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12/4/2017
New M8 ‘missing Link' Set To OpenThumbnail for article : New M8 ‘missing Link' Set To Open
Seven mile central belt motorway work ahead of schedule.   Keith Brown announced today a phased opening of the new M8 starting on Sunday 23 April 2017 - five days ahead of schedule.  
12/4/2017
£3m For Social Entrepreneurs
Action plan to boost Scotland's burgeoning social enterprise sector.   A scheme to encourage the launch of new companies that benefit and involve communities has seen annual funding double to £1 million for each of the next three years.  
12/4/2017
Non-domestic Rates 2017/2018 - Transitional Relief (TR) scheme
The Highland Council advises that Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) bills for 2017/18 are now being issued.   NDR is also known as Business Rates.  
12/4/2017
Unemployment Falls In Scotland
New figures show Scotland's unemployment levels fell by 15,000 over the most recent quarter to 123,000, with the rate down 0.5 percentage points to 4.5%.   The Labour Market Statistics for December to February 2017, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that Scotland’s unemployment rate is now below the UK’s which stands at 4.7%.  
12/4/2017
Highlands Businesses Invited To Get Green Vision At Free Event
Companies throughout the Scottish Highlands are invited to learn from Scotland's leading green business champions at a series of special events to celebrate today's (Wednesday 12th April) launch 2017 VIBES Awards.  This year marks the 18th anniversary of the awards and will also see the unveiling of a new name, VIBES - Scottish Environment Business Awards.  
11/4/2017
Scam Callers Pretend To Be From Telephone Preference ServiceThumbnail for article : Scam Callers Pretend To Be From Telephone Preference Service
Today Bill Fernie received a call from someone with an Asian accent saying he was from the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) and began to ask questions about his personal details and bank information etc.   Bill said," He asked if I was still receiving unwanted calls and that he could stop them.  
Caithness Seacoast Adventure Tours 2017 SeasonThumbnail for article : Caithness Seacoast Adventure Tours 2017 Season
Caithness Seacoast Adventure Tours loacated at Wick harbour have started their new season.   Seacoast offers a range of short and longer tours of the Caithness coast opens up a special way to see the cliffs that cannot be seen from most places.  
11/4/2017
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 11 April 2017
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (April, 11th) sold 12 prime cattle.   Prime bullocks (one) averaged 213.0p (+1.0p) and sold to 213.0p per kg and £1,256.70 gross.  
10/4/2017
Andrew Sinclair - Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party - Wick & East CaithnessThumbnail for article : Andrew Sinclair - Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party - Wick & East Caithness
Having been born and brought up in the county, I am well aware of the issues and concerns facing Caithness.  I've been involved in various community organisations, local forums and representative groups in the past and am also a former member and treasurer of Wick Community Council.  
10/4/2017
Luke Graham - Scottish Liberal Democrats - Wick & East CaithnessThumbnail for article : Luke Graham - Scottish Liberal Democrats - Wick & East Caithness
"I'm standing to be your local councillor because I feel strongly about the community I have lived in all of my life.  I couldn't sit by while local people and the communities we live in are being ignored and while key services are being cut or downgraded.  
10/4/2017
Council Elections - Registration and postal voting deadlines imminent
Voters are reminded of the deadlines for both registering to vote and applying to vote by post in the forthcoming Highland Council elections on Thursday 4 May.   Registration: To be able to vote in the elections, voters must be 16 years or over on 4 May 2017 and must be registered to vote.  
9/4/2017
Karl Rosie - Scottish National Party - Thurso & North West CaithnessThumbnail for article : Karl Rosie - Scottish National Party - Thurso & North West Caithness
I was born and educated in Thurso, and worked locally in the nuclear industry for sixteen years prior to working for Transocean Ltd for 14 years in the oil industry, and I currently hold the position of Constituency Manager for Dr Paul Monaghan, MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.   I am standing for election because the people of Thurso and North West Caithness clearly feel that they are being forgotten by the Highland Council and let down by the incumbent councillors.  
9/4/2017
Linda Malik - Independent - Wick & East CaithnessThumbnail for article : Linda Malik - Independent - Wick & East Caithness
I am an experienced Community Councillor voluntarily serving on numerous committees and groups in the area.  I have achieved local benefits for the community, groups and schools in Wick and Thrumster for many years.  
9/4/2017
Catherine Patterson - Independent - Wick & East CaithnessThumbnail for article : Catherine Patterson - Independent - Wick & East Caithness
Catherine Patterson Independent Candidate - Wick & East Caithness.   Caithness deserves a strong voice to raise concerns and stand up for the area in a positive way.  
7/4/2017
165 Candidates To Contest 21 Council Multi-member Wards
The elections for the 74 seats on The Highland Council, being held on Thursday 4 May, will involve 165 candidates contesting all of the 21 multi-member wards.   Caithness will now only have two wards instead of three.  
7/4/2017
Alexander Glasgow - Scottish Liberal Democrats - Thurso & North West CaithnessThumbnail for article : Alexander Glasgow - Scottish Liberal Democrats - Thurso & North West Caithness
I have been in Caithness since 25 years when we moved for my mother's job teaching modern languages in primary schools.   Unfortunately, I have been without paid employment for some time but have devoted time to community groups and helping the disadvantaged in the county.  
7/4/2017
Council Election - Struan Mackie - Scottish Conservative And Unionist Party - Thurso & North West CaithnessThumbnail for article : Council Election - Struan Mackie - Scottish Conservative And Unionist Party - Thurso & North West Caithness
My name is Struan Mackie and I am the Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate for the Thurso and Northwest ward in this May's Local Government elections.   I work as a business consultant for one of the ‘big four' accountancy firms in the UK and work across the country to support business.  
7/4/2017
Gillian Coghill - Independent - Thurso and North West CaithnessThumbnail for article : Gillian Coghill - Independent - Thurso and North West Caithness
I have decided to seek re - election in Thurso and North West Caithness as an Independent candidate as I feel that I do not want to be shackled by the dictate of a political party.  Local communities need their voices heard and as an Independent I can do this.  
7/4/2017
Council Election - Matthew Reiss - Independent - Thurso And North West CaithnessThumbnail for article : Council Election - Matthew Reiss - Independent - Thurso And North West Caithness
Centralisation in Caithness is damaging for us and our futures.  Examples include the illogical new Ward boundaries, loss of emergency control rooms, planning decisions overturned in Edinburgh and the desperate situation with our hospitals/ambulances.  
7/4/2017
Council Election - Sandra Owsnett - Scottish Green Party - Thurso & North West CaithnessThumbnail for article : Council Election - Sandra Owsnett - Scottish Green Party - Thurso & North West Caithness
"I have lived in Caithness for over 13 years and work at Dounreay.  For most of my working life I have been a Trade Union member and activist.