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Expansion of national marine sanctuaries as well as prohibition placed on fishing in the high seas are two federal policies that Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says have impacted the development of the local economy and are taking away local revenues that could help the LBJ Medical Center. This is...
American Samoa’s population has a slight increase of 100 persons  since July last year, according to the “2017 Mid-Year Population estimate” released early this week by the ASG Commerce Department. The estimated population for American Samoa is 60,300 according to DOC data - which shows that the...
MOI KERESETA — A 58-year-old man from Faleniu, accused by the government of breaking the glass door of a store, after the storeowner refused to sell him beer because he was already intoxicated, was among the 14 people taken into police custody over the weekend. Moi Kereseta, aka Mr. Saleka, is...
The more than 800 youth who are currently working under the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) this year did not receive paychecks this past Monday, which was government payday. Since then, Samoa News has been bombarded with phone calls and email inquiries from parents wanting to know when...
Commander for the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Marine Safety Detachment Unit in Pago Pago, Lt. Tanner Stiehl confirmed to Samoa News yesterday that one of the three incidents mentioned by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga in a July 13th letter to the USCG and AS-EPA involved a product that is not...
It would seem the financial woes of American Samoa are pervasive — affecting all areas of government, including the Public Defender’s Office. And while a shortage of lawyers is its oft complaint, this time, a complaint is being made against the Public Defender’s Office for not paying the bill of a...
For his 49th birthday, Brian Cruz Conboy knew exactly where he wanted to celebrate. On a tiny island in the South Pacific where he was born — American Samoa. Brian, a Palagi man whose parents relocated to the territory back in the 1960s, returned home to Long Beach, CA last Friday after visiting...
14 TAKEN INTO POLICE CUSTODY OVER THE WEEKEND It was a busy weekend for police responding to calls for assistance. Fourteen people were taken into custody and held at the Territorial Correctional Facility over the weekend. They appeared yesterday morning for their initial appearances before...
Some senators have suggested that the Education Department hire security guards to watch over public school facilities at night and over the weekend to prevent break-ins and damages to school property. The suggestion, along with recommendations to build fences around all public school campuses, was...
An oversight hearing on “Assessing Current Conditions and Challenges at LBJ in American Samoa” will take place today in the nation's capital. Invited witnesses already in Washington DC to answer inquiries are: Thomas Bussanich Director of the Budget Office of Insular Affairs, Department of the...

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