Thomas Humphrey

Rope Found on Dead Right Whale is From Maine

The rope embedded in the tail of a dead young right whale that washed up on the Vineyard last month is consistent with buoy lines used by trap fishermen in Maine.

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West Tisbury Greenlights Senior Affordable Housing Project

The West Tisbury planning board approved a long-planned affordable housing development at 401 State Road on Monday, one of the project’s final regulatory hurdles.

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Chilmark Farmers Claim They Already Have Right to Host Events

Beetlebung Farm owner Amy Weinberg said that the group believed farms should be allowed to hold events under the current bylaw, which permits “use of premises or structures for...agriculture; or work related directly thereto.”

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High School Science Fair Points to a Bright Future

Island scientists young and old converged at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School on Saturday to hear student presentations at the 25th annual science and engineering fair.

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Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe Holds Whale Burial Ceremony

Tribal leadership maintains it has aboriginal rights to any dead whales that beach along the shores of Noepe — the Wampanoag name for Martha’s Vineyard. Retaining that right has remained a priority for members, who have traditionally made use of whale meat, fat, bones and baleen.

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A League of Their Own

Through candidate forums, voter registration efforts, nonpartisan activism and more, the 
Vineyard chapter of the League of Women Voters encourages engagement in local governance.

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Emergency Striper Size Limits Made Permanent

Federal regulators took steps to bring the striped bass population back from the brink last month when the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission voted to approve restrictions on the size of fish recreational fishermen are allowed to keep.

The new regulation makes permanent the emergency actions to protect the striper stock taken by the ASMFC this summer. Recreational fishermen will be restricted to keep one fish a day between 28 and 31 inches during the season.

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Land Bank Opens James Pond Preserve

James Pond Preserve, a 13-acre parcel next to Lambert’s Cove beach in West Tisbury, opened last weekend after a long delay due to a state review process.

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Wildfire Plan Aims to Increase Awareness

A recently released article about the Dukes County Wildfire Protection Plan looks to help people become more familiar with the potential for wildfires on-Island, and take appropriate measures to mitigate their impact.

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Dead Right Whale Was Previously Entangled Off Canada

The 3-year-old female whale was seen entangled in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in August 2022, and attempts to free it off Cape Cod last year were unsuccessful, according to the New England Aquarium.

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