Snowy Weekend Photo Gallery
Dave Bell posted a new photo gallery of winter pictures from the East Fork to White Pine to Pape Road to Horse Creek. "It was beautiful everywhere," he said. Click on this link to view his photos: Snowy Weekend – February 5-6-8.
Big Piney & Pinedale students place at 2021 Southwest Regional Science Fair
Covid-19 Isolation Units installed in Marbleton/Big Piney
Project begins to document historic buildings in Big Piney and Marbleton
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
Camping near Big Piney & Marbleton
Big Piney & Marbleton
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, February 4, 2021.
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 25 participants, and 18 projects from the following schools: Big Piney Middle School, Jackson Hole Middle School, Pinedale Middle School, and Rawlins Middle School.
The results are as follows:
Cael Espencheid and Cole Walton from Big Piney Middle School. Their project was "How Much Does Water Quality Account for Grass Growth? Creek Water vs. Return Flow Water". They were also awarded a scholarship to Western Wyoming Community College.
Emily Donough from Rawlins Middle School. Her project was titled "Cultivating Mars". Donough was awarded a scholarship to Western Wyoming Community College.
1st place: Fisher Mills and Reece Woolwine (Pinedale Middle School) - "OH DEER!"
2nd place: Emma York and Chelsea Wright (Big Piney Middle School) - "The Effect of Unhealthy Liquids on Brine Shrimp"
Behavioral and Social Sciences:
1st place: Kamiah Runyan (Big Piney Middle School) - "The Effect of the Full Moon Phases on Night Time Activity on Dogs, Cats, and Horses Behavior"
Biochemistry/Cellular & Molecular Biology/Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
1st place: Kaydence Guest, Addalee Cunningham, and Natalie Evans (Big Piney Middle School) - "The Genetic Effects on Fingerprints"
Biomedical & Health Sciences/Biomedical Engineering/Translational Medical Sciences:
1st place: Tryzmen Green (Big Piney Middle School) - "The Effect of UV Sterilization on Cloth Mask Bacteria"
2nd place: Decker Normington (Pinedale Middle School) - "Mask O Wonder"
3rd place: Kelby Staley (Big Piney Middle School) - "The Effect of Natural Substances on Escherichia Coli (E.Coli)"
Earth & Environmental Sciences/Environmental Engineering:
1st place: Shane Keelin (Jackson Hole Middle School) - "Can Humidity be Raised Artificially to Combat Wildfires?"
Engineering Mechanics/Materials Science/Energy:
1st place: William Hibbert (Big Piney Middle School) - "Engineering a Wind Splinter for Semi-Truck Cargo Trailers to Help Reduce Sail Effects of High Crosswinds"
2nd place: Catie Langolis and Magdelena Jones (Big Piney Middle School) - "What is the Purpose of Eggs in Cookies?"
1st place: Sakiusa Meadow (Big Piney Middle School) - "The Effect of T4r Coliphangs on Colonies of Escherichia Coli (E.Coli)"
2nd place: Zeferino Zungia and Hays Espenscheid (Big Piney Middle School) - "The Effect of Marinades on Bacteria Growth on Steak"
1st place tie:
Cael Espencheid and Cole Walton (Big Piney Middle School) -
"How Much Does Water Quality Account for Grass Growth? Creek Water vs. Return Flow Water"
Emily Donough (Rawlins Middle School) - "Cultivating Mars"
2nd place: Kaleb Miller (Big Piney Middle School) - "Curing Tmv with LED Lights on Pinto Beans"
3rd place: Jolynn Jones (Big Piney Middle School) - "How does pH Affect Plant Growth?"
"Participating in the Southwest Regional Science Fair provides the opportunity for students to engage with the process of science in ways they may not otherwise experience. It promotes not only scientific literacy and inquiry, but also creativity, responsibility, self-confidence, organization and communication, both written and verbal," stated Katrina Marcos, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Southwest Regional Science Fair committee member.
The Regional Science Fair Committee consists of the following dedicated Western educators and employees, Katrina Marcos, Randy Goff, Katey Ellis, Josh Holmes, Jennifer Allen, and Cathy Ebert.
TATA Chemicals will donate monetary prizes to Big Piney Middle School and Rawlins Middle School to be used for promoting the STEM program at their educational facility. This is the fifth year TATA has donated to the Fair.
For more information regarding the Science Fair at Western, please contact Cathy Ebert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the spike in COVID cases throughout the nation, the possibility of surrounding facilities being unable to accept any out of state or out of county patients has become more of a reality. Today November 20th, 2020 the Sublette County Rural Health Care District received their first of two containers specially fabricated in Pinedale, WY by Enviremedial Services, Inc. These containers are essential to operations of the clinic and will be used to test, monitor, and treat (and if needed house) any COVID-19 positive, or possible COVID-19 positive patients. These containers are fully insulated, can house up to 3 patients in separate isolated rooms, all with their own negative pressure system, running water, and electricity.
Funding for these containers came from the State of Wyoming CARES Act. The first container has been installed at the Marbleton/Big Piney Clinic and should be ready for patient use before Thanksgiving weekend. The second container is expected to be installed at the Pinedale location before the new year.
The Sublette County Historic Preservation Board/Certified Local Government is beginning a survey project to document historic buildings in Big Piney and Marbleton. This is being done as one of the many Centennial projects over the next three years to highlight Sublette County history and shared heritage.
The Big Piney/Marbleton historic buildings survey will focus on all remaining buildings in the two towns that were constructed before 1940. This will help document the development of the two communities, identify any unique architecture, and provide a record of historic buildings before more are lost.
The landowners of the historic buildings will receive a letter in the mail soon requesting permission to allow researchers to visit and document the historic buildings on their property. The support of landowners is critical to documenting local area heritage. This is only a documentation project and in no way changes or hinders landowner’s property rights. Researchers will notify landowners before visiting their property.
Onsite recordation will focus on the outside of buildings, documenting and taking pictures of architectural features. Landowners will receive a copy of the site form with the information about the history of the buildings on their property.
The Historic Preservation Board-CLG is a government board appointed by the Sublette County Commissioners. Volunteer board members serve two-year terms. Funding for this project has been provided by the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office and Sublette County. There will be no cost to the landowners.
For more information or any questions, contact any of the members of the Preservation Board, http://www.sublettewyo.com/200/Certified-Local-Government-CLG.
For more information on the Board, please visit www.sublette.com/preservation.
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.
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Bridger-Teton National Forest
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.
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
Big Piney Town Hall
PO Box 70
Big Piney, WY 83113
Marbleton Town Hall
10700 US 189
Marbleton, WY 83113
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!)
307-360-7689 (days, evenings, weekends, after hours calls 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
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 17: Free EKG Clinic in Marbleton
From 2 to 6PM at the Marbleton Ambulance Barn. Any healthy individual of any age with no current heart conditions are encouraged to sign up, especially those who have not had a baseline EKG. Appointments will be necessary, spots are limited. Also, masks will be required and social distancing guidelines will be followed. Please call 307-367-2315 to schedule your appointment in Pinedale or 307-276-3032 to schedule your appointment in Marbleton.