On Tuesday night, BBC One's 'whodunnit' crime drama Shetland made its return to British screens after a two-part pilot aired almost exactly one year ago.
ENVIRONMENT agencies have spent the past two days investigating the source of a small oil spill in Scalloway harbour at the weekend.
The sheen of light oil, possibly diesel, was reported to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency on Sunday.
A LERWICK councillor has hit out at young male drivers who congregate in the centre of town to “use their cars as a form of mating display” and drive far too fast on surrounding roads.
Jonathan Wills made his remarks as Shetland Islands Council agreed to consult on whether to turn Lerwick's Esplanade into a 20mph zone and introduce other traffic calming measures.
THE LATEST breakdown in international negotiations over mackerel fishing quotas has prompted isles MSP Tavish Scott to express growing concern about the potential knock-on effects for Shetland's whitefish industry.
He was speaking after the European Union, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Norway left last week's talks in Edinburgh without reaching an agreement for 2014.
A review of the fares was commissioned when councillors agreed to cull more than £3 million from Shetland Islands Council's ferries budget in February 2013.
A Uyeasound couple discovered the mammals – the largest an adult male more than 40 feet long, the smaller thought to be a juvenile male – at Scollawick, Muness.
Wildlife photographer Robbie Brookes said he went down to see the whales after a call from fellow nature enthusiast Brydon Thomason and was “quite stunned how large they were”.
Brookes said the whales “didn't appear to be too far gone” and apart from numerous scratches there were no obvious injuries on the sides that were visible.
Montreal-born freelance journalist Kenneth Asch was in the islands on Monday to gauge interest in his plans to put together a programme of words, music and commentary to mark the centenary of the conflict.
James Stewart has formed the UK arm of the Get-Well Gamers Foundation, which has linked up with hundreds of hospitals in the US since it was formed in 2001.
The former chairman of Shetland Skatepark Association is asking people to donate any unused consoles and games to the foundation, which will then be passed on to children in hospitals.
His family confirmed on Sunday evening that he had arrived in the city at around 5pm British time.
Halcrow, from Burra, was four months into a second attempt to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe when the mast of his yacht Elsi Arrub broke in a huge storm west of Cape Horn, on Saturday.
The 54 year old alerted the coastguard in Punta Arenas and has been waiting for more than 24 hours to be rescued from an area around 150 miles west of Chile's southern most province Magallanes and Antartica Chilena.
Only the musicians, the staff and the students, the lucky ones and those poor souls who get lost on the way to relieve themselves generally receive access to the likes of the reclusive recording studio, the green room and the media lab.
Public agencies and the oil industry are deeply concerned that closing the unit at Gott which they largely paid for 20 years ago will blow a gaping hole in plans to deal with any future oil spill.
Let me explain:
Should Scotland be an independent country? Well, yes, of course it should. All countries, surely, should be independent. Otherwise they’re provinces, not countries. But many countries, by choice, are not fully independent, for example if they’re member states of the European Union (or, as Ukrainians are so well aware, part of the Russian customs union or the former Comecon and Warsaw Pact).
The 43 year old announced his departure on Thursday, six months ahead to allow the organisation time to make “a smooth transition”.
He plans to remain in Shetland, from where he will run a new creative agency to help heritage and cultural groups support themselves during the squeeze on public spending.
MORE THAN 150,000 farmed salmon have escaped from a fish farm in Shetland as a result of violent January storms.
Meridian Salmon Group confirmed on Wednesday that its Ness of Copister fish farming site had suffered serious damage.
The company said that almost half of the 364,000 fish were lost on 19 January when the mooring of eight cages failed due to gale force winds and a huge swell.
Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary received a call on Tuesday evening about a grey seal pup caught in monofilament net.
AN ONLINE petition to stop the animal welfare charity Scottish SPCA from shutting down and selling off Shetland’s wildlife rescue unit in Gott has attracted more than 800 signatures in less than 24 hours.
The SSPCA closed its wildlife unit at the end of February after 20 years, saying it cost too much to run for the amount of creatures it handled.
POLICE in Lerwick confirmed on Tuesday morning that a 15-year old teenager missing overnight has been found safe and well.
Chloe Duncan, from Burra, had last been seen in Lerwick on Monday evening after leaving a friend's house in Lerwick's Burgh Road.
NEXT weekend's Althing will take the form of a debate between the two opposing sides on the highly topical matter of Scottish independence.
The debating committee says its final debate of the winter season, with the motion “The time is right for Scottish independence”, is likely to be “the most controversial and hotly argued”.
But gale force winds and huge seas in the northern North Sea made the captain rerouting her voyage from Stavanger further to the south.
Shetland police announced on Friday that over the past two days they had stopped two men and a woman who had all been driving between 45 and 47mph in a 30mph zone.
Meanwhile the Friday southbound sailing of the NorthLink ferry Hjaltland from Lerwick is being delayed until 3am due to the heavy swell in the Fair Isle gap, with arrival in Aberdeen not expected until 5pm on Saturday.
On Thursday the small web-only operation was named alongside Scotland’s biggest papers including The Herald, Sunday Herald and The Scotsman as being in the running for Innovation of the Year in the Scottish Press Awards.
FRESH from playing before a televised audience of 12 million Americans last month, Roddy Hart and his band the Lonesome Fire play live at Mareel tonight - the group's first show since their California trip.
The band, who featured in last year's Proclaimers film Sunshine on Leith, were invited to Los Angeles by Scottish TV presenter Craig Ferguson in February.
NORTH Atlantic mackerel will be caught outside any international agreement for another year after interstate talks collapsed for the fifth time, this time over a disagreement about fishing in Greenland waters.
Shetland Fish Producers Organisation confirmed on Thursday that their vessels had completed their winter catch, and had done so in what is regarded as within safe biological boundaries.