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To combat the “drug crisis” from which the territory is suffering, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed the American Samoa Drug Control Commission (ASDCC) and tasked it to among other things, “reducing and eliminating the supply of illicit drugs” in American Samoa. In the meantime, the senate...
The government has proposed fee hikes on several Port services, through a bill now pending in the Fono. The measure gives the Department of Port Administration director the authority to review fees and charges every ve years, and if necessary, initiate modification. The ASG Revenue Task Force...
The 2017 Summer Health Academy, headed by the American Samoa Area Health Education Center (ASAHEC), under the American Samoa Community College, was one of the most promising and exciting programs our island had this summer. According to ASAHEC Program Coordinator Monica Afalava, it not only...
Miss American Samoa Incorporated (M.A.S.I.) is celebrating its silver jubilee this year. Part of the 25th anniversary bash will include the participation of all former Miss American Samoa title holders in this year’s pageant, set to be held next month. Current MASI president Simeafou Imo told Samoa...
Another attempt is being made by the Fono to give itself the authority to override the governor’s veto of legislation that’ s been approved by the Fono. Because the measure seeks to amend the local Constitution, it will require approval by voters as well as the U.S. Congress. Introduced last month...
The new ‘green’ building at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) campus is about 90% complete and once it is ready for occupancy, the structure will serve as a Multipurpose Community Center that will cater not only to students, but also the local community. This is according to J.R. Mirasol...

Products “Made in the US by Dream Builders Inc. of American Samoa”, in photo last Friday are: gluten free breadfruit pancake mix (with a receipt on the back), gluten free breadfruit flour and the newest product gluten free green banana flour. Front are freshly based muffins from gluten free green banana flour. [photo: FS]
The locally based company, which uses solar energy to dry breadfruit and process it into gluten free breadfruit our has manufactured a new product, which is made from locally grown bananas — the “fa’i paka” that’s in abundance on island, and available year round. The gluten free breadfruit flour,...
Director of the American Samoa Medicaid Ofice, Tofoitaufa Sandra King-Young says that since American Samoa’ s Medicaid State Plan had never been changed in over 30 years to add more Medicaid providers, “our territory had to overcome several obstacles like lack of financial and utilization data to...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse had a strong message last Friday during the sentencing of a 24-year-old man, convicted of violating local drug laws. According to Kruse, a lot of young people in the territory now-a-days are taking lightly the many opportunities they have, wasting most of their time...
Community members and even lawmakers are assuming that William Reader, a homeless man who lives out of a tent on the side of the main road in Nuuuli, is a spy or a drug dealer. Samoa News was able to interview Reader yesterday morning, to obtain his side of the story. “I just want to let the people...

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