Fundraiser for Elizabeth Jennings' RSD Treatment
by Watch Staff
Aug 04, 2011 | 2299 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MONTROSE – A fundraising is underway to send Elizabeth Jennings, who developed Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, a neurological disorder causing a malfunction in the autonomic nervous system so that nerves misfire, sending constant pain signals to the brain, for treatment.

Jennings' RSD, which manifested following an April 2010 shoulder surgery, has spread to her arms, back, neck and head, and is expected to spread throughout her body.

Jennings, the mother of two children, ages 2 and 4, who is bedridden while her husband works two jobs to pay for daycare, has undergone subsequent surgeries and treatments to no avail.

“The fighter within me refuses to become a victim to the circumstances I find myself in, yet constantly battling the pain in concurrence feels as if all the air is being forced out of my lungs. My heart is always filled with hope at the prospect of being a capable mother and wife again. Right now, I just need to be able to breathe,” writes Jennings, who blogs about her experience at Jennings hopes to undergo an FDA-approved treatment at the RSD/CRPS Treatment Center in Tampa, Fla., that boasts a 70 percent success rate. Because the $15,000 treatment is experimental, health insurance will not pay for it.

Jennings can be reached at

Don E. Conover Dies in Grand Junction

NORWOOD – Norwood resident Don E. Conover was pronounced dead at St. Mary's Hospital, in Grand Junction, on Wednesday, July 21. Conover, who had skin cancer, was found by friends in his Norwood home and taken to Uncompahgre Medical Center and then flown to Grand Junction. “The cause of death appeared to be sepsis due to skin cancer,” said San Miguel County Coroner Emil Sante.

Conover will be buried in Illinois.

Bennet Staff to Hold ‘Conversations with Coloradans’ in Ouray County


RIDGWAY – Staff for Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet's Southwestern Colorado Regional Director John Whitney will be at Cimarron Books and Coffee House, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, and available to meet one-on-one with members of the public who would like to communicate information to Bennet or who are experiencing difficulty with a federal agency.

Appointments are required; to schedule an appointment, please contact Whitney by phone at (970) 259-1710 or by email at

Ouray County Homebuyer Education Workshop Aug. 15-16

OURAY – The Ouray County Housing Authority hosts an eight-hour homebuyer education workshop Monday, Aug. 15-Tuesday, Aug. 16, 5-9 p.m. The eight-hour class covers pre-purchase, lending, home-buying and information about programs for rural areas. Food and beverages will be provided. Registration forms are available at Ridgway Town Hall, or from Shirley L. Diaz, at 970/728-3034, ext. 5, or 

Feasibility Study to Ascertain Viability of a New Rec Center

MONTROSE – A 24-member Citizens Task Force, appointed by the Montrose Recreation District to come up with a feasibility study regarding a new recreation center in Montrose, will host the first two of six community meetings on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The 1 p.m. meeting takes place at the Montrose Aquatic Center, 25 Colorado Ave.; the 6 p.m. meeting takes place at the Montrose High School Cafeteria, 600 So. Selig Ave.

Subsequent meetings will take place October 4 and November 16.

“These meetings moved the process forward, but the study needs more input from the larger public,” Task Force member Tisha McCombs said, after focus group meetings wrapped up in July. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the upcoming meetings, which will feature a “highly interactive” format complete with input-collecting stations; refreshments and snacks will be served. 

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Housing Resources Receives $2.4 Million Weatherization Grant Extension

GRAND JUNCTION – Housing Resources, nonprofit providing affordable housing to western Colorado, received a $2.4 million grant extension to continue its Weatherization Program in Mesa, Montrose, Delta, Ouray, Gunnison, San Miguel and Hinsdale Counties.

The grant will allow Housing Resources to perform free weatherization services on 428 homes.

The Weatherization Program makes cost-effective, energy-efficient home improvements available to qualifying low-income residents. Designed to reduce energy usage while improving comfort, weatherization improvements can include: insulation in attics and walls; furnace replacement; furnace safety testing; refrigerator replacement; sealing of air leaks; installation of compact fluorescent light bulbs; energy audits; installation of doors and/or storm windows; and energy conservation information.

Applications are available online at or by calling the Housing Resources offices at 970-241-2871 x101.

Housing Resources has also been selected for review by Oak Ridge National Laboratories as one of 10 weatherization program organizations in a case study on the success and cost effectiveness of such programs in the United States.

“We were picked because we performed the best in Colorado,” Weatherization Program Manager Mike Hansen said. “On average, our homes had the lowest average energy consumption prior to being weatherized. Typically, that means there’s a smaller potential for improvement; however, our clients received the most in energy savings.”

The average energy savings for a resident that has gone through the Housing Resources Weatherization Program is 30 percent.

The Housing Resources mission is to provide affordable housing and to promote the wise and sustainable use of resources. Housing Resources offers pre-purchase and post-purchase educational services, weatherization services, opportunities for community revitalization, and the provision of quality, safe, affordable housing for those with low and moderate income.  Learn more about Housing Resources at or call 970-241-2871.
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August 08, 2011
I want to thank The Watch for putting this story in the paper regarding Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Having this disease rip through my family has been gut wrenching. Meeting the thousands of people that also suffer, including small children, is heartbreaking as we all console each other yet continue to suffer as there is such an obvious need for knowledge within our small medical community in regards to this disease. Every time we are able to bring any amount of awareness to this incurable disease it brings each of us that suffer much closer to effective treatments and possibly a cure. From the bottom of my heart I thank each and every person that takes the time to understand Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, if only for a moment.