Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 17, 2021
In 1971, water flows over spillway at Settlement Canyon Reservoir

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 June.

June 18-20, 1996

If Detroit Diesel decided to purchase the Consolidated Maintenance Facility (CMF) at the Tooele Army Depot, the state said it was ready to give them a $1 million loan.

During the Board of Business and Economic Development meeting, board members unanimously voted to authorize a $1 million loan to Detroit Diesel. The loan was contingent upon an agreement being reached between Tooele City and Detroit Diesel for the purchase of CMF.

“I think if the state hadn’t put in something there would have been a good chance they wouldn’t have come,” said Rick Mayfield, director of business and economic development for the state of Utah.

Later in the week, Kennecott officials said a tailings modernization project going on near Interstate 80 would provide ample storage for the copper mine’s tailings well into the next century.

The project, which Kennecott officials estimated would cost the company roughly $460 million, was designed to store approximately 1.6 billion tons of mine tailings and reach an impoundment height approximately equal to the existing tailings pond.

June 15-18, 1971

A Tooele City budget for fiscal year 1971-72 totaling $1.8 million was approved Monday evening by the Tooele City Council and for the second year the tax levy was reduced.

About 25 interested citizens attended the public hearing in the City Hall and although the police department voiced objections to proposed salary schedules, the budget was adopted without change.

The budget was $500,000 greater than the previous budget, however increased revenues in several areas had enabled the city to meet the rise in operating costs.

Later in the week, water was reported to be flowing over the spillway at Settlement Canyon Dam early Tuesday morning as runoff from the canyon’s streams reached a crest. In an effort to prevent it from overflowing, irrigation company officials had been draining water as fast as possible from the reservoir which had been at peak capacity for more than two weeks. 

Only limited use of the water, because of a cool spring and frequent rains, combined with the greater than normal snows that fell in the canyon in the winter had led to a situation where (at last) the Settlement Canyon Reservoir had too much water.

June 18-21, 1946

With the second Tooele Fire Department run already made in one week to grass fires it was stressed that Tooele City and Tooele County was once more in the midst of grass fire season.

Fire Chief D. Leslie Gillette stated that in the dry grass season of 1945, more than 50 calls were answered by the department, with many of them fires being set by young boys for the fun of seeing the fire department make the run.

Later in the week, the stealing of a railroad had occupied the attention of the Tooele County Sheriff’s force for the previous three weeks. Solution of the crime came about during the week when the system was found to be set up and operating in Utah County.

On Memorial Day, or thereabouts, 1,000 feet of rails were stolen from the track of the Leslie Gillette Mine near Stockton, and two returned veterans used the rails to equip a miniature railroad in Utah Valley — declaring they thought the mine and trackage had been abandoned when they took the equipment from the property.

June 17, 1921

Enthusiasm on the part of Gov. Charles Mabey and his party were shown Monday during their inspection of the proposed reclamation projects in Tooele Valley.

A trip was made to the Stockton Pass, where the proposed Rush Lake Project was inspected.  While there a visit was also made to the Bauer or Honorine orchard which was made with great interest.

At noon, the party returned to Tooele for dinner at the Oquirrh Hotel where the reclamation projects were discussed.

Correspondent 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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