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Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale. [SN file photo]
During Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale provided some details of what occurred behind the scenes at the Attorney General’s Office that later led to American Samoa successfully arguing in federal court to overturn a federal decision on the Large Vessel Protected Area...
During the QUEST session offered over the spring break, ASCC students Saelia Holmgren (foreground) and Claudia Thompson work together to measure the amount of relief in the reef, a metric known as rugosity.  [Courtesy Photo]
Have you ever wondered how reef and fishery health are measured? Students in the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Marine Science Program learned many of the standard methods used by scientists to measure marine health over spring break. As part of the MSC 280, Marine Science Special Projects...
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson told a House committee that the approved fiscal year 2017 budget to cover “inmate food” at the Territorial Correctional Facility is “not even sufficient” to provide three daily meals a day, seven days a week, for the entire year. Currently, the inmate...
Amata with Secretary Ross after their discussion.  [Courtesy photo]
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata appealed to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Wednesday about the importance of removing the prohibition of American fisherman to fish in the waters of the National Marine Monuments.  “My conversation with Secretary Ross was about the...
New land leases inside the Pago Pago International Airport compound are subject to review by the Federal Aviation Administration, with three new leases expected to add more than $140,000 a year to the ASG coffers. However, Rep. Kitara Vaeau claims that the FAA “has no business” when it comes to...
American Samoa Government’s minority share in the undersea fiber optical cable that was officially launched in the summer of 2009 would not be affected with the acquisition of Bluesky assets in American Samoa by a Fiji based company, according to documents filed with the US Federal Communication...
Design of the longline dock project is on hold pending additional funding, while the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has directed its staff to inquire with Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga about the status of the longline dock and whether it’s a priority for the Lolo Administration;...
Although no date set yet for Flag Day Fautasi race, you can read all about the crews and boats in our Fautasi Fiva features starting Thursday, March 30. [photo: TG]
While the fautasi race is confirmed for this year’s Flag Day celebration, the actual date of the race is not firmed up yet, says Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga during yesterday’s cabinet meeting. There was no mention yesterday if there will be a fautasi from Samoa in the annual regatta,...
The Gurr family discovered, what one family member says appears to be a piece of a fishing boat, on the beach fronting their home at Maloatoa around Sunday afternoon (Mar. 26).  [Courtesy photo]
A local resident has wondered, and the reason Samoa News was contacted, if a large piece of what appears to be from a fishing boat  found on a Tutuila shoreline village over the weekend is linked to the discovery in Samoa of a “massive piece of wreckage.” And Samoa Police Commissioner Fuiavailiili...
A special bulletin from the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security – TEMCO was issued yesterday, at 11 a.m., Monday, March 27, 2017, asking residents and those who frequent the area of Lauli’i Elementary to report any information pertaining to the damage and missing siren parts to the...

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