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Caithness News Bulletins March 2006

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Halkirk Man Found Dead In Thurso River
Northern Constabulary have confirmed a body recovered from a Caithness river is that of a missing pensioner.  James Cormack, 65, of Bridge Street, Halkirk, was reported missing on Sunday. His body was found in Thurso River 11.15am on Monday 20 March. Police said there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances. The coastguard and a helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth were involved in the search for Mr Cormack after he failed to return home from a walk.

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People all over Caithness sent in photos of the snow to make one of the biggest galleries on the web site.  snow scenes of places, children playing animals and lots more.

4 March 06
Rainbow Rascals Demo

Kids and parents from Rainbow Rascals took to the streets of Thurso on Saturday to show their determination not to be amalgamated into the school nursery mixing three and four year olds.  Rainbow Rascals has been greatly appreciated by parents who see it as vital resource in Thurso.  Councillors last week were presented with proposals by officials to consider amalgamations of several nurseries in order to save en estimated 33,000 per annum in face of a difficult financial position.  A special meeting of councillors will take place in Wick next Thursday to see if an answer to the problem can be found.

Hempriggs Estate To Close Scalesburn To North Baths Path, Wick On Safety Grounds
It is with regret that Hempriggs Estate is announcing the imminent but, hopefully, temporary, closure of the Wick pathway along the top of the brae from Scalesburn to a point east of the North Baths stairway where it meets the pathway from Lindsay Drive, along with the stairway itself.Bruce de Wert, Solicitor of Georgesons, Solicitors, Factor of Hempriggs Estate said: --
"There has been a succession of landslips affecting this area over the years. We have tried to keep the pathway open as long as possible but, in certain places, the next landslip will undermine the path. The safety of the public is the Estate's prime concern and, in that respect, there can be no half measures. The Trustees hope that the closure will only be temporary."The Highland Council is aware of the fears concerning this route and, with the Estate, are exploring ways to fund a formal survey. It is anticipated that such a survey could, itself, be an expensive project. The Estate understands that the costs of remedial measures would be extremely high and certainly beyond their budget.

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