Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 5, 2021
What didn’t make the Top 10 list of 2020?

Thursday’s edition reviewed the Tooele Transcript Bulletin’s Top 10 stories of the year, as selected by the Transcript’s writing staff.

Many things happened in 2020. It’s hard to summarize a year in just 10 stories.

Here’s a few that were left on the cutting room floor that could make the Top 10 list or at least a “honorable mention” list for 2020.

In 2020, the Utah Department of Transportation appeared to realize that people live in Tooele County and commute to Salt Lake County. 

While we didn’t get a coveted second route in and out of Tooele County, in 2020 UDOT did give us an auxiliary exit lane on I-80 westbound from the state Route 201 on ramp to exit 99. 

UDOT also started work on phase I of the Midvalley Highway. It may be a top story for 2021, which is when it is scheduled for completion. We’ll be watching to see how much traffic the Midvalley Highway diverts from exit 99 through Lake Point to Mills Junction.

The break in at a Tooele City water well and tank facility in June that caused a 24 hour notice of possible contaminated water was suggested as a Top 10 story.

The Broadway Hotel fire on July 5 was discussed as a Top 10 story, but  we had recently run a story with photos about the hotel’s demolition. We dropped the hotel story from the Top 10 to make room for another Top 10 story. 

We will keep an eye on how long Tooele City lets Newtown residents live with the pile of rubbish from the demolition.

The Stansbury Park Service agency embezzlement scandal was considered for Top 10 billing, but this story isn’t finished yet.

The groundbreaking at the Lakeview Business Park on Sheep Lane.

The completion of the new Tooele City Police Station with the police moving out of their temporary home after 30 years. Due oto COVID-19, a public ceremony for the new building has been delayed.

Tooele County School District opened the new Vernon Elementary school building in 2020. While enrollment may be small, the building was not earthquake safe, disability accessible, it was heated with a manual stoked coal furnace, and parts of the building were built in 1905. The new building brought the 21st century to the Vernon school.

The dedication of the bronze statue of a Vietnam veteran and his tracker dog was placed at Veterans Memorial Park in Tooele City. 

The filming of a movie called “Grandpa’s Crazy?” in Tooele City. The movie, which was only being filmed in Tooele County, is about an old, lonely grandpa who tries to find time to spend with his kids and grandchildren, according to the producer of the movie, Dave Bresnahan, who lives in Tooele County.

If you’re looking for a few more positive things about 2020 to remember, by my county at least six new places to eat opened up in Tooele County in 2020. 

Most of them are local, or at least Utah owned businesses. 

My list includes the reopening of the Pit Stop Car Wash and Coffee Shop — which serves far more than coffee, Mo’Bettahs — Hawaiian style food in the old Payless Shoe Store building , Chef Mandarin — Chinese sit down food in a former buffet style restaurant, Masala Junction — fresh Indian cuisine in Quality Quick Stop on Broadway Street, Karma Cafe — sandwiches, homemade soups, and salad at the Tooele Community Center, a.k.a. the old hospital, Los Primos – Mexican food in Stockton, and Swig — if you’re looking for a dirty drink on Tooele City’s Main Street.

As soon as I print a list like this, I know somebody out there is going to let me know I forgot their favorite place. If I’ve missed your favorite spot to eat and it opened in 2020, send me an email.

Best wishes for 2021. I wonder what the Top 10 of 2021 will look like?


Tim Gillie

Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim has been writing for the Transcript Bulletin since October 2017. In February 2019 he was named as editor. In addition to being editor, Tim continues to write about Tooele County government, education, business, real estate, housing, politics and the state Legislature.A native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University, Tim became a journalist after a 20 year career with the Boy Scouts of America.

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