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A view of the Viking wind farm from the Vidlin junction at the weekend. Photo: Shetland News

Viking Energy bond well worth waiting for says Shetland council chief executive

THE LONG-awaited and overdue financial bond for the Viking Energy wind farm has finally been ...

By Hans J Marter, Shetland News

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The jarl squad marching up Commercial Road in Lerwick for Up Helly Aa | Photo from Shetland News

A historic Up Helly Aa in Lerwick as women join the jarl squad

After a long wait to become guizer jarl of Lerwick’s Up Helly Aa, local Richard ...

By Chris Cope, Shetland News

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Visitor levy passes Stage 1 in Scottish Parliament but cruise ships not included

A bill which would give Scotland’s local authorities powers to charge a visitor level, or ...

By Fiona Grahame, The Orkney News

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Shetland Women's Aid

Island victims of domestic abuse disadvantaged by justice system

The island-specific obstacles for victims of domestic abuse in finding access to appropriate legal representation ...

By Hans Marter, Shetland News

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Rural & island communities facing a housing crisis

Rural and island communities are facing a housing crisis with second/multiple home ownership, holiday lets ...

By Fiona Grahame, The Orkney News

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SIC political leader Emma Macdonald. Photo: Shetland News

Shetland Island Council warns of workforce challenge as 10% of jobs remain vacant

SHETLAND Islands Council (SIC) is warning of its workforce challenges and the need to potentially ...

By Chris Cope, Shetland News

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Tough Times’ as Robison Delivers Her First Draft Scottish Budget

The Scottish Government has published its Draft Budget for 2024 – 25 with “funding targeted ...

By Fiona Grahame, Orkney News

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Shetland enters space age as SaxaVord gains ‘historic’ licence

SAXAVORD has become the UK’s first licensed spaceport for vertical rocket launches into orbit. The ...

By Hans J Marter

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Orkney Library: And So Much More

Local Authorities seeking budget cuts have looked to what they see as a softer option ...

By Fiona Grahame

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Council Convener Rejects Palestine Ceasefire Motion

IS DISCUSSING a motion that calls for a permanent ceasefire in the war between Hamas ...

By Hans J Marter

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Foodbank service manager David Grieve (left) with volunteers Peter Johnson, Kathleen Johnson, Morag Maver, Jenny Charman, Sue O’Dell and Rose Neise. Photo: Shetland News

Shetland: Well-supported foodbank essential for many in the isles

As the demand for emergency food parcels during the ongoing cost of living crisis rises, ...

By Hans J Marter, Shetland News

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The ODD Animals Charity Shop Kirkwall, Orkney Image credit Orkney News Ltd

The Orkney Pet Foodbank: Protecting Pets From Rising Food Costs 

The price of food in October 2023 was around 30 percent higher than it was ...

By Fiona Grahame, Orkney News

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