The future looks good for Skye shinty after Portree Primary P7 and Under team took top place in this year's National Indoor Finals.

The event was held in Fort William with the island youngsters beating all their rivals to take the top place.

Enforcement of waiting restrictions and other parking measures for Skye in the months ahead were being discussed today (Feb27).

A Highland Council report before the Isle of Skye and Raasay Committee made it clear that while police may no longer be responsible for enforcement the local authority is looking at options.

They said: “The criteria for enforcement resources are such that the service must be delivered cost neutral. The allocation of staff in the Skye area is an unknown at this time and it will require live assessment of the demand for enforcement to ensure adequate and efficient allocation of resources that does not defund any other part of the service.

Fiona in action


Skye's pint sized power lifter Fiona MacDonald has proved herself a record breaker.

For in one week-end she has taken the weight lifting world by storm and returned to her Uig home with a string of record breaking achievements.

Fiona travelled to Kings Lynn in Norfolk to take part in the British Drug Free Power Lifting Association's event and proved to be unbeatable in the Full Power category which involves dead lift, back press and squat.

As well as taking the overall title she Fiona, who only weighs 50 kilos, managed a staggering 105 kilos in the dead lift to set a new British and World record, 45 kilos in the back press which was a British and European record, while in the squat, her 62.5 kilo effort earned here a British and World record.

Will she be ready in time?

Skye's most famous ferry - the Glenachulish - is looking for a little help from its friends.

The last manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland, she is ideally suited for  crossing the Kylerhea straits where she has been providing a car ferry service for many years.

However, this winter has seen a major outlay with over £30,000 spent on the ferry. Costs on replacing the wheelhouse in particular have escalated and now the charity run company are seeking support.

Police have made a new appeal for information following a pedestrian's death in Caithness.

Timothy Humphreys, formerly of Eynort, Isle of Skye, was struck by a car on the A836, near the A99 junction and the Seaview Hotel, at about 11:40pm on 17 February.  

The 34-year-old, who lived in John O' Groats, died at the scene of the collision as a result of his injuries. The road was closed until Saturday morning to allow a full collision investigation to take place.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen anyone Mr Humphries on or near the A836 between the A99 junction and Newton in the hour leading up to the collision.

 

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information and hasn't already been in touch with officers is urged to contact Police on 101.

 

 

Alex is on the road again!  After making it safely across to Skye from Mallaig, he has walked all the way to Carbost.

Today (Saturday 25 February) should see him walked to Dunvegan, staying in Skeabost and walking to Uig and Staffin, though his plan could be subject to change.

Since starting his walk 937 days ago, he has raised £40,000 for British and Irish lifeboats.  This week alone saw £600 donated online.  Details on how to donate can be found here.

Police in Portree, Isle of Skye, are seeking assistance from members of the community to identify a vehicle believed to be in the local area.

Constable Jani Kari-Koskinen said: "Around 5pm yesterday (Thursday 23rd February 2017) concerns were raised by a member of the public for the wellbeing of occupant(s) of a green or blue coloured car with darkened rear windows and a roof box, which was parked within the Co-op car park on the town's Dunvegan Road at the time."

"In order to ensure the occupant's wellbeing, officers are keen to trace the vehicle described and would appeal to anyone who has information on the car to make contact with officers on 101. We would also appeal to the occupants/owners to make contact directly."

Skye is urged to show its Scot Spirit as biggest community event since the Jubilee to be held across the UK in June. 

Tens of thousands of community get-togethers are being planned and The Big Lunch is calling on communities in Skye to get involved over 17-18 June.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall hosted the launch at Clarence House as patron of The Big Lunch, one of the founding partners of The Great Get-Together, alongside The Jo Cox Foundation and dozens of other community groups, NGOs and faith groups.

The Great Get-Together will take place over the weekend of June 17 and 18. People are being invited to come together with friends, neighbours and others they don’t yet know for street parties, picnics, barbecues and bake-off competitions. It follows the first anniversary of Jo Cox’s murder on June 16 last year.

 Skye-based filmmaker, Chris Young, is set to announce plans for a new Script Development Programme, which will benefit new writers, producers and directors working in film and television.

Chris is set to make the announcement in his keynote speech at the Glasgow Film Festival's Industry Focus event this Friday (24 February 2017.)

The programme will be operated and run by new company, Young Film Foundation.

The Foundation is currently seeking appropriate funding partners and Young hopes to launch formally and open for applications later this year.  The Foundation will focus on script and project development with a remit to seek out and identify new and aspiring writers, producers and directors. It will nurture their talents through a programme of workshops, seminars and mentoring over a week-long residency in Skye. 

Stagecoach have revealed new proposed timetables, which are planned to commence on 24 April 2017.

The services revised include Skye, Inverness, Easter Ross, Black Isle, Sutherland, Caithness and Fort William.  

These proposals follow on from changes made in January where further feedback since those changes has lead to some further improvements being brought forward. Other changes are as a result of the now completed tender process carried out by Highland Council. 

The proposed timetables are available online now at stagecoachbus.com. The company is encouraging customers to review the proposals and share their thoughts, whether in support of the revisions, highlighting any concerns or sharing any other ideas customers may have on services offered.