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Fishing boat crew rescued

A 19 metre fishing vessel with five crew onboard ran aground off Stroma early this morning. Aberdeen Coastguard received a mayday on channel 16 at 4.55am from the skipper of the Oban registered scalloper Golden Promise, informing them they had run hard aground. Rescue Helicopter 137 from RAF Lossiemouth was scrambled and the Longhope and Thurso […]

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Record high for dental registrations

Dental registrations in Orkney have risen to an all-time high, according to latest figures. The number of people in the county who are now registered with an NHS dentist has risen to 11,928, figures published on the NHS Scotland information statistics division website state. NHS Orkney’s chief executive Cathie Cowan described it as great news […]

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Two astronomical events in the night sky

While all eyes are searching the heavens for a glimpse of the supernova in the “Pinwheel” galaxy, there’s another celestial object worth noting. According to Rousay astronomer, John Vetterlein: “Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd is a relatively easy object and has now moved into Sagitta again, where it will continue to travel westward passing into the large […]

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Car parking charges to be reduced

Pay-and-display charges at the Burgh Road and Great Western Road (north) car parks in Kirkwall look set to be reduced, with all day parking costing only £1. The car parking charges in Stromness at the Ferry Inn and ferry terminal will also be reduced for a trial six month period. The new rates approved by […]

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Suspected drugs worth £2,000 seized in Kirkwall Harbour

Police have recovered suspected Class A drugs, with an estimated street value of £2,000, following an intelligence-led search of a Lerwick- registered vessel at Kirkwall Harbour at the weekend. Acting on information received, officers boarded the trawler Opportune on Saturday afternoon and carried out the search. Inquiries into the incident are ongoing and a report […]

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Orkney company shortlisted in food and drink awards

An Orkney company has been shortlisted in the 2011 Highlands and Islands Food and Drink awards. The Orkney Fishermen’s Society is in the running for the “Partnerships for Success” award, against Loch Fyne Oysters, Cairndow, Argyll. The local company is one of 28 who have been shortlisted in a number of award categories, which are […]

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Renewables on the agenda for Duke of York’s Orkney visit

HRH The Duke of York is to visit Orkney today, Tuesday. He will arrive at Kirkwall Airport where he will be met by the Lord-Lieutenant of Orkney, Dr Tony Trickett and OIC convener, Councillor Stephen Hagan. His visit will be focused on the marine renewable industry especially the finance gap facing the development of wave […]

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‘Blide Hoose’ opens today

A new service from the Blide Trust, for people with mental health problems in the county, is launched today, Tuesday. Blide Hoose is run as a “clubhouse” and is open to anyone who wants support to move towards recovery from mental ill-health. The focus is the “work ordered day” where members come along to get […]

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Funds to make Stromness shop front ship shape

Stromness town centre retailers can apply for funds from the Stromness Townscape Heritage Initiative Grants to help make their shop fronts ship shape during winter 2011. It’s one part of the overall Stromness THI Grants aimed at restoring the conservation area of Stromness. Under the Winter 2011 grants scheme, the Stromness THI team will be […]

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Have your say on Hoy renewables housing

Orkney Islands Council is gathering views from anyone with an interest in the renewables industry, and its potential impact on housing in Hoy, to take part in two questionnaires. The first will be distributed to renewables companies who are either working in Orkney or who may be looking to do so in the future. The […]

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