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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High suicide numbers for Northwest Colorado raise questions

Northwest Colorado recently lost another of its residents to suicide, and mental health providers and community leaders are asking why and what can be done.

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The Memorial Hospital Foundation: Making Craig a healthier community

Neatly situated in its new location on top of the hill, The Memorial Hospital boasts state-of-the-art equipment and a nearly brand new building. For that, it can thank The Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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Mind Springs Health: Providing a steady stream of support services to Craig residents

From substance abuse to child psychiatry to mental health crises, the small but mighty team at Mind Springs Health in Craig never runs out of difficult problems to tackle, but the staff of eight seems tireless in their efforts to address the evolving mental health needs of the community they serve.

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Humane Society of Moffat County aids furry four-leggeds

Moffat County’s down-and-out animals are in much better stead these days than they were in decades past, thanks in part to the efforts of the Humane Society of Moffat County.

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Pupil count confusion gets sorted at school board meeting Thursday

Board seeks waiver from PARCC assessments

For the average person, the term “pupil count” sounds pretty straightforward: count the number of kids in the classroom, and you have your pupil count. But when it comes to funding Colorado’s public schools, not so.

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Kids art show raises $10k for early childhood organization

Six-year-old Ashlynd Hippely may be young, but her artistic efforts apparently captured the hearts of many Craig residents at the Cherish the Little Things art show Feb. 12 to 14.

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Northwest Colorado sees increased health insurance enrollment numbers for 2015

Open enrollment for 2015 health insurance closed on Sunday after an enrollment period fraught with technical glitches.Nonetheless, numbers released Thursday showed an uptick in enrollment for both Moffat and Routt counties this year over last.

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Maybell Bible Church offers wisdom, teaching with dose of humor

Pastor Linda Taylor looks blindness in the eye

Laughter pealed through the pews of Maybell Bible Church on a Sunday morning in early February, as it does most Sunday mornings starting at 10 a.m.

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Colorado Northwestern Community College board discusses options for Trapper Fitness building

At its regular monthly meeting, the Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control approved a motion to formally seek bids for the repair of the Trapper Fitness building roof and discussed the college's new fossil repository status and paleontology program.

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Kids and teens should steer clear of energy drinks

Everyone needs a little boost now and then, but some health experts have raised concerns about the possible dangers of energy drinks.

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Moffat County Humane Society President Ann Anderson cuddles Boots, who was recently transferred to Glenwood Springs to improve his chances of adoption. In addition to her role in the Humane Society, Anderson is employed by Bear Creek Animal Hospital and cares for the shelter pets most evenings.

Moffat County School District Finance Director Tinneal Gerber dove into a detailed explanation of some budget numbers that were recently called into question — including pupil count numbers and budget projections for a four-day school week — at Thursday night's Board of Education meeting and work session at Craig Middle School.

Moffat County High School Key Club member Carmen Carrasco, a senior, shows off her Dr. Seuss mustache at story time at Moffat County Library in Craig Thursday. Behind her, MCHS senior Calden Scranton helps 20-month-old Archer Rogers color in his mustache, which was inspired by "The Lorax." Several other Key Club members attended one or both story time sessions Thursday morning to read and play with the kids, including juniors Brittany Young and Rebekah Bird and senior Diamond Craig.

Six-year-old Ashlynd Hippely displays her first-place piece from the Cherish the Little Things art show at Sandrock Elementary School on Monday. Her artwork will grace the cover of the upcoming Connections 4 Kids calendar.

Maybell Bible Church's own quartet, the Anchors, serenade the congregation on a Sunday morning with various religious and traditional gospel songs. The Anchors are made up of Bob Harding, Linda Taylor, Larry Matlock and David Miller.

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