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Caithness Print Solutions Can Get Your Business NoticedThumbnail for article : Caithness Print Solutions Can Get Your Business Noticed
Colin Stewart started the business at end of last year above the Flower patch in River Street, Wick.  The range of services that Caithness Print Solutions provide are as follows, from Printing on T Shirts, Mugs to Businesss Stationary.  
Agreement Reached On New Administration of The Highland Council
The Independent, Liberal Democrat and Labour members of The Highland Council have joined forces to form the new Administration of the Council.  Following a series of meetings, they have agreed to work together to replace the former Independent/Scottish National Party coalition.  
Regeneration Partners Making Good Progress
Partners involved in the effort to regenerate the economy of Caithness and North Sutherland say they are encouraged by the progress being made.   Businesses in the region are currently largely dependent on the Dounreay nuclear plant which is being decommissioned and scheduled for closure by 2025.  
Northern Isles Take Step Closer To MainlandThumbnail for article : Northern Isles Take Step Closer To Mainland
BT is laying a new fibre optic submarine cable between Orkney and the Scottish mainland to help bring its 21st Century Network to the Northern Isles.  The 70 km cable will run from Skaill Bay in Orkney under the Pentland Firth to Dunnet Bay, around five miles east of Thurso.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 8th July 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 8th) sold 57 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (31) averaged 163.8p (-0.9p) and sold to 170p per kg and 1,192.80 gross.  
SEPA - New Scheme For Assessing Licence Compliance
Industries and public bodies in Scotland are being given the opportunity to comment on a new scheme to assess compliance with environmental licence conditions.   The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is looking to streamline its compliance assessment scheme across four regulatory regimes and is urging operators of power stations, landfills and water & sewerage supply, fish famers and chemical manufacturers to comment on its consultation, published today (7 July).  
Stagecoach Launch New Buses In CaithnessThumbnail for article : Stagecoach Launch New Buses In Caithness
Stagecoach in Caithness (formerly known as Highland Country Buses Ltd) celebrated the launch of 3 new coaches as they took to the road on Friday morning to operate on service 958 between Scrabster, Thurso, Wick and Inverness.   The brand new coaches are fitted with CCTV and seatbelts, offering customers added safety whilst travelling on the service.  
Injured Forces Veterans May Get Concessionary Fares In Scotland
CONCESSIONARY FARE REVIEW TERMS PUBLISHED ELIGIBILITY WILL EXTEND TO INJURED VETERANS The Scottish Government is proposing to extend the concessionary fares scheme for elderly and disabled people to ensure that injured forces veterans are included, Finance Secretary John Swinney said today.   Mr Swinney was speaking as the terms for the review of the current concessionary fares scheme were published.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 1st July 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 1st) sold 89 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (48) averaged 164.7p (-1.6p) and sold to 185p per kg and 1,197.00 gross.  
Wick High Team Amongst Prize Winners At ICT Youth ChallengeThumbnail for article : Wick High Team Amongst Prize Winners At  ICT Youth Challenge
An ingenious gadget to help clothes shoppers pick the perfect fit has clinched a trip of a lifetime to America for a team of young entrepreneurs from Nairn.   The inventiveness and marketing skills of Nairn Academy students Jennifer Baird, 18, Laura Fairley and Callum Beddie, both 17, saw them emerge victorious in the 2008 ICT Youth Challenge.  
Notice To Rented Property Owners
Over the past few weks it has become clear that ads in the rented property section arenot being dealt with efficiently.   We have not been removing properties quickly enough after notification manily due to pressure of other work.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 17th June 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (June, 17th) sold 98 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (51) averaged 160p (+1.4p) and sold to 170p per kg and 1,162.00 gross.  
Change to Council's Bulky Uplift Service
As of 1 July 2008 The Highland Council will be changing its policy for the bulky uplift service for certain household wastes, by removing bagged or other contained excess household waste from the list of approved items.  This amendment to the service is designed to help improve the environment by reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.  
Council Calms Traffic At Four More Schools
Part time 20mph speed limits have been introduced at another four Highland schools.  The new speed limits operate when pupils are arriving and departing from Ullapool High, and Ullapool, Bower and Crossroads Primaries during term times.  
Towards A Sustainable Future For CastletownThumbnail for article : Towards A Sustainable Future For Castletown
The Old Parish Church, built in 1840 served the parish until 1929.  In order to help build up a picture of public opinion on possible ways forward for the village, the Princes Trust for the Regeneration of the Built Environment has asked Castletown Heritage Society to research the feeling of the community on the future of the old parish church.  
New Business Caithness Auctions First Auction 15th JuneThumbnail for article : New Business Caithness Auctions First Auction 15th June
From paintings fit for royalty and beautiful Parker Knoll furnishings to TVs, smokey BBQ sets and Kenny Rogers CDs, Caithness Auctions has it all!The concept of a local busy auctionhouse is not a new one to our county.   Many have tried and succeeded in bringing the saleroom to Caithness and those who have experienced it will know how fantastic they are.  
Potential Pentland Firth Electricity by Bill MowatThumbnail for article : Potential Pentland Firth Electricity by Bill Mowat
This article 'Potential Pentland Firth Electricity' generation was commissioned by the Energy Institute; it appears in this month's edition of its magazine aimed mainly at the renewables sector called 'Energy World' ; its monthly 'Petroleum Review' covers international oil and gas matters.   Potential Pentland Firth Electricity by Bill Mowat The Pentland Firth, the narrow channel between Northern Scotland and the Orkney Islands, has been hailed as both the 'Holy Grail' and the 'Saudi Arabia' of British renewables, because of the massive amount of kinetic energy in its swift-moving currents (up to 12 knots).  
Old Pulteney Prohibition Ball raises over 5260 for the Royal National Lifeboat InstitutionThumbnail for article : Old Pulteney Prohibition Ball raises over 5260 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Last Friday (30 May 2008) saw the annual Old Pulteney Prohibition Ball being held at the Pulteney Distillery in Wick.  Beating last year's record intake, an astonishing 5265 were raised and donated to Wick's RNLI Station.  
Council's Commitment To Highland Tourism Industry
The Highland Council's Planning Environment and Development Committee today agreed funding of 495,000 towards VisitScotland's local operations in recognition of the fact that Tourism is the Highland's biggest industry.  This contribution helps strengthen the close working relationship between the Council and VisitScotland that has been forged since the 2005 reorganisation of VisitScotland.  
Combatting the Impact of Increases in Fuel Prices
Highland Councillors are set to step up their campaign to cushion the impact of rising fuel prices.  A report to be considered by the Transport Environmental and Community Services Committee on Thursday highlights that the Council alone faces an increased fuel bill of 725,000 in the current financial year.