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 looks forward to 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.
The Rising Café Has a Community-Oriented Vision
The Rising Café held a ribbon-cutting Monday, May 20, attended by coffee-lovers from the Laramie Plains Civic Center, and family and friends.
Laramie Animal Control is Asking For Your Help
Last Thursday, May 16, at around 9:30 pm, a dog bit a skateboarder near the intersection of 9th and Ivinson Sts. in Laramie.
Potentially Heavy Snow in Laramie Could Damage Trees
Many trees and shrubs are leafing out for spring. Heavy snow could collect on the leaves putting a tremendous weight on tree limbs. Here are a few suggestions that, if followed, may benefit you and cause a lot less grief.
City of Laramie Street Division Works to Improve Road Conditions
the focus for streets was on potholes and working to provide Laramie residents improved road surface conditions.
Cloud Peak Bankruptcy Shows It Funded Anti-Climate Change Groups
The bankruptcy of Cloud Peak Energy, one of the largest domestic coal producers in the country, has revealed that the company maintains financial ties to many of the leading groups that have denied the human causes of global warming
Bike Safely This Spring and Enjoy Your Ride in Laramie
During National Bike Month, cycling enthusiasts across the country celebrate the many benefits of cycling.
Laramie High School Class of 2019 Graduation Week Details
With graduation week finally here, Laramie High School Principal Chuck Kern announces three events honoring the Plainsmen Class of 2019.
Two Axles Derail on ‘Big Boy’ in Slow-speed Mishap in Rawlins
The world’s largest operating steam locomotive, 600-ton Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014, derailed Thursday afternoon as it entered the yard in Rawlins
University of Wyoming Commencement Weekend Events
Congratulations to the University of Wyoming Spring 2019 graduating class.
‘College Factual’ Ranks UW Dept. of Geology and Geophysics No. 1
The University of Wyoming’s Department of Geology and Geophysics is ranked No. 1 in the nation on College Factual’s “2019 Best Geological and Earth Sciences Colleges for the Money” list.