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Wick and District Pool League - Week 2 Results

Events At Castlehill Heritage Centre Starting Tonight 31 October

New Police North Highland Area Commander
Iaian MacLelland, New North Area Commander
Aberdeen born Chief Inspector, Iain MacLelland, was promoted to Area Commander for the North Highland area last month, taking over from Chief Inspector Ross MacKillop. With family connections to Skye and the Western Isles, the opportunity to relocate to the Highland capital was gladly seized by Iain and his family last month. Iain joined the Police in 1992, serving as a Police Constable in various posts across Aberdeenshire, including the Road Policing Unit.

Police appeal for information following a report of vandalism to shop window in Wick

What's On at Caithness Horizons: November 2014
Police appeal for information following damage to a bus shelter in Wick

Police in Caithness appeal for information following deliberate damage to trees

Highland Council launches phase two of Budget Consultation
The Highland Council has launched a consultation paper with detailed proposals for saving over 15 million towards a total budget cut of 64 million over the next five years.  The proposals look at cuts in many services and charges for car parking in places not previously done.  The public can complete the survey to give their views - see the link  at the bottom of the item.

James Ross & New Caithness Music inspired by Johnston Collection
Wick born pianist James Ross has composed a piece based on the wonderful historic photographs taken around Wick over a period of 100 years by three generations of the Johnston family.

Thurso chef crowned Young Highland Chef of the Year
Robert Smith - Young Highland chef 2014
A chef from Thurso has been named as the Young Highland Chef of 2014. 23 year old Robert Smith beat off competition from six other finalists to win the title at last night's cook-off, held at the Burghfield House Hotel in Dornoch. Robert was selected as the winner of the title by a panel of expert judges led by internationally renowned chef Albert Roux OBE KFO. The other chefs on the panel were Andrew Fairlie of Gleneagles Hotel; Brian Maule of Chardon d’Or in Glasgow; Steven Docherty of The First Floor Cafe in Windermere and Glen Watson of The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield. Robert will be awarded with a week’s work experience at the Roux family’s two Michelin starred restaurant, Le Gavroche, in London, 500 and a trophy.
Police in Thurso appeal for information after reported theft of peat

Dunnet Beach Clean  - Volunteer And Help Keep Caithness Coast Clear
Dunnet Beach Clean 1st November 2014
Help other local volunteers to give our beach a good clean ready for winter. Bags, gloves and a wrm drink supplied to participants. Meet at Dunnet beach north car park by the Seadrift Centre.

La Mirage Restaurant In Helmsdale Up For Sale
La Mirage Restaurant, HelmsdaleCelebrity favourite fish & chip restaurant brought to market. Specialist property adviser Christie + Co is marketing the sale of La Mirage Restaurant & Takeaway, a quirky and highly regarded fish and chip restaurant in the Highlands. Ideally positioned on the main street in Helmsdale, approximately 70 miles north of Inverness, the restaurant was famously a favourite of Dame Barbara Cartland and celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright.

Brandon buttons up the Scottish accordion championship
Brandon McPheeThe young box ambassador from Castletown underlined his amazing talent, yet again, by carrying off the open Scottish Open Accordion Championship at the Perth Accordion Festival, at the weekend. It's the first time in 27 years that the competition has been won by a button box player. Brandon completed the double, lifting the button box title for the third successive year.  Earlier in the year, he won the gold medal at the mod for the third successive year. The icing on the cake, though, was that open success at this year's Perth Festival where he outplayed the cream of Scottish accordionists, mainly piano accordionists.

Caithness People Urged To Give Views on New Faster Ferry Services Gills/Burwick
Crossings Pentland Firth
Folk in Caithness who travel by ferry to Orkney have only a few more days to vote if they would like to see a new route developed from Gills Harbour that would cut the Pentland Firth sea-crossing time to just half-an-hour.   Independent questionnaire conducted for Pentland Ferries Ltd by 'Survey Monkey' about the desirability of a 'real' short-sea-crossing of Pentland Firth Gills Harbour, Caithness to a 'new' RO:RO terminal at Burwick, just eight miles across the water.

Trading Standards and Citizens Advice tackle private car parking problems
The Highland Council's Trading Standards Officers are backing local Citizens Advice Bureaux in their campaign to ensure that Highland consumers get a fair deal over private car parking. Both agencies have seen an increase in consumer complaints about private parking in recent times, with a range of problems being encountered by motorists...
Fireworks Incident Traill Street, Thurso

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

Harvesting Near Wick

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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

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