Driver safety encouraged as sugar beet harvest begins

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Slow-moving trucks entering the highway from agricultural fields will be the norm in the coming months as the sugar campaign begins in Fremont County and the Big Horn Basin.
Local farmers are expected to begin digging beets soon; in other areas, such as near Lovell, the sugar campaign has started. The sugar campaign usually lasts about five months, and its success depends on weather and other factors.
During the farmers’ sugar campaign, drivers are encouraged to pay attention to heavier truck traffic on highways throughout northwest Wyoming.
“It’s important to be cautious of heavy trucks turning on and off highways,” said Lyle Lamb, Wyoming Department of Transportation district traffic engineer in Basin. “Trucks hauling heavy loads cannot slow or stop quickly. Be patient with accelerating trucks as it takes more time for trucks to accelerate to the posted speed limit.”
The sugar beet crop represents an important source of income for many farmers in Fremont County and the Big Horn Basin. Most of the trucks hauling the beets are coming from local farm fields near our local communities.
“Every beet harvested is hauled by truck on highways to a sugar factory, either in Lovell or Worland. Give these farmers a brake when you see them. Farmers are making positive contributions to the local economies in the counties where they live,” Lamb said.
– Provided by WYDOT, a Community Partner
The Riverton  City  Council in session earlier this year. (File photo)

Riverton council to consider overlay project for Pure Gas Road; Discuss downtown parking lot options

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Today’s Obituaries: Eagle, Hudspeth and McLaughlin

victoria eagle(St. Stephen’s, Wyo.) – Victoria Eagle, 61, of St. Stephens, Wyo., died at her home on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. A rosary was held on Sunday, September 14, 2014, at 7 p.m. at St. Stephens Catholic Church. A wake will follow at 1575 East Monroe Space 46 in Riverton, Wyo. A funeral mass was held on Monday, September 15, 2014, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m. with burial at Arapaho Catholic Cemetery. View the complete obituary here.