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PRINCE OF WALES RAISES OVER MILLION FOR FARMERS
The Prince of Wales has raised over half a million pounds for British farmers directly affected by the latest outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease.   Leading supermarkets such as ASDA, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose have made substantial contributions, as have the Co-operative, Musgrave, Booths, Unilever, Cadbury Schweppes and the national food service distributor 3663.  
Scotland Meets It's Landfill Target
Waste has been a hot topic in the media recently.  With television shows, news reports and events all highlighting the issue of the need to reduce the waste we produce and it seems the message is getting through.  
28/9/2007
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale Dates Starting 4th October
DINGWALL AUCTION MART Thursday 4th October at 11.00 a.m.  - annual show and sale of 1000 store cattle including AA section (includes 300 from Caithness) Friday 5th October at 10.00 a.m.  
Dounreay Apprentices Receive Their CertificatesThumbnail for article : Dounreay Apprentices Receive Their Certificates
This year's Dounreay Apprentices Indenture ceremony took place on 21 September in the Pentland Hotel.   Ten apprentices, from UKAEA and Johnson Controls, received their certificates from John Thurso MP, the guest speaker.  
Dounreay Apprentices WinnersThumbnail for article : Dounreay Apprentices Winners
This year's Dounreay Apprentices Indenture ceremony took place on 21 September in the Pentland Hotel.   Ten apprentices, from UKAEA and Johnson Controls, received their certificates from John Thurso MP, the guest speaker.  
24/9/2007
LOCHMADDY, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 24 September 2007
LOCHMADDY, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (24th September 2007) sold 3,208 sheep of all classes including 70 breeding rams.   Lambs (2,786) averaged 21.67 to a top of 37 gross for Texel crosses from No.  
24/9/2007
Wick, Pulteneytown Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme
The first grant assisted project under the 1.5 M Historic Scotland award to The Highland Council for work within the Pulteneytown Outstanding Conservation Area, in Wick has recently been completed.   Timber sash and case windows and a six panel timber door have been re-introduced into a listed building at 15 Argyle Square and already the owners have been applauded by members of the public for the enhancement this has made to this historic square.  
National Skills Academy for Nuclear Approved by Government
An employer-led proposal has won government approval from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) for the creation of a National Skills Academy for Nuclear.   The announcement made by the Skills Minister David Lammy, 24th September 2007, follows the evaluation of a detailed business plan which was submitted to the DIUS in May 2007.  
North Highland Products Scoops Excellence AwardThumbnail for article : North Highland Products Scoops Excellence Award
North Highland Products, the fastest growing food and drink Company in Scotland, scooped the prestigious Excellence Award at this year's Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards, held in Inverness on Friday.   Commenting on the Award, viewed by the industry as public recognition of the company's achievements, Danny Miller, Chairman, said, "It is indeed an honour to be selected, particularly as we have been chosen by the judges from all the entries, in all categories." "It is a fantastic achievement for a company that has been operating for just two years, in which time we have succeeded in returning profits to our producers and our partners in the supply chain," he added.  
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20/9/2007
Photography Workshop Aimed At Improving Portraits
Local award winning professional photographer John Baikie will be running a workshop aimed at improving the standard of portrait photography by amateurs.   The photography workshop will be held on Saturday 13th October and will feature on photographing people.  
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20/9/2007
Buy A Fantastic Caithness & Sutherland Calendar For 2008 Before They all GoThumbnail for article : Buy A Fantastic Caithness & Sutherland Calendar For 2008 Before They all Go
Martina Cross 2008 Caithness & Sutherland Calendar is the best yet.   Martina Cross had a sell out of her 2007 Caithness & Sutherland Calendar so if you want one for yourself or as a present get your order in soon.  
DOUNREAY SHARES DECOMMISSIONING EXPERIENCE WITH CHERNOBYL TEAMThumbnail for article : DOUNREAY SHARES DECOMMISSIONING EXPERIENCE WITH CHERNOBYL TEAM
Management from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine have spent this week at Dounreay learning how Britain is decommissioning its fast reactor programme.   The primary interest of the delegation has been to share and compare the experience of Chernobyl in managing the change from reactor operations to decommissioning.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 11
REACTOR CLEAN-UP TEAM REACH SAFETY MILESTONE Safety and environmental performance is a way of life for staff and contractors working at Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR).  They have clocked up a thousand days without a lost time accident - a commendable achievement given the enormous range of decommissioning work undertaken at the plant and the mix of companies involved.  
Energy Minister Launches Career Transition Plan For Dounreay WorkforceThumbnail for article : Energy Minister Launches Career Transition Plan For Dounreay Workforce
Shutting down and cleaning up the fast reactor experiment at Dounreay forms a large part of the economy in the north Highlands.  It is worth an estimated 80 million a year to Caithness and north Sutherland and accounts for one in every five jobs locally.  
15/9/2007
Dounreay still crucial to Caithness and Sutherland economy
A third of all employment in the Caithness region remains dependent on the decommissioning activities at Dounreay Nuclear Plant, according to new research.   That is one of the findings of Dr Holger Bergmann, who gave a keynote presentation at the 'Caithness - Beyond Dounreay' conference in Thurso on Friday 14th September 2007.  
12/9/2007
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - 13 September 2007 Sold 3,335 Lambs
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 13th) sold 3,335 lambs at their specially licenced sale of animals lairaged on site before restrictions were imposed.   Store lambs (2,509) averaged 26.17 and sold to 39.80 for Texel crosses from No.  
11/9/2007
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd 12 September 2007
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 12th) sold 189 store cattle.   Bullocks (89) averaged 118.5p per kg and sold to 135p for 307kg Limousins from Garthbeg Farms, Gorthleck, and 640 gross for a 515kg Limousin from Dalchork, Lairg.  
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10/9/2007
New Four Star Guest House in Thurso has Successful LaunchThumbnail for article : New Four Star Guest House in Thurso has Successful Launch
Many locals know Pentland Lodge House as "The Haunted House" from when the Rotary Club used it to frighten children at Halloween.  Now guests get a much friendlier welcome at this newly opened, four-star, guest house.  
9/9/2007
Search to find most enterprising student in Highlands and Islands
The search to find the most enterprising student in the Highlands and Islands concludes this week at the Shell STEP final in Inverness.   Students will battle it out on Wednesday 12 September at Cowan House - the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) head office in Inverness.  
5/9/2007
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Lochmaddy Lamb SalesThumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Lochmaddy Lamb Sales
The First Lochmaddy sale of the season : Scottish Blackface Lamb LOCHMADDY, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 5th) sold 2,367 store lambs.   Lambs sold to a top of 42.50 gross for Texel crosses from No.