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.

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High levels of meth found in man who held officers hostage

An autopsy report revealed that James Brent Damon, the man who briefly held two officers hostage in Moffat County on March 9 before being shot and killed, had extremely high levels of methamphetamines in his blood.

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Fewer pregnant moms smoking, more single mothers in Moffat County, Kids Count report says

While fewer moms in Moffat County are smoking during pregnancy, births to single women shot up in 2013, according to data in the 2015 Kids Count in Colorado report released Monday.

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Budget concerns weigh heavily on future of Maybell School at school board meeting

At its monthly work session and meeting Thursday, the Moffat County School District Board of Education discussed the future of Maybell School, ideas for increased cooperation between MCSD and other educational organizations in Craig, and heard updates on statewide assessments.

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Craig students dive into PARCC and CMAS testing; school personnel express concerns

It’s the time of year when students, teachers and school administrators buckle down for another round of statewide assessments. This year, the tests have changed, and some Moffat County School District personnel are grappling with challenges and mixed feelings about the tests.

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Moffat County school lunches get a nutrition boost

Long gone are the days of potato chips, ice cream and soda in school lunch rooms. Healthier school lunches have been a topic of national conversation during National Nutrition Month, and Moffat County School District is taking big steps to bring its own menus to the next level.

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Moffat County's Matt Hamilton signs with Mesa football

One of Moffat County High School’s own is moving on to the next level. Surrounded by his coaches and parents, Matt Hamilton signed papers today at MCHS to play football for Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

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High-tech firefighting plane visits Craig

Planes can see through smoke

Moffat County officials could have an easier time keeping tabs on wildfires this year thanks to new high-tech airplanes that will take to the skies this fire season.

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United Way celebrates community of supporters at awards reception

Supporters of Moffat County United Way gathered at Colorado Northwestern Community College Thursday evening for an awards and celebration reception to honor twenty of its major company supporters.

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Colorado Parks officer wrestled gun from suspect in hostage situation

Two Moffat County officers came alarmingly close to losing their lives when two suspects held them hostage, put guns to their heads and forced them to their knees in Northwest Colorado Monday, according to court documents.

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Man who held officers hostage in Moffat County identified; woman held without bond

Officials have identified the man who took two officers hostage and was later shot and killed in western Moffat County as 46-year-old James Brent Damon.

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AJ Johnson, 4, gets his hearing checked at the kids health fair Thursday at the Early Childhood Center in Craig by school nurse Karie Fisher and her mother, Dianne Johnson. Children from birth to five received free developmental screenings in hearing, vision, dental, cognition, fine and gross motor skills, speech and language, and social and emotional skills. Sponsored by Moffat County School District Child Find, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Northwest Dental Coalition, Connections 4 Kids and Craig Lions Club, the fair coincided with the release of the 2015 Kids Count in Colorado report this week, which compiles analyzes data to assess the overall health and well-being of children in Colorado.

School board member Sue Voloshin shares an update with the board Thursday night about Ridgeview Elementary School, including news that fifth-graders Logan Hafey and Kallie Smith were featured on 9News and CBS4 News for Liberty Day at the Capitol in Denver. She also shared that Ridgeview's literacy week was a success, during which the school invited moms, dads and grandparents to read to their kids at school over breakfast treats.

From left, Moffat County High School Key Club officers Katelyn Peroulis, Hannah Beckett, Aubrey Campbell and Conner Kopsa present St. Michael's Community Kitchen, represented by Robin Schiffbauer, with a $185.55 check Monday morning. Key Club members organized Have a Heart Week in February to raise funds for the organization through a bake sale. "We're getting short on fresh vegetables and fruit, so this will be really helpful," Schiffbauer said.

Sandrock Elementary School students are greeted by sunshine and warm temperatures as they head home from school Friday. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders completed their second week of PARCC testing this week and will wrap up the PARCC on Friday. CMAS testing begins in April.

Freshman Brooklyn Hickey and subsitute teacher Joanne Roberson choose salad for lunch Friday at Moffat County High School. Hickey said she often prefers the salad bar to other hot food options, and also frequently takes advantage of the fresh fruit and greek yogurt offerings.

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