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Feo Lagafuaina (left) and Veronica Vaouli-Gasio (right)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — To keep the momentum going and to ensure that all local residents stranded in the US are able to return home, Tagata Tutu Faatasi Alliance of American Samoa’s local members, along with family members, friends, supporters and repatriated passengers — returned last Friday...
Palm Sunday procession
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Leading the procession of worshipers on a cloudy Palm Sunday, from Saint Joseph Community Malae, to the Holy Family Parish Cathedral for a combined Mass at Fatuoaiga. Prior to the procession, made up of more than 200 parishioners, there were morning prayers and blessing...
U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The federal government has requested additional time to file a response to the Territory of American Samoa’s writ of certiorari petition to review a federal appeal’s court ruling, which reversed a lower court decision dealing with the Large Vessel Protected Area (LVPA)...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The first of three cases against Tavita Lemuelu has been dismissed, under a plea agreement with the government. Last week, the defendant appeared in District Court and pled guilty to public peace disturbance in the second case. In the third case, the defendant pled...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who pled guilty to public peace disturbance has been sentenced to 12 months probation, because the court said the 6-months probation recommended by attorneys from both sides is not enough. Leati Mapu was initially charged with two counts of third degree assault and...
ASG officials at Ofu runway rehab groundbreaking
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Due to construction on the runway, Ofu Airport — in the Manu’a island group — will be closed from Apr. 19th and will remain closed for up to six months, according to Port Administration director Christopher King in a recent public notice. Port Administration apologizes...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga and the First Lady Ella Perefoti Mauga left for Manu'a last week on Samoa Airways and were scheduled to return Saturday afternoon, March 27, 2021. According to a press release companying them on the trip were Lt. Governor Talauega...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a Mar. 22 memorandum to cabinet members, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga announced that ASG’s Commerce Department is accepting proposals from governmental departments or agencies for wellness programs to help improve the healthiness and fitness of the ASG...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who allegedly slashed two tires on his wife's truck has been arrested and charged with third degree property damage. Michael Tivoli made his initial appearance in District Court last week, where he entered a 'not guilty' plea to the single charge against him. The...
Barbecued turkey tails
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Basic Food Index for January 2021 recorded a “significant increase of 1.6%” from December 2020, and this is due to the “high cost in turkey tails, chicken legs, fish, rice, ice cream and corned beef,” according to the index report released last week by the Commerce...

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