Thursday, May 23, 2019
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Police officers on Skye have received a tribute from a 4 and 3/4 year old fan.

The team took to Twitter to share the very special letter, drawn by young Charlotte.  

The team: "What a lovely present today in the post - a drawing of the Inspector out catching the 'bad guy.'

A practitioner who works in Portree has qualified as one of the first-ever paramedic prescribers.

James MacGregor received his qualification from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, last month, making him one of the first-ever paramedics to write prescriptions.

The project is one of the first of its kind in the world and will give Skye residents faster access to medicines.    

James, who works in Urgent Care Centre in Portree or does Out Of Hours cover for the resident GP in Applecross on alternate weekends, became NHS Highland’s first-ever advanced paramedic practitioner as part of the local ten-strong multi-disciplinary Rural Support Team (RST) four years ago. He joined the RST after almost 20 years as a paramedic with the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Temporary traffic restrictions will be in place for a classic vehicle show in Inverness.

Organised by Inverness BID, this will be the eleventh show and will feature a wide variety of vehicles.  

The show will be held on Saturday 11 May and will take place between 11am and 3pm.

Last night (Sunday 28 April) proved to be a big night for local hotels.

Four different Skye getaways received recognition in the Scottish Hotel Awards.  

Duisdale House Hotel claimed the Island of the Year award, while nearby Eilean Iarmain was named Country Sports Hotel of the Year.  

Primary and Secondary Gaelic pupils will have the chance to take part in a Gaelic creative writing scheme.

The Highland Council’s Gaelic Team is leading on the initiative called “Many Places, Many Stories”.

The workshops, run by writer Iain Finlay Macleod, will explore what ‘image’ means for the participants.

A section of the railings on Bank Street has been knocked down.

The telescope overlooking the harbour has also been damaged.

The area immediately surrounding telescope and railings has a temporary barrier.

Improvements are planned for over a kilometre of road south of Portree.

Resurfacing works will start on the A87 next week as part of a £125,000 investment by Transport Scotland. 

The project is set to begin Monday 29 April and is programmed to take four days and one night to complete.

The first four days of work will take place between 9am and 7pm each day with overnight works taking place between 7pm and 7am on Friday night. All works are due to be completed by 7am on Saturday 4 May.

Shirley and Eddie Spear have sold the Three Chimneys after 34 years of ownership.

The restaurant with rooms has been purchased by Scots born international hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray. 
Gordon, who is returning to live in Scotland permanently, aims to carry on business at The Three Chimneys as it has always been run, with the introduction of additional investment over time.

The Three Chimneys will be part of his new Scottish hotel and restaurant collection, The Wee Hotel Company. 

Representatives of communities from both sides of the Mallaig to Armadale crossing will meet with the Islands Minister Paul Wheelhouse next week.

The round table will take place at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Sleat on Friday 3 May and attendees will include members of the Sleat Transport Forum and representation from the Road to the Isles marketing group.

Kate Forbes, constituency MSP for both sides of the crossing, met with Mr Wheelhouse at the Scottish Parliament at the end of last year, when she stressed the need for long-term improvements on the route and also raised the possibility of a pilot scheme for the 2019/20 winter service. This would involve the Loch Bhrusda being deployed to Mallaig for two or three extended periods when it is not being used for refit relief.

Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch have the highest level of mortgage arrears in Scotland, according to a new report.

National debt charity, Step Change, revealed that 29 per cent of their clients in this particular area are affected by mortgage debt, with the average being a colossal £16,155.

The average debt for the Highlands and Islands as a region was £4,612 and for Scotland was £2,832. Step Change helped over 30,000 people in Scotland last year.

The same report also showed that the Highlands and Islands has the highest electricity bill arrears out of the eight Scottish regions with £1,143, and the second highest for gas debt at £685.

Kate Forbes MSP said: "These figures are extremely worrying, driven by higher utility costs and more economic fragility. Behind every figure is a family struggling to make ends meet and feeling the weight of debt on their shoulders.

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