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Karen will represent Orkney at Parliament opening

A well-known Orkney charity worker has been chosen to represent the county as a local hero at the opening of the Fourth Session of the Scottish Parliament on July 1. Co-ordinator for cancer charity, CLAN Orkney, Karen Scott was chosen by Orkney MSP Liam McArthur, after MSPs were invited to put forward a local hero, […]

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Council is meeting its priority targets

Orkney Islands Council is performing well against its own priority project targets. The council’s convener, Councillor Stephen Hagan, said that during the term of this council, they had managed to achieve most of their main priorities. Only one area out of 33 continues to cause the OIC difficulty — ongoing discussions with the Scottish Government […]

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Surcharge on the way as ferry fuel costs spiral

For the second time in three years, anyone travelling on Orkney’s internal ferry services faces a five per cent fuel surcharge — as rising costs leave the company facing a black hole in its budget. Uncertainty surrounding the future price of oil left Orkney Islands councillors at today’s policy and resources committee meeting with little […]

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Teenager jailed for 14 months

An 18-year-old has been jailed for 14 months, after committing an assault during an early release from prison. Christopher Baird, who was remanded in custody for the offence on June 3, changed his plea at Kirkwall Sheriff Court yesterday, Tuesday. Baird admitted that, on May 25, at Whitechapel, Kirkwall, he assaulted a man by striking […]

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Friday deadline for development plan comments

Consultation for the Orkney Local Development Plan ends on Friday, June 24, at 5pm. Orkney Islands Council planning manager, Gavin Barr, said: “The consultation process to date has been full and engaging, with members of the public getting involved at every stage —  whether coming to speak to us at the One Stop Shop over […]

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Orkney win hockey, but lose out on Stuart Cup

Orkney’s hockey players recorded a 3-2 victory over Shetland this afternoon, in the final fixture of the 2011 Junior Inter-County tournament. Despite the win, it was not enough to reclaim the Stuart Cup, with Shetland winning the competition with an overall points tally of 241 to Orkney’s 176.

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Thousands raised by midnight walkers

Orkney’s second Monumental Midnight Walk has been hailed a great success, with a guaranteed £30,000 raised for the CLAN 123 project. On Saturday night, 311 walkers set off from the Stromness pierhead and continued on a five, 14 or 23 mile route. The last walker arrived back at the pier just before 7am on Sunday […]

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Kirkwall man pleads guilty to three charges

A 42-year-old man has pleaded guilty to charges of assault, breaching the peace and failing to comply with a court condition. Norman Garson Wood, of Buttquoy Park, Kirkwall, assaulted a man at Queen Sonja Kloss, Kirkwall, on June 6. Appearing, from custody, at Kirkwall Sheriff Court, Wood also admitted breaching the peace, on June 16, […]

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Orkney swimmers defeated in Shetland

Shetland claimed the victory in today’s Junior Inter-County swimming competition, beating Orkney by 57 points to 37. This brings the overall points tally to 231-161 in Shetland’s favour, making them strong favourites to retain the Stuart Cup. The final fixture of the 2011 Junior Inter-County tournament — hockey — is due to take place this […]

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Finance minister agrees to OIC meeting

Scotland’s finance minister has agreed to meet Orkney Islands Council to discuss the central government funding “discrepancy” between Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, raised the issue at question time in the Scottish Parliament, last Thursday, and asked the minister to meet with the council to look at ways the issue […]

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