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Daily Archives: February 13, 2009

History points to bitter battles

History points to bitter battles

13/02/2009, by in News, Public Affairs

By NEIL RIDDELL“Here we go again,” remarked vice-convener Josie Simpson, succinctly summarising how those on both sides of the argument felt at the start of the last debate on whether to close rural schools in December 2007.Just over a year down the line, we have reached the end of the late... Read more...

Council tax to be same

Council tax to be same

13/02/2009, by in News, Public Affairs

Council tax in Shetland is expected to be frozen when councillors meet next week to finalise the annual budget after finance secretary John Swinney announced details of the local government settlement for 2009/10.The council is to receive £97.377 million in revenue support grant plus £256,000 to... Read more...

All smiles for Bella’s dedication to RNLI

All smiles for Bella’s dedication to RNLI

13/02/2009, by in News

The Lerwick branch of the RNLI and Lerwick Ladies Lifeboat Guild fund-raising committee made a special presentation to guild treasurer Bella Irvine this week.She not only celebrated her 80th birthday but 31 years of membership of the guild and 16 years as treasurer.The surprise presentation was ... Read more...

Interest grows in leasing smokehouse

Interest grows in leasing smokehouse

13/02/2009, by in News

By JOHN ROBERTSONHopes of a new business taking on the disused Shetland Smokehouse in Skeld are growing after three parties lodged a firm interest with the SIC. The former fish factory was advertised for lease again last month after a similar attempt last summer failed to find a taker.SIC actin... Read more...

Delight as CLAN appeal breaks £200,000 barrier

Delight as CLAN appeal breaks £200,000 barrier

13/02/2009, by in News

The Shetland CLAN 1,2,3 appeal has now broken the £200,000 barrier.Money has been pouring into its coffers at the rate of over £1,000 per day since it was launched in July. The fundraising push will last for 12 months and finish in July this year.Since the last milestone of £100,000, ther... Read more...

<I>Research</i> holed

Research holed

13/02/2009, by in Fishing & Sea

The pelagic fishing boat Research was badly damaged on Tuesday morning after being hit by another boat in Norway.The incident happened in Ålesund, where the Whalsay boat was landing Atlanto-Scandian herring. She was berthed at the quayside when a Norwegian pelagic boat ran into her, holing the Re... Read more...

Harbour kept busy

Harbour kept busy

13/02/2009, by in Fishing & Sea

The recent spell of good weather kept the harbour fairly quiet this week.Among the routine arrivals of fishing and cargo vessels, Thursday saw visiting yacht the Cognaquelone arrive from Bergen.On Friday the Scottish fisheries protection vessel the Hirta was in. On Monday the Irish registered So... Read more...

Boat towed in

Boat towed in

13/02/2009, by in Fishing & Sea

A Fraserburgh-registered fishing boat was towed into Lerwick on Monday morning after alerting the coastguard that she had no engine power and was taking on water.The Carisanne II with six crew on board reported problems at 8.25pm on Sunday. She was 30 miles east of Unst at the time, pair-trawling ... Read more...

Hunt for ports

Hunt for ports

13/02/2009, by in Fishing & Sea

The organisers of the Tall Ships Races are looking for local areas which may be interested in becoming a guest port when Shetland plays host to the event in 2011.The Cruise in Company is a non-competitive leg of the races and will give ships the opportunity to explore the area between Greenock and... Read more...