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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Craig fifth-grader undeterred by rare condition, chemo treatments

Nicholas Crookston doesn’t look like he’s sick. The enthusiastic 11-year-old plays baseball and loves science experiments, history and camping.

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Affordable Care Act: Helping or hurting Northwest Colorado?

Is the Affordable Care Act helping or hurting Northwest Coloradans? For a 40-year-old non-smoker in Craig, the lowest cost bronze and silver plans on Connect for Health Colorado remained almost exactly the same price for 2014 and 2015, however there was a nearly 40 percent jump in premium costs for the standard silver-level plan with Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

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Moffat County High School pool, football coaches, recognitions discussed at school board meeting

The future of the Moffat County High School swimming pool, football coaches and recognitions were just a few of the things discussed at the Moffat County School District Board of Education meeting Thursday evening at Ridgeview Elementary School.

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MCHS students offer job skills workshops to Craig residents

Nearly everyone has experienced butterflies in their stomach before a job interview at some point in their lives. Knowing how to dress, what to say, how to present a polished resume and understanding basic technology skills are invaluable in a world where jobs can be in short supply.

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CNCC board discusses new parking lot, personnel developments

At its monthly meeting, the Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control discussed the construction of a new parking lot, a trail system and personnel changes.

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People encouraged to utilize free or low-cost health insurance programs

Saturday marks the start of open enrollment for 2015 health insurance plans.

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Moffat County students visit dyed-in-the-wool Craig mill

Moffat County High School’s Fashion Design and Clothing class got a firsthand look at custom, fiber-milling technology Thursday at Yampa Valley Fiberworks north of Craig.

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Craig community and The Memorial Hospital staff celebrate 5 years

Community members, hospital staff and board members flocked to the hospital Wednesday evening for cake, tours and a celebration of The Memorial Hospital’s five-year anniversary.

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Craig students give visitors a tour of local veterans’ history

Sunset Elementary students put on their tour guide hats Tuesday morning to show visitors their oral history exhibit at Wyman Living History Museum.

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Craig Middle School launches smartphone app

Craig Middle School students will never again have to wonder what’s for lunch. The school recently launched its own app, designed to help parents and students stay in the loop at the touch of a button.

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Fifth-grader Nicholas Crookston swings on the playground at Sandrock Elementary School Wednesday during recess. Despite the health challenges he faces, he loves being at school and being outdoors.

Athletic Director Mike Mitchell updates the board and community on Moffat County School District athletics at the monthly school board meeting Thursday evening at Ridgeview Elementary School.

Sandrock Elementary fifth-grader Nicholas Crookston reads a book about the underground railroad during independent reading time in class Wednesday afternoon. Nicholas has been fighting a non-cancerous tumor in his brain since April, and members of the Sandrock community have launched an online fundraising campaign to offset medical and travel expenses as well as to send the family to Disneyland.

DECA and Future Business Leaders of America member Shannon Hill, left, rehearses for future competitions using a role-playing scenario at Moffat County High School on Tuesday afternoon. The student organization's president, Aubrey Campbell, offers feedback on her performance. "This is probably one of the only clubs that will help me in life," Hill said.

Fiberworks volunteer and weaver Susan Domer demonstrates her hand loom to Moffat County High School fashion design and clothing students Thursday at Yampa Valley Fiberworks north of Craig.

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