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Amata at markup.jpg  Congresswoman Amata in Committee markup of the bill reforming National Monuments.  [Courtesy photo]
Congresswoman Aumua Amata voted for the National Monument Creation and Protection Act, which was marked up and passed by the Natural Resources Committee, to ensure thorough oversight of future monument designations. “I’m pleased to cosponsor and vote for this bill because it better protects...
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
American Samoa's governor Lolo Moliga has pledged support for the intent of the Paris Agreement on climate change and is backing the United States Climate Alliance. The same day President Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement, New York, California, and Washington announced the formation of the...
Three of the 55-gallon drums that will be used to collect nonperishable food items for the estimated 1,500 cannery workers who will be without paychecks for 5 weeks, when StarKist Samoa shuts down later this month.   [photo: BC]
An estimated 1,500 StarKist Samoa workers will be without a paycheck for five weeks when the cannery shuts down later this month in order to install equipment and carry out other upgrades to their facilities. No paychecks mean no money for electricity, and no food on the table for those affected —...
Elijah Jared Tavai exits the front door of the District Court yesterday morning after his initial appearance on 3 criminal charges — child abuse, patronizing prostitution, and endangering the welfare of a child — stemming from an alleged incident involving one of his male students when he was a teacher at Leone High School.  [photo: AF]
A 29-year-old man — a Leone High School (LHS) music teacher — from Lepuapua has been charged for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a male student, who later contracted a sexually transmitted disease. Elijah Jared Tavai made his initial appearance before District Court Judge Fiti Sunia...
Palolo hunting in American Samoa. [photo: Sea Pics.com]
It's that time of year again. Time to break out the homemade nets, a flashlight, and a plastic container to scoop up the delicacy that is only found in this part of the world, during this time of year: PALOLO! According to the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR), the palolo rising...
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Among the conditions of a second loan for the American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority is that the ASG Employees Retirement Fund has part ownership in the spur connecting American Samoa to the new Hawaiki Submarine Cable, to be launched mid-2018. This is according to testimony by Retirement Fund...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
Now that the Executive Branch workforce has returned to a full 80-hour pay period, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has set by executive order the regulating and controlling of over- time and compensatory time; and all are required to follow or be subjected to termination if violations continue. During a...
The 26th Police Academy kicked off yesterday with training inside the conference room at the OMV in Tafuna, with 32 recruits. [photo: AF]
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson has called on recruits of the new police academy not to deviate from carrying out their duty, which is to protect the lives of the com- munity — young and old — including many foreigners who have made American Samoa their home. “This is the beginning of a new...
Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi  [SN file photo]
Doctors are still conducting checks in New Zealand on Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi since being medivacced late last week. The medical checks were recommended by doctors in Samoa. In a statement yesterday the Prime Minister said the checks were progressing well and doctors would...
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After nearly three years, the High Court finally issued a decision in the case of a 26-year-old woman who was found with a glass pipe used to smoke “ice” or methamphetamine, hidden in the crotch of her pants. April Peric, a mother of two, was initially charged with two drug offenses: unlawful...

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