Cordelia Zars

Programming Volunteer

Cordelia Zars is excited to be a new volunteer for Wyoming Public Radio this winter; she is currently taking a year off of college and is exploring opportunities in the world of public media.

Cordelia grew up in Laramie, and last year completed her freshman year at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  Although she is still undecided, she hopes to study International Relations and Spanish, as well as Environmental Conservation.  In her year before college she spent six months in Chile and Argentina, interning for the National Outdoor Leadership School, teaching English, and discovering her love for cross-cultural connection.  For the past three summers she conducted ecology and amphibian field studies for the Berry Biodiversity Center at UW, and someday hopes to integrate her love of the outdoors into her passion for humanitarianism.

Cordelia is also very devoted to the arts, and spends much of her free time playing piano, singing, and writing creative essays and poetry.

Cordelia has always been a strong proponent of Public Radio, and feels lucky to have the opportunity to work with the WPR staff this year.

Open Spaces
5:16 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

August 15th, 2014

In Jackson, Seasonal Workers Struggle To Find Affordable Housing

The town of Jackson has long struggled to find enough affordable housing for its seasonal workers. Right now, the average rental property there is going for 2800 dollars a month.  But lately, the popularity of house sharing websites have transformed the housing problem into a housing crisis. And that’s got local business owners looking in new places for their for seasonal hires.

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Open Spaces
3:59 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

UW Aims To Preserve ‘Then’ And ‘Now’ With New Historic Preservation Plan

Old Main building at the University of Wyoming.
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Historic sandstone buildings, granite boulders, giant spruce trees: step onto the University of Wyoming campus, and you know where you are. As new construction projects begin, the University wants to make sure the designs adhere to its iconic image. To that end, the University is working with a team of architectural consultants to come up with guidelines for how to preserve its historic character. 

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Open Spaces
7:15 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

August 8th, 2014

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Washington Gridlock Hurting Educators In Wyoming

This summer there's been a big push by the nation's powerful teacher unions to completely revamp the nation's standardized tests mandated under No Child Left Behind and then revamped with the new Common Core standards. Wyoming Public Radio’s congressional reporter, Matt Laslo, has the story on how the state’s congressional delegation is fighting for the state’s interests on the issue.

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Open Spaces
3:08 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Laramie Arts Program Opens A World Of Creativity To Students With Disabilities

Students at the Cooper Center for the Creative Arts participate in a dance class.
Credit Cordelia Zars

Dance class begins at 9 a.m. in the studio. The six students disappear and are replaced by dancing cowboys, swaying and lassoing to the beat of the song.

Instructor Kayc DeMaranville leads. She helps them coordinate their bodies to the rhythm. The students are lost in the music, spinning, kicking, waving their arms. Student Eric Petersen loves to dance. He says it makes his body feel “a little bit of good.”

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Wyoming Stories: Podcast
12:21 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Wyoming Stories Podcast #10

August in Wyoming: Stories of nature and wildlife. 

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Wyoming Stories
3:50 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Handicap Ramp Opens Doors

Nancy Casner

On July 26, 1990 President George H W Bush signed into law the Americans With Disabilities Act. Among other things, the ADA has accessibility requirements for public places—such as stores or restaurants. But the Elk Mountain Trading Company was built 1895, long before the idea of handicap accessibility. Nancy Casner, who owns the Crossing Café housed in the building, recalls what it meant to add a ramp to the historic building.

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Wyoming Stories: Podcast
12:49 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Wyoming Stories Podcast #9

A collection of World War II memories from Wyoming.

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Wyoming Stories
8:25 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Fate And Faith On The Mormon Trail

Sister Mary Ann and Elder Lorin Moench

Lorin and Mary Ann Moench work for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at Martin’s Cove Historic site.  This spot in south-central Wyoming marks an important point along the Mormon trail.  European converts sailed to the East Coast of the U.S., purchased supplies and handcarts, and traveled with handcart companies to Salt Lake City.  In 1856 two handcart companies began their journey late, causing them to face unforgiving Wyoming storms.

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Wyoming Stories
9:55 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Rough And Tumble Casper, Forming Unlikely Friendships At A POW Camp

Casper, looking southwest toward Standard Refinery, approx 1920.
Credit wyomingtalesandtrails.com

Dick Sedar grew up in Casper, in a working-class neighborhood called “the Sandbar.” His parents emigrated from Croatia in the early 1920’s to seek work in the coal and oil industries. Dick was one of 16 children and tells the story of his childhood in Casper.

One of Dick’s Sedar’s brothers, Mike, worked in the Douglas Prisoner of War camp during World War II.  Dick remembers his brother’s experience working with the prisoners, and the lasting friendships he made.

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Wyoming Stories
11:05 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Wyoming Stories: A Personal Experience Of The Gender Wage Gap

Marilynn Deiss and Debra Swedberg

Women in the United States have been fighting for equal wage rights since the early 1900s.  In 1963 the government passed the Equal Pay Act, which aimed to abolish wage disparity based on sex.  But the act excluded professional careers.  Starting in 1971, Marilynn Deiss juggled work as the Executive Director of the Wyoming Board of Pharmacy and as a single mother.  She tells her daughter, Debra Swedberg, how gender discrimination affected her life.

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Wyoming Stories
4:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Life Lessons Learned Tending Bar

Darrell Moore

Darrell Moore grew up in the historic Hotel Wolf in Saratoga, Wyoming. Fredrick G. Wolf, a German immigrant, built the hotel in 1893. Since then, the hotel has had only four owners. Moore’s father bought the Wolf in 1937, and his family maintained the place for 40 years. The hotel and restaurant has hosted hunters, fishers, and ranchers through the years, and is still open to adventurers today. Moore shares his memories of growing up at the Hotel Wolf.

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Wyoming Stories
4:25 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Wyoming Stories: A Navy Tour Taught What Med School Didn't

Martin Ellbogen
Credit Micah Schweizer

Martin Ellbogen grew up in Worland, Wyoming. In high school he played basketball against the future Wyoming Senator Al Simpson. Once Ellbogen determined his career was not in basketball, he came to the University of Wyoming to study pre-med and finished his medical degree in Omaha. Ellbogen then joined the Navy as a doctor.  He shares memories of being a medical assistant on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. After his tour, Ellbogen moved to Casper to set up a general practice medical firm.  He retired in 1996, and sold the practice to his son.

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Arts
3:23 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

From Gunshots To Good Times: Stories From The Stagecoach Bar

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The Stagecoach Bar in Wilson has kept Jackson Hole fed, watered, and entertained since 1942. The historic bar is home to cowboys, hippies, and the famous Stagecoach Band, which has played every Sunday night for over 40 years.

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Wyoming Stories
11:12 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Wyoming Stories: An Outside Perspective On Wyoming

Gretchen Wheeler
Credit Casper College

Gretchen Wheeler grew up in Nebraska and moved to Wyoming to teach in the Communications Department at Casper College.  As a “non-native” Wyomingite, Gretchen shares her observations of the cultural differences between Wyoming and Nebraska.

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Wyoming Stories
9:23 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Wyoming Makes An Impression On Walt Niekamp

Walt Niekamp

Walt Niekamp and his wife, Dorothy, lived in Casper years ago where they taught in the Natrona County schools. He has never forgotten Wyoming’s hospitality and landscape. Walt describes how his love for Wyoming, as well as his own career in media, inspired him to support Wyoming Public Media.

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Wyoming Stories
10:48 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Running The Snowy Range Ski Area Is A Family Affair

Aaron and Becky Maddox, with their infant son Charlie.
Credit Andy Carpenean/Laramie Boomerang

Becky and Aaron Maddox own the Snowy Range Ski Area west of Laramie.  Becky is a fourth generation Laramie resident, and Aaron grew up in Steamboat Springs. 

The couple grew up skiing, and their love for the sport motivated them to invest their lives in Snowy Range.  Becky and Aaron describe how the ski area is not only their business, but is their passion, their family, and their life.

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Wyoming Stories
9:13 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Jackson Rodeo Legends Bill And Martha Saunders

Bill and Martha Saunders

Bill and Martha Saunders are long-time Jackson residents. The couple was instrumental in founding the Jackson Hole Ski Club, and their family was also central in Wyoming's rodeo scene. Bill and Martha share memories of their rodeo experiences, including Martha's tour with the Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry.

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Wyoming Stories
8:34 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Wild Times At The Stagecoach Bar

Wilden and Phil Round

Phil Round is a guitarist and singer from Jackson Hole.  He’s a member of the fabled Stagecoach Band, which holds down a weekly Sunday night gig and dance at the Stagecoach Bar in Wilson. Phil shares some early memories from the bar with his son, Wilden.

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Open Spaces
12:49 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Bill Briggs Makes History Skiing Grand Teton

Bill Briggs' ski tracks can be seen near the top of Grand Teton.
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Bill Briggs, a Dartmouth graduate from Maine, moved to Jackson Hole and became North America’s “father of extreme skiing.” In Jackson he worked as a climbing and ski guide for many years, driven by his own passion and encouraged by the supportive outdoor community to surmount the insurmountable. In 1971, Briggs was the first person ever to descend the Grand Teton on skis, a feat most considered to be impossible.  His friend Spark M asks him to describe the experience.

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Wyoming Stories
1:48 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Wyoming Stories: A Quixotic Quest To Deliver 'Float-o-Graphs'

Marylee White and Charlie Thomas
Credit Micah Schweizer

Jackson resident Charlie Thomas recounts a local raft tour company owner's against-all-odds attempts to deliver 'float-o-graphs' to his rafting customers.

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Wyoming Stories
10:09 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Bert Raynes On His Love Of Nature

Bert Raynes
Credit Micah Schweizer

Bert Raynes, a distinguished naturalist in Jackson Hole, tells the story of how he became interested in wildlife. Bert has published many books about nature, and he continues to write a column titled “Far Afield” in the Jackson Hole News and Guide newspaper. Fellow Jackson resident Rebecca Huntington interviews him.

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Wyoming Stories
10:08 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Donna Robeson Remembers Life In South Pass City

Susan Layman & Donna Robeson
Credit Micah Schweizer

Donna Robeson’s great grandmother came to South Pass in 1868.  She was a converted Mormon from Scotland and married English immigrant Richard Sherlock.  They heard there was going to be a big gold strike, so they came to seek their fortunes in mining.  This dream didn’t quite pan out.  Instead, the family started hotel and ranching businesses to earn a living.  Donna tells historian Susan Layman what she remembers from her childhood, at the ranch and with her aunt and uncle in the hotel.

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Wyoming Stories
10:24 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Sergio Maldonado reflects on Native identity

Sergio Maldonado
Credit P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press

Sergio Maldonado is a Mexican-Arapaho who grew up on the Wind River Indian Reservation outside of Lander, Wyoming.  He now teaches at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.  In these two stories, Sergio talks about his experience with the Arapaho and Shoshone tribes.  His personal history informs his understanding of Native identity.

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Wyoming Stories
4:13 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Togwotee Comes to Lunch

Tom Duncan
Credit Micah Schweizer

Tom Duncan grew up in Lander.  He comes from a family of Scottish immigrants that settled in Wyoming in the 1880s.  In 1900, Duncan’s grandfather trailed 5000 sheep to Fremont County, where he began a ranch along the western border of the Wind River Indian Reservation.  Duncan tells the family story of their Native American neighbor, Togwotee, for whom Togwotee Pass is named.

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Open Spaces
10:29 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Marine tells story from his Iraq tour

Jason Williams
Credit Micah Schweizer

Jason Williams is an Iraq War veteran from Lander. In 2004, he was part of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed to Najaf.

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Wyoming Stories
10:17 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Steve Gyorvary recounts how he became a gold miner

Steve Gyorvary
Credit Micah Schweizer

Steve Gyorvary first came to South Pass, Wyoming in 1978. Ever since, he’s been working as a geologist and hard rock gold miner. He tells how he got into gold mining and acquired his own mine.

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