County 17 is the Gillette affiliate of Oil City News, a nonpartisan media organization and Central Wyoming’s largest locally owned, independent news platform. We specialize in hyperlocal coverage of the people, places and events that shape the communities we love. The mission of our team of award-winning, Wyoming-based reporters is bringing readers accurate stories first and forever free.
Just a few months after buying our platform in February 2022, County17.com generates more than 550,000 pageviews per month and more than 25,000 Facebook followers, making it one of Gillette’s fastest growing local news sites. We strive to provide our readers with impartial, informative reporting, and an outlet for civic engagement and discourse on matters of community concern. Our mission is to provide coverage of local government, crime, weather, roads, business, events and community happenings for readers who live within 50 miles of Gillette, Wyoming. We also provide Gillette-based news for publication on our sister platforms in Casper and Cheyenne.
County 17 is committed to following the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. “Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough,” the SPJ states. Our journalists take responsibility for the accuracy of their work, verify information before releasing it, and use clearly identified and original sources. They take care not to misrepresent facts, and they seek subjects of news coverage to allow them to respond. Our reporting on all platforms will be truthful and transparent.
ACCURACY: Although our journalists work hard to ensure the accuracy of their reporting, mistakes can and do happen. When a mistake is made, we will work quickly to address it. A correction detailing the error will be placed in the story and it will be added to a running list of corrections. If you find an error, please email us at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
ATTRIBUTION: All stories, images or other content from outside sources will be credited and used only with permission. County 17 does not tolerate plagiarism or fabrication.
NEWS TIPS: We welcome reader tips via Facebook Messenger, email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) and text message/voicemail (307-267-0974).
CONTACT US: In addition to our website, you can find us on Facebook (@county17news). You can also sign up to receive our free daily news summary via email at https://county17.com.
PUBLISHER, Oil City News, LLC: Shawn Houck, firstname.lastname@example.org
MANAGING EDITOR, County 17: Klark Byrd, email@example.com
COMMUNITY EDITOR, County 17: Ryan Lewallen, firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNTY REPORTER, County 17: Mary Stroka, email@example.com
OBITUARIES: Obituaries are published as a free service of County 17. Obituaries can be submitted online using this form (https://bit.ly/307obits).
ADVERTISING: Are you interested in getting your business in front of one of the largest audiences in Wyoming? County 17 and Oil City News offer many ways to spread the word about your company or organization through our Community Partnerships, Jobs Board, Display Ad Program or Promoted Posts where category exclusivity is available. Additionally, you can download a copy of our current advertising rate card here. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our sales department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 307-363-1423.
FACEBOOK COMMENTS POLICY: We welcome comments expressing all points of views on our posts–positive and negative–but reserve the right to remove posts that contain inappropriate language, links to items for sale, links to other websites, hate speech, personal attacks, threats, or are off-topic.