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More railway woe for ScotRail passengers between Inverness and Caithness

ScotRail staff shortages are again causing disruption for train passengers travelling between Inverness and Caithness.

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PICTURES: Paths to success for volunteers as Wick riverside made better for walkers

Local volunteers have made a great difference to Wick’s riverside after scraping back and relaying paths for walkers in the scenic area.

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Wick’s Whitechapel Road toilets set for May reopening

Highland Council says Wick’s refurbished public conveniences are on course to be up and running by next month, four years after they were shut.

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RAF pilot says Caithness trail ‘will inform next generation of wartime sacrifices’

A Royal Air Force pilot has praised Caithness At War for raising awareness of the sacrifices that were made during the conflict of 1939 to 1945.

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THE WAY I SEE IT: Scottish Government dropped the ball on climate change - here’s what must happen now

David Green has some inside knowledge on climate policy and heard the alarm bells ringing many years ago.

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Thurso town centre fencing condemned as ‘unsightly hazard’ – Owner fears masonry collapse

Controversial fencing in the centre of Thurso has been condemned as, not just an eyesore, but a hazard for pedestrians, especially the disabled.

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Wick-based North Apex Gymnastics Club celebrates with haul of medals and ribbons

Last month saw Wick-based gymnastics club members attend their first competitions of 2024 and achieve great success.

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Caithness and north Sutherland venues urged to take part in Doors Open Days

Far north venues are being encouraged to sign up for this year’s Doors Open Days festival which has a ‘Routes, Networks and Connections’ theme.

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Scottish Water plans improvements after Caithness MP blasts ‘disgusting’ sewage discharges

Scottish Water has plans to improve its infrastructure and install an additional 1000 monitors at discharge locations.

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Julia in fundraising walk for air ambulance after grandson’s medical emergency

Wick woman Julia Dunnett has raised more than £1400 for an air ambulance charity after a medical emergency involving her two-year-old grandson.

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Council celebrates World Earth Day with tree planting in Wick and Thurso

Highland Council has been working to improve biodiversity in Caithness by embarking on ambitious tree-planting projects in Wick and Thurso.

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Wick club members enjoy trip to Lybster garden

Members of Wick and District Gardening Club visited Christine Mackay’s garden in Lybster and were amazed at the variety of daffodils in bloom.

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Halkirk man given ‘benefit of the doubt’ as he is cleared over crash that flipped car

A Halkirk man has been cleared on a careless driving charge. Sheriff Neil Wilson said it was impossible to establish who was to blame for a collision.

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A9 in Caithness and Sutherland set for series of overnight closures next month

The A9 is set to be closed in several locations in Caithness and Sutherland next month as works are carried out to improve the road surface.

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Man who had 5-inch knife in Wick street avoids jail

Members of the public were concerned when they observed a Wick man holding a knife in a local street and contacted the police.

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Caithness cadets volunteer recognised for 25 years of service

An Army Cadet volunteer has been recognised for his quarter of a century of service to the young people of Caithness and the Highlands.

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ARIANE BURGESS: Green voice is essential despite Scottish Government setback on 2030 net zero targets

Holyrood Notebook by Ariane Burgess

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PICTURE SPECIAL: Search for ancient Caithness tower continues with new archaeological dig

The archaeological dig at Sarclet for the remains of a 15th-century stronghold called Thurster Tower has started up again this year.

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War trail shows how Wick area became ‘formidable fortress’

The new World War II heritage trail shows how Wick was transformed from “a sleepy little town” into having a key role in the fight against the Nazis.

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Parkinson’s group bowled over by support from Thurso club

Bowling club members in Thurso have raised hundreds of pounds to help people with Parkinson’s in Caithness.