Over 130 pupils from Portree High School attended Gary Maclean's chef's theatre at the Spirit of Skye Festival.

The Masterchef: The Professionals winner demonstrated how to make homemade pasta and pesto, with fresh Isle of Skye langoustines and scallops and a light sprinkling of salt from the Isle of Skye Sea Salt Company.

Gary promoted the various exciting opportunities available through the hospitality industry, providing first-hand experience of how his career has opened doors for him throughout the world. This was followed by a vibrant question and answer session from enthusiastic pupils. Gary also spoke about how he followed his childhood dream of becoming a chef, and he encouraged Portree High School students to do the same.

SNP MSP Kate Forbes is encouraging all expectant mums in Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, whose babies are due on or after 15 August 2017, to register for a baby box at their next midwife appointment. 

These boxes contain various essential items for a child's first weeks and months.

The SNP is using new powers to create new Maternity and Early Years' Allowances, providing expectant mothers on low incomes with £600 for their first child, £300 for second and subsequent children, with low-income families receiving a further £250 grant when their child starts nursery, and again when they start school.

Kate Forbes MSP said: "The Scottish Government is proudly gifting a Baby Box to every child in Scotland to help tackle deprivation, improve health and support parents – just one part of our determination to ensure that every child has an equal start in life. 

Auditions will be held on Skye in order to find two young male actors to take part in an international drama-documentary series.  

MG ALBA, Solus Productions and Sorbier Productions are searching for new acting talent for two dramas aimed at children and young people.

Solus Productions will be holding auditions in Skye, Benbecula, Glasgow and Stornoway between 19-24 June looking for the series Small Hands 2, produced by LOOKSFilms.  The series will features stories based on letters and diaries from the WW2 interlaced with documentary and archive for transmission on BBC ALBA in 2018/19.  

Jim Webster from Solus said: "Solus are delighted to be involved in Small Hands 2 and we look forward to seeing what talent the auditions yield. Anyone unable to attend an audition can get in touch via our email address and we can look at submissions online."

Sorbier Productions have also been busy in the last few weeks auditioning for a lead young female actor and young male supporting lead actor for a children's drama that is also part of an international project operated through the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) aimed at children aged 6-9.  The Gaelic film will be seen across Europe and beyond and in exchange children's films from across Europe will be available for transmission on BBC ALBA in 2018.

A whale that was stranded on the Isle of Skye will feature in a Sky Atlantic documentary.

The documentary, A Plastic Whale, will focus on the effects of plastic on ocean wildlife and will include unique footage of the Cuvier's beaked whale that was stranded on the island in 2015.

Dr Andrew Brownlow, a veterinary pathologist for SMASS, said four kilograms of plastic bags and sheeting had filled the whale's stomach, twisted into its intestine and completely blocked its digestive system.

There were black bin liners, carrier bags and zipped freezer bags.  This significant amount had caused an impaction in the stomach, which extended into the duodenum and further down the intestine.  It was euthanased on welfare grounds.  A highly challenging necropsy, with the animal being largely submerged during most of the examination, was done by the SMASS team.

Homelessness on the Isle of Skye has risen, according to a report to the Highland Council's Isle of Skye and Raasay Committee.

The report on Monday said homeless families were having to spend longer in temporary accommodation before being offered a home.

Skye councillor Calum MacLeod said tourism had brought opportunities but also challenges.

Private accommodation previously available on long-term leases is now being offered as holiday lets.

Council officers said on average the time spent in temporary housing had increased from about 20 weeks to more than 27 weeks since 2015/16.

The number of families categorised as homeless has more than doubled over the last 12 months from 15 in 2016 to 32.

Councillor John Gordon is the new chair for the Isle of Skye and Raasay Committee of The Highland Council which met earlier today in Portree.

Speaking after chairing the meeting, which gave members the opportunity to scrutinise the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s local performance report as well as the area’s housing performance report from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, Cllr Gordon said: “It is going to be a honour to serve as chair of the Committee and I am sure we will all work well as a team to ensure the voices of the communities we represent are heard.

"The Highland Council Administration has given a firm commitment to increase the role for Area Committees so I look forward to embracing the new opportunities and seeing the Committee evolve and take on a wider remit.”

“I would like to thank my ward colleagues for their support and it’s a great privilege to serve the people of Skye and Raasay. We are committed to working hard and delivering the priorities of this great area.

"We acknowledge there is much to do but with the ambition and vision that we all share we know much can be achieved and delivered, so that this area continues to be a great place to live, work and visit.”

The police have confirmed that 15-year old Jessica Jones, who was reported missing from the Portree area, has been traced safe and well.

An appeal to the public was made today (Monday 19 June) for any information concerning the schoolgirl.  The police thank the members of the public and the media who assisted with the appeal.

A week long road safety operation was carried out on the Isle of Skye after concerns were raised by residents and local community groups.

The operation saw fifteen drivers charged with speeding in built up areas, two people charged with drink driving, two vehicles being seized for having no insurance and a driver reported for having no valid driving licence along with a number of other offences in relation to inappropriate driving and vehicle defects.

Constable David Canning, based in Dunvegan, who led this operation said: "It was disappointing to detect so many people continuing to drive at inappropriate speeds in the built up areas of the island, including one local man who has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal for driving at 51 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone in Broadford.

"These pro-active patrols, working jointly with the Roads Policing Unit, will continue throughout the summer in order to influence driver behaviour and ensure that the Skye roads continue to be safe places for residents and visitors.

"All of those detected now face a fine and points being imposed on their driving licence whilst those caught drink driving face a minimum of a 12 month driving ban if found guilty.

"Our message to users of the roads on the Isle of Skye is to take your time, drive with consideration for others and get there safely."

Anyone with information in relation to specific areas where speed or inappropriate driving is a concern is asked to contact 101 to speak to a local officer and follow the @LochabSkyePol Twitter feed for up to date information on what is happening in the area.

Officers in Portree are appealing for information to help trace Jessica Jones who has been reported missing. 

The 15-year-old was last seen at Portree High School at around 11.30am this morning (Monday June 19, 2017). 

She is described as being around 5ft 7, of a slim build with long blond curly hair which was tied back. She was wearing black trousers, a white blouse and was carrying a rucksack. 

There are increasing concerns for Jessica's safety and well-being and anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact Police on 101. Likewise, Jessica is also asked to make contact to let us know she is safe and well.

The Fairy Pools car park could accommodate 137 cars and approximately 20 mini-buses and campervans in addition to the current spaces, if plans submitted to the Highland Council are granted planning permission.

The existing 30 space car park, which is located along an existing forestry road, is consistently overcrowded and often sees visitors to the Pools parking on the verge of the single track roads.  

Last year, the popular beauty spot attracted over 108,000 visitors.  

The application proposal states that a new lower access to the car park would be created.  Improved road crossing and mitigation planning would also be provided, as well as places for picnics, interpretation and compost toilets.