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Tourism operator investigates viability of fishing for bluefin tuna in Outer Hebrides waters
An Isle of Harris fishing skipper and tourism operator, who recently became the star of a US TV show, is working with Marine Scotland to track and trace tuna on the Outer Hebrides coast.   Captain Angus Campbell, from Kilda Cruises, also runs Atlantic Marine Services which provides specialist support for organisations doing marine surveys west of the Hebrides.  
Trading Standards and Police to host online Facebook chat event on rogue doorstep callers
Highland Council Trading Standards and Police Scotland Highland and Islands Division are to host a Facebook chat event on the topic of rogue traders who call at your door offering to carry out works on your home.   The event will take place on Tuesday 24th March at 6pm.  
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Members of the public are being invited to take part in a consultation on the Council's Onshore Wind Energy Supplementary Guidance which, when approved, will be used in the consideration of planning applications for wind energy developments in the Highlands.   New national planning policies published in June 2014 changed how Councils are required to plan for Onshore Wind Energy development and Highland Council are therefore in the process of reviewing their planning policies and guidance.  
Trading Standards to host drop-in sessions for home maintenance and improvement businesses
Highland Council Trading Standards are to hold two drop-in sessions aimed at traders who conduct works on domestic properties.   The sessions will take place on Friday 27th March from 2pm till 4pm and again on Wednesday 1st April from 9am till 11am.  
West Highland and Islands as Call for Sites and Ideas
Council urge suggestions for future planning of the West Highland and Islands as Call for Sites and Ideas process nears deadline.   A call for people's suggestions of sites and ideas for inclusion within the forthcoming West Highland and Islands Local Development has been underway since 30th January and now enters its last week before the closing on 27th March 2015.  
Budget 2015
The Chancellor has presented his Budget to Parliament - here's a summary of what was announced.   1.  
Beachview Lodge Respite Unit Closed As Police Investigation Underway
NHS Highland has suspended its service at Beachview Lodge Respite Unit in Brora from Monday, 9th March, due to staffing pressures and an ongoing investigation by police.   The six-bed home in Muirfield Drive provides short breaks for adults with learning disabilities.  
Public views sought on transport in Sutherland - 15% Reduction In Transport Funding
Highland Council is seeking views on the future provision of school, public and dial-a-bus transport services in Sutherland.   Views are being sought from those who use the area's transport services; community councils; community and representative groups with interests in Sutherland; current and potential suppliers of transport services for Sutherland.  
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The first homes and businesses in Sutherland are now able to order high speed fibre broadband, thanks to a digital roll-out being led in the region by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.   The village of Embo has joined the growing number of locations, stretching from Shetland to Argyll where people can now access fibre based services through a new network being built across the region.  
Call for entries for ‘ultimate' media workshop
Creative professionals across Scotland are being urged to apply to a ground breaking course taking place in the Highlands and Islands this summer.   The Pixel Lab 2015, coming to Scotland for the first time, helps participants create, develop, finance and distribute stories in today's media climate.  
Consultation on extended opening hours for special events
The Highland Licensing Board has launched a consultation on whether to introduce a supplementary policy statement on extended opening hours for special events of national and local significance.   The aim of the supplementary policy statement, if introduced, would be to promote consistency of decision-making and to give advance notice to applicants of the Board's likely approach to determining applications.  
Tackling in-work poverty: "It's Your Business" briefings
Welfare Reforms - so what?? Well, as an employer, the Welfare Reforms will potentially impact your business.   These impacts have the potential to be both advantageous and disadvantageous to employers, but many employers simply don't know how they will affect their business.  
New way to view onshore wind activity across the Highlands
The Highland Council has launched a new interactive map on its website showing the location of windfarms and wind turbines in the Highlands.   The user friendly Windfarm Activity Map covers all scales of wind energy development and provides detailed information such as turbine sizes and planning reference numbers to make it easy for people to get further information.  
MSP Still Not Happy With One Driving Assessment Centre Based In Edinburgh
North MSP determined to do something to address the issue with Scotland's only driving assessment centre.  He is asking for a centre to be opened in Inverness with a relocation of jobs.  
New street lighting toolkit gives Scotland's councils power to save millions
Councils using toolkit and investing in LED lighting will pay less for electricity in 25 years time than they do now.   As the cost of electricity is set to double over the next ten years, an easy-to-use toolkit has been launched to give Scotland's local authorities real-time information on how many millions they would save by phasing in energy efficient LED street lights.  
Supporting Sustainable Aquaculture and Marine Protection under spotlight at Council Committee
The importance of supporting environmentally, economically and socially sustainable aquaculture development in the Highlands was under the spotlight at yesterday's Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee.  Members agreed a pre-consultation draft supplementary guidance on Aquaculture which, will eventually be used to determine future planning applications.  
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The new Rector at Dornoch Academy is Miss Tina Stones, who was appointed on Thursday 5 February at the 258 pupil school.   Miss Stones has been Acting Rector at Dornoch Academy since October 2014, prior to which she was Depute Head Teacher at Culloden Academy, in Inverness since 2005, when she moved to The Highland Council area.  
A study has shown that the 2014 Royal National Mòd generated £3,547,661 to the business community in Inverness - over a £1million more than the event target.   The report, delivered by ‘The Market Specialists' shows the nine day festival, which took place from 10-18 October 2014 in Inverness, entertained over 9000 unique visitors, 78% of which came from outside the host city.  
Police appeal for information following two reports of damage to vehicles in Brora
Between Thursday 29th January and Sunday 1st February 2015, a premises was entered on Acadamy Place, Brora and damaged was caused to a vintage vehicle.   Between 2000 hours on Saturday 31st January and 1100 hours on Sunday 1st February the tyres of two vehicles parked in a private driveway on Victoria Road, Brora were damaged.  
Rhoda Grant MSP Urges Customers to Claim Power Cut Compensation
Highlands and Islands (Scottish Labour) MSP, Rhoda Grant is encouraging SSE customers across the Highlands and Islands who lost power for a consecutive 48 hour period or more, between the 9th and 12th January 2015, due to the exceptional weather conditions to make a claim for a compensation payment.   Commenting Mrs.