A gas leak on Thursday, Oct. 9th, forced the evacuation of schools and businesses in the vicinity of the Big Piney Fine Arts Building. Children were evacuated from the Elementary and Middle School, the road was closed, and several businesses temporarily closed.
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Bridger-Teton resumes prescribed burning in Wyoming Range
Gas leak forces evacuation of Big Piney schools and businesses
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Funeral Services for Shannon Cave will be held on Friday, October 24th at 2:00PM at the Marbleton Senior Center.
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From 9:00AM - 2:00PM at the Big Piney High School Gymnasium & Lobby. Presented by St. Anne’s CCW. Crafters space is available for $20. Contact Jenna Banks for more information, 307-276-3880.
The Big Piney Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest is resuming ignitions on prescribed burn units in the Cottonwood area of the Wyoming Range. They plan to start Friday Oct. 17, on a unit at the head of Nylander Creek in North Cottonwood Creek. They anticipate a couple of days burning in that unit and then depending on weather and conditions, move on to a unit on the north side of S. Cottonwood drainage on Sunday or Monday.
There are no closures associated with the burns, but they ask that the public stay clear of the area while firefighters are working and be aware of hazards that will exist in the vicinity of burned areas post ignition: falling snags, hot pockets/stump holes, rolling rocks and debris on steeper slopes, smoke and active flames in the interior of burn units.
The Cottonwood II prescribed burn is located approximately 20-miles west of Daniel, Wyoming in the North and South Cottonwood drainages and on Bare Pass near Red Castles. The project consists of several units totaling 1,093 acres. Fifty acres were successfully treated with fire earlier in this spring and 120 acres previously. Teton Interagency Fire Managers are hoping to burn several units for a total of over 500 acres this fall.
The primary objective of the burn is to increase aspen regeneration and reduce encroaching conifer. "Fire is a very good tool to help bring back these aspen stands," said Paul Hutta, Fire Management Officer for the East Zone of the Bridger-Teton NF. "Aspen are shade intolerant and removing the overstory of conifers will allow suckering to occur." Additional benefits will be to increase forage conditions for wildlife habitat and reduce hazardous fuels build-up while restoring fire-adaptive ecosystems.
Forest users may experience temporary smoky conditions in the vicinity of the project area and hazards associated with fire will be present inside and adjacent to the burn units. Interagency fire managers will attempt to minimize any adverse impacts as the burn proceeds.
This vegetation treatment is an interagency cooperative effort with Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming Game & Fish Department, Sublette County Fire, and Teton Interagency Fire.
For more information about this project, contact the Big Piney Ranger District at 307-276-3375 or visit www.tetonfires.com or http://gacc.nifc.gov/egbc/dispatch/wy-tdc/prescribed-fires.php.
Around 12:30PM on Thursday, Oct. 9th, a contractor working in the area of S. Nichols and Budd Avenue in Big Piney reported a gas link and called 911. The leak impacted the Big Piney Fine Arts Center, Burney & Company grocery store, Bank of the West, and the Big Piney Elementary and Middle School.
There were no injuries.
Big Piney/Marbleton Volunteer Fire Department, Sublette County Fire Warden Chad Cooper, Sublette EMS, and Sublette County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded. Sublette County Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Mitchell provided coordination.
It was necessary to evacuate an area of approximately 1,000 feet around the leak. Both schools and Burney’s were closed for a short time. Burney’s has since reopened.
Around lunchtime, the schools were closed. Parents of the Big Piney elementary and middle school were called to pick up their children. Those who weren’t picked up were bussed home.
Rocky Mountain Power and Questar responded. Rocky Mountain Power disconnected power to the Fine Arts Center. Questar shut gas to the two schools and Fine Arts Center. Questar is working to maintain gas service to area residents. No private residents were impacted by the shut-down, only commercial buildings and the schools.
South Nichols Street and the Fine Arts Center building remain closed as of the time of this update (5:15PM Thursday).
Parents are urged to contact their schools for information about the status of school for Friday.
Photos courtesy Sublette County Emergency Management. Thank you to Joe Sampson, Sublette County Fire, for his contribution to this report.
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.
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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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October 28: Planning Ahead, Difficult Decisions: Planning Considerations… to Steps After a Death
Big Piney Library 1:00, No registration required, no fee. 2nd part of a 2-part series.
October 30: Mammo Raffle at the Sublette County Medical Clinics
Drawing for 2 free Mammograms. Visit either Clinic for more information and to enter your name in the giveaways.
November 8: 50 Firearm Raffle and Dinner
Sponsored by Sublette County for the Troops to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. At 6:00PM at the Southwest Sublette County Senior Center in Marbleton. Raffle tickets $100/each. Dinner tickets $25/each. For more information please contact Ben Jenkins at 307-390-7022 or Jared Holgate at 307-739-6395. Winners need not be present to win.
November 22: Big Piney Holiday Craft Bazaar
From 9:00AM - 2:00PM at the Big Piney High School Gymnasium & Lobby. Presented by St. Annes CCW. Crafters: space avalable for $20. Contact Jenna Banks for more information, 307-276-3880.