TOPIC: CBC KOOTENAYS POP UP

Bird festival boosts B.C. mountain towns' economies

Hundreds of birders from around the world migrate each year to the Rocky Mountain communities of Radium and Invermere for the festival. This year's celebration was the 25th iteration of the festival, and the first featuring in-person events since 2019. 

Cash for conservation: Farmer helps save bighorns from deadly bacteria by buying discarded wool

A sheep farmer and the Wild Sheep Society of B.C. are launching a program that will pay farmers for wool they would otherwise throw away — but only if they test their sheep for a bacteria that's been killing wild bighorn sheep.

War in Ukraine has huge implications for B.C. agriculture

Less availability of fuel, fertilizer and grains, three products exported by Russia, Ukraine and Belarus and relied upon by B.C. farmers, will affect food producers around the province. 

Drag queens hit the slopes of a B.C. mountain community

From an art therapy session to drag bingo, drag queens have been strutting their stuff around Fernie, B.C., this week to spotlight suicide awareness and prevention.

Antique martial arts weapons worth thousands stolen from B.C. man

A Kootenay man is searching for his most treasured possessions after his antique martial arts collection, which police say is worth several thousand dollars, was stolen from his property. 

It's been 2 years since this B.C. man saw his Russian wife and kids. Now he'll have to continue waiting

With Russia closing its airspace to 36 countries, several European countries suspending visa processing for Russian citizens, and a rapidly changing immigration situation, Phill Hadikin could be separated from his family for longer than he expected. 

Conflict in Ukraine spurs British Columbians to join military organizations

Some British Columbians are being roused to action and the military, amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Some backcountry users in B.C. are setting trees on fire for fun

The RCMP detachment in Trail, B.C., is investigating a rash of "Kootenay candles" at Red Mountain Resort in Rossland. The term refers to the practice of lighting old, dead trees on fire in the middle of winter, often using sap or sapwood to start the blaze.

Cities are abandoning homes that will be destroyed by climate change

Grand Forks, B.C., plans to demolish most homes in the North Ruckle neighbourhood by the end of April 2022, allowing much of the area to return to natural floodplain and wetland.

Parents of kids with autism in small B.C. communities want more clarity around changes to supports, funding

Some parents say they worry about the changes being implemented to the province's system that funds supports for neurodiverse children and youth, details of which have yet to be provided months after the changes were announced.

B.C. village hosts lantern festival to bring community together

A village in the Kootenay region hopes a festival of light will help bring the community together after a year marked by heavy snowfall, the pandemic, and discord over the COVID-19 vaccine.

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