Lauren Blair

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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Broadband top priority for Hickenlooper; Moffat County completes broadband report

Efforts to bring broadband connectivity to Moffat County have culminated in an important first step with the completion of a scoping report Friday.

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Questions burn for Northwest Colorado coal industry with new federal leadership

New administration offers glimmer of hope while federal review signals increased regulation

The future of Colorado’s coal industry is in flux as political power shifts right nationwide. After years of hard knocks, coal mining communities received a rare piece of good news this week when Gov. John Hickenlooper announced he would not move forward with an executive order to drastically reduce carbon emissions statewide.

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2 new Moffat County Commissioners swear oath of office Tuesday

Moffat County welcomed two newly elected commissioners to the board with an official swearing-in ceremony Tuesday morning at the Moffat County Courthouse.

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From news to history: One newspaperman’s contribution to preserving Northwest Colorado history

One newspaperman’s contribution to preserving Northwest Colorado history

A man who both left his own mark on Craig’s history and has contributed immensely to its preservation passed away Dec. 28 at the age of 91.

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On the record for Jan. 6: Officers rescue stuck drivers from snowbanks

Officers were busy Tuesday helping Craig drivers dig out from Monday night's snowstorm.

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Moffat County Commissioners cut back emergency manager position

The Board of Moffat County Commissioners voted 2 to 1 Wednesday to cut back the position of Emergency Services Coordinator from full-time to 20 hours per week for a savings of about $27,000, according to Commissioner Frank Moe.

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Craig City Council to discuss retail marijuana ballot measure Jan. 10

On Jan. 10, Craig City Council will vote on the first draft of a ballot measure asking voters whether or not to allow recreational marijuana in the City of Craig, and council members are expecting some healthy debate over the issue.

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Craig VFW, American Legion struggle to recruit young vets

Seek new members with Saturday morning coffee, doughnuts

Fifty three-year-old veteran Gerald Martinez knows what it’s like to get lost in the bottle, but he’s sober now and turns to other veterans to find the support he needs. As one of the youngest active members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 in Craig, he’s trying to connect with other younger veterans to encourage them to join.

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Moffat County ranches awarded state land conservation grants

Moffat County is rich in agricultural land and wide open spaces, and two grants awarded this month by Great Outdoors Colorado are ensuring some of these assets will be protected into the future.

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Loved ones grieve loss of Moffat County employee Darrell Snow

Darrell Snow was known and loved for his quick wit and his kindness, and friends and family are mourning his loss after he was killed in an accident on the job last week.

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Snow piles up quickly in the parking lot of Walmart.

Mountains of snow at least one story high are forming in the parking lot of Walmart after this week's snowstorm buried Craig in more than two feet of snow.

Taylor Duzik feeds her new yearling, Sammy, on a cold, wintery day on Thompson Hill south of Craig Thursday as her other horses watch and wait for their own snack.

Now that the storm has passed, Craig snow removal crews will begin hauling away the piles of snow that have buried the city the past several days.

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