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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Plains Indian Museum

Toys are a great example of how historians learn about people's everyday lives. Hunter Old Elk, the curatorial assistant of the Plains Indian Museum, said a great example in the collection is a toy horse and doll.

Ted Brummond, UW Photo Services.

A descendant of those imprisoned at Heart Mountain has dedicated her life to the remembrance of what happened to her great grandparents. Now, she will be awarded the Shepard Symposium Community Member Award for her dedication.

Wyoming Office of Tourism

2020 was a hard year for tourism. Nationally, the industry contracted by 45 percent. While Wyoming fared much better and shrunk only by 25 percent, it was still a big impact.

Cody Firearms Museum

Pop culture usually influences the way we live. And it turns out firearms collecting is no different.

Danny Michael, the Cody Firearms Museum curator, said in the past Western movies really influenced what type of guns were collected but today that is changing. A great example is the Die Hard series.

Joe Riis

The Wyoming Wildlife Foundation is partnering up with Science Kids, and the Draper Natural History Museum, to provide a hands-on course for kids to help build wildlife friendly fences.

McCracken Research Library

Larry Larum was the owner of a famous dude ranch southwest of Cody. He had long been supportive of the Cody Stampede Rodeo and was one of its first directors.

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Wyoming Public Radio Reporters Discuss The Close Of The Legislative Session

The Wyoming legislature is winding up its work and we thought we'd begin the show discussing what we've seen. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler and Bob Beck have been covering the session.

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Victoria Bush has been teaching art at the Cody Elementary Schools for three years.

"I've got one kiddo that, you know, he does struggle academically, but he's got kind of like a spunk," she said.

Whitney Western Art Museum

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Whitney Western Art Museum in 2008, artist Ted Waddell donated a large painting titled,  Red Lodge Horses. Turns out it was also in honor of his 50-year painting career as well.

Carol S. Bock

Grizzly bears are listed as threatened underneath the Endangered Species Act. This has been under court scrutiny many times.

At one point, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) tried to delist the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem bear but a judge ordered them back on the threatened list.

NPS / Investigative Services Branch

Rodrick Dow Craythorn of Utah was caught excavating and damaging archaeological resources in the cemetery of the Fort Yellowstone National Historic Landmark. He had gone into the area late 2019 and early 2020.

by Max Klingensmith / Flickr

The Cody School District has started reviewing its budget ahead of potential cuts at the legislative level.

Park County School #6 has cut almost 16 full-time positions due to an upcoming statute deadline for renewing or ending staff contracts. The school district made the cuts via retirement, attrition or elimination.

Ameen Al-Ghetta/USFWS

The National Elk Refuge stopped its feeding Monday, March 29, two weeks earlier than normal in order to meet management goals.

Plains Indian Museum

There are times when a curator of a museum may decide not to keep an object that came in with a larger collection. That's because of the damage or quality of the object.

Rebecca West, the curator of the Plains Indian Museum, came across this dilemma when she found a spoon that had a lot of damage to its decorative quill work.

Kamila Kudelska

Hunters and anglers fund Wyoming wildlife conservation and management by purchasing fishing and hunting licenses, and those funds go into the Wyoming Game and Fish Department budget.

But, the number of hunters and anglers is decreasing in the state, although not as much in other places. Still, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is making efforts to recruit newcomers.

Goshen Help

A community-action agency, serving six counties around the state, is seeking input to prioritize assistance in Washakie County.

As Goshen Help has grown to support those living at the poverty level through grants, the agency wants to make sure the community is involved in setting policy and programs, as well as determining how the funds are spent to help people in the community.

Tom Toman, RMEF

For the past couple of years, antler hunting has become very popular. In the Dubois area, Spence and Moriarity Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Kirk Inberg/Kevin Roy Wildlife Habitat Management Area (WHMA) are no exception.

Wyoming Legacy Meats

Back in 2019, Valerie Murray's business, Murraymere Farms in Powell, was doing really well.

"We were able to send some of our beef over to a five star restaurant," said Murray. "And the demand became huge. And we were shipping approximately about 20 head of primals, just the primal cuts, a month over to Taiwan."

National Digital Library of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service

It is illegal to feed wildlife like antelope, moose or bear in Teton County. Complaints can be filed through the county or the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently investigated a complaint that a resident was feeding wildlife in the Solitude subdivisions, near the Jackson Hole airport. That federal investigation came to a dead end earlier this year.

Cody Firearms Museum

Colt Buntline Revolvers weren't very well known until a biography was written about Wyatt Earp. Earp was an American law enforcement officer who served as deputy marshal Tombstone, Arizona Territory during the late 1800s and into early 1900s.

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Gov. Mark Gordon announced last week that most statewide health restrictions would be lifted. He cited a drop in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths as encouraging data.

Mask usage is still highly recommended by the Wyoming Department of Health indoors and when proper social distancing can't be maintained.

John B. Stetson came west as a young man. He was the son of a successful hatter. In the West, he recognized the need for a felt hat with a wide brim to keep off rain and sun. His famous "Boss of the Plains" hat became widely popular and he was forever associated with the figure of the western cowboy.

Wyoming Hunger Initiative

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has collaborated with the private company Conservation Vision on their new project: Wild Harvest Initiative. That initiative looks at the full benefits of sustainable wild animal harvests nationally.

Kamila Kudelska

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"The Spanish School:" Mexican Segregation In Northwest Wyoming

Usually segregation in school is something you heard about in the south. But it turns out Wyoming had segregated schools as well. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska goes back in history and takes a look at one such school in Worland.

Gonzalo Guzman

Felix Mercado was born in Worland in 1940. His parents, originally from Mexico, had traveled around the United States, eventually settling in Worland as sugar beet farmers where he and his older brothers grew up.

Gretchen Henrich

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West's Youth advisory board has received a grant from the Smithsonian Institute for sage grouse conservation.

City of Powell

Throughout this past summer, the Park County School District #1 administration in Powell was focusing on how to reopen schools safely for their students amid the pandemic. Then Ginger Sleep, the district's special services director, said they got another surprise.

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Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area rangers and Powell Valley Community Education are joining forces for a series of four education talks at Northwest College and online.