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. Photo by Dawn Ballou, BigPiney.com.
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Death Notice: Martin ‘Sprout’ Wardell Jr.
Camp Fire Girls Reunion and Open House June 10 & 11
Minimum of 1,700 Wolves in Northern Rockies
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


Death Notice: Martin ‘Sprout’ Wardell Jr. (posted 5/28/16)
Martin "Sprout" Wardell Jr, 83, of Big Piney, Wyoming passed away peacefully at home May 18, 2016. Memorial service are pending. Click here for his obituary.


Camp Fire Girls Reunion and Open House June 10 & 11 (posted 4/5/16)
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, mlworl@centurytel.net. Facebook public page: Camp Fire Girls: Sublette Co.


Minimum of 1,700 Wolves in Northern Rockies (posted 4/2/16)

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.

Related Links:
Annual Report - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Wolf Watch - by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!


Local Contact Numbers
Big Piney Town Hall
PO Box 70
Big Piney, WY 83113
307-276-3554
E-mail: tbpiney@yahoo.com
Mayor: Phillip Smith
www.bigpiney.us

Marbleton Town Hall
10700 US 189
Marbleton, WY 83113
307-276-3815
E-mail: marbletontown@hotmail.com
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
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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Phone: 307-276-5699 • Fax: 307-276-5414

Current Conditions

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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
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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

May 30: Memorial Day ceremony in Big Piney Presentaion by the Big Piney American Legion and Boy Scouts organization, Vietnam veteran and author Lee Alley, Plainview Cemetery located on County Road 151 in Big Piney at 11AM. A free BBQ will follow.

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 1: Big Piney Rec Track & Field Games For ages 5-14, $5 per participant. Register by May 27, call Big Piney Recreation at 307-276-4071 or stop by 650 Piney Drive.

June 3: Green River Valley Museum in Big Piney opens for the summer season 11AM. Admission by donation. www.grvm.com

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 4: Sublette County Rock Club 1st meeting in Marbleton Marbleton Senior Center, 1PM. Purpose is to establish a new club, schedule events, door prizes and refreshments. Everyone welcome. For more infromation contact Jim or Leane Gray at JL Gray Rock Shop, 307-260-6444.

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 1PM. www.grvm.com

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 3: Lil’ Buckaroo Rodeo Part of the Big Piney/Marbleton 4th of July celebration. At 6:00pm at the Sublette County Fairgrounds. Lil Buckaroo books open June 13 at 11:00 am until July 1st. Call 307-749-3546 to get a form or pick them up at Office Outlets in Big Piney and Pinedale. www.chuckwagondays.com

July 4: Chuckwagon Rodeo Part of the Big Piney/Marbleton 4th of July celebration. At 1:00pm at the Sublette County Fairgrounds. Entry information: Chuck Wagon entries open June 27 until July 1st at 11:00 am,call 307-260-3007. www.chuckwagondays.com

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 kailey@sublettecountyfair.com 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.

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