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Clock change increases deer risk on roads
More Deer On Roads after clock changeAs the clocks turn back this weekend, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is warning motorists that the risk of collisions between deer and vehicles increase in certain parts of Scotland. Car accidents involving deer peak at this time of year. With night falling earlier, the peak commuting time coincides with deer coming out to feed on grass verges near roadsides. Because of this, SNH, in conjunction with Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland, are placing warning messages on electronic variable messaging signs. From the evening of Sunday, 26 October to Monday, 17 November, the signs will warn motorists at key locations on the main trunk roads across West and Northwest Scotland. These messages will be seen on signs on the A9, A87, A82, A85 and the A835.

Abandoned flares - Wick
Wick And District Pool League 14/15 Season Underway
Wick and District Pool League week one 2014/15
The 2014/15 Wick & District Pool League season got underway on Monday night as sixteen teams looked to get their campaign off to a winning start. The big match in divsion one saw last years second and third placed teams (Bayview1 & Crown1) go head to head out in Lybster. Both teams have strengthened their squads significantly over the summer, but it was Bayview1 who hit the ground running as they clinched an impressive 8-4 win. Eight time division one winners Camps2 looked like they would get their season off to a great start as they took a 5-1 lead away to Sinclair Bay.

Police appeal for information following break-in at the Blackstairs Fish Shop, Wick

UK's Top Surfers Heading To Thurso -
Thursday 30th October to Saturday 1st November 2014
UK Pro Surf Championships - 30th October - 1st November 2014Momentum is building for the forthcoming UK Pro Surf Championships which will see the UK's top surfers competing in Thurso. SSE and Highland Council's support for the Thurso Surfing Championships is helping to bring the UK Pro Surfing Tour back to Thurso this year, where over 100 surfers will compete for the National Title. The event will showcase both professionals and juniors with an emphasis on the next generation of surfers. It will feature the qualifying event to choose the elite junior surfers to represent Great Britain in a series of international events next year. Support from SSE and Highland Council will allow Thurso to demonstrate itself as one the best surfing locations in the UK and promote the region's outdoor lifestyle. Organisers estimate that the event will bring over 2,000 visitors to the area.

Notification of disruption to roads in Highlands and Islands during severe weather
Police and partners wish to provide a further update in relation to disruption on the region's roads in the current spate of adverse weather.  The Met Office is advising of higher winds to come later today.

Meygen Returns To Caithness To Update Locals On Progress
MeyGen Ltd's Chief Executive Officer Mr Dan Pearson to speak in public about progress with its Marine Power Station on 22nd October 2014. Mr Dan Pearson, the Chief Executive Officer of MeyGen Ltd, is to address folk in North East Caithness from the platform at Mey Village Hall, in NE Caithness, on the evening of Wednesday October 22nd at 7:30 pm. The 'open to the public' meeting is being hosted by the Dunnet & Canisbay Community Council and Mr Pearson may be accompanied by other executives of the MeyGen team when outlining its plans for turbines to be immersed on the seabed of the Pentland Firth's Inner Sound and the related on-shore infrastructure.

Mojo Maritime and James Fisher Marine Services Ready For Meygen's Inner Sound Tidal Project
Meygen Tidal Project map
Mojo Maritime has signed a contract with James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) which will see them provide significant marine operational and engineering expertise to the construction phase of the MeyGen Inner Sound tidal project. Over the next two years, Mojo will work closely with JFMS carrying out the detailed design, planning and execution of the subsea cable, foundation and turbine installation. Richard Parkinson, Mojo's Managing Director, said;"The MeyGen Inner Sound project represents a step change in the tidal energy industry and Mojo is delighted to be continuing its involvement. We are particularly pleased to be working with James Fisher Marine Services with whom we have an excellent relationship. Together, we are looking forward to delivering the world's largest commercial tidal array."

Stay Safe On The Roads This Winter

Driving in Bad Weather
Police Scotland advises motorists to be prepared for bad road conditions. Prepare for the winter by keeping your vehicle well maintained before you take to the road. Reduced daylight hours and the possibility of inclement weather place additional demands on all road users. Tips and advice on staying safe this winter Take special care that brakes, tyres, lights, batteries, windscreens and wiper blades are in good condition and well maintained. In addition, washer bottles need to contain an additive to stop the water from freezing.

Calling all further education students... win an iPad!
Student Safety Guide - Win an ipad - open to Further Education Students
As part of a student safety campaign, Police Scotland organised a short questionnaire for further education students, so, if that's you - we'd like your help. Student life is all about learning, having good fun and building new relationships - but it's also important to stay safe. Therefore, our short questionnaire aims to find out about your student experience, personal safety and any concerns you might have.


Bumper Cheque for Caithness Heart Support Group
Cheque from cyclists for Caithness Heart Support group.
BIG CHEQUE and a sizeable amount to match...that's the sum total of a charity cycling challenge undertaken by Wick riders Arthur Robertson (left) and Willie Macdonald, recently. The enterprising pair clocked up some 78 miles circling the county in demanding weather conditions, to raise a impressive 2,500 for Caithness Heart Support Group. Their route took builder Arthur and Willie, a typesetter, south to Latheron accross the Causewaymire to Thurso, on to John O' Groats and south, back to the starting line at Wick.



UPDATE 21 October 2014 - Body found in the Alness area identified as missing Wakefield man Mark Burgess
Police increasingly anxious to trace missing person Mark Burgess
Missing - Mark Burgess - October 2014Mark Burgess, 58, is thought to have travelled to Scotland in a grey coloured Toyota Yaris with the vehicle registration YC13 ZJV and is known to have been in the Inverness area on Friday 17th October 2014, and in Caithness over the weekend, with a trip to John O'Groats thought to have been planned.




More Vehicles Added To Transport in Caithness
Work at New Council offices in WickCables to Subsea7Stagecoach at Keiss


Harvest
Harvesting Near Wick


Check Out Whats Happening At Halloween in Caithness
Gills Ferry - Fastest Way To Cross the Pentland Firth
Gills Ferry Terminal, Caithness, Scotland
The modern ferry that has been based at gills, Harbour in Caithness for the past couple of years whisks passengers and cars quickly across to Orkney and back each day.  The conveneince and competetive fares has meant the ferry gets busier each year.  Caithness and Orkney are lucky to have two main ferry connections from Gillls and Scrabster.




Attempted Robbery THURSO
Pentland Firth Feature  in "Total World Energy" Magazine
Total World Energy
Meygen is part of Atlantis Resources based in singapore and is featured in the months issue of Total World Energy magazine.  The huge potential for energy is once again to the fore as developments move ever closer.  Click to October on the front page of their web site and read like any magazine.




Youngest Newt surveyor presents his work at Edinburgh Herpetological Symposium
Newt Survey
Young Highlander Callum Ullman-Smith, a pupil Auchtertyre Primary School, is only 12 years old and has been surveying for Palmate Newts (Lissotriton helveticus), Slow Worms and other amphibians and reptiles since he was seven years old. Recently Callum's time has been taken up with surveying a set of nine rock pools on the shore near Reraig, on Loch Alsh near the Isle of Skye, every month he can, for the past three years. In this unlikely environment Callum has found a breeding population of Palmate Newts. He has been recording the total number of adults and their young (called efts) at each visit he makes. It is an unusual find because; as everyone knows you find amphibians, like newts, in freshwater.

Police appeal for information following damage to a car in Wick
Eye In The Sky Shows Latest At New Noss Primary School Development
New Noss School, Wick from the airNoss School Catchment area from the air
A few photos looking directly down on the new Noss Primary school in Wick and some photos showing parts of the catchment area of the new school.  Remember you can right click on the photos and open in a new tab or window to get a much bigger photo




Police appeal for information following reported theft of motorcycle - Wick

Serco NorthLink Ferries Welcomes 2015 Bookings
HamnavoeSerco NorthLink Ferries is accepting bookings for travel to and from the Northern Isles for next year. Stuart Garrett, Managing Director at Serco NorthLink Ferries, said: "As ever, the year ahead is set to include a number of exciting events for both Orkney and Shetland, from live traditional music festivals to midsummer celebrations. "To cater for the ever popular folk and blues festivals we will be offering an additional six sailings on the MV Hamnavoe Scrabster to Stromness service.


Police appeal for information following damage to a Bank ATM in Thurso

Huntly - Turriff United Game - highlights for the footie fans

Huntly entertained Turriff United at Christie Park. New goal-keeper, Kevin Main and goal-keeping coach Graeme Roy made their first appearances for Turriff United while Huntly remained with several of their key defenders. Going on previous results this could have been anyone's game and both sides hit the wood-work early on. Turriff played a good passing game whilst Huntly remained determined and forceful in defence. Alexander Thoirs and Gary McGowan felt the full force of each other's tackles and this individual battle continued into the second half. The opening goal came via an "up-and-over" ball from Andy MacAskill with Gary Harris running through the defence and forcing the ball past the on-coming Fraser Hobday. The second half saw some superb goal-keeping from Fraser Hobday, again from Gary Harris and also Nicholas Gray. Kevin Main had a stable performance in goal and when called on, kept the score at 0-1. Interviews by Grant MacPherson-Turner with Huntly Manager, Gregg Carrol, Turriff Utd Manager Ross Jack and players Gary Harris (Turriff Utd) and Captain Mark Lawson (Huntly)
Head In The Clouds - Fun for Kids 0 - 4 Years Old and Their Families
Tuesday 14th October 4.00pm - Mill Theatre, Thurso

Police Scotland welcomes nineteen new recruits to Highland and Islands Division
As of Friday 10 October 2014, nineteen new Police Scotland recruits will be completing their final week of training at the Highland and Islands Division Police Headquarters in Inverness. The recruits have spent 12 weeks at the Scottish Police College in Tulliallan, undertaking intense training in variety of areas including learning general policing duties, legislation, traffic management and undertaking physical fitness assessment.

Lidl, Wick Reopened by John Thurso MP
Lidl, Wick Reopened by John Thurso MPLidl, Wick Reopened by John Thurso MPLidl Wick 9 October 2014Lidl Wick reopened 9 October 2014

Lidl, Wick was reopened today by John Thurso MP.  The revamped store has a much larger interior both wider and longer.  A new bigger in store bakery has more room for staff to deal with the growing demand for their products.  The layout is basically the same as all Lidl stores and to the previous set up but with more lines making it easy to find things.   Photo Gallery From the Start of Remodelling
A Tour Of East Caithness Brochs
Nybster broch aerial
A tour of the brochs, Iron Age round houses of the East Coast of Caithness. Bobby's bus will take us to Nybster, Thrumster, Yarrows and Dunbeath. Return to Aukengill around 4.00pm.





Radioactive Concrete Cargo Incident Near Wick
Council renews call for permanent reinstatement of ETVs. . Leader of The Highland Council, Councillor Drew Hendry has renewed The Highland Council's call to permanently retain and reinstate previous levels of emergency towing vehicles (ETVs) covering the Minch and Northern Isles. This call comes in light of the current incident involving the MV Parida which was transporting a cargo of radioactive concrete waste from Scrabster to Antwerp when a fire on board caused a loss of power and left the vessel drifting 20 miles off Wick. The fire was extinguished, however due to the direction of the drifting vessel; the Beatrice oil platform was evacuated and shut down as a precaution. The MV Parida was subsequently towed to the narrows of the Cromarty Firth.

Personal Licence holders still to notify Board of training
It is essential that anyone who has completed their refresher training must notify The Highland Licensing Board by 30 November 2014 to retain their Personal Licence. Failure to do so will result in their licence being revoked.

Murkle View, Thurso
Murkle View, Thurso, Caithness
Another new street built in recent years is Murkle View that runs parallel to Orkney view that we showed yesterday. These new houses are just as you come into Thurso from Castletown






Quick Read of 'e Courier Headlines

Dounreay PFR sodium fire
Sodium fire at Dounreay
At around 01:30hrs on Wednesday 7th october 2014 there was a small fire in the PFR sodium tank farm. The Dounreay Fire Brigade was called immediately and the area was made safe. The fire was quickly extinguished and the area confirmed to be safe within 30 minutes.




Council Cleans Up At Wick Harbour
Clean up at Wick Harbour near Camps
A number of roads and schools have been affected throughout the eastern part of the Highlands today (Wednesday, 08 October 2014).  The photo shows the clean up going on at the Camps area of Wick after the harbour saw the force of the storm cause the usual mess.





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