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Health Department acting director, Vesi Talalelei Fautanu Jr
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Instead of using a quarter-million dollars in local revenue to fund a government-sponsored raffle to boost COVID-19 vaccinations, some senators suggested other options such as working with village pulenu’u. This was raised during the Senate Health/Hospital Committee...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 25-year-old man was arrested last month for engaging in a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. It was the girl’s 35-year-old sister who reported the matter to police and led to the arrest of the defendant, after her little sister was found sneaking out late at...
Attorney General, Fainu’ulelei Falefatu Alailima-Utu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As the fiscal year 2022 budget hearings continue this week, the question of what action the Fono will take — if any — regarding Executive Branch directors who have not been confirmed by the Legislature still lingers, after lawmakers heard an opinion last week Thursday...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old man, who was pulled over for a traffic violation, is being criminally charged, after police allegedly found illegal drugs in his possession. When Falaula Leota appeared in court two weeks ago for a traffic citation, he was ordered to return to court on the...
Human Resources director Lynn Pulou-Alaimalo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Human Resources director Lynn Pulou-Alaimalo told lawmakers yesterday that it is a mandate by Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga that set the salaries of Executive Branch directors at $70,000 annually and deputy directors at $65,0000. She made the revelation during...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three American Samoans, who are plaintiffs in the Fitsemanu v. USA citizenship federal case, have filed a petition for a “rehearing en banc”  or the full-panel of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to review the decision made in June of this year by the three-judge...
Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) director, Taotasi Archie Soliai
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At a presentation during last week’s cabinet meeting, local Homeland Security Department (ASDHS) recommended establishment of a government task force or working group to conduct a study and assessment of food security in the territory. ASDHS and local Agriculture...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of a vehicle pulled over by police last month in Futiga for blacked out tail lights is now charged with violating local drug laws. On June 21, 2021 around 11 p.m, a vehicle was pulled over by traffic officers in Futiga, after they observed it had blacked out...
Cong. Uifaatali Amata
Washington, D.C. —  Friday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed official notice of three grants through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for American Samoa’s airports from appropriations by Congress in COVID economic relief that combine for $...
LBJ’s Chief Executive Officer, Faumuina John Faumuina
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — LBJ Medical Center is awaiting discussions with the governor to provide further guidance on whether the new ASG minimum wage increase applies to the hospital’s workforce, as several workers are moving to resign to work in the Executive Branch, says LBJ’s Chief Executive...

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