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New Craft Shop Opens In WickThumbnail for article : New Craft Shop Opens In Wick
BB & C - Barrett's, Beads and Crafts is to open officially on Thursday 1 November but so many passers-by have entered the shop that the new owners Charmain Hampson and Jane Hellers let them into browse around and folk have been delighted with what they have found even though all the supplies were not yet laid out.   The shop in Kirk Lane off the High Street in Wick looks set to do well with the crafts folk in the county.  
Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 13Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Bulletin - Issue 13
30th October 2007 CLEAN-UP TEAM BEGINS TO STRIP FAST REACTOR Ripping out the innards of Dounreay's famous dome has begun, with the stripping out of the integral reactor ducting and associated equipment that once helped power Britain's first fast breeder reactor.   The reactor well ventilation ducting and some electro-magnetic pump ductwork is being removed from the sphere in order to minimise hazards for future decommissioning work and to open up access routes for the removal of the DFR breeder.  
A9 Upgrade Could Deliver 1Billion Economic Benefit To Highlands and Islands
It's been estimated that dualling the A9 trunk road between Perth and Inverness, could lead to an economic benefit of almost 1billion to the Highlands and Islands according to a new study.   These benefits would be driven by a reduction in journey times of 22 minutes.  
Dingwall And Highland Marts - Sale 29 October 2007
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (October, 29th) sold 380 breeding cattle.   Heifer and male calf (16) sold to 1,020 gross for Shorthorns from Achley Farm, Dornoch.  
Dr Paul Fifield, a world renowned marketing strategist, is to deliver a talk on marketing for smaller businesses in Inverness on November 15 at the invitation of The Chartered Institute of Marketing in Scotland (CIM).   Dr Fifield has over 30 years' experience in marketing and was a member of the CIM International Board of Trustees 2002-2004.  
Highland Council Area Recycling Rate Sees Massive Improvement
Recycling rates in Highland continued to improve over the past year and a huge "thank you" is extended to everyone who has put the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle message into action.  Last year we increased our recycling rate to just over 26% which is fantastic! A massive improvement on where we were only four years ago when we were recycling only 3.5% of our waste!! The downside to this good news, however, is that the amount of waste collected also grew by over 1.6% last year so we must all strive to make recycling and composting a normal part of our daily routine and try to minimise the amount of waste that we generate in the first place.  
Unemployment Rates In Highland and Islands To September 2007Thumbnail for article : Unemployment Rates In Highland and Islands To September 2007
The September 2007 unemployment figures were released on 17th October 2007.  During the month, August 2007 to September 2007, the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Great Britain fell 3.4%, from 832,294 to 804,078 (28,216).This figure is lower than September last year, where the number of claimants stood at 924,489, a decrease of 13% (120,411claimants).  
Wick Records Biggest Fall In UnemploymentThumbnail for article : Wick Records Biggest Fall In Unemployment
Over the month, August 2007 to September 2007, the claimant count rose in 1 TTWA, fell in 15, and was static in the remaining 4.  Wick saw the greatest decrease over the month, falling by 0.5%.  
Council Marks Energy Efficiency Week
The Highland Council is marked Energy Efficiency Week (22nd- 26th October) with events for staff and Elected Members aimed at raising awareness and maintaining the progress made in reducing energy use within Council properties.   By signing Scotland's Climate Change Declaration in January 2007 the Council is leading by example in helping to ensure greener, more efficient delivery of public services in the Highlands.  
Captains Galley, Scrabster Wins Taste Of Scotland Award 2007
The Captains Galley has picked up another prestigious award at the Silver Thistle Awards run by Visit Scotland.   Jim cowie has won the Taste of Scotland Award for 2007 adding to his growing collection of awards for his high quality fish dishes in his restaurant set in the foormer ice house at Scrabster.  
Mey Selections Now In Seven New Ready Meals For Sainsbury'sThumbnail for article : Mey Selections Now In Seven New Ready Meals For Sainsbury's
Mey Selections farmers are pioneering a new approach to own label ready meals with Sainsburys.  North Highland Products, in partnership with Sainsbury's has launched a quality range of new ready meals as part of the retailer's Taste the difference range.  
Almost Back to Normal - One Year After FloodsThumbnail for article : Almost Back to Normal - One Year After Floods
The Highland Council has completed more than 5 million worth of repairs since the severe widespread flooding of 26 October last year, which affected communities on the east of the Highlands ~ from Dingwall to Thurso.   Teams within Transport Environmental and Community Services responded speedily and effectively to the emergency on the day, helping protect properties from flooding and closing roads which were affected by floodwaters, landslides, damaged bridges and culverts and from the numerous trees blown down in subsequent gales.  
Firms Urged To Embrace Diversity To Improve Business Performance
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands are being urged to embrace diversity to improve performance and productivity.   A new initiative, Equality Matters in Business, (EMB) has been jointly set up by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish Enterprise to highlight the positive benefits of employing a diverse workforce and considering diversity in service delivery across all equality strands - gender, race, age, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation.  
Quoybrae Sale - 22 October 2007
QUOYBRAE, Aberdeen & Northern Marts (22nd October) sold 5,618 Store Lambs Ewe Lambs (644) averaged 33.54 and sold to 48 for Half-Breds from A Miller & Sons, Aimster, Thurso Wedder Lambs (838) averaged 23.54 and sold to 30.20 for Cheviots from G Cormack, Damside, Castletown.   Cross Lambs (4,136) averaged 27.25 and sold to 33 for Suffolks from W R & M Mill, Forsie, Bridge of Westfield.  
Aberdeen and Northern Marts At Quoybrae - Ram Sale 20 October 2007
QUOYBRAE, Aberdeen and Northern Marts (October 20th) sold 104 Texel, Suffolk and Border Leicester rams and ram lambs under the auspices of the Caithness Sheep Breeders Association Champion Texel a shearling by Stockhill Kasper from R MacKay, Clyth Mains, Lybster sold for 620 to J Munro, Pitkerrie, Fearn.   Reserve was a ram lamb by Miller's Miles from C and I Angus, Oldfield Farm, Thurso and sold for 350 to A Webster, Lower Reiss Farm, Wick.  
HIE CASE Approvals September 2007
SEPTEMBER 2007 The approvals list for HIE Caithness and Sutherland is in two sections.  The first details assistance given to businesses, community groups and other public sector authorities to deliver specific projects.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 22 October 2007
LOCHMADDY, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 22nd) sold 272 store cattle and 16 breeding cattle.   The judge Mr John Henderson, Udale, chose a 430kg Limousin bullock as his Champion and a 390kg Limousin bullock as the reserve champion both from No.  
Second Key Appointment For Far North Regeneration PlanThumbnail for article : Second Key Appointment For Far North Regeneration Plan
The post of programme manager for the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership will be taken up on an interim basis by Gordon Cox pending a permanent appointment.   A senior member of staff at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Gordon is project director for the organisation's network management system currently based in Inverness.  
Dingwall & Northern Marts Sale 22 October 2007
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 22nd) sold 5,920 sheep.   Store lambs (5,135) sold to 34 gross for Charollais crosses from Achtuie, Drumnadrochit.  
Household Survey Highlights Positive Trends in the Highlands
The results of a Scottish wide household survey has highlighted a large number of positive trends for the Highlands, including a high rating from residents for considering their neighbourhood as a very good place to live.   A total of 1,184 households in the Highlands were interviewed over a two year period in a national survey conducted for the Scottish Government.