Block Island

Environment
8:50 am
Tue May 13, 2014

CRMC May Vote To Approve Deepwater Wind Project

The CRMC may approve a wind turbine project in Rhode Island.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Coastal Resources Management Council will discuss a subcommittee’s recommendation to approve Deepwater Wind’s proposed Block Island Wind Farm Tuesday. This may be another big vote for the project.

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Environment
11:17 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Deer Culling On Block Island Postponed Until Next Year

Virginia white-tailed deer.
Credit Forest Wander / Creative Commons

The deer culling scheduled to begin this week on Block Island has been postponed until next year. The sharpshooting company hired to cull the deer recommended to postpone the project.

With no natural predators on the island, the Virginia white tailed deer population has grown out of control.
The deer have damaged the island’s ecosystem and spread Lyme disease.

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Environment
5:30 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Deer Culling On Block Island Begins Next Week

Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Professional sharpshooters will descend on Block Island next week to cull the island’s deer population.

The Connecticut-based company hired to cull the deer population has been scattering bait since early February to lure deer to specific areas around Block Island.

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Environment
3:19 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Deepwater Wind Awards Another Contract

The Bold Tern installing Alstom's HaliadeT 150 6 megawatt wind turbine offshore demonstrator turbine in Belgium. This is the same type of wind turbine Alstom will supply to Deepwater Wind.
Credit Copyright: Alstom / Nicolas Jobs

Deepwater Wind has selected a Norwegian company to carry and install the turbines for the Block Island offshore wind farm project. This is the second contract Deepwater has awarded recently.

The Norwegian company, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, is supplying what’s called a liftboat to install the wind turbines. The liftboat, called the Bold Tern, has a large open deck and cranes robust enough to manage the weight and size of a wind turbine while at sea.

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Environment
3:53 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Deepwater Wind And Alstom Sign Major Agreement For Block Island Wind Farm

Credit RIPR File

Deepwater Wind selected the French company Alstom to supply its wind turbines for the Block Island offshore wind farm project.

According to a company press release, Deepwater Wind made an initial multi-million dollar payment to Alstom back in December, so that the French manufacturer could begin to build the turbines.

Alstom will supply Deepwater Wind with five 6 megawatt turbines, including tower sections for the wind farm. Construction of the turbines marks a major milestone for the project.

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Environment
9:11 am
Mon January 20, 2014

State Managed Deer Hunt Begins On Block Island

A Virginia white-tailed doe.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Starting Tuesday, the second annual state managed deer hunt will be held on Block Island.

It’s the only hunt of its kind on state-owned land. 

The four week hunt takes place on a one-hundred fifteen acre parcel of state-owned land known as Black Rock.

Any Rhode Islander with a state hunting license is eligible to take part in the hunt. However only six hunters will be allowed on the property per day; they’ll be chosen via a lottery system. The bag limit is eight deer per hunter.

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Environment
8:52 am
Fri November 8, 2013

RI DEM Announces Plans To Cut Down Exploding Deer Population

The population of Virginia White-tailed deer has exploded on Block Island. Now officials must cull the population by hiring sharp-shooters.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The state Department of Environmental Management has announced plans to cull the population of Virginia white-tailed deer on Block Island.

The density of white-tailed deer on Block Island is estimated at 80 to 100 per square mile.  That’s eight to ten times the desirable level so the state Department of Environmental Management has decided to cull the herd.

The DEM’s Catherine Sparks says they’ll hire professional sharp shooters to kill some of the deer early next year.

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Health Care
5:03 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Doctors Dropped From Medicare Ask State Leaders For Help

Credit Wikimedia Commons

United Healthcare has notified an unknown number of Rhode Island doctors that they’re being cut from its Medicare Advantage plan network. The news comes during Medicare’s open enrollment period and could affect thousands of senior citizens in the Ocean State.

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Health Care
4:57 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Block Island Asks State For Help Combatting Lyme

Female deer ticks, satiated after a blood meal, in test tubes in Yale University's tick lab.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Block Island Health Service officials say the state Department of Health has agreed to meet with them about the steep increase in Lyme disease on the island. Island officials want the state to take a more active role in fighting the disease.

Block Island Health Services officials say they’ve seen 68 cases of Lyme disease through August of this year. That’s up from 48 for all of the previous year. Health service head Barbara Baldwin says she decided it was time to ask for some help.

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Arts & Culture
8:40 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Rhode Island Airports: Galleries for Local Artists

The gallery space at TF Green Airport.
Credit Courtesy RISCA

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is taking submissions from local artists for gallery space at TF Green and the Block Island airport.

An airport might not be the first venue that comes to mind when one thinks of an art gallery. But both the Block Island Airport and TF Green have set aside space to highlight the work of Rhode Island artists. Now the state’s arts council is looking for work to fill those spaces next year.

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