Monday, November 19, 2018
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Ten finalists have been chosen for the Skye Photo Challenge competition.

Featuring dramatic images of Skye, including Elgol, the Old Man of Storr and the Cuillins, each photograph was selected by competition judges.  The winner will be chosen by public vote.

Finalists include Paul Milne, Graham Binns, Stuart Robb, Edwin Rem, Dietmar Herzog, Stephen Dauris, Olaf Edler, Dave Brightwell, Sean Speed and Diogo Rodrigues.

Skye and Lochalsh primary school pupils still have time to enter a Christmas Card competition, which could see their design featured on a gondola.

Kate Forbes MSP has asked young people in primary schools across the Highlands to design a festive card for the consultancy.

This year, the winning design will feature on the UK's only mountain gondola.  Courtesy of the Nevis Range, the winner will also get a gondola trip up Aonach Mor near Ben Nevis, as well as seeing their front cover distributed across Kate Forbes MSP's Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency.

Delays are to be expected if travelling on the Portree to Sligachan road.

A vehicle is currently being recovered from the road.  The road is open to single-file traffic.

This follows a one-vehicle accident which took place earlier this morning (Monday 12 November.)

A spokesperson for Police Scotland told The Skye Times that a van left the A87 road near Sligachan.  This was reported at 8:27am.

The van had only one occupant with no serious injuries.  

A major power cut is currently leaving parts of Skye and the surrounding areas without electricity (Monday 12 November.). It initially affected around 30,000 consumers.

Now (4pm) SSEPD say: "Due to logistical issues in coordinating a complex restoration plan, we are now expecting to restore supplies by 18:00 [6pm] as quickly and as safely as we can."  This is seven hours later than they first claimed today.  Some areas will be served by mobile generators.

Portree's lights went back on briefly just before 2pm but flickered off again soon after.

Roads within Portree centre will be closed tomorrow (Sunday 11 November.)

The Remembrance Day Parade is set to take place and roads will be closed between 10:40am and 12:30pm.  

Roads set to be closed include Wentworth Street, part of the Somerled Square road and part of Bank Street.

Highland Council have said that temporary traffic prohibitions will affect vehicular traffic on Bank Street, closed at the access to the Skye Gathering Hall to its junctions with The Green and Wentworth Street.  This will be closed between 10:40am and 11:00am, and again between 11:30am and 12:30pm.

Wentworth Street will be closed between 10:40am and 11am and again between 11:30am and 12:30pm.  

Also closed will be the Somerled Square road between its junction at Home Farm Road and Wentworth Street.  


A cook at Broadford Primary School has won Highland Council's Employee of the Year 2018 Award.

Annette Burfooot, who has been at the school for 11 years, is described as a skilled and dedicated member of staff who is passionate about promoting healthy eating and regularly goes into classrooms to chat to the children about nutrition and developing healthy eating habits. She also encourages them to proactively get involved in the planning of menus for school meals making the most of fresh herbs and vegetables grown in the school garden.

With the encouragement of the Council’s catering service, earlier this year Annette entered the annual Scottish national competition, Scottish School cook of the Year. She won the Highland heat and then went on to compete with cooks from throughout Scotland and came away with the runner up award.

Before competing, Annette consulted and trialled menu options with primary 6 and 7 pupils who helped her select the mouth-watering menu she put forward. All the fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit used in her award winning dish that impressed the judges were grown by the pupils. After attending the award ceremony she laid on a party with lots of tasty treats to personally thank pupils and staff for all their help and support.

Skye sheep producers and chefs are encouraged to have their say on Skye menus.

One Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) group led by SAC Consulting, part of Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), is researching the potential for mutton to be featured in Isle of Skye restaurants and cafes.

A group made up of Skye sheep farmers, chefs and restaurant owners, is investigating the opportunity to market Old Season Lamb (12-24 months old) and/or mutton (two years plus).

Chefs and restaurant owners are being asked whether they think there is demand for Isle of Skye Mutton or Old Season Lamb in their restaurants and what they feel is the consumer perception of the meat.

In a separate survey, local sheep producers are being asked if they would be interested in producing mutton, and if they would have any concerns about doing so.

Police are appealing for information after a Jansvans vehicle was vandalised in Portree.

Police say the white Ford Transit van was damaged on Thursday 1 November between 1:30am-7am.  

The vehicle was parked at Cruachan Place when its window was smashed.

Police have asked anyone with information to contact PC Low at Portree Police station by phoning 101 and quoting Crime Reference NP'4175/18 or by contacting Crimestoppers if you wish to remain anonymous on 0800555111.  

Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant is backing the company proposing a controversial kelp harvesting plan off the Western Isles.

Mrs Grant has today (Thursday November 8th) issued an invitation to all MSPs to a briefing meeting with Marine Biopolymers Limited (MBL) next Wednesday, (14th November) ahead of the Scottish Crown Estates Bill, which will have its third and final reading at Holyrood on Wednesday 21st November. In its current form, the bill would ban MBL's business as unsustainable and harmful to the environment.

Directors and advisers from MBL will join Mrs Grant to explain their business, why it will be good for Scotland and why a campaign group, set up specifically to stop it harvesting this kelp, is wrong.

In her invitation to MSPs today, Mrs Grant said: “Sustainable economic development is critical for the Highlands and MBL is at the heart of Scotland's National Industrial Biotechnology Plan and HIE's MaxiMar strategy; its "marine biorefinery" is part of a bigger picture of biotech-based marine business development.

“Using a revolutionary "green" process, MBL plans to make several biopolymers that have very high value applications in healthcare and food. It will extract these products from the "stem" of Laminaria hyperborea kelp, Scotland's dominant seaweed.”

The campaign group No Kelp Dredging has run a campaign protesting against MBL’s planned harvesting scheme since a pre-licensing application was submitted to Marine Scotland.

Dulse & Brose at The Bosville has been awarded a prestigious Good Food Award for 2019.

The restaurant at 9-11 Bosville Terrace, Portree, was established more than three years ago.

The Good Food Awards say that: “Over the last twelve months we have evaluated customer feedback and these premises have demonstrated exceptional levels of food quality, service and value when compared to our industry benchmarks in their category.

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