The chairman of NHS Shetland has defended the record of the Gilbert Bain Hospital accident and emergency unit following an attack on waiting times by Scotland's shadow health minister.
This year's council elections have already had a significant impact on the face of local politics in Scotland.
Shetland Islands Council leader Gary Robinson has lost his seat after five years at the helm.
The UK Government is facing renewed calls to guarantee the future of Scotland's only emergency tug vessel amid "grave concerns" it could be axed next year.
The first ever annual Islands Summit between the three island councils and the UK Government has been held in Shetland.
Aberdeen and Shetland Islands councils have struck a deal to share a key member of their senior management teams.
Shetland Islands Council has approved its first balanced budget since 1997 - described as a "milestone" by the council leader.
Shetland Islands Council leader Gary Robinson has backed calls for energy giant SSE to explain why consumers in the highlands and islands pay a higher tariff for electricity than consumers in the rest of the country.
Income from the oil and gas industry will help Shetland Islands Council to offset an expected £6million-plus drop in Scottish Government funding over the next five years.