A large quantity of salmon heads has been dumped in a burn at Armadale.

Police Scotland said the fly-tipping incident may be connected to an attempt at doorstep sale of salmon.

They have appealed for anyone with information to contact the force.

A second survey is underway regarding Sleat health, wellbeing and sports facilities.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig recently embarked on a student and staff survey to determine what health, wellbeing and sports facilities were required at the land on the College’s campus as part of the Kilbeg master plan.

This was followed by an open public meeting on Thursday 29th June to invite the views of the wider Sleat community and it was agreed that a second survey should be circulated providing the community with the opportunity to participate in the consultation exercise.

Your can access the survey here at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JR3VF5R

Tha Sabhal Mòr Ostaig air ceisteachan a sgaoileadh do dh'oileanaich is luchd-obrach na Colaiste o chionn ghoirid feuch dè na goireasan spòrs is slàinte a bhiodh a dhìth air àrainn na Colaiste an lùib mòr-phlana na Cille Bige.

Chaidh coinneamh phoblach a chumail an uair sin air Diardaoin 29 An t-Ògmhios airson beachdan muinntir Shlèite a chruinneachadh agus chaidh aontachadh gun rachadh ceisteachan eile a sgaoileadh a bheireadh cothrom don choimhearsnachd a thighinn an sàs anns a' cho-chomhairleachadh.

Bhitheamaid fada nur comain nam b' urrainn dhuibh an ceisteachan goirid seo a lìonadh mar a gheibhear aig https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JR3VF5R

Tapadh leibh airson taic a thoirt don phròiseict.

Photograph from Sleat Community Council Facebook page.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) will host a series of public exhibition events to share proposals for construction work at the Skye triangle ports of Tarbert (Harris), Uig and Lochmaddy.

The proposals cover prospective work to improve harbour infrastructure and operations for the arrival of the new 102 metre dual fuel ferry currently being built by CMAL to service the route.

The public exhibitions and consultations are being undertaken as part of the application process for the required marine licences for works at the ports.  They will allow local communities and other interested parties to comment on proposals at an early stage, before final applications for the works at each port are submitted.  The events are also a follow-up to a series of public meetings held in April this year.

Ruth McIntosh, Principal Planning Engineer at CMAL said: “We visited each of the communities in April this year to let them know about our initial plans to explore harbour modifications.  At those meetings, we undertook to consider the comments received and update communities with developments as they progress.  The public exhibitions in September are an opportunity for communities to see how the plans have developed and have their say on the proposals.  

“We are now completing what we call the port master plans.  Drawings showing the preferred options for work at each harbour will be published online prior to the events in September and discussed at the exhibitions.  No final decisions have been made on what work will be carried out, and the works are subject to funding availability.  We encourage those with an interest in this prospective work to come along to find out more and ask questions.”

The public exhibitions will take place:

An award that acknowledges the contribution of businesses helping the young work force will form part of the Highland Business Week.

Developing the Young Work Force (DYW) West Highland will be supporting the Highland Business Week.  

The winner of the West Highland Award will go forward to the final of the Highland Business Award for Developing the Young Workforce.

The awards will be presented to the employer who can best demonstrate a significant commitment to the development and growth of opportunities for young people.

Applicants will be judged on opportunities and training offered, relationships with schools and colleges and how the investment in the development of young people enhances the organisation’s growth and capability. 

To enter, visit www.inverness-chamber.co.uk/events/event/highland-business-awards-2017 and download the application.

Coordinated by Inverness Chamber of Commerce, Highland Business Week, which runs from Monday 25 September through to Friday 29 September, hosts an exciting series of events. The finale of the week is the Highland Business Awards lunch, on Friday 29 September at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness.

Give DYW West Highland a call on 01397 705765 or email to find out the opportunities that are available to your business at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

North Skye Broadband announced today (Thursday 20 July) that it will no longer be processing an application for State Aid funding from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and Community Broadband Scotland (CBS).

The community organisation stated that the application process has been "dogged by delays due to complex public procurement requirements."

Those requirements included a nine-month delay waiting for a new State Aid funding scheme to be drawn up and approved by the EU after the Phase 2 scheme expired in June 2015.

North Skye Broadband (NSB) has already undertaken two separate State Aid Public Consultations – a mandatory requirement of the procurement process – and the decision not to proceed further comes as it was due to undertake a third such consultation, which itself has been delayed for nearly six months awaiting new and more accurate “Open Market Review” data (essential for the procurement process).

Geoff Semler, Chair of NSB, explained the reasons behind the decision: “Despite recent urgent discussions with HIE, CBS, and Scottish Government, a joint statement approved by all three bodies was issued to NSB on 22 June 2017 confirming that, in accordance with EU rules, the only funding available to North Skye Broadband in excess of the €200,000 de minimis provision would be via one of the formal State Aid schemes, none of which permit any funding other than for a network that is owned and operated by a commercial provider.

"Thus the State Aid process actually precludes NSB from adding any value to the implementation or operation of the network, instead it simply uses NSB as a funding conduit to provide a commercial operator (and its benefactors) with a state subsidy. Accordingly, it was agreed that as none of these schemes meet NSB’s requirements, the formal application process should be discontinued.”

A 77 year-old man with dementia went missing in the north end of Skye.

Dunvegan and Portree Coastguard Rescue Teams were tasked to assist Police Scotland in searching for the missing man.

The units proceeded to Dunvegan but stood down as the missing person was found prior to the search beginning. 

The death of a dog has led to an investigation of the water in a Portree pond.

Sandy the dog had been swimming in the water at Portree's Sluggans Woodland Park before it died last month.

Ten and a half year old Sandy had previously been given a clean bill of health the Friday preceding his death.  After swimming in the pond, he started fitting and had to be put down, according to David Sinclair, son of Sandy's owners.

The pond is a short distance from a recycling centre, a former landfill site and also a sewage treatment works.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has tested the water and found no traces of discharges from the sites or harmful blue-green algae.

As a precautionary measure, Highland Council has put warnings signs at the pond.

Sepa also plans to carry out further sampling.

A spokesperson for the agency said: "Sepa is not aware of any other activities which might have affected water quality in the area including the pond and we will continue to assist our local environmental health colleagues in their ongoing investigations."

Highland Council said: "Strict procedures are in place regarding the containment of discharges and these are fully adhered to.

"The council therefore considers that the source of any contamination in this pond or the surrounding area is not from landfilling activities past or present.

"We will fully co-operate with any further investigations SEPA plan to undertake."

A presentation was made to 10 local volunteer organisations that supported the Isle of Skye Half Marathon.

Skye Events, the organising body of the Half Marathon, made the donations last week.  

The donations totalled £2,400.

Speaking at the event Alistair Danter, Chair of Skye Events, noted that with registrations at 990 and actual runner numbers at 741 this was the biggest field of competitors experienced by the Skye Half Marathon.

With 741 runners taking part in the event, 85% are from outwith Skye & Lochalsh.  A race survey indicates that participants stay on average just over 2 nights in a range of accommodation types from tents to hotels.  This results in an injection of around £85,000 into the local economy.

Further information on Skye Events can be found at www.skye-events.co.uk

Above: Skye Events Chairman Alistair Danter presents local groups with donations for supporting this years Isle of Skye Half Marathon.

A cheque of £4000 was present to Portree Lifeboat Crew and Fundraisers.

The cheque was presented by Alfie Edwards on behalf of the Applecross boat pull team, of which he is a member.

A cheque of £1850 was also presented by Glynis Padgett in memory of her husband, Tony Padgett, a long time member of the Applecross boat pull team.  Mr Padgett sadly passed away earlier this year.

Portree Lifeboat Crew and Fundraisers would like to say thank you very much to everyone who took part and donated to raise these wonderful sums of money.

 

A sheepdog handler from Perthshire won the Staffin Sheepdog Trials on Friday 14 July.

Peter Martin, from Glenlyon, and his dog Jen beat almost 70 other competitors from all over the UK, Europe and North America last Friday in Ellishadder.

The annual Staffin Sheepdog Trials, which is part of the Hebridean Circuit, featured a top-class line up of handlers and dogs.

Judge Ian MacKay, of Leanach Farm, Culloden, presided over the action for his second time at Staffin. 

There were 68 dogs in the contest and handlers had travelled from as far afield as America, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland, including Lewis and Shetland.  The handlers and their dogs are scored on elements of the trial such as the success of the outrun, lift, bring and penning. 

Ian, an international sheepdog handler who is originally from Raasay, said Peter and Jen had put on an excellent display.  Peter is a former International Brace (running two dogs at the same time) Champion and is one of Scotland’s top handlers at the moment.

Ian said: “He had kept to the lines better than anybody else, that was why he was the winner.  It is a very challenging course at Staffin.  They are taking the sheep in at an angle and the sheep were very light, a bit flighty.  The dogs had a job with them on the day.” 

Ian, who has competed at Staffin himself, said the international handlers faced the same challenges as the UK competitors.  It was a largely dry and pleasant fresh day although there were outbreaks of rain in late afternoon.  The trials organiser, Ian MacDonald from Digg, won the Local Competition with a two-year bitch called Zoe. 

Ian thanked everybody in the local community for their support in attending the event and his band of helpers who help before, during and after the event.  

The excellent total of £1,800 was raised on the day for Crossroads Care and donations are still coming in.