Here Come The Dogs
The Big Piney/Marbleton Stage of the Pedigree Stage Stop Race was held February 3rd & 4th. The week-long sled dog race had stages in multiple towns across western Wyoming, including a stop in Pinedale. Anny Malo, from Quebec, Canada won 1st place in this year's race. She was also the winner of the 2019 race. Second Place winner was Lina Streeper, herself a two-time champion of the race. Alix Crittenden of Bondurant, Wyoming, took 3rd place. Click on this link for pictures from the 2020 Big Piney/Marbleton Stage of the Pedigree Stage Stop Race. Photo by Pedigree Stage Stop Race.
Headlines:
Leap Year Ice Fishing Derby in Marbleton Feb. 29
County seeks volunteers for Centennial Exploratory Committee
Funeral Service for Maisie Pope Feb. 17 in Big Piney
Joint Board Meeting Feb. 17 in Pinedale
Anny Malo wins 2020 Pedigree Stage Stop Race
Sublette Rural Health Care Board meeting Feb. 12 in Marbleton
Free EKG Clinics in February
Medication Take Back Day in Big Piney-Marbleton February 26th
Big Piney Middle School student overall winner of 2020 Southwest Regional Science Fair
The 25th Stage Stop Sled Dog Race begins January 31, 2020
Two wildlife underpasses to go in north of LaBarge
Middle Piney Dam and Road Closure
Info on vehicle registration laws in Wyoming for non-resident workers
3 towns call themselves the ‘Ice Box of The Nation’
Local Contact Numbers
Sublette County Fair
Green River Valley Museum
Chuckwagon Days July 3rd & 4th in Big Piney
Local Lodging
Camping near Big Piney & Marbleton
Big Piney & Marbleton


Leap Year Ice Fishing Derby in Marbleton Feb. 29 (posted 1/21/2020)
Leap Year Ice Fishing Derby in Marbleton Feb. 29
Big Piney-Marbleton Community Development is hosting an ice fishing fundraiser on Saturday, February 29th. The Leap Year Ice Fishing Derby will be held at the new Town of Marbleton Fishing Pond. There will be three sessions, 1-1/2 hours each. All ages welcome. Cost is #25/hole/session. 15 holes will be pre-drilled. There will be cash prizes. All Game & Fish rules apply. Three fish limit. Do a Corporate/Team challenge (3/team). Hot lunch sponsored by Plumbumm. There will be a bonfire, hot cocoa and marshmallows. The derby lasts from 9AM to 2PM. Register at the Marbleton Town Hall prior to the derby.


County seeks volunteers for Centennial Exploratory Committee (posted 2/18/2020)

In anticipation of the Centennial Celebration for Sublette County during 2021 & 2022, the Sublette County Commission is seeking applicants to serve on an Exploratory Committee. The purpose of this Exploratory Committee is to define the role of and hire a Centennial Coordinator and to select a Centennial Committee, which will be tasked with organizing and planning a Centennial Celebration, and help other organizations plan their own centennial projects and events. The Exploratory Committee may also make recommendations to the Centennial Committee regarding any Centennial related activities. It is anticipated that the Exploratory Committee will exist and meet several times for a short period in the March-May 2020 timeframe, and that members of the Exploratory Committee may also transition to the Centennial Committee.

The Unorganized County of Sublette was formed by the Wyoming legislature on Feb 15, 1921, approved by the residents on June 28, 1921, first commissioners elected on November 7, 1922, and elected officers sworn in on January 2nd, 1923 formally becoming Sublette County.

Anyone interested in applying to the Exploratory Committee should submit a letter of interest to Matt Gaffney, Sublette County Administrator at matthew.gaffney@sublettewyo.com or by mail at P.O. Box 250, Pinedale, Wyoming 82941. All letters of interest must be submitted by March 13, 2020. The Sublette County Commission will consider all letters submitted at its March 24, 2020 meeting and make appointments to the Exploratory Committee at that meeting. If you have any questions about the Exploratory Committee, please contact Matt Gaffney at 307-367-2300 or the email address listed above.


Funeral Service for Maisie Pope Feb. 17 in Big Piney (posted 2/14/2020)

Maisie Ann Pope, 75, of Shelley, Idaho and former resident of Big Piney, Wyoming passed away Tuesday evening, February 11, 2020 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. A funeral service will be held Monday, February 17th at 11:00 AM at the Big Piney L.D.S. Church with a viewing one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service in the Plainview Cemetery.

Related Links:
Obituary: Maisie Pope Covill Funeral Home


Joint Board Meeting Feb. 17 in Pinedale (posted 2/14/2020)
Continued discussions on the future of health care in Sublette County
There will be a joint meeting of the boards of the Sublette County Rural Health Care District, Sublette County Commissioners, Sublette Center, and the Sublette County Town Mayors on Monday, February 17th (Presidents Day holiday) to continue discussions about the future of health care in Sublette County and a proposed agreement between the Sublette Center, the County Commissioners and the Sublette County Rural Health Care District. The meeting will begin at 9:00AM in the Sublette County School District #1 Board Room, 655 N Tyler Ave in Pinedale (please enter through the west entrance, not through BOCES). This is a public meeting with time for public comment.

Related Links:
www.sublettehealthcare.com Sublette County Rural Health Care District
www.sublettecenter.com Sublette Center
www.sublettewyo.com Sublette County
www.townofpinedale.us Town of Pinedale
www.bigpiney.us Town of Big Piney
Marbleton, Wyoming Facebook page


Anny Malo wins 2020 Pedigree Stage Stop Race (posted 2/14/2020)
Anny Malo, from Quebec, Canada, is the champion of the 25th edition of the Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. She was also the winner of the 2019 race. Second Place winner was Lina Streeper, herself a two-time champion of the race. Malo six of the seven stages in this year’s race. Alix Crittenden of Bondurant, took 3rd place. Crittenden also won 3rd place last year. She has been running dogs out of race founder Frank Teasley’s Jackson Hole Iditarod Kennel in Hoback Canyon. Click on this link for more details of the final results of the 2020 Pedigree Stage Stop Race

Related Links:
www.wyomingstagestop.org Pedigree Stage Stop Race
2020 Finishing Banquet Feb. 8, 2020 at the Jackson Conference Centre
Pinedale Stage Stop
Big Piney/Marbleton Stage Stop


Sublette Rural Health Care Board meeting Feb. 12 in Marbleton (posted 2/10/2020)
The Sublette County Rural Health Care District Board will hold a Special Meeting on Wednesday, February 12th at 8:30AM in Room 102 of the Marbleton Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a proposed agreement between the Sublette Center, the Sublette County Commissioners, and the Sublette County Rural Health Care District. The boards had an all-day meeting on Friday, February 7th to discuss the future of health care in Sublette County, including the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and merger possibilities. That meeting also included representatives from the Towns of Pinedale, Big Piney and Marbleton. The three boards are scheduled to meet again on Monday, February 17th in Pinedale to continue discussions about the merger possibility. Below is the agenda for the Wednesday, February 12th meeting in Marbleton.

Sublette County Rural Health Care District Board
Special Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 8:30 AM
Marbleton Town Hall, Room 102
Marbleton, Wyoming

Call to order
Pledge of Allegiance

Agenda:
The Sublette County Rural Healthcare District Board will be meeting concerning a proposed agreement between the Sublette Center, the County Commissioners and the Sublette County Rural Health Care District.

Public Comments

Related Links:
www.sublettehealthcare.com Sublette County Rural Health Care District


Free EKG Clinics in February (posted 2/11/2020)
The Sublette County Rural Health Care District is offering free baseline EKGs February 24th in Pinedale and February 25th in Marbleton. A baseline EKG will give you a first look at your heart’s activity by which to compare future EKGs. This is good for any healthy individual of any age with no current health complications. EKGs are performed and reviewed by Sublette County EMS staff.

Monday, February 24 in Pinedale: From noon to 6:00PM in the Pinedale EMS Classroom. Please schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, but spots are limited. Call 307-367-2315.
Tuesday, February 25 in Marbleton: From 2:00PM – 6:00PM in the Marbleton EMS Classroom. Please call 307-276-3032 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, but spots are limited.


Medication Take Back Day in Big Piney-Marbleton February 26th (posted 2/11/2020)
Sublette County Public Health will be holding a Medication Take Back Day in Big Piney/Marbleton on Wednesday, February 26th. Bring in your old or unused medications for safe disposal at the Southwest Sublette County Pioneer Senior Center in Marbleton from 11AM to 1PM and get a free lunch at the Center. Open to everyone. For more information, call Sublette County Public Health, 307-367-2157.


Big Piney Middle School student overall winner of 2020 Southwest Regional Science Fair (posted 2/4/2020)
William Hibbert takes Overall 1st Place

ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING – Western Wyoming Community College hosted Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students, grades 6-12, who participated in the Southwest Regional Science Fair, Thursday, January 30th, 2020.

The Fair is an opportunity for students to apply their STEM knowledge, engage in scientific thought, and gain new ideas and knowledge from peers and educators. Local STEM teachers dedicate much of their time to prepare their students for this educational opportunity.

The Regional Science Fair is an affiliate of Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The categories, divisions, rules and judging criteria of the Fair are in line with the Intel ISEF requirements.

This year, there were 89 participants, and 71 projects from the following schools: Big Piney Middle School, Big Piney High School, Kemmerer Jr. High School, Pinedale Middle School, Star Valley Jr. High. The results are as follows:

Overall Winner:
1st place: William Hibbert from Big Piney Middle School.
His project was on the presence of micro plastics in Fontenelle Reservoir. He was also awarded a scholarship to Western Wyoming Community College.

Animal Sciences: All won by Pinedale Middle School
1st place: Wyatt Griffin and Dustin Larsen
- Do You Even Grow Bro?
2nd place: Kemmer Clause - Where are the Big Ones
3rd place: Melissa Layne and Dodge Normington - A Dog’s Life

Plant Sciences:
1st place: Shayla Frazier (Star Valley)
- How Different Colored Lights Affect a Spider Plant’s Growth
2nd place: Delaney Day (Pinedale) - Battle of the Elements
3rd place: Damien Burgess (Star Valley) - Plants Grow under the Power of Different Colored Lights!

Behavioral and Social Sciences:
1st place: Ana Mika (Pinedale)
- Moody Toons
2nd place: Sarah Helm (Pinedale) - Give Your Ear to Learning
3rd place tie:
Madisen Evans and Julia Hymas (Big Piney)
- The Effect of Music on the Avian Heart Rate
Liam O’Connor and Mekiah Strom (Pinedale) - Cyantific Heart Rate

Biomedical & Health Sciences/Biomedical Engineering/Translational Medical Sciences:
1st place: Graham Harber and Bill Harber (Pinedale)
- Can You Escape The Vape, Vol. 2
2nd place: Austin Ruvalcaba and Kelby Staley (Big Piney) - The Effect of Colloidal Silver Water on Escherichia coli, K-12
3rd place: Trista Covill and Seren Noble (Pinedale) - Water You Drinking

Chemistry/Energy:
1st place: Keston Johnson (Star Valley)
- The Best Battery for the Buck
2nd place: Kailie Alcorn (Big Piney) - The Effect of Well Location on the Quantity of Sodium in Home Water Wells of Sublette County, Wyoming
3rd place: Isabella Allen and Kelsey Cooper (Pinedale) - Code Red

Biochemistry/Cellular & Molecular Biology/Bioinformatics/ & Computational Biology:
1st place: Charlotte Crook (Star Valley)
- The Bacterial Content in Milk
2nd place: Maddie Strgar (Star Valley) - Gum Flavor Longevity
3rd place: Arianne Dearden and Gracee Painter (Kemmerer) - Strawberries

Earth & Environmental Sciences/Environmental Engineering:
1st place: William Hibbert (Big Piney)
- The Presence of Micro Plastics in Fontenelle Reservoir
2nd place: KaLee Bohnet (Pinedale) - Phos-Chek or False-Chek
3rd place: Ashley Boulter and Kelcy Moffat (Pinedale) - I’ll be Growin’ Algae

Engineering Mechanics/Materials Science/Energy:
1st place: Elyn Bowers (Pinedale)
- Need a Brake?
2nd place: Ashton Bennett (Big Piney) - Using the Seebeck Effect to Engineer a Heated Neck Warmer
3rd place: AJ Cunningham, Jackie Meador (Big Piney) - Electric Boogaloo

Mathematics Jr. Division:
1st place: AJ Hale (Star Valley)
- Is Home Field Advantage a Real Thing

Mathematics Sr. Division:
1st place: Brandon David Jones (Big Piney)
- Mathematics Magnet Madness

Microbiology:
1st place: Anna Lehr (Pinedale)
- Not so Eggcellent
2nd place: Reagan Davis and Brookylnn Maxam (Pinedale) - A Sticky Situation

Physics & Astronomy:
1st place: Morgan Brown and Natalie Davis (Big Piney)
- Measuring Velocity through Stroboscopic Photography

"It is always great to see all of the students who participate in the Southwest Regional Science Fair each year. I appreciate the dedication of the teachers and parents who encourage these students to develop projects throughout the year. When judging the projects, I can see the growth that has occurred in the students from the time they start as 6th graders and as they return from year to year. Both the projects and presentations are more polished and the students get experience in presenting and answering questions that will be invaluable to them as they go on in school and beyond. I encourage all schools in the Western district to give their students this opportunity to participate," stated Dr. Clifford Wittstruck, Dean of Academics at Western.

The regional science fair committee consists of the following dedicated Western educators and employees; Katrina Marcos, Randy Goff, Katey Ellis, Josh Holmes, and Cathy Ebert.

TATA Chemicals funded the Southwest Regional Science Fair in its entirety. In addition to this donation, TATA issued a $500 check to Big Piney Middle school, where the overall winner was from, to be used for promoting the STEM program at their educational facility. This is the fourth year TATA has sponsored the Fair.

Additionally, donations were made by Young and Professional (YAP), Western Wyoming Beverages, Walmart, and BOCES.


The 25th Stage Stop Sled Dog Race begins January 31, 2020 (posted 1/27/2020)
Pedigree® Stage Stop Sled Dog Race organizers are pleased to announce the 2020 race schedule and total possible payout of $165,000 in prize money. The "Wyoming Stage Stop" is in its 25th year and begins on Friday, January 31, 2020 in Jackson, Wyoming.

To kick-off the event, teams race down the snow-packed downtown streets of Jackson as they have every year since the inaugural running in 1996. This year’s festivities include prize giveaways, food truck, and laser light show creating the largest and one of the most festive gatherings of the year on Jackson’s historic Town Square.

Up to 25 competitors compete in "stage" format racing for day money, overall payout, and the title of Stage Stop Champion. Hosted by eight western Wyoming communities with race courses spanning seven US Forest Service Ranger Districts, the race routes traverse remote terrain encompassing nearly 250 miles of trails within six major mountain ranges.

To highlight the 25-year milestone, the event has contracted with Angelos Media out of Park City, Utah to produce a documentary film showcasing this unique event, the dedication of the competitors, and the inspirational relationship they share with their dogs. Dan Carter, Race Director, notes that "This film project gives us the opportunity to present the story of the Stage Stop Race like never before. The sublime backdrop of the western Wyoming wilderness will, no doubt, be visually stunning and provide the viewer with an up-close, in-depth look into what it takes to put on and run in the Stage Stop Race".

2020 Race Dates and Schedule (All stages are 30 to 35 miles)
Friday, January 31 – Ceremonial Start – Jackson, Wyoming
Saturday, February 1 – Stage One – Alpine, Wyoming
Sunday, February 2 – Stage Two – Pinedale, Wyoming
Monday, February 3 – Stage Three – Kemmerer, Wyoming
Tuesday, February 4 – Stage Four – Big Piney / Marbleton, Wyoming
Wednesday, February 5 – Stage Five – Lander, Wyoming
Thursday, February 6 – (travel day)
Friday, February 7 – Stage Six – Driggs, Idaho
Saturday, February 8 – Stage Seven – Teton County, Wyoming

Pinedale Stage:
Saturday, February 1st —Meet the Mushers Banquet in Pinedale
6:00 PM: Meet the Mushers Dinner in the Lovatt Room of the Sublette County Library, South Tyler.
Sunday February 2nd — Pinedale Race Day – Stage 2
9:00 AM: Race starts at the Upper Green River Trailhead, Cora at the end of Hwy 352. Kendall Valley Lodge will serve Breakfast & Lunch specials; they are located west of Upper Green Parking Lot. Spectators welcome.

Big Piney/Marbleton Stage:
Monday, February 3rd – Big Piney/Marbleton Mushers Dinner
Monday evening at 6:00PM at the Marbleton Senior Center.
Tuesday, February 4- Big Piney/Marbleton Race Day – Stage 4
Race starts at 9AM at the Middle Piney Parking lot. Spectators welcome.

For more information go to the race website www.pedigree.com or on Facebook www.facebook.com/Pedigree


Two wildlife underpasses to go in north of LaBarge (posted 7/30/19)
The Wyoming Game & Fish has approved $1.25 million to help pay for two wildlife underpasses along US 189 north of LaBarge, Wyoming. The underpasses and associated fencing will go in along a five mile stretch of highway that has a record of vehicle collisions with mule deer. The road intersects an area where mule deer cross in the fall and spring traveling to and from their winter range habitats. The agency expects the underpasses will reduce collisions by up to 90 percent. The projects are expected to be completed by 2022.


Middle Piney Dam and Road Closure (posted 7/11/18)
Middle Piney Lake access will be closed for three summers for dam reconstruction
PUBLIC NOTICE: Forest Road #10024 heading to Middle Piney Reservoir is now closed above Sacagawea Campground for the next three summers while the dam is being reconstructed. There will be heavy equipment up and down that road. Due to a safety concern for both the public as well as the construction crew, the road will be closed to all traffic during the summer season (including on foot).

The back side of the lake will still be open to the public, but know that it is going to be a long hike OFF-ROAD AND OFF-TRAIL, and there will be NO MOTORIZED access.

According to the Wyoming Water Development Office, the dam is in need of reconstruction due to its high risk of failure. The State is also funding the reconstruction project.

Construction is going to take the shoreline down to its natural level and completely reconstruct the man-made dam. Because of the short field season in the area, the process is going to take at least three years to complete.

During the winter season, while construction activity is on hold, NW Construction will remove their equipment and supplies as much as possible to allow winter access.

Please call the Big Piney Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest for more information, 307-276-5800.

Click on this link for more pictures

Related Links:
Bridger-Teton National Forest


Info on vehicle registration laws in Wyoming for non-resident workers (posted 5/29/18)

In a joint release issued on Tuesday (May 29, 2018), Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell and County Treasurer Robb Slaughter described the details of Wyoming statute concerning vehicle registration for non-residents working in the state.

"The Wyoming statute that addresses this issue," Slaughter said, "is W.S. 31-2-201 (j) and (k). It can be reviewed online at the State Legislature’s website at http://www.wyoleg.gov/StateStatutes/StatutesConstitution?tab=0 ."

Lowell and Slaughter outlined the statute as follows:

A non-resident who is employed in Wyoming, on either a temporary or full-time basis, and who is the owner or operator of a vehicle in Wyoming that is not a commercial vehicle must immediately obtain a valid Wyoming registration or purchase a temporary registration.

To obtain a temporary registration, their vehicle must display a valid registration from another jurisdiction and be properly insured. Application is made in person at the County Treasurer’s Office at the Sweetwater County Courthouse at 80 West Flaming Gorge Way in Green River. The fee for a temporary registration is $50.00 per month and cannot exceed 120 days per vehicle. If a worker is going to be employed in Wyoming for longer than 120 days, a regular Wyoming registration must be issued.

Those applying for a temporary registration will need to bring with them the following:

- The vehicle’s current, non-expired registration
- Proof of insurance
- Color of vehicle
- Payment for temporary registration in the form of cash, credit card, or debit card

Subsection (k) of the statute makes the following provisions for a commercial vehicle owner, a non-resident owner of a vehicle who is not employed in Wyoming, or any owner, upon transfer of ownership to, as an alternative to registration:

A 30-, 60-, or 90-day permit may be obtained in any 12 month period. The temporary permit begins on the date the owner enters Wyoming or on the date of purchase of the vehicle. The fees for a temporary permit are:

Up to 30 days - .10 X regular registration fee
Up to 60 days - .20 X regular registration fee
Up to 90 days - .30 X regular registration fee

Lowell and Slaughter noted that Wyoming has full reciprocity agreements with Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, and Nebraska. Non-residents working in Wyoming who live in these states may run with their regular registration. If they take up residence in Wyoming, however, (by living here over 120 days, for instance), they must obtain Wyoming registration.

In addition, Wyoming has daily commuter reciprocity with Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Utah. Non-residents who live in these states and commute to work daily in Wyoming may run with their regular registration.

Lowell emphasized that Sweetwater County deputies are enforcing this statute, and will continue to do so.

Slaughter said those with questions may contact their County Clerk’s office.


3 towns call themselves the ‘Ice Box of The Nation’ (posted 1/15/18)
Including Big Piney, Wyoming
Wyoming Public Radio posted an article today (Monday, January 15) about three towns that are fighting to claim the title of "Ice Box of the Nation.’ Those three towns are International Falls, Minnesota; Fraser, Colorado; and Big Piney, Wyoming. Each has had record cold recorded temperatures. Big Piney has reached -61F.

For more on this story, click on this link,Why Three Towns Are Fighting To Be The 'Ice Box Of The Nation' and then click on the audio link on the left hand side. Story by Kelly McEvers, All Things Considered, npr.org, Jan. 15, 2018


Local Contact Numbers
Big Piney Town Hall
PO Box 70
Big Piney, WY 83113
307-276-3554
www.bigpiney.us

Marbleton Town Hall
10700 US 189
Marbleton, WY 83113
307-276-3815

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
www.flicksnpins.com/

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
www.bpmseniorhousing.com
Facebook page

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!)
307-360-7689 (days, evenings, weekends, after hours calls 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 July 3rd & 4th in Big Piney
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


BigPiney.com photo
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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Current Conditions

Weather from Weather Underground
Big Piney Weather (NWS)

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

February 26: Medication Take Back Day in Big Piney/Marbleton Bring in your old or unused medications for safe disposal and get a free lunch. Wednesday from 11AM to 1PM at the Southwest Sublette County Pioneer Senior Center in Marbleton. Open to everyone. For more information call Sublette County Public Health, 307-367-2157.

February 29: Leap Year Ice Fishing Derby in Marbleton Big Piney-Marbleton Community Development is hosting an ice fishing fundraiser on Saturday, February 29th. The Leap Year Ice Fishing Derby will be held at the new Town of Marbleton Fishing Pond. There will be three sessions, 1-1/2 hours each. All ages welcome. Cost is #25/hole/session. 15 holes will be pre-drilled. There will be cash prizes. All Game & Fish rules apply. Three fish limit. Do a Corporate/Team challenge (3/team). Hot lunch sponsored by Plumbumm. There will be a bonfire, hot cocoa and marshmallows. The derby lasts from 9AM to 2PM. Register at the Marbleton Town Hall prior to the derby.

February 29: Muley Fanatic Foundation fundraiser Saturday at the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney. There will be a banquet, Casino Night, 2020 Commission licenses in the live auction, free Veteran’s giveaway, and more. Doors open at 3:00PM. Limited tickets available. Individual tickets are $65 each, Corporate tables are available for $1000. More info

April 7: Christ in the Passover Presentation and Dinner At 6pm at the Big Piney Pavilion 1550 Miller Way. This is a free-will donation event. We are requesting RSVP. Presented by the Summit Church in Marbleton, Wyoming.

April 11: Free Community Easter Egg Hunt and Hot Dog Lunch Saturday at 1pm at the Sublette County Fairgrounds. Hunt is for all kids up to 12 years old. Presented by the Summit Church in Marbleton, Wyoming

May 2: PFAC Kentucky Derby Fundraiser At the Sublette County Fairgrounds. More info TBA. Tickets and more info at www.pinedalefinearts.com

June 19-21: Gem & Mineral Show 2020 Wyoming State Mineral & Gem Society Show Hosted by the Sublette County Rock hounds. At the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney. Friday and Saturday from 9AM to 5PM, Sunday from 9AM to 4PM. Dealers, lectures, demonstrators, exhibits, field trips food concessions, kids activities and more. Admission $2 for adults, kids free. For more information contact jimgray@wyoming.com

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