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.
‘Friends’ Host Annual Summer Book Sale to Support ACP Library
The Friends of the Albany County Public Library will hold its annual summer book sale from Wednesday, July 24 to Sunday, July 28.
‘Wild Blue Country’ Performs Free Concert in Laramie on Sunday
Wild Blue Country presents a free family concert is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the Edgar J. Lewis Bandshell at Washington Park in Laramie.
Ready, Set, Quack! Laramie Rotary Rubber Duckies Ready to Race
The Laramie Rotarian Duck Wranglers got 2500 rubber ducks ready to float for Saturday’s 15th annual Rubber Duck Race at Laramie's Optimist Park.
2nd West Nile Virus Mosquito Sample Detected in Laramie
West Nile virus has been documented in a mosquito sample collected southwest of Laramie.
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.
Naughty Pines Derby Dames Defend WyoCup Title on Home Rink
The 6th Annual WyoCup roller derby tournament is here this weekend, Saturday and Sunday – right here in Laramie at the Laramie Ice and Event Center.
Laramie Woman Charged With Unlawful Use of a Credit Card
Laramie resident Alicia J Hyatt, 50, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Use of a Credit Card, Driving Without Interlock Device, Larceny