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The U.S Flag draped oak-coffin of the late former Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, accompanied by a military honor guard, at the Provo Cemetery in Provo, Utah on Mar. 11 for burial service. Faleomavaega passed away Feb. 22 at his home in Provo at the age of 73. Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, Senate...
The marine monument established by the Obama Administration has “detrimental impact” on the “economy and property” of American Samoa as well as on the US fishermen, according to American Tunaboat Association executive director Brian Hallman’s testimony Wednesday before the U.S. House Subcommittee...
The first two batches of tax refunds totaling more than $1 million for tax year 2016 are scheduled to be released today by the Treasury Department and this is great news for the local workforce, especially cannery workers, who filed early and have been waiting for when the checks will be released....
The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources plans to use another funding source for alia boat repairs and upgrades in Manu’a, but not with proceeds from the $1 million American Samoa received following the 2009 tsunami, says DMWR director Va’amua Henry Sesepasara. He was also disappointed with...
LOIMATA MIKA Sentencing for Loimata Mika has been set for early next month after the defendant pled guilty to second degree burglary under a plea agreement which was accepted by the High Court during a change of plea hearing last Friday. Loimata Mika was initially charged with one felony count of...
Following a three-week recess, the Fono reconvened on Monday, with the House offering congratulations to Speaker Savali Talavou Ale, who got married off island, during the break. It was Rep. Vui Florence Saulo who made the announcement of the Speaker tying the knot. Savali’s new bride was not...
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata at a Natural Resources subcommittee hearing today, strenuously objected to the lack of local input, transparency and scientific scrutiny in the marine monument designation process.  Her colleagues, on the committee, echoed the Congresswoman’s sentiments...
The government has awarded a contract to a construction company for repair and improvements to the drainage for the area of the road in Ottoville, in front of the Mormon Church, that during rains creates a large pool of water— known as the “Mormon Lake.” Public Works director Faleosina Voigt,...
Despite impending uncertainties and challenges due to the closing of Samoa Tuna Processors Inc. cannery and the new administration of US President Donald Trump, there is hope that the White House will make good on its campaign promises to improve the nation’s economy, according to ASG Budget and...
Motorist will soon see a slight increase in the retail price of gasoline at local gas stations, with the release this week of the new maximum allowable price (MAP) or wholesale price of all petroleum products sold in American Samoa. For the new MAP — effective Mar. 15 to Apr. 14 — Office of...

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