Local fly fisherman Paul Bloomer, from Bigton, has been circulating photos showing reddish growth and a bubbling scum on the surface of Spiggie Loch.
FRENCH energy giant Total is insisting its much-delayed Shetland Gas Plant will be completed by the end of the summer after contractor Petrofac said its plans to “ramp up” construction work had been held up.
The Shetland Dementia Resource Centre at 66 Burgh Road will serve as a drop-in for anyone seeking information about an illness that is affecting an increasing number of islanders.
The four-year project aims to make Viking heritage more understandable and accessible.
SEVERAL of Alistair Carmichael’s general election rivals have rejected his claim that the Liberal Democrats are best placed to look after low-paid workers – with SNP candidate Danus Skene saying the poorest in society had suffered most at the hands of austerity.
Carmichael, who has served as Orkney and Shetland MP since 2001 and has been a cabinet minister in the Tory-Lib Dem coalition, pointed to his party’s “track record of success” in cutting taxes and raising minimum wage levels for those on low pay.
The LibDem politician said the move sent out the wrong message in the wake of numerous helicopter incidents in the north of Scotland over recent years.
Meanwhile, due to a slight delay in reaching “financial close” for the project, which also incorporates a new halls of residence, it is likely to be the end of May before work on the school itself can begin.
Council managers said it was not likely to lead to any change to the proposed completion date – which should see pupils moving into the school in autumn 2017.
Tagon Stores, in the village of Voe, has just been taken over by young couple Ryan and Lesley Thomson, from Wadbister.
THE PROSPECT trade union, whose members staged a 48-hour walkout last week, has welcomed airport group HIAL’s pledge to submit a formal offer to its members in an attempt to bring the industrial dispute to an end.
HIAL managing director Inglis Lyon confirmed that a formal offer would be tabled to security staff employed by its subsidiary AMSL. He hopes it will “provide the basis for a meaningful, constructive dialogue” with the union.
SHETLAND Arts is to host the concert part of the world premiere of Kai Fisher's new production Last Dream (On Earth) on Wednesday evening at Mareel.
The production opened in Glasgow earlier this month before going on tour to St Andrews and Paisley en route to Shetland.
Fire fighters from Lerwick were called to the blaze near Quarff at just after 3pm.
The boys in blue made the trip to Caithness, the game having been shifted from Orkney, for the match on Saturday afternoon.
Shetland were the dominant side during normal time but were unlucky not to find a breakthrough in 90 minutes. Conditions were described as tricky on a windy day, with Sir George’s Park – also known as the ‘Dammies’ – proving a bumpy surface.
On Thursday 120 security staff working at 11 HIAL airports, including Sumburgh, started a protracted work to rule after completing a two day strike over pay and conditions.
HIAL managing director Inglis Lyon has called on the union to return to the negotiating table, but the union has said they will only restart talks when the state-owned company comes up with an offer.
The local development company Unst Partnership Ltd has been awarded £25,000 by the Scottish government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) to investigate the idea with the PURE Energy Centre next door.
The 34 year old, who is now based in Glasgow, will spend one month in the rarefied atmosphere of a French hotel once graced by the great nineteenth century writer where he hopes to complete the Shetland novel he is currently working on.
Previous RLS fellows, including James Robertson, Louise Welsh and Janice Galloway, have gone on to receive great critical acclaim.
AN ANTI-LITTER campaign group in Shetland is calling on global fast food giant McDonald’s to change its ways after finding four separate “happy meal” balloons on isles beaches in the first three months of 2015.
Environmental awareness group Dunna Chuck Bruck has raised the issue with the corporation – also pointing out that its nearest chain is over 160 kilometres from Shetland on the Scottish mainland.
AN APPEAL against the sentence handed out to a Shetland teenager jailed for pointing and threatening to fire an air rifle at armed police has been rejected, Scotland's judicial office confirmed on Wednesday.
Sixteen year old Samuel Barlow, who subsequently apologised for his actions, sparked a major firearms incident in Lerwick on the afternoon of 23 September last year.
In a statement the Judicial Office for Scotland said: "I can now confirm that the application to appeal the sentence has been refused at both sifts. The appeal therefore fails."
THE PROSPECT trade union has rejected a plea from Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd. (HIAL) to end the ongoing industrial dispute that has led to a security staff walkout this week.
The airport group’s managing director Inglis Lyon called for a cease to the strike midway through the 48-hour action, which began at noon on Tuesday and is due to end at noon on Thursday.
Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd. (HIAL) is advising passengers to try to arrive 15-20 minutes earlier than normal for their flights.
The industrial action by members of the Prospect trade union, providing airport security services, coincides with the second week of the school Easter holidays in Shetland.
Professor Robin MacPherson has worked in Scotland since 1980, entering the film and TV industry in 1989 at the Edinburgh Film Workshop Trust, and has since produced numerous documentaries, current affairs programmes and dramas.
Judges at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition highlighted the gin, produced in Unst, for praise.
Shetland Distillery Company managing director Stuart Nickerson said: "This is a very welcome accolade for us so soon after launching the gin in Unst in August last year, and naturally we’re very delighted."
“The San Francisco event is one of two major annual global spirits events, and the competition is fierce so it is particularly pleasing to win a silver medal.”
Late on Friday afternoon the trade union Prospect and Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) issued statements blaming each other for the failure to resolve the dispute.
However HIAL say the only airport that will close as a result of the action will be Dundee, with other staff providing cover for their striking colleagues.
Four young Whalsay fishermen sailed into Symbister harbour on Tuesday evening on board the 20 year old Yell trawler Guardian Angell, which they have purchased and renamed Courageous (LK 470).
A THIRTY three year old man who was under the influence of "legal highs" while possessing a knife in Lerwick town centre in February has been jailed for a year.
George Hogg, whose address was given as Grampian Prison, admitted possessing the blade without reasonable excuse or lawful authority when he appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.
Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said Hogg's behaviour in a shop on the town's Commercial Street on 17 February had been "extremely suspicious" – leaving staff and members of the public very concerned.
A SELF-EMPLOYED fisherman who admitted fraudulently evading more than £26,000 of tax has been given four months to put a repayment plan in place before being sentenced.
George Gen, 51, who lives on The Ardent fishing boat at Holmsgarth, previously admitted committing the offence between April 2007 and April 2013 at a Fort Road address and elsewhere.
He failed to submit income tax self-assessment forms relating to £169,000 of remuneration for his work as a fisherman – on which he should have paid £26,419 in tax to HMRC.