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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Craig woman pays it forward, staples winter items for giveaway to utility pole

Craig woman staples winter items for giveaway to utility pole

Pass through the intersection of Sixth and Ranney in Craig, and you may notice something especially colorful about the light pole on the northeast corner. That’s because for the last several weeks, it’s been covered in winter hats, gloves and scarves stapled to the pole in plastic bags with a sign reading, “If you need something to keep you warm, please take one!”

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CDOT snow plow malfunctions, damages Craig storefront windows

Winter weather comes with the usual mishaps, but several Craig business owners returned from Thanksgiving to an unwelcome surprise: chipped and broken storefront windows due to rogue gravel from a Colorado Department of Transportation snow plow.

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Elders shoveling through options as Moffat County axes snow services

With falling property values and a decline in oil and mineral leases, Moffat County is facing a budget shortfall, and seniors are taking the first hit as officials look for cuts.

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Clem Mascarenas: Serving seniors one ride at a time

He’ll pick up your prescriptions, carry your groceries and charm you with his smile. For Craig’s over-60 population, especially those who can no longer drive, Clem Mascarenas is a beloved and familiar face.

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Maria Landa: Building community, bridging the divide

Forty-two-year-old Maria Landa, mother of five, has been looking for her calling, and is beginning to find it through her religious faith and her work with the community of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

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Larry Hoover: A voice for the wild places

Larry Hoover is rooted in an older time, steeped in a sense of place and in the history that makes Moffat County unique.

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School board debates budget goals, process; postpones superintendent evaluation

The budget and how to proceed with the superintendent evaluation dominated the discussion at the Moffat County School District Board of Education work session Thursday afternoon at the administration building.

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Suicide prevention training offers CNCC nursing students tools

High suicide rates have plagued Northwest Colorado in recent years, but Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is working to curb the problem by facilitating the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, or ASIST.

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Moffat County students' math, English scores lag behind state average

The first batch of student test scores from newly implemented math and English language arts assessments were released Friday by the Colorado Department of Education, with data indicating how individual schools and districts performed on the tests.

Lauren Blair: Onwards and upwards! Let's stay in touch, Moffat County

It is with a heart full of gratitude that I hang up my hat as health, education and environment reporter for the Craig Daily Press.

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Jean Jones sets up her pottery wares at the Artisans Holiday Market Friday morning at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The market features gift ideas with a handmade touch including jewelry, photography, soap, lotion, pottery, stained glass, woven baskets and more. In the foreground are necklaces by Hazel Holdridge. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Anthony Aldrich picks out a green hat from the utility pole at Sixth and Ranney streets in Craig. Aldrich recently returned to Craig from Los Angeles to be nearer to his father, and has been quickly reminded of how cold it can get during the winter months.

Karen Jewett sorts through cold weather items at the Community Budget Center Thursday afternoon to restock the utility pole upon which she staples hats, scarves and gloves for anyone to take. Jewett first put the idea into action several weeks ago and is often adding a half a dozen items per day to the pole as items are quickly snatched up and put to use.

Colorado Northwestern Community College Rangely student Bailey Walker, from Cedaredge, chisels away at a "trench" to allow for a large chunk of sandstone containing fossils to be transported back to the CNCC Craig campus. Excavations revealed a four-foot-long tibia, or shin bone, which CNCC instructor and paleontologist Liz Johnson believes may belong to a dinosaur in the duckbill family. Other leg bones lie beneath the tibia.

Maria Landa weaves a red belt for a child to wear as part of traditional costume during Fiesta de la Guadalupe at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Landa gathers with other women, including Maria Elena Rizo, middle, Brenda Tarango and her son, Otoniel Tarango, right, every Wednesday during catechism classes at the church to offer help and support to the classes and the kids.

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