Monday, March 25, 2019
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Two Skye Mountain Rescue bases have been officially given to the local team.

St John Scotland transferred ownership of the bases in Glenbrittle and Sligachan tonight (Monday 30 April.)

The Skye bases will each be known as the 'St John Base' and are the eight and ninth bases of thirteen to be gifted from St John Scotland to the teams themselves.  The cost of these bases has now topped £2 million and until now, were provided to the teams under licence and rent free.

The way an MOT Test works is set to change on Sunday 20 May 2018.

Defects discovered in the MOT will be categorised as dangerous, major or minor.  A dangerous or major fault will result in a fail.  Advisories will still be given.  

The changes will also mean stricter rules for cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) - resulting in a major fault if the MOT tester finds smoke from the exhaust or if there is evidence the DPF has been tampered with.  

New items will be tested in the MOT, such as brake pad warning lights, reversing lights on certain vehicles, headlight washers on certain vehicles and obviously underinflated tyres.  

For a full list of changes to the MOT Test, click here.

Four days of turbine blade deliveries have been planned for the week commencing Monday 30 April.

The turbine blades will be escorted by the police from Broadford Aerodrome.  They will then travel along the A82 at Invergarry and on to Fort Augustus.  

The slow-moving vehicles will result in an extra 15 - 20 minutes added on to journeys.  

The delivery schedules are above.

The Dunvegan Castlew 10k full results are below:

The constituency MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch has welcomed a new app for ScotRail employees which is part of the rail operator's efforts to prevent vulnerable people from taking their own lives.
The West Highland lines to Fort William and Mallaig, and as well as parts of Perth to Inverness and Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh routes are in Kate Forbes MSP's constituency.
The app, available to ScotRail employees, has been developed in conjunction with Network Rail and the Samaritans to offer quick and easy advice to employees if they come across someone who may be at risk of suicide. There is a direct link to the British
Transport Police's suicide hotline for further assistance.

Local coastguard teams assisted with the rescue of a casualty off Coral Beach in Plockton.

Kyle, Portree and Dunvegan Caoastguard, along with Kyle RNLI Lifeboat, assisted the Scottish Ambulance with the extract of the casualty on Friday 27 April.




The popular Oyster Shed of Minginish will be coming to Portree.

In a collaboration with the Royal Hotel, the Oyster Shed team will be taking over the Well Plaid restaurant for the 2018 season.

The Oyster Shed's famous seafood will be available daily from Wednesday 2 May from 11am to 5pm.  Guests are welcome to eat in or take away.

Photograph from the Oyster Shed Facebook.

Hugh Campbell won the 2018 Dunvegan Castle 10k race today (Saturday 28 April.)

His excellent time of 33 minutes 52 seconds put him well ahead of his fellow racers.

Hugh told The Skye Times that, as a road runner, he was in his element during the second half of the race.   

Two former police stations on Skye are likely to be among only four in Scotland to avoid being part of an immediate sell-off by Police Scotland.

Police Scotland is to report the results of a public consultation on the disposal of police properties to the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) Board on Wednesday 2 May.

The four stations where disposal was not supported via the consultation are Broadford and Dunvegan, as well as Lairg in Sutherland, and Lochboisdale on South Uist.

Businesses are urged not to fall foul of the new national minimum unit price for alcohol.

On Tuesday, 1st May, 2018, a national minimum unit price for alcohol of 50 pence per unit will become law in Scotland.

Businesses and others who sell alcohol will need to ensure that their pricing systems are accurate to prevent any sale of alcohol at below the minimum price.  This would include ensuring that prices are accurate on shelves, barcodes, menus and price lists, where appropriate.  Advice and guidance can be obtained from the Council’s Licensing Standards Officers.

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