Lauren Blair covers the health care and education beats in Craig and Moffat County. A Colorado native, she graduated in 2005 from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in critical social thought.
Blair relocated to Craig from Denver in July of 2014. She has worn many hats in her work life, including that of wedding and travel photographer, blogger, bakery manager, personal chef and instructor for Outward Bound outdoor education programs. Journalism is the perfect avenue for her to indulge her many curiosities and interests, and she relishes the opportunity to grow each day as a journalist, writer, photographer and human being. When not burning the midnight oil in the newsroom, Blair can be found in her kitchen inventing new recipes, pondering the meaning of life with her boyfriend, Yuri Chicovsky, and their two kitties, jamming out to soul tunes and Beatles records, and exploring the far reaches of this beautiful state with camera in hand.
Despite a new director and some changes in its staff lineup for the coming school year, GOAL Academy students will be greeted with mostly familiar faces, including that of Annette Burrow (formerly Annette McCurdy).
Craig residents in need of an affordable haircut or in the mood for a pedicure need look no further than Craig’s own Salon and Spa at Colorado Northwestern Community College.
News that a program associated with Passport to Reading was on the chopping block this month brought forth cries from parents and teachers who were unhappy to see it go, leading to a decision from Moffat County School District administration Thursday to retain the program for the coming school year.
Community leaders have been busy in recent months brainstorming ways to bolster Moffat County’s economic future amidst myriad challenges facing the region’s energy-based economy, and a proposed lodging tax is quickly gaining traction.
District continuing to align with state's academic standards
Student test scores in science and social studies remained fairly flat overall for Moffat County School District this year compared to last, according to Colorado Measures of Academic Success testing data released this month.
School board makes long-term commitment to one-room schoolhouse
Despite a June 25 board decision to suspend Maybell School for another year, a wellspring of new momentum from Maybell parents and community members landed the question of the school’s future back in front of Moffat County School District Board of Education members Thursday evening.
Northwest Colorado residents, legislators discuss future allocation
The debate is heating up as the first-ever Colorado Water Plan moves through a second-draft phase before it goes to the governor’s desk this December. Both legislators and members from the Colorado Water Conservation Board appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper visited Craig Wednesday to present information on the plan and listen to public input.
This November, voters will have the opportunity to elect or re-elect more than a half-dozen board members impacting K-12 and higher education in Moffat County.
At least 150 miners and mine staff converged on Craig this week for the Colorado Mine Rescue Association Mine Rescue Contest. The event filled area hotels and gave a boost to local restaurants as well.
No plans yet for Jewell to visit Craig
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will meet with Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid and Natural Resources Director Jeff Comstock, among others, on Friday evening in Glenwood Springs to discuss the future of Colowyo Mine.