Sleeping with the Milky Way
Dave Bell posted this picture from a recent camping trip in the Wind River Mountains. Click on this link for more of Dave's scenic photos of the area: Dave Bell Photo Gallery
Memorial Service for Debbie Hintz Sept. 10 in Big Piney
Wild Game processing near Pinedale and Big Piney
Culvert to be replaced on LaBarge Creek Road near Kemmerer
Concealed Firearm Permits-New Requirements in Wyoming
Partial fire ban in effect for Sublette County
Partial Fire Restrictions in effect for western Wyoming
Real Estate scam alert
FAA warning about drones and wildfires
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
A Memorial Service for Debbie Hintz will be held on Saturday, September 10th at 11:00AM at the First Southern Baptist Church in Big Piney, Wyoming.
Editor’s Note: We’ve had several hunters ask us where can they get their wild game processed in Sublette County? Here are the names of businesses we are aware of that provide butchering service:
Nelson Butchering – Wild Game Processing Located at the Noble Flying U Ranch, 100 Noble Road in Cora, Wyoming. Take the Cora Post Office Road off of Hwy 352 and follow it to the end. 307-231-1596.
WR Processing Boulder, 307-231-2241
Temporary Road Closure August 30 through Sept. 30, 2016
KEMMERER, WYOMING, August 29, 2016 – Road construction activities are scheduled on the LaBarge Creek Road (FS 10138 Rd) on the Kemmerer Ranger District for the replacement of a culvert. Delays of up 20-minutes are possible. Construction will occur on the roadway beginning August 30 through September 30, 2016.
The work will occur at Shafer Creek, which is approximately three miles from the Forest boundary on the LaBarge Creek Road. The LaBarge Creek road will be closed to all through traffic from August 30th through September 1st. While the road is closed, LaBarge Creek will be accessible from the Middle Piney Creek Forest entrance on the 10046 Road, the Smith’s Fork Road (FS 10072 Rd), or the Grey’s River Road (10138 north entrance). For current road closure status, please call the Kemmerer Ranger District at (307)-828-5100.
Applications for a Wyoming Concealed Firearm Permit are now only available online at http://wyomingcdi.wyo.gov. Once in the DCI website, you may click on the link for "Concealed Firearm Permits."
You may choose to print the application and complete it with black or blue ink or type the application online and print it out. All paperwork needs to be submitted to your local Sheriff’s Office. The required paperwork includes: completed application, driver’s license, proof of firearm’s proficiency, and fees. Your fingerprints will be taken when you submit your application to the Sheriff’s Office.
Fees are as follows:
-New application $64 (DCI) + $10 (SO)
-Renewal application before the expiration date $45 (DCI) + $5 (SO)
-Renewal application after the expiration date $55 (DCI) + $5 (SO)
-Duplicate permit application $5
DCI fees will be required in the form of a cashier’s check or money order. S.O. fees will be required as exact cash or a check. We do not accept credit cards.
Questions or concerns may be directed to DCI by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 307-777-7181. Answers to many questions can be found on the aforementioned website by clicking on "Frequently Asked Questions."
SUBLETTE COUNTY – Effective Tuesday, Aug. 2, Sublette County now has a partial fire ban in effect, which outlines five particular limits for fires within the county.
• Trash or refuse fires are prohibited between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and may only be within containers with spark arresters that have a 10-foot radius of cleared area around the fire.
• Campfires are only allowed within an established fire ring and with a 10-foot radius of clear ground around the fire.
• Charcoal fires within enclosed grills are permitted.
• Use of acetylene torches or electric arc welders in cleared areas with a 10-foot radius are permitted, but operators must carry a fire extinguisher and shovel.
• Propane or open-fire branding activities in an area with a 10-foot radius of cleared area are permitted, but operators must carry a fire extinguisher and shovel.
Once weather and precipitation conditions change, the Sublette County Fire Warden will notify the county commissioners, who will then rescind this partial ban.
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Campfires allowed in designated recreation sites only
Based upon a current fire danger rating of Very High and current predications of continued warm and dry weather, Teton Interagency fire managers announced today that partial fire restrictions will begin at 12:01am, Wednesday morning on August 3, 2016, for Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest and the High Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management. Teton County, Sublette County and Lincoln County, Wyoming will likely begin fire restrictions this week. The Big Horn National Forest in Wyoming implemented restrictions on July 29.
Fire managers study the moisture content of various fuel types, track current and expected weather conditions, and monitor available fire-fighting resources, as well as the occurrence of human-caused fires, to determine when fire restrictions need to be applied to public lands.
Partial fire restrictions include:
• Lighting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, barbecue or grill is allowed only at designated recreation sites such as established campgrounds or picnic areas. Use of portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel, or use of a fully enclosed sheepherder type stove with a spark arrester screen is permitted.
• Smoking is allowed only in an enclosed vehicle, building (unless otherwise prohibited), developed recreation site, or while in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials (i.e. parking lots, developed campsites, or locations surrounded by water).
The following restrictions exist year round:
• Operating a chainsaw is prohibited in national parks. Operating a chainsaw on national forest lands is permitted only when equipped with a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester that is properly installed and in effective working order. Operators must also carry a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches.
• Discharge of fireworks and use of explosives requiring blasting caps are prohibited.
Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, and/or by imprisonment for more than six months.
Unattended or abandoned campfires can quickly escalate into wildfires, and it is extremely important that all campfires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before campers leave their site. Visitors should NEVER leave a fire unattended, and should prepare for the unexpected by having a water bucket and shovel on hand and ready to use. The fine for an abandoned campfire as well as campfires in unapproved areas is up to $5000 or 6-months in jail, but campers can also be held liable for suppression costs if their campfire becomes a wildfire.
A copy of the order, and additional information on allowable stoves is available on www.tetonfires.com. To report a fire or smoke in either area, call 307-739-3630.
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).
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.
Big Piney Town Hall
PO Box 70
Big Piney, WY 83113
Marbleton Town Hall
10700 US 189
Marbleton, WY 83113
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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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.