Lauren Blair

Education & Health Care Reporter

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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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Good fats add healthful boost to Thanksgiving meal

There’s no reason to avoid fat this Thanksgiving, but knowing which fats to cook with and which to leave out can make a world of difference for the healthfulness of your feast.

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Craig fifth-grader undeterred by rare condition, chemo treatments

Nicholas Crookston doesn’t look like he’s sick. The enthusiastic 11-year-old plays baseball and loves science experiments, history and camping.

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Affordable Care Act: Helping or hurting Northwest Colorado?

Is the Affordable Care Act helping or hurting Northwest Coloradans? For a 40-year-old non-smoker in Craig, the lowest cost bronze and silver plans on Connect for Health Colorado remained almost exactly the same price for 2014 and 2015, however there was a nearly 40 percent jump in premium costs for the standard silver-level plan with Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

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Moffat County High School pool, football coaches, recognitions discussed at school board meeting

The future of the Moffat County High School swimming pool, football coaches and recognitions were just a few of the things discussed at the Moffat County School District Board of Education meeting Thursday evening at Ridgeview Elementary School.

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MCHS students offer job skills workshops to Craig residents

Nearly everyone has experienced butterflies in their stomach before a job interview at some point in their lives. Knowing how to dress, what to say, how to present a polished resume and understanding basic technology skills are invaluable in a world where jobs can be in short supply.

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CNCC board discusses new parking lot, personnel developments

At its monthly meeting, the Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control discussed the construction of a new parking lot, a trail system and personnel changes.

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People encouraged to utilize free or low-cost health insurance programs

Saturday marks the start of open enrollment for 2015 health insurance plans.

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Moffat County students visit dyed-in-the-wool Craig mill

Moffat County High School’s Fashion Design and Clothing class got a firsthand look at custom, fiber-milling technology Thursday at Yampa Valley Fiberworks north of Craig.

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Craig community and The Memorial Hospital staff celebrate 5 years

Community members, hospital staff and board members flocked to the hospital Wednesday evening for cake, tours and a celebration of The Memorial Hospital’s five-year anniversary.

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Craig students give visitors a tour of local veterans’ history

Sunset Elementary students put on their tour guide hats Tuesday morning to show visitors their oral history exhibit at Wyman Living History Museum.

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Moffat County High School students Dakota Nelson, Sayre Morgan, Trevor Miller, Andrew Garrett, Alexi Goodnow and Daniela Flores are part of the Catering II class which prepared a Mexican-themed dinner for the school board this month.

This Thanksgiving, try adding some flaxseed or walnut oil to salad dressing or vegetables for a healthy omega-3 boost. Eating more unsaturated, or vegetable-based, fats can actually help your heart rather than hurt it.

Bob Mackley, owner of Tunies and Such, unloads more than 50 Christmas trees shipped from North Carolina on Monday afternoon. The trees will be available for sale starting Wednesday.

An alpaca stud named Silver keeps a close eye on things outside Yampa Valley Fiberworks north of Craig. The animal is one of 11 alpacas and about 20 Cormo sheep owned by Lorrae and Lewis Moon, who shear them in the spring in order to produce their own yarn in the mill.

Fifth-grader Nicholas Crookston swings on the playground at Sandrock Elementary School Wednesday during recess. Despite the health challenges he faces, he loves being at school and being outdoors.

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