Punchers vs Wranglers
The Big Piney Punchers took the trophy home after the 2015 rivalry game with the Pinedale Wranglers on October 23rd in Big Piney. Click on this link for more pictures from the Puncher-Wrangler rivalry game:A Celebration of Wyoming Football Rivalry (54 pictures)
Public’s help sought for culprit of Fire Training Facility vandalism
BTNF seeks public comment on Middle Piney Dam Project
Treats for Troops – Calling for cookies!
Lighted Christmas Parade in LaBarge Dec. 4
A Celebration of Wyoming Football Rivalry
Turkey Shoot in LaBarge Nov. 14th
Q&A on CAH
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
MARBLETON - On Sunday, November 22, 2015 Deputy Josh Peterson of the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office discovered vandalism that occurred on the fire training facility east of Marbleton over the weekend. The vandalism consisted of spray-painted tagging/graffiti using profanities targeting police and referencing drug use and gang activity. Damage to the building is estimated to be over $3,000. If anyone has information about source of this vandalism, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 307-367-4378 or Sublette County Unified Fire at 307-367-4550.
BIG PINEY – The Big Piney Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest is looking for comments on a proposed Middle Piney dam reconstruction project.
Currently the Middle Piney dam is rated as a high hazard structure and does not meet State and Federal safety standards. The proposed project would bring the existing Middle Piney dam into compliance with Federal and State safety standards and this project would be done in partnership with the Wyoming Water Development Commission. "Right now, the dam isn't holding the full permitted water right and we would all benefit from addressing some of the broader control structures that would be incorporated into a refurbished dam for overall safety of the structure and the protection of downstream infrastructure which includes a road, campground, and summer home area," said Big Piney District Ranger Mike Thom. "Additionally, the recreational benefits this project can bring to the Forest will be a real asset to the community and those who have discovered the opportunities the Middle Piney Reservoir affords," he said. The Middle Piney Reservoir is near the Sacagawea campground, as well as several summer recreational residences on the Forest. "If we don't address the issues with this old dam, there is a potential that the road leading to the campground could be washed out," said Thom.
Part of the proposed work to go along with refurbishing the dam would be to install a new and improved boat ramp for the Middle Piney Lake. "This is the only boat ramp in the Wyoming Range and the improved access will be a great benefit to fisherman and those who paddle this scenic lake," Thom said.
The Forest would have to limit vehicle access on the road to the dam while the construction is occurring and close the day-use area at the lake. "If the project goes forward, we will be able to have the work done on the dam and boat ramp without closing the Sacagawea campground," Thom said. The project would be analyzed through May 2016 and a contract could be awarded as early as the fall of 2016. "The work is expected to take at least two summers and while the area itself would be closed, and that is indeed an inconvenience, the benefits to recreationists would be worth the wait" he said.
Comments should be sent to District Ranger Mike Thom at PO Box 218, Big Piney, WY 83113 or electronically to comments-intermtn-Bridgerfirstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information on this proposed project visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/btnf/projects or contact hydrologist Trevlyn Robertson at 307-886-5317.
Bring home-baked cookies by Nov. 23rd for packaging
It’s time for Treats for Troops again! Just in case you don’t know, Treats for Troops is a county-wide program in which members of Sublette County 4-H bake, package, and ship cookies to the military in November. Help from the community would be greatly appreciated. The more the merrier! We try to get the cookies to the troops by Christmas to bring them some holiday cheer.
This year we are continuing Cookie Wars. Cookie Wars is a state-wide competition where all of the county 4-H programs compete against each other to ship the most cookies. Sublette County 4-H is planning to hold our day to package cookies on November 23rd.
Of course before we can ship the cookies, we need some addresses. If you know someone in the military, PLEASE email or call the contacts below. We would love to send cookies to every military member that we can.
We ask every 4-H youth bring two dozen cookies. We would also appreciate anyone from the community that would like help by donating cookies. We like to send the troops homemade cookies, not store-bought if possible. Slightly under done chocolate chip, peanut butter, and oatmeal cookies work well because they don’t crumble as easily. The cookies can be left at the library in Big Piney and in Pinedale at the UW Extension office. Also, we would appreciate help packaging the cookies on November 23rd from 3:30 to 7:00. We will vacuum seal the cookies to keep them as fresh as possible. If you would like to help pay for the shipping, you can bring a donation then as well.
Remember what our military does for us. It is so easy to say thank you. Just bring some homemade cookies!
William Shafer: 307-276-3526, email@example.com
UW Extension office: 307-367-4380, firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday, December 4, 2015, at 6 p.m. there will be a lighted Christmas Parade on Main Street in LaBarge. Please call Ann at 307-386-2237 or 307-390-7149 if you would like to enter a float. Following the parade there will be a craft bazaar at the LaBarge Elementary School. Please call Kayla at 307-723-2166 if you would like to have a table at the bazaar. Santa will also be there and there will be free hot chocolate and cookies.
Wranglers vs. Punchers - Big Piney takes the Trophy home
In the golden glow of a late afternoon Wyoming sun, the Big Piney band played, the cheer teams cheered and the crowd clapped as the red clad Big Piney Punchers and the white clad Pinedale Wranglers ran onto the brilliant green field of play looking every bit as fit and well trained as Wyoming Cowboys; and fit they were.
Back and forth and up and down the field both teams ran, kicking up big sprays of the rubber sand buried in the turf...like a quarter horse throws up clods in a moist field. The players threw, tackled and slipped tackles, jumped and caught, jumped and missed, and dove like supermen for balls, jerseys and ankles.
When teams changed possession, the players ran to the sidelines and gathered around their coach and stared into his eyes, hanging on every word he spoke.
It wasn’t until near the end of the 3rd quarter that Big Piney scored the first points of the game. Unfortunately for Pinedale, the points came as a proximate result of a thrown interception…the first of three for them that probably determined the final outcome.
Big Piney went for the two point conversion, but the Wranglers wouldn’t let them have it. Interestingly, neither team attempted kicking an extra point. Instead, they tried for the two pointer at each opportunity.
Just before the end of the 3rd, Pinedale threw for a 70 yard play, but they weren’t able to get across the goal line before the quarter ended. On the first play of the 4th quarter Pinedale scored on a run by the always slippery Caleb Raney…making the scored tied at 6 – 6.
Unfortunately, it was after that exciting score that a series of errors befell Pinedale. A couple more interceptions that looked like the same play that resulted in the first interception; and then at least one fumble…pretty much dug too deep a hole for the team to climb out of.
Pinedale still played with great heart and skill, but there wasn’t enough time left on the clock for them to gain a second wind.
It was a heartwarming sight to see the player’s line up and give congratulations and recognitions to each other for a fair and hard-fought battle.
As a long line of young men in white uniforms slowly filed off the field of battle, the Big Piney Punchers raised the winner’s trophy in victory.
Then, the coach spoke and they gathered round him and took a knee and listened to him speak of the goals they had set and achieved, how he had watched them grow into men, and how he expected them to build on that and live their lives in good sportsmanship and as humble champions.
Congratulations to all you Sublette County, Wyoming athletes!
Click on this link for more pictures from the Puncher-Wrangler rivalry game:A Celebration of Wyoming Football Rivalry (54 pictures)
The rivalry football game was played Friday, October 23rd. For corrections or to order prints, contact Terry at: email@example.com.
There will be a Turkey Shoot on Saturday, November 14th at 11AM at the gravel pit just north of LaBarge. Shooting events for all ages. Skeet and target shooting (12 or 20 gauge or 22 riffles). For more information, please call Jenny at 307-388-0198.
Critical Access Hospital update
The Sublette County Rural Health Care District has compiled all of the community questions, and some answers, that resulted from the public forum events with Eide Bailly. All of these questions are being explored and researched by Eide Bailly, who will be presenting their answers and findings in November. Click on this link for a copy of this Q & A document (PDF). It is also available on the SCRHCD, www.sublettehealthcare.com
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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November 23: Deadline to receive Treats for Troops cookies
Sublette County 4-H members will be packaging donated home-baked cookies to get ready for shipping to members of the military. They ask every 4-H youth bring two dozen cookies, and also appreciate anyone from the community that would like help by donating home-baked cookies. Slightly under done chocolate chip, peanut butter, and oatmeal cookies work well because they don’t crumble as easily. The cookies can be left at the library in Big Piney and in Pinedale at the UW Extension office. Also, we would appreciate help packaging the cookies on November 23rd from 3:30 to 7:00. We will vacuum seal the cookies to keep them as fresh as possible. If you would like to help pay for the shipping, you can bring a donation then as well. For more information contact William Shafer, 307- 276-3526, email@example.com or the UW Extension office 307-367-4380, firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 4: Lighted Christmas Parade on Main Street in LaBarge
6PM. Please call Ann at 307-386-2237 or 307-390-7149 if you would like to enter a float. Following the parade there will be a craft bazaar at the LaBarge Elementary School. Please call Kayla at 307-723-2166 if you would like to have a table at the bazaar. Santa will also be there and there will be free hot chocolate and cookies.
December 13: Daniel Christmas Party
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.
December 16: Sublette County Rural Health Care District Regular Board Meeting
Marbleton Town Hall, 6PM.