Kamila Kudelska

Cody Reporter

Phone: 307 578-4056
Email: kkudelsk@uwyo.edu 

Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila just received her master in journalism from Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys a solid run, a game of squash and recording nature.

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Wyoming Department of Transportation

The call for social distancing in the state is leading many people to the outdoors. But a high number of people are going to the Teton Pass west of Jackson, which is causing some public health concerns.

"With the current restrictions in certain places, we've got an extra amount of traffic that's going on up here. And generally speaking, we're okay with folks that are coming here as long as they're cooperative on our on our safety issues," said John Pistono, a Teton Pass ambassador.

Parks Canada

Environmental groups have officially sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for allowing up to 72 grizzly bears to be killed over ten years. The groups filed an intent to sue earlier this year.

Brocken Inaglory via CC BY-SA 3.0

Every year, thousands of American and international tourists pass through Cody as they leave or enter Yellowstone National Park. The summer tourism season officially starts May 1, when the park's east gate opens. That's usually a busy time, but things might be different this year.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jacob Sippel

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the United States, we hear a lot about the shortage of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds. But there's another critical shortage, especially in rural areas, of health care providers.

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Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park are officially closed to all visitors indefinitely.

Cody Firearms Museum

In the early 1900s, a new concealable pistol was created. The Palm Protector Pistol was a double action revolver, but Danny Michael, the assistant curator of the Cody Firearms Museum, said it didn’t really look like a conventional revolver.

McCracken Research Center

Samantha Harper is an archivist at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s McCracken Research Library. This job means that Harper digs through documents, photography and books every day.

Jennifer Carrigan

The Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area announced its four artists in residence for the coming summer.

Update 3/18/20 at 3 p.m.: Sleeping Giant announced on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon, March 18, that it will close.

"Due to new information and the most recent update from the Park County Health Officer, Sleeping Giant Ski Area has decided to suspend operations for the remainder of the season. This decision was not made lightly, but we must put the health of the community first. Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Thank you for your continued support, have an enjoyable summer and hope to see you next winter." 

As of this time Anteloppe Butte lifts remain open six days a week and all food operations are closed. 


State and local governments around our region are reacting to the coronavirus pandemic. A new analysis finds some are more aggressive than others. The Mountain West states got the least aggressive ranking, with Wyoming ranked dead last.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne has suspended all masses for the foreseeable future in order to encourage social distancing.

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On Tuesday evening, March 17, the Wyoming Department of Health reported four new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state. This puts the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wyoming to 15.

Yellowstone National Park/Creative Commons

As international travel bans have been put into effect, Park County is preparing for potential impacts to its summer tourism season. The federal government has barred the entry of all foreign nationals who had visited China, Iran and a group of European countries in the past 14 days.

The director of the Powell Economic Partnership (PEP) is stepping down after six years at the helm. Christine Bekes was the first full time director of PEP and oversaw Powell's growing presence in the state. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska sat down with Bekes to reflect on her time in the position. Bekes said having a community development strategic plan completed just before she started made her understand what the community valued right from the beginning.


Grand Teton National Park has paused its efforts to eliminate the nonnative mountain goat herd in the area. This comes after state and federal agencies told the park to call it off. Gov. Mark Gordon, the Wyoming Game and Fish director and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior asked the national park to halt its plans to kill the nonnative population through aerial gunning.

Kamila Kudelska

At the end of 2019, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) leased out more than 37,000 acres of land in northern Park County for potential oil and gas drilling. That spike in land available for oil and gas alarmed some people in the area who wondered what it could mean for wildlife—including Ken and Kathy Lichtendahl.

The Cody Country Chamber of Commerce

February marks the 100th anniversary of the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce or the Cody Club as it was known until 1970. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska spoke with Jeremy Johnston, historian at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and Tina Hoebelhenrich, the president and CEO of the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce, on how the club began. Johnston said it started with the towns founders George Beck and Buffalo Bill Cody trying to attract people to the area.

Plains Indian Museum

The Plains Indian Museum doesn't only collect art from the past. Rebecca West, the curator of the museum, said their job is also to collect contemporary art like those of John Isaiah Pepion, of the Blackfeet nation in northern Montana.

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Former candidate for Wyoming governor Foster Friess has started a series of listening sessions around the state.

The multimillionaire is considering running for the U.S. Senate that became open after Sen. Mike Enzi announced his retirement after his current term. But before he makes a final decision, Friess announced he will go around the state to see if he should get in the race.

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Park County will soon have a natural resources management plan for its federal and state lands, and is inviting the public to participate in a steering committee that will help shape the plan. 

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

In the past, natural history museums sent staff and researchers on expeditions to collect specimens in the field. But when the Draper Natural History Museum officially opened its doors in the early 2000s, it wanted to try to avoid that practice.

On February 11, 1920, the Cody Club met for its first luncheon at the Chamberlin Inn in downtown Cody. Also known as the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce, the economic organization was created by the two men that founded the town.

Whitney Western Art Museum

Museum curators often receive public inquiries, and sometimes an outside person can be very helpful to gaining better insight on a painting or object in the museum. For Karen McWhorter, the curator of the Whitney Western Art Museum, a call from a professor made her look at George Catlin’s “Mandan-View of the Missouri Above the Village Whilst the Women and Children are Bathing.”

Nancy Patterson, Outdoor Recreation Planner, BLM Wyoming

Girls who want to learn how to mountain bike in Cody will soon have the space to do that. This summer, Cody will be the first community in Wyoming to have a mountain biking organization dedicated to young women. Little Bellas is a national mountain biking organization with the goal to empower women through cycling.

Kamila Kudelska

Vocational classes that teach high school students trade skills are common in our state. One school is taking its vocational skills to the next level. Lovell High School is now in the tiny house business.

Ameen Al-Ghetta/USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its final version of a five-year step-down plan in December that aims to reduce elks' dependency on supplemental feed.