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Rock Works On The A890 Stromeferry Bypass
The Highland Council has appointed Geo-Rope Ltd to undertake planned maintenance works to the rock face above the A890 Stromeferry Bypass.   Works are programmed to begin on the 10th of July for approximately 8 weeks.  
Jamie Stone Pledges To Fight Tooth And Nail On Maternity IssueThumbnail for article : Jamie Stone Pledges To Fight Tooth And Nail On Maternity Issue
During the time I've spent going door-to-door and chatting to the people of Caithness, it has become clear to me that health services in the North is the biggest concern.   Unsurprisingly, the greatest focus has been on the recent downgrade in maternity care at Caithness General Hospital (CGH).  
Dr Paul Monaghan - SNP Candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter RossThumbnail for article : Dr Paul Monaghan - SNP Candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Dr Paul Monaghan was elected as the Member of Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross in May 2015 and was quickly recognised as one of the hardest working MPs.  Paul was the first Member of Parliament for the far north ever to open an office in the constituency, and over the last two years has assisted over 3,400 constituents, and held over 160 surgeries, public meetings and home visits in every corner of the constituency.  
Cap Reform Payments
Scottish farmers denied the full £190 million.   Scottish hill farmers on average are being denied around £14,000 over a six year period under the CAP convergence uplift Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing has said.  
Leader questions future of Inverness Control Room
Responding to questions asked in the Scottish Parliament, Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson said: "I am shocked to hear that Police Scotland is considering options other than to have the National Database Enquiry Unity (NDEU) based in Inverness.  This would be going back on promises and commitments made since Police Scotland announced the intended closure of the Control Room in Inverness.  
Record Nhs Workforce
Staffing levels continue to increase.   Figures published today show that Scotland's NHS has more staff than ever before, up by over 12,300 WTE under this government.  
Increase In Modern Apprenticeships
On track for 30,000 by 2020 target.   The number of Modern Apprenticeship starts increased to 26,262 and exceeded the 2016/17 annual target, new statistics have confirmed.  
Oil And Gas Innovation Spend Up
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has welcomed new figures showing oil and gas innovation spend in Scotland almost trebled last year.   Funding of £15.9m from Scottish Enterprise supported 82 companies to deliver 111 innovation projects with a combined value of £43 million to develop and maintain companies' global competitiveness.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 7th June 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts, (June, 7th) sold 423 sheep of all classes.   Lambs (102) sold to £77 gross for Cheviots from Allt Nan Subh, Dornie.  
Strengthening Wildlife Law EnforcementThumbnail for article : Strengthening Wildlife Law Enforcement
The importance of forensic science in detecting and tackling wildlife crime will be discussed when representatives from more than 30 countries attend an event in Edinburgh today.   The Society for Wildlife Forensic Science's symposium, which is being held outside the USA for the first time, will focus on how scientists can best support wildlife crime investigations - from illegal timber logging and fisheries, to illegal wildlife trade and persecution on both national and international levels.  
Your vote matters tomorrow
Issued on behalf of the Returning Officer for Highland.   Voters in the three Highland constituencies for the UK Parliamentary General Election of: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; Ross, Skye and Lochaber; and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey are being reminded by Returning Officer Steve Barron that their vote matters.  
Struan Mackie Speaks Out On Caithness maternity and care in your communityThumbnail for article : Struan Mackie Speaks Out On Caithness maternity and care in your community
In The final days to the Westmisnter election Struan Mackie has announced his 'Care in the Community pledge' campaigning ahead of the general election.   "Many voters have asked what my number one priority would be if I am fortunate enough to be elected on the 8th of June.  
Cost of Scottish Independence
New research conducted on behalf of the Scottish Research Society (SRS) by Walbrook Economics concludes that the cost of Scottish independence has risen from a minimum of £850 for the average Scot in 2014 to at least £2000 in 2017.   The evidence is revealed in a new report "Saving Scotland from Financial Meltdown" published by the SRS, which is an update of its previous report "Much cost - Little benefit" published in advance of the independence referendum of 2014.  
Highland Council And Police Highlight Role Of Communities In Countering Terrorism
The Highland Council took part in observing a minute's silence at 11:00 today Tuesday 6 June, in respect of the terrorist attack in London on Saturday 3 June 2017.   Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson said: "Our thoughts and sympathies are with all those affected by these most recent horrific incidents.  
HIE appoints new finance directorThumbnail for article : HIE appoints new finance director
Economic and community development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has appointed a new director of finance and corporate services.   Nick Kenton joins HIE on 4 July from NHS Highland.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts - Sale 6th June 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (June, 6th) sold 7 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (5) averaged 220.9p (-0.1p) and sold to 227.0p per kg and £1,369.60 gross.  
Highland Council pays respect to lives lost in London
A minutes silence was held today at 11am in all Highland Council premises in tribute to the victims of the London terrorist attack.   At the Council's headquarters on Glenurquhart Road in Inverness, staff joined the Members to observe the silence.  
Award Boost For Thurso Engineering Firm - Envision Engineering And Design LimitedThumbnail for article : Award Boost For Thurso Engineering Firm - Envision Engineering And Design Limited
A Thurso based engineering firm has secured an industry accreditation award that will boost its reputation internationally and help attract new business.   Envision Engineering and Design Limited created five jobs when it was set up less than a year ago by Liam Sutherland and Stuart Anderson, both of whom are originally from Caithness.  
Struan Mackie - Conservative Candidate ProfileThumbnail for article : Struan Mackie - Conservative Candidate Profile
I am proud to call myself a Highlander and as a product of the Far North I am honoured to be contesting the constituency I call home.  On June 8th I am asking for your vote to ensure we have the strongest voice in Westminster to fight for you, your family and our community.  
Remember, Remember To Licence For 5th November - New RulesThumbnail for article : Remember, Remember To Licence For 5th November - New Rules
The Highland Council is urging all organisers of community fireworks events that they will need to get their public entertainment licence application submitted soon to the Council if they wish to have a licence in place for Bonfire Night.   With only 5 months to 5th November, organisers of community fireworks events are urged to make early applications for public entertainment licences to ensure that they can be processed and granted in time for their events.