Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 8, 2017
In 1992, over one million tires catch fire near Grantsville

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 June.

June 9-11, 1992

The ashes of over one million tires continued to smolder on June 9 as fire investigators reviewed strategies to find out how an 8-year-old stack of used tires caught fire five miles northwest of Grantsville.

Arson was strongly suspected by North Tooele County Fire Chief Ron Allen. The blaze began about 1 p.m. on Sunday.

High winds and hot temperatures fanned the blaze across 12 acres and quickly dwarfed any hope of saving the entire stockpile. About 250,000 tires were saved, but over a million burned.

Officials said the fire would probably continue to burn for one week.

Additional information was provided later in the week on the tire fire as local health officials picked up soil samples from the still-smoldering tire blaze.

The samples would dictate whether the ash was a hazardous waste or if it could be buried on site, said Myron Bateman, Tooele County environmental health specialist.

County officials were checking into what future operations would be allowed at the stockpile site.

The county wanted to be fair with A. J. Tire Recyclers, but it also wanted to be fair to citizens who don’t want another million-tire stockpile at the site.

June 6-8, 1967

Clarke N. Johnsen, former assistant superintendent of the Tooele County School District, was named the new superintendent of the district to succeed Curtis VanAlfen, who recently resigned to take a position at Brigham Young University.

Johnsen came to Tooele High School in the fall of 1947 and served as head basketball and baseball coach for 14 years.

During his last four years at THS, he served as assistant principal. He was appointed assistant superintendent in 1965 and continued in that position until July 1 when he took over VanAlfen.

Later in the week, the Tooele City Council agreed to accept federal aid for airport improvements after a public hearing.

Local citizens and officials of state aviation organizations told the council of the need for a more adequate airport in Tooele during the hearing.

After the hearing, the council voted 3-2 to accept federal aid.

Proposed improvements for the airport included the installation of runway lights with a lighted wind cone; lengthening the runway by 25 feet; installation of a beacon; paving an additional 25 feet of taxiway; graveling of the access road from Coleman Avenue and the installation of water and fire lines.

Improvements would cost $90,000 of which Tooele would pay 20 percent, the state 20 percent and the federal government 60 percent.

June 9-11, 1942

Need for rooms, apartments, trailer houses or any other means of housing in Tooele was acute, according to W. Cecil Tate, chairman of the housing committee.

He said many renters are willing to make necessary repairs, help with furnishings or do whatever they can to assist in making living quarters if people in Tooele City and surrounding communities will furnish the nucleus.

Tate said that all who can possibly make room to do so as a public service and patriotic duty.

Later in the week the front page announced that all designated fishing streams would be open for the start of the season on Sunday morning. North Willow stream, however, had not been stocked.

High streams had led officials of Utah Fish and Game to predict that the best fishing throughout the state early this season would be in the lakes.

An extended fish-planting season was expected to enhance fishing. The planting began in May, as soon as streams and lakes were low enough to make certain the young fish could adequately care for themselves.

June 8, 1917

Tooele County commissioners met in regular session on June 4 and transacted the following business:

Clyde Wrathall was appointed registrar of vital statistics at Burmester; it was ordered for Tooele County to participate in the state road construction; and Clyde Severe was appointed deputy road commissioner in Skull Valley.

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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