Sarah Tan

Reporter

Sarah Tan is a reporter for WCAI covering news on the Cape, Islands and South Coast. She's bounced around on all the coasts and comes to the station from Oakland, California, where she was freelancing for public radio stations KQED, KALW and KRCB. Before that, she was a print reporter for the Times Picayune in New Orleans, and before that, she was just a girl with dreams of being a journalist on Long Island, New York. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Johns Hopkins University. 

You can also follow her coverage on Twitter @sarahjtan.

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After over a year of being banned from meeting by President Donald Trump's administration, the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission was able to meet for the first time on Monday at the National Seasahore headquarters in Wellfleet. Commissioners discussed the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant and how that could affect the seashore, and also heard plans for addressing shoreline erosion due to this past winter's storms. 

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Some town waterways on the Cape will soon be getting an influx of oysters.  It’s an intervention that town managers hope will have multiple benefits for the water quality, the ecosystem, and for local shellfishermen.

 

 

 

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Massachusetts has chosen energy company Vineyard Wind to build the state’s first offshore wind farm. Now, the company has broken ground for the first time, as it begins testing soil samples at a potential onshore site in Centerville.

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Senator Ed Markey visited the Army Corps of Engineers in Buzzards Bay late on Friday to discuss the possibility of the federal government helping to rebuild the Sagamore and Bourne Bridges. Under a new bill authored by Markey, along with Senator Elizabeth Warren and representatives Bill Keating and John Garamendi, funding may be able to be granted to the Army Corps to help make Cape evacuation routes, which rely entirely on the two bridges, safer. 

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On Wednesday, the Commonwealth held a forum for businesses across the region to hear from Vineyard Wind, the first offshore wind company to win a contract with the state to provide 800 megawatts of power. The meeting included large international companies like General Electric, and smaller local crane operators and boat repair companies as well. 

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Nantucket is gearing up for the summer season, when it becomes a prime vacation destination. But for a portion of the island’s year-round population, it's when finding housing becomes a squeeze.

 

 

 

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Since the Trump administration began instating a cap on H-2B visas, the visas often used by businesses to hire seasonal foreign workers, many companies on the Cape have struggled to find summer employees. Though a recent raise in the cap is expected to add an additional 15,000 H2B workers nationally, some are looking towards Puerto Rico as a way to fill vacancies. 

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Massachusetts made a big step forward in its push to rely more on renewable energy by agreeing to purchase 800 megawatts of offshore wind power from Vineyard Wind. The New Bedford-based company was one of three competing for a contract with the state. The proposed farm is poised to become the largest offshore wind farm in the country. 

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Massachusetts is gearing up for the creation of the state's first offshore wind farm. If proposals are accepted, the state could soon be home to the largest offshore wind facility in the country.

 

 

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The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel met on Thursday to vote on new recommendations they will send to the state regarding the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. The plant has been plagued by outages in the last year and is scheduled to be shut down next May.

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With its rushing current and ever-changing tides, the Cape Cod Canal has become the country’s first test site for a new kind of renewable energy source. Researchers at the University of Rhode Island and the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative hope that soon they'll be able to add tidal energy to the list of renewable energy sources, and the canal could be the place where companies test prototypes. 

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Kelp farming is on the rise around the Cape and Islands, as more growers are finding reasons to love this ocean crop. From researchers like Scott Lindell at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute who want to farm the crop for biofuel, to shellfishermen in Chatham who want to sell it to food markets, the past two years have seen an increase in permits and requests for permits for kelp fishing. 

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New Bedford has some of the highest rates of opioid overdose-related deaths in the state, and as the toll continues to rise, the New Bedford police department is considering some new approaches.

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Sergeant Sean Gannon's police dog Nero is recovering from his injuries and is on the mend. Gannon was fatally shot and his Belgian Malinois injured in the neck and shoulder while delivering a warrant last month. Nero has undergone surgery to repair a torn esophagus, and a bullet still remains lodged under his shoulder. Despite this, he visited the Yarmouth Police Department and appeared energetic and alert. 

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Rabies vaccination for raccoons has begun on the Cape. It's part of a bi-annual effort run by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Cape Cod Rabies Taskforce to keep rabies in check. 

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