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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Sweet alternatives offer a healthy boost to holidays

Another holiday means another feast, and ample opportunities to gorge on sugar, spice and everything nice. But as we all know, sugar is not very nice to the body health-wise.

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Imagination Library: The free gift that keeps on giving

What could be better for a young child than to get a present in the mail every single month addressed directly to them? And what could be better for a parent than for that present to be a book — something that will educate, enrich and enliven their young child’s imagination?

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Buyer found for Downtown Books; Craig's only bookstore poised to stay open

Cheer and excitement rang through Downtown Books this evening after owner Terry Carwile shared the good news that he found a buyer for his bookstore.

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Program helps MCHS students break down social barriers

Moffat County High School students convened in the auditorium Thursday with an air of camaraderie and celebration. They were there to mark the completion of “If You Really Knew Me,” a program designed to give kids the chance to break down social barriers and develop understanding between each other.

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Moffat County students take science to the next level

Moffat County students delved into cutting-edge science lessons Thursday as part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Science Discovery STEM workshop.

Craig education briefs for Dec. 13, 2014: MCHS trumpet player receives honors

Moffat County High School senior Ryan Secules was recently selected as lead trumpet in the Colorado All-State Small Schools Jazz Band for the second year in a row.

CNCC's Craig campus announces new VP

Colorado Northwestern Community College announced its new vice president for the Craig campus today, Janell Oberlander from Rapid City, South Dakota.

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Moffat County Board of Education honors lunch ladies

At its regular monthly meeting, the Moffat County Board of Education honored the Food Services Department for its dedication and heard updates on schools, athletics and student acheivements.

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Moffat County High School wins $25,000

Moffat County High School students learned today that their school was the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Celebrate My Drive campaign by State Farm Insurance.

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Craig Middle School parents put faith in school system, law enforcement

After Craig Middle School students, staff and parents dealt with knife incidents and gun threats, a Saturday morning filled with sportsmanship was what the school needed.

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Richard Green, 4, and his brother, Julius, 3, read through their favorite books from their Imagination Library collection. Richard's current favorite is "My Baby Blue Jays," by John Berendt, while Julius' favorite book is "I Know A Wee Piggy," by Kim Norman. The Imagination Library program provides a free book by mail each month for children from birth to age 5 in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

Nearly 40 students from Moffat County's four elementary schools listen closely as Craig Daily Press Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley helps pilot Adam Tucker, of Mountain Air Spray, answer questions about one of his single-engine airplanes. The students visited Craig/Moffat Airport as part of the Newspapers in Education program sponsored by the Craig Daily Press.

Liane Davis-Kling poses with current Downtown Books owner Terry Carwile at the bookstore Thursday morning. Davis-Kling made an offer to buy the business Wednesday after hearing the news that the bookstore was set to close Jan. 15. Davis-Kling and Carwile plan to close the deal Dec. 31.

Moffat County High School students, staff and community members gathered Wednesday to accept the $25,000 grant they won for finishing in the top 100 of the State Farm Insurance Celebrate My Drive campaign. "Car accidents are the largest cause of fatalities among teens," local State Farm agent Bob Johnson said. "The program is about encouraging teens to celebrate their drive and stay safe on the road." Johnson poses with MCHS student Trina Kaiser and teacher Lindsay Smith, along with area and state representatives from State Farm Insurance.

The Craig Middle School student accused of bringing knives to school on Dec. 5 will be expelled until June 2015.

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