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.
District continuing to align with state's academic standards
Student test scores in science and social studies remained fairly flat overall for Moffat County School District this year compared to last, according to Colorado Measures of Academic Success testing data released this month.
School board makes long-term commitment to one-room schoolhouse
Despite a June 25 board decision to suspend Maybell School for another year, a wellspring of new momentum from Maybell parents and community members landed the question of the school’s future back in front of Moffat County School District Board of Education members Thursday evening.
Northwest Colorado residents, legislators discuss future allocation
The debate is heating up as the first-ever Colorado Water Plan moves through a second-draft phase before it goes to the governor’s desk this December. Both legislators and members from the Colorado Water Conservation Board appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper visited Craig Wednesday to present information on the plan and listen to public input.
This November, voters will have the opportunity to elect or re-elect more than a half-dozen board members impacting K-12 and higher education in Moffat County.
At least 150 miners and mine staff converged on Craig this week for the Colorado Mine Rescue Association Mine Rescue Contest. The event filled area hotels and gave a boost to local restaurants as well.
No plans yet for Jewell to visit Craig
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will meet with Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid and Natural Resources Director Jeff Comstock, among others, on Friday evening in Glenwood Springs to discuss the future of Colowyo Mine.
The fight to end cancer will continue this year with the annual Relay For Life of Craig, a worldwide fundraiser organized by the American Cancer Society.
Yampa Valley Medical Center’s purchase of the old Safeway building in Craig has raised concerns amongst hospital and county leadership about how it might impact Craig and the county-owned The Memorial Hospital.
Coach: Team is about building self-reliance, respect
Three Moffat County High School students recently represented Colorado in the national 4-H shooting competition in Grand Island, Nebraska from June 22 to 26. Recent MCHS graduate Dylan Villa and incoming seniors Hunter Rummel and Jordan Kainz were among the top finishers in the state competition in August, earning them a spot at nationals.
Locked in the sandstone cliffs near Rangely, Colorado for approximately 74 million years, the bones of a dinosaur dubbed Walter are seeing the light of day for the first time in ages — literally.