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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of burglarizing two homes, one in Kokoland and one in Fagaima between November and December of last year has been arrested and is now in custody, with bail set at $25,000. Alema Taulaga made his initial appearance in District Court this week. He is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — The young man who spent 70 days behind bars for disturbing the peace in Iliili a few months ago was released from confinement last week, after District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea sentenced him to time served at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). The government...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “We need your help Mr. President,” declared Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga in his Mar. 25th letter to US President Donald Trump, in which the governor shared concerns and the impact to American Samoa due to the coronavirus pandemic.
 The governor points out that “American...
Molina swimming over a reef in snorkle gear
Seattle, WASHINGTON — A coral reef is part of a delicate balancing act. When stony corals dominate the ocean floor, they form vibrant reefs that are home to marine life. Besides being hotspots teeming with life, reefs can protect shorelines from storms by absorbing coastal swell and storm surge....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man with several bench warrants including a huge amount of traffic fines owed to the court was arrested last week on allegations of unlawful possession of illegal drugs. Philip Onofia made his initial appearance in District Court this week. Onofia is charged with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The first Covid-19 test sent from American Samoa has returned negative. The sample was tested at the Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta and was from a female resident who had travelled to New Zealand. The territory's Health Director, Motusa Tuileama Nua, welcomed the...
 Samoa Airways Twin Otter at American Samoa's Tafuna International Airport.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa government owned Samoa Airways has stationed one of its Twin-Otter aircraft in American Samoa to ensure continued air service to the Manu’a island group during the time frame when Samoa’s borders are closed to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Samoa Airways operates...
A Crew from the School Lunch Program, sitting at the table yesterday morning at Manulele Tausala Elementary School compound
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Crew from the School Lunch Program is making it possible for students to receive their lunches despite schools being closed during the outbreak of the coronavirus. At Monday’s cabinet meeting, Education deputy director Fa’auifono Vaitautolu said that the US Department...
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Washington, D.C. — On Thursday U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech announced $858,924 in Technical Assistance Program (TAP) emergency grant funding to the Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA) to procure GeneXpert...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The federal government is providing assistance to American Samoa, under US President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic, and the first shipment of personal protective equipment is due to arrive on island soon. This is according to US Federal...

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