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Pronghorn mother and baby. Photo by Renee' Smythe.
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Candidate Meet & Greet July 26 in Marbleton
Town of LaBarge Community Picnic Aug. 20
4th annual Fly-In and Car Show August 20
Real Estate scam alert
Fireworks illegal in Sublette County year-round
FAA warning about drones and wildfires
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


Candidate Meet & Greet July 26 in Marbleton (posted 7/20/16)
For Sublette County Commissioner, State Senator District 14, State Representative District 20
Come meet the candidates and talk to them one on one! All candidates running for Sublette County Commissioner, State Senator District 14, or State Representative District 20 have been invited to participate in a Meet & Greet on Tuesday, July 26, at the Senior Center in Marbleton, from 6-8 pm. Sponsored by the Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Citizen Center.


Town of LaBarge Community Picnic Aug. 20 (posted 7/17/16)
Town of LaBarge Community Picnic will be at the town park on Saturday, August 20th, starting at 11 a.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be provided. Please bring a potluck salad or dessert to share. There will be a Waterslide for the kids, tournaments for volleyball, basketball, and cornhole. There will be prizes and a door prize. For more information, please call Diane at 307-386-2504 or Jenny at 307-388-0198.


4th annual Fly-In and Car Show August 20 (posted 7/5/16)
The 4th annual Fly-In and Car Show will be held on Saturday, August 20th. Everyone is welcome. It will be from 7:00 am until 12:00 noon. A pancake breakfast will be served. Donations always welcome. 56 Airport Road, Big Piney, Wyoming. For more information call 307-276-4022 or visit the Big Piney Airport Facebook page.


Real Estate scam alert (posted 6/30/16)

Today (Thursday, June 30th) the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office received reports of an attempted email fraud. The person will attempt to push for financial information or encourage wire transfer transactions related to real estate. They are hacking for emails related to real estate transactions then using the contact info. We want to caution the public that if they are involved with real estate business they do so via mail or in person, especially with financial transactions to avoid issues. If you receive a suspicious email don’t hesitate to contact us (307-367-4378).


Fireworks illegal in Sublette County year-round (posted 6/30/16)

Residents of Sublette County are reminded that it is illegal to discharge fireworks in Sublette County throughout the year, including the Fourth of July holiday. Resolution 88-183T was adopted to prohibit the possession, storage, sale, and discharge of fireworks in Sublette County.

Fire Chief, Shad Cooper explained, "The resolution was adopted as a matter of public safety to protect citizens and their property. The fireworks ban has been in place for many years in Sublette County and it includes all private, state, and federal lands."

Residents are encouraged to attend the public fireworks displays hosted by Sublette County Unified Fire along with the towns of Pinedale and Big Piney/Marbleton on July Fourth. "We want to have our volunteer firefighters provide the public fireworks displays each year. This allows us to focus our efforts in the communities and minimize the potential for additional fire incidents in other areas of the county," explained Cooper. Pinedale’s display begins at 10:00 PM at the baseball fields and Big Piney/Marbleton’s display begins at 10:00 PM at the Marbleton Hill.

For more information about the fireworks ban, please contact the administrative offices of Sublette County Unified Fire at 307-367-4550 or by email at: unifiedfire@sublettewyo.com.

For more information call 307-367-2767 or email mmtransfer@centurytel.net.


FAA warning about drones and wildfires (posted 6/30/16)
Drones interfere with aerial fire suppression efforts

(ROCK SPRINGS) On behalf of Sweetwater County Fire Warden Mike Bournazian, the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office is circulating the Federal Aviation Administration’s recent email on the issue of flying drones near wildfires, which was sent out to all those with FAA-registered drones:

Keep Your Drone Away from Wildfires

There are lots of great places to fly your drones, but over or near a wildfire isn’t one of them. In fact, drone operators who interfere with wildfire suppression efforts are subject to civil penalties of up to $27,500 and possible criminal prosecution.

Here’s why it’s important: Aerial firefighting aircraft, such as airtankers and helicopters, fly at very low altitudes, just a couple hundred feet above the ground and in the same airspace as hobby and recreational drones. This creates the potential for mid-air collision that could seriously injure or kill wildland firefighters in the air or on the ground.

As a result of unlawful drone operations near fires this year, fire managers have temporarily grounded all firefighting aircraft on several occasions for safety reasons. Shutting down firefighting operations could cause wildfires to become larger and can threaten lives, property, and valuable natural and cultural resources.

The bottom line is: ‘If you fly, we can’t.’

Sweetwater County officials noted that wildland fires are not uncommon in Sweetwater County. In July of 2015, a wildland fire burned well over 2,000 acres in the upper Bitter Creek drainage south of Rock Springs. About 100 local and BLM firefighters and support personnel were engaged in its suppression.


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.


To contribute information to this community website,
please e-mail: info@bigpiney.com or info@marbleton.com.
Phone: 307-276-5699 • Fax: 307-276-5414

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

July 24-30: Annual Sublette County Fair Lynn Thomas Memorial Art Show Sublette County Fairgrounds Community Hall. Reception: Thursday, July 28th.

July 26: Candidate Meet & Greet in Marbleton Come meet the candidates and talk to them one on one. All candidates running for Sublette County Commissioner, State Senator District 14, or State Representative District 20 have been invited to participate. From 6-8 pm. Sponsored by the Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Citizen Center.

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.

August 20: 4th annual Fly-In and Car Show From 7:00 am until 12:00 noon at the Big Piney airport. A pancake breakfast will be served. Donations always welcome. 56 Airport Road, Big Piney, Wyoming. For more information call 307-276-4022 or visit the Big Piney Airport Facebook page.

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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