Thursday, November 15, 2018
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Ten finalists have been chosen for the Skye Photo Challenge competition.

Featuring dramatic images of Skye, including Elgol, the Old Man of Storr and the Cuillins, each photograph was selected by competition judges.  The winner will be chosen by public vote.

Finalists include Paul Milne, Graham Binns, Stuart Robb, Edwin Rem, Dietmar Herzog, Stephen Dauris, Olaf Edler, Dave Brightwell, Sean Speed and Diogo Rodrigues.

Skye and Lochalsh primary school pupils still have time to enter a Christmas Card competition, which could see their design featured on a gondola.

Kate Forbes MSP has asked young people in primary schools across the Highlands to design a festive card for the consultancy.

This year, the winning design will feature on the UK's only mountain gondola.  Courtesy of the Nevis Range, the winner will also get a gondola trip up Aonach Mor near Ben Nevis, as well as seeing their front cover distributed across Kate Forbes MSP's Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency.

Kate Forbes MSP said: "As we head towards winter, and the skiers and snowboarders make their way to Lochaber, I love the idea that they'll head up the mountain in a gondola and see a festive design by a primary school pupil.

"This is a fantastic prize, which I hope will encourage even more school pupils to take part. At the end of the day, this is about encouraging kids to get involved with something a little bit different."

The Stromeferry Bypass is on schedule to completely reopen near the end of this month.  However, a recently released report suggests the rock face is still at risk of collapsing.

Robert John MacInnes, admin of the Stromeferry Bypass Updates 2018 Facebook page, told The Skye Times: "The 2018 report for the rock face inspections carried out on the Bypass was released a week or two ago. It details some very horrifying evidence that the Bypass is not just a 'potential collapse' risk, it is collapsing. Rocks and boulders are actually falling continuously down the rock face and are being caught in a roadside deer fence, as well as some actually reaching roadside ditches and the road. There are pictures attached to the report including large swollen cracks in huge boulders further up the hill, and collapses behind the already installed rock catch netting.

"Four sections of rock face are classed as 'very high risk' for collapse (five including the rock face currently being worked on), with seven sections marked as 'high risk.' The number of sections of rock face classed as high or very high risk has increased since 2017. 'Rock failure could potentially exceed net/reach road and railway' is a common statement throughout the report, along with 'due to budget constraints' meaning that the Council have not had the money to carry out full stabilisation work to many sections."

The Bypass is set to open without road on rail diversion from Saturday 24 November.  

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