"IS THIS the real life, is it just fantasy?" sang the Freddie Mercury impersonator on stage at Mareel on Friday night.
OVER 840 households in Sandwick and Levenwick lost power on Friday afternoon after an overheard line came down.
SNP Highlands and Islands list MSP Maree Todd has hailed the Scottish Government's draft budget as one which will "deliver a fairer society for the whole of Scotland, including our island communities".
A FORTY eight year old man has been bailed after appearing in Lerwick Sheriff Court charged with damaging two vehicles belonging to his wife by striking them with a piece of wood.
POLICE in Shetland have attended a total of eight incidents from Virkie to Brae in the past day as a result of icy conditions on the roads.
LIFE expectancy for men in Shetland has increased by nearly one and a half years over the last decade – but its growth rate has been one of the slowest in Scotland.
THERE will be no heating or hot water for households in a number of areas of Lerwick on Thursday as essential maintenance is carried out on the town's district heating scheme.
FIREFIGHTERS from Sandwick were tasked on Tuesday morning to extinguish a vehicle which had caught fire in the south mainland village.
DRIVERS are being warned to take care on the roads over the next 48 hours due to the potential for black ice.
Orkney operator Pentland Ferries and Gills Harbour in Caithness are behind the idea, which would see a ferry run between the top of the Scottish mainland and Shetland during the summer months.
A CONSULTATION has been launched by the UK Government on proposals to allow remote island wind projects to bid for subsidies against "less established" technologies like offshore wind and wave.
The government intends to give remote island wind projects a legal definition and enable them to compete against 'pot two' technologies in the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction in spring 2019 to reflect that they have higher costs due to location and transmission requirements.
SHETLAND Islands Council leader Cecil Smith says the local authority will have to find “several million pounds in savings” to balance its books next year after receiving another “significant cut” in funding from the Scottish Government.
Thursday’s draft budget announcement from finance secretary Derek Mackay – which is still subject to amendments before going through parliament – would give the SIC a shade over £79 million in revenue funds. A further £6.6 million will be forthcoming for capital spending.
THE SCOTTISH Government’s decision not to provide the Shetland and Orkney councils with extra money to plug a funding gap for inter-island ferries has been described as “reprehensible” by local MSP Tavish Scott.
The Liberal Democrat said he and Orkney colleague Liam McArthur will now attempt to bring forward an amendment on the matter.
Ryan Thomson said at a ZetTrans meeting on Thursday that the “clock is ticking” for the Scottish Government to announce firm details.
Transport minister Humza Yousaf announced earlier this year that fares on the ferry to and from Shetland would be cut by over 40 per cent, while car fares are due to drop by more than 30 per cent on average.
SHETLAND Fishermen’s Association has hit out at European fisheries ministers for rubber-stamping an “absurd” cut in mackerel quota – with chairman Leslie Tait saying it was further evidence of the need to “get out of the Common Fisheries Policy on Brexit day one”.
Tait said that, while the deal struck at the December Fisheries Council was “fairly positive” for the whitefish fleet, the pelagic sector’s mackerel quota had been hit in a manner that demonstrated “the worst of EU fisheries management”.
The Lerwick building has been vacant for 15 months after owners SLAP informed the local authority that it would have to vacate the offices due to concerns about its structure.
SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott says there needs to be "less reviews and more action" on excessive delivery charges to rural Scotland after a UK government minister said she would launch an investigation into the issue.
Consumers minister Margot James said she will work with the Consumer Protection Partnership establish a review of research gained by Ofcom into the matter.