Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 1, 2022
Sports Wrap – June 1, 2022

25 years ago

Utah didn’t play like it was their first NBA Finals.

The Jazz led from the opening tipoff until the final minutes of Game One. 

However, Michael Jordan buried a 20-foot fall away jumper as time expired to lift Chicago to a thrilling 84-82 triumph over the Jazz in the opening game of the NBA Finals June 1, 1997 at the United Center.

The game-winning shot came after Utah’s Karl Malone failed to connect on two free throws with nine seconds remaining in the contest.

Later in the week, the Tooele American Legion baseball team rallied for three runs on a pair of clutch doubles by B.J. Palmer and Joey Garrard in the bottom of the seventh to capture a 7-6 comeback victory over Carbon at Dow James Park. Palmer clubbed out three hits in the game with two RBI’s. 

The win boosted the Legion mark to 2-0 on the season.

NBA Finals

After completing their Western Conference Finals triumph over the Mavericks on May 26, the Golden State Warriors are set to take on the Boston Celtics in the 2022 NBA Finals. Game 1 of the Championship series is set for Thursday at Chase Center.

The Warriors will host Games 1 and 2 (Sunday, June 5) of the Finals before the series goes back East for Games 3 (June 8) and 4 (June 10). If necessary, Game 5 would be back in San Francisco on June 13, a potential Game 6 would be June 16 in Boston and Game 7 on June 19 at Chase Center.

Avian flu

The first case of avian flu in wild birds was confirmed in May in Cache County, and now the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has confirmation that the virus is spreading throughout the state after dead birds in five more counties tested positive. 

 As of May 26, 10 wild birds have tested positive for avian flu in various areas of Utah, including Cache, Weber, Salt Lake, Utah, Tooele and Carbon counties. The birds include Canada geese, great horned owls, hawks, pelicans, turkey vultures and ducks. Test results from other dead birds are currently pending.

Some of the most recent birds confirmed to have died from avian flu include two pelicans and a Canada goose found on the shore of Scofield Reservoir. The pelicans were found on May 13 and the goose was located May 16. They were collected by DWR officials and sent to the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Logan for testing. The birds were then sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, which confirmed they had highly pathogenic avian influenza. The Department of Environmental Quality confirmed the drinking water from Scofield Reservoir would not be impacted by avian flu, since the water is treated. Normal recreational activities, such as fishing and swimming should also not be impacted.

High pathogenic avian influenza viruses are very contagious among birds and can cause rapid and high mortality in domestic birds, such as chickens, turkeys and domestic ducks. These viruses occasionally kill wild birds, as well. The most common wild birds impacted by the virus are typically waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors and scavengers (which include birds like hawks, owls, ravens and vultures.)

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