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The federal court in Honolulu has denied the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) motion for reconsideration, to amend the court decision issued this past March that found that the NMFS 2016 rule to reduce from 50 to 20 miles the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) in territorial waters “was...
BILLING CHANGES IN EFFECT FOR ASPA CUSTOMERS Last week, the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) announced changes in billing cycles and billing days, which go into effect this month. Instead of customers receiving bills in the mail after the 21st of each month, the semiautonomous agency will now...
Tile Talamoa Tuala-Tamaalelagi is one of the local artists at the Jean P. Haydon Museum who helped out with the Children's Cultural Maintenance Summer Program that closed last Friday. When asked about his experience working with the children this year, Tuala-Tamaalelagi told Samoa News that one of...
Visiting American Samoa is like stepping back in time — both because of its unsullied natural beauty and its antiquated banking system. The economy runs on cash, but until recently the island had just seven ATMs, only three of which usually worked, to serve 60,000 residents. It's common for...
LBJ Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina told a US congressional panel that the low salary level in American Samoa is making it difficult to fill vacant positions for medical professionals at the hospital. This view is also cited by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, in his...
One of our islands’ most consistent and valuable summer programs came to a close last Friday, after the participants wowed their parents and teachers with special performances, bringing to life some of the many things they learned over the past month. The Children's Cultural Maintenance Summer...
Last week, several businesses on the west side were broken in to and robbed. Samoa News has been unable to confirm if any suspects have been identified. Last Monday, thieves hit up the Tool Shop's Tafuna location. According to a company official, the culprit or culprits took off with some cash, and...
SIVANILA TAUINAOLA  — A citizen of Samoa who has appeared in court six times for various crimes, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for his latest conviction on drug possession. The jail term for Sivanila Tauinaola, who was sentenced late last week in High Court, is among the conditions of...
FUN FILLED FISHING DERBIES — The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) and major sponsor South Pacific (SOPAC) Distributors/Aloha Maid held four Tautai Fagota Fishing Derbies in Ta'u, Leone, Aunu'u and Vaitogi. The derbies were the culmination of the Sanctuary Summer Science in the...
The High Court has ordered Apelu Saito Lilo, convicted of having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl, to depart American Samoa and return home to Samoa, upon serving his jail term at the Territorial Correctional Facility. Lilo, 20, was initially charged with one count each of child...

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