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Two lambs were born on Christmas Day this year.

A ewe in Earlish, owned by Fay MacLeod and Philip MacAskill, unexpectedly gave birth to the twins on December 25.

The lambs have been named Holly and Ivy.


The Isle of Skye Pipe Band will not be playing in Portree Square this Hogmanay.

Peter MacDonald told Skye Times Online that the decision was taken to allow members of the band to spend time with their families all around the island.  Other band members will be playing with bands in Edinburgh to welcome in the New Year.

Mr MacDonald said: "2018 has been a very busy and successful year for the band. We are indebted for the community support, to our sponsors and local business's for providing assistance throughout the year."

A multi-agency rescue was launched to assist a man who had fallen at the Quiraing.

Skye Mountain Rescue, the police and coastguard were all involved in the rescue, which took place on Saturday 29 December.

The casualty had sustained a serious lower leg injury after his fall and was transported by helicopter to Stornoway Airport and by ambulance to the Western Isles Hospital.

Skye Mountain Rescue Team said: "We're fast approaching the fiftieth shout of the year, which will make 2018 one of the busiest to date for the team."

"You take your life into your own hands driving about on Skye nowadays," claims Dani Anslow, after her sister-in-law was involved in a two-vehicle crash on Saturday 29 December.

The collision took place at Sligachan when Sharon Anslow had a head-on crash with tourists who were on the wrong side of the road.

Dani took to Facebook to share her concern, saying: "She drove around a blind corner at 50mph, met a Fiat 500 with two tourists on her side of the road.

"She couldn't avoid them and after a smash, she ended up down a steep embankment, trapped in her car and in a pretty bad way. She had to be cut out of her car and airlifted to Raigmore Hospital. The tourists were both taken to hospital with injuries still unknown but not thought to be too serious.

The creative director of a performing arts promotion charity has received Royal recognition for 28 years of dedicated service.

Duncan MacInnes, of Skye Events for All (SEALL) in Sleat was honoured with an MBE in the New Year Honours 2019 List for his services to the arts and natural environment on the Isle of Skye. 

Born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, 68-year-old Duncan came to live in Sleat when he was a young adult and took up a post as countryside ranger at the Clan Donald centre at Armadale Castle. It was here he first began promoting performing arts events, after the Old Stables building was turned into a restaurant.

Duncan said: "Because I was involved in the local drama group here, Edinburgh Mime Company approached me and said they wanted to come to Skye. I got them into the village hall. That got me thinking the Stables at Armadale Castle would make an excellent performance space and, by default, I became the centre's arts officer. We put on events with the likes of Capercaillie, Seolas, Archie Fisher and Hamish Imlach."

Police have confirmed that the man who died in a fatal road collision was Matthew Tomlinson.

The 29-year-old had been previously been reported missing.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the one vehicle collision, which took place on the A87 at Glengarry.

Officers found the collision at around 8.45am on Monday, December 24, as part of searches to trace Mr Tomlinson.

A man was found deceased within the vehicle and he has now been formally identified as Mr Tomlinson, who was from the Dumbarton area.

His family has been updated.

A faulty transformer has resulted in a power cut that originally affected 241 households, says the SSEN.

The fault, which was reported at 12:34am on Friday 28 December, was found in the Loch Eyre area.  

SSEN told Skye Times Online that they expect everyone to have power restored by 11am.  They estimate there are currently 161 customers without power.

Highlanders are encouraged to take four simple steps to prepare for potentially tough weather conditions this winter.

A new survey revealed that over a third of people do not feel prepared to combat extreme weather.

The Scottish Government’s ‘Ready Scotland’ campaign encourages individuals, families, communities and businesses to think about what they can do to prepare for unexpected events over winter.

They recommend four steps - keeping informed, being ready at home, on the road and at work; and thinking of others in the community.

Kate Forbes MSP is also urging individuals, communities and businesses in her Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency to lend a hand to those who might find it harder to cope with extreme weather conditions.

The Scottish Government has already taken steps to make sure that people in Scotland don’t face hardship over winter. Emergency services have robust response plans in place following last year’s so-called ‘Beast from the East’ storm, and over one million people have benefitted from the Winter Fuel Allowance under the Scottish Government’s new social security system.

A search for a 41-year-old man kept Skye Mountain Rescue busy on Boxing Day.

The man was reported overdue from an overnight shelter and the team headed into the Cuillins to search for him.

The Mountain Rescue Team described the call out as "a long day in poor conditions."

The man turned up safe and well after having to deviate from his intended return route.

A teenage RNLI recruit was involved in her first call-out this morning (Thursday 27 December.)

At 12:21am, Portree Lifeboat was launched to assist the ambulance service with a medical emergency on Raasay.  

The lifeboat crew of seven included 17-year-old Chloe Urquhart, who joined the RNLI as soon as she was able. 

Chloe earlier stated: "The idea that at any moment I could be called away from my Christmas celebrations to help someone in an emergency is a pretty daunting thought.

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