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17/6/2008
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.  
16/6/2008
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.  
16/6/2008
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.  
13/6/2008
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.  
13/6/2008
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.  
7/6/2008
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.  
30/5/2008
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.  
30/5/2008
1 Million Invested Into Highland Businesses
In the last financial year 2007/8 Highland Opportunity Limited (HOL) awarded over 1 million of investment into Highland businesses, matching the previous record level of investment seen in 2005/6.   In a report presented to The Highland Council's Planning, Development, Europe and Tourism Committee, members were told that 300 Highland jobs created or supported through HOL's activity last year, again matching the previous record from 2 years ago.  
30/5/2008
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.  
29/5/2008
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 30th May 2008
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 30th) sold 337 store cattle, 39 breeding cattle, 29 OTM cattle and 855 sheep.  Bullocks (172) averaged 158p and sold to 199.3p per kg for a pen of 281kg Charolais crosses from Moy Farm, Fort William and 700 gross for a 433kg Charolais cross from Keppoch Farms, Arisaig.  
28/5/2008
Going Green Can Save You Money And Be Interesting
Taking time out to enjoy your local environment might make you and the planet feel that little bit better this Summer, says the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).   Avoid the traffic jams, take a walk.  
28/5/2008
Fort William Action Plan
An action plan which aims to transform the image and appeal of Fort William is to promoted by four key agencies.  The Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, British Waterways and the Crown Estate are to commission consultants to prepare an urban design strategy to achieve a comprehensive enhancement of the waterfront at Fort William and maximise development opportunities in the town centre A brief will be drawn up by a working group of agency representatives, who will then seek consultants or consultant teams with proven experience in urban design, economic and marketing, engineering and environmental expertise.  
28/5/2008
Scotland To Do More To Combat Waste
Scotland has increased efforts in recycling and composting waste over the past five years, but is it enough? The latest recycling and composting figures were released today by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and show a small increase in figures reaching 31.2%.   It was great news that Scotland met the 30% target for 2008, but it may not be enough to meet the challenging targets set out by the Cabinet Minister Mr.  
27/5/2008
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 28th May 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 28th) sold 980 sheep of all classes.  Store lambs (130) sold to 56 gross for a pen of five Charollais from Ballicherry Farm, Balblair.  
26/5/2008
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 27th May 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 27th) sold 82 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (58) averaged 151.6p (-0.4p) and sold to 165p per kg and 1,136.00 gross.  
22/5/2008
Caithness Surgeon Given Prestigious AwardThumbnail for article : Caithness Surgeon Given Prestigious Award
A retired surgeon from Caithness has been given a prestigious award for his contribution to teaching surgery.  Mr Pradip Datta, 68 set up his world renowned course in 1981, one year after starting work at Caithness General Hospital.  
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22/5/2008
Change Your Interior With Wick WallsThumbnail for article : Change Your Interior With Wick Walls
Wick's Walls is a newly established venture offering an exclusive mural and canvas design service.  Elspeth Durrand will design and hand paint a mural or canvas to fit perfectly into the surroundings in your home.  
22/5/2008
Tourism Top Of The Agenda
Tourism will be top of the agenda next week when The Highland Council's Planning Environment and Development Committee welcome VisitScotland's Chief Executive Philip Riddle.   As well as outlining the recent changes to VisitScotland's structure that follow on from last autumn's government review, Mr Riddle will brief Councillors on VisitScotland's new market segmentation approach to marketing.  
22/5/2008
Highland Council seeks to increase support for speakers of other languages
The Highland Council is to strengthen its commitment to welcome migrants and their families settling into Highland communities by increasing English language tuition to assist their integration.   Members of the Council's Education, Culture and Sport Committee on 22nd May 2008 agreed that the Council would apply for future European funding.