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.

Recent Stories

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Eight candidates vie for four Moffat County school board seats; two run unopposed

The deadline was Friday for prospective Moffat County School District Board of Education candidates to submit their materials, with a total of eight candidates putting in their bids for four open seats.

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Medicaid enrollment surges; Northwest Colorado uninsured rates drop but still high, survey shows

The numbers are in: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced uninsured rates in Colorado since pre-ACA levels in 2013, including in Northwest Colorado.

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Moffat County teachers, students, administrators busy with back-to-school preparations

Whether you’re a student, a parent or have nothing to do with schools at all, it’s hard not to feel the palpable changes that come in late summer: the changing light of the turning season, a cool crispness in the air, and the buzz of back-to-school preparations.

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New TMH orthopaedic surgeon brings cutting-edge techniques to Craig

Whether you’re a young football player with a busted shoulder or an aging rancher with a bad hip, The Memorial Hospital’s new orthopaedic surgeon, Kevin Borchard, M.D., has your back.

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School board discusses prospective board candidates, Maybell School, hospital deal

Moffat County School District’s Board of Education convened for its regularly monthly meeting Thursday evening, record-breaking for its brevity.

Healthy eating: Elk fajitas

As hunting season approaches, elk makes for a versatile and lean meat option that can be made into a wide variety of healthy meals. The following recipe for elk fajitas is quick, easy and makes delicious leftovers to keep the family fed through the week. Try mixing extra spice rub and keeping it on hand for the next batch — you'll definitely want to make these again.

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Moffat County School District launches Shared School for homeschool students

Parents and students in Moffat County will see their educational options continue to grow this year with the start of the new Moffat County School District Shared School program.

Should Moffat County School District implement formal exit interviews?

With high teacher turnover and large numbers of students leaving the school district each year, some parents and teachers are asking why Moffat County School District does not do formal exit interviews with departing teachers and students.

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Moffat County hopes for changes to BLM sage grouse plan

The proposed Bureau of Land Management greater sage grouse plan — which will affect about 1,167,000 acres of federal surface land in Moffat County and 31,700 acres in Routt County — is nearing completion, and Moffat County Commissioners are hoping the final recorded plan will reflect some of the changes they requested.

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Eating local foods focus of August's Colorado Proud month

August’s statewide “Colorado Proud” campaign is challenging residents to purchase and eat more foods produced within Colorado.

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Craig Middle School teacher Kelly Anne Kirk exchanges high fives with students on the first day of classes Monday.

Students hustle to their first day of classes in the halls of Craig Middle School Monday morning.

Danielle Romero and first-grade students at Sandrock Elementary School get organized on the first day of classes. Elementary schools in Craig began Tuesday.

Orthopaedic surgeon Kevin Borchard, M.D., joined The Memorial Hospital team this month, bringing with him advanced joint replacement techniques and expertise gained from a year-long fellowship in total joint replacement at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. Originally from Meeker, Borchard earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and served nine years as an orthopaedic surgeon in the U.S. Air Force.

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