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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Popular teacher stays with GOAL Academy, considered return to Moffat County High School

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).

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CNCC Salon & Spa good deal for both students, customers

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.

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Moffat County School District to keep popular literacy program in response to teachers' pleas

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.

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Local officials look to new lodging tax for economic development dollars

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.

Moffat County students show varied achievement levels with CMAS tests

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.

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Maybell School to re-open next year

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.

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Yampa River waters a hot commodity

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.

7 Moffat County School Board, CNCC board seats up for election

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.

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Mine rescue contest promotes preparedness, provides boost to local economy

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.

Moffat County officials to meet with Secretary Jewell regarding Colowyo Mine

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.

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Nicholas Crookston prepares to launch with his dad, RJ Crookston, and pilot Josh Lewis in a balloon known as "Czech it Out" Saturday morning at Loudy Simpson Park. Hampton Inn & Suites General Manager Doyle O'Neil decided to donate the balloon ride he received as a sponsor of the Moffat County Balloon Festival, and enlisted The Memorial Hospital to help him find a deserving recipient. Nicholas has endured countless chemotherapy and other treatments for a rare condition he was diagnosed with more than a year ago.

Balloons leap frog westward across Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig as pilots wait for the winds to pick up Saturday morning during the Moffat County Balloon Festival.

Balloons lingered over Loudy-Simpson Park Saturday morning thanks to the near-absence of wind for the first official day of the sixth annual Moffat County Balloon Festival. The park was packed with early-morning risers who turned out to watch the balloons take to the skies.

Young participants in the Wyman Museum Summer Nature Camp receive instruction from local mountain man Howdy Davis Thursday on how to make fire using only a magnifying glass and natural fibers. Though summer camp participants have never succeeded in their fire-making efforts in previous years, according to instructor Heather Fross, this group was successful thanks to Davis' expert coaching. Thursday concluded this year's nature camp, which offered sessions in June and July for four different age groups ranging from 3 to 13 years old. The camp was designed to get students outside and learning science with activities ranging from survival skills to exploring wetlands to science experiments.

Colorado Northwestern Community College cosmetology student Erika Saylor tweezes a customer's eyebrows following an eyebrow wax treatment at the Salon & Spa at CNCC. Saylor will graduate from the program this month.

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