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Iona M.J. MacDonald


Trainee Community Reporter

Iona MacDonald is a trainee community reporter. She joined Highland News and Media in 2022. Iona is part of the Community News Project funded by Meta and receiving NCTJ training through Glasgow Clyde College.

Iona M.J. MacDonald

Sea Savers pack final 71 pod recycling bags as scheme ends

01 March 2024
Sea Savers pack final 71 pod recycling bags as scheme ends

Sea Savers pack final 71 pod recycling bags as scheme ends

01 March 2024

Ullapool Sea Savers bagged-up the final 71 bags of coffee pods to be recycled, as the highly-successful scheme comes to an end.


North MP backs 'abandoned' constituents as Save Our Rural Schools campaign stepped up

29 February 2024
North MP backs 'abandoned' constituents as Save Our Rural Schools campaign stepped up

North MP backs 'abandoned' constituents as Save Our Rural Schools campaign stepped up

29 February 2024

"My constituents feel that they have been abandoned by government and local authorities."


Invergordon RNLI's 'Brew with the Crew' hopes to find volunteers

28 February 2024
Invergordon RNLI's 'Brew with the Crew' hopes to find volunteers

Invergordon RNLI's 'Brew with the Crew' hopes to find volunteers

28 February 2024

The Invergordon RNLI Lifeboat is hosting Brew with the Crew on Saturday March 2, in hopes of sharing what volunteering opportunities are available.


Sheep worrying by dogs needs 'urgent action' to tackle crisis

28 February 2024
Sheep worrying by dogs needs 'urgent action' to tackle crisis

Sheep worrying by dogs needs 'urgent action' to tackle crisis

28 February 2024

Recurring years of increased reports of dog attacks on sheep, has shown the urgent need for action to tackle this crisis.


Dingwall and Seaforth garage rents to rise by almost 8%

25 February 2024
Dingwall and Seaforth garage rents to rise by almost 8%

Dingwall and Seaforth garage rents to rise by almost 8%

25 February 2024

Garage rent for council tenants will increase from £10.42 per week to £11.25 per week


Ullapool High School pupil shares 'detrimental' reality behind virtual learning

23 February 2024
Ullapool High School pupil shares 'detrimental' reality behind virtual learning

Ullapool High School pupil shares 'detrimental' reality behind virtual learning

23 February 2024

"It feels like we're being told we don't deserve the opportunities that other people have." - Poppy Lewis-Ing, S6 pupil at Ullapool High School.


Dingwall's yarn-bombing group raises cash for St Clements school

21 February 2024
Dingwall's yarn-bombing group raises cash for St Clements school

Dingwall's yarn-bombing group raises cash for St Clements school

21 February 2024

Dingwall yarn-bombing for different festivities has brightened up the High Street, and it has also raised cash for a worthy cause.


Gairloch High School Gaelic teacher 'honoured' to win writing award

21 February 2024
Gairloch High School Gaelic teacher 'honoured' to win writing award

Gairloch High School Gaelic teacher 'honoured' to win writing award

21 February 2024

Iain Cumming (48) from Laide, is a Gaelic teacher who finds inspiration for his writing in the rich history, culture and landscape of the Highlands.


Wester Ross chippie set to open fresh chapter with new cafe venture

20 February 2024
Wester Ross chippie set to open fresh chapter with new cafe venture

Wester Ross chippie set to open fresh chapter with new cafe venture

20 February 2024

The local business plans to go ahead with their new hot food takeaway with a 20-seat dining area in the old fish shop.


Meet Black Isle museum's new 'game-changing' manager

20 February 2024
Meet Black Isle museum's new 'game-changing' manager

Meet Black Isle museum's new 'game-changing' manager

20 February 2024

Delighted trustees in the Black Isle town reckon the appointment is a game-changer for the attraction.


Torridon native woodland funding fears temper celebrations for £1m scheme

20 February 2024
Torridon native woodland funding fears temper celebrations for £1m scheme

Torridon native woodland funding fears temper celebrations for £1m scheme

20 February 2024

The celebrations have been overshadowed by the prospect of a massive grant cut, making similar initiatives less likely in the future.


Ullapool to be visited by iconic paddle steamer the Waverley

19 February 2024
Ullapool to be visited by iconic paddle steamer the Waverley

Ullapool to be visited by iconic paddle steamer the Waverley

19 February 2024

The iconic paddle steamer will be offering a sailing from Ullapool and down Lochbroom, and along the west coast to Gairloch or Kyle of Lochalsh.


Avoch Primary Nursery's Makaton training will 'benefit confidence' of children

18 February 2024
Avoch Primary Nursery's Makaton training will 'benefit confidence' of children

Avoch Primary Nursery's Makaton training will 'benefit confidence' of children

18 February 2024

Makaton is a simple way of communicating which is based on signs and symbols and used alongside speech.


Ross-shire Through the Lens: Invergordon view looking out to the sutors

18 February 2024
Ross-shire Through the Lens: Invergordon view looking out to the sutors

Ross-shire Through the Lens: Invergordon view looking out to the sutors

18 February 2024

Can you show us a part of this beautiful county we've never seen before or a familiar landmark from an unusual viewpoint?


Ross-shire's illuminated Tractor Run raised £5000 for multiple local charities

17 February 2024
Ross-shire's illuminated Tractor Run raised £5000 for multiple local charities

Ross-shire's illuminated Tractor Run raised £5000 for multiple local charities

17 February 2024

When the event took place late last December, huge turnouts were seen in the eight Ross-shire towns and villages visited.


REVEALED: Ullapool Book Festival announces line-up of top authors at summer event

16 February 2024
REVEALED: Ullapool Book Festival announces line-up of top authors at summer event

REVEALED: Ullapool Book Festival announces line-up of top authors at summer event

16 February 2024

Organisers of the acclaimed literary event have now released the hotly-anticipated line-up of guest writers.


Rugby feelgood factor saw Easter Ross man talked into bike ride epic

16 February 2024
Rugby feelgood factor saw Easter Ross man talked into bike ride epic

Rugby feelgood factor saw Easter Ross man talked into bike ride epic

16 February 2024

Old college friends from the 1970s, Jimmy and Alan have taken on the 1200 mile journey from Land's End to John O'Groats'.


Ullapool rural education campaigners demand end to 'buck passing'

15 February 2024
Ullapool rural education campaigners demand end to 'buck passing'

Ullapool rural education campaigners demand end to 'buck passing'

15 February 2024

Parents determined to improve the lot of children denied educational opportunities have demanded an end to "buck passing".


Black Isle former Buckingham Palace guard charmed on a Valentine's date

15 February 2024
Black Isle former Buckingham Palace guard charmed on a Valentine's date

Black Isle former Buckingham Palace guard charmed on a Valentine's date

15 February 2024

A former guard at Buckingham Palace, the ever gallant Billy treated Hannah like a Queen for the day.


WATCH: Volcano erupts at Ross-shire care home

14 February 2024
WATCH: Volcano erupts at Ross-shire care home

WATCH: Volcano erupts at Ross-shire care home

14 February 2024

A Muir of Ord care home created and erupted a papier-mâché volcano, created in homage to Charles Darwin's birthday.


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