The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch is backing a new campaign calling for fairer delivery charges to remote and rural communities.

With less than a month to go to Christmas, Kate Forbes MSP said it was "ridiculous" that parts of the Highland mainland are classified as "overseas" by some retailers.

A website has been launched here, where consumers who have been ripped off by extortionate delivery fees are encouraged to sign a petition as well as name and shame cowboy firms online.

It has already been reported that one company wanted to charge more than £40 extra for taking an item to the other side of the toll-free Skye Bridge.

The campaign is being led by Moray MSP Richard Lochhead, in a bid to stop rip-off parcel delivery charges that discriminate against homes and businesses in many parts of Scotland.

A place has been awarded to the Skye and Lochalsh Running and Athletics Club for the London Marathon in 2018.

The chosen entrants have yet to be decided and the names will be drawn from a hat on Saturday 2 December.

Highlands and Islands Police have said that the A86 near Roybridge will be closed this evening (Tuesday 28 November.)

The area will remain closed for several hours to allow for recovery of an overturned HGV.

The lorry was involved in a one vehicle road traffic collision about two miles east of Roybridge on the Newtonmore to Spean Bridge road on Sunday 26 November.

The road will close at 8pm tonight to allow recovery of this vehicle to take place.

This is expected to take several hours and the only diversion will be via the A9 and A82 through Inverness.

Motorists are asked to plan ahead and leave extra time for their journey if needing to travel on this route this evening.

A new app is being developed, with the aim of making it easier to learn Gaelic.

The app aims to help people build confidence in using and pronouncing Gaelic by listening to a phrase on your device and then repeating.

Using automatic speech recognition, a technology that is widely used by Apple, Google and Amazon, the application provides feedback on your pronunciation. Users can work through a number of challenges and only pass to the next level once they have successfully completed each step.

A vintage recipe book made to raise funds for the Skye and Lochalsh Crossroads Care attendant scheme could be redone.

Crossroads Care attendant scheme evolved into Crossroads Care Charity - and the team are currently interested in locating other copies of the recipe book and anyone who can remember it.

Kay MacDonald, Crossroads shop supervisor, told The Skye Times: "We would love to hear any stories from anyone who might remember anything about the recipe book.

"Last year was Crossroads 30th anniversary, so little things like this mean a lot to us.

"We would love to find out if anyone else has a copy."

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Officers from Police Scotland working with a range of partner agencies have worked together to remove a number of abandoned and untaxed vehicles from the roads of the Highlands.

The first week of action has seen in excess of 50 vehicles seized and 40 clamped.

This action has followed a number of complaints from local residents regarding apparently abandoned vehicles and vehicles which have clearly been used without excise.

Over the course of the week of action, further road traffic offences have been detected, such as vehicles being driven without insurance.

Highland Council and the DVLA will continue to carry out enforcement action across the region, supported by Police Scotland.

Chief Inspector Iain MacLelland said: “I am delighted to have the support of partner agencies in this co-ordinated approach to abandoned vehicles in our community.

"Local residents have consistently raised concerns about anti-social behaviour linked to these vehicles and there is the obvious danger of vehicles being used which are not roadworthy.

Police in Skye and Lochalsh are continuing to carry out enquiries to trace missing fisherman Alasdair Macleod in the Applecross area.

The 57-year-old was reported missing on the afternoon of Monday, November 20 after his boat "Varuna" was seen on rocks north of Applecross Bay.

Extensive search activity has been carried out during the week by police and partners in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and RNLI as well as local

Police activity in the area has included land-based searches by specialist officers and the Police Scotland dog unit, with aerial support from the Police Scotland helicopter on Wednesday.

Further activity planned to continue in the area over the course of the coming days.

Kate Forbes has called for "sensible and proportionate" fees for the use of electric vehicle charging points across the Highlands.

Currently there is no cost for people using them, but last month Highland Council leaders signalled their intention to move towards a pricing strategy.

The latest figures show that usage at the council's current 22 charge points is costing the local authority around £20,000-a-year in electricity.

Kate Forbes MSP said she hopes that the charging scheme in Moray is not replicated, where there is a flat charge of £3.80 per use, regardless of how much or little electricity is used.

Staff at a Skye Hospital earned praise for responding “admirably” to a major incident exercise while still coping with their normal day jobs earlier this month.

Almost 30 staff were involved in the two-hour-long exercise at the MacKinnon Memorial Hospital in Broadford designed to test NHS Highland’s current clinical and tactical procedures in the event of a major emergency.

The exercise, known as ‘Exercise Insight’, began at 11am on Thursday 2 November 2017 and virtually everyone working on shift at the hospital – whether doctors, nurses, radiographers, physiotherapists, office staff or porters – was involved.

A year in the planning, the exercise’s scenario involved a van overtaking a tour bus on the Kyleakin straight in the south of Skye colliding with an oncoming family car.

Rather than having real people playing the part of pretend casualties, 22 virtual casualty profile cards – giving personal details and clinical information - were used in what is known as a Practical Exercise Without Casualties (PEWC).

Director of the exercise, Dr Alistair Innes, said: “The PEWC stretched the whole team at Broadford, but everyone performed admirably.

Ownership of the Fairy Pools car park will transfer to the Minginish Community Hall Association (MCHA).

The Scottish Land Fund has today (Thursday 23 November) announced a grant of £38,500 that will allow the MCHA to take ownership of the car park.

The existing traffic congestion around the popular tourist attraction, and the impact of this on local residents, has been well documented in recent times, and a decision by Forestry Enterprise Scotland to sell the land at a discounted price, under the community asset transfer scheme, was warmly welcomed earlier this month.

Today's Scottish Land Fund grant gives the group the means to purchase the existing car park and adjacent 30 acres of woodland to make way for a new and improved car park with an additional one hundred spaces, as well as exploring the possibility of providing much needed toilet facilities.