Published: 17/02/2017 06:00 - Updated: 24/03/2017 07:35

Inside your Ross-shire Journal: letter from the editor

This week's front page
This week's front page

IN a week in which the Westminster terror attack dominated national headlines, we talk to three local MPs united in admiration for the response of emergency services and a determination to keep calm and carry on.

In a sobering account, one recalls his personal interactions with the policeman tragically killed and admits that what he saw will never leave him.

The prospect of a pub opening until 3am in one Ross-shire town and a bid to permit late drinking in a planned business in another village has raised concerns amongst locals.

We highlight the achievements of a boy who has made his mark in the female-dominated world of Highland dancing and an Easter Ross high school student whose consistent performances have seen her blaze a trail into the Scottish set-up.

Also inside this week:

  • Two coastal communities have been named amongst the places to live in Britain
  • An official House of Commons report has revealed a large swathe of Ross-shire has the poorest broadband in the country
  • Lochalsh lass sheds her locks to raise awareness of the challenging condition she lives with
  • A Dingwall woman is convicted of carrying out an attack with badly injured her boyfriend
  • An Invergordon distillery’s plans for an anaerobic digester have split opinion with scores of letters of support and some very strong objections
  • Muir of Ord was the launchpad for a new golf trail which it’s hoped will tee up a boost for two Ross-shire villages
  • A big-hearted Invergordon lad devised a ‘purrfect’ fundraising idea after visiting a local care home
  • A piano teacher from Dingwall has won a national competition and is now in store for another very busy few months
  • A motorcyclist who lost control of his vehicle while passing through busy streets in Tain has been jailed
  • We highlight the work of a photographer who has for the second year running snapped up the a local camera club’s top award
  • Tickets for a Wester Ross book festival entering its 13th year go on sale today – we highlight some of the big names set to appear
  • A Black Isle landowner has won an appeal over her plans
  • A rare flower is thriving on the Black Isle thanks to a conservation effort, as we reveal in an exclusive report
  • An Easter Ross nature reserve has had a makeover which will leave birdwatchers twitching with excitement!
  • It’s been a great week for award-winning Inverewe Garden and this week we report on further artistic developments at the Wester Ross attraction
  • A Dingwall businessman with a 43-year record of volunteering for a fire service has hung up his hat
  • A mental health charity with strong links to Invergordon has scooped two major awards
  • Invergordon is set to smash its previous record for cruise liner visits
  • Ross-shire pipers bagged high marks in a recent competition as we report in a picture special inside
  • In a special feature, we report on how a simple phone call prompted the rise and rise of a bakery already planning expansion in Muir of Ord
  • The legacy of a Polish soldier who became a popular member of an Easter Ross community has been celebrated at the Scottish Parliament
  • We had so many letters to the editor this week we needed to create extra space to run some of them!
  • On our business page, find out how you could take advantage of a telecoms trainee engineer scheme and read David Richardson’s assessment of the local scene
  • Invergordon ended a 15-year wait for a football title. That’s worth a picture in the paper!
  • And on our back page, Scott Boyd talks about a ‘surreal’ return to Dingwall in an opposing team’s colours – and how he’s looking forward to pulling on a Ross County jersey one last time this weekend

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Thanks for reading!

Hector Mackenzie

I'm on Twitter @RJ_hmackenzie

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