Dave Bell took this photo recently of Soda Lake in the Wyoming Range. Click on this link for more scenic photos of the area: Dave Bell Photo Gallery
Sublette County Commissioners agenda for Nov. 18
Free soil testing for Sublette County residents
Bridger-Teton National Forest selling Christmas tree permits
Turkey Shoot in LaBarge Nov. 15
New Cowbelles cookbook available
Veteran’s Day Observances Nov. 11th in Big Piney and LaBarge
New predator book released
Sublette County Unified Fire holding contest to design its new logo
EMS Status Report update available
3-5 Commissioners Election, Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Big Piney Holiday Craft Bazaar Nov. 22
Local Contact Numbers
Sublette County Fair
Green River Valley Museum
Camping near Big Piney & Marbleton
Big Piney & Marbleton
Meeting in Big Piney
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
SUBLETTE COUNTY, WYOMING
BIG PINEY TOWN HALL
BIG PINEY, WYOMING
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014
(Tentative Agenda, Subject to Change Up To 9 a.m. the Day of the Meeting)
9:00 a.m. Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of the Minutes
Butch Penton, Road & Bridge
WYDOT, Bridge Replacement Update
Culvert Bid Opening & Crusher Bid Opening
9:30 a.m. Geoff Sell, County Road Petition
9:45 a.m. Ron Gordon, Waste Management
10:00 a.m. Shad Cooper, County Fire Warden
10:30 a.m. Cynthia Stapleton, Old Marbleton Senior Center
11:00 a.m. Old Business
1:00 p.m. Planning and Zoning
2:00 p.m. Todd Hurd, Forsgren & Associates, Project Updates
Click on this link for a printable version of this agenda.
www.sublettewyo.com Sublette County website
Attention all you garden enthusiasts out there! The Sublette County Conservation District is offering free soil testing. You can buy the most attractive plants or order the best seeds, but if the soil lacks the proper nutrition or the proper quality, they won’t produce the best results. The Sublette County Conservation District thinks it is important for you to know your soils and they want to help residents achieve that. Think greenhouses, vegetable gardens, flower gardens and lawns…
1. To be eligible, you must be a resident of Sublette County. One test per household.
2. Sample kits available at 1625 W Pine Street in Pinedale, or call and request at 307-367-2257 ext. 100.
3. Return the soil sample back to the Sublette County Conservation District by Thursday, December 4, 2014. Please be sure the sample is dry before placing it in the bag.
4. Results will be returned to you with recommendations.
The Bridger-Teton National Forest is selling of Christmas tree permits from any of the Bridger-Teton National Forest District Offices which include the Kemmerer, Big Piney, Pinedale, Greys River (Afton), and Blackrock Ranger Stations.
Permits are also sold at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kemmerer and Pinedale Field Offices. Forest and BLM offices are open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. Christmas tree permits will also be available at the Interagency Visitor Center in Jackson, seven days a week, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
A permit is required to cut Christmas trees or fire wood on the Forest. Christmas trees up to 12-feet in height require a $10.00 permit. Tree permits for evergreens between 12 – 25-feet are $15.00 and any tree over 25-feet requires a $25.00 permit.
Firewood permits are still available on the Forest for 5 cords of wood for $20.00. There is a 5 cord minimum purchase, and a 10 cord maximum limit in place. These fees are used for funding projects through the National Forest Foundation: funding the salaries of Timber & Forest Health Specialists, reducing residual slash build-up from firewood cutting, and maintaining popular firewood cutting roads. When gathering firewood, permits allow for the harvest of down or standing dead wood only. All wood gathered must be kept to a length of 8-feet or less.
Cutting or removal of forest products is prohibited in campgrounds, summer home sites, administrative sites (guard stations), ski areas, Cache Creek Canyon near Jackson, the Snake River Canyon, designated Wilderness or Wilderness Study Areas, and elk feed grounds.
The Bridger-Teton would like to remind everyone that you must have the permit in your possession at the time of cutting any Forest product. Additionally, everyone is asked to please follow the travel restrictions that are in place on the Forest. Motor Vehicle use maps are available online at www.fs.usda.gov/btnf/.
The LaBarge Activities’ Committee is having a Turkey Shoot at the LaBarge Gravel Pit, which is located near the LaBarge Landfill, on Saturday, November 15th starting at 11AM. All ages are invited. There will be skeet and target shooting. Shells will be provided for 12 and 20 gauge shotguns; 22 shells will not be provided. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be sold. For more info, please call Jenny at 307-388-0198.
'Cream of the Green,' new cookbook by the Green River Valley Cowbelles
Favorite recipes of local ranch women
The Green River Valley Cowbelles have just finished their great new cookbook, "Cream of the Green," just in time for holiday cooking and gift giving for the cook in the family.
The book contains favorite recipes by cattlewomen of the Upper Green River Valley. Chapters include appetizers and drinks, breads, canning and preserving, meats and sauces, salads, soups and vegetables, desserts, and tips and hints.
Each book is $25. If the book is to be mailed, send an additional $5 extra per book for postage (total $30). Make check out to GRVC and send it to Terrie Springman, PO Box 749, Big Piney, WY 83113.
Tuesday, November 11th is Veteran’s Day. On this day we salute and honor the American veterans and active duty members of the military who have served, fought, and many who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom and way of life. The American flag is flown with pride to show support for those who have served and those who continue to serve today.
Below are Veteran’s Day programs taking place in Pinedale, Big Piney and LaBarge on Tuesday, November 11th:
Veteran's Day Observance in Big Piney
At 8:30AM the Big Piney Scouts will lead the Big Piney Elementary School in the Pledge of Allegiance. At 9AM Boys and Girls State representatives will give speeches on their experiences with a slideshow presentation at the Big Piney High School. The school choir and band will perform.
Veteran's Day Observance in LaBarge
At 2PM all LaBarge Elementary School students will be participating in a concert saluting veterans past and present.
'When Man Becomes Prey' - new book by Cat Urbigkit
'When Man Becomes Prey', by local author Cat Urbigkit
Lyons Press is proud to announce the release of When Man Becomes Prey: Fatal Encounters with North America’s Most Feared Predators, by Cat Urbigkit ($16.95, paperback).
Sam Ives’s family set up camp in a Utah campground, cooked dinner, cleaned up and packed their gear away, and climbed into their multi-chambered tent to sleep. It was a great end to Father’s Day. Eleven-year-old Sam crawled into the smaller compartment of the two-room tent. Without his parents knowing it, Sam ate a granola bar and placed the empty wrapper in a pocket of the tent. Sometime during the night, a black bear entered the campsite, ripped open the side of the tent where Sam slept, grabbed the boy, and killed him. His parents heard a noise and got up to have a look around, but were unable to find Sam. Terrified, they immediately called for help and a search was quickly conducted, where Sam’s body was found about 400 yards from the campsite.
Unfortunately, Sam’s story is not uncommon—every year there are numerous reports of predator attacks on humans, many of them resulting in fatalities.
When Man Becomes Prey examines the details of fatal predator attacks on humans, providing an opportunity to learn about the factors and behaviors that led to attacks. The predators profiled in the book include black bears, grizzly bears, mountain lions, coyotes, and gray wolves—the first time all five species have been included in one volume. Compelling narratives of conflicts involving these top predators are accompanied by how-to information for avoiding such clashes.
Cat Urbigkit is an award-winning writer and photographer. She has written ten books, including Yellowstone Wolves: A Chronicle of the Animal, the People, and the Politics and Shepherds of Coyote Rocks: Public Lands, Private Herds, and the Natural World. She maintains the news blog, Wolf Watch [on Pinedale Online!], and contributes regularly to regional newspapers and other outdoors blogs. She lives in western Wyoming.
Wolf Watch By Cat Urbigkit
Sublette County Unified Fire is holding a competition to select a new official logo, and is offering $200.00 for the winning design. All community members are invited to participate by submitting your design proposals for the logo. The winning design will be included on documents, uniforms, vehicles, and other fire department property.
Everyone is encouraged to submit either a completed logo, or a design concept sketch. Members from Sublette County Unified Fire will judge the submissions to pick the winner. The winning design will be presented to the County Fire Warden for final approval in early December.
"We have been working hard to consolidate each of the six separate County and City Fire Departments into a single unified entity. This design contest is a big part of the unification efforts that allows for public input and involvement," said Shad Cooper, Sublette County Fire Warden. "To keep our costs down, the new logo will be used on our digital imagery, website, and stationary first. As costs allow, we’ll gradually add it to uniforms and vehicles as they are replaced or upgraded," added Cooper.
Organization Name: Sublette County Unified Fire
What We Do: Our mission is to provide the most efficient and professional community service possible in the areas of fire protection and emergency services.
Our Target Audience: Citizens of Sublette County
1. All submissions must be received before December 15, 2014
2. To receive a copy of the rules and artist agreement please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contestants can pick up a copy of the rules at the Pinedale Library, Big Piney Library, or the Sublette County Chamber of Commerce.
3. Artist designs and the artist agreement can be dropped off at the Pinedale Library or the Big Piney Library for submittal.
The Sublette County Rural Health Care District has released its EMS Status Report detailing the last four years of statistical data. The report details funding and changes and enhancements in care and operations. Read the full report at
http://www.sublettehealthcare.com/ems.html (281K, 2 pages, PDF)
The Special Election to increase the membership of the Board of County Commissioners from 3 to 5 members will be conducted by mail ballot on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. The following procedures will be used to facilitate the Election.
Election Day will be Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
UOCOVA/MOVE (Military & Overseas) voters will be sent ballots on November 3, 2014.
All voters who requested Absentee Ballots for the November 4th General Election will automatically receive Absentee Ballots for this Election. These ballots will be sent on November 10, 2014.
Absentee Ballots will be available in the County Clerk’s Office on November 10, 2014, through December 16, 2014, at 5 p.m.
The Special Election Mail Ballots will be sent on November 24, 2014 to all Sublette County registered voters, who are registered as of November 18, 2014.
Replacement ballots will be available, if a ballot is destroyed, spoiled, lost, or for some reason not received by the voter.
Two Polling Places will be open on Election Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Polling Places will be:
Sublette County Clerk’s Office, Courthouse, Pinedale, Wyoming
Marbleton Town Hall, Marbleton, Wyoming
Voter registration will be permitted at the Polls on Election Day with proper identification. Proper identification is your current Wyoming Driver’s License or your Social Security number and current government-issued photo identification.
All Mail Ballots must be received by the Sublette County Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on December 17, 2014.
The Sublette County Counting Board will count the ballots at the County Clerk’s Office starting at 5 p.m. on December 17, 2014.
In preparation for this Special Election, the Election Judges will be verifying mailing addresses when you vote at the General Election on November 4th.
Please feel free to contact the Sublette County Clerk’s Office with any questions concerning this Special Election at 307-367-4372, 307-276-3827, or email@example.com.
www.sublettewyo.com Sublette County website
From 9:00AM - 2:00PM at the Big Piney High School Gymnasium & Lobby. Presented by St. Anne’s CCW. Crafters space is available for $20. Contact Jenna Banks for more information, 307-276-3880.
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!)
307-276-5699 or 307-360-7689 (days, evenings, weekends 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
Over July 4th
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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November 18: Sublette County Commissioners regular meeting - in Big PIney
At the Big Piney Town Hall starting at 9AM. Click here for the agenda.
November 22: Big Piney Holiday Craft Bazaar
From 9:00AM - 2:00PM at the Big Piney High School Gymnasium & Lobby. Presented by St. Annes CCW. Crafters: space avalable for $20. Contact Jenna Banks for more information, 307-276-3880.
December 17: Special Election to increase the membership of the Sublette County Board of County Commissioners from 3 to 5 members
This will be conducted by mail ballot. Absentee Ballots will be available in the County Clerk’s Office on November 10, 2014, through December 16, 2014, at 5 p.m. The Special Election Mail Ballots will be sent on November 24, 2014 to all Sublette County registered voters, who are registered as of November 18, 2014. All Mail Ballots must be received by the Sublette County Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on December 17, 2014. Voter registration will be permitted at the Polls on Election Day with proper identification. Proper identification is your current Wyoming Driver’s License or your Social Security number and current government-issued photo identification. Two Polling Places will be open on Election Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Polling Places will be: Sublette County Clerk’s Office, Courthouse, Pinedale, Wyoming, and the Marbleton Town Hall, Marbleton, Wyoming.
April 8: Blood Draws in LaBarge for Big Piney Health Fair
Nurses for Community Health will be doing blood draws for the Health Fair in Big Piney on April 8th 6am to 9am at the Senior Center. Contact Tonya Hoffman at 307-390-8100 or Mary Said 307-276-4100 for questions. Please remember to fast at least 8-12 hrs, you may drink water before your draw.
April 9 & 10: Blood Draws in Big Piney for Big Piney Health Fair
Nurses for Community Health will be doing blood draws for the Health Fair in Big Piney on April 9th and 10th, 6am to 9am at the Senior Center. They will do blood draws in LaBarge on April 8th 6am to 9am at the Senior Center. Contact Tonya Hoffman at 307-390-8100 or Mary Said 307-276-4100 for questions. Please remember to fast at least 8-12 hrs, you may drink water before your draw.