Kate Forbes MSP is encouraging anyone with an interest in the future of education in Scotland to contribute to the Scottish Government’s new consultation on the Education (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill guarantees new powers for head teachers and ensures that young people and parents have a stronger say in decisions about children’s learning and development.

Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said: “Our teachers in the Highlands deserve our unreserved praise for the education they are providing our young people, day in and day out.

“With more of our young people getting excellent exam results and going onto a job, training or continuing their studies - we have so much to be positive about.

Police on Skye are appealing for witnesses following the theft of civil engineering equipment from a compound in Staffin.

Approximately seven 3m long push pull props, which looks similar to scaffolding and a number of 3m lengths of wood were removed from a site on the Quiraing road.

The items were to be used in the construction of waters tanks and would have required a van or another large vehicle to move them.

They were removed from the construction site sometime between mid-October and Friday 27 October.

Constable Lesley Campbell said: "We are keen to hear from anybody who has seen a person or a vehicle acting suspiciously around the Staffin area during this period of time.

"We would also ask anyone who has received anything they believe to be suspicious for sale to get in touch as soon as possible.

"Anyone with any information is requested to contact police in Portree on 101, using reference NP10052/17.

"Information can also be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

A Portree optometrist has won a top award at the Scottish Health Awards 2017.

Craig Campbell, an optometrist at JM Macdonald Opticians in Portree, took home the Optometrist Award.

Craig's desire and commitment to provide a professional service to the local community has seen his reputation grow, and his introduction of a domiciliary service for those who are unable to attend his practice has been described by colleagues as testament to his enthusiasm to provide eye care to everyone on the island.

Road improvements are scheduled to be carried out in Carbost and Glenbrittle over the winter months.

The Highland Council were successful in obtaining funds from the Scottish Timber Transport Fund to carry out improvements to the Carbost, Glen Brittle and Eynort public roads for the extraction of commercially grown timber.

The B8009 improvements will be carried out between the River Drynoch Bridge and the Glen Brittle Junction with the Glenbrittle improvements being between the Carbost Junction and the first forest access.

Unfortunately no work will occur on the section of road between the forest access and the Fairy Pools Car park.

Ian Blackford MP visited Broadford Primary School on Friday 3 November at the invitation of the parent council.

He stated: "I have to say I was dismayed to see the deterioration of the building. I am aware that Highland Council has a replacement school for Broadford in its capital plan. I would suggest that the deterioration of the building means this is a matter of some urgency.

"Whilst I was visiting last Friday, there was also a visit from a pest control firm that advised that due to the wetness of the walls they could not proceed and take the action that they had been invited to do. Having seen around the buildings it is clear that there are multiple areas of water ingress and much of the construction is rotting.

"The advent of time, with our climate being as it is, will only exacerbate the problem.

"For pupils and staff having to work in a damp climate is clearly not acceptable. It was put to me that the incidence of asthma related illness is a cause for concern.

"I have today written to the council asking them to respond to the deterioration of the building as a matter of urgency."

In October, the Highland Council told The Skye Times: "The Council is currently reviewing its capital programme, the outcome of which should confirm a capital investment plan for the next 10 years.

"Investment in Broadford (and other Highland schools) is being considered as part of that process.  We expect there to be a decision on schools capital investment early in 2018."

Sparks flooded the ink-black sky during the firework display at Broadford tonight (Saturday 4 November.)

The bonfire was lit with a flaming arrow shortly before the fireworks filled the sky.

A large crowd gathered in and around Broadford Community Hall to watch the display.

A Skye tourism summit meeting was hosted today (Friday 3 November) by Kate Forbes MSP.

The meeting, held at Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Sleat, provided an opportunity for those who attended to share their experience of tourism.  

Kate Forbes stated that three key things were needed to alleviate tourism pressure: a strategic plan; a strategic group to deliver the plan and funding.

Ms Forbes invited Cabinet Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, to address the audience.  The Cabinet Secretary mentioned the tourism taskforce that had been announced earlier today.  

Earlier today (Friday 3 November) Kate Forbes MSP joined the Cabinet Secretary for Culture in opening a new office on Skye for the largest rural touring arts organisation in the Highlands.

SEALL - Skye Events for All - promotes around 80 high quality touring events each year, such as the Skye Festival in July and August, and the Skye Swing Jazz Festival in late October.

They recently moved into a new office in the old courtyard of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, which SEALL are developing as a cultural hub for south Skye.

Chairperson Eileen Armstrong and artistic director Duncan MacInnes welcomed Cabinet Secretary for Culture Fiona Hyslop and Skye's constituency MSP Kate Forbes to officially open the new office.

Since being established in 1991, SEALL have been responsible for putting on 1,800 events.

The Isle of Skye will soon have its own tourism taskforce similar to that of the North Coast 500, the Scottish Government have announced.

At today's (Friday 3 November) tourism summit arranged by Skye's constituency MSP Kate Forbes, the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Fiona Hyslop will tell 130 delegates that the new strategic group will aim to secure a "successful and sustainable future" for the industry.

It is understood that the tourism taskforce will be led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise representatives, and will also include officials from Visit Scotland and Police Scotland as well as from local businesses and communities in the area.

The need for a co-ordinated approach to tourism management has become increasingly evident this summer, with some of the roads and facilities around the island's major attractions coming under significant strain with a six-fold increase in the population during peak months.

Kate Forbes MSP, who invited Fiona Hyslop to visit the island on a fact-finding mission, welcomed the news.

The constituency MSP for Skye said: "Following months of meetings and extensive consultation with residents, businesses and key strategic partners, it's clear that Skye needs a co-ordinated plan to help improve tourism infrastructure across the island.

Plans to help alleviate congestion at one of Scotland's most iconic tourist attractions have moved a step closer after the Scottish Government announced the community asset transfer request at the Fairy Pools will proceed on favourable terms.

The Minginish Community Halls Association has secured the land from Forestry Enterprise Scotland for £2,500, a discount of £27,5000 on the market value, in a move which was been warmly welcomed by Skye's constituency MSP Kate Forbes.

With well over 108,000 visitors last year, the existing 35-space car park has been struggling to cope during the peak season – but under its proposals the community hopes to accommodate 137 cars and approximately 20 mini-buses and camper vans.

Earlier today (Friday 3 November), Ms Forbes went to see the Fairy Pools site along with Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Fiona Hyslop – who is visiting Skye on a fact-finding mission.

Skye MSP Kate Forbes said: "I am absolutely delighted to see us move one step closer to a vastly improved car park for the Fairy Pools - and it's a testament to all the time and effort that the project group have put into this.