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Tribune Staff

With plans brewing for a 144,000-square-foot monastery and coffee-roasting facility, Meeteetse residents anxiously await the Park County Commission's decision on the proposed project.

Opponents and supporters have vocalized their views during recent public meetings, where a recurring concern for Meeteetse area landowners is whether the monastery will draw masses of visitors.

Though the monastery would be located on an isolated private ranch — 14 miles from the nearest public roadway — some neighboring landowners worry the elaborate structure still will attract a high number of daily visitors.

Ranchers who have open range livestock along Meeteetse Creek Road have valid concerns about the potential influx in traffic, as do those who chose to build homes in the secluded area for the peace and quiet offered there.

Yet Carmelite monks who would reside at the monastery stress that they, too, want to maintain the location's peaceful and quiet nature.

Plans call for the monastery to be open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., but monks have said the public will be there only for faith-related visits on a rare basis. And they assure the 150-seat chapel will be used only on rare events, such as a monk's ordination.

For the sake of neighbors in the area, we hope the promise holds true — that the monastery is a place of solitude rather than a sight tourists flock to see.

If Park County Commissioners approve the project, monks residing on the Meeteetse ranch must be conscientious neighbors.

The Meeteetse Creek Road is private, and it's understandable why ranchers want to keep traffic at a minimum. The monks must ensure the monastery doesn't attract a constant stream of visitors.

However, landowners also must be reasonable with their concerns and requests. Development occurs, and though change isn't always welcome, the New Mount Carmel Foundation should have the right to build at the site, as long as monastery plans meet planning and zoning rules.

No Meeteetse resident ever expected a 144,000-square-foot French Gothic monastery to be proposed in their community — but just because the project is uncommon in Wyoming's mountains doesn't mean it should be unwelcome.

(Nov. 9, 1940 - Aug. 11, 2010)

Lora Newcomer of Fort Collins, Colo., died Aug. 11, 2010 at home after a lengthy illness.

(Aug. 13, 1925 - Sept. 8, 2010)

Edward Judd Jones died Sept. 8, 2010. He was 85.


Sugar beets destined for Western Sugar Cooperative's Lovell factory rest in a truck north of Powell Wednesday morning. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

The Western Sugar Cooperative's Lovell factory geared up today (Thursday) to begin processing sugar beets. Local growers started harvesting beets on Tuesday.

Western Sugar officials wrote a harvest plan for this fall that opens receiving stations across the Lovell factory district, which includes Powell, at staggered times, according to Randall Jobman of the Billings agricultural division of Western Sugar.

A proposed 144,000-square-foot monastery to be built west of Meeteetse received a unanimous recommendation of approval from the Park County Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night, following hours of public comment.

The facility, proposed by the New Mount Carmel Foundation of America, would house up to 40 monks of the Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. The monks currently live in a facility near Clark, but are seeking to expand.

Campaign finance reports from Wyoming's Aug. 17 primary election were due on Friday, detailing the contributions and expenditures made to and spent by local candidates.

The reports shows that generally, the top vote-getters also were the top fundraisers.

(Feb. 18, 1926 - Sept. 7, 2010)

Fred Albert Ray, 84, of Sheridan, Mo. died Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at Golden Nursing Home in Maryville, Mo.


Powell junior Olie Olson runs away from a Riverton tackler during a 13-10 non-conference victory over the Wolverines last Friday. Tribune photo by John Wetzel

Defense holds up when needed

It may have seemed on Friday night like the visiting Riverton Wolverines had the football the entire second half. They didn't, but folks could hardly be blamed for thinking otherwise.

So, too, folks may have thought Panther junior defensive back Olie Olson was everywhere in that second half. He wasn't, but he was at the right place at the right time to pick off a pair of fourth-quarter passes and help fifth-ranked Powell secure a 13-10 victory in its season-opening football game.

The Powell Lady Panthers edged out Worland and Cody for second place at the Cody Invitational Swim Meet last week.

The Powell girls scored team points in every event, and placed four swimmers in the top 12 in three of them in a performance Coach Luke Robertson called outstanding.

After opening with a win in their first volleyball competition, the Powell Lady Panthers stumbled a bit last week, but finished strong at the Border Wars in Billings last week.

After earning a bye in bracket play on Friday, the Panthers fell to conference rival Lander in the quarterfinals, but came back to score two wins in consolation play in the tournament, which pitted six Wyoming teams against six Montana squads.

Lander advanced to the championship, but fell to Cody in the finals.

The Lady Panthers opened pool play against Miles City, Mont. on Friday and fell to the Cowgirls 2-1 in three close games.

After dropping the first set 15-12, they came back to win the second 15-13, but lost the deciding final 15-12.

They came back to take the next two matches in two games, defeating Hardin, Mont. 15-8, 15-10 and Glendive, Mont. 15-9,15-10, and won the top seed from the pool in a tiebreaker over Lovell and Lander.

On Saturday, Lander challenged the Lady Panthers after taking a narrow win over Laurel, Mont. in the first round. The Lady Tigers carried the momentum into the semi-final and opened up a narrow lead over Powell early. The Lady Panthers took a brief lead, but fell behind 21-18 late before making a comeback to come within a point at 23-22. A long Powell serve gave Lander a chance at game point, and a bad Powell pass ended the match.

Game two was more of the same, but at the end, Powell was unable to get a comeback started, and Lander took the match 25-17.

Coach Cindi Smith said the team, is still learning to play together in accounting for the loss.

“Communication is rough for us right now with four new starters,” Smith said.

The loss dropped the Lady Panthers into consolation, where they faced Lovell, and their woes continued in the first set of that match. The Lady Bulldogs were able to exploit a hole in the middle of the Powell defense and block a number of Lady Panther attacks on their way to a 25-22 win in the first game, but they came back strong in game two for a 25-14 game-two win and finished the match 15-6.

In their final matchup, the Lady Panthers again dropped their first game 22-25, but with both teams battling exhaustion, they were able to recover to take the next two sets, 25-21 and 17-7.

“We had a slow start both days,” Smith said of the weekend's competition. “But we made some adjustments and were able to turn things around,”

Offensively, the Lady Panthers were led by Olivia Rodgers' 49 kills for the tournament. Randi Asay contributed 19 kills and Kendra Ostrom scored 17. Ostrom was 100 percent from the service line and Kadi Cooley was 94 percent accurate.

Defensively, Hannah Groves led the back line with 43 digs, followed by Rogers with 35 and Ostrom with 22. On the front line, Liz Tilley made five blocks by herself and assisted on eight more. Corianne McKearney made three solo blocks and helped on eight, while Rogers made three solo blocks and assisted on four.

“We're still just trying to find what will make us tick,” Smith said. “That's what the early season is for.”

She has a new group of good kids, Smith said who are ready to work hard and get better, and leadership is developing.

The tournament results, particularly the loss to Lander and Cody's first-place finish, are an indication of the challenge the Lady Panthers face in defending their regional title, Smith said.

“It's going to be tough in conference this year. It will be interesting,” Smith said.

The Lady Panthers travel to Rawlins for another tournament challenge Friday and Saturday, where they will likely see competition from the East region as will as from Southwest Conference foes.

Next week, they will stay closer to home, traveling to Greybull on Tuesday for a dual beginning at 6:30 p.m. and visiting Cody for their first conference match of the season on Thursday in a match scheduled for 6:15.

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