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November 10, 1999
Samoa News

SENATE ENGAGES IN DEBATE OVER REMOVING LUTU AS SENATE PRESIDENT

By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 10, 1999 – Samoa News)---Senator Lutu T. Fuimaono is still the Senate President, but several Senators are challenging his status.

A "vote of no confidence" debate began yesterday and will continue today.

The no confidence motion was prompted after allegations reached the Fono (and spread like wildfire) that Lutu testified at a court hearing earlier in the day that a Senate Resolution does not have authority over his actions as President.

The motion to oust Lutu was introduced by Senator Savea Aga during the opening of the five-day Fono Special Session, called by Governor Tauese to consider only two issues: the FY 2000 budget and the land lease for the Centennial Building.

The ensuing debate was heated and the raised voices of Senators Lutu and Tuilefano M. Vaelaa captured the attention of Fono staff members in their offices.

 

COURT REVIEWS FIRING OF FORMER FONO STAFFERS

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 10, 1999 – Samoa News)---Senate President Lutu T. Fuimaono openly disagreed yesterday morning during a court hearing with the way two Fono employees were fired several months ago by the Speaker of the House, Aina Saoluaga Nua, and Senate President Pro-tem Tuilefano Vaela‘a.

And he stated his belief that the Senate cannot administer the affairs of the Senate by resolution if he disagrees with their actions. This statement got him into serious political hot water back at the Fono.

 

PAGO COUNCIL WILL REOPEN TAUTUA HALL ON NOVEMBER 27

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 10, 1999 – Samoa News)---"The previous groups that held church fundraising bingos at the Tautua Hall when it was run by CCJS Atinae will get first preference for using the hall when it reopens for business on November 27th," according to Pago Pago Village Council spokesperson High Chief Gi Malala.

He said 16 churches have contacted the village council and asked to use the hall for bingo fundraisings.

 

LETULI TITLE TRIAL POSTPONED UNTIL JANUARY 2000

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 10, 1999 – Samoa News)---The trial to choose a successor to the vacant Letuli title was recently postponed until January by the High Court.

The trial was to have begun last week, but it was postponed to January 17, 2000 because one of the counsels, who had only recently been retained to replace another legal counsel who fell ill, asked to be given time to familiarize himself with his client’s case.

 

SOUTH PACIFIC MISSIONS BOOK ROOM AT ITS NEW LOCATION

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 10, 1999 – Samoa News)---"God gave us a perfect location and a convenient place for the business," said Helen Pena of the South Pacific Mission in describing the recent relocation of The Book Room.

"We’ve been getting new customers since we moved," Mrs. Pena said.

The Christian bookshop has been around for over twenty year. It is under the management of Pastor Chris Pena and his wife Helen, who minister at the South Pacific Missions, with services held at the ASCC’s auditorium.

The Book Room is now located just across the street from ASCC, having moved from its former location in Pava‘ia‘i.

 

KVZK STAFF BRAVING MT. ALAVA RIDGE ROAD TWICE A DAY

By Tootoo Aleki

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 10, 1999 – Samoa News)---When the remote control at home goes on the blink, it means getting off the couch and walking over to the television set.

When KVZK-TV’s remote control goes on the blink, it means station personnel have to drive the dangerous jeep trail to Mt. Alava two or three times a day to turn the transmitters on and off.

That’s just what has been happening the past few weeks.

Engineering staffers travel up to Mt. Alava from the Pago/Fagasa mafa at dawn to switch on the transmitters for channels 2 and 4, and then repeat the feat at midnight to turn the transmitters off.

Sometimes Channel 4 is not turned on in the morning and a separate afternoon trip is necessary.

KVZK expects to repair their remote control connection in the near future. At that point, the engineering crew will be able to turn the transmitters on and off from the Utulei studios.

 

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POKER MACHINE OWNERS SUE ASG TO GET MACHINES RETURNED

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 9, 1999 – Samoa News)---It was inevitable that the poker machine operators would eventually fight back against the government's seizure and confiscation program.

The High Court yesterday morning issued an order for the ASG and its Poker Machine Task Force to show cause for their actions during a hearing now set for Monday, December 13, 1999 at 9 a.m.

 

MCDONALD’S CONSTRUCTION WILL BEGIN NEXT MONTH

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 9, 1999 – Samoa News)---Construction of the McDonald’s restaurant in Tafuna will start next month, according to Agaoleatu Charlie Tautolo, one of the partners in the company which is planning to bring American Samoa into the age of the Golden Arches.

Acknowledging the delays in the project, Agaoleatu said he hopes the fast food restaurant will be open next March, which would be six months behind schedule. He said all six local managers are back on Tutuila after completing five months of training in Australia.

 

PURSE SEINER OFFICER DON DICKEY DIES SCUBA DIVING

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 9, 1999 – Samoa News)---Don Dickey of Iliili, a well known member of the purse seiner community, died while scuba diving off the coast of Tutuila Sunday in Larsen’s Cove.

The navigation officer of the Tafaimoana purse seiner was married to a local woman and had four young children. He was diving for recreation at the time of his death with local dive guide Chuck Brugman.

Brugman said Dickey was an experienced diver, but something apparently went wrong for Dickey at 120 feet of depth.

 

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM SET FOR DECEMBER 8-10 AT FAGATOGO MALAE

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 9, 1999 – Samoa News)---The 1999 Territorial Christmas Program will be held at the Fagatogo Malae over a three-day period starting on December 8th, according to Acting Governor Togiola Tulafono.

In a November 3 general memorandum distributed to all government agencies, Togiola urged the agencies to fully participate and make this year’s event a significant one, as it is the last of the century.

Because of the past success of the Christmas caroling program at the Fagatogo Malae, Togiola said, "We have determined, therefore, we would try and present another great program this year through your kind participation."

 

SAMOA PACKING HONORS VETERAN EMPLOYEES

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 9, 1999 – Samoa News)---A crowd of 300 packed the Pago Bay Restaurant Saturday evening to celebrate Samoa Packing’s longest-serving employees, almost 100 workers who have been with the Atu‘u company for at least 20 years.

Nine employees have at least 30 years tenure with the company. Master of Ceremonies Kose Afoa was among those who were honored, having spent 21 years helping produce Chicken of the Sea.

General Manager Herman Gebauer (27 years) addressed the invited guests, families, friends and relatives. Also attending were division heads and supervisors as well as Senator Savea Aga, who conducted the blessing for the banquet dinner.

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