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.
Governor Gordon Congratulates Wyoming Pathways for CRT Award
In 2019 Wyoming Pathways and Laramie Ranger District are partnering on the next phase of trail work, to reconstruct almost two miles of the popular Aspen Trail.
After 78 Years, Laramie’s MMFC George Hanson Comes Home to Rest
Navy Machinist’s Mate 1st Class George Hanson, 32, will be interred at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at Green Hill Cemetery, 455 N. 15th St. in Laramie.
Here Comes the Sun – Summer Solstice Celebration at UW Art Museum
Join the U of WY Art Museum in celebration of the Summer Solstice. This very special event takes place Friday, June 21, the first official day of summer.
Pole Mountain Trail Project Wins Annual Trails Achievement Award
The Pole Mountain Trail Project outside Laramie won a national award for its outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program funds.
Laramie Community Justice Advocate Enters U.S. Senate Race
Community and environmental justice advocate Mayana “Yana” Ludwig announced her run for U.S. Senate on the Democratic ticket at Washington Park in Laramie.
National Guard Readiness Center Ready to Roll at New Facility
The new home for the Wyoming Army National Guard in Laramie hosted a ribbon cutting and open house Friday, June 14, at the new facility next to the Laramie Regional Airport.
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.
Governor Brings Wyoming In To New Energy Advocacy Group
Governor Mark Gordon has led Wyoming to join a newly formed advocacy group that will help the state access global markets for its natural gas reserves.
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.