In a short ceremony at Clickimin, the MSP for the Almond Valley unveiled the foundation stone for the new £56 million Anderson High School.
The seven bee-eaters that drew crowds of excited birdwatchers on Wednesday should have been heading to sub-Saharan Africa from their breeding grounds in southern Europe and the Middle East.
Instead they appeared at the end of a quiet road in Tingwall, north of Lerwick, where they were seen catching insects before disappearing late morning on Thursday.
Fair work, skills and training cabinet secretary Roseanna Cunningham revealed the news while touring Brae's primary and secondary schools on Wednesday morning.
Council leaders from Shetland, Orkney and the western isles are disgruntled after it emerged that a £100 million attainment fund, announced by the Scottish government in July, will primarily be used to help schools in central belt and urban areas.
Shetland Islands Council leader Gary Robinson said island authorities were each spending around £10 million more on education than what they were receiving in funding from the government, and the new attainment fund was adding further unfairness to an already difficult situation.
Instrumental metal project Giant, who feature guitarist Jamie Hatch and bassist Chris Cope, will unleash Chronos // Kairos on Friday.
Data presented to the second meeting of the commission, held on Monday afternoon, confirmed that despite full employment and a second oil boom under way, a significant number of islanders were struggling to make ends meet on low wages and reduced welfare benefit payments.
A MAN accused of shooting an air rifle at the windows of an occupied house in Mossbank, has been released on bail.
The case against 22 year old Kyle Joseph MacGregor of 4 Brae Head, Mossbank, was continued without plea when he appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday.
The accused was arrested in the early hours of Sunday after police were called to an address in Mossbank following reports that an air rifle had been recklessly discharged, cracking several panes of glass.
Anett Gyenge is making a slow recovery in a specialist hospital after sustaining life threatening head injuries when slipping on wet cobbled steps outside a church near Stuttgart, on 19 July.
The campaign group The People Versus Carmichael launched their second crowdfunding bid less than three weeks before the legal case is due to be heard in Edinburgh’s Court of Session.
The campaigners say they need to raise more money to protect the four Orkney-based petitioners financially in case legal costs go through the roof.
NHS Shetland has confirmed that an elderly lady was duped into giving her details to a man who called her on Wednesday night to tell her to stop some of her prescriptions.
The scammer then told her that he would provide an alternative herbal medicine and asked for her bank details.
The 500 passengers on board the NorthLink ferry Hrossey were alarmed when the vessel suddenly lurched sideways to avoid the emergency towing vessel Herakles as they approached Hatston pier on a calm, foggy night on 3 July.
Since the incident, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has tirelessly pursued the ferry company, the coastguard agency and the harbour authority calling for an investigation into a potential collision that was missed by just 30 seconds.
The company will bring their interactive show KidO to Mareel in Lerwick on 3 October for two performances at 11am and 2pm.
A DAIRY produce maker with an emphasis on using unique flavours says she is "chuffed to bits" after one of her ice creams won a prize at what is considered to be Scotland's largest one-day agricultural show.
Caroline Henderson, who runs the Artisan Island Cheese company from the kitchen of her Peerie Foxes nursery in Lerwick, had been invited to enter one of her boutique ice creams into this year's Dumfries Show.
She didn't know, however, that her elderflower product won the ice cream category until she read the results on the show's website earlier this week.
Following an at times ill-tempered harbour board meeting on Tuesday afternoon, members agreed unanimously to commission a fully costed business case for a new pier.
The council's harbour board heard on Tuesday afternoon that this financial year's projected income of £1.43 million had been reduced by 92 per cent after officers were unable to get any reliable information from the oil company.
THE COMMUNITY on the remote Shetland island group of Out Skerries hopes an investor can be attracted after one of its uninhabited islands has been put on the market for an asking price of more than £85,000.
At 55 acres in size, Grunay boasts two dilapidated former lighthouse keepers' houses, a walled garden and a sundial, and has neither electricity nor a water supply.
The 71-year old said that he was "both humbled and flattered" to have received a clear mandate following an internal selection process.
In May this year Skene stood as the SNP's candidate for the northern isles seat in the UK parliament and came close to beating Alistair Carmichael, the LibDem MP for the isles since 2001.
Two local entrepreneurs are about to apply for planning permission to convert the large building after a public meeting last weekend saw local people back the project.
Eddie Couper and his partner Hazel Wiggins have been working on the idea for the past six months after moving back to Couper’s native isle two years ago.
Jessica Bradley, from Upper Sound, faced physical violence when she rushed into a known drugs den in Lerwick to help the man two years ago.
THE SCOTTISH transport minister Derek Mackay has pledged to carry out a detailed study and consult properly with local communities ahead of the tendering process for the new northern isles ferry contract.
During a two day visit to Shetland, delayed on Wednesday due to flight problems, Mackay announced that for the first time the contract would be put through a detailed process called STAG – Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance.
The announcement has been welcomed by politicians and transport companies, after concerns were raised about the awarding of the £243 million six year contract to current operators Serco NorthLink back in 2012.
Middle distance runner and Olympic medallist Dame Kelly Holmes will be a headline speaker at the Shetland Sports Conference in Lerwick’s Clickimin Leisure Complex on 3 October.
The conference will also welcome multiple medal winning Paralympic cyclist and author Karen Darke, who is in the Team GB cycling squad for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The annual sailing competition, which was due to take place from Wednesday until Saturday, has been running since 1947.
This week Mark Boden and the SIC’s executive manager for finance, Jonathan Belford, gave further details of the £55.75 million building project, which is now under way at Lower Staney Hill site, in Lerwick.
The chief executive said the council has been successful in convincing funders Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) that building the school and associated 100-bed hostel for a fixed price of £55.75 million was very good value for money.
A technology upgrade with new computer systems has connected the Lerwick operation centre to the National Maritime Operations Centre in Hampshire.
In turn this will connect Shetland with 10 other coastguard stations around the UK, allowing them to provide mutual support during busy periods.
Beervana, located in the former North Rock Gallery premises at 133 Commercial Street, enjoyed its first customer just past 10am.