The breakthrough, announced in the report of the Smith Commission into further devolution of the powers of the Scottish Parliament, was hailed as a "major step forward" by politicians in Shetland.
Organisers Living Lerwick said this year's festival, which runs until Christmas, would be bigger and better than in previous years.
A number of bargain hunters were out in force on Saturday at the Bowlers Bar in Clickimin to snap up donated clothes, shoes and accessories.
Mates on the council run ferries have been balloted over possible industrial action.
IT'S that time of the year again. Time for children to line the rows of the Garrison Theatre to watch classic goodie and baddie tales unfold, time for Shetland's homegrown acting talent to flourish, time for parents to scoff their kids' sweets whilst they're not looking, writes our panto reviewer Chris Cope.
Yes, it's time for the pantomime season and this year sees the Islesburgh Drama Group present their production of Babes in the Wood.
A YOUNG man from Whalsay was fined £500 and ordered to carry out 50 hours of unpaid work after he pled guilty to assaulting a police constable in a Lerwick pub on 26 April this year.
Lerwick Sheriff Court heard on Thursday how David Leeman punched the officer and then struggled with him, resulting in them both falling down a flight of stairs.
The 25 year old, of Wilander, Brough, then held his victim in a headlock, and punched him on his head before the officer was able to free himself.
The news was announced on STV on Wednesday evening, though committee members were told at 10am and had to keep quiet all day.
“We were just jumping with excitement and just had to talk amongst ourselves,” said committee member Evelyn Jamieson.
Anti-Viking campaign group Sustainable Shetland agreed unanimously at a meeting on Tuesday to go ahead with an appeal in London's Supreme Court.
The decision by 50 of its 850 members who attended the meeting at Bixter public hall came a week after the group learned that they would be granted a protected costs order.
A FISHERMAN from Plymouth was sent to jail for eight months after pleading guilty to assaulting a fellow crewman by biting him in the cheek like “an animal that holds on to its prey”.
Mark Davison, a prisoner in Aberdeen, was described as a “violent and dangerous individual” when he appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.
It took crew members at least 30 seconds to get 44 year old Davison off his victim. They eventually managed to restrain him before calling the police.
Leith-based Pelamis Wave Power called in the administrators on Friday blaming a lack of investment.
The FTSE 100 company has said it has lost 300 days working on the £800 million gas plant at Sullom Voe for French oil company Total.
Originally planned to open during the summer of 2014 after work started more than three years ago, the gas plant is now being forecast to start producing first gas early next year.
THE organisers of Shetland's hugely popular classic motor show are launching a DVD of this year's event, just in time for Christmas.
Presented by Marjolein Robertson, the 35-minute film captures all aspects of the show including organised tours around the islands, the visit of the Bristol car club and the music provided throughout the event by young local band Mirka.
MONDAY saw the launch of The National, a new daily newspaper that promises to fly the flag for Scottish independence. It joins Shetland News and the Sunday Herald as Scotland's only news outlets to be supportive of the Yes campaign. Jordan Ogg reviews the first edition.
Sometimes I can forgive metropolitan media types when they forget that Shetland exists.
The isles are awfully far away, after all, and there's not much going on – apart from being home to one of Europe's largest oil terminals, one of the UK's most important fishing fleets, and one of Scotland's largest construction sites, the Total gas plant.
The 12-seater Beechcraft King Air B200 aircraft, operated by Bergen Air Transport, touched down at Sumburgh slightly behind its scheduled arrival time of 9.10am.
Chairman of the transport and environment committee, Michael Stout, said at the weekend that the SIC had made a “genuine mistake” when it cut off hundreds of college students from access to a regular bus service.
A SHETLAND-based production company has launched the islands’ first aerial video service using drones.
Ronas Media, of Vidlin, say they are proud to be able to offer the most northerly commercial drone service in the UK, after filmmaker Simon Thompson gained professional qualifications and permission to work from the Civil Aviation Authority.
SHETLAND Aberdeen Angus breeder Jamie Leslie, from Scholland, Virkie, proved himself once again by winning the bull calf championship at the Black Beauty Bonanza at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, on Friday.
Heading up a strong show of bull calves from 34 herds was Leslie’s Scholland Dagger P637, a 10 month old son of Nightingale Proud Jake G405.
SHETLAND dentist Paul D’Eathe has been allowed to continue working under supervision after being found guilty of misconduct by the General Dental Council.
Two patients brought the charges against D’Eathe alleging failures over a 10 year period, many of which he admitted.
A TWENTY three year old man from Lerwick appeared in private before the town’s sheriff court on Wednesday morning, facing two charges of theft by house breaking.
Craig Manson made no plea or declaration, and was committed for further examination before being released on bail.
A LERWICK man who “stupidly” drove his car for a short distance through the town on a Sunday morning while almost three times the alcohol limit has been banned from driving for 20 months.
Following a tip-off, Andrew Eunson, of 18 Lovers Loan, was stopped by police and arrested after failing the roadside test.
The four piece from Edinburgh that blends electronica with guitars and drums and have drawn comparisons with Hot Chip, Groove Armada and M83 were a hit when they debuted in the isles a year ago.
This is the stark warning from the Scottish whitefish industry ahead of the crucial December fisheries council meeting in Brussels.
HAMNAVOE is the second community in Shetland that will benefit from Vodafone's rural open sure signal initiative.
The mobile phone operator announced on Monday that the village on the island of Burra was of 30 rural communities across the UK selected as part of the company's 'not spot' programme ROSS100.
The Westside village of Walls was successfully connected to a Vodafone 3G pilot scheme in June last year.