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.

Recent Stories

Moffat County students show varied achievement levels with CMAS tests

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.

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Maybell School to re-open next year

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.

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Yampa River waters a hot commodity

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.

7 Moffat County School Board, CNCC board seats up for election

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.

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Mine rescue contest promotes preparedness, provides boost to local economy

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.

Moffat County officials to meet with Secretary Jewell regarding Colowyo Mine

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.

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Craig Relay For Life hunting for cure and more participation

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.

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County, hospital officials weigh concerns about YVMC's growing presence in Craig

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.

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Moffat County 4-H shooters sharpen skills at national level

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.

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No bones about it: CNCC dinosaur dig reveals rare find

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.

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Maybell resident Janice Edwards keeps grandson Payson Vernon busy during Thursday night's school board meeting. Nearly twenty Maybell residents responded with smiles and applause after the board passed a resolution to open the Maybell School in the coming school year and to make a commitment to the community to keep it open for years to come.

Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, District 6, speaks to attendees of Wednesday's Water Resource Review Committee meeting in Craig. A range of Northwest Colorado voices — including Moffat and Routt County commissioners, ranchers and agriculture proponents, conservationists and water managers — shared concerns about the second draft of the Colorado Water Plan, released July 7. The waters of the Yampa River are being eyed for both diversion to the Front Range and for downstream users.

The Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer John Rossfeld speaks to TMH board members Wednesday night about expanding telemedicine offerings at the hospital in order to improve access to specialty providers. He also spoke of two programs, one set to launch soon, which could improve healthcare outcomes for local businesses and their employees. Rossfeld expressed concern about Yampa Valley Medical Center's relocation into the old Safeway building in Craig, but said TMH would continue to focus on providing the best care and service possible to local residents.

From left, Moffat County 4-H members Hunter Rummel, Dylan Villa and Jordan Kainz hold gear representing each of their events in the national competition which took place June 22 to 26 in Nebraska. Rummel attended in the .22 rifle event in which the Colorado team placed fifth, Villa competed in the air rifle event and Kainz earned a first place finish as part of the compound archery team.

Colorado Northwestern Community College Rangely student Bailey Walker, from Cedaredge, chisels away, Wednesday, at a "trench" to allow for a large chunk of sandstone containing fossils to be transported back to the CNCC Craig campus. Excavations over the last month revealed a four-foot-long tibia, or shin bone, which CNCC instructor and paleontologist Liz Johnson believes may belong to a dinosaur in the duckbill family. Other leg bones lie beneath the tibia.

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