Powell, Wyo. – The sugar beet crop in northern Wyoming is recovering after being hit by frost and winds last month.
About 12 percent of the crop in the Lovell factory district in the Big Horn Basin had to be replanted after nighttime temperatures dipped into the 20s for several nights. Winds have also reduced some stands.
Heart Mountain grower Ric Rodriguez, vice chairman of the Western Sugar Cooperative board, says most of the crop weathered the conditions pretty well.
Cheyenne, Wy – The final snowpack report of the season shows Wyoming in good shape for irrigation water this summer. The Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that every major mountain range in Wyoming has above-average or near-average snow moisture. The numbers are critical for Wyoming's farmers and ranchers because mountain snows supply irrigation water throughout the summer. The upper Green River Basin, Powder River Basin, Snake River, and Bighorn Basin all show increasing snowpack compared to average.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming First Lady Nancy Freudenthal has been sworn in as a federal judge. Freudenthal, wife of Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, was sworn in Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer at a private ceremony in Cheyenne. A public swearing-in ceremony will be held later. The U.S. Senate confirmed Freudenthal as a federal judge last month. The judgeship covers federal cases in Wyoming and the sections of Yellowstone National Park in Montana and Idaho. Mrs. Freudenthal has worked as a lawyer in private practice in