Tom Kocal joined Townsquare Media as the LaramieLive.com Multimedia Reporter in February 2019 after a 40-year career in the newspaper business. After selling the Lanark, Carroll County, Illinois newspaper business in 2013, Tom was one of the founders of Carroll County’s only online news source. “Change is the one constant” is a mantra that motivated Tom to set out on a new adventure after his wife of 45 years passed away in early 2018. After a road trip in the summer of 2018, the lure of the west called, and Tom moved to Laramie in September 2018. “I’ve seen the newspaper and printing industries change tremendously in 40 years,” Tom said. “We started out with Ben Franklin-era hand-set type, Linotypes, and lead type printed on a hand-fed printing press, to producing news and photos for online readers that can be posted from my smart phone in my truck. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks!” Tom has two older children and 2 grandchildren. His interests include his fiancé, Julie, and her grandchildren; gardening, preserving, cooking and eating the vegetables they grow; and bicycling while enjoying the scenery and to stay in shape. Tom enjoys being an active member of the Laramie community, reporting for LaramieLive.com on the events that Laramie has to offer and meeting more unique personalities that make this community a very special place.
Laser Red Hot Chili Peppers at the UW Planetarium Saturday Night
It’s a brand-new show for 2019! Rock out with the Laser Red Hot Chili Peppers under the planetarium dome with psychedelic visuals bumping with the music.
Laramie Woman Charged With Taking Controlled Substances Into Jail
Jamie N. Shelton, a 30-year-old Laramie resident, was arrested this past weekend.
Stephen Downey to be Recognized as the ‘Father of UW’ Sunday
Join the Laramie Plains Museum to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Stephen and Eva Downey’s arrival in Laramie on Sunday, July 28.
Vintage ‘Welcome to Wyoming’ Signs Put Up For Auction
WYDOT is holding an online auction for two vintage 4-by-8-foot aluminum “Welcome to Wyoming” signs featuring the Grand Tetons.
UW Chef Debe Brady Takes Silver at National Culinary Challenge
UW Dining Services Chef Debe Brady took home a silver medal against 36 universities during the NACUFS National Culinary Challenge in Denver July 11.
Experience Creative Growth: An Art Festival and Mural Dedication
Experience some of Laramie’s creative expression when the Cooper Center for Creative Arts presents Creative Growth: An Art Festival and Mural Dedication.
West Nile Virus Detected in Laramie Mosquito Sample
West Nile virus has been documented in a mosquito sample collected this week in Laramie.
NY VFW Commander Trek Across Wyoming and America for Veterans
On Day 43 of his 131-day, 2,860-mile walking journey across America, Thomas “Tommy” Zurhellen was experiencing a typical Wyoming spring day.
Workforce Programs Ready to Assist Wyoming Veterans
The Laramie Chamber Business Alliance wants to share some of the workforce programs in Laramie and the State of Wyoming that are offered to Veterans.
National Park Visitor Spending Benefits Local Communities
In Wyoming last year, 7.7 million park visitors spent an estimated $928 million in local gateway regions while visiting National Park Service lands in Wyoming.