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.
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.
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.
Wyoming BoE Approves Sublette #1 Teacher Evaluation System
The Wyoming State Board of Education voted to approve Sublette County School District #1 teacher evaluation system at its July meeting Thursday in Casper.
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.
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.
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
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.