News Archive - October 2014
31 October 2014Wick and District Pool League - Week 2 Results
Events At Castlehill Heritage Centre Starting Tonight 31 October
New Police North Highland 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
29 October 2014Police appeal for information following damage to a bus shelter in Wick
Police in Caithness appeal for information following deliberate damage to trees
28 October 2014Highland 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
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.
27 October 2014Police in Thurso appeal for information after reported theft of peat
Dunnet Beach Clean - Volunteer And Help Keep Caithness Coast Clear
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
Brandon buttons up the Scottish accordion championship
Caithness People Urged To Give Views on New Faster Ferry Services Gills/Burwick
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
25 October 2014Fireworks Incident Traill Street, Thurso
24 October 2014Clock change increases deer risk on roads
Abandoned flares - Wick
22 October 2014Wick And District Pool League 14/15 Season Underway
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
21 October 2014UK's Top Surfers Heading To Thurso - Thursday 30th October to Saturday 1st November 2014
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.
20 October 2014Meygen 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
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
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!
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
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
Mark 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.
19 October 2014More Vehicles Added To Transport in Caithness
Check Out Whats Happening At Halloween in Caithness
18 October 2014Gills Ferry - Fastest Way To Cross the Pentland Firth
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
16 October 2014Pentland Firth Feature in "Total World Energy" Magazine
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
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
15 October 2014Eye In The Sky Shows Latest At New Noss Primary School Development
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
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)
11 October 2014Head 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
9 October 2014Lidl, Wick Reopened by John Thurso MP
8 October 2014A Tour Of East Caithness Brochs
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
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
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
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
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.
October 2014Buying cigarettes for children could cost you a packet
Broch Tour - 11th October
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.
Heavy seas battering the south pier at Wick harbour almost obliterating the lighthouse, at times.
Looking At A New Street In Thurso - Orkney View
6 October 2014NHC Students win national apprentice awards
Highland Council urges communities not to miss out on Vodafone 3G mobile access
Contract For Thurso Library Awarded
Council clears up and calls on landowners to check wind damaged trees
Following recent high winds last night and this morning (5 - 6 October 2014) The Highland Council is encouraging landowners to check trees and vegetation near to public roads which may have been damaged.
Head teacher appointed for new Caithness school
Mr Ally Budge has been appointed by The Highland Council to the post of head teacher for Noss Primary School - the new North of the River Primary School in Wick which will replace North and Hillhead Primary Schools.
Sunday Working At New Noss Primary School Building Site
See photos from the start HERE
Next Into the New Artists Galleries - Joanne B Kaar Studio Sale
Caithness artist, Joanne B Kaar is to hold her first studio sale. This two-day event will take place on the Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd November, in Dunnet. 11am - 4pm on both days. More details about the sale.
The new Artists Galleries are open to any Caithness related works wheterh locatedin Caithnes or elsewhere and there is no charge for this new service. Artists in any medium can get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org Links to your web page or facebook page will be added to each picture.
Council offers help for Highland communities to be winter resilient
SNH Announce New Licence Measures To Reduce Wildlife Crime
Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Catch up with the many of the developments in the Caithness economy.
5 October 2014Big Boats At Scrabster Harbour Today
Wick Lidl - Ready To Open On Thursday 9th October
Thurso Lidl Extension And Complete Refurbishment Is Underway
The Lidl extension in Thurso is underway and the store will close in a few weeks time and reopen again early in the new year.
4 October 2014Caithness Paintings for Sale - New Section Open To Artists
A new section on the web site is open to any artist in Caithness or creating works about Caithness. We will create a Sutherland section if there is demand. First in is Jane MacRae who has painted many parts of Caithness and other places. She has paintings for sale or will undertake commissions. If you are an artist and would like your own dedicated section in this new space on Caithness.org then get in touch with Bill by emailing email@example.com Just send jpeg photos to be included in the new gallery and we will add titles and links to your web site or page. If you want text added just send that at the same time. New pictures can be added anytime and you can have them marked as sold by sending another email any time. There is no charge for this new service. If there is any demand from photographers then we will consider setting up a similar section.
Prison sentences for three convicted rogue traders in Highland
Three brothers from Inverness were jailed for a total of five-and-a-half years at Dingwall Sheriff Court on Thursday 2 October 2014 for doorstep crime offences, defrauding people in their own homes.
3 October 2014Caithness and North Sutherland Fund Grant Awards
The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund has awarded over £65K at its latest grant assessment round. The funding has been granted to five community/voluntary groups towards projects that will benefit people living in the Caithness & North Sutherland area.
Fit's in 'e Groat 'e Day
2 October 2014NEWSFLASH - 6.00pm
Just Added Several New Jobs At Pulteney Centre, Wick
Loch Of Yarrows To Whaligoe Walk
Book your place on this walk to see the features of the Caithness coast between Loch of Yarrows and Whjaligoe Steps.
New Jobs In Caithness
Construction Site Managers - New Wick Schools Projects
Administrator - Dounreay
More vacancies in Engineering, Care Staff, Catering, Waiting Staff, Bar Staff, Shop Assitant, Instrument Technicians, Fitter, Doctors - General Practioners, Nurses, Curriculum Leaders for North Highland College, Chef, Bar Manager, Sales Perosn, Handyman, Joiner, Cleaner.................and more
Time To Check Your Electricity Supplier Charges
Trick No Treat As 31 October Brings Energy Bill Hikes Of Up To £205. Customers on the 12 fixed tariffs that are d ue to end on Halloween could see bills rise by 10% on average On Friday 31 October, 12 fixed energy deals will come to an end, with eight from just one supplier - ScottishPower - due to expire. This could result in an average annual bill increase of 10% - or £104 – for consumers who haven't taken action and shopped around for an energy tariff.
1 October 2014'e Courier 'e Day
Rush.dance Win Big at Central Scotland Street dance championships
Rush.dance Competition kids have just competed at Central Scotland Street dance Championships in Perth, Our kids have just returned for the first Scottish UDO street dance championships, which was also a UDO European / World championship qualifier for 2015.
North charities benefit from West Highland Way Walk
TWO Caithness charities benefited from a Wick woman's West Highland Way sponsored walk, earlier this year. Both MS People Caithness and the county's heart support group received £1,090. The cheques were handed over by group secretary Marge Donaldson (centre) who successfully completed the popular 100-mile walk, in July.