Mr. Moose
Tyler Foster sent in this photo of a moose that visited their house in Big Piney on Monday, Jan. 19th. Click on this link for more pictures. Photo by Tyler Foster.
Headlines:
The Virginian: Man or Myth?
LaBarge Activities’ Committee 1st Annual Coyote Hunt Feb. 7th
American Legion Auxiliary Valentine's Dinner and Dance Feb. 14th
Mule Deer poaching
New Cowbelles cookbook available
Local Contact Numbers
Sublette County Fair
Green River Valley Museum
Chuckwagon Days
Local Lodging
Camping near Big Piney & Marbleton
Big Piney & Marbleton


'The Virginian: Man or Myth' - new book by Sublette County author Toni David.
'The Virginian: Man or Myth' - new book by Sublette County author Toni David.

The Virginian: Man or Myth? (posted 1/22/15)
New book by Toni David
Sublette County author, Toni David has just had her first book published. It is entitled, "The Virginian: Man or Myth". There will be a talk and book signing on Saturday, January 31st at 1:00PM at the Big Piney Library.

Owen Wister immortalized the American Cowboy in his novel The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains. The Virginian became the standard by which future western heroes would be modeled.

Did the author actually know a man that inspired his western hero? This is the question that has been debated since the book was first published in1902. What if there was such a man; who was he and why did Owen Wister not acknowledge the man that had influenced one of the most renowned characters of the twentieth century?

Toni David believes there was such a man and endeavors to answer these questions. "I had assumed as many had, that Owen Wister had fabricated his main character, but it took only one sentence from the book The Virginian at Medicine Bow by Glen Barrett to change my mind. Barrett stated that Owen Wister had ridden with the Ora Haley’s Two-Bar Outfit. That one sentence cinched it for me."
"I believe the events in the Virginian were a composite, but Owen Wister’s hero was not. No, Wister didn’t need to build his hero from a mixture of cowboys; because he had found it all in one man."

Books will be available for purchase and autographing at the book signing, $9.95. Books are also available at the Pinedale and Big Piney Office Outlet stores and on Amazon.com.


LaBarge Activities’ Committee 1st Annual Coyote Hunt Feb. 7th (posted 1/22/15)

The LaBarge Activities’ Committee will be holding their 1st Annual Coyote Hunt on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 7AM to 7PM. Registration fee is $100 per team. Teams must consist of four members or less. Registration is at the La Barge Dry Creek parking lot the morning of the hunt. Please register with Jenny Brandt, 307-388-0198. Prizes: 1st place, Half the Pot; 2nd place, Predator Call from Cabela’s; 3rd place ,3-Piece Knife Set from Cabela’s.


American Legion Auxiliary Valentine's Dinner and Dance Feb. 14th (posted 1/12/15)
The American Legion Auxiliary will host their Valentine's Dinner and Dance on Saturday, February 14th. It’s Date Night! Appetizers start at 5:30PM in the Marbleton Senior Center. Appetizers at 6:30PM, Show starts at 7:30PM. Music by Ginger Bess and her band. Adults only, cash bar. Advance ticket prices $35/person, $60/couple until February 6th. Afterwards and at the door tickets $40/person. Tickets available at both Office Outlet stores (Big Piney & Pinedale) and at the door. For more info call Valerie 307-376-5463 or Lolly 307-376-3850.


Mule Deer poaching (posted 12/6/14)

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking information about the illegal taking of two mule deer during a closed season in Sublette County recently. The mule deer were killed during the early morning hours of Thursday, November 13, 2014, along the Lander Cut-off Road (Sublette County Road 23-132) in the Long Draw area near Little Prospect Mountain in deer Hunt Area 130. The mule deer hunting season in this portion of Hunt Area 130 closed on October 31 and this area is a critical wintering area for mule deer.

Wyoming Game and Fish South Pinedale Game Warden Jordan Kraft investigated the poaching incident where evidence suggested that two mule deer were removed from the field whole without being field-dressed. Kraft believes there were two subjects were involved in the incident.

Anyone with possible information regarding this poaching incident, or who was in the area and may have noted suspicious vehicles or activities, is encouraged to call South Pinedale Game Warden Jordan Kraft at 307-367-2470, the Pinedale Game and Fish office at 1-800-452-9107 or the STOP POACHING hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847). Callers may remain anonymous and any information leading to the arrest and conviction may result in a reward of up to $5,000.


'Cream of the Green,' new cookbook by the Green River Valley Cowbelles
'Cream of the Green,' new cookbook by the Green River Valley Cowbelles

New Cowbelles cookbook available (posted 11/9/14)
Favorite recipes of local ranch women
The Green River Valley Cowbelles have just finished their great new cookbook, "Cream of the Green," just in time for holiday cooking and gift giving for the cook in the family.

The book contains favorite recipes by cattlewomen of the Upper Green River Valley. Chapters include appetizers and drinks, breads, canning and preserving, meats and sauces, salads, soups and vegetables, desserts, and tips and hints.

Each book is $25. If the book is to be mailed, send an additional $5 extra per book for postage (total $30). Make check out to GRVC and send it to Terrie Springman, PO Box 749, Big Piney, WY 83113.


Local Contact Numbers
Big Piney Town Hall
PO Box 70
Big Piney, WY 83113
307-276-3554
E-mail: tbpiney@yahoo.com
Mayor: Phillip Smith
www.townofbigpiney.com

Marbleton Town Hall
10700 US 189
Marbleton, WY 83113
307-276-3815
E-mail: marbletontown@hotmail.com
Mayor: Jim Robinson

Flicks & Pins Entertainment Center
Open Sunday through Thursday from 3:00PM to 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday 3:00PM to Midnight
Phone 307-276-4062 for movie times
http///www.townofbigpiney.com/FlicksnPins.html

Big Piney Ranger District
Bridger-Teton National Forest
P.O. Box 218
Big Piney, WY, 83113
307-276-3375 or 276-5800/5200
Fax: 307-739-5235/276-5835
www.fs.fed.us/btnf/

Sublette County Courthouse
21 S Tyler, Pinedale, WY 82941
Big Piney Direct Line 307-276-3827
Marbleton Annex 307-276-3735
Pinedale Information: 307-367-7722

Sublette County Sheriff's Department
PO Box 701
Pinedale, WY 82941
Marbleton: 307-276-5448
Pinedale: 307-367-4378

Big Piney Post Office
401 Budd Avenue
307-276-3772
1-800-275-8777

Sublette County School District #9
Superintendent's Office: 307-276-3322
Big Piney High School: 307-276-3324
Big Piney Middle School: 307-276-3315
Big Piney Elementary School: 307-276-3313
Big Piney Pool: 307-276-9966
www.sublette9.org


Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Citizen Center
429 E First St, Marbleton, WY
P.O. Box 33
Big Piney, WY 83113
Phone: (307) 276-3249
Fax (307) 276-3249
E-mail: southwest001@centurytel.net
Open 8:00am to 4:00pm
Lunch at 12:00 noon Tue. Wed. Thurs. (starting July 1, 2008)
Joan Mitchell / Director

Green River Valley Cowbelles
www.greenrivervalleycowbelles.com

More Area Information:
Sublette County Chamber of Commerce (Pinedale)
307-367-2242 or 1-888-285-7282
www.sublettechamber.com

BigPiney.com (Pinedale Online!)
307-276-5699 or 307-360-7689 (days, evenings, weekends ok)


Sublette County Fair
July - August
The Sublette County Fair is packed with entertainment and fun. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

One of the many highlights is the Lil' Buckaroo Rodeo. The audience holds their breath as these young cowboys and cowgirls try their hand at bronc riding. The evening ends with the youngest contestants competing in the stick horse barrel race. The greased pig contest is another favorite, the crowd roars with laughter watching the wave a kids overtaking the slimy critters.

Spend some time viewing the livestock shows and watch the participants as they receive their awards for a job well done. Enjoy the wonderful food which some how tastes more delicious in the atmosphere of the fair festivities. Finish the night off at the rodeos with many local cowboys and cowgirls participating in the fast paced events. Visit the Sublette County Fair web page to enjoy pictures from previous years fairs.

For more information visit - www.sublettecountyfair.com.


Green River Valley Museum
Open June through October
The Green River Valley Museum is located on the main street in Big Piney. Artifacts from prehistoric Indians, pioneers, homesteaders and other various groups that have settled this area are on display at the museum. Many of the items displayed at the museum were donated by local families. 'Hard Hats and Stetsons' is the annual fundraiser for the museum. The name of the fundraiser itself reflects how important the cattle and oil industry have been for this valley.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM from June into October (opening date varies, so watch for announcements on the specific date each year). Admission is by donation. Special tours can be arranged by calling Museum Director Jeannie Lockwood at 307-276-3637.

For more information visit www.grvm.com


Chuckwagon Days
Over July 4th
Chuckwagon Days takes place each year over the 4th of July holiday in Big Piney. There is a Lil' Buckaroo Rodeo, a parade down Big Piney's main street followed by a free BBQ at the Sublette County Fairgrounds, an afternoon rodeo, street dance and late evening fireworks (on the 4th).

The "Chuckwagon Chug" a 5k and 10k Walk/Run, will be held on July 4th, before the Big Piney Parade. Start/Finish is at the Big Piney High School parking lot. There will be prizes for top finishers and gift bags for all contestants.

More information about Chuckwagon Days can be found here: www.ChuckwagonDays.com


Local Lodging
If you are looking for local lodging and places to stay in the Big Piney-Marbleton areas, be sure to check the Sublette County Chamber of Commerce website under lodging. Big Piney and Marbleton are located about 35 miles south of Pinedale, so look under motels, RV parks and campgrounds specific to our towns.
Lodging Links:
Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins, Motels, Guest Ranches, RV
www.sublettechamber.com


Camping near Big Piney & Marbleton
The closest campgrounds are located on the Big Piney Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. They offer two developed campgrounds and many opportunities for dispersed camping in the Wyoming Range west of Big Piney and Marbleton. The forest boundary is approximately 20 miles from local businesses and town services. For detailed information, contact the district office at 307-276-3375.

Sacajewea Campground Located 25 miles west of Big Piney. This campground has 26 sites, basic amenities, and is open June 15th through September 30th. The camping fee is $7.00 per site, per night. This campground has running water, an on-site host, and is well maintained. No electricity, showers or phone.

Middle Piney Lake Campground This is a primitive campground located further down the road from the Sacajewea Campground. This camp area is next to Middle Piney Lake and has 5 tent sites, tables and pit toilets. NO running water, electricity, showers or phone service. NO fees. Because of the narrow winding road to this campground, it is not recommended to take trailers to the lake site.

Forest Service Cabins Big Piney Ranger District offers two Forest Service work centers for rent for overnight stays. One is located at Snider Basin and the other in the Hoback. Contact the Big Piney office for more information on availability and fees.

NOTICE ABOUT BEARS: These campgrounds are in bear country. Both black bears and grizzly bears inhabit the Wyoming mountain range. Visitors are strongly encouraged to practice clean camping techniques and store attractants in a manner that makes them unavailable to bears. Bear-proof canisters are available for rent from the Big Piney Ranger District office. Bear-proof dumpsters are located at various locations at campgrounds and recreation areas on National Forest land.

Dispersed Camping:
There are practically unlimited opportunities for dispersed camping on the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Big Piney/Marbleton. The forest boundary is approximately 20 miles from town. Stay limit is 16 days in any one location. Campers should either bring their own water or boil water obtained from sources in the outdoors to avoid getting sick from organisms that live in lakes and streams. Do not drink untreated surface water. Dispersed camping is available along the Piney, Cottonwood and LaBarge Creek drainages.

Camping on BLM land
There are no developed campgrounds on BLM land near Big Piney or Marbleton, however there are many places for dispersed camping for those who are prepared to bring their own drinking water and camp without developed facilities. For more information, contact the Pinedale Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management in Pinedale.

Private RV Campgrounds
There are several private businesses that offer RV campsites for overnight and extended stays. Most have power, water and sewer hookups. Click here to our sister website, Pinedale Online, for info about private RV campgrounds and services.

Related Links:
Bridger-Teton National Forest/Big Piney Ranger District
Sublette County Chamber of Commerce


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Big Piney, Wyoming, "Ice Box of the Nation"

Big Piney & Marbleton
Ice Box of the Nation
Big Piney is the oldest settlement in Sublette County, Wyoming and was named by Dan B. Budd for the Piney Creeks. In 1879, Daniel B. Budd and his partner Hugh McKay brought a thousand head of cattle from Nevada hoping to ship them at Point of Rocks, but winter caught up to them here in the Green River Valley. The following year Dan Budd moved his family here and that is how the settlement of this town began. Big Piney was called "Ice Box of the Nation" when it was officially made a weather station in 1930. Big Piney had the coldest year round average temperature of any place nationally.

It's a curiosity, considering most Wyoming towns are few and far between, that Big Piney and Marbleton would only be a mile apart. They have separate post offices and town governments. Big Piney was incorporated on July 5, 1913. In the early days there was a lot of drainage problems with the site on which Big Piney was built. So Charles Budd, eldest son to Dan B Budd had hope to build the town up on the bench to alleviate this problem. Charles did establish Marbleton on the bench, in late 1913, but it never replaced Big Piney. Any attempts to combine the two towns has been unsuccessful. The truth is people here kinda' like it that way. Both towns cooperate with each other, they have a common school. The citizens of these two towns take a lot of pride in the growth of their little metropolis over the past years and think the founders would be proud too. Both communities have thrived in the last several decades because of the oil and gas industry. In the 1980's Marbleton recieved it's own post office, because of the number of people moving to the area.


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Webcam view of US 189 north of Marbleton
Webcam view of US 189 north of Marbleton, view looking north from Fairgrounds

Webcam view of US 189 north of Marbleton, view looking south towards Marbleton & Big Piney
Webcam view of US 189 north of Marbleton, looking south from Fairgrounds

Webcam view of US 189 north of Marbleton, view looking south towards Marbleton & Big Piney
Webcam view of Hwy 351 north of Marbleton, at junction with US 189, view looking east

Upcoming Events

January 29: Early closure of Marbleton Medical Clinic today Both Pinedale and Marbleton Medical Clinics will close early, at 2:00 PM for In-Service. www.sublettehealthcare.com

January 31: Book Talk and Signing for author Toni David Toni has just had her first book published and will be giving a talk at the Big Piney Library on Saturday at 1PM. The book is based on her research and belief that character of "The Virginian," the American Cowboy immortalized by Owen Wister in 1902, is based on a real person, Hi Bernard. The book is entitled "The Virginian: Man or Myth." Books will be available for purchase and autographing, $9.95. Books are also available from Office Outlet in Big Piney and Pinedale and on Amazon.com.

February 1-8: IPSSSDR International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race www.wyomingstagestop.org

February 5: Big Piney/Marbleton Stage Stop IPSSSDR Meet the Musher Banquet International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. 6PM at the Marbleton Senior Center. www.wyomingstagestop.org

February 6: Big Piney/Marbleton Stage Stop IPSSSDR - race day International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. Starts at 9AM at the Middle Piney Parking lot. www.wyomingstagestop.org

February 7: LaBarge Activities’ Committee 1st Annual Coyote Hunt Registration is at the LaBarge Dry Creek parking lot the morning of the hunt. Time: 7AM to 7PM. Registration fee is $100 per team. (Teams must consist of four members or less.) Please register with Jenny Brandt, 307-388-0198. 1st place prize: Half the Pot, 2nd place prize: Predator Call from Cabela’s. 3rd place prize: 3-Piece Knife Set from Cabela’s.

February 14: American Legion Auxiliary Valentine's Dinner and Dance Date Night! In the Marbleton Senior Center. Appetizers start at 5:30PM, dinner at 6:30PM, and the show starts at 7:30PM. Music by Ginger Bess and her band. Adults only, cash bar. Advance ticket prices $35/person, $60/couple until February 6th. Afterwards and at the door tickets $40/person. Tickets available at both Office Outlet stores (Big Piney & Pinedale) and at the door. For more info call Valerie 307-376-5463 or Lolly 307-376-3850.

April 8: Blood Draws in LaBarge for Big Piney Health Fair Nurses for Community Health will be doing blood draws for the Health Fair in Big Piney on April 8th 6am to 9am at the Senior Center. Contact Tonya Hoffman at 307-390-8100 or Mary Said 307-276-4100 for questions. Please remember to fast at least 8-12 hrs, you may drink water before your draw.

April 9 & 10: Blood Draws in Big Piney for Big Piney Health Fair Nurses for Community Health will be doing blood draws for the Health Fair in Big Piney on April 9th and 10th, 6am to 9am at the Senior Center. They will do blood draws in LaBarge on April 8th 6am to 9am at the Senior Center. Contact Tonya Hoffman at 307-390-8100 or Mary Said 307-276-4100 for questions. Please remember to fast at least 8-12 hrs, you may drink water before your draw.

June 18: Farmers Markets resume on Thursday for the summer The Marbleton/Big Piney Markets will be held Thursday mornings from 11:00am to 1:30ish on the lawn in front of the Marbleton Town Hall. The Pinedale Market on the Green will be held on the Courthouse Green on Pine Street at the corner of South Fremont on Thursday afternoons from 3pm to 6:30ish. For more info email pinedalefarmersmarket@wyoming.com

July 3 & 4: Big Piney/Marbleton Chuckwagon Days - 4th of July celebration Morning parade down Budd Avenue in Big Piney, Little Buckaroo Rodeo, free community BBQ lunch at the Sublette County Fairgrounds, Rodeo, fireworks at dusk, night street dance in Big Piney. www.chuckwagondays.com

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