Lauren Blair

Education & Health Care Reporter

Email: lblair@craigdailypress.com Call: 970-875-1794

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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.

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Budget concerns weigh heavily on future of Maybell School at school board meeting

At its monthly work session and meeting Thursday, the Moffat County School District Board of Education discussed the future of Maybell School, ideas for increased cooperation between MCSD and other educational organizations in Craig, and heard updates on statewide assessments.

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Craig students dive into PARCC and CMAS testing; school personnel express concerns

It’s the time of year when students, teachers and school administrators buckle down for another round of statewide assessments. This year, the tests have changed, and some Moffat County School District personnel are grappling with challenges and mixed feelings about the tests.

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Moffat County school lunches get a nutrition boost

Long gone are the days of potato chips, ice cream and soda in school lunch rooms. Healthier school lunches have been a topic of national conversation during National Nutrition Month, and Moffat County School District is taking big steps to bring its own menus to the next level.

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Moffat County's Matt Hamilton signs with Mesa football

One of Moffat County High School’s own is moving on to the next level. Surrounded by his coaches and parents, Matt Hamilton signed papers today at MCHS to play football for Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

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High-tech firefighting plane visits Craig

Planes can see through smoke

Moffat County officials could have an easier time keeping tabs on wildfires this year thanks to new high-tech airplanes that will take to the skies this fire season.

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United Way celebrates community of supporters at awards reception

Supporters of Moffat County United Way gathered at Colorado Northwestern Community College Thursday evening for an awards and celebration reception to honor twenty of its major company supporters.

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Colorado Parks officer wrestled gun from suspect in hostage situation

Two Moffat County officers came alarmingly close to losing their lives when two suspects held them hostage, put guns to their heads and forced them to their knees in Northwest Colorado Monday, according to court documents.

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Man who held officers hostage in Moffat County identified; woman held without bond

Officials have identified the man who took two officers hostage and was later shot and killed in western Moffat County as 46-year-old James Brent Damon.

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8th-grade boys basketball team places 2nd in home tournament

The Craig Middle School eighth-grade team played their hearts out Sunday at the Moffat County Youth Basketball Tournament, finishing second place overall.

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1 dead, 1 in custody in officer-involved shooting near Dinosaur

Law enforcement agencies are investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place Monday at about 2:18 p.m. on U.S. Highway 40 near Dinosaur.

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School board member Sue Voloshin shares an update with the board Thursday night about Ridgeview Elementary School, including news that fifth-graders Logan Hafey and Kallie Smith were featured on 9News and CBS4 News for Liberty Day at the Capitol in Denver. She also shared that Ridgeview's literacy week was a success, during which the school invited moms, dads and grandparents to read to their kids at school over breakfast treats.

From left, Moffat County High School Key Club officers Katelyn Peroulis, Hannah Beckett, Aubrey Campbell and Conner Kopsa present St. Michael's Community Kitchen, represented by Robin Schiffbauer, with a $185.55 check Monday morning. Key Club members organized Have a Heart Week in February to raise funds for the organization through a bake sale. "We're getting short on fresh vegetables and fruit, so this will be really helpful," Schiffbauer said.

Sandrock Elementary School students are greeted by sunshine and warm temperatures as they head home from school Friday. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders completed their second week of PARCC testing this week and will wrap up the PARCC on Friday. CMAS testing begins in April.

Freshman Brooklyn Hickey and subsitute teacher Joanne Roberson choose salad for lunch Friday at Moffat County High School. Hickey said she often prefers the salad bar to other hot food options, and also frequently takes advantage of the fresh fruit and greek yogurt offerings.

Craig Mayor Terry Carwile speaks as part of the Joint Economic Development Advisory Committee at a special school board meeting Thursday night to discuss budget and strategic planning. JEDAC is made up of community leaders including Carwile, The Memorial Hospital's Chief Executive Officer John Rossfeld and Chief of Marketing and Development Jennifer Riley; Moffat County Commissioner Frank Moe; Craig City Council member Joe Bird; Craig Chamber of Commerce Director Christina Oxley; Colorado Northwestern Community College's President Russell George (absent Thursday night), and Vice President Janell Oberlander; Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice and Finance Director Tinneal Gerber; Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership Executive Director Audrey Danner; Economic Development Committee Chair Jay Oxley and community representatives Renee Campbell, publisher of the Craig Daily Press, and Corrie Ponikvar, outgoing executive director of Moffat County United Way. JEDAC members sought to strike up a dialogue with the MCSD Board of Education about how major community organizations can work together to help the community of Craig move forward.

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