Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 5, 2018
In 1968: Dugway commander says cause of sheep die-off still a mystery

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 first week of April.

April 6-8, 1993

A Tooele man died after an alleged hour-long fight along Broadway’s bar district and his brother was later booked into jail on manslaughter.

Norman L. Painter, 36, was pronounced dead at Tooele Valley Medical Center after attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. Ron J. Painter, 32, was arrested by Tooele City police.

The victim and suspect are brothers, said Lt. Frank Scharman, assistant Tooele police chief.

A medical examiner’s report listed the cause of death as a burst blood vessel at the back of Norman Painter’s neck “due to a blow to the head,” Scharman said.

In other front-page news, Tooele Valley Medical Center recorded a $700,000 loss during the 1992 calendar year, even though the facility’s patient revenue increased 25 percent from $8.5 million in 1991 to $10.7 million in 1992.

Ted Stagg, president of Stagg & Associates accounting firm, told hospital board members that although profits increased by 25 percent, there was a 33-percent increase in expenditures.

April 2-5, 1968

Col. James H. Watts, commanding officer at Dugway Proving Ground, said that the death of thousands of sheep in the Skull Valley area in March remained a big mystery. The colonel said the evidence available on the deaths was contradictory and did not point to any concrete conclusions.

“We are the prime suspect only because of geography, because of the proximity of our operations to the dead sheep,” Watts said.

He said investigators have taken samples of vegetation, soil, water and snow in the areas where the sheep died, but they were unable to identify any traces of substances used at Dugway.

Also that week, the front page featured news about the demise of car racing at the Tooele Municipal Airport. After three weeks of racing souped up cars on the runway, car buffs were ordered to stop by the Federal Aviation Agency.

The racing, mainly timed quarter-mile events, was held under the sponsorship of Stoker Motor Club. The races had attracted up to 300 participants and spectators each week.

April 6-9, 1943

The National Tunnel and Mine Company increased its total production by 27 percent in March compared to February. The average tonnage being 650 tons of ore per day.

Company officials said expected tonnage for April would be over 700 tons per day.

Mechanized equipment had helped increase production. Also, more men at the mines realized the seriousness of the war effort and were beginning to take hold and produce.

In other news, it was announced that registration for Selective Service must take place on a man’s 18th birthday. If his birthday took place on a Sunday or on a legal holiday, then registration must take place on the day immediately following.

The place for registration was at the Tooele County Courthouse.

April 5, 1918

The government asked Americans to cut their wheat ration in half to reduce the normal consumption by 21 million bushels.

It resulted in a ration of not more than one and one-half pounds of wheat products weekly for each person. The rationing was instituted to provide more food for the war effort.

The sacrifice would not provide a hardship because of ample supply of potatoes, corn, oats and milk.

Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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