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.
University of Wyoming Commencement Weekend Events
Congratulations to the University of Wyoming Spring 2019 graduating class.
‘College Factual’ Ranks UW Dept. of Geology and Geophysics No. 1
The University of Wyoming’s Department of Geology and Geophysics is ranked No. 1 in the nation on College Factual’s “2019 Best Geological and Earth Sciences Colleges for the Money” list.
Final Report from the Special Olympics WY Summer Games in Laramie
Melissa Noah, Vice President of Development for the Special Olympics Wyoming, said the event was a great success.
Memorial Day Weekend Services in Laramie
In honor of our Armed Forces Veterans, past and present, Laramie Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2221 is hosting Memorial Day weekend events.
Become a Tough Guy for a Day
From now until June 15, people in Laramie can nominate a fellow resident to receive a complete landscaping makeover done by the experts at Tough Guys Lawn Care.
‘Rooted In Laramie’ Has Roots That Run Deep in the Community
Rooted in Laramie, a local non-profit, is excited to kick off their first planting by selling discounted trees at the City of Laramie’s annual Arbor Day Tree Sale.
WHMAs in the Laramie Region Will Soon Open for the Summer
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has 39 wildlife habitat management areas that provide big game winter range and other benefits. These areas are opening for the season, after being closed to protect key winter habitat. Several areas open May 1.
Update: Eagle Scout Accessibility Bridge Project Almost Done
Tanner Hyde started his plan in the fall of 2018. After presenting his plan to the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Scout Board and the City of Laramie, he worked his plan. After a week of labor at the site, the project is near completion.