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Has A Beaver Reached Caithness?
Keep your eyes peeled as on of the forum members think there may be one around.

Nuclear Archive At Wick - Pre-Qualification For Contactors Announced
Pre-qualification to find a contractor to build a new national nuclear archive in Wick has commenced, it has been announced. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has stated that the selected contractor will start work on the building in summer 2015. The total cost of the new archive is in the region of 17 million.

Highland Council takes enforcement action on dog fouling
The first two weeks of September saw Highland Council staff stepping up action on dog fouling in response to the Keep Scotland Beautiful annual ‘Ditch the Dirt' campaign.

What's On At Caithness Horizons in October 2014
A busy month at Caithness Horizons so check out if anything is of interest to you.  Pop in and then have coffee, tea or juice and a snack in the cafe.

A look at The Scorries opposition in their games
Fraserburgh v Fort William and Brora Rangers v Forres Medchanics  - 18 minutes

Fort William made the long trip east to face Fraserburgh FC. The visiting side led the charge early on and could have opened the scoring through Nicholas Stein but for a good stop by Fraserburgh goal-keeper Joe Barbour. Kris Hunter, Manager of Fraserburgh, demanded a quicker tempo and control of the ball and on 12mins a wonderful chip from Bryan Hay split the Fort William defence for William West to grab the opening goal. Fort William put up a good fight and the score remained 1-0 at half-time. The second half saw Fraserburgh start to dominate and control the ball but were unable to finish the move in the final third. Good goal-keeping from Richard Munro ensured that Fort William were not going to lie down and it took a penalty, awarded by referee Craig Sim. Up stepped Scott Barbour to lash home Fraserburgh’s second on 73mins. Scott Barbour grabbed his second of the day on 90mins rounding off a move that consisted of several neat and quick touches. Interviews by Sam McKay with Alex Mair, (Coach, Fraserburgh), Calum MacLean (Managaer, Fort William) and scorer of two goals, Scott Barbour. Included in the program is the mid-week game and goals from Grant Munro, Colin Williamson and Steven MacKay of Brora Rangers with some great saves from Stuart Knight of Forres Mechanics.
Wick Harbour
Wick Harbour 27 September 2014
There is always something happening at Wick harbour these days and if you go for walk around it you will see many more boats around than a few years ago.  The marina goes from strength to strength and with better facilities now for visiting yachts it looks set to continue as busy port for local and visitors whether for work or leisure.  More work boats look set to come to Wick as more port facilities are required for the new Moray Firth energy projects just beginning to get underway.

Scottish Ensemble strings spectacular for young Highland musicians
The Scottish Ensemble, the UK's only professional string orchestra, will be visiting the Highlands in October to host a special day of tuition for young musicians in Inverness. Pupils of all ages and abilities who play stringed instruments have the chance to come and join the Scottish Ensemble musicians for a fun day of music making with the opportunity to ask questions and learn how to get more out of their music playing.

New Council Offices In Wick With 6 Month To Go
New council offices at Wick under construction - 27 September 2014
With 6 month to go and much of the scaffolding gone it is easier to see the shape of the new building with work still ongoing on both sides and internally.  Wick is certainly busier than for many years with several big projects under construction at different stages.  The other projects are new Noss Primary School,  Lidl Supermarket, Wick High school just getting started and Wick Town Hall now completed.  With other projects still in the pipeline Wick looks set to be busy for the next two or three years.
Academy to the four as they take three points in Keith clash
Wick Academy 4 Keith 0 - 27 September 2014
Wick Academy 4 Keith 0 - Reporter Noel Donaldson

THERE can be nothing more demoralising for any football team team than being hammered 7-1 and days later losing 4-0 with no immediate prospect of things improving. That's the morale-sapping story for Keith F.C who must be quaking at the thought of meeting their next opponents, Brora Rangers, albeit it at home. Contrastingly, the Scorries were flying high, having recorded their sixth straight win on the bounce - the last three, without reply - and, if they keep complacency at bay, must be a good bet to secure another three points in their next outing, away to Strathspey Thistle to keep in touch with the league leaders.   PHOTO GALLERY

UCAS/Expanding Horizons Event  - Assembly Rooms, Wick - Monday 29 September 10.00am - 3.00pm
UCAS Higher Education/Expanding Horizons event organised by Skills Development Scotland. Primarily aimed at senior phase school pupils though parents and members of the public interested in Higher Education and graduate/graduate level opportunities are welcome to attend.
Skye Feels The NHS Highland Axe As Cuts Take Their Toll On Local Services -
West Highland Free Press
The West Highland Free Press has highlighted what might be the first of many cuts in NHS highland local services in abid to save over 22 million.  The Endoscopy service is being cut at Broadford hospital to save 92,000 per year with between 500 and 600 patients having to travel from Skye to Fort William or Inverness in future for their procedures.

Pentland Ferries seek public views for Gills Harbour To Burwick service  -
Gills Harbour is once again the focus of attention as Pentland Ferries announces a survey to guage views on a new faster ferry from Gills in Caithness to the southern tip of Orkney at Burwick.  if there is shown to be demand this new faster service to Orkney look set to make trips to the fa r north even more attractive as it lessens journey time.  The survey will be available from Monday.

Wick Town Hall Back In Action After Major RefurbishmentWick towwn Hall 27 September 2014 
Wick Town Hall chamber
Wick Town Hall got back to work after its major refurbishment.  The old and new sit alongside with a new lift and toilets giving full disabled access to the whole building. The building is available for weddings and will be used to good affect now that web access is also now installed.  It is hoped that usage of the building will increase in coming months.

Saturday Working At New Noss Primary, Wick
New Noss Primary School - 27 September 2014
Taking advantage of the good weather work at the new Noss Primary school site was firing ahead today.  With so much Saturday working Wick is very buy right now.

Lidl Pushes Towards Opening Deadline In Wick
Lidl 27 September 2014
Saturday working show that the Lidl contractors are pushing hard to meet the opening deadline of 9th October.  The fencing has been removed and grass is being laid after the completion of the groundworks for the car park.  Internally work is going ahead at a good pace.  The flow of vans and trucks show just how fast things have been done on this extension and refurbishment.  The supermarket war goes on apace in Wick with Tesco in the process of a big refurbishment of the store on the outskirts of Wick as part of their mulit-million spend to upgrade their stores.
Highland Archaeology Festival Begins 27 September 2014
Highland Archaeology Festival 2014
The 21st Highland Archaeology Festival begins on Saturday 27th September. Whether you are a complete beginner or an archaeology expert, the events will help you explore and enjoy the amazing range of archaeological sites and collections in this area.  We have highlighted the Caithness events but you can click the link at the bottom of the page to view the whole Highland programme.

Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update

Charity tree planting at The Highland Council
Tree planting at Highland council
Russell Ball, a charity cyclist, stopped off in Inverness on Tuesday 25 September, as part of his 1,000-mile ride from Land's End to John O'Groats, to plant a tree in the grounds of The Highland Council’s headquarters in Inverness. A copper beech tree was planted by Russell with support from The Highland Council’s Convener Jimmy Gray and the Development and Infrastructure Service’s Forestry team.  Russell stopped at several primary school along the way including Keiss in Caithness.

Police In Highland Target Commercial Vehicles In New Approach To Fight Crime
Two day multi-agency operation to combat doorstep crime carried out in Inverness and Fort William. As part of ongoing efforts to help keep people safe from doorstep crime and its associated criminal activity, on Wednesday 24 September and Thursday 25 September 2014, officers from Police Scotland, VOSA, SEPA and Highland Council Trading Standards, carried out a high visibility operation in both Inverness and Fort William. This operation saw a large number of commercial vehicles being stopped and checked by officers from the various agencies...... During the operation a number of offences were detected which included drugs possession, road traffic offences, trading practices offences, environmental offences and benefit fraud. A number of people will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.

Caithness Field Club Winter Programme
Caithness Field Club runs many walks, talsk and other events and have now set their winter programe commencing in October.  The membership fee is very good value at only 6 or 10 per family for one year. The fee includes a copy of the annual bulletin with article on many topics of interest.  Many articles from the previous bulletins can be found HERE.

Local museums lead the way
Over the coming months staff and volunteers from museums across Highland and Moray will be taking part in a series of professional development workshops covering all aspects of collections management. The diverse programme ranges from documentation, conservation, archaeological finds to making the most of retail opportunities and working with schools. Each of the 8 sessions will be led by an expert in their field, able to take a realistic and practical approach helping local museums improve the services they deliver.

Fit's in 'e Groat Today
Fast read of a few items.

Drama, Music, Opera - Lots of Events For October Now In the Arts Pages
Verdi's Macbeth Coming To Thurso - Tuesday 7th October
Verid's Machbeth by Scottish Opera at Thurso High School 7 October 2014
Lyth Arts Centre are pleased to announce the presentation of Verdi's MacBeth by Scottish Opera at Thurso High School. This brooding, atmospheric Macbeth returns in celebration of the 2014 Year of Homecoming. Inspired by events in the war-torn Balkans, Dominic Hill's production is at once contemporary and ageless; a world of camouflage-clad leaders and grungy, chain-smoking witches, where power is all but it comes at a price.

'e Courier Snippets

Theft of scaffolding - Helmsdale

A Caithness family are urging people to give support to a fundraising event
Bone Marrow Appeal
Both of Janet and Calum Macleod's sons are set to undergo life-saving bone marrow transplants. Their two little boys - Arran (4) and Euan (6) - suffer from chronic granulomatous disorder (CDG) and have been helped by the Anthony Nolan Trust so have organised a ceilidh, auction and supper in Wick on September 27, to benefit the UK stem cell register.
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Cnoc Morail Community Benefit and Ownership Working Group Meeting 12th November 2014
The Cnoc Morail Community Benefit and Ownership working group will have its first meeting on the 12th November 2014 at Watten Village Hall at 7.30pm. This will provide an opportunity for local people to find out more about co-operative energy and what would be required to help establish the proposed local energy co-operative.

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