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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Larry Hoover: A voice for the wild places

Larry Hoover is rooted in an older time, steeped in a sense of place and in the history that makes Moffat County unique.

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Clem Mascarenas: Serving seniors one ride at a time

He’ll pick up your prescriptions, carry your groceries and charm you with his smile. For Craig’s over-60 population, especially those who can no longer drive, Clem Mascarenas is a beloved and familiar face.

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Maria Landa: Building community, bridging the divide

Forty-two-year-old Maria Landa, mother of five, has been looking for her calling, and is beginning to find it through her religious faith and her work with the community of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

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School board debates budget goals, process; postpones superintendent evaluation

The budget and how to proceed with the superintendent evaluation dominated the discussion at the Moffat County School District Board of Education work session Thursday afternoon at the administration building.

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Suicide prevention training offers CNCC nursing students tools

High suicide rates have plagued Northwest Colorado in recent years, but Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is working to curb the problem by facilitating the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, or ASIST.

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Moffat County students' math, English scores lag behind state average

The first batch of student test scores from newly implemented math and English language arts assessments were released Friday by the Colorado Department of Education, with data indicating how individual schools and districts performed on the tests.

Lauren Blair: Onwards and upwards! Let's stay in touch, Moffat County

It is with a heart full of gratitude that I hang up my hat as health, education and environment reporter for the Craig Daily Press.

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Craig hosts DECA district conference

Colorado Northwestern Community College was teeming Monday with teenagers in suits, ties and pant suits who were dressing the part for the DECA district conference.

Free parenting class promises happier home life plus free dinner, childcare

Spare time is hard to come by for most parents, but the Incredible Years program could actually give more time to parents than it takes.

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The Memorial Hospital Board in Craig to bring in Quorum interim CEO

At its regular monthly meeting Thursday, business carried on as usual for the Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees despite the news Monday that Chief Executive Officer John Rossfeld had submitted his resignation and would be leaving TMH Dec. 11.

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Colorado Northwestern Community College Rangely student Bailey Walker, from Cedaredge, chisels away at a "trench" to allow for a large chunk of sandstone containing fossils to be transported back to the CNCC Craig campus. Excavations revealed a four-foot-long tibia, or shin bone, which CNCC instructor and paleontologist Liz Johnson believes may belong to a dinosaur in the duckbill family. Other leg bones lie beneath the tibia.

Maria Landa weaves a red belt for a child to wear as part of traditional costume during Fiesta de la Guadalupe at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Landa gathers with other women, including Maria Elena Rizo, middle, Brenda Tarango and her son, Otoniel Tarango, right, every Wednesday during catechism classes at the church to offer help and support to the classes and the kids.

Clem Mascarenas is known among Craig's seniors for his cheerful temperament and helpful nature as he gets them where they need to go on the "Senior Express."

Moffat County native Larry Hoover points out notable features and tourist destinations such as Steamboat Rock on a large photo of Echo Park in the Moffat County Tourism Association. Hoover lives on his family's land, homesteaded by his grandfather at the turn of the 20th century, in Lily Park in western Moffat County, and advocates for the region's remarkable scenery through his position on the MCTA Board.

From left, Chloe Williams, Dustin Martin, Jose Fuentes and Sierra Adams take a quick break from serving customers during a busy Thursday morning shift at McDonald's in Craig. From cooking and prepping the food to taking drive-through orders, the team makes sure hungry Craig residents get the breakfast they need.

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