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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Charges dropped against veteran Cory Hixson

'VA system failed him,' DA said

All charges will be dismissed against Marine veteran and Craig native Cory Hixson, Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke announced Monday.

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Fair queen program received hasty farewell in Moffat County

Replaced with co-ed fair ambassadors

Participants and attendees at the 2016 Moffat County Fair may have noticed something different when it came time for the ribbons to be handed out: the Moffat County Fair queens had disappeared.

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Trapper Mine welcomes new manager, president

Trapper Mine welcomed a new president and general manager to its team this week, and is saying goodbye to its current leader, Jim Mattern, who is retiring May 1 after nearly 34 years at Trapper.

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Car crashes into power pole north of Craig

One woman taken to hospital

A car collided with a power pole along Colorado Highway 13 Friday morning, sending one person to the hospital and leaving multiple homes without power, according to Craig Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief Troy Hampton.

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Fire burns 77 acres in Rio Blanco County Tuesday, Wednesday

Local fire officials expecting average wildfire season despite dry spring weather

A controlled burn quickly grew out of control Wednesday in eastern Rio Blanco County, which singed 77 acres of private and National Forest land, according to a press release from the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office.

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Rain and snow in Craig's forecast for Thursday, Friday

April showers have been pretty sparse this year, but a 24-hour weather system will be moving through Northwest Colorado Thursday and Friday bringing rain and possibly even snow.

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CDOT preps for 2018 bridge repairs at east entry to Craig

Highway 13 bridge to be complete before July 4

The bridges of Moffat County will continue to receive much-needed maintenance from the Colorado Department of Transportation this year and next. As crews wrap up repairs on the Colorado Highway 13 bridge south of Craig, CDOT engineers are already gearing up for another round of bridge work to start in 2018.

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Craig election draws higher-than-usual voter turnout

Craig voters turned out in force for the April 4 city election compared to local elections past, according to near-official numbers from Craig City Clerk Kathy Larson.

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Optimism mounts for future of Craig at State of the Community

Craig is on the brink of a major chapter of growth and prosperity, according to projections from city, county and local business leaders at the State of the Community event Wednesday night.

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Craig election 2017: Tax measure fails, Ponikvar wins mayor, Camp top winner in council race

Camp, Bohrer and Nichols win in council election — Ogden stays in with 4th highest vote

Results are in for the Craig city election 2017, including results for mayor, city council and the sales and use tax ballot measure.

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New Trapper Mine President and General Manager Michael Morriss completed his first week on the job Friday and is proud of Trapper's commitment to safety and environmental stewardship, he said.

Election judge Shirley Seely, a former Craig city clerk, puts stubs from election ballots into numerical order Tuesday afternoon at Moffat County Courthouse as the Craig city election winds to a close. Student election judge Evan Cramer-Wagner, a Moffat County High School senior, prepares ballots to be tallied by a machine. "I enjoy our democratic process and I like to see how everything works," Cramer-Wagner said.

Social Services caseworkers and supervisors completed a two-day training this week focused on partnering with families in child welfare cases under the Differential Response model.

The historic Luttrell Barn, built in 1904, was sold to the Save the Barn Committee for $100 Tuesday by Moffat County Commissioners. The committee is housed under the Community Foundation of Northwest Colorado while it applies for its own nonprofit status. Commissioners also leased the committee the nearly one acre that the barn sits on.

Officer Jeff Bond with Craig Police Department was attacked by two pit bulls when responding to a domestic violence call early Saturday morning at the Davis House on School Street, pictured here. He received dog bites on his left arm and hand, and one of the dogs was mortally wounded when it was shot by another officer in self defense.

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