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The governor’s nominations of Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga as Department of Education Director and Ali’itama Sotoa as Director of the Territorial Energy Office have received full endorsement by the Fono. With Matagi-Tofiga and Sotoa, it brings the total to seven cabinet directors fully confirmed by the...
As the Lolo Administration begins its second four-year term, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is moving to approve organizational charts for all executive branch departments and offices. This was an initiative the administration was hoping to complete in the last four years. During last year’s fiscal year...
Hawaiian Airlines has delayed the planned three weekly flights for American Samoa until some time next year, says Commerce Department acting director Keniseli Lafaele, who also said that the proposed development of the old Rainmaker Hotel site, is aligned with the thinking of increased tourist...
The director-nominee for the Department of Human and Social Services, Taeaoafua Meki Solomona, during his confirmation before the House of Representatives yesterday, publicly addressed — for the first time — an incident that was recorded during an alleged meeting that the then-DHSS director had...
A woman and her son have been criminally charged by the police in connection to a case based on a family quarrel, which resulted in an alleged shooting incident that happened in Vaitogi last month. Elaine “Laau” Michaels is facing charges of burglary and misdemeanor assault while her son, Lawrence...
Drug cases where illegal substances are sent through the US Postal Service but end up being dismissed by the court, is one of the issues raised by both the House and Senate during confirmation hearings for Talauega Eleasalo Ale as Attorney General and Le’i Sonny Thompson as Police Commissioner. Le’...
Another pair of cabinet appointees — Le’i Sonny Thompson as Police Commissioner and Catherine Dora Aigamaua Saelua as Budget and Planning Office director — were officially confirmed by the Fono, last Friday. The Senate in separate unanimous ‘yea’ votes of 16-0 handed final decisions down last...
Through a memo issued last Friday, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga reaffirmed his verbal orders for director-appointees not to travel off island until after their confirmation process. He also directed that cabinet members absent from work for personal reasons or unofficial off island travel require...
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has once again frozen the annual increment which was reinstated in October 2015 after it was first suspended when the Lolo and Lemanu Administration first took office in 2013. The suspension of the step-increments was announced in the Cost Containment Measure (CCM)...
On Saturday, January 28, staff members from the Samoan Studies Institute (SSI) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) joined members of the Fagatogo Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (CCCAS) to launch a new publication that focuses on the oral history of Fagatogo Village....

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