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ERI External Seminar, 6th DecemberThumbnail for article : ERI External Seminar, 6th December
We are delighted to invite you all to the latest ERI seminar, this coming Thursday (6th December) at the Environmental Research Institute, Castle Street, at 5.15pm.   Professor Phil Whitfield, from the UHI Centre for Health Studies, will be talking to us on the subject of “Weighing-Up Your Options: The Application of Mass Spectrometry in Biology and Medicine”.  
Keiss Primary School Christmas FayreThumbnail for article : Keiss Primary School Christmas Fayre
KEISS primary school got into the festive spirit at its annual Christmas fayre which also attracted a big crowd and raised cash for school funds..  
Caithness & North Sutherland Fund October 2012 Grant Awards Thumbnail for article : Caithness & North Sutherland Fund October 2012 Grant Awards
The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund recently awarded its 4th round of grants for 2012.   Six community groups were awarded funding totalling over £114k for community projects that help to improve the attractiveness of their area as a place to live, work and invest.  
Speeding Motorists To Be Targeted At Highland Schools
Northern Constabulary are conducting targeted speed check in the vicinity of each of the 29 secondary schools within the highland Council area.  This activity is as a direct result of feedback that officers received at the recent Highland Youth Voice Conference at Badaguish.  
First National Celebration Of Reading
Scotland’s first ever national celebration of reading is happening this week.   From 26 November until December 2, Book Week Scotland is encouraging everyone in the country, of all ages and with all interests, to embark or continue on a reading journey.  
Extending The Challenge
Young people will be at the heart of the transition to the low carbon economy, Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse said today.   The minister said that the actions of today’s young people and the way this generation live their lives will have a huge bearing on Scotland’s ability to meet ambitious climate change targets of an 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050.  
Locals invited to SNH reception
Local people in and around Caithness are being invited to an evening reception by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) in the Pentland Hotel, Thurso, at 7pm on Wednesday 5 December.   Scottish Natural Heritage is the Scottish Government's advisor on the management, enjoyment, understanding and sustainable use of Scotland’s wildlife, natural habitats and landscape.  
Viking Sites Lead the Way in Global Treasure Hunt
Highland Council are part of an innovative new tourism initiative linking sites in Norway, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Shetland, Orkney, Highland, and the Isle of Man.   The Thing Sites GeoTour, which launched last week, the first outside the American Continent and has been developed as part of the EU Northern Periphery Programme funded THING Project.  
Christmas Fun Day 2012 At WickThumbnail for article : Christmas Fun Day 2012 At Wick
Wick got Christmas going with the annual Fun Day.   Christmas Carols from Wick Choral, Jolly tunes from Pentland Brass with comic action from Wick Players.  
Fit's in 'e Groat 'e day - Friday 23rd November 2012
A fast look by Noel Donaldson at the John O'Groat Journal for Friday 23rd November 2012.   If you are short of time catch the main items in brief.  
Highland Council Services in BSLThumbnail for article : Highland Council Services in BSL
Videos explaining several Highland council services are now available at the Highland Council’s British Sign Language (BSL).   Access to Highland Council Services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing has recently been improved with the introduction of information provided in British Sign Language (BSL) on the Council’s website.  
A new local radio service comes to Lochbroom
The long-established Lochbroom FM radio station based in Ullapool has linked up with Gairloch-based Two Lochs Radio to provide a new local radio service for the area.  At the same time Lochbroom FM will continue to develop an online Internet-only radio service from its Ullapool studio.  
Do any Of Your Ash Trees Have DiebackThumbnail for article : Do any Of Your Ash Trees Have Dieback
Steve Scott, Area Director for the Forestry Commission, shows how to spot the tell-tale signs of ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea), the disease currently threatening Britain's native ash trees.  Shot on location at Wayland Wood in Norfolk, courtesy of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.  
Snaring Legislation To Come Into Force
All snaring operators will need to undergo a training course and to use a unique identification number on their snares under new legislation.   The change in legislation applies to all snares and snaring operators who currently use snares as a means of pest and predator control including farmers, crofters, gamekeepers, and greenkeepers on golf courses.  
Carr Gomm Recruiting In Caithness and Other AreasThumbnail for article : Carr Gomm Recruiting In Caithness and Other Areas
We are looking for Relief Support Assistants in the following localities: Skye & Lochalsh; Nairn, Ardersier, Badenoch & Strathspey; Inverness; Lochaber; Caithness; Mid and West Ross; East Ross.   Relief Support Assistant/ £6.95 per hour plus paid annual leave.  
Minister to give evidence on ash dieback disease.
The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee will take evidence on the management of ash dieback disease in Scotland from the Scottish Government Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, at its meeting on Wednesday 28 November.   Convener of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee Rob Gibson MSP said, “Ash Dieback is a serious disease threatening ash trees in Scotland and the UK.  
Focusing On Highland’s Most Disadvantaged Areas
Community and third sector organisations are being invited by The Highland Council to submit applications for the Council’s 2013 Deprived Area Fund.   Applications will be welcomed for projects that will help communities to develop activities aimed at improving quality of life and regenerating communities.  
Old Buildings in Caithness - New Photo GalleryThumbnail for article : Old Buildings in Caithness - New Photo Gallery
There are a number of places that record old buildings in Scotland and we thought it would be a good idea to draw together them into a photo gallery here on   Bill has begun to take photos of more old buildings to add to photos already on the site and to draw together some already in part of the site so they are easy to find in one place.  
Bower Busy Bees Get Active With New Go-KartsThumbnail for article : Bower Busy Bees Get Active With New Go-Karts
All smiles as the Bower Busy Bees show off their new go-karts.  The go-karts were funded through MFR Cash for Kids and will encourage the youngsters to get active even in the poorer winter weather.  
Road Safety Advice - Winter Conditions
Below are some important tips being offered by Police.   During the winter months, road conditions can be extremely difficult and dangerous.