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FA’ATAUALOFA MEKI A man from Samoa, who arrived in the territory recently under a 30-day visitor’s permit, and described by the District Court as a visiting tourist, has been ordered to return to his home country and not to break any local laws, if he visits American Samoa again in the future. Fa’...
Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele has described a move by the US National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) to hold just one public meeting in American Samoa to “meet federal policy” in gathering public input on a new federal proposed rule, as “very deceptive”. Additionally, this proposed...
In an Oct. 25 general memorandum, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga ordered the suspension of all locally grown vegetable farms from supplying the federally funded School Lunch Program, while seven government agencies have been directed to conduct site visits of all vegetable farms on island — and certify...
On Friday, October 28, Dr. Seth Galea’i, President of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC), sent out two memos to the College’s administration, faculty and staff. The first was a heartfelt message announcing his retirement after eight years as President in order to address medical issues,...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga publicly lashed out at the gubernatorial team of former lieutenant governor Faoa Aitofele Sunia and Rep. Larry Sanitoa regarding the ASG Employees Retirement Fund, which the governor says lost money during Faoa’s tenure — when he was a member of the Board of Trustees....
YUSEFF CARTER The government’s case against a man who is accused of receiving methamphetamine via the US Postal Service had his case bound over to the High Court, where the defendant entered, through his defense attorney, a not guilty plea last Thursday. Yuseff Carter was charged two weeks ago with...
Instead of bringing off-island workers, the contractor for the Ta’u Renewable Energy Project, which provides solar energy to power electricity for Ta’u Island, hired 15 local men on the island to do the work. American Samoa Power Authority contracted California-based Solar City for the Ta’u project...
Pago Pago, A.S. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, issued the following statement regarding the Department of Defense’s (DOD) decision to suspend efforts to collect reimbursement from California National Guard soldiers who were awarded enlistment bonuses for which they were ineligible. “I want to applaud...
The now eight-year old Pemerika Sameli Tauiliili, who was flown to Honolulu and later underwent a six-hour surgery, has been released from Kapiolani Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and is doing well and attending an elementary school in Honolulu, his father Ionatana Tauiliili said. Little Peme...
Traditional leaders of Vaifanua county council have again selected Sen. Gaoteote Tofau Palaie, the current Senate President, to take up their senatorial seat for the next four years, when the new 35th Legislature is sworn into office at 12noon on Jan. 3, 2017, county sources told Samoa News over...

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