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.
UW, WBC Launch Network to Connect Entrepreneurs and Mentors
High Plains Mentor Network will increase the chance of success of WY entrepreneurs in their startup endeavors, providing free guidance from experienced mentors.
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.
Laramie Municipal Band Offers Free Concerts in Washington Park
If you are a fan of live music, the Laramie Municipal Band offers free concerts throughout the month of July.
21 Old Trees Removed on Grand Ave., but Replacements are Planned
The Grand Ave. resurfacing project by WYDOT, the concern of many residents is that 21older trees have been removed, and they wonder if they will be replaced.
Justice Marilyn Kite Honored as Jubilee Days Parade Grand Marshal
The Laramie Jubilee Days parade on Saturday morning features a well-respected and accomplished Wyoming woman as the 2019 Grand Marshal - Justice Marilyn Kite.
BLMCC May Catch a Break and Get Aerial Mosquito Spraying Done
On Monday evening, July 8, Whitman said it looked like the BLMCC may get a weather reprieve and finally get the mosquito spraying completed.
Downtown Laramie Sets the Stage for Jubilee Days
Laramie's annual statehood celebration started Saturday, July 6 with rodeo events at the Albany County Fairgrounds, and continues thru Sunday, July 14.
WDH Updates Income Guidelines for WIC Program
Nutritious food items plus other benefits are available for families through the Wyoming WIC Program, which is operated by the Wyoming Department of Health
Stay Safe, Boat Sober: More BUI Enforcement for Holiday Weekend
To encourage safety, Game and Fish is participating in the annual Operation Dry Water heightened awareness and enforcement weekend, July 5-7.
UW Graduate Comes Home to Laramie, Opens New Dental Office
Stacie Morrison, D.D.S., held a grand opening and ribbon cutting at her new office, Summit View Dentistry, 3125 Grand Ave. on Friday, June 28.
Residential Fogging for Mosquitoes this Weekend in Laramie
Residential area mosquito fogging will take place this weekend, Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 within Laramie city limits.
Young Entrepreneurs Make the Best of Warm Wyoming Weather
Head down to the corner of S.15th and Steele Streets, where you'll find four young businessmen who want to keep busy and make a little extra money.