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UK Parliamentary Election 2010
Alistair Dodds, Chief Executive of The Highland Council, is the Returning Officer for the following three parliamentary constituencies:- * Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (8,752 sq km) - 47,263 electors; * Ross, Skye and Lochaber (12,779 sq km.) - 51,934 electors; * Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (4,953 sq km.) - 72,390 electors.   He will be assisted in running the election by Senior Depute Returning Officer, Michelle Morris, as well as Depute Returning Officers, Ian Hargrave, Bob Cameron, William Gilfillan and John Bruce.  
National Young Quality Scot Awards 2010Thumbnail for article : National Young Quality Scot Awards 2010
Thirteen Highland Young people have been presented with a Young Quality Scot Award in recognition of the volunteer work they carry out in their communities.   Their achievements included involvement in youth forums and parliaments, volunteering in the community, cultural and citizenship projects and sporting achievements.  
Battery recycling now availableThumbnail for article : Battery recycling now available
New facilities to recycle household batteries are now in place at all Recycling Centres across Highland.   AAA's normally used for TV remote controls and AA's used for many children's toys, as well as mobile phone, camera and electronic batteries are just some of the types suitable for this latest service.  
Budget Consultation Launched At Lairg
The Highland Council begins a four month budget consultation at a meeting of its North West and Central Sutherland Ward Forum on Saturday.   The meeting is being held at Lairg Community Centre and begins at 11 am.  
Creative approach to funding will reap long-term rewards Scotland's land reform legislation is ensuring the long-term sustainability of communities the length and breadth of the country.   More than 60 communities bodies have submitted over 112 applications to purchase land and almost 80 applications have been approved since the Land Reform Bill was passed in 2004.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Sale 25 February 2010Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Sale 25 February 2010
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (February, 25th) sold 47 registered Cheviot females at its inaugural show and sale.   The adverse weather conditions seriously affected the hill sheep entry and intending purchasers, but a very satisfactory trade was realised for the brave souls that made the sale.  
Creating a Highland Citizens' Panel
The Highland Council has this week written to a random sample of 14,000 Highland households, with the aim of securing agreement from 2,300 volunteers to serve on a Citizens' Panel.   The Panel will be used on an ongoing basis by the Council as one method of consultation with the public.  
Locals Invited To SNH Reception
Local people in and around Lairg in Sutherland are being invited along to an evening reception by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) at Ferrycroft at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 3 March 2010.   SNH is the Scottish Government's advisor on the management, enjoyment, understanding and sustainable use of Scotland's wildlife, natural habitats and landscape.  
Warning On Free Alarm Offers
Highland consumers are being 'cold called' at home with the promise of free household alarm systems.   However, the offer may sound too good to be true and Highland Council Trading Standards Service are warning householders to be on their guard.  
Pupils clean up at anti-litter awardsThumbnail for article : Pupils clean up at anti-litter awards
Highland Council today announced the winners of a "Don't Litter Competition" that is believed to be the first competition of its kind in Scotland.  Secondary and primary pupils from schools in Nairn, Inverness, Portree and Helmsdale attended a ceremony held in Inverness earlier today to receive their awards after successfully coming up with creative ways to get the "Don't litter" message across.  
World premiere of "A Moving Story" Thumbnail for article : World premiere of
A Highland Council Ranger project in Sutherland came to fruition when the red carpet was rolled out for the World premiere of "A Moving Story", a film starring many of the children of the North West Highlands Geopark which was shown at the Screen Machine 2 in Kinlochbervie on Monday (1st February 2010) 72 school children from six primary schools were taken on a 400 million year trip at Knockan Crag NNR by the Highland Council Rangers from Ullapool, Lochinver and Durness in October.  Their "dramatic" output was captured on film where the children imaginatively demonstrated their understanding of the famous Moine Thrust and the characters involved in the "Highland Controversy" - the great scientific debate in 19th century geology about the puzzle of why older rocks came to rest on younger ones which led to Peach and Horne surveying the geology of Assynt.  
East Sutherland and Edderton Ward Forum to discuss roads and winter maintenance
The next East Sutherland and Edderton Ward Forum will be held on Tuesday 9 February 2010 at 7.30pm in Rogart Hall.  The theme of the Forum is Roads and Winter Maintenance and will be addressed by Mr.  
MSPs Urged To Back Local Council Aquaculture Planning Powers
The Highland Council has written to Scottish MSPs seeking their support for the retention of aquaculture planning powers by local authorities.   The Council understands that Elaine Murray MSP will table an amendment at Stage 3 of the Marine (Scotland) Bill on Thursday, which seeks to have aquaculture planning included within the remit of Marine Scotland.  
Old Pulteney add celebratory spirit to Cape Wrath ReunionThumbnail for article : Old Pulteney add celebratory spirit to Cape Wrath Reunion
Old Pulteney single malt whisky has helped a separated Cape Wrath couple celebrate their reunion this week with a bottle of their whisky from their Wick-based distillery.   John and Kay Ure, who run an isolated tea room in the UK mainland's most north-westerly tip, were forced to spend the festive season apart for the first time in 35 years when the 'big freeze' hit in December.  
HMIe Report - Kinlochbervie High School
The caring and supportive environment for learning was one of the three particular strengths highlighted by Her Majesty's Inspectors of Education in a report published today on Kinlochbervie High School.   Inspectors reported that in most classes, pupils were motivated and very willing to learn and that relationships between teachers and pupils were positive.  
Follow-through HMIe Inspection of Lairg Primary School
As part of the inspectorate's ongoing strategy for evaluating the educational provision of local authorities, a report is issued today on the inspection by HMIe of the quality of education at Lairg Primary School.   The follow-through report is based on an inspection visit which was carried out in November 2009 and describes the improvements that have been made since the original inspection in 2008.  
Warning About Frozen Waters
Highlands and Islands Strategic Co-ordinating Group and British Waterways Scotland warn people about frozen stretches of water.  Police and partner agencies are again warning people about the dangers which exist around frozen stretches of water, as the big freeze continues.  
Council house rent increase contained to 1.3%
The Highland Council's Housing and Social Work Committee has recommended that the increase in council house rents for 2010-11 should be contained to 1.3% - an average weekly increase of 83p.   The proposed increase, to be approved by The Highland Council on 11 February, would see the average council house rent increasing from 63.92 per week to 64.75 per week (over 48 weekly charges).  
Golspie Office Offers New Services Under One Roof
A new public office has opened in Golspie, which offers a wide range of services under the one roof.   Olsen House is home to The Highland Council's Service Point and Money Advice Service as well as to staff of Northern Constabulary and the East Sutherland Citizens' Advice Bureau.  
New staff team unveiled by SNH
A new team for Caithness has been created at Scottish Natural Heritage's North Highland Area Office in Golspie.   Tom Kellett is now in charge of the team of Area Officers following a promotion.