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Sarah Mizes-Tan


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. 

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For many federal institutions around the Cape, the end of the government shutdown doesn’t mean that things are back to business-as-usual just yet. 

A New Bedford fishing boat.
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New Bedford fishermen are worried about how catch limits and fishing permits will be affected by the government shutdown, as it enters its 35th day with no end in sight. The shutdown has furloughed many National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) employees, the organization that processes permitting and catch limits. 

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As the government shutdown enters its third week, many federal employees living on Cape Cod are starting to feel the squeeze. Some are beginning to look to community resources for help.

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Lawyers for actor Kevin Spacey entered a not guilty plea on his behalf at his arraignment today in Nantucket District Court.

Spacey appeared in the small courthouse with his two lawyers, entering through a media swarm. He was formally charged with sexual assault and battery of an 18-year-old, in connection with an incident from 2016. 

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The first recreational marijuana store for the South Coast opened its doors to customers on Friday. It's the state's fourth recreational store, and it's the closest store for Cape Cod residents.

The Cape has a little over 200,000 year-round residents, and just under 15 percent are school-aged children. It’s an unusual statistic—towns elsewhere in Massachusetts have numbers closer to 30 percent, and the Cape’s school-aged population is predicted to decline even more over the next decade. For some towns, the answer to this challenge is regionalization of schools; and for some parents, the answer is school choice.

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A new demographic report shows that the number of children on Cape Cod has been declining since 2010, as the population shifts to one that’s more elderly, childless, and seasonal. School officials are already seeing these effects, particularly on the Outer Cape, where enrollment numbers are slipping. 

East coast residents are seeing rats in new places. On Cape Cod in Massachusetts, rats have moved from dumpster denizens to household pests.

For people like Mike Travers, an exterminator with EcoGeek pest control, this means that business is booming. While no one's counting the rats up and down the east coast, Travers says he's seen a definite uptick in the Cape's population over the past five years. These days, he says his company goes out multiple times a day to address rat problems at peoples' homes.

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) wrapped up a two-day bidding process for three  parcels of ocean to be developed for offshore wind farms, the highest grossing offshore wind auction to date.

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare celebrated its 20th anniversary on Cape Cod with a dolphin rescue in Wellfleet. On a blustery November day, team members responded to a call reporting a stranded pod of dolphins. 

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The commercial bay scallop season opened on Nantucket at the beginning of November and will run through the end of March, but for bay scallopers, this year’s harvest is already looking to be pretty lean.

Out in Madaket harbor on the western-most edge of Nantucket, scalloper Blair Perkins is throwing out a test dredge, and scanning his catch for the iconic bivalve that seems to be getting scarcer and scarcer in a net full of shells, crabs and spanish moss. 

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As Massachusetts readies for the opening of its first retail marijuana shops, likely later this month, Cape Cod has set itself up as one of the hardest places in the state to start a recreational marijuana business.

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Governor Charlie Baker formalized his commitment to bringing the offshore wind industry to New Bedford on Monday, after signing a lease with offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind. The lease would allow Vineyard Wind to use the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal for 18 months, from 2020 to 2021, for staging and construction of offshore wind turbines before they are shipped out to the wind farm site roughly 15 miles south of Martha's Vineyard.  

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In the wake of the Cape’s first shark fatality, there have been increasing concerns about the seal population and its impact on tourism and the economy of fisheries, which leaves many people wondering: does Cape Cod have a seal problem?

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After the Cape’s first ever shark bite fatality, Wellfleet town officials met last night to take suggestions from shark experts and local residents about how to prevent another shark attack in the future.