Cottonwood Creek
In the Wyoming Range. Click on this link to see more of Dave Bell's scenic photos of the area: Dave Bell Photo Gallery Photo by Dave Bell.
Headlines:
A Woman’s Work Annual Lip Sync Fundraiser Nov. 10
2017 Wyoming brand books on sale
Ruth Rawhouser Art Show in Marbleton Nov. 17
Dr. Renae Dorrity joins Sublette County Rural Health Care District
BLM seeks public comments on second quarter 2018 O&G lease parcels
Every Kid in a Park pass gives fourth graders free access to America’s public lands
Transportation Commission awards $28 million in highway contracts in October
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


A Woman’s Work Annual Lip Sync Fundraiser Nov. 10 (posted 11/7/17)
‘A Woman’s Work’ Annual Lip Sync Fundraiser will be held on Friday, November 10th in Big Piney at the Sublette County Fairgrounds Event Center. Cocktail hour starts at 5:30PM. Admission is free - cash bar and appetizers for adults only. Show starts at 7PM. Costumed groups will vie to be the lip-syncing champions of southern Sublette County. A Woman's Work is a nonprofit group that helps women, children and families in need in the Sublette County School District #9 area.


2017 Wyoming brand books on sale (posted 11/7/17)
The Wyoming Livestock Board’s 2017 brand books are available for sale. Cost is $38 for the book plus $4.74 for shipping. The brand book can also be purchased on CD for $22. Older brand books can be viewed on the WLSB website at wysb.state.wy.us. To order and for more information call (307) 777-7515.


Ruth Rawhouser Art Show in Marbleton Nov. 17 (posted 11/7/17)
One Day Art Show

A picture is worth a thousand words... So for every painting Ruth has done, there are many stories behind the process. Some are short, some take more time. When painting on location the senses are all part of the process. Birds make the music. The scent of the pines or sage enrich the experience. The sun can move too fast or the wind blows too hard. Insects bite! A storm might come up!

Inside the home studio things are different. No wind or sun moving, no birds or pines. So, Ruth has to recreate the good mood to finish a painting, if it didn’t happen in the field. "What was it I was trying to say? How did I design for that?" Photo references just aren’t enough, except she does depend on them for the animals that do not cooperate.

Ruth loves starting, but can have trouble finishing. She says "perfectionism" can get in the way. Knowing that she is a "flawed perfectionist" helps. There have been piles of unfinished works in her studio that have grown over the years. Somehow they have been speaking to Ruth lately, telling her how to solve problems to help finish. Some never will be finished, just lessons learned, part of the process.

The time is approaching to put paintings on display. Ruth will be hosting a one person art show at the Senior Center, 429 East First Street, Marbleton, Wyoming, on the evening of Friday, November 17, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:30PM. She will have 50 paintings of various sizes, subjects and prices. There will be door prizes, snacks and drinks while you enjoy Ruth’s efforts to portray the landscapes and wildlife of the Rocky Mountain Region. Maybe a painting will tell you a story. 30% of the sales will be donated to the Senior Center.

Click on this link to see more of Ruth's paintings

If you cannot make the art show in person, but are still interested in any of Ruth’s paintings, she can be contacted at rawhouser@wyoming.com, 307-276-3741.

Related Links:
https://www.ruthrawhouser.com


Dr. Renae Dorrity. Photo courtesy Sublette County Rural Health Care District.
Dr. Renae Dorrity

Dr. Renae Dorrity joins Sublette County Rural Health Care District (posted 11/7/17)
Dr. Renae Dorrity, a board-certified family physician, has joined the staff of the Sublette County Rural Health Care District. For the last eight years, Dr. Dorrity has served patients at the Allina Health Saint Michael Clinic and Buffalo Hospital, both suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Dorrity graduated with a medical degree in family medicine in 2006 from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks and completed her residency at the Grand Forks Family Medicine through Altru Health Systems. Dr. Dorrity will be providing both family medicine and emergency care services in Sublette County. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dorrity, call the Pinedale Medical Clinic at (307) 367- 4133 or the Marbleton Medical Clinic at (307) 276-3306.


BLM seeks public comments on second quarter 2018 O&G lease parcels (posted 10/27/17)

In keeping with the administration’s goal of strengthening America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management High Desert District is seeking public comments on the environmental assessment for the Second Quarter 2018 Notice of Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale parcel offering.

One hundred and sixty-three parcels totaling 199,298.57 acres will be offered within the district. This includes nine parcels in the Kemmerer Field Office, one parcel in the Pinedale Field Office, 106 parcels in the Rawlins Field Office, 38 parcels in the Rock Springs Field Office, and three parcels in both the Rawlins and Lander field offices, and six parcels in both the Rawlins and Rock Springs field offices.

The environmental assessment addresses the impacts of offering the 163 parcels that are available for oil and gas leasing. The assessment is available at http://bit.ly/2yh383l.

Comments will be accepted until Nov. 23. Please submit comments via e-mail to blm_wy_hdd_may_parcels@blm.gov with "Second Quarter 2018 Lease Parcels" in the subject line, or fax them to 307-352-0329.
Alternatively, comments may be mailed or delivered to:
BLM High Desert District
Attn: Phillip Blundell
280 Highway 191 N.
Rock Springs, WY 82901

Please note that any identifying information you include with your comment, such as mailing address, phone number or e-mail address may be made public if your comment is published. While you may 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.

For more information, please contact Phillip Blundell at 307-352-0227.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the individual above during normal business hours. The FRS 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.


Every Kid in a Park pass gives fourth graders free access to America’s public lands (posted 10/27/17)

Calling all fourth graders to America’s public lands! Once again, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is sponsoring the Every Kid in a Park program in partnership with other federal land management agencies. This supports the administration’s priority of connecting kids to public lands and America’s natural and cultural heritage.

Fourth graders nationwide can visit www.everykidinapark.gov to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the 2017-2018 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites. The State of Wyoming will also honor the passes at Wyoming state parks.

Visit your local BLM office if you want to exchange your paper pass for a hard-plastic, keepsake version!

By introducing fourth graders to public lands in their backyards and beyond at an early age, the innovative Every Kid in a Park program delivers a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor stewards of America’s spectacular and diverse federal lands and waters. Connecting the nation’s youth to the great outdoors is even more important at a time when 80 percent of American families live in cities. A goal of this annual program is to inspire successive generations to become responsible stewards of our nation’s natural and cultural heritage.

For more information about the Every Kid in a Park Program, call Keith Brown, outdoor recreation planner at (307) 775-6031, kbrown@blm.gov or Cindy Wertz, public affairs specialist, (307) 775-6014, cwertz@blm.gov.


Transportation Commission awards $28 million in highway contracts in October (posted 10/27/17)

The Wyoming Department of Transportation awarded Simon Contractors, of Cheyenne, a $6.5 million pavement resurfacing contract at its meeting in October. The commission awarded that and eight other contracts totaling $28 million.

For the I-80 work, crews will resurface about 13 miles in the eastbound lane between Creston Junction and Rawlins in Sweetwater County. The pavement preservation work WYDOT will complete is a cost-savings measure that will extend the life of the road. The work also includes minor bridge repairs. While crews are doing the work, WYDOT will divert eastbound traffic into the westbound lanes, with a single lane of travel for both directions. WYDOT completed the same work on the westbound lanes this year. The contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2018.

The other contracts the commission awarded included road resurfacing, crack sealing and sign installation work.

Simon Contractors was the low bidder at $5.6 million for the resurfacing work on US 16 between Osage and Newcastle in Weston County. The project also includes replacing two concrete intersections.

Crews will resurface the US 16 bypass through Newcastle and a portion of US 16. The work also includes ADA upgrades. WYDOT is paying for the US 16 work with 10-cent fuel-tax revenue. The contract completion date is June 30, 2019.

Reiman Corp., of Cheyenne, won a $5 million bridge contract for work on 0.4 miles of WYO 220 in Casper. Crews will increase the bridge’s width to accommodate pedestrians. The work also includes a deck replacement. The contract completion date is June 30, 2019.

The commission awarded McGarvin-Moberly Construction Co., of Worland, a $3.9 million resurfacing contract for work on 11 miles of US 287 between Rawlins and Muddy Gap in Carbon County. The pavement preservation work will fix surface issues and prolong the life of the road. WYDOT is paying for the US 287 work with 10-cent fuel-tax revenue. The contract completion date is Oct. 18, 2018.

Reiman Corp. was the low bidder on a $3.8 million county bridge project on Spring Gulch Road north of Jackson in Teton County. WYDOT is administering the project for the county. Crews will install a temporary bridge by December, and will then construct a new bridge. The contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2018.

McGarvin-Moberly Construction Co. won a $2.8 million bridge rehabilitation and resurfacing contract on 8 miles of US 189 between Big Piney and Daniel Junction in Sublette County. Crews will resurface the road to make the pavement smoother and will rehabilitate two bridges and two box culverts. WYDOT is paying for the US 189 work with 10-cent fuel-tax revenue. The contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2018.

The commission also awarded contracts for:
$553,073 to Z & Z Seal Coating Inc., of Laurel, Montana, for crack sealing work on various roads in Albany and Carbon counties by April 30, 2018;

$265,923 to Hardrives Construction Inc., of Billings, Montana, for a crack sealing project on various roads in Campbell, Crook, Johnson and Sheridan counties by May 15, 2018; and $134,850 to Traffic Safety Services Inc., of Bismarck, ND, for a sign installation project in northeast Wyoming that will alert motorists to curves in the road by Nov. 30, 2018.


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

November 7: Benefit dinner for Cassee Butler and children To support medical and travel expenses after her accident. Marbleton Senior Center, 4-7PM. Soup, roll, dessert, drinks, $10/person.

November 8: LEPC and SCESG meeting in Marbleton Sublette County Emergency Management regular coordination meetings. Wednesday at 8:30AM in Marbleton at the Sublette County Unified Fire Training Facility, 1506 Extreme East 5th Street in Marbleton.

November 10: A Woman's Work Annual Lip Sync Fundraiser In Big Piney at the Sublette County Fairgrounds Event Center. Cocktail hour starts at 5:30PM. Admission is free - cash bar and appetizers for adults only. Show starts at 7PM. A Woman's Work is a nonprofit group that helps women, children and families in need in the Sublette County School District #9 area.

November 17: Art Show by Ruth Rawhouser One person art show at the Marbleton Senior Center, 429 East First Street, from 5:00 to 7:30PM. There will be door prizes. 30% of the sales will be donated to the Marbleton Senior Center.

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