Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 10, 2021
In 1996, Detroit Diesel close to signing deal to come to Tooele

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 11-13, 1996

Grantsville residents couldn’t contain their anger during a meeting to receive public input on an open air detonation study.

Even though the study could eventually help in establishing new guidelines for open air burning and destruction of surplus ammunition, many in attendance criticized the Army for what they termed, “a betrayal of trust.”

“How long is the detonation going to be with us? The agreement was that detonation would move from the North Area to the South Area, come back for a while after the incinerator goes hot, and then move to Dugway,” said Chip Ward, head of the West Desert Health and Environment Alliance, ‘Heal’.

Later in the week, nearly one year after the last refurbished military vehicle rolled out of the Consolidated Maintenance Facility (CMF), Detroit Diesel was close to signing a deal that would bring them to Tooele — along with hundreds of new jobs.

The agreement, which wouldn’t be final until it was approved by the Tooele City Redevelopment Agency (RDA), called for Penske Realty Inc. to purchase the Consolidated Maintenance Facility for around $10 million cash.

June 8-11, 1971

Friday evening at their rodeo arena the Tooele Bit N Spur Club named a queen and two attendants to reign over the Fourth of July celebration.

Karen Christiansen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Christiansen was crowned queen with Bobbi Kinney and Jeannine Farrington as attendants. Susan Bullard was named alternate attendant.

Miss Christensen with her attendants would represent the riding club throughout the summer and would reign officially over the Fourth of July Rodeo and the annual parade.

Later in the week, vandals scattered trash all around Settlement Canyon Dam. The act did not incur serious dollar loss for Tooele City, but did create an unsightly mess for the many people who used the reservoir as a recreation area.

A car or small truck was used to push over the large trash containers (50 gallon barrels) which had been provided for the use of fishermen and others at the dam. Several of the containers had been pushed considerable distance and some of them destroyed.

June 11-14, 1946

About 15,000 legal size trout had been planted in Tooele County streams for the opening of fishing season Saturday, June 15, according to game warden Roy Garrard.

This huge plant of fish, Garrard said, would make it possible for everyone to make a satisfactory catch here in home waters.

All streams would be open in the county except the head of Vernon Creek which would be closed because of small federal fish planted there each year.

Later in the week, plans were being made for fireworks during Tooele’s Fourth of July celebration.

Tooele Volunteer Firemen had been designated to supervise the display, which had been shipped from an Eastern manufacturer.

It was estimated that the fireworks show would last at least 1 ½ hours after the evening performance of the rodeo.

June 10, 1921

The program for the visit of Utah Gov. Charles Mabey, members of the Utah Water Storage Association and members of the Salt Lake Commercial Club had been set.

The guests would arrive at Tooele at 10:30 a.m. then leave for the Stockton bar to inspect the proposed Rush Lake irrigation project.

Luncheon at Oquirrh Hotel with a short speech by the governor.

The group would then meet with the Grantsville committee at 4 p.m. and inspect beet fields in the vicinity. 

Visitors would return to Salt Lake City at 6 p.m.

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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