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A look at the Luani Family car that was destroyed by a fire last week.[Courtesy Photo: Luani Family]
The Luani family whose two homes and vehicle were completely destroyed by a fire last week is seeking assistance from members of the public. Police Commissioner, Save Liuato Tuitele told Samoa News last week that the investigation is underway by the Fire Department, with the Criminal Investigation...
The new YAG laser (left on the table) as well as the eye examination/procedure chair seen last Thursday afternoon the LBJ Medical Center’s Eye Clinic.  [photo: FS]
With the generous support from an Oregon couple, the LBJ Medical Center has new equipment for the Eye Clinic, and this includes a $40,000 yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) III laser, which will help patients waiting for eye surgery — allowing for surgery to happen sooner. The Oregon couple, Kathy and...
Newly selected Senator Tuaolo in a Samoa News file photo.
Senator Tuaolo Vaivao Manaia Fruean will return as senator for Ma’oputasi District when the new Legislature is sworn in next year. “I feel good, everything is fine,” Tuaolo told Samoa News yesterday when asked about his feelings towards the decision. The Pago Pago village council of chiefs...

Former Lt. Gov. Faoa in a Samoa News file photo.
American Samoa Government Employee Retirement Fund (ASGERF) Office Executive Director, I’aulualo Talia Fa’afetai has kept his word —  when he first took the position of the Office’s director he said they would be auditing the benefits distribution account to determine if there are discrepancies....
Agriculture Department acting director Peter Gurr says DOA farm inspectors will be visiting the majority of local farms by the end of next week, and some farms have been issued certificates by DOA to sell locally grown vegetables on the roadside, markets, stores and restaurants. On Oct. 25, Gurr...
The three finalists in Lau Gagana! Tuvaaga Tusiga Tala Faasamoa, a writing competition in the Samoan language organized by the ASCC Samoan Studies Institute are (left to right) second place winner Andrea Faalei'ua, first place winner Dorothy Mana'o, and third place winner Oneata Melody R. Soi.  [Photo: J. Kneubuhl]
            The Samoan Studies Institute (SSI) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) held an awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 1st, to recognize the top three finalists in its Samoan language writing competition Lau Gagana! Tauvaga Tusiga Tala Faasamoa. ASCC student Ms. Dorothy Mana’o...
“It is vital to patient survival that the first responders within a healthcare facility are able to perform CPR both confidently and competently. Unfortunately, even healthcare providers who are well trained often struggle to maintain their resuscitation skills and often do not consistently perform...
Developing wind power on Tutuila is one of the renewable energy strategies for American Samoa identified by American Samoa Renewable Energy Committee (ASREC), which has set a goal to have the territory using 100% renewable energy by 2040, according to the updated 2016 American Samoa Energy Plan...
In this December 2015 Samoa News file photo, the new dialysis unit at LBJ was previewed to the press. [SN file photo]
Dialysis patients in Manu’a will no longer need to come to Tutuila for their dialysis treatment, once the LBJ hospital moves forward with their plan to take three or four dialysis chairs to Manu’a, this is according to hospital Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina. Responding to Samoa...
TAOA DIRECTOR RESIGNS FOR HEALTH REASON Territorial Administration on Aging (TAOA) director Tifimalae Ale has resigned from his post for health reasons, a TAOA official says, but referred Samoa News inquiries on Monday to the Governor’s Office. The governor’s executive assistance Iulogologo Joseph...

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