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Daily Archives: January 9, 2009

ISA back to haunt fish farmers

ISA back to haunt fish farmers

09/01/2009, by in Fishing & Sea

By JOHN ROBERTSONTHE THREE salmon farm sites caught up in an infectious salmon anaemia (ISA) scare off Scalloway have been cleared of fish, raising hopes the disease will not wreak the havoc suffered in Shetland 10 years ago. However, there are 10 more sites off the south-west Mainland with fis... Read more...

Blow for street as butcher shuts down

Blow for street as butcher shuts down

09/01/2009, by in News

By RYAN TAYLOROTHER businesses on Lerwick’s Commercial Street will suffer unless a buyer is found for closed butcher shop James S. Smith, it was claimed this week.The long-standing shop closed its doors on the street and also its North Road premises on New Year’s Eve, just two years after i... Read more...

Slaughterhouse protest grows in strength

Slaughterhouse protest grows in strength

09/01/2009, by in News

By RYAN TAYLORRESIDENTS in Scalloway have launched a petition against controversial plans for a new slaughterhouse in the village.Over 80 signatures have been put on the list since it was placed in both shops – the Checkout and Scalloway Meat Company – as well as the local post office ... Read more...

‘Good natured’ gathering at Cross

‘Good natured’ gathering at Cross

09/01/2009, by in News

THE NEW Year celebrations at the Market Cross passed off peacefully, according to Lerwick police.They said the “good natured” crowd of several hundred revellers was very well-behaved with few problems. Everyone enjoyed themselves on the fine night and stayed out of trouble, even though the alc... Read more...

Hodge blamed for leaving store in ‘poor state’

Hodge blamed for leaving store in ‘poor state’

09/01/2009, by in News

THE FORMER Judane knitwear factory at Gremista could be divided into a number of smaller business units after troubled businessman Chris Hodge finally vacated the premises shortly before Christmas.The budget superstore run by Mr Hodge was rarely out of the head­lines during his three-year tenure ... Read more...

Kirk dedication service

Kirk dedication service

09/01/2009, by in News

A SPECIAL service which is being held at St Columba’s Church in Lerwick on Thursday at 7.15pm.The service is being held to rededicate the church building after last year’s refurbishment.A spokeswoman said: “We wish to extend an invitation to the churches within the isles to come along and ... Read more...

Improving the water

Improving the water

09/01/2009, by in Public Affairs

SCOTTISH Water this week revealed the progress made with its 2010 Vision for Shetland, the £18million campaign of improvements throughout the isles.Figures show that in the past year Scottish Water has invested £4.6million in Shetland as it upgrades drinking water supplies, makes environmental i... Read more...

Long-serving teacher retires

Long-serving teacher retires

09/01/2009, by in News

WHALSAY School teacher John Dally retired from his position of deputy head at the end of last term after almost 34 years of service.Mr Dally arrived in Shetland with his wife Moira and their young son Hamish in the summer of 1975 and started work in the Whalsay primary department on 25th August... Read more...

Boost for disability group

Boost for disability group

09/01/2009, by in News

DISABILITY Shetland has received £48,000 from The Peter Harrison Foundation to support the running costs of the independent registered charity’s recreation club.The club provides activities such as football, netball, table tennis, carpet bowls, adapted games and gym for children and adults with... Read more...

North oil chance

North oil chance

09/01/2009, by in News

PLANS by a Canadian oil firm could provide a boost to the Sullom Voe oil terminal.Calgary-based Antrim Energy this week announced proposals to develop the Causeway oil field in the northern North Sea.Around 15,000 barrels will be pumped out of the area should the plans be approved next year.Oi... Read more...

Wildernews: Review of 2008

Wildernews: Review of 2008

09/01/2009, by in

A LESSER scaup, a very rare vagrant from North America, was found in Fetlar in January, sub­sequently re-locating to Yell where it remained into February.The two male ring-necked ducks were still on Tingwall and there was a goosander at Scalloway, with a further three at Sandgarth, Voe. A hundred... Read more...

Hundreds enjoy a New Year’s Day walk

Hundreds enjoy a New Year’s Day walk

09/01/2009, by in

NEW Year’s Day was glorious and hordes of people made the best of the calm, still sunshine to enjoy a walk out of doors.The hills at this time of year take on a palate of shades which change endlessly with the shifting light. But for the most part they are shades of brown. Grasses, tormentil, he... Read more...

Bird conglomeration in Skuda Sound

Bird conglomeration in Skuda Sound

09/01/2009, by in

AS 2008 rolled into 2009, the North Isles wildlife scene got off to a rather quiet start.A very large greyish falcon that flew past Malcie Smith and Martha Devine towards dusk as they were driving between Gloup and Breckon in north Yell on the 4th, was probably a gyr falcon, but could not be reloc... Read more...

In the garden

In the garden

09/01/2009, by in

APART from a few shyly flowering primroses, the New Year’s Day flower count was almost identical to the one on Christmas day.Much to my delight, it was down on previous years with not a daisy, dandelion, bittercress or groundsel petal in sight, and that’s how I like it.Having an almost full-... Read more...