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 looks forward to 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.
National Park Visitor Spending Benefits Local Communities
In Wyoming last year, 7.7 million park visitors spent an estimated $928 million in local gateway regions while visiting National Park Service lands in Wyoming.
WY Transportation Commission Awards Construction Projects
The Wyoming Transportation Commission has awarded a bridge rehabilitation project in Laramie, cattle-guard work, slide repairs, and several other contracts during its recent meeting.
Laramie’s Holli Austin-Belaski Honored at WID Conference
The City of Laramie congratulates Prosecuting Attorney Holli Austin-Belaski for being recognized at the Wyoming Impaired Driving Conference as one of the 2018 Outstanding Impaired Driving Prosecutors.
Gov. Gordon Commends Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan
Governor Mark Gordon applauded an historic water shortage sharing agreement Monday as Wyoming joined six other Western States in the signing of the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan.
The Laramie HS Orchestra in Tune for Ireland
The Laramie High School Orchestra, directed by Sarah McCoy, will be heading to Ireland to perform and represent Laramie and Wyoming on June 3 and will return June 11.
The Rising Café Has a Community-Oriented Vision
The Rising Café held a ribbon-cutting Monday, May 20, attended by coffee-lovers from the Laramie Plains Civic Center, and family and friends.
Laramie Animal Control is Asking For Your Help
Last Thursday, May 16, at around 9:30 pm, a dog bit a skateboarder near the intersection of 9th and Ivinson Sts. in Laramie.
Potentially Heavy Snow in Laramie Could Damage Trees
Many trees and shrubs are leafing out for spring. Heavy snow could collect on the leaves putting a tremendous weight on tree limbs. Here are a few suggestions that, if followed, may benefit you and cause a lot less grief.