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.

Recent Stories

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Craig woman offers support to mothers who have lost a baby

Loss and grief are things that every person experiences at some time in their life. For parents who lose a baby, be it born or unborn, that experience of loss can be especially painful and misunderstood. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

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Test results reveal strengths, weaknesses among Moffat County students

Moffat County schools weighed in with some above-average as well as some below-average scores on the new statewide science and social studies assessments.

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A few good men keep 20-year-old bus fleet on the road

With an aging bus fleet, a shortage of drivers, an unbelievably tight budget and barely enough buses to get students where they need to go, it’s a miracle that Moffat County School District’s Transportation Department functions as well as it does.

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Moffat County teachers and administrators raking in the awards statewide

Though Moffat County School District may have its battles to fight as it works to raise the bar for its students, Moffat County parents can rest assured that the people teaching their children are some of the best around.

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Teal pumpkins keep Halloween safe, fun for kids with allergies

Halloween can feel more like a trick than a treat to kids with allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project is working to change that.

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Football coaches, finances, celebrations discussed at monthly school board meeting

Teacher awards, cross-country recognition and a letter from a concerned community member were only a few of the highlights of Thursday night’s Moffat County School District board meeting.

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Moffat County elementary schools awarded for student achievement

Amidst a concerted effort to boost student achievement in Moffat County School District this year, three of Craig’s elementary schools received recognition for making positive strides in their students’ test scores.

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Hometown Hero: 10 years later, wounded warrior still has fellow Americans' backs

When Cory Hixson was injured during combat in Iraq 10 years ago, he lost more than just his eye. He lost the career of his dreams.

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Twentymile Coal Company: Digging below the surface

New coal beckons but future demand uncertain for underground mine

For all the complex, highly engineered machinery required to run an underground mine, it’s a Dodge 4-wheel-drive pickup truck that delivers miners to their work site every day deep under the earth at Twentymile Coal Company’s Foidel Creek Mine — commonly referred to as Twentymile.

Where the wind blows

Northwest Colorado is home to coal, oil, natural gas, and now, a solar garden. But what about wind power?

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Five-year-old Jayden Cox holds up a flag he made for his unborn brother, Jace, with the help of his mother, Kourtney Cox. After her fourth miscarriage, Kourtney created Jace's Memory Boxes and Flags to try to help other mothers who have lost babies.

Moffat County Director of Curriculum and Assessment Amy Ward reviews TCAP results from the 2013-14 school year at the August school board meeting. School districts in Colorado are transitioning this year to the new CMAS assessment, which comes with more rigorous standards and new categories to measure results.

Moffat County High School's boys and girls cross-country teams depart Friday for the state cross country meet in Colorado Springs amid cheers from their fellow students. Athletic Director Mike Mitchell organized a big send-off for the team, with music from the MCHS marching band and students lining the halls and entryway. The team was even given a police escort out of Craig. The runners will compete Saturday. Those who qualified for state include Steven Walls, Isiac Roop, Riley Allen, Andrew Keiss, Ashley Suits Brandon Beason and Isaac Chacon for the boys and Emily Womble, Kaylee Durham, Ary Shaffer, Delaney Baker, Lauren Samuelson, Makenna Baker, Allie Dilldine for the girls. On the boys team, Remmy Kohpay and Garrett Flint are alternates.

Sandrock Elementary students Osbaldo Becerra and Joel Olivera hop off the bus at Sandrock Friday morning. Moffat County's busses are older than most, but with the help of a talented transportation department, they reliably and safely get kids where they need to go.

Vera Turner, Bill Ronis and Amber Clark show what Moffat County education is made of outside of the school administrative building Thursday. The three, in addition to Norm Yoast and Tiffany Trevenen, were recently honored for their excellence as teachers and administrators.

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