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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The holiday season is ‘supposed’ to be a merry time of the year; a time to make new and happy memories with loved ones. TV commercials feature bells ringing, bright colorful lights and music intended to create an atmosphere of happiness, love, and giving. For many, it is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A female Customs agent is in custody at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) on suspicion that she played a key role in the attempted delivery of a package alleged to contain over a pound of meth at the Post Office this past Tuesday. Samoa News has been able to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Fiti Sunia wants to move forward with this matter, noting that Tulituli has been detained at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) since July this year. "Let's get somewhere… one way or another," Sunia said, after asking counsels from both...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The federal case involving the death of an American Samoan man, who died three years ago after he was arrested by police in downtown Honolulu is now with the Supreme Court of the United States. The American Samoan man is Sheldon Paul Haleck, son of former American Samoa...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Prices for many food items decreased last month compared to October, resulting in a drop of 1.5% in the November 2018 Basic Food Index (BFI) — which registered at 102.5 points, according to the Commerce Department’s BFI report released Wednesday. Last month, according to...
Trevor Matheson
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Trevor Matheson has been appointed New Zealand's High Commissioner to Samoa, with accreditation to American Samoa. New Zealand's Foreign Minister Winston Peters said as a long-serving diplomat Dr Matheson is more than suitably qualified for the role. He said Dr Matheson...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Thousands of local residents will get an early Christmas gift today when the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS) starts issuing disaster relief food assistance for qualified victims of Tropical Storm Gita. DHSS director Muavaefa’atasi John E. Suisala has...
Tualauta District #15 Representative-elect Larry Sanitoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tualauta District #15 Representative-elect Larry Sanitoa is "not surprised" that the American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority (ASTCA) defaulted on their lease payment of $4.25 million to the American Samoa Government's Employees' Retirement Fund (ASGERF) which was due...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The pretrial conference for Nick Mataia — which was on the High Court calendar yesterday — has been continued to January 31, as his attorney, Public Defender Michael White, is off island. Mataia is being charged in two separate cases. For the first one, he and his two co...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $2.3 million to the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) to strengthen programs that protect human health and the environment, while the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) has been awarded $12.7...

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