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 February.
Feb. 2-4, 1993
The Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians obtained approval to continue its study of radioactive waste repositories and the possibility of locating such a facility 30 miles west of Tooele City.
Approval for a $200,000 grant for the study had been approved, according to Danny Quintana, legal counsel for the Band.
“With the money we’re going to review the issues of transportation and storage,” Quintana said. No decision had been made yet to move forward with the monitored retrievable storage facility, he said.
A front-page story announced that the Elko County Board of Education announced it planned to build a new high school on the west side of town to serve only Nevada students in Wendover. Until 1986, all Wendover students were educated on the Utah side of the border by Tooele County School District.
An elementary school was built by Nevada in 1986 and an inter-local agreement allowed Utah students to attend elementary school in Nevada and Nevada students to attend high school in Utah.
Tooele school officials said the decision will hurt education possibilities for high school students who live on the Utah side of Wendover.
Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 1968
The interstate highway system was the main topic of discussion among Tooele City and Tooele County leaders, and Utah Gov. Calvin Rampton during the governor’s visit to Tooele on Jan. 29.
The governor presented a timetable for the completion of the interstate system in Tooele County.
The Timpie to Dell section would be completed by 1969. The Wendover to Knolls, Knolls to Low and Timpie to Lake Point sections would be open to traffic by 1970, and the rest of the interstate would be completed by 1974.
Rampton said that $20.6 million would be spent to build the interstate highway through Tooele County.
Later in the week, the front page featured a story on construction of a recreational area west of 300 West near the Bit ‘N’ Spur Rodeo Club in Tooele.
County Commissioner George Buzianis said that both city and county equipment was being used, as well as equipment from two private construction companies. The area would include a garbage dump, horse racing track and a softball field.
The new recreation area would be open to all county residents, Buzianis said.
Feb. 2-5, 1943
Plans for doubling water storage facilities for Tooele City’s culinary system and the purchase of more water were the principal topics at a city council meeting.
City Manager John D. Gollaher recommended the construction of a 2 million gallon storage tank, which would cost about $40,000. It would more than double the present usable capacity of 1.93 million gallons.
He also recommended the purchase of 324 more shares of water on the outlying Settlement Canyon irrigation streams, which had been offered to the city.
The front page announced plans for the Tooele High School junior prom. March 12 had been selected by the junior class for the annual event.
The prom was dubbed as the zenith of social activity for the school and community.
An “orchid room” theme had been selected and plans were underway for an outstanding function.
Feb. 1, 1918
The front page announced news from Washington D.C. that an army of half a million would be in France early in the year, with a million more men trained and equipped ready to follow as quickly as ships could be provided.
United States Secretary of War Newton Baker provided the information to the world on Jan. 28 in a statement before the senate military committee.
Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.