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.
County Chair Says Tumbleweed is Within Their Rights to Re-Open
Chairman of the Albany Co. Commissioners wants the county's "ducks" in a row before taking legal action to stop the opening of Tumbleweed Express Gas Station.
Back 2 School Giveaway at New Life Church in Laramie
This Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Life Church of the Assemblies of God in Laramie, school supply giveaway.
‘Real Issues’ Whether Gas Station is ‘Grandfathered’ or Not
Albany Co. Commissioner Pete Gosar discussed his take on the redevelopment project of the Tumbleweed Gas Station that sits over the Casper Aquifer.
Laramie Man Charged With Aggravated Burglary
Andrew J. May, a 27-year-old Laramie resident was arrested and charged with Aggravated Burglary as well as 4 misdemeanor charges.
Toltec Reservoir: Harmful Cyanobacterial Bloom Use Advisory
The Wyoming Department of Health has issued a recreational use advisory for Toltec Reservoir in Albany County due to a harmful cyanobacterial bloom.
Attention: Laramie City Hall to Close Early for Staff Training
Nancy Oakland-Potter, the executive assistant to the city manager, said the early closure at 3:30 p.m. is for City Hall Offices at 406 Ivinson Ave..
Albany County Courthouse North Entrance Remodel Begins This Week
The North entrance of the Albany County Courthouse will be closed for construction beginning Thursday, Aug. 8.
Judged by the Past 10 Years, the Next 10 Look Good for Laramie
The July 23 work session saw Laramie council members updated on the 10-year Economic Development plan, with the priority that the plan includes action.
Bicycling Safety Clinics for Youth in Laramie
Bicycling in Laramie has 2 fantastic program options for youth sponsored by The Laramie Police Department and The Laramie Elks Lodge!
Laramie Man Charged with 2nd Degree Murder and Manslaughter
Artem D. Day, 24-year-old Laramie resident, charged with Murder in the 2nd Degree, Manslaughter, and Sexual Battery for the killing of a female individual.