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Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 25 January 2010
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (January, 25th) sold 26 Aberdeen Angus cattle at a dispersal sale on behalf of the Executors of Messrs Stark, Aiten Farm, Ardersier, (Findhorn herd).  Bulls (1) sold to 4,400gns for the 5 year old "Duncanziemere Edwin", by "Rawburn Transformer" and out of "Duncanziemere Edwina".  
Homeaid Caithness To Expand With New Funding
A Caithness and Sutherland charity which helps hundreds of local people every year who are facing hardship is expanding its services.   Homeaid, which redistributes donated household items to the elderly and low income residents, is planning to buy a shop in Wick and extend its warehouse in Thurso.  
New Marketing Advice For Food and Drinks Businesses
Nine food and drink businesses from two areas of the Highlands and Islands are taking part in a pilot project which offers customised advice on promoting their products.   The project set up by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has targeted a range of large and small companies keen to work with top marketing experts.  
Council Confirms Emergency Measures To Conserve Road Salt
Highland Councillors have confirmed that emergency measures to conserve road salt supplies will remain in place until the Council has built up a stock of at least 10,500 tonnes - seven days of treatment.   Emergency measures were taken by the Chief Executive on Friday 15 January when supplies fell to 6,900 tonnes and the Transport Environmental and Community Services Committee agreed today (Thursday) that these should remain in place to conserve stocks.  
Highland Council Job Advertising Now On Scottish Portal
From 8th January the Highland Council is advertising its vacancies on a new Scottish Local Government Jobs Portal.   Teachers jobs that previously were advertised on TES will no longer be found there.  
Blind Persons Travel Scheme
A local Blind Persons Companion Travel Scheme is to be implemented in the Highlands by The Highland Council in conjunction with First Scotrail from from 23 May 2010.   Members of The Highland Council's Transport, Environmental and Community Service Committee this week approved the scheme which will allow one companion to travel with a blind travel card holder on each journey for a flat fare of 50p.  
Food Hygiene Failure Proves Costly For Restaurant Owner
The operator of the Shapla Tandoori Restaurant and take-away at 2 Castle Road, Inverness has been prosecuted this week after Highland Council environmental health officers uncovered a catalogue of poor hygiene offences during inspections in 2008.   In September 2008, officers visited the Inverness restaurant and found evidence of poor hygiene standards, including inadequate cleaning; failing to protect food from contamination; failure to maintain the premises and equipment in good repair, and have in place a food safety management system.  
Deadline Today For Framework Agreement For Contractors
See Highland Council Website.   Article posted originally on 20 December 2010.  
Discussions On Clousure Of Meat Plant At dornoch
The Highland Council and HIE meet with Aberdeen and Northern Marts to discuss planned closures in Dornoch.   Following the announcement by Aberdeen and Northern Marts of the planned closure in April of the Scotch Premier Meat plant in Dornoch with the loss of 29 jobs, representatives from The Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise met with owner Aberdeen and Northern Marts in Inverurie on Tuesday 19 January.  
Local Businesses Give Backing to Baillie Wind Farm
Local businesses have given their backing to Baillie Wind Farm following planning permission being granted by the Scottish Government to build the 52.5MW, 21 turbine wind farm at Bardnaheigh Farm, Westfield by Thurso.  The ??80 million project will supply almost 25,000 homes with renewable energy.  
Flood Risk Eases Across Scotland
Efforts continue to tackle potential flood threats.   The number of flood watches across Scotland has dropped from 19 to 3, as freezing temperatures eased over the weekend.  
Council seeks clarification on Beauly to Denny power line decision
At today's Planning, Environment and Development Committee members acknowledged the decision of the Scottish Government on the Beauly to Denny power line but expressed concern that the Council's aspirations for the undergrounding and re-routing of the line in certain locations had not been taken up by the Government.   Officers have been asked to approach the Scottish Government and Scottish Hydro-Electric Transmission Limited for clarification on a number of inconsistencies in the requirements of the consent and for discussions on the constitution and operation of the various liaison groups.  
Council to keep up pressure for Nigg redevelopment
Members of The Highland Council's Planning, Environment and Development committee have unanimously agreed to keep up the pressure on KBR to make a clear decision about the company's intention for the Nigg Fabrication Yard in Easter Ross.   Members also agreed that the Council write to both the Scottish Government and National Government to acknowledge their support to date and requesting their continued support to ensure the considerable potential of the site, which would bring economic benefits to the whole Highlands, is realized.  
Review Focuses On Increasing Recycling
Highland Councillors are being asked to review the Council's waste collection strategy to ensure a reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill and to increase the amount of waste recycled.   At the same time, the review is aimed at improving the effectiveness of the service and providing the best value for money.  
Environmental Grants
A funding pot of 40,000 is now available to environmental enthusiasts in Caithness over the next three years.   The Caithness Partnership has secured the funds from Scottish Natural Heritage and the Highland Leader Programme to operate a Caithness Environment Fund.  
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Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 20 January 2010
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (January, 20th) sold 516 store cattle and 86 OTM cattle.  Bullocks (314) averaged 186.2p and sold to 228.6p per kg and 1,100 gross.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 19 January 2010
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (January, 19th) sold 101 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (66) averaged 168.1p (-2.4p) and sold to 186p per kg and 1,248.00 gross.  
Committee Agrees Review Of Highland School Estate
The Highland Council's Education Culture and Sport Committee has agreed to review its school estate, which includes 183 primary schools; 29 secondary schools and 3 special schools.   The review aims to improve education provision for Highland pupils by:- maximising opportunities for moving pupils from poor to better quality school buildings; making most efficient use of available funding; and addressing issues relating to demographic change.  
Councillors to consider revised management rules for Highland Burial
At a meeting of The Highland Council's Transport, Environmental and Community (TEC) Services on Thursday 21 January Highland Councillors will be asked to approve revised management rules for burial grounds that will include arrangements for burial lairs to be sold in perpetuity.   The Council approved the current management rules for burial grounds in 1999.