Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 20, 2016
In 1966, gas station owner temporarily closes to protest low return on fuel sales

The Tooele Transcript Bulletin has published Tooele County news since 1894. Here is a flashback of local front-page news from 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago that occurred during the third week of October.

Oct. 22 and 24, 1991

State legislators called for a state audit of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and Envirocare, a disposal company in Tooele County’s West Desert. One representative from West Jordan said he questioned whether the DEQ was adequately checking Envirocare’s operations.

As part of the Utah Tomorrow 1991 Benchmarks project, citizens from 14 areas around the state were asked to tell legislators what goals the state should focus on during the next 20 years. Tooele’s meeting attracted 10 citizens.

Oct. 18 and 21, 1966

A consulting engineering firm released Tooele City from a contract that gave it exclusive rights to all preliminary planning, final plan preparation and construction engineering regarding the city’s storm sewer collection system and treatment plant. “This release enables us to go out now and get a sanitation firm to give us the information on what we need at the sewer plant,” said Mayor Frank H. Bowman.

A local gas station temporarily closed to protest the low percentage of petroleum sales given to service stations. “It actually costs me money to pump gas,” said Harvey LeFevre, the station owner.

Oct. 21 and 24, 1941

Nelse Blomstrom won a place on the Republican ticket for Tooele City. Blomstrom was seeking reelection to a fourth term as mayor of the city. At the time, the last day to register to vote was on Oct. 28.

A new slag treatment plant in Tooele was expected to double production of zinc to 2 million pounds per month. The slag plant recovered zinc from waste produced by the smelting of lead ores.

Oct. 20, 1916

The owner of two mining claims in the Clifton Mining District of Tooele County reported he spent $300 in labor and improvements during the year 1915. Clifton Mining District is located near the mining camp Gold Hill, which today is a ghost town. Gold Hill is northeast of Ibapah.

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