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In this Oct. 10, 2017 file photo Ernie Haleck (middle) - the lead instructor in Firearms and Tactics for the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and DPS in American Samoa - briefing local police officers, on the last day of a 2-week training course that certifies them to carry weapons. [photo: AF]
There are a lot of concerns from Fono members — and also complaints from the community — in seeing some police officers, including the Police Commissioner, carrying weapons while performing their duties; but Senator Fa’amausili Mau Jr. supports the move by Le'i to arm police. “It’s in the law,” Fa’...
 Unutoa Auelua Fonoti [Photo: supplied via RNZI]
Samoa's telecommunications regulator is meeting with mobile phone service providers from American Samoa this weekend to try to fix signal interference on the eastern side of Samoa's Upolu island. The regulator Unutoa Auelua Fonoti said the interference has been causing problems since May. She said...
Luki Te'etai Tuitasi and the crew from Public Works are preparing the area in front of the Jean P. Hayden Museum, for the construction of a new 2-story structure that will provide more storage, office and display space for the Jean P. Hayden Museum. See story for details.  [photo: Blue Chen-Fruean]
The Jean P. Hayden Museum will be getting a much-needed facelift. While the original building will remain intact, a new extension that will feature a two-story structure will be built on the side where the old restrooms, a carving area, and storage rooms were housed many years ago. Governor Lolo...
 A Taro plant [Photo: RNZI/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
Only farmers, and not middlemen, will be able to export taro from Samoa to American Samoa under new requirements. American Samoa's director of agriculture Filifa'atali Mike Fuiava said met with counterparts in Samoa to explain the new rules, but needed more time to explain the requirements to...
 A screenshot of the registry website [Photo: americansamoa.nsopw.gov/]
American Samoa's Governor Lolo Moliga has signed into law a bill amending the American Samoa Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, or SORNA. The changes allow American Samoa to be in substantial compliance with requirements of the US Sex Offender Registration Act. Under current law, Tier...
Rendering of the proposed new Fono Building. [SN file photo]
Due to the many concerns from members of the House Agriculture, Marine & Wildlife and Forestry Committee, on the issues of Federal regulations that affect fisheries in American Samoa, the director of the Department of Marine Wildlife Resource, Va’amua Henry Sesepasara, asked House members to...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata. [courtesy photo]
Congresswoman Aumua Amata (R-AS) along with her colleagues Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D- CNMI) and Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU) wrote to Chairman Phil Roe and Ranking Member Tim Walz of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs requesting an oversight hearing to...
A21 WALK IS TOMORROW, EVERYONE IS INVITED For the second year in a year, the ALLIANCE for strengthening families (Mau mo le Fa;amalosia o Aiga) and other local partners are collaborating to host the annual walk for freedom. Last year, over 50 people showed up and this year, more expected to join...
The Fono has officially passed the Administration’s fiscal year 2018 supplemental budget after lawmakers reduced the total by more than $300,000. Lawmakers — in both the Senate and House — endorsed two revenue measures from the Administration, as the Fono is set to close, at the end of business...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has called it, “insufficient for our fleet and our territory”, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s proposed rule of 1828 fishing days for calendar year 2017 for U.S. purse seine vessels in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and on the high seas —...

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