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 22-24, 1993
A decision as to whether Tooele Army Depot North Area would remain open was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on June 24.
That was the time the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission was scheduled to make a decision whether or not TEAD should remain or be removed from a proposed closure list by the Pentagon.
“It’s a 50-50 chance it will close,” said Steve Petersen, top legislative aide for Congressman Jim Hansen. “We need four votes to get off the list.” The commission consisted of seven members.
The front page announced on June 24 that TEAD would remain on the closure hit list after a unanimous vote by the commission.
If President Bill Clinton and Congress agreed, more than 1,200 jobs at TEAD would be eliminated and 674 employees transferred to other installations beginning in 1995.
By October, 1997, approximately 700 workers were scheduled to remain at TEAD, according to Department of Defense numbers. Before the end of the Cold War, the depot boasted more than 3,500 workers.
June 18-21, 1968
The Tooele County Commission heard complaints from local property owners regarding assessments for 1968 on their real property at a county commission meeting/special equalization hearing.
County Clerk Rex Kirk said about 14 persons had presented complaints since the equalization board began to meet.
In other front-page news, design was underway for the 460-acre foot Vernon Reservoir after completion of drilling and geological studies at the reservoir site.
The reservoir would store about one-third of the amount of water stored by Settlement Canyon Reservoir.
The new reservoir would provide supplemental water for irrigation to the Vernon area.
In addition, an extensive range improvement program was underway. The United States Forest Service cleared over 600 acres of junipers on the Vernon Reservoir watershed.
June 22-25, 1943
National Tunnel and Mining Company was offering a $150 saddle to the best all-around cowboy at the upcoming Fourth of July Rodeo. Tooele City announced the competition was open to all cowboys caring to enter.
The saddle winner would be the man who acquires the most points from bronco riding both with saddle and bareback, and with the successful riding of the well known Brahma steers. Added points would be given to winners of the roping events.
Arrests, numbering 1,773, had been carried out in Tooele City and Tooele County from June 1942 to June 1943, as compared to 352 for the same period last year, according to a check of official court records of Justice A. G. Gowans of the County and Judge John C. Bryn of Tooele City.
The major number of arrests, 961, were for drunkenness, with 626 for traffic citations, and 186 for all other offenses.
June 21, 1918
Three prisoners escaped on the previous Saturday night in Skull Valley, just a short way from Clover at Johnson’s Pass, where they were at work on the Lincoln Highway.
Sheriff D. M. Adamson and with policeman James K. Dunn, left immediately for Skull Valley. As of press time no trace of the prisoners had been found.
Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report