A consultation will commence, enabling people to have their say on the potential closure of 53 police premises.

Two of the premises potentially up for disposal include those in Dunvegan and Broadford.  

These premises were identified following a review.

Police Scotland stated: "The demands facing policing and the way people engage with us and contact us have changed over the years, however our estate, which had been developed many years ago, has not changed.

"We are consulting with local communities, partners and stakeholders because we want you to have your say on the future of our estate. The feedback gathered from this consultation will be used to shape our final proposal on how many of the premises should be disposed of.

"Of the 53 premises identified for disposal, 43 of them are not used to permanently base Police Officers or Police Staff and are empty, some of them for a number of years. The remaining 10 are currently used as a base for Police Officers or Police Staff, however these staff can be relocated to other permanent facilities while still maintaining service delivery."

The engagement period will run from Wednesday 1 November until Wednesday 31 January 2018 and you will be able to have your say on the future of these properties. 

A 17-year-old has died after his car came off the A82 near Spean Bridge in the Highlands.

The teenager was driving a blue Audi A3, which left the road between Letterfinlay and Invergloy, at about 11:30 on Wednesday 18 October.

The teenage driver, who was the only occupant in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.  No other vehicles were involved.

Police Scotland have appealed for witnesses to contact them on 101, quoting reference NP9811/17 with any information that might be helpful.

Sgt Alan Henderson said: "Our thoughts are with the young man's family and friends at this sad time."

The road was closed for more than six hours to allow for a police investigation.

 

Four from Skye received recognition for their courage at the Brave@Heart Awards on Tuesday 24 October.

The awards were presented by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, at Edinburgh Castle.  

Elisabeth and Paulus Temming, who own the Flodigarry Hotel, and their employees, Leon Passveer and Mark Thornber, rescued one of their colleagues from a burning caravan.

In the early hours of the morning, a fire broke out in a caravan where one employee was sleeping.  The fire and heat made it impossible to open the doors, and the blaze was too strong to be tackled by fire extinguishers.

Mrs Temming threw a beer keg through the caravan window, allowing the group to pull their colleague to safety- seconds before the caravan was completely engulfed in flames.

Unesco World Heritage status could be sought for the Isle of Skye, suggests a paper published by the Highland Council.

The suggestion was put forward in order to help attract funding to improve facilities for tourists.

The paper contains short and long-term ways of easing the pressure caused by the island's popularity with tourists.

Another long-term proposal includes the staging of a tall ships sailing race on a route between Skye and the remote archipelago of St Kilda, which has dual World Heritage status.  This could draw new investment to Skye. 

Highland Council has described its paper, Skye and Raasay Tourism Infrastructure: A Dynamic Workshop Approach, as "ambitious."

The report's findings include:

In 2013-14, Skye was visited by an estimated 1.3 million people.  Between 2014 and 2016, that number of visitors may have increased by 12.7%

Highland Council said tourism infrastructure issues on Skye and neighbouring Raasay "came to a watershed" this year, with the "exponential growth in tourist numbers colliding with an infrastructure that is no longer fit for purpose."

A two vehicle crash on the A9 resulted in the road being completely blocked yesterday (Tuesday 24 October.)

At 6:45pm, Police Scotland, Fire and Ambulance responded to the crash on the A9 carriageway near to Alvie by Aviemore.  The crash involved a car and a heavy goods vehicle.

As a result of this crash the 58 year old female car driver sustained fatal injuries.

A full collision investigation was undertaken and diversions were put in place.

If you have any information regarding this incident and have not already come forward please contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident NM/7388/17.

Skye Mountain Rescue carried out what they described as a "reasonably straightforward rescue" today (Tuesday 24 October.)

The team came to the aid of a foreign male with a leg injury at the Fairy Pools.

The man was conveyed by stretcher to an ambulance.

 

The A9 south of Aviemore has been totally blocked due to a serious road traffic collision,

Police are currently (Tuesday 24 October) in attendance on the A9 just south of Aviemore and just north of the new dual carriageway section.

They advise that the road is likely to be closed for some considerable time.

A diversion via the B9152 from Kingussie to Aviemore is being set up at present.  Further updates to follow.

The owners of a Portree business were surprised when they received payment for a forgotten cup of tea.

Barry and Liza Hawthorne of the Isle of Skye Baking Company received a card with several dollars inside.

A couple on holiday had visited the Baking Company in Portree and ventured upstairs to the gallery - each thinking the other person had paid the bill.  On the way home, they discovered that neither had and quickly sent payment and a card all the way back to Scotland.

Barry and Liza said: "If they are reading this, we have to say the biggest thank you - not for the cash, but for caring.  You made our week special."

A Portree woman abseiled 165 feet to raise funds for Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS).

On Sunday 15 October, Mary MacDougall, along with others, abseiled from the Forth Rail Bridge.    Mary raised an outstanding £1,300 for the charity with more still coming in.

Mary spoke about the event, saying: “It was a fantastic experience and was so well organised.  I loved every minute of the descent and would encourage others to take part in this unique fundraising event.  I’m very grateful to all those who donated and I’m delighted to have raised so much money for the charity!”

All the money raised from the event will help to improve the quality of life for people in Scotland after a stroke or diagnosis of a chest or heart condition ensuring they get the support and services they badly need.  The fundraising event has raised £124,000 for CHSS.

Mary took part in order to support her husband, Douglas MacDougall, who works for CHSS as the Remote Link Worker for the Skye & Lochalsh area.  For more information on services in the area Douglas can be contacted via mobile 07788 587 562 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To stay informed about what CHSS is doing across Skye & Lochalsh, visit their new Facebook page here.

UK Government plans to introduce an energy price cap must mean an end to the Highland energy rip-off, the MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch has said.

After Theresa May promised to “end to rip-off energy prices once and for all”, Kate Forbes MSP said the Prime Minister must now end the surcharge that sees residents of energy-rich rural Scotland hit with higher bills.

Currently Highland customers face a 2p electricity surcharge which leaves them with higher bills – despite the region facing some of the highest rates of fuel poverty in the country.

Kate Forbes MSP hopes to raise the matter in the Scottish Parliament chamber on Thursday (26 October), if her general question on the issue is selected.

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch said: “Highland Scotland is energy rich, with huge potential as a green energy powerhouse.

“The SNP’s commitment to establishing a publicly-owned, not-for-profit energy company will ensure that the public greater choice and the option of a supplier whose only job is to secure the lowest price for consumers.

“But residents in the Highlands face a completely unfair surcharge on their bills, despite the region facing amongst the highest rates of fuel poverty and often being most exposed to extreme weather.

“If Theresa May is serious about tackling high electricity bills, it’s time for her to end the Highland energy rip-off and tackle this surcharge as part of her price cap.

“I intend to ask the Scottish Government to join me in pressing the UK Government to ending unfair energy price discrimination.”