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The Big Horn County Commissioners are dedicated to preserving the health, safety & welfare of our citizens through conservative, responsive, & thoughtful action based on the premise that all people are entitled to fair, equal, & limited government.


Citizen Input on Elections


Citizen input is being sought by the newly formed PAVE (Plan for Aging Voting Equipment) Task Force & County Clerks  Association 

Below are links to information that is being disseminated by the County Clerk’s Association in soliciting community and voter input to be used by each county to determine what method or type of voting equipment should be considered for the next decade of voting. Information regarding the best options for each county will be passed on to the PAVE Task Force to find appropriate funding to obtain the voting equipment we’ll need soon after the 2020 elections.

Unfortunately with the tight deadline to get this to PAVE it is not feasible for me to hold community meetings in all 9 of our municipalities and our other unincorporated communities. I am requesting your help in getting this information out to our citizens and encouraging them to complete a survey about their preferences.

Here is a a power point presentation that highlights some of the issues to consider as we plan for future elections in Wyoming.

Here is some data about voting habits and elections in Big Horn County.

After reviewing the above documents please take this short survey to share your voting preferences.

The survey link is Voting Preference Survey

This survey is also available in hardcopy in the Clerk's office.  

At this point in time we are unsure what would be best for Wyoming and Big Horn County but I look forward to the citizen input this will generate and the excellent information that could even be used in an interim study, if deemed helpful. We are approaching an unavoidable need to replace current voting equipment and this information will be crucial in determining how best to proceed to ensure we continue to keep our elections secure and accessible to all citizens.

Thank you in advance for your time and taking this opportunity to voice your opinion.


Lori Smallwood

Big Horn County Clerk


Commissioners - Contact Information

County Commissioners

Felix Carrizales 
Phone: 307-272-6801
Po Box 204
Burlington, Wy 82411

John G. Hyde
1023 Road 17
Lovell, WY 82431
Phone: 307-548-7755

Deb Craft
P.O. Box 31
Basin WY  82440
Phone: 307-272-4152



Big Horn County Clerk
Lori Smallwood
Big Horn County Commissioners
Big Horn County Courthouse
P.O. Box 31
Basin, WY 82410
Ph: (307) 568-2357
Fx: (307) 568-9375

Commissioners - County Minerals

Information and disclaimer:

In early summer of 2010 the Big Horn County Commissioners were approached to execute an Oil and Gas Lease for a portion of the county’s mineral interest. Discussion ensued regarding what other mineral interest the county may have and how it was acquired. As the information had never been complied the Commissioners decided to hire consultants to do the research. A cooperative project began between the county offices of the Treasurer, Clerk, and Attorney. Old tax and Commissioners deeds were researched and it was determined that the majority of the interest came from depression era tax sales. When the land was resold by the County a portion of the mineral estate was reserved. These interests range from 2% to 84%. There were also a few incidents of mineral deeds given directly to the county. Historical county oil and gas leases contained in the Commissioners files were also researched as a cross check of the tax deed information. The Commissioners now have a complete set of files with title information from patent to present on all identified parcels. Additional parcels may be found in the future as more private research is done in the Big Horn Basin area.

While the information was being compiled the Commissioners enlisted the services of an Oil and Gas Attorney to create a “Master Lease” form for the county. This will promote fairness as well as saving time and expense to the Commissioners and County Attorney to negotiate every lease that is presented to the county. The leasing process as well as a PDF copy of the county oil and gas lease is available.

Click Here For Lease Process Map.

Click Here for Example Standard Oil and Gas Lease Form

Big Horn County has a fractional mineral interest in approximately 4250 gross acres. This is as of research completed September 7, 2011. A county wide map book is available in PDF form Click Here For Mineral Map Book. The first page of the map book is an entire picture of Big Horn County as related to the reserved county minerals; the next following pages are specific to each township and range containing the reserved county minerals within that township and range.

Big Horn County specifically states that figures and representations are estimates and assumes no liability for representations made on county mineral interest maps or website. We encourage all private and or government entities to retain proper legal representation and have private research done to make full determination of interest.


Downloadable Mineral Information:

Leasing Process

Mineral Map Book

Standard Oil and Gas Lease Form





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