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.
Laser Red Hot Chili Peppers at the UW Planetarium Saturday Night
It’s a brand-new show for 2019! Rock out with the Laser Red Hot Chili Peppers under the planetarium dome with psychedelic visuals bumping with the music.
Constellations As You’ve Never Seen Them Before at UW Planetarium
Constellations Across Cultures Program, Friday, July 26, from 8 to 9 p.m. at the UW Harry C. Vaughn Planetarium, 1000 E. Ivinson Ave. in Laramie.
Stephen Downey to be Recognized as the ‘Father of UW’ Sunday
Join the Laramie Plains Museum to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Stephen and Eva Downey’s arrival in Laramie on Sunday, July 28.
Vintage ‘Welcome to Wyoming’ Signs Put Up For Auction
WYDOT is holding an online auction for two vintage 4-by-8-foot aluminum “Welcome to Wyoming” signs featuring the Grand Tetons.
WY Game and Fish Hears Public Concerns Regarding CWD
WY Game and Fish Dept. held 5 public meetings to hear the public’s thoughts on how to manage Chronic Wasting Disease to update the state's management plan.
Experience Your Favorite Vehicle at Touch-A-Truck in Laramie
The City of Laramie and sponsors invite you to the 3rd Annual Touch-A-Truck Event, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Laramie Ice and Event Center.
West Nile Virus Detected in Laramie Mosquito Sample
West Nile virus has been documented in a mosquito sample collected this week in Laramie.
The Cowboy State to Receive Over $17 Million for Outdoor Projects
Wyoming will receive more than $17 million to support critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects this year, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior.
NY VFW Commander Trek Across Wyoming and America for Veterans
On Day 43 of his 131-day, 2,860-mile walking journey across America, Thomas “Tommy” Zurhellen was experiencing a typical Wyoming spring day.
Workforce Programs Ready to Assist Wyoming Veterans
The Laramie Chamber Business Alliance wants to share some of the workforce programs in Laramie and the State of Wyoming that are offered to Veterans.
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.