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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Moffat County elementary schools awarded for student achievement

Amidst a concerted effort to boost student achievement in Moffat County School District this year, three of Craig’s elementary schools received recognition for making positive strides in their students’ test scores.

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Hometown Hero: 10 years later, wounded warrior still has fellow Americans' backs

When Cory Hixson was injured during combat in Iraq 10 years ago, he lost more than just his eye. He lost the career of his dreams.

Where the wind blows

Northwest Colorado is home to coal, oil, natural gas, and now, a solar garden. But what about wind power?

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Coal Mining 101: Out of the ground and onto the grid

Though most of us benefit from the work done in a coal mine, few people ever gain a first-hand understanding of how the stuff gets from deep inside the ground to the stuff that turns our lights on.

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Twentymile Coal Company: Digging below the surface

New coal beckons but future demand uncertain for underground mine

For all the complex, highly engineered machinery required to run an underground mine, it’s a Dodge 4-wheel-drive pickup truck that delivers miners to their work site every day deep under the earth at Twentymile Coal Company’s Foidel Creek Mine — commonly referred to as Twentymile.

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Love INC seeks more coats to help area residents weather the cold

As the last wave of summer warmth fades into freezing nights and cool autumn days, people are digging through their closets to pull out their winter gear. But for some families, staying warm and keeping their children snug during frigid temperatures can be a challenge.

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Passport to Reading makes another trip around Moffat County schools

Moffat County fourth- and fifth-graders set off on a round-the-world literary tour this week with the kickoff of the Passport to Reading program for the 2014-15 school year.

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Local agencies look to boost online services

In rural towns such as Craig, keeping pace with technology can be expensive and difficult for local agencies on a tight budget. This is why representatives from area organizations gathered Tuesday night at the hospital to hear about the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority, otherwise known as SIPA.

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Bilingual family physician begins at TMH Medical Clinic next week

The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic’s new family physician, Elise Sullivan, M.D., offers more than the average doctor. Bilingual in Spanish, with a passion for delivering babies and energy that never stops, she’ll even dance her patients into better health, as she demonstrated Wednesday at the hospital’s meet-and-greet for the new doctor.

Celebration, collaboration, curriculum discussed at school board meeting

With the excitement of homecoming pervading the halls and grounds of Moffat County High School, the Moffat County Board of Education meeting Thursday at MCHS library began with a celebratory air.

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The Moffat County Board of Education met last month in the Moffat County High School library. The board will hold their regular monthly meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday at East Elementary School in the gymnasium.

Craig's four elementary school principals — Jill Hafey from Sunset, Kamisha Siminoe from Sandrock, Sarah Hepworth from East and Amber Clark from Ridgeview — express their unity to the Moffat County Board of Education following the recognition of Sunset, East and Ridgeview elementary schools for improved or outstanding performance.

Moffat County High School junior Ashley Suits barrels down the home stretch of the Bulldogs' cross country home meet Sept. 20 at Loudy-Simpson Park. The boys and girls teams qualified for state during the regional event Friday, with Suits placing seventh in the boys race. The boys team was third overall while the girls won their third straight regional title, led by second-place finisher Emily Womble. The teams will head to Colorado Springs to run Saturday at the state level.

The dragline removes overburden from the underlying coal seam at the west pit at Colowyo Mine. The massive machine can move up to 80 tons of earth in one scoop.

A secondary dragline at Colowyo Mine sits idle until it can be put to work in one of the mine's active pits. When it is needed, the machine can walk itself to a new location on its massive steel feet.

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