What's Happening

Congressman returns to Foreign Affairs seat

Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin returned to his seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee for the first time since he fell ill, nine months ago.

Search continues despite bad weather

Weather has become a factor in the search for the missing victim of Tuesday night’s plane crash, Mr. Babar Suleman.

DOH cites Cost U Less for 6 violations

While the Department of Health has allowed Cost U Less to re-open, the department has slapped the biggest retail store on island with six health violations.


Chamber members comment on EDIP plan

The Chamber of Commerce expects to submit their final comments about the Economic Development Implementation Plan (EDIP) to the Department of Commerce by next week but the co-chair of the EDIP task force got to hear first hand some of the concerns from the Chamber at a meeting this afternoon.


Weather becomes a factor in search

There’s been no sign of Babar Suleman of Indiana since local and federal authorities scoured the waters between the airport and Aunu’u since Tuesday night.

Three Chikungunya cases confirmed

The Department of Health and the LBJ Hospital have confirmed that three specimens of the acute rash outbreak that were sent off island for testing are cases of Chikungunya. 


Fono asked to confirm new Treasurer Tonumaipe'a

Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga has submitted for Fono confirmation the name of Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a to be the next Treasurer of the American Samoa Government. 


Cost U Less re-opens

Cost U less has re-opened for business.  


Family members of crash victims arrive Friday

Strong gusts and high swells this morning created some difficulty for vessels involved in the search operation for Mr. Babar Suleman of Indiana, who has been missing since Tuesday night.

Local students immerse in voyaging

Patricia Penitito of Manu'a High School and O'Riley Siona Lea'u of Fagaitua High School are getting an experience of a lifetime in Hawaii as part of the Hokule'a Student Exchange Program.


More charges filed against intruder

A man who was caught breaking into a home over the weekend was charged today in District Court for several felony and misdemeanor crimes.


Man jumps from 3rd floor of EOB

A man in his 30’s jumped from the third floor of the Executive Office Building onto the atrium on the ground floor this morning. 

No dive yet in search operations

Divers are not able to dive in an area that has been pinpointed as where the last signal was received from the single engine plane carrying Mr. Babar Suleman and his son Haris.

Teacher salary plan finalized at year's end

A reclassification and pay proposal for Department of Education teachers is expected to be finalized by the end of the fiscal year.


BHE approves self study

The  Board of Higher Education (BHE) has approved a document the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) has spent the better part of eight months preparing as part of its accreditation renewal process with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


Gasoline prices going up

Prices at the pump are seeing double digit increases under the new Maximum Allowable Price chart effective this week.

All day search fails to locate missing man

The search for one of the two victims of Tuesday’s night’s plane crash began at daylight this morning. 

ASG to continue employment initiative

ASG is proposing a half a million dollar allocation for the new fiscal year to continue an initiative of employing returning graduates.


19th Hole Club donates $1500

The 19th Hole Club in conjunction with the Ali'i Golf Club and the Hawaii Samoa Golf Club have donated $1,500 to Hope House at Fatuoaiga and the Junior Golf Association.


Olympic Triathlon Saturday

Samoa Prosthetics, a company that supplies artificial limbs is sponsoring a triathlon this Saturday to promote good health.  


Search fails to locate missing man

An extensive search involving local and federal agencies has not been able to locate the body of one of the two people who were on board a small plane that crashed into the ocean last night.


Atuatasi Lelei Peau leaving DOC

Deputy Director of Commerce Atuatasi Lelei Peau is leaving DOC to become the
deputy superintendent of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.


Youth see value in conference

Students participating in a youth conference this week say the presentations by police officers, social services representatives and counselors are helping them turn a new leaf. 


Steve Watson temporarily at Treasury

The governor’s chief counsel Steve Watson has been temporarily assigned to Treasury effective this past Monday.


Crash victims are Haris and Babar Suleman

The two people on board a private plane that crashed off Pago Pago International Airport last night have been identified as 17-year-old Haris Suleman and his father Babar Suleman. 


More from licenses/permits, less from fees

The government is projecting to collect a bit more revenues from licenses and permits but believes there will be a decrease in monies coming in from charges levied at the port and other government fees in the new fiscal year.

StarKist appreciates help

StarKist today issued a statement expressing appreciation to the American Samoa Government and local diving company for helping the cannery get back into operation.



National Park tourism creates jobs

A new National Park Service report shows that 17,919 visitors to the National Park of American Samoa in 2013 spent $987,700 in villages near the park. 

Private jet crashes off airport last night

A private plane that arrived yesterday for refueling crashed minutes after taking off from the Pago Pago International Airport last night, killing its two passengers - a father and son.


Joseph Davis-Fleming removed as LBJ CEO

As of 4pm today Joseph Davis-Fleming is no longer the Chief Executive Officer of the LBJ Hospital. 

Youth talk about social problems

More than 100 youth are sharing their experiences on major social problems they face nowadays such as bullying, school violence, smoking and drinking alcohol.

Cost U Less cooperating with DOH

Cost U Less says its fully cooperating with the Department of Health.

Lots of TAOA hotmeal leftovers

It’s now been nearly three months since the Territorial Administration on Aging Office switched from monthly food vouchers to hot meals for the elderly citizens. 

No change in Consumer Price Index

There was no change in the Consumer Price Index for the second quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter. 


OSHA issued 158 violations last year

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a total of 158 violations against employers last year following inspections of 38 businesses in the territory.

DHR Director explains rules for contracts

Director of Human Resources Sonny Thompson says the position of grant writer for the Department of Education will be advertised so that qualified individuals including the person holding the position at the moment - Dr. Amy Blizzard - can apply for it.


Finally, DMWR floating docks get fixed

Work has begun on a project that has been held up for many many months awaiting federal clearance...repairs to the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources floating docks at the Malaloa marina. 


Blood samples sent off island for testing

The LBJ Hospital and Department of Health are awaiting lab results of blood samples sent off island for testing before determining if the death of a 28 year old man was caused by the acute fever rash disease which appears to be spreading in the territory.

ASG still pushing for Labor Dept

The government's plan to establish an ASG Department of Labor is still in the works.


Administration continues subsidies in FY2015

The Lolo-Lemanu Administration is seeking funding to continue initiatives it started last year.


Man jailed for one year

Isaako Tausaamalu was sentenced by the High Court to a year in jail for recklessly causing injuries to a villager and friend Kalena Atalima of Fagaalu last year.

DOH closes down Cost U Less

The biggest retail store on the island, Cost U Less, has been shut down by the Department of Health until it has rectifed a problem with rat infestation.


First Safety Fest well attended

More than 200 employees and employers from the government and private sector are taking part this week in a training about safety and health in the workplace.


OIA awards two grants to ASG

The Department of Interior Office of Insular Affairs has awarded ASG two Technical Assistance Program grants totaling $320,000.


Court accepts plea agreement for Tofaeono

The High Court has accepted the plea agreement in the government's case against a former Business Office Manager for LBJ Hospital, Jennifer Tofaeono.


Dr. Blizzard in center with Sunrise crew

DHR not renewing Dr. Blizzard's contract

The Department of Education will be losing its grant writer for the last four years, Dr. Amy Blizzard.  


$6 million subsidy for LBJ in FY2015 budget

The administration is proposing millions of dollars in subsidies for the LBJ Hospital and the American Samoa Community College.


Leala P. Reid Foundation donates $25,000

The Leala Peter E Reid Foundation has donated $25,000 for repairs to Catholic schools during the summer break.  


Immigration computer system not working

The latest budget proposal for the American Samoa Government reveals that the immigration computer system that ASG spent about a $1 million in the past years to put up is useless.


American Samoa wins All Samoa Open

Team American Samoa took home the 37th All Samoa Open golf tournament Team Championship with a low net score of 1182. 


Acute fever rash outbreak spreads

The number of people seeking medical attention from an illness that health officials are describing as an "acute fever rash outbreak" has now reached 48 with more people presented with similar symptoms at the health clinics and Emergency Room as of yesterday.


Non tax filers hurting ASG revenues

People not filing their taxes are hurting the government’s coffers.


Fitiuta Greens plans to set up factory

Manu’a is being eyed for a major replanting and farming project by Fitiuta Greens, owned by Sosene Leau and his wife.  


Bonvavista II to the rescue

The Department of Marine and wildlife enforcement boat Malolo was towed into port late last night after it died half way between Tutuila and Manu’a. 


PM confirms All Blacks game in Samoa

Samoa Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has confirmed the All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday July 8th next year.

DOC attempts to gauge unemployment rate

What is the territory’s unemployment rate?  


BGCAS gets into rugby

The Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa is getting into rugby.  


ASG workforce up by 300 + in FY2015

The ASG workforce increases a few hundred according to the new fiscal year budget. 


Tofa soifua CG Lt. Garcia

The head of the local Coast Guard Safety Detachment Unit for the past year Lt. Rven Garcia has completed his tour of duty in the territory and departs tonight. 

Thief jailed for seven years

A man who stole $700 from a woman's purse while she was sleeping told the High Court that he took the money because he was hungry.


Manu'a DG notices changes for the better

Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga challenged Manu’a residents to continue to fulfill the dreams of their ancestors by seeking to do great things for the benefit of future generations.


ASG increases net position and lowers debt

Governor Lolo reported to Fono leaders that some of ASG's accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2013 include the increase in its net financial position and reduction of the General Fund deficit and long term debts. 

Proposed FY2015 budget totals $424.5 m

The administration is proposing a $424.5 million budget for the American Samoa Government for Fiscal Year 2015 which begins October 1st.


Kia'aina plans to visit all insular areas

Newly-installed Interior Assistant Secretary Esther Kia'aina says she she'll use her executive power where she can to get things done for the islands. 



Sen. Atualevao takes issue with exec orders

Senator Atualevao Asifoa is of the opinion that executive orders are being used to carry out what the administration wants, instead of following the law. 


DOE Director says they're just preparing for dual language

Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin- Finau told a Senate hearing today that DOE is just making preparations for the introduction of dual language instruction in schools while praying that a law will be passed to make Samoan just as important as English in classroom teaching.


Hawaiian Air plane needed part

The reason for the delay of Hawaiian Air ‘s Wednesday night flight is because a slide on he aircraft needed replacement.


Polynesian's back to two planes

Polynesian Airlines second Twin Otter aircraft which has been undergoing maintenance for the past month was back in service this morning.


Sharing data on climate change

The Pacific Islands Climate Services Dialog opened today at the Tauese PF Sunia Ocean Center. 


Suit #19 filed in Section 1602 debacle

The Development Bank of American Samoa has taken to court another 1602 project owner for not completing their low income housing project on time.


Catholic Church focuses on the famioly

Parents as first teachers, spirituality in the family and the sacrament of marriage are topics covered in the first of three mini synods which began last month in parishes throughout the local Catholic Diocese.


Commute-a-walk and ramp ready next month

Port Administration hopes to have in full operation by next month a ramp and commute-a-walk systems that would make boarding and disembarking from airplanes at the airport much safer and comfortable.


Hawaiian AIr Wednesday flight delayed

Hawaiian Air’s Wednesday night flight from Honolulu  has been delayed until this afternoon.


James Barlow guilty of 16 counts

The former college instructor who was on trial for subjecting three teen boys to sexual activity has been found guilty of more than a dozen counts of sex crimes, child endangerment and traffic violations.

College students included in SYEP

This year's Summer Youth Employment Program is also putting to work college students who are studying off island but are here to spend their summer vacation with their famillies.


Betham is Interim Director of Catholic Ed

Former vice president of the Development Bank of American Samoa Jason Betham has been appointed as Interim Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago.  


Solar power is helping reduce fuel surcharge

While the amount of energy produced by the solar photovoltaic farm at the Pago Pago International Airport is small, it is making an impact on fuel consumption for the American Samoa Power Authority.


House measure honors CWO Robert Yandall

A son of Leone who has just retired from the US Army after 42 years is being honored in a House concurrent resolution that the House approved yesterday.


Guilty of assaulting brother-in-law

A man who assaulted his brother in law pleaded guilty yesterday to third-degree assault.


Twenty one nurses graduate from ASCC

Twenty-one nurses graduated Friday from the American Samoa Community College's Nursing Program.

Catholic Bishop discusses workshop

What are appropriate professional boundaries between priests and parishioners?  

Between teachers and students or leaders of youth groups and young people?


Senate approves House measure on LVPA

The Senate approved by unanimous vote yesterday the House concurrent resolution requesting the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council not to reduce the Large Vessel Prohibited Area from 50 to 25 nautical miles. 


Plea deal in Afono death

35-year-old Eric Naiuli pleaded guilty yesterday to criminal negligence homicide in connection with the death of a man in Afono earlier this year.


No live coverage of Manu'a Flag Day

Last year KVZK-TV was able to broadcast live the Manua Flag Day celebrations. However that is not happening this year.

ASPA chief explains hike in personnel costs

The executive director of the American Samoa Power Authority says the request from Governor Lolo to ASPA chairman Fonoti Perelini for a reduction in the electricity rate will be a difficult task, but not impossible.

Sen Tagoa'i supports dual language

Senator Tagoa’i Tuiolemotu is throwing his support behind the Department of Education’s dual language program which will increase the use of Samoan in classroom instruction,


Dog trapping begins in golf course area

The Department of Agriculture Veterinary Clinic will be trapping dogs roaming on government land in the Iliili Golf Course area beginning Monday, July 21, 2014.  


Pending measure questions governor's absence

Senate President Gaoteote Palaie today responded to complaints from Senator Soliai Tuipine that the Senate attorney was not doing any work on bills from Senators.


Workshop on professional standards

The Catholic Bishop of American Samoa, Bishop Petelo Brown and the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago, are sponsoring a training workshop on professional standards for members of Professional Standard Committees from the Dioceses in the Oceania region.


Alcohol counseling ordered for puncher

A man who punched his sister for fighting with his wife was ordered by the the District Court to successfully complete alcohol counseling.


Security cameras a solution for Tafuna

The Criminal Justice Planning Agency says it has no funding to hire security for Tafuna High School but it has suggested an alternative way to provide surveillance for the public school.


StarKist hopes to resume production this week

StarKist Samoa is hoping to resume full production this week, after being shut down for all of last week. 


Manu'a Day a low key event

A farm fair held today at the Manu'a High School is one of activities that will prelude the Manua Flag Day celebrations this year.


Fitiuta Greens promotes food security

After running a successful entertainment business in Hawaii, Island Breeze Productions, for decades Mr. Sosene Leau has decided its time to return home and give back to the island.  


Senate questions 2% wage tax for LBJ

Senators are still after answers from Treasury as to why ASG hasn’t paid the full amount from the 2% increase in the wage tax to the LBJ Hospital.  


MV Sili to Manu'a this morning

The MV Sili didn’t finish inspections until last night so it wasn’t able to sale to Manu’a last night.  


Leilua: CMS approves action plan

The LBJ Hospital’s Plan of Correction for the Nursing Division and Dialysis Unit have been approved by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services.  


Measure asks to keep LVPA as is

The House of Representatives has approved a concurrent resolution requesting the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council to keep the Large vessel Prohibited area at 50 nautical miles from territorial shores. 


Man charged for stoning ambulance

A 22-year-old man is accused of throwing a beer bottle at an ambulance unit as it was responding to an emergency in Leone early Sunday morning.


Soliai complains about Senate lawyer

The Senate counsel was the target of complaints by Senator Soliai Tuipine.  


Mrs. Iva Pisia Salazar scholarships

The Iva Alofa Pisia Salazar Memorial scholarship was awarded for the first time Friday night at the  graduation ceremony for registered nurses.


Sen. Galea'i unhappy with DOE

The move by the Department of Education to increase the use of Samoan in classroom instruction in the new school year is not sitting well with Senator Galea’i Tu’ufuli. 


MV Sili should be ready to sail tonight

The MV Sili came off the slipway yesterday and if it passes sea trials today, will be on its way to Manu’a tonight. 


Cop accused in cockroach scheme

A veteran police officer is being accused of taking money from three restaurants in a scheme which involved his claims that the food they served contained cockroaches.


Fourth Regular Session begins today

Lawmakers return to work today at the start of the Fourth Regular Session of the 33rd Legislature.  


ASG proposes OT payment of $177,300

The American Samoa Government is waiting to hear from the US Department of Labor whether it will approve the figure it presented to the federal agency to cover overtime pay for ASG employees.


Temperature drops to 66 degrees F

We’ve had some chilly nights over the past few days and some have had to get out blankets and don jackets and sweaters.  


Rape suspect deported from Seattle

A 37-year-old man charged with raping four disabled students at a school in Samoa was found in the Seattle area and deported last Tuesday.


ASG pays $50,000 in disallowable costs

The American Samoa government has paid the federal government close to $50,000 in disallowable costs relating to the State Small Business Credit Initiative or SSBCI Program.


Tutorials for Praxis planned for school campuses

To accommodate teachers planning to take the Praxis, the Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Division is looking at conducting Praxis tutorial sessions at the teachers’ respective campuses.


Participants enjoying work experience

Students employed under the government's Summer Youth Employment Program say they are enjoying their time at work.


DOH issues health advisory about outbreak

More than 30 people have fallen ill with similar symptoms in the past 10 days, resulting in the Department of Health issuing a health advisory this afternoon.


"Safety Fest Week" planned for later this month

The recently-formed American Samoa Industrial Health & Safety Association (ASISHA) is organizing a “Safety Fest Week” later this month for local businesses and interested government agencies.


Very few teachers passed Praxis test

The majority of public school teachers who sat the Praxis test earlier this year did not pass all three parts of the teacher certification examination.

MV Sili should be off the slipway this weekend

Repairs to the MV Sili are expected to be completed by this weekend and if the vessel gets the thumbs up from the US Coast Guard, it will make a trip to Manu’a in time for the Manu’a Flag Day next week.


Administration hopes to restore Americorp Program

The Lolo-Lemanu Administration is hoping to restore the federal Americorp Program in the territory.

Court takes plea deal for Tofaeono under advisement

The High Court has taken under advisement a plea agreement proposed by the parties in the criminal case of former LBJ business manager Jennifer Tofaeono.


DOL gives ASG more time to respond to $2.5 m payback

The US Department of Labor has given the American Samoa Government additional time to respond to the federal agency’s decision that it payback $2.5 million in disallowable costs for the National Emergency Grant Program.

Methodist church celebrates 50 yrs of independence

Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga departs today for Samoa to attend the 50th anniversary of the Methodist Church.


Double Z's opens in Malaeimi

If you love eating burgers, try out the new burger joint in Malaeimi called Double Z’s.


Five years for marijuana possession

35-year-old Misi Iti will serve 20 months in jail for possessing methamphetamine on February 10 of this year.

93KHJ Morning News July 11

93KHJ Morning News July 11


Happy 15th birthday Bluesky

Bluesky Communications is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a lot of activities including the launching of its $30,000 annual scholarship program, a community service project and heaps of phone promotions of free giveaways.


Gov tells boards not to go directly to DOI for CIPs

Governor Lolo has told the chairmen of semi autonomous agencies that the practice of authorities sending their requests for Capital Improvement Project funding directly to the Department of Interior without the input of his office or the local CIP Committee should not be repeated in the future.


Polynesian is getting a 3rd aircraft

Polynesian Airlines is getting a third aircraft next month, according to Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele.


Convict sentenced for marijuana possession

A convict who was caught bringing marijuana inside the Tafuna Correctional Facility when he was on work release was sentenced today to 20 months in jail for drug possession.


Pulu: Give Amata a chance

Give Amata a chance.    That was the public plea made by Aumua Amata’s Campaign Chairman Pulu Ae Ae Jr., during Amata’s campaign kickoff today in Pago Pago.   

Will power rate drop if other services are removed?

Governor Lolo Moliga has told the American Samoa Power Authority Board that he would welcome an assessment of a possible reduction in the power rates if services such as solid waste and wastewater are removed from under ASPA.   

PBS docu on Swains premieres here soon

A screening of a PBS documentary about Swains Island will be held in American Samoa next month.


DOH confiscates expired food items

The Department of Health removed food items from several stores this week because they were expired.  

Governor expects 5 cent drop in power rate

Governor Lolo Moliga wants the American Samoa Power Authority to find a way to reduce the cost of electricity by 5 cents by the end of this year.


At present the electricity rate is 39 cents per kilowatt hour and in a letter last week to the ASPA Board Chairman Fonoti Perelini, Lolo said that this rate is an improvement from the 43 to 45 cents rate that was in place when the

PE plans fuel exports from here

The CEO of the company that has been operating the fuel terminal for the American Samoa Government in the past four years says Pacific Energy hopes to restart fuel exports through Pago Pago.


2nd Annual Tina Drabble Foundation tournament

The Tina Drabble Foundation is hosting it's second annual golf tournament at the Iliili golf course Saturday.


DOH will notify schools of inspection results

The Department of Health is planning to send out next week letters to schools that have already undergone health inspections in preparation for the new school year.


Fuel opening

A soft opening was held today for the new ASG terminal operation facility at Utulei.


Governor raises concern about Bumble Bee in Samoa

The governor has sounded a cautionary note about the impact on the territory of Bumble Bee setting up in Samoa.

Hope House volunteers

Net profit for Hope House tournament-$31,000.

After paying expenses for its recent golf tournament, Hope House is banking a profit of about $31,000.



Aunuu gets health education

Representatives of the American Samoa Area Health Education Center held an outreach visit to Aunuu as part of their mission to increase health care professionals in rural and underserved areas.


Jamias worried about military cutbacks

Retired US Army Lt. Colonel Mapu Jamias says American Samoa’s delegate to Congress must make every effort to protect the local Army Reserve from military cuts.  

Man caught touching other men's legs

The government is looking at filing additional charges against a man caught touching the legs of two other men who were on a bed.


Governor considers RF loan for Manu'a boat

Don’t be surprised if ASG makes another loan from the Retirement Fund. 

Governor wants solutions for payroll problems

The Director of Human Resources and Acting Treasurer have been tasked with assessing ASG’s payroll system and make recommendation to correct any deficiencies. 


Rtd Lt. Col Mapu Jamias runs for Congress

Retired US Army Lt. Colonel Mapu Jamias is making a bid for American Samoa’s seat in the US Congress.  


Teachers urged to be advocates of dual language

Teachers have been urged to learn and understand bilingualism so that they can convince decision makers about the benefits of bilingual education.  


Tina Drabble Foundation donates to Jr. golfers

Four local junior golfers will compete in the Callaway Junior Golf Championships in San Diego next week. 


Auditors concerned with unfunded liability

Governor Lolo Moliga met yesterday with representatives of ASG’s auditing firm Moss and Adams to go over the Fiscal Year 2013 ASG audit which has been issued.


OpenVista would open door for incentives

The contract that the LBJ Hospital and Department of Health have signed with US company Medsphere covers support and services, including future upgrades to the electronic health records system known as OpenVista. 


Asbestos removal at Rainmaker Hotel

Local company E&W Construction has begun the removal of asbestos from the old Rainmaker Hotel. 


Special Olympics fundraiser tops $40,000

More than $42,000 was raised by the Special Olympics of Amerika Samoa during its benefit dinner and tele-and-radio-a-thon on July 4th.


Over 200 would retire if given bonuses

More than 200 ASG employees have indicated their willingness to retire if they were given a retirement bonus.


New electronic health records system

A doctor at the LBJ Hospital will soon be able to get instant access to health records of a patient at the health center at Tafuna, Amouli or Leone.


Ocean Star offers fun learning experience

Thirty-five students between the ages of 10 and 12 are learning about the ocean and its resources under the Ocean Star Summer Program.


Report on BlueSky promotions probe ready

A report from the probe by the Consumer Protection Bureau of the Attorney General’s Office regarding promotions by BlueSky Communications is now on the Attorney General’s desk.


'Language is a gift from God'

A noted linguist from New Zealand, John McCaffery says American Samoa will be a leader in dual language education when it embarks on increasing the use of Samoan in classroom instruction.  


Am Samoa awarded $50,000 grant

American Samoa is awarded a grant of more than $50,000 under the Land and Water Conservation Fund administered by the US Department of Interior.


Am Samoa awarded $50,000 grant

American Samoa is awarded a grant of more than $50,000 under the Land and Water Conservation Fund administered by the US Department of Interior.


How does climate change affect freshwater?

Representatives from the government and private sector will be discussing later this month the impact of climate change on American Samoa and its limited freshwater sources.


ASTCA offers promotions after cell upgrade

The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority yesterday launched its first promotion using its newly upgraded prepaid cellular network. 


Samoan judge sits on UN committee

A Samoan Supreme Court judge, Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, has been elected to sit on the Committee on the Rights of the Child, based in Geneva.


StarKist to resume production Wednesday

StarKist Samoa is to resume production on Wednesday according to a notice from cannery management issued this afternoon. 


Domestic violence now widely discussed

A victims’ advocate says American Samoa is making a dent in the fight against domestic violence because the issue is being talked about alot in the community.


Lt. Gov & Lokeni to sail on Hokule'a

Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and 27-year-old Junior “Rex” Lokeni, an intern with the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa are the only two Samoans who will sail on the Polynesian leg of the Hokule’a Voyage next month.

Graffiti a problem at Tafuna High School

The Tafuna High School PTA spent $1,300 to remove graffiti and repair damaged school property following three separate vandalism incidents at the school.


Taotua is 1st Teacher-Ranger-Teacher

A teacher from Manulele Elementary School has joined the National Park of American Samoa as its first Teacher-Ranger-Teacher.


July 4th arrests one of lowest for a holiday

Nine people were taken into custody over the July 4th weekend.


DOE launches dual language program

Gagana Taumualua or Dual Medium Language is a phrase that you can expect to hear a lot of in the new school year as the Department of Education introduces dual language instruction in the classroom. 


ASEPA issues stop order to StarKist Samoa

StarKist Samoa will not be in production until it can fix a problem with its outfall discharge pipeline which the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency believes is contributing to the discoloration of Pago Harbor water.


Double celebration on Friday

The laughter, screams and cheering of the youth and their famillies filled the air at Utulei Beach on July 4th as American Samoa celebrated Independence Day and Youth Day.


James "Superman" Aulava wins Mr. AS

Mr James “Superman” Aulava of Lauli’i will be the face that will be promoting health and wellness for the Sosaiete o Faafafine i Amerika Samoa’s chronic kidney disease awareness campaign.


Group eyes flights from US west coast to AS

A group is looking to start flights between the US west coast and American Samoa in the near future. 


ASTCA Board appoints deputy CEO

The Board of Directors of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority approved several changes in its last board meeting which have changed the semi autonomous agency's organizational chart and limited the authority of the ASTCA CEO.


Lawmaker thanks DPW for soak pit

Tuala-uta faipule Larry Sanitoa has sent a letter of thanks to Public Works Director Faleosina Voigt for the soak pit drainage improvement near Cost U Less.


Thirty-two candidates pick up petitions

As of yesterday 32 individuals have picked up nomination petitions for the November general elections from the Election Office. 

Encouraging men and boys to end violence

The executive director of the Alliance for Strengthening Families says the recent summit on violence against women in the U.S. Virgin Islands brought together a wide range of professionals to share information and strategies on how best to end violence against women.

More gas for your buck

Fuel prices are falling this week just in time for the long July 4th weekend. 

DOE Director hunts for "informants"

Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau has informed DOE staff she is conducting an internal investigation to identify informants who are releasing information to the media. 

Maugaoalii seeks CMS report, LBJ finances

The Chairman of the House Health Committee Rep. Maugaoalii Leapai Sipa Anoa’i wants to be fully informed of the findings of an inspection of the LBJ Hospital by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the hospital’s response.

Bid notice out for new jail

Commissioner of Public Safety William Haleck says the bid notice for the new jail facility has been issued.

Slight increase in June food index

Of 18 basic food items selected for the monthly basic food index, only one, vegetable oil, registered a drop in price.  



After three years, rape defendant in court

The pretrial conference of a man accused of raping a woman twice at knifepoint in 2011 is set for August 11.

Industrial Gases expanding in Malaloa

At a time when other businesses are tightening up and watching every penny, one company is making another substantial investment in a new venture. 



Chiefs welcome delay in WPRFMC vote

Traditional leaders who petitioned against changing the rules to allow longliners to fish in near shore waters now relegated for small alia vessels, have welcomed the decision by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council to delay a vote until more discussions in the territory.


Aunty Tala here to help Special Olympics

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Court dismisses civil suit by ex-ASCC teacher

The Trial Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former college instructor over his alleged mistreatment at the Territorial Correctional Facility.



No swimming or fishing in harbor

The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources is advising residents not to swim or fish in the Pago harbor area until the cause of the water’s strange coloring is identified.



Lemanu reports on renewable energy projects

American Samoa is making a lot of progress towards developing renewable energy sources.  



Polynesian plane down for a few hours

Polynesian Airlines flights for today have been backed up after the sole Twin Otter flying between Fagali'i and Tafuna developed mechanical problems after its first flight arrived at Tafuna this morning. 


Amituana'i charged for resisting arrest

The government has added another felony charge against a man accused of assaulting a Pago Pago homeowner, a caretaker and a police officer.



Lt. Governor Lemanu delivers address

Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga reported on American Samoa's renewable energy efforts at a conference on sustainable development this week.


LFO urges Fono to deal with shortfall

The Legislative Financial Officer has urged Fono leaders to address ASG’s projected shortfall as a critical issue when the Fono returns to session this month. 



LFO Talalemotu Mauga makes the recommendation in an LFO analysis report to Fono leaders about

Youth Day celebration on Friday

A parade, floats, games, entertainment and fireworks are all part of this year’s celebration of Youth Day on Friday, July 4th.

Sexual assault now in High Court

The government’s case against a man accused of touching a 13-year-old sexually was bound over today to High Court.



Governor updated on CMS survey

Governor Lolo Moliga has received a preliminary report of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services survey as well as the LBJ Hospital’s Plan of Correction to address deficiencies cited.  



BlueSky sponsors 4th of July fireworks

The skies will light up this Fourth of July. 



Mr. AS pageant spotlights kidney disease

Nine young men will be vying for the title of Mr. American Samoa in an inaugural pageant organized by the Sosaiete o Faafafine I Amerika Samoa for the purpose of raising awareness about chronic kidney disease.


Gov on hiring of teachers from Samoa

Governor Lolo Moliga has reminded the Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau  that the hiring of teachers from Samoa must follow Human Resources statutes.

Youth Conference July 22-23

Social issues and crimes facing the youth which almost always appear every day in the media will be the focus of a two-day youth conference this month.