Big Piney Robotics
The Big Piney Puncher Robotics team competed with their robot (The Handyman) in Salt Lake City, Utah recently. Team 3288, or Puncher Robotics, has been competing in various regional robotics competitions for nearly ten years. Every year, a new game is created. This year, the participants were required to build a robot that could stack recycling bins on top of rectangular totes that would then be placed in a central scoring area. Pictured here, Russell Kenney and Matt Kelly (in the middle) drive the robot while other teams look on. Click on this link for more photos: From Rust to Robots (6 pictures) Photo by Annette Jones.
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Graveside Funeral Services for Paula Calhoun May 5th
Sheriff’s Office seeks assistance after burglary of firearms
BLM Pinedale seeks public comment on Dry Piney Deep project
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


Graveside Funeral Services for Paula Calhoun May 5th (posted 5/2/15)
Graveside Funeral Services for Paula Calhoun will be held on Tuesday, May 5th at 11:00AM at Plainview Cemetery in Big Piney.


Sheriff’s Office seeks assistance after burglary of firearms (posted 4/21/15)

The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the community’s assistance with the investigation of a burglary that occurred in Pinedale late last month in which four handguns, two rifles and a suppressor were stolen. The following is a list of the missing items:

Glock 23 handgun
Baby Desert Eagle handgun
Remington 1911 handgun
Sig Sauer P277 handgun
Smith and Wesson M&P 15 rifle
Springfield Armory M1A rifle
Osprey .45 suppressor

If anyone has information regarding this burglary or these firearms, please contact Detective Mackenzie of the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office at 307-367-4378 ext. 5117.


BLM Pinedale seeks public comment on Dry Piney Deep project (posted 4/21/15)
Public meeting on proposed natural gas and helium processing facility April 27th in Big Piney

The Bureau of Land Management¡¯s (BLM) Pinedale Field Office (PFO) is seeking public input on a proposed natural gas and helium processing facility in the Dry Piney Creek area, approximately 10 miles northwest of LaBarge, Wyoming.

QEP Resources, Inc. has proposed a gas development project which would include ten gas©\production wells with associated access roads and buried gathering pipelines; a gas processing plant, 7.6 miles of methane pipeline, 8.3 miles of CO2 pipeline, four CO2©\injection wells, 13 miles of an overhead, 230©\kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line, a 230/34.5 kV substation, one water©\supply well, one produced©\water disposal well and one sour©\gas disposal well.

The proposed facilities and supporting features would be constructed on a mix of public, state and private land, with the majority of the 355 acre gas processing plant facilities on private QEP-owned land.

A project- related public open house will be held from 4 ¨C 7 p.m., Monday, April 27, 2015, at the Big Piney branch of the Sublette County Public Library, 106 South Fish St., Big Piney, Wyoming. Representatives of QEP and BLM will be on hand to answer questions, provide information about the proposed project and accept written comments.

Additional information, including the draft plan of development, is available at the PFO, 1625 W. Pine St., Pinedale, Wyo., or online at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/pfo/DryPineyDeep.html.

The PFO will be preparing an environmental assessment and public comments will help identify issues, potential impacts and possible mitigation measures and assist in developing a reasonable range of alternative actions. Comments should be as specific and constructive as possible. Please mail or deliver written comments to Pinedale Field Office, Attn: Joseph Debebe, P.O. Box 768, 1625 W. Pine St., Pinedale WY 82941-0768; email to blm_wy_dry_piney_deep_project@blm.gov; or fax to 307-367-5329.

BLM will accept public comments until May 20, 2015.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment ¨C including your personal identifying information ¨C may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the individual below during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the below individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

For more information, contact Natural Resource Specialist Joseph Debebe at 307-367-5360.


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
http///www.townofbigpiney.com/FlicksnPins.html

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

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

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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
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

May 6: Donkey Basketball in Big Piney Spnosored by the Friends of Big Piney Rec. At the Big PIney Rec Center at 7PM. Advance tickets $8 adults, $6 students (7-12), $4 for children K-6). Tickets at the door $10 adults, $8 students, $5 children K-6.

May 7: LaBarge Parents' Tea Thursday at 1:30PM.

May 9: A Woman's Work Cook Off At the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney. For more information call the Fairgrounds at 307-749-3546 or email fairgrounds@sublettewyo.com. Fairgrounds schedule

May 8: Big Piney Parent's Tea At 1:00PM. Sublette County School District #9.

May 9: Mother's Day Tea in Daniel At the Daniel Community Center. 18 Schoolhouse Lane, County Road 208, Daniel, WY 83115. For more information, see Facebook page or call 307-859-8606.

May 12: Big Piney Municipal Elections From 8AM to 7PM. Absentee ballot available. Voting in the Big Piney Town Council room. For more information call Big PIney Town Hall 307-276-3554.

May 14-16: Working Ranch Horse Clinic At the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney. For more information call the Fairgrounds at 307-749-3546 or email fairgrounds@sublettewyo.com. Fairgrounds schedule

May 16: Horse Auction in Big Piney Selling over 50+ head of proven trail/mountain, ranch, kid's horses. Preview 8AM, starts at 10AM at the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney. Ward & Betty Whitman are retiring and selling their horses, tack and equipment. Everything in excellent condition. For more information call Todd Stevie, 307-367-6507 or 307-360-8040.

May 16-17: Horse Sale in Big Piney In the Event Center at the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney. For more information call the Fairgrounds at 307-749-3546 or email fairgrounds@sublettewyo.com. Fairgrounds schedule

May 20: Deadline for comments into the BLM on the Dry Piney Deep gas & helium facility project proposal QEP is proposing anatural gas and helium processing facility in the Dry Piney Creek area, approximately 10 miles northwest of LaBarge, Wyoming. A project-related public open house will be held from 4 – 7 p.m., Monday, April 27 at the Big Piney branch of the Sublette County Public Library, 106 South Fish St., Big Piney, Wyoming. More info

May 22-24: Outfitters Team Roping in Big Piney At the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney. For more information call the Fairgrounds at 307-749-3546 or email fairgrounds@sublettewyo.com. Fairgrounds schedule

May 23-24: Cowgirl Classic Barrel Race in Big Piney At the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney. For more information call the Fairgrounds at 307-749-3546 or email fairgrounds@sublettewyo.com. Fairgrounds schedule

May 27: 3rd Annual Fly-In and Car Show At the Big Piney Airport Come enjoy a free breakfast and have some fun seeing the planes and cars. At 56 Airport Rd, just south of the Big Piney Fairgrounds up on the airport hill. Contact Phil Stevens 307-276-3461 for more information or if you would like to bring a car to show. Contact Phil Stevens 307-276-3461 for more information or if you would like to bring a car to show.

May 29: Open Jackpot in Big Piney At the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney. For more information call the Fairgrounds at 307-749-3546 or email fairgrounds@sublettewyo.com. Fairgrounds schedule

May 30 & 31: Central Wyoming Barrel Bonanza in Big Piney At the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney. For more information call the Fairgrounds at 307-749-3546 or email fairgrounds@sublettewyo.com. Fairgrounds schedule

June 6: Sublette County Queen Contest in Big Piney At the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney. For more information call the Fairgrounds at 307-749-3546 or email fairgrounds@sublettewyo.com. Fairgrounds schedule

June 5: Sommers Homestead Living History Museum opens for the summer season Open Fridays & Saturdays from 10AM to 3PM. Admission by donations. Special tours available by arrangement. Contact the Museum of the Mountain Man, 307-367-4101 or the Green River Valley Museum for more info. www.sommershomestead.org

June 12: Ranch Roping in Big Piney At the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney. For more information call the Fairgrounds at 307-749-3546 or email fairgrounds@sublettewyo.com. Fairgrounds schedule

June 13: Select Gelding Sale in Big Piney At the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney. For more information call the Fairgrounds at 307-749-3546 or email fairgrounds@sublettewyo.com. Fairgrounds schedule

June 18: Farmers Markets resume on Thursday for the summer The Marbleton/Big Piney Markets will be held Thursday mornings from 11:00am to 1:30ish on the lawn in front of the Marbleton Town Hall. The Pinedale Market on the Green will be held on the Courthouse Green on Pine Street at the corner of South Fremont on Thursday afternoons from 3pm to 6:30ish. For more info email pinedalefarmersmarket@wyoming.com

June 27: 4-H livestock Jackpot in Big Piney At the Sublette County Fairgrounds in Big Piney. For more information call the Fairgrounds at 307-749-3546 or email fairgrounds@sublettewyo.com. Fairgrounds schedule

July 3 & 4: Big Piney/Marbleton Chuckwagon Days - 4th of July celebration Morning parade down Budd Avenue in Big Piney, Little Buckaroo Rodeo, free community BBQ lunch at the Sublette County Fairgrounds, Rodeo, fireworks at dusk, night street dance in Big Piney. www.chuckwagondays.com

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