WCAI News

Old Christmas Trees Cheer Dartmouth Zoo Elephants

Jan 15, 2014
Brian Morris/WCAI

A truckload of old trees is bringing belated Christmas cheer to an elephant at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in Dartmouth. Her name is Ruth, and she has a long-standing - if somewhat roundabout - connection to the Outer Cape.

Andy Fingado pulled into the Buttonwood Park Zoo behind the wheel of a mid-sized green and white truck. He and several zoo workers flipped open the back doors and begin unloading the trees, which were still remarkably green and fragrant. 

January 8, 2014 - The Cape and Islands may have good chance of catching sight of the Northern Lights late, late tonight. 

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center – yes, there is such a thing – is saying that a powerful solar flare on Tuesday has created favorable conditions for seeing the Northern Lights at latitudes much lower than usual – including as far south as Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

Our best opportunity for seeing the Aurora Borealis, weather permitting, should come after midnight tonight until dawn. 

Live Blog: First Winter Storm of 2014

Jan 2, 2014
Alecia Orsini / WCAI

The first winter storm of 2014 is upon us. Our live blog is your one-stop source for all things storm-related. Check back for regular updates.

Brian Morris/WCAI

Martha’s Vineyard gets electric power through a cable that crosses from the mainland to the island. The cable also supplies fiber-optic communications for things like cable TV and cell phone service. In recent years, the cable has failed numerous times, and now Nstar and Comcast are teaming up to install a new one. It’s a complex process that took two years to win approval from various town, state and Federal officials.

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Four years ago, New York-based writer Joshua Prager was looking to buy a small cottage in the Provincetown area. During his search, he came upon an ad with a barn for sale in Provincetown, so he decided to have a look.

“I came upon this remarkable barn that was dilapidated but beautiful,” Prager said.

Brian Morris

The Art Reach Program at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum was honored Friday with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Art Reach was one of 12 winners for after-school and out-of-school youth programs, and will receive a $10,000 prize and a year of communication assistance.

Judge Orders Limits on Falmouth Wind Turbines

Nov 23, 2013
Steve Heaslip / Cape Cod Times

A Barnstable Superior Court judge has ordered the town of Falmouth to limit the operation of two, town-owned wind turbines, including shutting them down completely on Sundays and holidays.

The order comes as Judge Christopher Muse considers complaints from some neighbors that noise from the turbines at the town's wastewater treatment plant causes health affects, including insomnia, headaches and vertigo.

WOODS HOLE – A skeptical crowd filled the Woods Hole Community Hall November 13th to learn about the Steamship Authority's plans to reconstruct the Woods Hole Ferry Terminal. The Authority is looking to address problems related to boat slips and pedestrian safety, while also improving accessibility and meeting flood zone requirements. 

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The U.S. Coast Guard has determined that the light keeper’s house that sits next to the much-photographed Nobska Lighthouse in Woods Hole is, “excess to the mission of the Coast Guard,” according to a spokesman.

That determination clears the way for the government to lease the nearly 140-year-old house to another organization, or to sell it.

Spokesman Joe Klinker says the Coast Guard will always keep possession of the light, which remains an aid to navigation.

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At the statehouse Wednesday a seminar focused on the lessons from Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear catastrophe as applied to the Pilgrim nuclear power station in Plymouth. Moderating that discussion was WCAI’s Sean Corcoran. Panel members at the seminar included Naoto Kan, the former Prime Minister of Japan; Dr. Gregory Jaczko, former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); and State Senator Dan Wolf of Harwich. In the audio posted above, Sean Corcoran discusses the event on All Things Considered with Steve Junker, including the issues of evacuating Cape Cod in the event of an incident at the Plymouth Nuclear Power Station, and Senator Wolf's assertion that the rewards for keeping Pilgrim are not worth the risk. 

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