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Lauren Blair

Education & Health Care Reporter

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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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Moffat County kids showcase imagination at state competition

From high stakes Jenga to robot creatures with hydraulic arms, nineteen of Moffat County’s elementary students put their creative and teamwork skills to the test for the Destination Imagination state competition Saturday in Denver.

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Moffat County High School DECA/FBLA: Teaching real world skills to create leaders in business

Students often hear about the “real world” outside of school, but few organizations prepare them for it as well as Moffat County High School’s DECA and FBLA clubs.

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Moffat County elementary schools: Encouraging positive behavior

Gone are the days of rappings on the knuckles or writing things 100 times on the chalkboard. In our modern day, teachers have discovered that rewarding good behavior is more effective than simply punishing bad behavior.

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Moffat County Elementary Music Program: Learning through music and play

Music teachers new and old give Moffat County’s elementary students a playful introduction to the world of music. From drums to keyboards in Phyllis Reed’s class at Ridgeview Elementary School to guitars and singing in Julieann Matheson’s music class at Sandrock Elementary, kids develop a foundational knowledge in music while having fun.

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Moffat County High School Student Council: Creating leaders that serve

High school student councils can often be either a glorified popularity contest or an easy resume-builder for overacheivers. But Moffat County High School Student Council is a group of students that know how to get things done and are learning to practice leadership in the spirit of service.

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Craig veterans get answers to questions at town hall meeting

Fifty-six veterans and their family members showed up to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Craig Thursday night for a town hall meeting.

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Moffat County shows off sheep industry to regional CSU Extension Agents

Sheep, sunshine and green pastures created a warm welcome for 40 members of the Colorado State University Extension Agency who gathered in Craig this week for their Western Slope Regional Meeting.

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Crime Victims Services offers support in times of need in Craig

No one ever wants to find themselves in the middle of a crime scene or a traumatic accident, but when the worst happens, Moffat County residents have someone in their corner.

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Craig circles together, raises money at Empty Bowl Fundraiser

The Empty Bowl Fundraiser held Friday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church raised about $4,600 for St. Michael’s Community Kitchen, in addition to bringing in donations of a processed steer and processed pork.

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CNCC concurrent enrollment program for high school students could face changes

Colorado Northwestern Community College Moffat County Board of Control discussed the budget and possible changes to its concurrent enrollment program for Moffat County High School students at its monthly meeting Monday night.

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Elementary students Ryan Peck, Michael Profumo, Abbe Adams, Emma Jones and Olivia Profumo make up the Destination Imagination team known as the Neon Endermens. The team practices for the state competition Tuesday with their talking, moving robot named Bob. They placed eighth in the Creature Feature division out of 27 teams at the state competition in Denver Saturday.

The Craig Youth Bowling League wrapped up its 2014-15 season with a black light game and an awards ceremony at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center Sunday afternoon. Bowling center owner Beryl Dschaak and coaches John Cromer and Mike Pinkham posed with 19 of the 24 kids age 5 through 18 who participated this season. Not pictured is coach Ben Hillewaert. Top performers this year included Zach Peed with high series scratch score of 583, Sheyenne Cromer with high game scratch score of 258, Riley McGruder with high series handicap of 765 and Cole Hoth with high game handicap of 295. Twenty youth ages 9 through 18 will compete at the state tournament in Aurora the upcoming weekends of May 9 and May 16.

Kristin Allen's fifth-grade class at Sandrock Elementary School took time Wednesday to rake leaves and clean up the front of the school for Earth Day. Besides beautifying their school, the students were also fascinated with the bugs they uncovered in the process.

Student council committee leader Wes Atkin, a junior at Moffat County High School, right, discusses the Day Without Hate with fellow council members, including student council president Tiffany Lingo and vice president Calden Scranton, at a meeting in March.

Student council activities committee leader Rebekah Bird debriefs successes and needed improvements in regards to the Sadie Hawkins dance with fellow committee members and advisor Evan Gaffney. Moffat County High School student council members are responsible for planning not only the homecoming dance and other fun events for students, but also fundraisers to support local community organizations.

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