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Harbour board moves to dispel rumours  

 Fresh twist to port authority row

Photos of passenger areas of new Stornoway ferry  

More photos of interior of MV Loch Seaforth    

Motorist denies drink-driving charge

Good trade for island cattle

Police seek thief who stole bags of peat

Ferry faces disruption

Council criticised for 25% delivery charge on pensioners’ meals    

Islanders forced to wait months for disability benefit   

Commonwealth Games judo champion visits local club  

Latest applications for planning permission

Good prices at ram sale

Harbour board boss quits

A9 average speed cameras switched on        

New headteachers for island schools

Ferry passengers delayed by landslide

Teenager smashed heart monitor, assaulted emergency staff

Man punched unconscious in attack

Hollywood theme for charity fundraiser  

Petition against electricity bill surcharge     

Driver failed to stop after car smash  

Legal drink-drive limit to be cut by a third    

Ferry in near-miss incident

Deluge of rain set to drench Western Isles  

Gales disrupt ferries     

Conflict between ferry and anchored boats    

SSE accused of discrimination against Western Isles

Internet gambling fraud

Science resources for schools  

Counterfeit currency charges

Islander banned from drinking   

All Western Isles ferry services cancelled in storm  

Clocks go back for winter   

Photos:   Royal National Mòd 2014  

Photos:   Choirs at the Inverness Mòd

Photos:   Children prizewinners at Mòd 2014

Emergency services attend crash

Weekend gales for Western Isles  

Hint of increase to croft house grants    

Bid to convert former school into business units   

Repairs to ferry pier      

Letter:  Crofting system is “hopelessly failing”

Latest applications for planning permission   

Vehicle smashes into garage

Bad weather delays ferry     

Police probe break-in    

Hydro engineers repair network in gale   

New Gaelic resource launched for infant girl guides   

Frozen meals service for pensioners

BT working to improve broadband speeds    

First Gaelic law lord for land court     

“Double whammy” of electricity surcharge  

SCF urges crofters to respond to census  

Island woman to run Gaelic school       

Ferries stormbound as bad weather hits islands    

Families lose electricity supplies in storm    

Ferry disruptions in tail end of tropical storm    

Stricken ship incident prompts demand for salvage tug  

Give 16-year-olds the vote, says church

Electricity supplies reconnected       

Massed choirs finale to Inverness Royal National Mòd  

Ferry faces delay in rough seas  

Ban on free carrier bags - shops charge 5p from today  

Nearly 850 properties hit by powercut  

Letter:  Electricity price postcode difference    

Planning applications

Ferry disruptions due to bad weather     

Letter:  Council U-turn over Vatersay Hall toilets

Hurricane Gonzalo heading for Western Isles

Gaeldom’s premier choir title is awarded

Margrat Duncan trophy winners        

2018 Mod host town announced   

Retired teacher is Gaelic learner of the year     

Britain's Got Talent heading to Stornoway   

Overdue birthing pool to be installed

Island choirs shine in Inverness

Raft of trophies for Mod winners     

New Stornoway ferry should be ready next week   

Call to repeal croft registration law

Doorstep sellers warning  

Youngsters sweep the board at Mod events      

Island successes at Mod youth singing competitions   

Precenting and storytelling winners

Prizewinners at Mod’s children’s competitions     

£20,000 damage at flood-hit school   

UHI’s plan for Gaelic     

Vatersay Hall toilets to reopen to public  

Youngsters strike the right note at the Mòd  

Two books from Nova Scotia launched

Bomb squad called in after sea mines found on beach

Laxdale traffic lights delay vehicles     

Lifeboat charity launches Gaelic safety tips

Woman charged with breaking furniture

Grant for historic church rescue  

Mod-goers urged not to clog up hospital carpark    

Hebridean landscape in top 100 geosites  

Scottish Government backs Gaelic education campaign

Letter:  Automatically approving wind turbines   

Applications for planning permission   

Royal National Mòd gets underway    

Gaelic gets less “respect” than English    

Comhairle accused of failing to support North Uist  

Jail for islander who extorted cash    

Noisy neighbour played music at full blast  

Broadband ship idle as equipment sunk at sea     

Woman stole hair straighteners   

Groceries’ thief is fined   

Community wind farm refused planning permission  

Complaints over mobile phone disruption    

Letter:   Politicians doing nothing about subsea cable

Man in court over knife incident    

Katie Morag tourism boom predicted

Call for emergency tug after nuclear waste ship fire

Recent planning applications   

Yacht marina hub planned for Harris  

Man claims assault was provoked   

Count Robin’s rents dispute in court  

Islander in court after assault  

Rare bird gets twitchers flocking to Barra

Cow stuck in a bog  

SNP membership in islands doubles

Cal Mac is best UK ferry operator    

Crofting Commission mark registration milestones  

Lewis Presbytery votes against gay ministers      

Plane stuck for hours until glue dried    

Concerns over slow broadband

Rise in salmon production     

Teenager in court over knife charge     

Rise in membership for Western Isles Conservatives

Vandals damage vehicle

Islander banned from drinking alcohol      

Disrupted ferries head back to sea    

Hurricane speed gusts recorded

Schools closed due to flooding   

New minister for vacant island pulpit       

Letter:  School closure consultation is “biased”  

Letter:  Reflections on referendum and Bible             

Weather delays to Monday’s ferry services  

Storm brewing over Western Isles    

Latest ferry disruptions

New licensing scheme for petrol stations  

Sports centre to test demand for early opening

Lochmaddy mart sale prices      

Boost to recovery of rare bird         

Ferries disrupted due to incoming storm      

Ferry times changed to run ahead of bad weather     

Storm set to batter islands

Three rescued after boat capsizes

List of new Stornoway parking restrictions

Warning about sealoch toxins   

Revamp for home care service planned      

Online buyers duped by unscrupulous sellers      

Festive park-and-ride scheme

Vodafone aims for reliable 3G coverage

Kelp forests can cope with marine energy schemes        

Two fires within hours at Stornoway tenement  

Ferries cancelled  

Wild weather due to “erratic” cold front  

Ferries disrupted due to bad weather    

Islanders raise petition protest against Vodafone

Local development group buys hotel   

Lochboisdale sale

Storm set to hit Western Isles

Charges to firework rules

High demand for lambs

Recent planning applications

Driver fined over collision          

Pensioner without a licence loses licence

Bid to shut rural school           

Talks over improving Aberdeen to Stornoway air service

Reduction in number of deliberate fires   

Lifeboat goes to aid of stranded yacht      

Lost quad bikers rescued by RAF helicopter

Councillors debate town parking problems  

Tarbert GP surgery stops out-of-hours service    

Ferry terminal could be upgraded to handle bigger ships

Major water improvement works

Islander accused of double assault   

Excessive number of wildfires

244 people homeless in the Western Isles  

Alcohol ban for woman who attacked ex-partner

Historical society grants      

Linda Norgrove Foundation 10k run   

More double yellow lines for Stornoway  

Drink driver caught after tip-off   

Man fined for racist remarks   

Traffic offences

Thousands hit by powercut   

Stornoway man placed on sex offender register  

High levels of shellfish toxin       

Islander vandalised cars   

Ferry berthing fenders need replacing     

Funding for historical society    

Call to suspend environmental designations  

Ferry stormbound in port

World's Biggest Coffee Morning  

Severe gale forcecasted

Ferry faces weather disruption  

Man threatened to set Alsatian on police      

Islander accused of sex attack

Complaints over poor telecom connections   

No Sunday opening for Stornoway sports centre    

Ambulance response vehicle collides on way to emergency   

Ten schools proposed for Gaelic status

Earlier opening for Lewis Sports Centre mooted  

Teething problems with new bus smartcards   

Letter:  Independence and WD40

Second go at island ballot is announced  

Pair face assault charges after man injured  

Acres hostel officially opened    

Town centre smash    

5p carrier bag charge starts soon

Raft of objections against incinerator by petrol station  

Credit union proposal for rural communities

Council considers lower speed limits   

Fishing boat breakdown

Islanders caught out by “nasty” banking scam

Keep away from lochs warning      

Phone fault

 

Independence referendum vote count

SNP warn of future of Scotland    

 

The final hour

 

Better Together happy with trend  

 

Photo: Iochdar ballot box being counted

 

“Very close result” in Western Isles predict YES camp

 

Tolsta ballots - early indications suggest No

 

Stornoway leans towards No vote

 

First two ballot boxes go for No

 

Ballot boxes collected from the Butt to Barra

 

Plan B is all at sea for fog risk ballot transport      

Ferry cancelled due to fog    

Latest planning applications

Present out-of-hours service to stop at GP surgery

Latest poll: Independence outcome going right to the wire   

Letter:  No legal obligation to worship Cameron    

Grant pays for new van for Bethesda   

Lochboisdale livestock sale report  

Letter:   A Union worth keeping

Marquee vandalised

Councillor hits out at axed school buses     

Erratic driver

Delays as ferry out of action for repairs

RNLI chief in island lifeboat station visit   

Long service medal for lifeboatman

Car vandalised

Permission for hensheds by ancient monument   

Ferry returns for stranded passenger  

Beer stolen from supermarket     

Letter:   Loch Ness monster needs the Union

Sunglasses’ thief is jailed     

Teenager in court over hospital disturbance

Letter: Westminster cuts hits Scottish NHS    

Fine for no Mot

The last slog:  Three days to referendum vote   

Letter:  Misrepresentation about the NHS  

Kitchen damaged after fire

Lifesaving skills team launched   

A change at the top for salmon company

Grant for cancer support group      

Tourist who smeared excrement on hotel beds gets more time to pay

Memorial to lost fishermen

Boats trapped by jammed pontoons

Letter:   Verbal gymnastics over NHS        

Plane chartered, ferry on stand-by for independence ballot  

Funeral for teenager who died after car crash

Letter:  Only Yes vote “ensures” free Scottish education    

Letter:  Alex Salmond “madly, deeply in love” with EU  

Christians and independence debate  

Four million people register to vote in independence referendum  

Indyref countdown advice with just seven days to go

Settlement in Harris Tweed dispute

Fault which caused boat to sink is discovered  

Letter: We cannot afford to be No     

Western Isles planning applications - August

Missing hillwalker found after major search  

Yes and No in Referendum and the Church debate  

Lochmaddy lamb prices down    

Surge for postal vote applications   

HebCelt in tourism awards finals        

Comhairle and community landowners explore opportunities

Crash cyclist taken to hospital

Grant for youth club bus                      

Harris Tweed Trust gifts books to schools       

Letter: Western Isles marine designations could impede development

Good prices at Stornoway lamb sales  

Investigation continues into South Uist crash    

Children raise cash for Gaza appeal   

Feasibility study for latest community land buyout proposal     

Low tides affect ferry timetable

Stolen outboard engine

Letter:  Scottish Labour would be more Labour under independence  

Remanded in custody  

Islander faces sex assault charge    

Teenager accused of smashing heart monitor     

Jury trial collapses

Islander jailed over train assault

Ryder Cup trophy to visit Harris    

Plan to introduce hefty school hire charges        

Aim to better co-ordinate health and care services  

Youth referendum debate

Stolen car was crashed  

Ferry to divert to sales         

Letter:  Wee Blue Book

Letter:  Hysterical campaign

Drink driver

New minister licensed

Deadline for independence vote registration    

Speedster fined

No insurance

Man in court for resisting arrest            

Powercut blacks out villages

Royal opening for new marina    

Green light for new North Uist school

Guga hunters have landed

Letter:  Exaggeratted” currency claims  

Vodka theft

Expensive dinner

Letter:   Do not lose the NHS  

Charity shop window smashed   

Speeding fine      

Moderator preaches at Stornoway High  

Church moderator in the Ice Bucket Challenge       

Police officer in court over serious sex charges  

QC seeks “justice” for dying woman   

Mòd Fringe to be biggest ever     

Islander jailed after unlawful sexual activity with girl    

Only days left to register for independence vote

Referendum campaigners allowed in schools     

New apprenticeships from building contracts

Police to take on firefighters in charity football match

Co-op Cup champions

Lewis author wins Gaelic literary prize  

Police investigate stolen signs    

Rise in farmed salmon exports   

Far East gets taste for Scottish salmon

Cal Mac to modernise outdated ticket booking system

Island patients to get pharmacist’s advice on medication     

 

 

 

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Electricity giant seeks standard one-price national surcharge on bills

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1 in 5 island children growing up in poverty  

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Vulnerable island families need crisis grants to survive

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Hurriance Gonzalo weather warning

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Lewis woman wins coveted traditional singing honour at Mòd

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Mod Gold medals presented  

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Hidden 15% surcharge imposed on island electricity bills  

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Rising star selected for elite swimming gold squad  

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Mod first with double win for brother and sister   

 

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New £30 million ferry to be built for North Uist and Harris routes

 

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Payments made in legal deal over official ownership of Stornoway ferry  

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Elderly man airlifted to mainland hospital after gas cooker explodes

 

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Shipyard building new Stornoway ferry seeks to stave off bankruptcy

 

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Fisherman died after boat sank almost instantly    

 

   Skipper believes creelboat suffered “catastrophic failure”

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Young teenagers face fire-raising charges after building is damaged by flames

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Council’s cheaper electricity plan could save familes cash

 

 Council seeks lower tariff to cut energy bills     

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Stornoway fire may have been deliberate

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Residents flee after fire breaks out in flats      

 

Stornoway fire scene photos  

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Developer pulls out of £200 million windfarm   

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Breakaway congregation joins the Free

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MoD stops crofters’ turbines

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New planes safeguard lifeline air route      

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Ship without a berth: more delays for new Stornoway ferry but she will still be ready before pier works finish

 

►  Raft of hitches hit shipyard that “ is never late”

►  Half of new ferry built in Poland   

►  Ferry will sail on full speed with even with engine breakdown

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Nato war games off the Western Isles     

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Controversial incinerator is delayed

 

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Traffic warden service crisis looms

 

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Pedestrian in fatal car collision is named

 

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Western Isles votes No in Scottish independence referendum

 

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Heavy fog threatens to delay vote count      

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Islanders go to the polls in Scotland’s historic independence vote ....................................................

Kerry MacPhee clinches Scottish championship title    

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Broadband network installation hitch as cable-laying plough is lost in the sea

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Fibre optic superfast internet link makes landfall

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Council pay pupils’ taxis due to timetable confusion  

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Untapped oil and gas off the Western Isles worth over £ 1 trillion, says industry report  

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Evidence of “significant oil field” off Lewis

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Belgian soldiers rescued by helicopter  

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Fishery cruiser chases East Coast trawler for three days    

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“Stronger voice” for Western Isles’ community-owned estates ....................................................

Call to increase croft house building grant      

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Plans for new school on display  

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New care home for the elderly finally opens

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Harris Golf Club hosts Ryder Cup visit    

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Search for missing person

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Island congregation splits in protest over gay ministers

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Teenager dies after tragic car crash  

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Ullapool pier ready for new ferry  

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Investigation into pilot boat sinking

 

Photos:  Salvage for sunken  vessel  

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Princess Anne officially opens yacht marina  

Yacht pontoons welcomed by visiting sailors

Photos: Pipebands tune up for Princess Anne

Photos:  Princess Anne opens marina

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Stornoway drugs arrest  

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HHP tenants hit out at alleged excessive and unfair bills        

►  Housing body challenges accusations of “unfair charges”  

►  Unhappy tenants vent anger on social media    

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Planners give green light for new North Uist school

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Pristine report for island hospital    

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Rent-a-loom scheme launched by community trust  

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School bus cuts anger parents   

 Council messes up pupils’ travel passes

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Businesses urged to set fair delivery prices for rural districts

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Search for oil off the Western Isles - exploration could spark jobs and economic boost

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Anger as councillors excluded from debating Our Future deal  

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London’s new deal for Scottish islands  

UK Government’s 10 point plan for islands   

Allan criticises  “non-existent promises” for Western Isles

UK Government’s framework deal for Scottish islands  

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Pay-offs at Arnish yard as orders dry up  

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Vodafone is worst rural mobile phone provider, says research

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Two hurt in Stornoway harbour explosion

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Evidence of Bronze Age settlement

 

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