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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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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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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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.

Craig health briefs for Aug. 15, 2015: VNA back-to-school immunization clinic Saturday

Announcements, news and tips for staying healthy from Craig and Moffat County healthcare providers.

Elk for every occasion: 5 simple, everyday recipes

When you’ve got a freezer full of elk, it helps to have a little inspiration about what to do with it. The following five recipes covers most of the bases, whether you have company coming over for a summertime dinner on the patio or a hungry family to feed.

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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.

Forty two new teachers kicked off their first year with Moffat County School District with two days of training Monday and Tuesday. Many new teachers came to Moffat County from within Colorado and neighboring Western states. The two teachers that traveled furthest to reach Craig, however, were Heidi Hollingsworth and Kari Morris, who moved here from China and the United Arab Emirates, respectively.

First-grade teacher Danielle Romero loads up on free school supplies, along with other Moffat County School District teachers, at Craig Middle School on Wednesday. The supplies were provided by Craig Rotary Club, with some supplies donated by Family Dollar.

Incoming sixth-graders Megan Alisea-Mayne and Dredikk Schiro work on figuring out how to open their lockers at Craig Middle School's back-to-school night Thursday. Sixth-graders and their parents were invited to meet their teachers, learn their way around the school and practice their locker combinations.

Incoming freshmen Tiffany Hildebrandt and Trenton Hillewaert get to know each other during the Link Crew freshman orientation Thursday afternoon at Moffat County High School. The orientation was one of several back-to-school events happening throughout the week to get both teachers and students ready for the start of the new school year Monday.

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