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.

Recent Stories

CNCC in Craig scores great fit for new vice president position

Janell Oberlander may be new to Craig, but she’s no stranger to the rural West.

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Oh baby! Jump in January births keeps TMH doctors busy

January was a banner month for babies at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. As of Thursday, the headcount for babies born in the hospital’s birthing center was 15. With only three babies born in January of last year, this equates to a 500 percent bump in births.

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Literacy Carnival delivers on fun, encourages reading

The sound of hundreds of happy children poured out of the gymnasium at the Boys & Girls Club Tuesday night in Craig during the Literacy Carnival.

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Financial future of Moffat County School District uncertain

District might ask community for funding

Moffat County School District is facing a sixth year of possible major budget cuts, but this time there’s nothing left to cut outside the classroom.

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Study shows whole grains can boost longevity

Brown over white: whether it’s rice or bread, we’ve all heard by now that whole grains are better for us than their refined — and often white — counterparts.

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CNCC board discusses new grant-funded programs, roof repairs for Trapper Fitness

At its monthly meeting, the Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control discussed two recently acquired grants and new programming, met new CNCC Vice President Janell Oberlander and discussed the cost of repairs to the roof of Trapper Fitness.

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Craig hockey team loses to Steamboat Springs in home games

Craig Youth Hockey Association’s Midget team lost twice to Steamboat Sunday, but not without putting up a fight.

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King Kale: the nutrition powerhouse of the vegetable world

If there’s one thing you make the effort to eat more often, let it be kale. Its loaded resume of vitamins and nutrients have implicated kale in a variety of studies linking the consumption of dark, leafy greens to cancer prevention and cardiovascular health.

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Co-teaching offers new approach to learning for Moffat County students

Expanded English Language Learners program addresses need

Students in Moffat County that don’t speak English as their primary language are getting some extra help in the classroom this year.

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Moffat County High School's Special Education and Transition Coordinator Amanda McDermott, far right, is presented with the Peabody Energy Leaders in Education award Thursday morning at MCHS. The honor comes with a $1,000 check. Leaders in Education Program Director Maureen Moore, far left, traveled to Craig to present the award. "We need to say thank you and show respect and appreciation to our educators that inspire our students to succeed," Moore said. They were joined on stage by MCHS senior, Alex Arellano, and retired Steamboat Springs School District administrator Gayle Dudley, who was part of the award selection committee.

Mason Campos, 6, and Audrey Campos, 7, play alphabet Twister at the Literacy Carnival Tuesday evening at the Boys & Girls Club in Craig.

Karen Bolton appears as Elsa from the movie "Frozen" singing "Let It Go" to youngsters during the Literacy Carnival at the Boys & Girls Club Tuesday evening. At least 250 kids turned out for the event, which offered up a gymnasium full of literacy-themed carnival games, face-painting, and a free book for each child to take home.

Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice and the Board of Education, including Tony St. John, right, and Joel Browning, discuss the budget at Thursday night's meeting at Sandrock Elementary School. Curtice shared that he was one of 176 superintendents in Colorado to sign a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper requesting more funds for kindergarten through 12th-grade education. The board currently is weighing options to address the district's probable budget shortfall for the 2015-16 school year.

Sandrock Elementary School third-graders sing about prepositions, adverbs and other parts of speech as part of their music concert Tuesday evening. Students from Kalee Voegtle's and Julie Sperl's third-grade class sang under the direction of Sandrock music teacher Juliann Matheson.

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