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Lockheed Martin for design work on 400 MW tidal project in Pentland Firth
Atlantis Resources selects Lockheed Martin for design work on 400 MW tidal project in Pentland Firth.

Operation Monarda update - campaign against bogus callers and associated doorstep crime
As part of Operation Monarda, Police Scotland's campaign against Bogus Callers and associated Doorstep Crime, officers from Police Scotland, VOSA, SEPA and Highland Council Trading Standards, carried out a high visibility operations in both Inverness and Brora last week....... This operation saw a large number of commercial vehicles being stopped and checked by officers from the various agencies. The operation aimed to combat those in our communities who use their employment/business activities to commit offences. Such activity impacts on employees, legitimate businesses, the environment and communities across the Highlands. During the operation a number of offences were detected which including road traffic offences, trading practices offences, environmental offences and benefit fraud.

Beauty students attend UK's leading beauty event in London
North Highland college Beauty Students at the ExCel in LondonBeauty Therapy students from the North Highland College UHI have recently returned from a trip to the Professional Beauty Exhibition at the ExCel in London. With more than 800 brands, including Clarins, 3D Lipo, CACI, Dermalogica, CND and OPI the exhibition houses all the different aspects of the beauty industry. The students were able to be a part of the latest launches and see this year's beauty trends first hand. The students that attended the UK's leading beauty event were, Chloe Anderson, Elly Jackson, Ashley Johnson, Emily Mahood, Courtney McIvor, Katie Moar, Chloe Pritchard, Erin Sutherland, Lauren Wilson, Susan New, Lorna Philip and Lynne Stewart along with beauty lecturers Caroline MacDonald, Carey Youngson and Kirsty Scollay.
Dounreay News
NDA sets out Dounreay clean-up tasks
Dounreay DomeThe Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the public body that owns Dounreay and funds its clean up, has published its annual business plan, setting out key tasks for the site licence company DSRL to deliver in the next 12 months.
Removal of trapped fuel elements from the Dounreay Fast Reactor
The removal of trapped fuel elements from the Dounreay Fast Reactor moved a step closer with the successful trial of bespoke equipment to lift off the top plate. Decommissioning the 50-year-old experimental reactor is one of the most technically challenging projects in the NDA estate.
NDA Sets Out SME Spending
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) estate has measured that over 21% of its spend is with SMEs. This equates to over 330 million spent out of our total annual supply chain spend of 1.7 billion.
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Paul Monaghan, SNP candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and E Ross To Meet  Voters In Wick
Meet SNP candidate for Caithness Sutherland and East Ross - Paul Monaghan
Dr Paul Monaghan will be in Wick at the Nethercliffe Hotel this Tuesday 31st March at 7pm.  Everone is welcome to go along and meet him and hear what he has to say about the election, the area and all the rest - Over to you.

Egg Decorating competition
Egg Decorating Competition 2015
Open to ages 3 to 14.  Email or post photos of the entries to Caithness Free Range Eggs Facebook page or email them to them.

Scotland week sets scene for vibrant creative industries
Wick Coastal Rowing Club Launch Second Skiff - Pulteney Lass
Wicvk coastal rowing club Launch second skiff - Pulteney LassPulteney Lass - second skiff launchedLord Lieutenant Anne Dunnet performed the official naming ceremony and launched the second skiff "Pulteney Lass" for Wick Coastal Rowing Club.   The first skiff "Spirit O' Wick" was launched and named in July 2013.  We can look forward to seeing the two skiffs being raced regularly by the several teams now formed within the club.   The members of the club have put in hundreds of hours building and completing their second skiff and even have another in their mind depending on how the club numbers increase.
Caithness CAB, Ormlie Community Association and Pulteneytown People's Project Gain Funding
Money for Caithness Community Groups197 projects to tackle inequalities across Scotland. Caithness CAB and Pulteneytown People's Project are among the recipients of the grants. Caithness CAB gained the funding' for Volunteer development and PPP for training and Ormlie Community Association for Tackling Poverty & Promoting Social Inclusion. Projects as diverse as money advice, healthy eating clubs and grow your own gardens will receive funding to tackle poverty and inequalities.

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Lambing Assitant Wanted For 3 Weeks - No Experience Needed - check out our jobs section
Easter 10K and Mini Triathlon Now Open for Entries

Castle Of Mey 10k open for entries
This 10k is a sellout every year so be sure of your entry by getting it in soon.

Fast & Furious Double Bill At Thurso Cinema
Fast and Furious 7 hits Thurso on Friday April 3rd, and we just can't wait, so we're having a midnight Caithness Premiere on Thursday night! We'll also have Fast & Furious 6 up on the big screen at 9pm before Fast 7 - you can watch the full Fast 6/7 Double Bill for just 9.90! (Student: 8.40)

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Around The Ground At The Wick Academy Nairn County Game Last Saturday
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Rockwater Shield Final 2015
Rockwater Shield final 2015Steve Atkins' Bayview1 side have won the 2015 Rockwater Shield for a second time after a hard fought victory over the Queens Hotel. The team from Lybster, having previously won this knockout competition and having been strong contenders in league Division One were most people's strong favourites going in to the final against newly promoted Wick side Queens Hotel and indeed ran out 6-1 winners. Played in the Blackstairs Lounge, the match itself was, despite what the final score would suggest, a close affair. Angus MacKay got the Bayview off to a great start, taking advantage of opponent Jim Bain's unfortunate in-off foul shot, by compiling a total clearance. Each of the subsequent frames followed the same pattern where the Bayview's strong start was pegged back by some dogged play from the Queens players.

Police Warning - Businesses Watch Out For Ringing The Changes Scam
Police are appealing for information following a series of 'Ringing the Changes' scams which took place at four local Post Offices across Inverness-shire and Ross-shire on Tuesday 24th March 2015.

New old look for Dingwall business as piece of High Street history is restored
dingwall shop gets make over back to Victorian pastWith assistance of a Grant from Historic Scotland, the Mackintosh Brothers have transformed their Dingwall newsagent's premises back to its former Victorian glory and the recent work is attracting very favourable comments from the local community. No 4 High Street, Dingwall is one of a series of Victorian shop premises at the West end of the High Street. The 1970's shop front has been entirely replaced to bring it back to how it would have appeared when it was first constructed around 1880.    More Dingwall Photos       Other Highland Places

Norscot Joinery Ltd snaps up national trophy
Norstot award from Steve DavisSix-times World Snooker Champion Steve Davis presents award. Caithness and Inverness based window and door company Norscot Joinery has won a prestigious national award for customer satisfaction! Norscot's trophy comes from the respected trade organisation Network VEKA, which polled nearly 16,000 households over the year, before declaring Norscot the winner for Scotland.

Partnership agreement between North Highland College and Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd
A NEW partnership agreement has been signed to develop and deliver training required at the Dounreay site during decommissioning work and help staff gain the qualifications they need to transfer to other employment sectors as the site closure progresses.

Highland Businesses warned about "Data Control" Scam
The Highland Council's Trading Standards team are warning local businesses about a scam that is currently doing the rounds and is targeting small businesses within the Highland area.
Take The Road From Lairg To Scourie
Lairg to Scourie 23 March 2015Lairg to Scourie 23 March 2015The day had very changeable weather on the road fromk Lairg to Scourie.  Sunshine, rain and even hailstones but it did not take anything away from the great views and deserted road.

Highland League Cup semi final - Wick Academy 2 Nairn County 1-  Reporter Noel Donaldson
Wick Academy 2 Nairn County 1Nairn counts the cost after Academy late show. I have a message for the Wick team heading for an historic encounter with Cove in the Cup final...please don't leave it to the dying minutes to find the net. The jangling of the Scorrie nerves was almost tangible as the the clock ticked all-too-quickly down at a packed Harmsworth Park, yesterday and it looked as if their Highland League Cup dream was slipping away. WHEN....up popped goal-getting regular, Steven Anderson, to dispel the apprehensive mood and give the fans something to shout about and cling to the hope, that, with extra time beckoning, perhaps, just maybe, it wasn't all over yet. Davie Allan didn't think so and decided to dispense with the extension to the 90 minutes, as he grabbed, arguably, one of the most important goals of his Academy career.    Photo Gallery
Fundraiser for Keiss War Memorial
Keiss War Memorial
 KEISS Community Council is hoping that a sale of work will provide the balance of funds needed to refurbish the local war memorial. The commendable fundraiser is a table-top sale in the village hall from 11am - 2pm, Sunday 22 March 2015.

Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
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New Archive Centre For Wick A Step Closer As Proposals Go To Council Planning Committee
New Archive Centre for Wick - Artiists Impression
18 month construction work boost -  then 30 permanent jobs
The regeneration of Wick will be given another boost if the planning committee on 24th March 2015 as expected approve the building of a new Archive Centre for Nuclear records in the UK. The Highland council archive centre currently based at Wick library will also relocate to the new building where it will occupy a small part of it. The proposed building has a gross floor area of approximately 6,186sq.m. It is expected to hold between 20 and 30 million digital records and circa 28,000 linear metres of paper and photographic records primarily concerning the history, development and decommissioning of the UK's civil nuclear industry since the 1940s.

Labour Candidate John Erskine does the 500Last week John Erskine, Scottish Labour candidate for the upcoming general election, followed the North Coast 500 as part of his election campaign. By following the North Highland Initiative's latest tourism pull that showcases what the North Highlands has to offer. Mr Erskine travelled along the west coast of the constituency on his way up to Thurso. Along the way he stopped in a number of the villages on the route including Lochinver, Scourie, Durness, Tongue and Bettyhill to talk with local people about his and Scottish Labour's plan for Scotland. Mr Erskine also took the opportunity to meet with a couple of local businesses to discuss the challenges they face in the area as well as what advantages promoting the North Coast 500 as a key tourist route can bring.

Learning outdoors more engaging, says report
PlantlifeTeachers who bring their pupils into the outdoors find it makes their learning more enjoyable, challenging, active and collaborative according to a report published today by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The study shows that outdoor learning in school and pre-schools has increased since Curriculum for Excellence was introduced but that further increases could be made. The survey of nursery, primary and secondary schools looked at over 1000 outdoor lessons and compared results from surveys in 2006 and 2014.    Community Index

ArgyleThe Celtic rainforest of the west coast, the pinewoods of the Cairngorms and the machair of Harris and Tiree - these are just three of the unique and varied habitats that make Scottish landscapes so special. They are also three of Scotland's Important Plant Areas (IPAs), botanically rich spaces and internationally recognised for the quantity, quality and diversity of the plant species growing there. To highlight the significance of these places, and as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations, Plantlife Scotland has published a new report, documenting what it is that makes Scotland's 47 IPAs so important, the challenges they face, and what can be done to conserve and protect them.     Community Index

Probably The Liveliest Fund-Raiser In Caithness This Year
Live Jive at Park Hotel  
Live Jive at Park Hotel
If you like to dance then this Sunday afternoon fundraiser will be for you.  From time to time musicians in Caithness get together on a Sunday afternoon to play and many go along to dance to the music.  Why not have a nice Sunday at the Park hotel with lunch then relax to the music or work off the calories with Jive to Live music.  For those who want to learn or have forgotten the moves Steve will give an hour lesson before it all kicks off.
Diarrhoea and Vomiting - Bignold Ward, Caithness General Hospital
For the second time in less than a month Bignold Ward at Caithness General has ben closed to new admissions.

Don't be duped by scam parcel postcards warns Highland Council Trading Standards

Earth Hour 28 March
Earth Hour 28 March 2015The Highland Council is helping to build a brighter future by supporting WWF's Earth Hour, a spectacular and symbolic lights out event that focuses the world's attention on our planet, and the need to protect it. On 28th March, at 8.30pm, The Highland Council will be joining forces with thousands of iconic landmarks globally, from The Sydney Harbour Bridge to Times Square in New York, as they show their support. Earth Hour’s unique display of darkness has become a global phenomenon with hundreds of millions of individuals coming together each year. In 2014, a record-breaking 162 countries and 7,000 towns and cities joined the world’s biggest celebration for our planet.   In Caithness head for an event at Dunnet Beach

SNP Candidate For Westminster - Dr Paul Monaghan
Dr Paul Monaghan with Nicola SturgeonSNP Candidate Dr Paul Monaghan is up and running in his campaign for election in the north.  Here he gives a few details about what he is doing and what he would like to see.

Scottish Labour's Candidate in the Far North, John Erskine, has slammed SNP plans from Michael Matheson, the SNP Government's Cabinet Secretary for Justice to wind up the British Transport Police.

Wick & District Pool League Division One Champions 2015 - Crown1
Crown Bar Champions 2015 - Wick and District Poool League
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Halkirk Young Farmers Club Kicking Off Anniversary Celebrations
Halkirk Young Farmers Office Bearers 2015
Halkirk Young Farmers will turn 70 next year and following their recent AGM, current members are holding an open meeting for all past members to discuss the programme of events for the 2016 celebrations. The meeting is to be held in the Ross Institute, Halkirk on Wednesday 25th March at 7.30pm.  The group also elected the new office bearers for 2015.
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Captains Galley Restraurant In Scrabster Featured in Daily Mail Online Today

Council consulting on its Onshore Wind Energy Guidance
Council consults on Onshore Energy Guidance
Members of the public are being invited to take part in a consultation on the Council's Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Guidance which, when approved, will be used in the consideration of planning applications for wind energy developments in the Highlands. New national planning policies published in June 2014 changed how Councils are required to plan for Onshore Wind Energy development and Highland Council are therefore in the process of reviewing their planning policies and guidance. An initial consultation about what issues should be considered ran from November 2014 - January 2015. This next stage in preparing the Supplementary Guidance is to consult on the Main Issues for the review of the Council's existing onshore wind energy guidance.
New Council Offices - Progress Photos
New Council Offices 10 March 2015
   Photos from the START                    The Way It Used To Be

Go With The Flow To Wick River
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e'Groat an 'e Courier
A fast look at a few items from the local papers in the past week.

College scoops overall winner at LANTRA awards
North Highland College scoop Lantra AwardsStudents and staff at the North Highland College UHI are delighted after attending the annual LANTRA awards ceremony last week in the Dunblane Hydro Hotel. Gamekeeping modern apprentice Callum Low and NC Gamekeeping with Wildlife Management student Mary Bowman both were both nominated for Game and Wildlife Learner of the Year award. Callum was awarded Overall Winner, Modern Apprentice of the Year and Game and Wildlife learner of the Year and Mary, runner up Game and Wildlife Learner and CARAS award winner. Callum has recently completed a modern apprenticeship Level 2 in Gamekeeping at the North Highland College UHI whilst working at Invermark estate in Angus.  

Wick High School Campus - Steel Begins To Go Up
New Wick High School 14 March 2015

Thurso Interactive Web Site Up And Running
Thurso Interactive web siteA small charity has launched Thurso Interactive, a new bespoke website devoted to the history of Thurso and the surrounding area. Thurso Heritage Society who in association with Online Projects, part of North Highland College created a new website to showcase previously unseen collections of archive material.

Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Junior wows 'em at derby clash
Junior wows 'em at derby clash
IF you want to display your soccer skills there's surely no better platform than at Wick Academy's derby game with Brora Rangers, last night. So thought this youngster who grabbed the chance while acting as one of the mascots at the long-awaited home clash between the two sides. Good ball control...can keep possession and run with the ball. All the ingredients necessary to become a star player!
Oh Yes .....and Wick Academy against Brora Rangers   0 - 1
Council seeks views on new sites and issues suggested for CaSPlan
The Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan Main Issues Report (CaSPlan MIR) was published in October 2014 as a discussion document that set out initial ideas for what the plan needs to achieve for people and places in the area and the Council's initial preferences for where new development might be located. The consultation for the CaSPlan MIR finished on 6 February 2015. Through the consultation a small number of new sites and issues were suggested to The Council. As these were not subject of consultation in the MIR, The Council is now holding an additional 6 week period of consultation. This will run from 13 March to 24 April 2015.

Whats On At Thurso Cinema From Friday 13th March
Caithness Science Festival 2015
The 2015 Festival will get off to a flying start with a busy evening of shows, workshops and prizegiving at the Festival Launch at Pulteneytown Academy School 6,30pm. Introductory addresses by Professor Iain Baikie, Councillor Gail Ross and Lord-Lieutenant Anne Dunnett. This is where the pupils that won the design competition will be awarded their prizes that were kindly donated by Kongsberg Maritime Ltd. There will be shows by the science presenters who are visiting local schools during the week.
The Launch Event             Public Lectures               Family Fun Day                  Programme
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Pentland Firth Works Operations - Details For Mariners
Pentland Firth works - Notice To Mariners
Works schedule and purpose Date/s: 20th March 2015 until 31st July 2015 Operations will take place during the date range at approximately 4 week intervals Inspection of horizontal drilling exit points along with minor remedial work at drill exit holes. Diving operations will be undertaken during slack water periods, out with that time C-Salvor may deploy cameras suspended below the vessel.

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