Friday, January 24, 2020
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Bridge maintenance is set to take place on the Skye crossing for three weeks.

The project will begin on Tuesday 3 September and follows on from a £600,000 project to replace some of the expansion joints on the structure which was completed in July. Painting works on other recently refurbished expansion joints will also take place to help ensure they continue to function safely.

Funding has been awarded to help set up a new Gaelic youth club in Portree.

CalMac's Community Fund have awarded Comann nam Pàrant Port Rìgh (CnPP) £2000 to help with the set up costs.

Aimed at Primary 5-7 pupils, the club will be a welcome safe space during the evening hours.

Skye now has its very own artificial intelligence information service.

Calum MacDonald, the creator of Donald from Skye, has officially launched the Tourist Chatbot.

Using world leading technology, Calum has created a 24/7 live information service to answer any questions visitors might have.

A search was carried out for a hill walker who had lost their way last night (Tuesday 27 August.)

11 Skye Mountain Rescue Team members headed out to Coire Ghrunnda and towards a very misty Bealach Coir an Lochan.

A new nursery unit to accommodate both English and Gaelic Medium will be built in Sleat.

It was agreed today (Wednesday 28 August) that the building will be a Council priority.

It will include two rooms, one for for Gaelic Medium and English Medium classes.  

Local police are to be issued with new technology which allows them to record details of incidents without having to return to base.

Training in the use of the new hand-held mobile devices begins on Monday (September 2nd) and the island force is expected to be using the new system operationally by mid-September.

Skyeskyns will be returning to an ancient tanning method to cure their leather, while reducing impact on the environment.

The firm will be introducing skins tanned using mimosa bark.

The ancient, traditional hand crafted and natural process allows for the production of the very best quality sheepskins the business has ever produced. Eventually, everything produced within the tanning process will be compostable and spread back onto the Skyeskyns croft, supported, in future, by a series of reed beds. 

Skippers and vessel owners on the Isle of Skye are being asked to take part in a major research project to better understand the UK's fishing fleet and its economic performance.

Researchers from Seafish, the public body that supports the £10bn UK seafood industry, will be visiting various ports from 2-6 September to talk to skippers and owners of fishing vessels to collect data on the financial and operational performance of vessels.

The results of the annual survey play a vital role in painting a picture of the UK fishing fleet, its economic performance and the challenges it faces as it prepares for life outside of the EU.

Commenting on the survey, Barrie Deas, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations (NFFO), said: "I would encourage every skipper and vessel owner to assist Seafish by taking part in the UK fleet survey. By sparing the small amount of time required to take part, you will be helping to create the most accurate picture possible of the UK fishing fleet, across boats of all sizes and the entire country."

A petition against planned fish farms in the Trotternish area has been formed.

At the time of writing, the petition has just over 800 signatures from those opposed to the proposed fish farms on the coast of Flodigarry and Balmaqueen.

Organic Sea Harvest plan to establish four new sites dedicated to growing organic salmon off the north east coast of Skye.  They have said each farm will have a maximum consent of 2,500 tons and plan to use Staffin pier as a service base. 

The Skye Mountain Rescue team have carried out their 50th rescue this year.

The team headed to Storr yesterday (Sunday 25 August) to assist a Spanish couple in difficulties at Cairn Liath.

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