Lauren Blair

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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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Will Craig win a dog park? Volunteers ramp up efforts for grant funding

Craig could be home to its own dog park in the near future if Moffat County Humane Society volunteers are successful in their efforts to secure funding.

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Exploding glass cookware ignites house fire Sunday in Craig

Craig/Fire Rescue firefighters were called out of bed early Sunday morning for a fire ignited by an exploding piece of glass cookware.

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Snow, freezing temperatures in Craig to hold spring hostage until Saturday

Craig residents will have to tuck the flip-flops and sun hats back into the closet for a few days as windy, dry conditions give way to snow and freezing temperatures this week.

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Empire Mine south of Craig decommissioned, reclamation begins

Site dormant for 22 years

A landmark for travelers along Colorado Highway 13 south of Craig, the old Empire Mine is changing shape as crews began dismantling structures from the long-defunct coal mining operation this week.

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Moffat County Landfill works to clean up its act

Two weeks after Moffat County resident Floyd Gutierrez complained to commissioners about windblown trash on his property, the Moffat County Landfill is taking steps to address the problem.

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Officials respond to rollover accident near Moffat County Landfill Wednesday morning

A single vehicle rollover occurred around 6 a.m. Wednesday on Thompson Hill near the Moffat County Landfill, according to Craig Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief Troy Hampton.

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3 long-time Moffat County educators share their passion for teaching

This week for National Teacher Appreciation Week, the Craig Daily Press met with three exceptional Moffat County School District teachers to learn what keeps them going year after year.

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Great American Horse Drive delivers spectacle of 'old West'

Great American Horse Drive brings hundreds to Maybell

Imagine standing on a remote dirt road — nothing but sky, sagebrush and rolling hills for miles — when around the bend comes a band of a dozen riders followed first by a few, then 50, then 500 horses kicking up dust and heaving down the road, a vital force of sweat, muscle and frenetic animal energy.

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Moffat County FFA reaps rewards with wins at state competition

While Moffat County High School’s Future Farmers of America participants are busy learning valuable agriculture and life skills, they’re also raking in the awards from district and state competitions.

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Netflix series 'romanticizes teen suicide,' says Moffat County School District letter to parents

Northwest Colorado Health, Mind Springs Health, Memorial Regional Health also are concerned

A new TV series released by Netflix on March 31 is stirring national controversy and pointed conversations about teen suicide, leading Moffat County School District to send a letter sent to parents this week addressing concerns raised by the show.

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Crews work on deconstructing a network of conveyors at the old Empire Mine site Thursday morning. Travelers along Colorado Highway 13 may notice that the white tube that was used to transport coal across Colorado Highway 13 — and was a conspicuous landmark as it bridged the road — has been removed.

Contractor crews began deconstructing the old Empire Mine site this week on Colorado Highway 13 south of Craig, including removing the conveyors that transported coal across the highway and into the coal silo, pictured here. Some structures may remain at the site if they have useful purposes, said Peabody Energy spokesperson Charlene Murdock, and the reclamation project will continue through summer into fall. Peabody owns the decommissioned mine, which has been out of operation since 1995, but once employed more than 200 workers.

Pummeled by wind and weather, plastic bags and other debris from the Moffat County Landfill that remain uncollected around the landfill's fence line eventually turn into tattered bits of trash 'confetti' that blow onto neighbor Floyd Gutierrez's property, getting caught in his alfalfa fields and nearby sagebrush. Larger pieces of trash have been picked up from his property in recent weeks, but small bits of 'confetti' remain scattered across his land after collecting 20 years worth of windblown trash.

Craig Middle School physical education and health teacher Todd Hildebrandt — himself a graduate of Moffat County High School — decided on a career in teaching instead of wildlife management and has taught PE at Craig Middle School since 1990.

Ridgeview Elementary second-grade teacher Jennifer Stagner caught the teaching bug when her daughters were young and began attending Ridgeview. She's taught at the school ever since, logging 20 years thus far. She said she loves opening students' eyes to new knowledge and experiences.

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