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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.

During several weeks with a broken computer and racing, abnormal thoughts, I was all stressed up and had no place to go.

When random, disjointed thoughts build up and a troubled writer has no means of transfer — No, I refuse to write longhand like a nerd from the '90s — it's a powder keg.

My computer is now fixed, but before writing anything substantial with an orderly flow, I first must detonate this logjam. So I'll just come out and say it:

• I'm guessing that the first chicken (which came just before the first egg), never would have envisioned the extensive future of that large, oval stone she just passed. The original chicken — let's just call her “Henrietta” — probably assumed some idiot might eventually crack it open for a taste…but scrambled, over-easy (or “dippy” as we call them back home), poached, hard/soft boiled, Benedict, Florentine, not to mention egg-drop soup? Henrietta should have filed for a patent.

• Speaking of patents, each autumn I pick and toss milkweeds, flourishing on the banks of the canal, to my dogs. They chase them down in the water, suck out the milk and discard the container ... much like we do with eggs. So I says to myself, “I wonder if that gooey milk might be tasty, or at the very least, non-toxic?” I'm sure no one's been intuitive, or smart enough to find out.

I sat back against my canal “thinking rock” and daydreamed I'd extracted milk from thousands of weeds, bottled and chilled it — then poured it over my corn flakes for breakfast every morning for a week. Soon people were commenting on how young I suddenly looked and how thick and luxurious my hair was. I got a patent (technically it wasn't I that invented this milk, but my God is not a litigious God), under the name “Doug's Dog's Miracle Milk,” or ”I Can't Believe it's Not Cow Milk.”

• Speaking of dreams, it's hard to believe no one has yet designed what would be the greatest of all inventions, the dream recorder. Whoever did — and I'm currently fiddling with a crude prototype — would become a billionaire “overnight.” How much would you pay to have your greatest, most bizarre dreams recorded and then converted to VHS or DVD? It would make science-fiction movies obsolete.

My “hook” in the TV commercial would be: “Ever wondered how you looked flying naked with no teeth through the halls of your old high school? Well, now you can see for yourself, with “Doug's Nocturnal Spy.” (A quiet disclaimer would clarify, “Refund if not satisfied? You must be dreaming!”)

•At the aforementioned canal last Saturday, I had forgotten to wear appropriate, early-September long sleeves. I quickly found myself muttering (much earlier than usual this year), “Stinking cold wind! Where's the freakin' sun when you need it?”

This after declaring every day since late June, “I can't wait till this hot, sweaty summer is over!”

An unknown poet (named Alibaster Taliwacker) once said, “As a rule, man's a fool; when it's hot, he wants it cool. And when it's cool he wants it hot; always wanting what is not.” Truer words were never rhymed.

•No matter how broke I get — and currently it's a compound fracture — I can't bring myself to purchase the cheapest offering of any product. If one gallon of milk is $3.50, the second is $3.20, and the third $2.85, I'm compelled to take the middle one. In my mind, the first is an overpriced brand name and the last has a bogus expiration date or came from diseased cows.

No matter if it's food, bottled water, or theoretically a dream recorder — I can't afford the best, but I sure ain't settling for the worst!

•I'll admit I'm no John Kennedy Jr., but surely you'll admit I'm better looking than Sen. Henry Waxman. An uglier politician never there was. Abe Lincoln and C. Everett Coop were no woman's fantasy either, but what did they expect with full beards but no mustache? But the bald Waxman has hair sprouting from his ears and his flared nostrils!

• Repent! The end is near!

• The end.

This weekend, Americans will be observing the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

As is true with most special days, the observance will take many forms, ranging from quiet, prayerful moments of silence to public patriot demonstrations. For some Americans, the observance will be thoughtful remembrances of the victims; others will focus on anger at the terrorists and the culture that led them to kill so many people.

That last category is symbolized by a Florida church, which intends to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday. The pastor of the church is billing it as an act of defiance, demonstrating to Muslims that we are not afraid of them.

That's the wrong way to observe the occasion. It is true, of course, the 9/11 attackers were Muslims, but that doesn't justify an act that offends millions of Muslims for the actions of a few dozen. This is particularly true because many Muslims were victims on 9/11, and their deaths should be treated with the same respect as the deaths of Christians, Jews, and followers of other religions who died Sept. 11, 2001.

The planned Florida event does the opposite, insulting those followers of Islam who were murdered that day, and, by extension, those of other religious faiths who died with them as well.

More than that, though, this action is wrong because it assumes all Muslims are evil because of the actions of a few. It makes no more sense to do that than to condemn all Eastern Orthodox Christians in the world for the atrocities committed against Bosnian Muslims by Orthodox Serbians, or all Catholics for bombings by the Irish Republican Army in the name of Catholicism.

The First Amendment protects the right of that church to carry out its plans, of course, just as it protects the right of American dissenters to burn an American flag.

But having the right to do something doesn't necessarily make it a good idea to exercise that right. As General David Petraeus has pointed out, the Florida burning may have nasty repercussions for American troops trying desperately to win over the Afghan people, and it could foment reciprocal violence here at home as well.

We can't do much about what's going on in Florida up here in Wyoming, but we can focus our own observances on commemorating 9/11 victims rather than injecting hatred of the millions of Muslims in the world — nearly all of them who are innocent of participating in the terrorist attacks.

We should promote the end of such violence, not add to it.

(Nov. 25, 1913 - Sept. 11, 2010)

Dana Delta Brown died Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Shepherd of the Valley Care Center in Casper with her family at her side.

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