Lauren Blair

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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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Swinging Bridge repair may not need Moffat County funding

Construction for repairs to the Browns Park Swinging Bridge could begin as soon as this fall, and Moffat County may be off the hook for funding the project.

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Craig and Moffat County vote to create Rural Jump-Start Zone

A new statewide business recruitment program got a jump start Tuesday with unanimous approval from both Moffat County Commissioners and Craig City Council to designate both the city and county as a Rural Jump-Start Zone.

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Repeal of federal coal rule met with relief by Northwest Colorado officials

A law that jeopardized the future of Northwest Colorado coal mines was repealed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump this month, an early step towards fulfilling his promise to protect coal jobs.

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Craig police urge gun safety following juvenile incidents

Following two incidents in the past week involving youth and guns, the Craig Police Department is urging parents to teach their kids about gun safety.

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Making a Difference: Giving law enforcement a friendlier face

“To serve and protect” is the classic motto of law enforcement, but despite the undeniable service officers perform for Moffat County citizens, some still find them intimidating.

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Making a Difference: Local foster parents say 'yes' to helping kids in need

A call comes in the middle of the night that a child needs a place to sleep for the night. Or maybe the child needs a place to sleep for a year.

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TMH will reap $1.2 million in annual savings from refinance

The Memorial Hospital will reap approximately $1.2 million in annual savings after it closes on a $37.6 million loan refinance with the United States Department of Agriculture this month.

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Optimism, expertise drive new city manager's vision for Craig

There’s been a new face in the room on Craig’s local meeting circuit these past six weeks. Often dressed in sport coat and tie with a six-foot-two stature, he’s hard to miss.

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Coal plant devaluation digs at bottom line for Moffat County, school district

The imperative for economic development efforts in Moffat County is mounting as county and school district officials figure out how to stomach the latest shortfall in energy industry tax revenues. And though 2017 may be a tough budget year for tax-funded entities, it’s local property owners that will ultimately make up the difference in funds.

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County, city merge building department, consider other mergers

Though new construction is slow, local builders and contractors — whether within the City of Craig or in Moffat County — now share one building department to report to for permits and inspections.

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New Craig City Manager Mike Foreman has delivered a big dose of optimism and enthusiasm in his first six weeks on the job. He's been busy listening and gathering input from locals and community leaders and says he believes Craig is "on the cusp" of significant growth and positive change.

Salt River Project — which owns nearly a third of units 1 and 2 at Craig Station, as well as about a third of Trapper Mine — was successful in appealing for a reduction in its assessed value for the past three years by about 50 percent. As a result, its requested about $841,000 from Moffat County in tax abatement for 2014, 2015 and 2016, meaning a reduced revenues in 2017 for six tax-funded entities, including Moffat County, Moffat County School District, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Craig Rural Fire Protection District and two water districts.

Wind turbines dot the landscape along Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming. The TransWest Express transmission line will deliver wind energy from the largest proposed wind farm in the country — 1,000 turbines to be constructed in southern Wyoming — to the Las Vegas area. The Bureau of Land Management gave the project final approval in December, including approval of its route through western Moffat County. This year, project leaders will begin negotiating right-of-way purchases with around 20 private landowners in Moffat County whose land lies in the path of the transmission line.

The site for the largest proposed wind farm in the nation sits in Carbon County, Wyo. on a working cattle ranch consisting of checkerboard private, federal and state land. The Bureau of Land Management issued final approval in January for construction of phase one of the project, known as the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project. The 1,000-turbine wind farm, proposed and owned by Power Company of Wyoming, LLC, will eventually supply wind power to southwestern markets via the TransWest Express transmission line.

The TransWest Express transmission line will follow Seven Mile Ridge in western Moffat County and cross the Little Snake River valley — pictured here looking north from Seven Mile Ridge— before meeting up with U.S. Highway 40 west of Maybell. The transmission line traverses about 90 miles of Moffat County on its 725-mile pathway from Wyoming to southern Nevada.

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