Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 22, 2023
In 1998, construction of Deseret Peak Complex in full swing

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 fourth week of March. 

March 24-26, 1998

Gov. Michael Leavitt hung a sign on the former Tooele County Skull Valley Road Saturday, March 21, 1998 declaring it illegal to transport nuclear waste on the road without a permit. 

The action came after Leavitt signed three bills designed to discourage the proposal to store spent nuclear waste rods on the Skull Valley Reservation.

However, Tooele County Commissioners said they were waiting for more information before they made an opinion about the proposal itself and were disappointed by some of the governor’s actions. 

Later in the week, work was progressing on schedule as the 206-acre Deseret Peak Recreation Complex took shape at the intersection of State-Route 112 and Sheep Lane between Tooele and Grantsville.

Tooele County Parks and Recreation had targeted late July, 1998 as completion date for the animal facilities needed for the Tooele County Fair and Rodeo.

“The buildings we need for the fair should be completed by then,” said Misti Williams, assistant to Mark McKendrick, county parks and recreation manager.

Crews had completed the stables, the bleachers for the outdoor arena and the bleachers around the race track.

March 20-23, 1973

The Tooele County Board of Education planned to ask the county’s electors for authorization to issue and sell $4 million worth of school building bonds on May 8th, 1973.

The decision to hold the special bond election came during a recent meeting of the school board and was based on the needs of the schools as outlined in a countywide master plan study.

“The bonding program has been worked out after careful study by the board of education and by the district administration and has their unanimous support,” Superintendent Joseph Stevens said.

Later in the week, Tooele Mayor Robert Swan said people had criticized the City’s animal control officer unfairly in reference to letters published in the Tooele Bulletin and Transcript.

“Tony Kruletz is doing a good job for the city. If there is any criticism due in this area of service perhaps it should be leveled at the city. In the past the administration has failed to provide adequate facilities and equipment for the job,” the mayor said.

Some Tooele residents charged that the city was failing to act to control a growing nuisance caused by dogs.

March 23-26, 1948

Officials of the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce met with D.D. Moffat, vice president of the Kennecott Copper Corporation in Salt Lake City to determine the feasibility of locating Kennecott’s proposed electrolytic refinery in Tooele County.

Investigations for a suitable refinery site were in the preliminary stages. Favorable locations were being considered, but no definite commitments had been made.

After the meeting, the group visited with B.L Sackett, former general superintendent of the International Smelting and Refining Company of Tooele.

Later in the week, George Elwood Frailey, age 6, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Frailey, suffered a broken left leg and painful cuts and bruises when he ran into the front fender of an auto driven  by Leonard Marine of Tod Park.

The accident happened at the intersection of Pinehurst and Utah Avenue during a heavy gust of wind and dust storm. 

The driver was blameless, according to City Marshall Jorgensen, and Policeman Yospe, who investigated the accident.

March 23, 1923

Two children were bitten by a mad dog this week. The 5-year-old daughter of L.E. England and one of the children of Thomas LeBreton suffered wounds from the attack of the animal owned by Mr. LeBreton. The little girl was knocked down by the dog and her clothes almost completely torn from her body. The animal was finally killed by Frank Eastman on the Center School grounds Monday at recess. 

Dr. Betty had ordered a complaint to be sworn out against Mr. LeBreton charging him with neglect to obey the quarantine law.

The England child was taken to Salt Lake City for treatment.

Correspondent Mark Watson compiled this report


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