Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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The Stromeferry Bypass is on schedule to completely reopen near the end of this month.  However, a recently released report suggests the rock face is still at risk of collapsing.

Robert John MacInnes, admin of the Stromeferry Bypass Updates 2018 Facebook page, told The Skye Times: "The 2018 report for the rock face inspections carried out on the Bypass was released a week or two ago. It details some very horrifying evidence that the Bypass is not just a 'potential collapse' risk, it is collapsing. Rocks and boulders are actually falling continuously down the rock face and are being caught in a roadside deer fence, as well as some actually reaching roadside ditches and the road. There are pictures attached to the report including large swollen cracks in huge boulders further up the hill, and collapses behind the already installed rock catch netting.

"Four sections of rock face are classed as 'very high risk' for collapse (five including the rock face currently being worked on), with seven sections marked as 'high risk.' The number of sections of rock face classed as high or very high risk has increased since 2017. 'Rock failure could potentially exceed net/reach road and railway' is a common statement throughout the report, along with 'due to budget constraints' meaning that the Council have not had the money to carry out full stabilisation work to many sections."

The Bypass is set to open without road on rail diversion from Saturday 24 November.  

A dog, which went missing earlier this month, has been located today (Wednesday 14 November.)

Kara went missing in the Staffin area during a firework display.

Owner, John MacKenzie, asked for help to locate the Golden Retriever after she went missing on Saturday 10 November.

Mr MacKenzie told The Skye Times today: "She was found in Valtos thus morning at a house where residents are currently away!

"She is fairly fit and well apart from being thin and with some cuts and scratches!

Raasay Primary School pupils raised £863.01 for Social Bite charity.

The pupils slept out in their school on Friday 9 November to raise funds for the charity, which aims to end homelessness in Scotland.

The pupils also ran a pop up cafe, while their own meal consisted of pasta and tinned fruit from a box of community donations.

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