An emergency council taskforce is being formed to tackle what some community leaders regard as "a crisis" of a fast-growing city failing to keep pace with a need for extra school places in Inverness.
Highland councillors have railed against plans for a radical schools shake-up that could see headteachers handed significant control of budgets.
The Highlands have been put "at risk" by the exclusion of the SNP from the council's coalition, nationalists have claimed.
The main opposition party on Highland Council last night pledged to be "co-operative and not obstructive", despite a bad-tempered start to the new term.
Jobs will go and help for vulnerable people withdrawn as the result of a cut to council funding for citizens advice bureaux in the north.
Plans to invest an extra £1million in Highland roads next year would still be woefully short of the amount needed to bring them up to scratch, according to opposition councillors.
The boss of the north's busiest citizens advice bureau has warned a 20% cut in funding would result in job cuts - just as more and more people need help.
Fury at the prospect of more Highland Council job and service cuts is set to boil over at a pre-Christmas full council meeting next week.
Highlanders could soon be the first north of Scotland residents to be given the chance to grill their council chiefs face-to-face at top-level meetings, as part of a pledge of greater democracy.
The Mill House, in Insch, is a home with some very unique quirks. For offers over £465,000, you can skip the letter box and have your post delivered in a different way – to your own postbox set into the front gate.
Veteran Highland councillor David Alston, has stepped down as the local authority's Liberal Democrat group leader.
Looking at the “before and after” pictures of Haugh Farmhouse, it’s hard to believe it is the same house – on first glance anyway.
Looking at the photographs of this gorgeous garden you might think it was part of a public park or a grand stately home.
The new Tory government's policies will open the floodgates for food banks across the north, according to the boss of the Highlands' Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).
For just over £500,000, you could bag a host of great properties. Don’t be fooled by the name of this property – it is only called St Katherines but isn’t located in the Aberdeenshire village near Oldmeldrum. It can, in fact, be found on the outskirts of Aboyne.
Bag a bargain in Banchory, writes Cheryl Livingstone.