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.
6 Laramie Students Receive Prestigious Congressional Award
Six Laramie students were among 70 Wyoming students who received the 2019 Congressional Gold Medal Award, Congress’ most prestigious honor for youth.
150 Years of WY Women’s Suffrage: the Jubilee Days Parade Theme
The Laramie Jubilee Days Parade, set for Saturday morning at 9:30, is to further the promotion and celebration of Wyoming’s Statehood
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
Going Up: Sign Up for Free Airplane Rides at Laramie Airport Day
The annual Laramie Airport Day is coming Saturday, July 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. sponsored by the Laramie Flying Club.
Severe Thunderstorms, Hail, and Lightning Could Hit Laramie
Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to develop again along the North Laramie Range early Wednesday afternoon.
Freedom Has a Birthday is a One of a Kind Laramie Celebration
One of Laramie’s favorite annual celebrations, Freedom Has a Birthday, starts July 4 at Washington Park.
Gas Station Re-opening Nears Despite 90-day County Moratorium
The attorney representing Tumbleweed Express gas station on Laramie’s east side says the re-construction work at the station is complete and will open soon.
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.