Two projects across the north have been included in the running for prestigious national awards for their efforts to bring homes – last occupied before the turn of the millennium – back into use.
The top council and NHS officials in the north and north-east slashed their total expenses bill by more than £11,000 last year.
Coastal communities across the north and north-east will benefit from millions of pounds in funding to enhance their local areas.
A £60,000 research project is to be undertaken to create a ‘Neolithic Landscapes of the Dead’ chambered tomb trail in Orkney.
Orkney Islands Council is calling for the Scottish Government to provide funding that would allow cheaper fares on local inter-island ferry routes.
Six specially-trained detection dogs are to be brought in to Orkney to help rid the islands rugged landscape of the invasive non-native stoat.
A cash pot of £160,000 has been made available to recruit a much-needed dementia specialist in Orkney – which is facing a crisis with the number of sufferers is expected to double from around 400 in the next decade.
Orkney sailed off with another awarded for visitor satisfaction - with Kirkwall named Top Cruise Destination for Western Europe and the UK.
Orkney residents will have to fork out almost 5% more on Council Tax, it has been confirmed.
The island boasts some of Scotland's most stunning neolithic sites and attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.
One school has been shut down in a north or north-east community every two months on average during the public spending squeeze in the last decade.
Local authorities in the north and north-east will soon be raising more than £1 billion each year in extra revenue as they hike charges and fees to help plug funding gaps.
In the first part of this week’s P&J series on local government finance, Calum Ross today finds out how council workforces have shrunk in recent years.
A leading transport union has written to the First Minister demanding action over a £1.5million funding shortfall for Orkney's vital inter-island ferries.
Orkney Islands Council has agreed to remove overnight staff at a sheltered housing scheme in Stromness - a decision condemned by union leaders.
A search is on to find descendants of the victims of the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in Orkney for centenary commemorations.
Union leaders have blasted plans to axe sleep-over provision of wardens at an Orkney sheltered housing scheme – to save around £40,000.
An island council has made a public apology after flattening hundreds of gravestones without warning in a bungling bid to comply with updated safety guidelines.
Two new tug boats worth £6.1million each are making their way to serve Orkney.
Plans for a 60-bed care facility in Orkney have been unveiled as part of a multi-million pound development.
As part of the P&J’s week-long series on the challenges grieving families face when a loved one dies, Calum Ross today investigates the soaring cost of funerals.
Graveyards are on the brink of running out of space for new burials in dozens of communities across the north and north-east, it can be revealed.
The scuttling of the German naval fleet in Orkney’s Scapa Flow following the end of WWI is to be marked 100 years on.
A new principal has been appointed for Orkney College UHI with Professor Eddie Abbott-Halpin set to take up his post in early January.
A council is asking the Ministry of Defence to help pay for a £400,000-plus clean-up of contaminated land at an old naval base on an Orcadian island.
The leader of Orkney Islands Council has said they must take the lead to promote a carbon neutral economy following plans to spend £40,000 on two new electric vehicles.
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A £6million scheme to eradicate stoats from Orkney to save the rest of its wildlife population has been approved.
A budget-cutting local authority boss doubled the amount of cash he claimed back from taxpayers for expenses in just three years.
Orkney Islands Council bosses are probing serious claims of bullying and harassment which have been revealed in a staff survey.
Concerns have been raised after new figures exposed a “vast disparity” in the number of classroom assistants in schools across Scotland.
The contractor tasked with undertaking renovation works to Kirkwall Airport’s air traffic control tower has been announced as Bell Contracts and Co, based in Inverness.