Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 8, 2022
In 1972, Tooele Valley Railroad makes final run

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 second week of February.

Feb. 11-13, 1997

Tooele High School became the first  high school in the United States to claim a state diving crown. Kelli Frost and Lindsey Parrott paved the way to the record-setting event. 

Frost captured her second consecutive individual 4A State Diving crown with a whopping 449.75 points and teammate Parrott garnered a strong third-place finish in the individual standings with 388.90. Not too shabby for a pair of sophomores.

Teammates Jennifer Dalton and Leslie Smith, both freshmen, helped Tooele with 7th- and 12th-place finishes, respectively.

Later in the week, Tooele County Commissioners said they would petition the Utah Association of Counties to lobby against a bill that would raise nuclear waste disposal fees.

Senate Bill 229 would raise the fee charged on each ton of commercial radioactive waste from $2.50 to $50. The $50 fee would go directly to the State.

The only company in Utah that would be affected by the bill would be Envirocare — a low-level nuclear waste disposal site in Tooele’s West Desert.

Feb.8-11, 1972

After almost two years since the development was first proposed publicly, tentative plans called for groundbreaking ceremonies to be held sometime in April for a new distribution-oriented industrial complex near Tooele.

When first announced, the development was to be called “Flinders Industrial Complex,” but that name was changed to Pacific International Distribution Center. 

The new name more accurately described the services of firms which would build at the park located immediately north of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks west of Highway 36.

Later in the week, work had continued on a reduced basis for nearly three weeks at the International Smelting and Refining Company Plant at Tooele as crews worked to clear up stockpiles of raw materials still on hand.

That work had ended and so too had the usefulness of the Tooele Valley Railroad. The sprightly little train which used to climb the tracks between the Warner Station and the Smelter at least twice each day had been silent for two weeks. It made what could have been its last run Friday morning, January 28.

Feb. 11-14, 1947

Acting on petitions signed by more than 500 citizens, Tooele City Council voted to continue the present licensing fee of $400 a year on all Marble Machines and similar devices.

The petition was backed by a committee of some 25 citizens delegated to present the opposition to any change in the license rate.

One angle of the petition was an expression from parents who live outside Tooele City and send their children here for schooling and recreation. They are opposed to licensing these gaming devices because of the noon hour and other free time which their children have to loiter around the city.

The present license fee of $400 per year for so called amusement devices had made these questionable machines prohibitive to operate.

Later in the week, ringworm discharges had risen to 55 with an equal number showing negative. 

All children entering school for the first time must be screened by one of the local physicians before being permitted to enroll.

Feb. 10, 1922

For the purpose of assisting taxpayers and receiving returns of  income tax for the year ending December 31, 2021, Deputy Collector Anton Strebel will be at the Sheriff’s Office in the county courthouse on Thursday, February 13th and 14th.

He will be at Stockton on Saturday, Feb. 11 to take care of the work in the Stockton-St. John district, and at Ophir February 13th and 14th.

A single person must file if income is $1,000 or more, husband and wife filing jointly must file if income is $2,000 or more.


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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