News for Sunday, December 23, 2012



Manhunt for music teacher ends in Palisade

A nationwide manhunt for a man accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl has ended in Garfield County where is being held without bail. The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction) reports ( ) that authorities arrested 59-year-old James David Tiner early Saturday morning after a short pursuit after police closed in on his home in Palisade. His first court appearance is pending.

Manning's 3 TDs lead Broncos to 34-12 win

By his own estimation, Peyton Manning is not the quarterback he used to be. Try telling that to the Cleveland Browns. Manning threw for a season-high 339 yards and three touchdowns, two of which he zinged into impossibly tight windows to well-covered receivers, that pushed the Denver Broncos into a first-place tie in the AFC standings with a 34-12 win over the Browns. The 36-year-old quarterback recorded his 72nd career three-touchdown game Sunday as Denver (12-3) won its 10th straight. Manning has 34 touchdowns and 4,355 passing yards this season — second-most touchdowns he's thrown in his 14 seasons and 203 away from second-most yards, as well.

Police: US Sen. Crapo arrested, charged with DUI

Idaho U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with driving under the influence in a Washington, D.C., suburb, authorities said. Police in Alexandria, Va., said Sunday that the Idaho Republican was pulled over after his vehicle ran a red light. Police spokesman Jody Donaldson said Crapo failed field sobriety tests and was arrested at about 12:45 a.m. He was transported to the Alexandria jail and released on an unsecured $1,000 bond at about 5 a.m.. "There was no refusal (to take sobriety tests), no accident, no injuries," Donaldson said. "Just a traffic stop that resulted in a DUI." Donaldson said he didn't immediately know what Crapo's blood alcohol level was, where he was coming from or the type of vehicle he was driving.

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Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab hosts Christmas Party for residents

Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab hosted its Christmas party Saturday, much to the enjoyment of its residents. Served lunch and offered time to visit with family and friends, residents munched on sweets and watched as Santa and Mrs. Claus visited with children. Mary Gillingham, activities director at Sandrock Ridge, said Santa and Mrs. Claus have been coming for eight years, always to the delight of residents and visiting grandkids.

Moffat County Department of Social Services addresses welfare fraud

Most would like to believe that people are, at their core, honest and good. But there’s always the few who will take advantage of a system meant to benefit those who truly need it. For the Moffat County Social Services Department, welfare fraud is happening more frequently than it would like to see. Investigating 18 fraud cases in the past two years, and filing seven of those cases with the district attorney, welfare fraud is not something the department takes lightly, self-sufficience supervisor Laura Willems said.

Senior Spotlight for December 24, 2012

The Bells of Saint Mary are calling to the children of the sea. Is what I'm hearing being sung on my CD. I wonder how many bells have to ring to remind people that December 25 is Christmas Day a very special church day, or should be a special point to think of Christ sometimes during the day for without him there wouldn't be any Christmas. So you wouldn't be getting or giving any presents, parties, etc. So what some of you say? So I say please don't leave Christ out of Christmas. Say a prayer or thank him for what you have. Might not be much but it's better than nothing. Like one of the songs on other CD is I'm getting nuttin' for Christmas, cause somebody snitched on me. But hey way I see it where there's life there's hope and I'm still hoping for a better everything good for this world.

Rollover crash is a reminder to residents to drive sober this holiday season

Thursday’s one-car rollover crash near milepost 92 on Colorado Highway 13 saw no injuries, but it served as a reminder to residents not to drink and drive this holiday season.

Rose White: Change needed at TMH

I recently found myself as a patient at The Memorial Hospital. Please bear with me, I need to start from the beginning for any of this to make sense. I was admitted to the hospital via the Emergency Room Sunday night, Dec. 9. By Thursday afternoon I was feeling much better and able to finally get out of bed for a couple short forays in the hallway. Friday started out as another positive day health wise. I was thrilled knowing I would soon be going home. That thrill was short-lived!

Kathy Bassett: Trouble at TMH

Now that we have had the privilege of reading the comments and thoughts from the hospital administration employees discussing the quality of care issues and the impact on the community resulting from physician departures, I would like to put in my 2 cents worth as a patient! I’ve had to come to TMH on several occasions in the past 3 years. The longest stay I had was over 3 weeks and then re-admission for another week or so. Since then I’ve been in the hospital a few more times with two of them being this year. It is not fun to be in a hospital and I’d rather be anywhere else but why do we go to hospitals except to be treated so that we can get healthy and well again. I would interrupt at this point to say that I can’t complain about the quality of the nurse care. Most of the nurses were excellent and helpful and in fact went way beyond the call of duty to take care of me.