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Government vehicle licensed to Dept. of Agriculture
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three female employees of the Dept of Agriculture were involved in a deadly traffic accident New Year's Eve. The driver has been jailed, one woman has died, and the other is reportedly in critical condition at the LBJ Hospital. It is alleged that the accident was...
The ASPA Operations building in Tafuna
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa Power Authority acting executive director, Wallon Young provided to Samoa News an ASPA report on what caused the power outage just after 9a.m., Monday. The outage caused concerns among businesses, which were already busy with closing out books for 2019,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man caught with meth and pot was sentenced last week to 5 years probation. Matthew Onofia has been in custody since his arrest last year. He was initially charged in two separate cases: unlawful possession of methamphetamine in the first case and unlawful...
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's Meteorology Service says Tropical Cyclone Sarai has been downgraded to a low pressure system as it moves Southeast and away from the Kingdom. The Tropical Cyclone Warning for Tonga is now cancelled. The Fua'amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Center was officially deactivated...
Director of Education Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Director of Education Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga confirmed this week that all public schools — ECE, elementary and high schools — would return to class on Jan. 6, 2020. And she advised parents to take note that students who remain unvaccinated have been contacted by the...
Photo of MMR vaccine and needle
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At Sunday’s cabinet briefing on the measles update, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga said there were no changes to current policies implemented for the outbreak, but he did issue a verbal directive that all students — both public and private schools — be vaccinated before...
Poloa sunset, Dec. 31, 2011.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Good weather and a better year — financially — are on the minds of many local residents, as American Samoa prepares to welcome 2020 at the stroke of midnight tonight, the last in the U.S. “family” to do so. Guam will be the first U.S. possession to ring in the New Year....
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 40-year-old man accused of assaulting another man in Tafuna by striking the victim’s head with a metal pipe made his initial appearance in District Court last week. Asolelei Tagaloa is charged with one count of second degree assault, a class D felony. Bond is set at $...
In Loving Memory
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While death is often referred to as part of the natural order of our lives, it is not an easy thing to accept, especially by family members and friends, whether the departed were public figures or otherwise. Each loss is keenly felt and mourned, with the hope that time...
HAL flight 465  on the tarmac
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While the bomb threat for Hawaiian Airlines Flight 465 from Honolulu to Pago Pago that sent everyone in a frenzy last Thursday evening has been declared ‘non-credible’, questions continue to mount and concerns are being voiced by local residents. A local business woman,...

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