Volunteer Service Award
Donna Shafer of Big Piney was selected to receive the lifetime volunteer award at the annual State 4-H Leaderís conference in Riverton in February. Mrs. Shafer was nominated for this award by 4-H Educator Robin Schamber with letters of support from Janet Beiermann and former club member Jenny Beiermann. Donna is entering her 14th year as a volunteer in the Sublette County 4-H program.
Donna Shafer given 4-H Lifetime Volunteer Award
Big Piney Recreation offers classes
Charmian McLellan art exhibit at the Big Piney Library
Hunter Education classes offered
Local Contact Numbers
Sublette County Fair
Green River Valley Museum
Camping near Big Piney & Marbleton
Big Piney & Marbleton
2014 Wyoming 4-H Southwest District Salute to Excellence Lifetime Volunteer Award
Sublette County 4-Hís very own volunteer, Donna Shafer of Big Piney was selected to receive the lifetime volunteer award this past weekend at the annual State 4-H Leaderís conference in Riverton.
Mrs. Shafer was nominated for this award by 4-H Educator Robin Schamber with letters of support from Janet Beiermann and former club member Jenny Beiermann. Donna is entering her 14th year as a volunteer in the Sublette County 4-H program where she has led projects including fabric and fashion, quilting, robotics and aerospace, and most recently by default youth leadership. Donna is also an active participation the county 4-H Leaderís Council and has served on the Sublette 4-H Foundation board.
Donna leads one of Sublette County 4-Hís most highly functioning community club, Helping Hands where she ensures each youth has the most opportunity for success. Donna works diligently to help all youth understand and navigate all the deadlines, registrations, portfolios and opportunities in the 4-H program. Under Donnaís leadership, each year the Helping Hands club organizes and executes several county-wide community service projects including an annual food drive and the Treats for Troops project which sends hundreds of dozens of homemade treats to our soldiers. The club also undertakes several community service projects each year that are unique to just their club which have included sponsoring a child with the angel tree program, and helping with various community events.
According to Jenny Beiermann, former 4-H member and summer intern, "Being a member of numerous 4-H clubs with Mrs. Shafer, I have been able to work closely with her for almost all ten years of my 4-H career, and she has deeply impacted my life. From cooking, sewing, quilting, and crocheting, she is a phenomenal 4-H leader and devotes herself wholeheartedly to her club members. She is deeply concerned with the success of her club members, and is always available to help her kids with anything. She organized the only community club in Sublette County, and is always thinking of and researching new community service opportunities and projects for the club to participate in that benefit people across the world. Leading by example, she teaches members that hard work, determination, and excellence are incredibly important characteristics to have. She really understands what 4-H is about and how to instill those core values in members across the county."
Also offering volleyball, archery, indoor soccer, bingo and kids classes
Big Piney Recreation is offering a variety of classes in February and March. Below is more information about all their upcoming offerings.
Co-Ed Volleyball: February 21st is the last day to sign up for Co-Ed Volleyball Spring season, games start Monday March 3rd at 6PM.
After School Archery: Starting March 6th. K-2nd grade 3:30-4:30PM (sign-ups are closed). 3rd grade & up 4:30-5:30 (6 spots left). $15 per kid.
Indoor Soccer: K-5th grade, starting Monday March 10th 3:30-4:30PM
We will pick kids up after school. Must be signed up by Friday, March 7th .
Kids Time: Itís a time for the kids to come to the BP Rec and have a good time after a week of hard work at school. K-5th grade, starting March 14th 3:30-4:30PM. Itís FREE. Please register at the BP Rec office. We will pick kids up from school.
Kids Night Out: Together with Kid Zone, Kids Night Out now brings the opportunity for younger kids to enjoy a night out while their parents enjoy their night out. Held every 4th Friday of the month from 6 to 10PM. Ages: 6 months old-8th grade. $15 per kid (must be signed up by noon that Friday). Dinner will be provided.
Kid Zone: Monday-Thursday 5-8. $2/hour/kid. Monthly passes available
For more information and to sign up, contact Big Piney Recreation, 307-276-4071, townofbigpiney.com.
February through March
ĎPower of Imperfection,í an art exhibit by Charmian McLellan, is on display at the Big Piney Library through the month of February until the end of March. Click here for pictures of her artwork.
Most big game and bird seasons have ended with many hunters already planning for next fall (online applications for some species opened earlier this month). So if you have a child, friend or relative who will need a hunter education certificate in order to hunt in 2014, now is the time to register for a hunter education class to ensure opportunities are not missed.
In Wyoming, hunter education classes are taught by approximately 350 volunteer instructors, a dedicated cadre always looking to recruit new members. These instructors offer most classes in winter and into spring since most are out hunting during the fall.
Hunter education certification is required for anyone born after Jan 1, 1966, to take wildlife with a firearm in Wyoming. The exceptions are landowners hunting only on their own land and those eligible for the hunter mentor program for one-year exemption.
There is no minimum age for hunting small game in Wyoming, but 12 years old is the minimum age for big or trophy game. Although students of any age may enroll in HE classes, those reaching the age of 11 before taking the class have the best success rate. Ten-year-old students, when accompanied by parents for the duration of the class, most often also have a positive experience.
Finding out where and when classes are offered along with enrolling into a hunter education class is easy. All it takes is a visit to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website at http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011 .
The Game and Fish website has detailed information on when and where classes are offered and is updated weekly. Instructors in many smaller towns may only conduct one course each year, so if you or someone you know will need hunter education, check out the details now to make sure you donít miss out.
Big Piney Town Hall
PO Box 70
Big Piney, WY 83113
Mayor: Phillip Smith
Marbleton Town Hall
10700 US 189
Marbleton, WY 83113
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
Big Piney Ranger District
Bridger-Teton National Forest
P.O. Box 218
Big Piney, WY, 83113
307-276-3375 or 276-5800/5200
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
Big Piney Post Office
401 Budd Avenue
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
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
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
More Area Information:
Sublette County Chamber of Commerce (Pinedale)
307-367-2242 or 1-888-285-7282
BigPiney.com (Pinedale Online!)
307-276-5699 or 307-360-7689 (days, evenings, weekends ok)
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.
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
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
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.
Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins, Motels, Guest Ranches, RV
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.
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.
Bridger-Teton National Forest/Big Piney Ranger District
Sublette County Chamber of Commerce
Big Piney, Wyoming, "Ice Box of the Nation"
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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February through March 31: ĎPower of Imperfectioní art exhibit by Charmian McLellan
On display at the Big Piney Library February through the end of March. Click here for pictures of her artwork.
March 6: After School Archery
Starting March 6th. K-2nd grade 3:30-4:30PM (sign-ups are closed). 3rd grade & up 4:30-5:30 (6 spots left). $15 per kid. For more information and to sign up, contact Big Piney Recreation, 307-276-4071, townofbigpiney.com.
March 10: Youth Indoor Soccer begins
K-5th grade, starting Monday March 10th 3:30-4:30PM. Big Piney Recreation will pick kids up after school. Must be signed up by Friday, March 7th. Itís FREE. For more information and to sign up, contact Big Piney Recreation, 307-276-4071, townofbigpiney.com.
March 14: 'Kids Time' begins
Itís a time for the kids to come to Big Piney Recreation and have a good time after a week of hard work at school. K-5th grade, starting March 14th 3:30-4:30PM. Itís FREE. Please register at the BP Rec office. They will pick kids up from school. For more information and to sign up, contact Big Piney Recreation, 307-276-4071, townofbigpiney.com.
March 17-20: MESA Winter Camp in Big Piney
4-6 p.m. at the SC Ag Center. For more information, contact Carla Sullivan, Executive Director, 307-749-3979 or email email@example.com, www.mesarides.org. M.E.S.A. Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc.
April 14: MESA Spring Lessons begin in Big Piney
Big Piney lessons are on Mondays, Pinedale lessons are on Tuesdays. Please call Carla to sign up. For more information, contact Carla Sullivan, Executive Director, 307-749-3979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mesarides.org. M.E.S.A. Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc.
June 20: Celebration for the awarding of National Register status for the Green River Drift
Details to be announced. Will be done in combination with tomorrow's Grand Opening for the new New Fork Park to have a 2-day fun history weekend. For more information contact the Sublette County Historical Society/Museum of the Mountain Man, 307-367-4101.
June 21: Grand Opening celebration for the Lander Trail-New Fork River Crossing Historical Park
The park is located just north of Hwy 351 off of Paradise Road. Details to be announced. For more information contact the Sublette County Historical Society/Museum of the Mountain Man, 307-367-4101.
July 3 & 4: Chuckwagon Days
Two days of fun in Big Piney/Marbleton celebrating Independence Day. Early morning walk/run, parade down Budd Ave in Big Piney, free community BBQ, Lil' Buckaroo Rodeo, rodeo, fireworks, street dance. Come join the celebration!
July 4: Chuckwagon Days Rodeo
At the Sublette County Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena, Big Piney, 1:00PM. For ticket info call 307-367-1068, www.adiamondproductions.net
July 18: MESA Horse Show
At the Sublette County Ag Center, Sublette County Fairgrounds, 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Carla Sullivan, Executive Director, 307-749-3979 or email email@example.com, www.mesarides.org. M.E.S.A. Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc.
July 18: Sublette County Fair Rodeo
At the Sublette County Fairgrounds north of Marbleton, 7:00PM. For ticket info call 307-367-1068, www.adiamondproductions.net
July 19-26: Sublette County Fair in Big Piney/Marbleton
A week full of fun at the Sublette County Fairgrounds, north or Marbleton. Click on this link for this year's schedule, entertainment, registration forms: www.sublettecountyfair.com