wage would cost more than $11 million

Raising the local minimum wage by 50 cents when the current moratorium expires at the end of September would cost more than $11 million.

ASPA Board told not to hike fees without consulting Fono

A month after the American Samoa Power Authority implemented a hike in waste water and solid waste fees, Senate President Gaoteote Palaie has advised the ASPA board not to  make any decisions to raise utility rates until they have consulted with Fono leaders.

Team American Samoa wins 8 medals at Pacific Games

The remaining members of Team American Samoa to the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea who are not yet home, are scheduled to arrive today.  

Call for unified effort to stop spread of dengue fever

A concerted effort involving multi government departments, and the community is being mounted to respond to the dengue outbreak  

Special Olympians leave tonight for World Games

American Samoa’s team to the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles leaves the territory tonight. 

New citizens group, "Do the Right Thing"

A citizens group calling themselves, "Fai mea Sa’o" or "Do the Right Thing," plans to circulate a petition for the dismissal of the US citizenship lawsuit and to get the Navy Federal Credit Union to set up in the territory, 
Photo: Games NEws Service

PNG dazzles with star studded closing

 With fireworks, music, grass skirts and a sample of the Pacific’s rich and diverse culture, Port Moresby said a fond goodbye the 2015 Pacific Games in Saturday night’s closing ceremony at BSP Stadium. 

Women's indoor volleyball team wins gold

American Samoa bagged women’s volleyball gold and Wallis and Futuna took the men’s title as sport at the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games drew to a close at the BSP Arena on Saturday. 

Gold winners head home after game

The American Samoan pair of Rachelle Suaava and Litara Sisitina beat Vanuatu’s Loti Joe and Leeslyn Ler in three sets to take women’s beach volleyball gold. 

Community urged to help stop spread of dengue

Early detection of dengue fever can help prevent a person from developing the severe stages of the disease,  says epidemiologist for the Department of Health, Scott Anesi.


Amata gives input on use of unmanned aircraft

Earlier this week, the House Committee on Small Business (HCSB) held a hearing to examine how small businesses will use unmanned aircraft for commercial activities in the United States.

Tausani Airlines conducts fourth medivac

Tausani Airlines today operated its fourth medivac to Manu’a since it got the Segaula aircraft flying again last month.

Drilling set to start next month for geothermal power

Drilling is scheduled to start next month at three sites identified as potential spots for geothermal  power.   

Womens beach volleyball team captures gold

Add a second gold to our medal tally at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea . 

Up close with gold winning body builder Ursula Te'o Martin

American Samoa ‘s gold winning bodybuilder Ursula Te’o Martin  returned from he Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea yesterday and she’s leaving again tonight for a states side body building competition. 

Tupulaga keeps Pacific song and dance alive

Tupulaga, a dance troupe from Carson California, will take to the stage tonight at the Lee Auditorium for a sold out performance scheduled for 7pm.

Taxi driver sentenced to 28 months in prison

A taxi driver who was convicted of false imprisonment, stealing and third degree assault has been sentenced to 28 months in prison.

Four confirmed dengue deaths

The number of confirmed dengue deaths has gone up to four. 

Our women going for gold in PNG

Our womens volleyball team has won its semi final game against Papua New guinea and they face Tahiti in the gold medal match today.  

Speaker asks if ASPA will reduce workforce

Lawmakers attending a presentation by the American Samoa Power Authority board for Governor Lolo and his staff, Fono leaders and lawmakers on Wednesday asked about any plans by the authority to reduce personnel. 

Datamatics awaits legal review by customers

Datamatics, the company from India hoping to begin Business processing  operations in the territory, is presently awaiting a legal review of some of the business activities the company wants to carry out here, before it signs off  on an agreement.

LBJ CEO says some doctors are taking advantage of situation

The CEO of LBJ Hospital Taufetee John Faumuina Jr. claims that some doctors are taking advantage of the lapse in recruitment of doctors.  

Waste to energy plant will extend life of Futiga landfill

The American Samoa Power Authority Board briefed Govenror Lolo Moliga and lawmakers yesterday on some of the renewable energy projects being developed that would help bring the costs of electricity down.  

Learning is fun at Enviro-Discovery Camp

It’s been a fun two days for 40 youngsters who slept at Suiga ula o le Atuvasa last night.  

Women's volleyball team wins semi-final game

From the Pacific Games our womens indoor volleyball team has defeated Papua New Guinea in the semi final round 3-1, . 

Chamber: best option is to continue moratorium on wages

The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce believes that the best option for American Samoa is to seek Congressional approval to continue the freeze on the minimum wage.  

Polynesian leaders to review airline links

Pacific island countries have strong airline links to metropolitan countries but air links among the various islands is almost non existent. 

Two airport projects in Manu'a dedicated today

Two new airport improvemernt projects at Fitiuta and Ofu airports will be dedicated on this Manu’a Day holiday.

Commissioner stresses passenger safety

Commissioner of Public Safety Save Liuato Tuitele has stressed passenger and road safety to school bus, aiga bus and taxi operators.

CDC team arrives next week to help with dengue outbreak

The US Centers for Disease Control  is sending a team to American Samoa to help with the dengue fever outbreak in the territory. 

LBJ has 60-70% of doctors needed

Assistant Chief Medical Officer Dr. Annie Fuavai said the current number of doctors at the LBJ Hospital is about 60 or 70 % of the number needed.  

Pacific Games Roundup for Tuesday

In indoor volleyball, our mens team won against Tuvalu 3-1; the scores were 24-14, 25-26 and 25-23. 

Retirement Board reportedly unhappy with Exec. Director

Executive Director of the American Samoa Government Employees Retirement Fund, Luatua Filisouaiga Ta'afua did not deny nor confirm reports that the Retirement Fund Board intends to remove him. 


More serious cases of dengue on the increase

The number of suspected dengue cases has reached 122 in the six weeks since dengue was first recorded here in the latest outbreak.

Lots revealed in no holds barred hearing

It was a no holds barred hearing when the Senate Hospital and Public Health Committee questioned officials of LBJ Hospital and the Health Department about the doctor shortage and the dengue fever epidemic.  

Four ASCC students begin biomedical studies

Four students at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) have successfully applied to participate in BUILD EXITO, a program launched by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to prepare college undergraduates for careers in the field of biomedical research.

Amata receives support for VA Accountability Act

The House Veterans Affairs Committee held a mark-up today on H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act.   

DOH uses tablets to kill mosquito eggs & larvae

In an effort to get rid of mosquitoes, teams from the Environmental Health Division of the Department of Health started going out to villages Tuesday placing tablets in ‘mosquito breeding places that are hard to get rid of.  

Ex- presidential advisor says same sex marriage decision applies here

A former Clinton Administration advisor on the territories says the recent Supreme Court decision that same sex marriage is constitutional, likely applies to the US islands.  

Speaker wants to deal with unexcused absences

House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale  made comments yesterday about representatives who are on island but don’t attend legislative sessions. 

Six new weather station machines installed on Tutuila

Six  new weather station machines are being installed around the island of Tutuila to collect important weather data that the National Weather Service provides to the public and also used for planning purposes.

Public Works drains Hope House lake

Residents and staff of Hope House and people living in the vicinity and using the road in front of the residence are thankful that the lake of stagnant water on that road has finally disappeared. 

Pacific Games Update, weightlifters show off medals

From the Pacific Games, our womens beach volleyball team shut out Fiji, 1-0 with scores of 21-16, and a tie at 21 all in the second set.

All but one member of Hospital Board off island

The only member of the Hospital Authority Board expected to front up at a hearing of the Senate Hospital and Health Committee tomorrow into the doctor situation and response to the dengue fever epidemic is Rep. Faimealelei Anthony Allen. 

Mrs Eseneiaso Liu "an illuminating example"

The Deputy Director of Human Resources Mrs Eseneiaso Ese Nafanua Liu was officially presented a Senate Concurrent Resolution honoring her for setting an "illuminating example against age discrimination" for employees in American Samoa.  

Assistant AG clarifies Immigration Group discussion

A story we aired yesterday about discussions in the Immigration Group on the Population Commission needs clarification.  

Pago Pago Village Council prevails in lawsuit

The Pago Pago Village Council and chiefs of the village who guaranteed a Council loan from ANZ Bank for the now destroyed Tautua Hall don’t have to pay back an unpaid loan balance of almost $400,000 plus interest.

'Defendant acted knowingly and willfully with intent to deprive US'

According to the factual proffer which formed the basis for the plea agreement in the federal case of John Faamaoni Utu, the defendant stole over $1,000 in federal funds for his own use, from the 1602 program. 

US House approves SBA loan bill

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill which would help veterans with loans from the US Small Business Administration. 

Weightlifting medalists return home from Pacific Games

American Samoa’s Weightlifting Team to the Pacific Games returned home safely yesterday afternoon.  

John Faamaoni Utu sentenced to 36 months probation

The federal court in Washington D.C. today sentenced Fa’amaoni ‘John’ Utu to 36 months probation.

2015 Ocean Star Program opens

Forty, 5th-8th grade students are learning about the 95% of the ocean floor that has yet to be discovered and creatures living down the twilight and the midnight zones as part of the Ocean Star Program which kicked off today at the Tauese P F Sunia Ocean Center.

House Speaker introduces 7% sales tax bill

House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale is proposing a sales tax of 7% on all retail goods and services sold or leased  to consumers . 

Sen Tuaolo: dont delay, people are dying

The newly sworn in Senator for Mauputasi Tuaolo Manaia Frueau put diplomacy aside and called a spade a spade in his first remarks on the Senate floor this morning. 

Migrants make up majority of population

A briefing paper by the Immigration Group of the  Population Commission identifies four key drivers impacting immigration in and out of the territory.

About 600 patients seen by Samoa USA Medical Mission

About 600 people were seen at last week’s Samoa USA Medical Mission with Men of Promise Ministry. 

Man warned to pay up or return to jail

Ronald Lauti Finau's still hasn't paid one cent of  a $553 restitution for items including a DVD player and perfume he stole from a home in 2014. 

Two people with dengue symptoms pass away

Two people who were admitted to the hospital with symptoms of dengue fever died yesterday but the exact cause of death will not be known until lab tests are completed. 

BlueSky's vision is to connect Samoans everywhere

Local phone company BlueSky’s entry into the New Zealand market helps extend the company’s footprint in the Pacific ​BlueSky will be launching in New Zealand the week of July 20th .    

Fono opens then takes a recess to await budget

The Fono returns to work this morning at the start of the second regular session of the 34th legislature but it will be in session for just three days then take a recess until the first week of August.

Fisheries Council reels students in to fisheries

It’s been an  exciting summer for 13 students picked for the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council's annual youth summer program. 
Photos Sharmain Mageo

Ursula Te'o Martin wins gold in body building

Amerika Samoa has been played and the American Samoa flag hoisted at the Pacific Games tonight.  
Photo: Malia Perelini

Womens volleyball team wins second game

Our girls volleyball  team defeated a powerful Tahitian team: 25-17, 25-18, 25-21.

Our womens basketball team wins silver medal

By Joel Fitzpatrick, Games News Service Fiji has claimed the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games women’s basketball gold medal, beating American Samoa 75-61 at the PNG Power Dome on Saturday. 

Donation for Vanuatu from 2Samoa Trade Fair

Funds raised at a fashion show to end the 2Samoa Trade Fair in April were handed over last week to the President of the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce  to help victims of Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. 

Internal Medicine Clinic down to two doctors

The Assistant Chief Medical Officer at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center Dr. Annie Fuavai says the doctor shortage in the Internal Medicine Clinic is only temporary 

BlueSky confident of support despite ASTCA's BLAST

The President of BlueSky Communications, Aoee Adolfo Montenegro says he’s confident that customers and the community will continue to support BlueSky after their competition, the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority, takes a leap forward under BLAST>

Women volleyballers down Fiji in first game

Volleyball competition started today and our women’s team was victorious in their first game against Fiji, winning three out of four sets. 

Workshop maps strategies to deal with population pressures

Director of Commerce Keniseli Lafaele was a bit disappointed that several key players from government agencies were unable to attend this year's Population Action Plan Workshop held today at the Lee Auditorium. 

Vet ID Bill goes to President for signing

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved last week, the Veterans Identification Card Act 2015 which will help minimize the threat of identity theft and make it easier for veterans to prove their military service. 

Positive feedback on Alataua District ASIA

Teachers, students and monitors in Alataua District are participating for the first time in the Department of Education’s Samoan language summer program, Aoga Samoa i Alalafaga (ASIA).    

Six dead turtles found in Bay Area in two weeks

The discovery of several dead turtles in the Bay Area is causing great concern to the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources.

BlueSky continues to expand, next stop NZ

BlueSky Communications turns sweet 16 today and the phone company not only had some good news to announce it also rolled out a phone that was developed specifically for BlueSky and the American Samoa market.  
Photo: Stallone Nua

Our girls are playing for gold today

American Samoa is in the gold medal playoff in womens basketball today.  

Territorial PTA to get PTAs involved in education

Strengthening the involvement of parents in their children’s education will be an issue that the Territorial Parents & Teachers Association plans to push to all the schools in the territory in Tutuila and Manu’a. 

Third confirmed dengue death, cases reach epidemic levels

A third person has been confirmed to have died from dengue fever with a fourth suspected dengue death at the LBJ Hospital this morning. 

Who will pay for removal of longliner?

Nearly two months on, the Seahawk # 68 longliner remains grounded on the reef just off Pago Pago International Airport amid speculation that its owners have declared bankruptcy leaving ASG to seek out who will pay for the costs of removing it from the reef. 

Court approves plea agreement for drug defendant

The High Court yesterday accepted a plea agreement in the case of Pio Atonio who's charged with two counts of possession of controlled substance. 

Eastside road repairs winding down

McConnell Dowelll expects to complete the 3R road project on the eastern side of the island by the end of this month.   
Photo: Games News Serviice

Softball team ready for action next week

Our girls softball team to the Pacific Games is getting media attention even before they set foot on the Diamond in Port Moresby.

Court denies Siaumau's motion for government to pay

The High Court has denied murder defendant Siaumau Siaumau’s motion for clarification to modify a prior order of the court and to continue his trial.   

Amata urges House to maintain funding for Am Samoa

  American Samoa’s freshman Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen made her maiden floor speech on the US House floor yesterday.

Catholic Bishop comments on same sex marriage

The leader of the Catholic Church in American Samoa has issued a statement on the issue of same sex marriage. 

AS defeats Tahiti in women's basketball

From the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea, our women's basketball team returned to the courts in winning fashion yesterday after a day of rest downing gold medal contender Tahiti.   

First two projects submitted for SSBCI

The first two projects that American Samoa has submitted to the US Treasury for funding under the State Small Business Credit Initiative are a hydroponics farm and a renewable energy project. 

Governor looks into doctor situation

Governor Lolo says he has made enquiries about the doctor situation at the LBJ Hospital and believes the hospital management has the situation under control.  

ASG awards 51 scholarships

The American Samoa Government through the Department of Education issued a total of 51 scholarships to high school and American Samoa Community College graduates in the new school year. 

Hawaiian Air has new local station manager

Hawaiian Air has a new Station Manager.   

SOFIA donates $2,000 to Dialysis Unit

The  Sosaiete O Fa’afafine i Amerika Samoa Sofia today made a donation of $2,000 to the Dialysis Unit of the LBJ Tropical Medical Center.

Museum remains closed after three weeks

It’s been three weeks since the Department of Health shut down the Jean P Hayden Museum in Fagatogo due to unsanitary conditions.  

Sen Tuaolo considers mandatory voting

The newly sworn in Senator for Pago Pago, former Election Commissioner Tuaolo Manaia Fruean proposes to work on legislation that would improve how elections are conducted in the territory.  

Leone Principal fights reassignment

The Principal of Leone High School for the past two years, Peni Te'o, says he needs more time to complete improvements that he and his staff and PTA started at the school.   

July 11 is World Population Day

World Population Day, a United Nations sponsored initiative to focus attention on global population issues, will be celebrated July 11.

Man charged with assaulting wife

A man is behind bars charged with assaulting his wife over the Fourth of July weekend.   

Visitors Bureau steps up marketing in NZ

An article featured on the South Pacific Tourism Organization weekly newsletter quotes the Executive Director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau David Vaeafe saying that the bureau will move into a new phase of marketing and promotion in New Zealand this year.

Manu Samoa wins admiration of All Blacks cap

History has been written with the  first ever clash on Samoan soil between the top rugby team in the world, the All Blacks from New Zealand and the Manu Samoa.   
Photo: Games News Service

Well done weightlifters and basketball teams

Golden girl Orepa Talo picked up another medal yesterday in the Junior 70 plus kg division, this time winning a silver medal.  

Rep. Sanitoa seeks financial reports from LFO

A request has been made to the Legislative Financial officer for the latest financial information for ASG. 

Registration opens for Environ Discovery Camp

The environmental group Le Tausagi, and partner agencies are again sponsoring an Environ Discovery Camp this summer.  

Mother of five placed on probation

A mother of five escaped additional jail time when she was sentenced in High Court this morning for unlawful use of a weapons.

Democratic Party leader gives his take on wages

There’s support for Governor Lolo Moliga’s proposal to seek a subsidy from the federal government if the local minimum wage is increased. 

Senator Tuaolo Fruean takes oath of office

High Talking Chief Tuaolo Manaia Fruean was sworn in today as the new senator for Pago Pago.

Mother of gold medal weightlifter gives credit to God

The mother of gold medal winner Orepa Talo, says she got a call from her weightlifter daughter late last night shortly after she was awarded the gold medal at the Pacific Games. 

Taxi driver convicted in bench trial

Taxi driver Tino Tamiano has been convicted in a bench trial of felony stealing, false imprisonment and third degree assault, but not guilty of first degree attempted sexual abuse.

Fagafaga is Chairman of AS Democratic Party

Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde has been elected as the new chairman of the American Samoa Democratic Party.   

Dog trapping continuing this week

The Department of Agriculture is continuing the trapping of dogs from Utulei to Pago along the roadway.   

The rugby battle starts soon

In a few hours, the highly anticipated and heavily publicized match between the All Blacks and the Manu Samoa will get underway at Apia Park.

Murder defendant seeks clarification on order

Murder suspect Siaumau Siaumau Jr.  has asked the High Court to clarify its order requiring the government to provide funds to pay for approved defense costs in his case.    

Weightlifter Orepa Talo wins gold in PNG

American Samoa struck gold at the Pacific Games yesterday and now has medal winnings to its name.   

Health Committee to look into doctor shortage

The chairman of the House Health Committee Rep. Vesi Talalelei Fautanu has given assurances that the committee will look into concerns about an apparent shortage of doctors at the LBJ Hospital.   

700 youth have summer jobs

About 700 young men and women have jobs this summer under the Summer Youth Employment Program through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) administered by the Department of Human Resources. 

All Blacks vs. Manu Samoa game will be aired live on local TV

Rugby fans in American Samoa who cant make it to Apia Park will be able to witness the  first ever clash on Samoan soil between the mighty All Blacks of New Zealand and Samoa’s Manu Samoa tomorrow.   

Special Olympians simulate travel to prepare for World Games

American Samoa‘s team for the Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles, California leaves July 20th.  

Samoa USA Medical Mission holds free clinics

The Samoa USA Medical Mission with Men of Promise Ministry is again sponsoring free medical clinics in the territory this summer.  

Woman jailed for no show at hearing

A woman who failed to appear in district court for her probation review spent her Fourth of July weekend in jail.   

Boys & Girls Club and LBJ Hospital get OIA grants

The Office of Insular Affairs has approved two new grants of close to $100,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa and the LBJ Hospital.  

Parents take doctor concerns to lawmakers

Parents are worried that the LBJ Hospital is losing doctors particularly pediatricians due to budget constraints and have raised their concerns with lawmakers.  

Florence Saulo & Associates awards scholarships

Florence Saulo and Associates Insurance and Finance Company has awarded scholarships to 14 high school gradates to help cover the costs of their college education.  

85 cases of dengue fever since May

The Health Department reports that there have been 85 cases of dengue fever since May with 30 people hospitalized.   

Public hearing today on sea turtle listing

The National Marine Fisheries Service is holding a public hearing today from 6 to 8 pm on a proposal to revise the green sea turtle listing under the Endangered Species Act.   

Another win for women's basketball team

Our womens basketball team repeated their winning ways in their second game of the Pacific Games today. 

Mens basketball team loses to Fiji

Fiji proved too strong for our men’s basketball team today. 

American Samoa's Daniel Tariata Hardman is in swimming finals

American Samoa will be in the finals in the mens 50 m backstroke this evening. 

NZ weightlifter who made cannibal comment sent home

The New Zealand weightlifter in the middle of a “cannibalism” controversy at the 15th Pacific Games in Port Moresby has withdrawn from his team and flew back home today. 

Fiji and NZ booed at Pacific Games opening

All 24 nations at the XV Pacific Games opening ceremony were cheered on as they stepped onto the main stage at Sir John Guise Stadium last night except for Fiji and New Zealand.

Men's basketball team defeats Nauru 94-55

Our mens basketball team shone on the basketball courts at the  Taurama Aquatic Center yesterday. 

Womens Basketball AS-80, Solomons-44

Let’s hear it for our women’s basketball team at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea. 

Port Moresby lights up in opening of Pacific Games

Dika Toua (PNG) lit the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games cauldron on Saturday evening, concluding a night of colour, music, dancing and fluttering feathers that celebrated Papua New Guinea’s rich culture and opened the 15th Pacific Games.

Mens Basketball: American Samoa 65, PNG-90

Our Mens Basketball team was the first of our athletes to play at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea. 

Phone directory company sues ASTCA

The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority is being sued by the owner of a company contracted to produce ASTCA’s telephone directory, John Newton, doing business as Pago Pago Consultants. 

David Pao wins BlueSky's Manu Samoa vs All Blacks text contest

BlueSky Communications today announced the winner of its Text to Win contest for the Manu Samoa vs.All Blacks game in Apia next week. 

Sports clinics for girls and women only

Tomorrow at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, the Women in Sports Commission of the American Samoa National Olympic Committee will be holding clinics to promote increased participation of women in sports.  

Man charged in December, 2014 break in

A man has been charged in connection with the burglary of a home in Nu’uuli last December.  

Court rules landowner must payback $20,000 plus interest

The High Court has ruled that a landowner in Kokoland must payback $20,000 plus interest to a man who bought a piece of land from her in 2005.  

Enrollment in Samoan Language Program doubles

The Department of Education's  Samoan language summer program, Aoga Samoa i Alalafaga (ASIA), has doubled enrollment for this year. 

More sightings of stinging jellyfish

The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) is urging the public not to touch jellyfish if you see it on the beach.  

Still no word on disposal of dialysis solution

The LBJ Hospital is awaiting word from the manufacturer of bicarbonate solution which was recalled last month, whether or not the supplies should be returned. 

DOE Director praises academic camp

Director of Education, Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau says the Department of Education has welcomed Troy Polamalu's decision to add academics to the sports camps for the FaaSamoa Initiative. 

Investigation of cop case continuing

The police officer facing allegations of raping a 19 year old girl is still working however Commissioner of Public Safety Save Liuato says the cop  is confined to desk duties where there’s no contact with the public.  

New batch of tax refund checks out today

The waiting will be over today for some people  expecting tax refund checks.  

Tofa Michels Construction

The last two employees of Michels, the contractor for the more than $90 million Broadband Linking American Samoa Territory (BLAST) project, left the territory yesterday. 

After delays, Fagaima land case proceeds

Attorneys in the more than decade old case filed by Fagaima Milovale against the American Samoa Government, are to tell the court next month how they want to proceed in the dispute concerning lands near the airport and covering Lions Park.

The lands, totaling 100 plus acres, were Fagaima communal lands acquired by ASG through deeds and condemnation action more than 50 years ago.


DOC explains license requirements

The Department of Commerce is advising those engaged in the importation, sale and distribution of Herbalife, Amway, It Works Global and other such products that they must have valid business licenses in order to conduct business in American Samoa. 

New priest celebrates first Mass

Newly ordained priest of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago, Father Pio Afu, is celebrating his first Mass at the Holy Family Cathedral at 5 this evening.

New hearing date for motion in Solia case

Mosegi Solia, one of the four defendants charged in connection with the shooting of the police substation in Leone last year, is to appear in court July 22 for a hearing to decide whether to revoke his probation.   

Troy awards scholarships to outstanding 3

One of Troy Polamalu’s last duties before he departs the island tonight was to award scholarships to three high school students who were outstanding in the football, volleyball and academic camps for the FaaSamoa Initiative.   

Victims get word out about scammer

There’s a man going around government offices scamming money from people. 

Polynesian struggling to meet demand

Getting delegates to church conferences, teams to the Pacific Games and spectators for the historic match between the Manu Samoa and the All Blacks is keeping Polynesian Airlines busy.  

Post Office will be opened Friday

While Friday is a federal holiday for Independence Day,  the Pago Pago Post Office will be opened normal hours from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Friday, July 3rd. 

Workshop on coral diseases

Just like human beings need to take care of their health, coral reefs also need protection from diseases.   

High Court dismisses rape case

The High Court has granted the government's motion to dismiss a criminal case against a man charged with raping a woman twice, once while holding a knife to her neck.   

Chamber asked to assess impact of wage hike

The governor has asked the Chamber of Commerce to provide its assessment of the financial impact to the private sector if hourly wages are hiked by 50 cents.  

GSA wins bid for new school buses & vans

The General Services Administration, the contracting arm of the federal government, has been awarded the bid to supply new school buses and vans for the Department of Education.

Marine Sanctuary photo contest

Local students can now compete in a photo competition with a marine conservation theme and promoting national marine sanctuaries.  

Dog trapping begins from Tafuna-Pago Pago

The Department of Agriculture yesterday began  trapping dogs which are roaming on government land in the Tafuna High School area and along the main road between Utulei and Pago Pago. 

Two DHSS grants no longer high risk

Two grants received by the American Samoa Department of Human and Social Services are no longer under high risk.   

Seniors contribute to student learning

Mrs. Theodora Polamalu has praised the inclusion of elderly citizens in the academic sessions for the Fa’aSamoa Initiative.  

To increase or not to increase the minimum wage

Governor Lolo Moliga is faced with a dilemma on what to do about minimum wages.  

Cop charged for assaulting wife

A police officer has been  charged with third degree assault and private peace disturbance for allegedly punching his pregnant wife. 

Toddler falls to his death in Aua

A young couple is mourning the loss of their 1 year-old son who passed away on the evening of Father's Day. 

VA to send another team here to promote benefits/services

The US Department of Veterans Affairs plans to send another team to the territory in a few months time for a bigger outreach program than lasty's week's community outreach.

Man charged for beating wife

Police arrested a man yesterday for allegedly assaulting his wife over the weekend.   

ASG closed Friday for Fourth of July

It’s a short work week for ASG as well as most businesses. 

ASG donates $50,000 for Team American Samoa

The American Samoa National Olympic Committee yesterday received a donation of $50,000 from ASG to help send Team American Samoa to the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea. 

Datamatics send reps to finalize lease of premises

Officials of the India-based company that’s hoping to set up a business processing outsource operation in the territory were here last week to finalize lease arrangements for a site for their business. 

49er Jesse Sapolu promotes hearing mission

San Francisco 49er Jesse Sapolu is lending his name and talents to promoting the first Pacific mission of Starkey Hearing Foundation to help Pacific islanders hear better. 

DOH explains rules for health inspections

Businesses who wish to make renovations, relocate or add new food establishments in existing premises are required to have the Department of Health conduct an inspection before they open.

Documents in Evelyn Langford's case sealed

The federal judge who sentenced Evelyn Vaitautolu Langford Friday to 22 months in prison for wire fraud and bribery today issued an order to place under seal certain filings and documents submitted to the court in Langford’s case.  

BlueSky donates $10,000 for FaaSamoa Initiative

BlueSky Communications donated $10,000 today to the Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation.


DOH raises funds for Baby Blessing

The Department of Health led a walkaton to raise funds for 3 year old Blessing Ta’aau who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Ostosarcoma. 

USDOT awards grant to support highway safety programs

Congresswoman Aumua Amata announces that the American Samoa Government has been awarded a grant of nearly $100,000  by the US Department of Transportation.    

Man charged with assault at boat shed

A man was charged with assaulting another man at the Fagatogo boat shed last week.  

Emotional conclusion to FaaSamoa Initiative

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Khary Darlington a recruiter for the Carolina Panthers summing up his experience of the Fa’a Samoa Initiative.

VA expands Agent Orange benefits eligibility

The Veterans Administration is expanding Agent Orange benefits eligibility to Air Force Vietnam veterans. 

Commissioner explains 48-hour hold

The 48-hour limit that a person can be held in custody without charges being filed against him or her actually starts from the time that they are taken in for questioning, and their movements are restricted.

FaaSamoa Initiative wraps up tomorrow

All good things must come to an end.  And so too the Faasamoa Initiative draws to a close tomorrow.  


Niagara water supplies on island not affected by recall

Unidentified government agencies have been harassing local store owners since photos of the recalled e-coli affected Niagra water were posted on social networks.

VA Clinics will be held at Amouli and Leone Health Centers

Veterans living on the eastern end of the island no longer have to travel all the way to the VA Clinic in Tafuna for their appointments.  

Money trickles in for Team American Samoa

The American Samoa National Olympic Committee is still accepting donations for Team American Samoa for the Pacific Games. 

Change of venue for "Get into Your Sanctuary Day"

Due to weather and wave conditions, the "Get Into Your Sanctuary Day" planned for tomorrow on Aunuu Island has been moved to the Veterans Memorial Stadium from 8am to 1pm, June 27th.  

Polynesian cleared for another 30 days to Manu'a

The US Department of Transportation has granted Polynesian Airlines cabotage waiver for another 30 days to operate flights between Tutuila and Manu’a.   

Shaun Nua's in the Navy

Tafuna High School graduate ad former Pittsburgh Steeler Shaun Nua says he’s never seen so much construction on the island than on this trip.   

Veterans urged to register so services can be improved

The Department of Veterans Administration hosted its first Community Information and Referral Workshop Wednesday at the Veterans Center in Tafuna.   

Lots of scholarships for female volleyballers

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That’s volleyball coach Allen Allen commenting on the volleyball clinics at the American Samoa Community College Gymnasium. 

Drug defendant released from jail

Mafoa Mikaele became a free man today after nearly 10 months in the Territorial Correctional Facility.   

Man charged with passing bad checks & stealing

A man faces felony charges of passing bad checks and stealing. 

Former Director performs ifoga in court room

Federal Judge Jon Tigar of the US District Court of Northern California -San Francisco today sentenced  Evelyn Vaitautolu-Langford to 22 months in prison and ordered her  to pay restitution of $260,000.   

Evelyn Vaitautolu-Langford jailed for 22 months

Evelyn Vaitautolu Langford has been sentenced to 22 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $260,000.

NFL Films Network captures FaaSamoa Initiative

A four member film crew from  NFL Films Network is on island for the very first time to capture and document the various activities of the 2015 Fa’aSamoa Initiative. 
Archive Photo of Rainmaker Hotel driveway

Demolition of Rainmaker Hotel completed

The demolition of the old Rainmaker Hotel finished a month ahead of schedule and the contractor, E&W Construction, has removed its machinery from the site.

Drug defendant released from jail

Mafoa Mikaele became a free man today after nearly 10 months in the Territorial Correctional Facility.

ASNOC Gen Sec says we can win medals

The General Secretary of the American Samoa National Olympic Committee Billy Young is optimistic that our team for the Pacific Games has strong medal prospects. 

Residents flock to see medical team

  Residents are taking advantage of the team of medical specialists here with the Troy and Polamalu Foundation.  

Does new hotel tax apply to seiner crew and yachties?

Officials of the Tax Office fielded many questions from business owners yesterday regarding the new hotel tax law which goes into effect next Wednesday. 

Hospital's new system cost a few millions

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services is funding the new Electronic Health Records system for the LBJ Hospital. 

Ex- minister convicted of murder in Samoa dies

The former Samoa Government minister convicted of murder, Leafa Vitale, has died.

Good luck Team American Samoa

Team American Samoa to the Pacific Games received a spiritual send-off at a Mass held at the Holy Family Cathedral at Fatuoaiga last evening.   

Owners seek answers on hotel tax

How to differentiate visitors from residents in deciding who should pay the new 5% hotel tax is a question that owners of hotels, motels, inns and other accomdations raised at a meeting with ASG officials yesterday.  

Paramount & ASPA fix Leone substation

The Leone substation will be reopened before the week is over.  

Man charged in December, 2014 burglary

James Taito has been charged with second degree burglary in connection with a break-in last December in which laptops, iPads, headphones, cell phone and a harmonica were stolen from a home in Ottoville.   

Congresswoman awaits details of wage plan

Congresswoman Aumua Amata says she looks forward to receiving details of Governor Lolo Moliga’s plan regarding local minimum wages. 

Owner of new business questions closure by DOH

The owners of "Corner Kitchen" were surprised when inspectors from the Department of Health closed down their new fast food operation. 

Dr. Uperesa plays key role in academic camp

Dr. Lisa Uperesa, a graduate of Matafao Elementary and Samoana High School is one of the key people who’s helping with the academic camp for the Faasamoa Initiative.  

DOH now re-registering patients for EHR

Just like the LBJ Hospital is re-registering everyone for the new Electronic Health Records system, the Health Department is also requiring everyone seen at the Community Health Centers to do the same.  

Woman faces sex charges

A 22-year-old woman, Martha Tavita, has been charged with sodomy, first degree sexual assault and first degree sexual abuse for allegedly touching a 16-year-old girl in a sexual manner. 

Local residents not subject to hotel tax

The Tax Office is going to make sure that hotel operators comply with the 5% hotel tax law which goes into effect July 1st.  

Governor says Interior will support political status decision

According to Governor Lolo, the Secretary of Interior has indicated support of AmericaN Samoa ‘s efforts to review and determine the territory’s political status.

Man charged with rape of 16 year old girl

A man is charged with rape and sodomy stemming form an incident in April in Malaeloa.   

ALJ stays Immigration Board order for Filipino woman to leave

Administrative Law Judge Toetagata Albert Mailo has approved a motion by a Filipino woman, Merlie Gumanab, to stay an order by the Immigration Board that she leave the territory since the Board has denied her application for amnesty.  

Famous 49er is back to lend Troy a hand

Seiuli Jesse Sapolu, who played 4 Superbowls for the San Francisco 49ers, is among the notable names on the group that the Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation has been able to bring down for this 3rd camp.

Ava ceremony for Troy and company

Troy Polamalu and his entourage of athletes, coaches, doctors , nurses and professors were given a traditional welcome this morning, 

Tausani Air begins test flights

Yesterday Tausani Airlines started test flights of the overhauled government aircraft Segaula, which is now on lease to the company.  

GHC Reid supports FaaSamoa Initiative

One of the local sponsors for the FaaSamoa Initiative is the GHC Reid family of businesses.     

Reagan Maui'a Foundation focuses on bullying

Among the star studded group of athletes and coaches who are here for the FaaSamoa Initiative is fullback Reagan Maui’a 

District Court has to clear permit applications

Since last month those applying for 30-day entry permits from Immigration are now required to obtain clearances from the District Court. 

Cop arrested on rape allegation is out of jail

The police officer who was arrested Saturday on allegations of raping a 19-year-old girl was released yesterday at the expiration of the 48 hour hold without charges being filed.  

McDonalds increases scholarship awards

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the McDonald's Family restaurant has increased the amount of its scholarship awards. 

ANZ EFTPOS machines down for a week

Many shoppers and customers who normally use EFTPOS (Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale) machines have been frustrated that the ANZ machines have been out of service since last week.  

FaaSamoa Initiative donates medical supplies

LBJ Tropical Medical Center took delivery of $250,000 worth of medical equipment and supplies today donatedon behalf of the Troy & Theodora Foundation as part of the Fa’asamoa Initiative. 

Defense attorneys seek 12 month jail term

Twenty five people including her husband, children, former co workers at ASG and the US Army, pastors and friends have submitted letters in support for Evelyn Vaitautolu Langford as she awaits sentencing for wire fraud and bribery.

FaaSamoa sports camps open with lots of cheer

As the biggest group of NFL players and coaches to visit the territory at any one time watched, high school football teams entertained them with song and cheers.

New business provides transport for patients and clients

A new business catering to health related transportation needs has been set up in the territory.

Summer youth jobs needed

The Department of Human Resources is seeking the help of government agencies to provide employment opportunities for some of the young people who have applied for this year’s Summer Youth Employment Program.
:Photo: Andy Bruckner, NOAA

Comment period for green sea turtles listing extended

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries are extending the public comment period to July 27, 2015, on the proposal to revise the listings of green sea turtles under the Endangered Species Act.    

Long waiting at LBJ to register for EHR

There were lots of angry people at the LBJ Hospital yesterday. 

Chamber doubts feds would subsidize wage bill

The Chamber of Commerce is doubtful that the federal government may provide funding to cover any increases in the local minimum wages.    

Players and coaches happy to get new gear

It was like Christmas Day for high school footballers yesterday when they were given shoes, jerseys and shorts courtesy of the Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation.  

High Court hears arguments on Mama's motion

The High Court heard oral arguments Friday on the motion by the owner of Le Aute Sports Bar Tumuatasi Lefatia also known as Mama Lefatia to suppress evidence relating to methamphetamine found during a police search of her home on March 19.  

Former DHR Director was court martialed

The US Government’s sentencing memorandum in the case of former Director of Human Resources and Governor’s Authorized Representative Evelyn Vaitautolu Langford mentions an apparent motive in her decision to seek a loan from Native Hawaiian Holding Company.

Polamalu Foundation distributes sports gear

High school students were the first to receive brand new gear from the Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation today.   

Directors urged to stick to budget ceilings

Review of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget will be the main task for the next session of the Fono which begins on the second Monday of July. 

Catholic Synod presents recommendations

Recommendations or remits from the third synod of the Catholic Diocese of Samoa -Pago Pago were officially handed over to Bishop Peter Brown at a Mass at the Holy Family Cathedral yesterday.   

Treasury holds meeting on hotel tax

Treasury will hold an information briefing for the new hotel tax at 9:30am Wednesday, June 24th.  

StarKist donates $15,000 for FaaSamoa Initiative

Troy Polamalu rubbed shoulders with the men and women who drive American Samoa's economy, the StarKist Samoa employees this morning.

NOAA says aviation weather services will continue

Governor Lolo has received assurances from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration that aviation weather information will continue to be provided for aircraft arriving and taking off at Pago Pago International Airport.    

Troy pleased with response from parents

Retired safety of the Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polamalu was pleased with the turnout and response from parents who turned up Saturday for the first event of the Faasamoa Initiative, a parents symposium.   

Governor Lolo takes new position on min wage

Governor Lolo Moliga is taking a different position on the minimum wage. 

AG: Langford should be made an example of

Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale has described Evelyn Vaitautolu Langford who’s awaiting sentencing for wire fraud and bribery as someone greedy who wanted more and did not care she was taking from her own Samoan brothers and sisters. 

Police officer arrested on rape allegation

A policeman was arrested over the weekend on allegations of rape involoving a nineteen year old girl.   

Troy: Parents are the biggest influence on their kids

The retired safety of the Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polamalu has arrived in American Samoa for his FaaSamoa Initiative, a combined sports, medical and academic camp for the youth of the territory.

Directors told to watch their spending to avoid deficit

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga told a cabinet meeting today that ASG is expected to incur a deficit of $5 million by the end of Fiscal Year 2015 if some directors don’t control their spending. 

Don Bosco defendants reject plea deals

The  three members of the Don Bosco group that was here for the Flag Day celebrations in April but ended up being arrested and charged for sexual offences involving a minor remain behind bars at the Territorial Correctional Facility on bail of $100,000 each,.  

All's set for ASNOC telethon for Team American Samoa

Next  Sunday the first of our athletes to the Pacific Games will leave for Papua New Guinea.  

Longline owner upset with lack of support

The owner of Longline Fisheries Company Carlos Sanchez made some strong statements at this week’s meeting of the Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council in Honolulu. 

Congresswoman proud of student reps

Congresswoman Aumua Amata has congratulated the three students from American Samoa who participated in the National History Day competition in Maryland this week.

Suit against office of ex-congressman dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed the discrimination lawsuit filed  by a former legislative counsel for Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin against his office.   

Polynesian seeks 30 day extension for Manu'a

Polynesian Airlines has applied to the US Department of Transportation to extend cabotage operations for its flights to Manu’a to the end of July.   

WPFMC urges revision of Tuna Treaty

The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council has made several recommendations to address increasingly restricted catch limits on US purse-seine and longline vessels in the Western and Pacific Ocean (WCPO). The Council recognized that the combination o

Polamalu Parents Symposium is tomorrow

Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau  is urging parents of children registered for the Faasamoa Initiative to turn out tomorrow to hear Troy and Theodora Polamalu discuss their plans to help American Samoa's youth.  

Manu'a to be first fossil fuel free island

Manu’a is on its way to being the first fossil free island in the whole world and according to one speaker at the Pacific Islands Environment Conference this is attracting the attention of Silicon Valley, Hollywood and President Obama.

Woman petitions for stay of immigration ruling

The Filipino woman who has complained publicly about being harassed and intimidated by the chief immigration officer and immigration officials has petitioned to the Administrative Law Judge to stay a decision by the Immigration Board to deny her application.

LBJ turns on new Electronic Health Record

The LBJ Tropical Medical Center (LBJTMC) will turn on a new, certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) this Saturday, June 20 at 8:00 AM. 

Blistery weather for a few days

Windy and wet conditions were the order of the day and it would be advisable for any outdoor activities being planned for tonight to move indoors.  

Half billion dollar green project for Tutuila

There's big bucks coming to the territory for a renewable energy project. 

Public urged to make use of medical mission

Residents are urged to make use of the services of physicians on the medical team that the Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation are bringing to the territory as part of the Faasamoa Initiative.

Cannery official concerned about fish supplies

The Chief Operating Officer of Tri Marine international Joe Hamby has cautioned that the canneris in American Samoa run the risk of not getting enough fish supplies because of limited fishing grounds nearby. 

DHSS and DBAS awarded federal grants

Congresswoman Aumua Amata has announced two grant awards for American Samoa. 

USEPA Administrator supports making ASEPA a department

It’s the view of the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 9, which American Samoa falls under that making the local EPA a department will make the agency more efficient. 

You can donate now for Team American Samoa

Preparations for the last fundraiser to help send American Samoa's team to the Pacific Ganes, a telethon and radiothon on Saturday is reaching a feverish pitch.

Samoa Shipping pays up, uma le case

The Samoa Shipping Corporation paid up within 2 weeks after the LBJ Hospital sued to recover an unpaid bill.    

Plaintiffs to seek full panel to rehear citizenship case

Plaintiffs in the Tuaua vs United States case say they will request that the full Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rehear the case en banc, or with the complete panel of judges.  

Catholics hold Diocesan Synod

The third Synod for the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago since it became independent from the Catholic Church in Samoa in 1983, begins at 4pm today at Fatuoaiga.

Governor Lolo explains Workmen's claim

Governor Lolo Moliga says his staff should have answered questions about his workmans compensation claim and assures that everything was done above board.

Governor asks Council to reverse LVPA recommendation

Governor Lolo Moliga has asked  the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council to reverse its recommendation to the Secretary of Commerce to allow longliners to fish within the Large Vessel Prohibited Area, now reserved for small alia.

Pre-camp to prepare for Fa'aSamoa Camp

More than 1000 local youth have registered for the Fa'asamoa Camp sponsored by the Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation.   

Loss of fishing grounds threaten canneries

One of American Samoa's representatives to the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council made a storng plea for help to ensure that the two local canneries get the supplies of fish they need.

Ex computer game designer promotes indigenous, renewable energy

One of the presenters at the Pacific Island Environment Conference is a former computer game designer turned green energy investor whose dream is to make Hawaii completely fossil fuel free. 

Am Samoa Democratic Party to elect chairman July 1st

 The American Samoa Democratic party hopes to elect a new party chairman and secretary when it holds its next meeting on July 1st.   

Port awaits responses in fuel theft case

The Department of Port Administration is awaiting responses from four employees who were implicated in a report about the theft of fuel belonging to the government on the main dock.  

Governor receives workmans compensation

Governor Lolo Moliga filed a workmans compensation claim against the American Samoa Government and the Governor’s Office and his claim has been settled and paid.  

MV Sili gets new generator

The MV Sili needed to have a generator replaced when it returned from its last trip to Manu’a more than two weeks ago. 

Leone substation wont be reopened for awhile

Despite concerns from residents of Fofo and Alataua districts about the closure of the Leone substation, it will not be reopened anytime soon.   

American Samoa one of 50 chosen communities

American Samoa has been chosen as one of the 50 communities across the United States for a federal program called Strong Cities Strong Communities.   

JROTC leadership camp underway

The JROTC Junior Cadet Leadership training kicked off yesterday at Maliu Mai Beach Resort in Fogagogo.  

Young man faces sex charges

Nineteen year old Tuitamailaveitiga Salati has been charged with first degree sexual abuse and sodomy involving an 11-year-old girl.

Leaders urged to step up their game

The Deputy Director of the Department of Education's Office of Curriculum and Instruction Netini Sene did not paint a rosy picture but told it like it is when she gave a report card of the first year of implementation of DOE’s 5 year Comprehensive Plan.

ASTCA deploys O3b trunk

There was no announcement here but the O3b Networks announced yesterday that the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) has deployed its O3bTrunk. 

USEPA Administrator promises to deal with drinking water problem

Off island delegates attending the 28th Pacific Islands Environment Conference were given a traditional welcome with an ava ceremony at the Fale Samoa at Suiga Ula o e Atuvasa in Utulei this morning.  

Pro rate formula remains for business licenses

When the Fono changed the law to increase business license fees, it did not change the provision of the law which applies to business licenses obtained well after the beginning of the licensing period.  

No federal funding for landslide mitigation

Attempts to seek funding from the US Federal Highway Administration  to mitigate landslides that have occurred around the island have been unsuccessful due to eligibility issues.

Business model for ulu plan rewards village suppliers

One of the purposes of the presentation on the ulu or breadfruit opportunities for trade and manufacturing is to find partners in American Samoa that are interested in becoming ulu suppliers.

Case of 15 year old girl referred to Child Protective Services

The LBJ Hospital has referred to the Child Protective Services of the Department of Human and Social Services the case of a 15 year old girl from Samoa who was admitted a week ago suffering from what health authorities suspected was hemorrhagic fever.

Las Vegas call center has interest in Am Samoa

There‘s more than one technology type business eyeing American Samoa as a place to do business.   

Governor: education should meet market needs

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga spoke at the opening of the 3rd Annual Leadership Academy for the Department of Education this morning. 

American Samoa eyed as export center for ulu

Some of the top researchers, food scientists and marketing experts have joined efforts on a project that would see the breadfruit or ulu becoming a major food commodity on the world market in the future.  

PPD turns into drug possession

Sulu Atia’e was arraigned in high court today on charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, third degree assault and public peace disturbance. 

DOH serotyping results confirm two dengue deaths, 3rd case negative

The Department of Health has received serotyping results of blood specimens of suspected dengue cases which were sent off island for testing.   

Higher excise tax on cigarettes goes into effect today

The excise tax for cigarettes jumps from 12 and a half cents to 30 cents per cigarette effective today.   

All's set for Fa'a Samoa Initiative

  On June 23-27, 2015 the Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation Fund will sponsor its third bi-annual youth camp in American Samoa.  

No jail time for Gataivai Talamoa

The High Court stayed a 20 month jail sentence for Gataivai Talamoa who pled guilty to first degree propery damage and public peace disturbance in a plea agreement with the government.  

National Park offers Saturday hikes

The National Park of American Samoa is offering free ranger-led Saturday hikes from late-June through mid-September. 

HTC Tuaolo Fruean is new senator for Pago Pago

Chief Election Commissioner Tuaolo Manaia Fruean is leaving his cabinet position to become the next senator for Pago Pago.     

Higher business license fees effective today

Higher Business license fees approved by the Fono in the first session go into effect today. 

Coast Guard award for Cape Ferrat

The US Coast Guard  on Saturday presented an award to the captain of a purse seiner which abandoned fishing operations and answered a call to render help to the crew of a burning purse seiner, 60 miles away.    

Enrollment of health care providers begins

It’s been discussed for a long time but today the territory moved closer to realizing a plan to give residents more options to health care.

Man who violated probation given another chance

Pouono Muasau is being released from custody today after the High Court accepted a recommendation by the Probation office that he be given another chance to be in compliance with conditions of his probation. 

Reduced dialysis treatment for a few days

Earlier this week dialysis patients were put on a reduced dialysis treatment schedule to ensure that supplies of a solution needed for hemodialysis, Naturalyte Bicarbonate concentrate would last. 

DOH shuts down Jean P. Hayden Museum

Another government building, the Jean P Hayden Museum, in Fagatogo has been shut down by the Department of Health.  

Callers jam EOC lines after earthquake

Many were unnerved by the earthquake which rattled the Samoan group at 12:07 this morning.  

Talofa to the new National Park Superintendent

The new Superintendent of the national Park of American Samoa Scott Burch arrived in the territory this week.  

Some BOH ATMs out of services

Bank of Hawaii customers had to wait for more than an hour to get money out of the ATM machine in Utulei  this morning.  

Dengue fever spreads, chicken pox normal

The Department of Health reports a surge in cases of people with flu-like symptoms, and acute fever and rash. 

ASPA rate increases effective June 20

Expect an increase in your utility bill later this month. 

Public Health lifts EOB closure notice

Public health lifted the closure notice for parts of the AP Lutali Executive Office Building yesterday afternoon and agencies which were closed for a day were given the all clear to return to their offices.   

Strong shaker last night

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck just after midnight last night.   

Tautai President says longliners dont own FADs

Yesterday we broadcast a story from the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources about a Fish Aggregation Device or FAD which caused damage to the reef at Fagaalu.  

Chamber welcomes grant from OIA

The technical assistance grant that the Office of Insular Affairs awarded to the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce will enable the organization to carry out tasks that it has been planning for some time.  

Budget requests for FY2016 10% less than FY2015

The budget call for fiscal year 2016 has been issued. 

DOH reports that chicken pox cases not unusual

The Department of Health says the community should not be alarmed that vaccination for the prevention of chicken pox is not available on island.   

Judge tells defendant to pay up or go to jail

A man who failed to pay restitution for items he stole when he broke into a home in 2014  has been given another chance to pay up or go to jail. 

Loose FAD damages reef at Fagaalu

A fish aggregation device or FAD which got stuck on the reef at Fagaalu caused quite a bit of damage. 

Amata pays tribute to MSGT Tautalagia Sotoa Numera

The service of a man who devoted 27 years of his life to  the US Marine Corps has been Honored in remarks submitted by Congresswoman Aumua Amata for the Congressional Record. 

Hearing for Don Bosco group members continued for a week

A status hearing for the three members of the Don Bosco malaga that was here for Flag Day accused of having sex with a minor was continued to next Thursday because their attorney was not present.   
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