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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Simple, healthy choices can make for healthier holidays

Endless holiday parties, decadent foods and busy schedules can make the holidays into a health fiasco, but with a little bit of intention and a few good strategies, you can enjoy the season without throwing your health out the window.

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Moffat County students embrace flavors, spirit, history of Thanksgiving

Tuesday was full of the Thanksgiving spirit in Moffat County schools, as many of them marked the occasion with special activities to teach kids about the history of the holiday.

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Moffat County girls win national honors for woolen handiwork

Samantha Pearce and Maya Nava may be young, but the two Moffat County natives are carrying on one of the region’s oldest traditions: creating handmade products with wool.

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Social services address foster care, community collaboration

Ensuring the safety and well-being of children and families in Craig is the main objective of the Child Welfare arm of Moffat County Department of Social Services, however years of strained relationships with partner agencies and the community have troubled the department.

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Skyrocketing health insurance costs compound Moffat County School District budget woes

Both Moffat County School District and its employees will be footing much higher health insurance bills in 2016 than in 2015. How that burden will be shared between employer and employee was the topic of much discussion at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting and work session.

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Museum to showcase Moffat County artists, photographers

Moffat County’s colorful past is rivaled perhaps only by its colorful present, captured and depicted in diverse styles by local artists featured in the Museum of Northwest Colorado’s Best of Moffat Country in Art and Photography show set to open Thursday.

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CNCC Board of Control welcomes Carwile, discusses programs, broadband funds

The Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control began its monthly meeting Monday by swearing in newly elected board members Terry Carwile and incumbents Mike Anson and Zack Allen.

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Bob Nicodemus: Craig veteran with 97 years of stories to tell

On Tuesday morning, 97-year-old Bob Nicodemus could be found at the top of a ladder on his front driveway, extracting leaves from a leaky gutter.

Test results show no indication of bacterial meningitis Tuesday

Test results for the two teens who presented with possible meningitis symptoms this weekend have shown no indication of bacterial meningitis, according to TMH Chief of Marketing and Business Development Jennifer Riley.

No confirmed cases of meningitis in Moffat County reported Monday

No confirmed cases of meningitis have been reported in Moffat County as of Monday afternoon, according to Director of Public Health Charity Neal with Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

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Fourth-graders at East Elementary School enjoy a pajama day Tuesday for their "read-in," during which students had the opportunity to enjoy quiet reading time as well as read-aloud time with fourth-grade teachers Ann Reimann and Erika Miller.

Sandrock Elementary School kindergarteners Joel Drake, right, and Myles McWilliams, left, are joined at their table by Ryleigh Hedman and Evan Duran, as well as paraeducator Rebecca Madigan, standing, for a tasting of various foods the pilgrims might have enjoyed during their first Thanksgiving such as cranberries, apples and pumpkin. The students even made their own butter for the occasion.

Sunset Elementary School kindergarteners Nathan LeFevre, Garin Zulian and other members of Amber Beaver's and Amy Jones' kindergarten classes enjoy plates full of their own homemade pumpkin pie, turkey meatballs, cornbread and cranberry jelly Tuesday afternoon.

Hunters Kalindi DeFrancis and Jared Anderson, of Denver, look for elk on Black Mountain during the fourth and final rifle season, which ended Nov. 15. Do you have hunting photos you'd like to share with the Craig Daily Press? Send photo submissions to

Susie Coleman with Individualized Specialized Support Team shares what she does both professionally and personally to support child health and well-being in Moffat County as part of an activity in Wednesday's forum hosted by Moffat County Social Services and facilitated by the Colorado Department of Human Services. Participants made lists of their efforts on red and blue plates, which were then taped to the wall behind Coleman. Also pictured, from left to right: Aspen Matthews, Meghan Francone, Bernadette Roper and Lorendia Schmidt.

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