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The American Samoa Visitors Bureau has released details of official holiday travel packages for American Samoa through Hawaiian Airlines, which is working in conjunction with its trade partner — All About Tours — an Oregon-based wholesale tour operator. Visitors Bureau Executive Director David...
A total of twelve cruise ships — including three on their maiden voyages to American Samoa — have been confirmed to call into the Port of Pago Pago in 2017, according to American Samoa Visitors Bureau Executive Director David Vaeafe. “While the number of ships this year is less than the 15 cruise...
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, issued the following statement regarding the House passage of two veterans’ bills on Tuesday. “I am encouraged that the first bills my colleagues in the House chose to address this Congress are these two Veterans’ bills, which will help improve the care...
The American Samoa Legal Aid (ASLA) office is the recipient of a $200,000 plus grant.  The office received notice from Legal Service Corporation (LSC) president, James Sandman. The Basic Field Grant of  $216,539 will be awarded annually for two years 2017-2018 and this is the first time LSC has...
Engineers from Boston-based Crandall have completed a survey of the ASG shipyard and the Shipyard Service Authority is now awaiting an official report on the status of the shipyard, says the authority’s chief executive officer, Moefa’auo Bill Emmesly. Moefa’auo first revealed the survey during a...
The latest data from the Department of Health says the number of suspected Zika cases has increased slightly with one new confirmed case as American Samoa closes out the year 2016. According to DOH, as of Dec. 15, there were 1,026 Zika suspected case with 61 Zika case confirmed through laboratory...
DISTRICT COURT ISSUES SUBPOENAS TO DPS OFFICIALS Due to inmate Michael Agasiva’s alleged refusing to appear in court twice, District Court Judge Fiti Sunia yesterday issued subpoenas for the Acting Police Commissioner, Territorial Correctional Facility warden and a TCF officer to appear for a...
JANUARY SIREN TESTING SET FOR 12NOON TODAY The local Department of Homeland Security reminds the public that the monthly territory-wide emergency siren test for the month of January will be conducted at 12noon today, Jan. 6. And this is the monthly siren test, which is held on the first Friday of...
In our front page photo in yesterday’s Samoa News issue we identified the MV Manu’atele crew as a group — with Gov. Lolo M. Moliga saying the crew — made up all of American Samoans — who sailed the vessel from Washington State to the Territory had set a great example of our being able to control...
Former Department of Human Resources Director, Le’i Sonny Thompson has been appointed as designated Acting Police Commissioner, according to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s latest appointments released yesterday afternoon. Lolo had initially appointed in a Dec. 30 memo, former police commissioner...

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