Replacing the Green River Bridge on Hwy 351
Traffic is being redirected onto a temporary bridge on Highway 351 as work is being done to replace the old highway bridge across the Green River. The speed limit is 20 mph through the detour section. Work is expected to be completed in 2017.
Chamber Community Conversation Luncheon in Big Piney April 27
Funeral Mass for Rose Dickie April 30
Weather Service to teach Spotter Training in Big Piney April 28
Tickets available for Dancing with the Sublette Stars
Camp Fire Girls Reunion and Open House June 10 & 11
Minimum of 1,700 Wolves in Northern Rockies
Antler shed gatherers and all recreationists need to drive on existing roads
State Agencies to hold Temporary Community Resource Centers for individuals facing layoffs
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
Sustainable Economic Development for Sublette County’s Future
The Sublette County Chamber of Commerce and Sublette Economic Resource Council (SERC) will host a Chamber Community Conversation Luncheon at the Big Piney Library on Wednesday, April 27th.The topic will be "Sustainable Economic Development for Sublette County's Future." Join the Chamber and SERC over lunch and hear discussions on outside-of-the-box opportunities for Sublette County with regard to the building blocks for sustainable communities, business support, job creation, and economic diversity. Special Guests: House District #20 Representative Albert Sommers and Wyoming Business Council's Elaina Zempel, Big Piney Library. 12 Noon to 2PM. Please RSVP to Debbee at the Chamber 307-367-2242.
Rose Dickie, 72, of Marbleton, Wyoming passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016. A funeral mass will be held Saturday, April 30th at 1:00 P.M. at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Big Piney. A rosary service will be held the night before April 29th at 6:00 P.M. at the church. Interment will follow the services in the Plainview Cemetery.
The National Weather Service in Riverton will teach a Severe Weather Spotter training class to increase the number of weather spotters in Big Piney and surrounding areas of Sublette County. The free, two-hour training class will take place at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Big Piney Library.
The course describes how various severe weather phenomena develop, outlines appropriate safety actions, and details procedures for identifying and reporting severe weather to the NWS. Videos and digital images from across Wyoming are shown during the training session to assist volunteers in correctly identifying important storm features. All course materials will be given to volunteers. Anyone who is a current weather spotter is encouraged to attend this session as a refresher.
"Weather spotters are an invaluable resource to the National Weather Service," said Bill Murrell, spotter program coordinator at the Riverton NWS office. "Meteorologists at the NWS office in Riverton incorporate real-time information from trained spotters across western and central Wyoming in our warning-decision process.This information makes it easier to verify what type of weather is actually occurring throughout the area, which allows us to provide more detailed and accurate information to the public."
Additional information on storm spotting is available on the local National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov/riverton or by calling the Riverton office toll-free at 1-800-211-1448.
On the Web:
NWS in Riverton: www.weather.gov/riverton
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Riverton.gov
On Twitter: @NWSRiverton
Complete Spotter Training Schedule: www.weather.gov/riw/2016_spotter_classes
Performances April 28 & 29 in Marbleton to benefit the Children’s Learning Center
Dancing with the Sublette Stars, a fund-raiser for Children’s Learning Center (CLC) in Sublette County, will take place Thursday and Friday on April 28 and 29, 2016 at Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Center in Marbleton, Wyoming.
This is the 5th year of this successful event. The evening includes a live show with be seven local "star" couples who will perform a lively dance routine. All funds raised will directly benefit the Children’s Learning Centers in Big Piney and Pinedale.
Since 1977, Children’s Learning Center has been a leader in early childhood education in Sublette County. CLC provides therapy and special education services for children birth to 5 years as well as preschool programs for all children 3 through 5 years. Approximately 100 children are served annually through these programs with an additional 200 area children receiving free developmental, hearing and vision screenings.
Tickets available now at Children’s Learning Center in Pinedale (307-367-6306), 191 South Franklin, or in Big Piney (307-276-5415), 650 Piney Drive. Join us for a night of food and fun while watching Sublette County’s Stars dance for a good cause.
Click on this link to see a video of Dancing with the Sublette Stars: https://vimeo.com/162999129
Click on this link for more information about this year’s event: http://www.SubletteStars.com
Sublette County Camp Fire Girls will have a Reunion & Open House on Friday and Saturday, June 10 & 11 at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale. The event will include photograph exhibits, displays, food & activities to celebrating 60+ years of Camp Fire Girls. Times for activities will be available at a later date. Relive Camp Fire memories, bring some CFG memorabilia to share. Enjoy one of Madge’s Sloppy Joes. For more information or if you want to help contact ML Worl, 307-367-4309, firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook public page: Camp Fire Girls: Sublette Co.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has released its annual report for the Northern Rocky Mountain wolf population – a population that has expanded to include at least 1,700 wolves in 282 packs in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. From this core population area, the wolf population has continued to expand in Oregon, Washington, and California, for a total wolf population of about 1,900 animals in 316 packs with 114 breeding pairs.
Wolves that occur in Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and north central Utah are no longer under federal protection and are managed by state wildlife officials. Wolves in Wyoming remain under federal protection, even though biological recovery goals were reached more than a decade ago.
According to the new FWS report, the minimum wolf count by state is as follows:
Montana: 536 wolves in 126 packs with 32 breeding pairs; Idaho: 786 wolves in 108 packs with 33 breeding pairs; Wyoming: 382 wolves in 48 packs with 30 breeding pairs.Oregon: 110 wolves in 16 packs with 11 breeding pairs; and Washington: 90 wolves in 18 packs with 8 breeding pairs.
Agencies spent $6.4 million for wolf-related management and activities in 2015. Of the more than $500,000 paid in compensation for wolf depredation on livestock, Wyoming tallied the highest amount, spending more than $330,000 in 2015, even though wolves remain under federal – not state – management. Since Wyoming did not assist FWS with wolf management in the state, no other expenditures were reported by state officials.
There were 717 wolf mortalities in the tri-state region of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, with 684 of these mortalities human-caused (270 in Montana, 352 in Idaho, and 62 in Wyoming). Montana and Idaho have established wolf hunting and/or trapping seasons that resulted in the harvest of 461 wolves, while wolves remain under federal protection in Wyoming. Wolves removed in control actions tallied 168 animals, including 54 in Wyoming. Confirmed livestock depredations in this region included 148 cattle, 208 sheep, 3 dogs, and 3 horses. Wolves killed 10 cattle, 10 sheep, and 1 dog in Oregon and Washington. FWS notes: "Although confirmed depredations result in a comparatively small proportion of all livestock losses, wolf damage can be significant to some livestock producers." FWS estimated that 17 percent of known wolf packs throughout the region were involved in at least one confirmed livestock depredation.
Although FWS administers a competitive grant program for states and tribes to prevent depredation on livestock and to compensate for livestock losses to wolves, and $500,000 was provided to Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, Wyoming did not receive any of this funding.
Yellowstone National Park reported 99 wolves in 10 packs while the Wind River Indian Reservation had 19 wolves in two packs. The East Fork pack of 13 black wolves ranges on and off the Reservation, and the St. Lawrence pack consisting of 10 gray-colored adult wolves ranges solely within the boundary of the Reservation, from Willow Creek to Washakie Park.
To learn more, read the complete annual report linked below.
Annual Report - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Wolf Watch - by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
The Bureau of Land Management reminds people planning to drive on public lands this spring that it is illegal to travel off existing roads in a motorized vehicle.
Wyoming’s shed antler law prohibits the collection of shed antlers and horns from January 1 through April 30 on public lands west of the Continental Divide, excluding the Great Divide Basin, and up to May 15 on some habitat management areas.
A citation for riding a motorized vehicle off existing roads or in a closed area can result in fines. Harassing wildlife may also result in fines.
"Responsible shed-antler hunting is a great way to enjoy public land. Many people responsibly search for antlers on foot or horseback," says Tim Wakefield, High Desert District Manager. "However, those that leave roads on ATVs or other motorized vehicles cause tremendous damage every spring."
Off-road driving can cause significant damage anytime, but moist spring soils are especially susceptible. This year, road beds are unusually wet due to the heavy snowfall. The resulting damage can cause erosion and serious impacts to important wildlife habitat. Another factor to consider is personal safety, e.g., not getting stranded on a muddy or washed out road.
BLM rangers will patrol popular shed hunting areas this spring in southern Wyoming to ensure compliance with travel management rules.
Wyoming is well-known for its quality big game resources. Visitors come from throughout the region, including Utah and Colorado, to look for shed antlers on BLM-administered land in southern Wyoming every spring.
Please report people driving cross country off existing roads. You may contact the BLM Ranger at 307-352-0214. A vehicle description, license plate number, time and location would help enforcement of travel regulations.
The location of road damage or impassable roads may be reported to the High Desert District Engineer, Joe Cantrell, at the High Desert District Office, 307-352-0256.
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS), the Wyoming Department of Insurance, the Wyoming Community College Commission and the Wyoming Business Council will partner to host temporary community resource centers in Casper, Gillette and Douglas for individuals impacted by recent layoffs.
Information regarding unemployment insurance, job training opportunities, health insurance, counseling services and more will be available at the temporary community resource centers.
The centers will be staffed with experts able to assist individuals from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1, Saturday, April 2, and Monday, April 4, at the following locations:
CASPER – DWS Casper Workforce Center (851 Werner Court #120)
DOUGLAS – Eastern Wyoming College - Douglas campus (800 South Wind River Drive)
GILLETTE – Gillette College Technical Education Center (3251 S 4-J Road)
Wyoming Department of Insurance staff availability at the Douglas and Gillette locations will be slightly delayed on April 1.
The DWS workforce centers in Casper, Douglas and Gillette will also be open for extended hours on Friday, April 1, from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Monday, April 4, from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. to provide information regarding unemployment insurance enrollment, job training opportunities and assistance with job searches and résumé preparation.
The DWS workforce center locations follow:
CASPER - 851 Werner Court #120
DOUGLAS - 311 N Russell Ave # B
GILLETTE - 551 Running W Drive #100
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!)
307-360-7689 (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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April 26: Sublette County CLG Historic Preservation Board regular meeting in Marbleton
3PM, Marbleton Senior Center.
April 27: Community Conversation Luncheon with the Sublette Chamber and Sublette Economic Resource Council in Big Piney
"Sustainable Economic Development for Sublette County's Future." Join Sublette Chamber and the Sublette Economic Resource Council (SERC) over lunch as we discuss outside-of-the-box opportunities for Sublette County with regard to the building blocks for sustainable communities, business support, job creation, and economic diversity. Special Guests : Rep. Albert Sommers & WBC's Elaina Zempel, Big Piney Library. 12-2PM. RSVP to Debbee at the Chamber 307-367-2242.
April 28: Severe Weather Spotter training class in Big Piney
To increase the number of weather spotters in Big Piney. Put on by the National Weather Service in Riverton. The free, two-hour training class will take place at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Big Piney Library.
April 29: Sublette County Museum Board public meeting (in Big Piney)
To discuss 2016/2017 County funding for the Green River Valley Museum and the Museum of the Mountain Man. At the Green River Valley Museum, Big Piney, 1PM.
May 3: Sublette County Museum Board public meeting (in Pinedale)
To discuss 2016/2017 County funding for the Green River Valley Museum and the Museum of the Mountain Man. At the Pinedale Library Board Room, 1PM.
May 4: Deadline to get pre-entry rate for Wind River Riders 4-H Classic Open Horse Show
Call 307-367-2502 for more info. The Show is on Saturday the 7th at the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney.
May 6: Public meeting in Daniel for Oil and Gas leasing in the Wyoming Range
May 6: Public meeting in Daniel for Oil and Gas leasing in the Wyoming Range Public meeting to cover information regarding the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) of Oil and Gas operations in the Wyoming Range of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Daniel Community Center located at 18 Schoolhouse Lane, County Road 208, Daniel, WY 83115, from 5:00-7:00pm. For those that cannot attend the public meetings but would like to comment on the proposal can do so by submitted in writing (either by letter or electronic). Letters should be sent to: Donald Kranendonk, District Ranger, Big Piney Ranger District, Bridger-Teton National Forest, 10418 South U.S. Highway 189, P.O. Box 218, Big Piney, WY 83113. Electronic comments can be submitted via: www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48737.
May 7: 17th Annual Wind River Riders 4H Classic Open Horse Show
At the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney, starts at 8AM. Entries due by noon May 4th to get pre-entry rate of $12/class, after that date $14/class. Call 307-367-3502 for more information.
May 12: ‘Wyoming, the Sheepherder State’
Program with John Farr. Program at the Green River Valley Museum in Big Piney, 6:00PM. www.grvm.com
May 31: MESA Volunteer Training
Sublette County Fairgrounds Ag Center. 6-8PM. All MESA volunteers are asked to attend one volunteer training annually to stay certified in their volunteer capacity. Call Carla for more info 307-749-3979.
June 3: Sommers Homestead Living History Museum opens for the summer season
Open from 10AM to 3PM, Fridays & Saturdays June, July and August. Admission is by donation. The Homestead is staffed by volunteers. It is located on the East Green River Road about 7 miles south of Hwy 191.
June 3: Green River Valley Museum in Big Piney opens for the summer season
11AM. Admission by donation. www.grvm.com
June 11: Leather Workshop at the Green River Valley Museum in Big Piney
With Aaron Fandek (pre-registration required) 10AM. www.grvm.com
June 11: Green River Valley Museum in Big Piney Opening Program
June 11: Kickin' Cancer Benefit
At the Sublette County Fairgrounds.
June 15: Sublette County Rural Health Care District Regular Board Meeting
Marbleton Town Hall, 6PM.
July 3 & 4: Chuckwagon Days in Big Piney
Annual 4th of July celebration. Community picnic, parade, BBQ, Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Rodeo, fireworks, community dance.
July 13: Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) regular meeting
8:30AM, Sublette County Unified Fire Training Facility in Marbleton.
July 27-30: Sublette County Fair
At the Sublette County Fairgrounds north of Marbleton. www.sublettecountyfair.com
July 30: Sublette County Fair Concert
Headlined by Clay Walker, with Ned LeDoux7PM, Sublette County Fairgrounds. Tickets will be available online starting May 20 and in-office beginning June 13. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth (17 & under). The concert will be held in the Ag Center at the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.sublettecountyfair.com.
August 17: Sublette County Rural Health Care District Regular Board Meeting
Marbleton Town Hall, 6PM.
September 17: Green River Valley Museum Hard Hats and Stetsons Cowboy Poetry
5:3PPM at the Boulder Community Center. Annual fundraiser for the Museum.
October 19: Sublette County Rural Health Care District Regular Board Meeting
Marbleton Town Hall, 6PM.
November 9: Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) regular meeting
8:30AM, Sublette County Unified Fire Training Facility in Marbleton.