Connla and the Fairy Maiden

(a Celtic tale) Connla was son of the brave King Conn of the Hundred Fights. He was a handsome man, with flowing red hair, but he was more than handsome. Connla was courageous, and his many deeds had made him worthy of the king’s proud name. One fine spring day Connla and his father were walking together, and as they […]

Sports Wrap – March 13, 2012

THS baseball clinic The Tooele High baseball team will be hosting a baseball clinic on Mar. 17, 24 and 31. The cost is $30, which includes camp T-shirt. The camp will be held at the Dow James Field from 10-11:30 a.m. for K-third grade, 12-1:30 p.m. for fourth-sixth grade and 2-3:30 p.m. for seventh and eighth graders. If interested, call […]

Legislature wraps up with flurry of bills

The Utah State Legislature met a constitutional mandate limiting its session to 45 days by adjourning at midnight on Thursday, the 45th day. Before adjourning, however, legislators passed a budget with no cuts in agency budgets and gave approval to two bills designed to set up a stand-off with the federal government over control of public lands. “One of our […]

Inmates settle in to new jail

Nearly two months after its official opening, the new Tooele County Detention Center is finally home to inmates. The entire inmate population of 112 was transferred from the old jail to the new 72,000-square-foot facility early Thursday morning. Lt. Dave Harrison, commander of the jail, said staff started shuttling inmates to the new jail at about 6 a.m. and the […]

Valley had cleanest air in years this winter

This winter, the Tooele Valley saw its cleanest wintertime air since the Utah Division of Air Quality started monitoring for PM 2.5 in the valley in 2006. PM 2.5 — small soot and dust particulate matter — is approximately 1/40th the size of a human hair. It comes primarily from vehicle emissions, industry and wood burning stoves. During the winter […]

Does Tooele County tip?

Restaurant servers say the cultural practice of tipping remains relatively underdeveloped in Tooele County, though they would love to see that change. In Utah, the minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.13 an hour. According to servers at some Tooele County restaurants, their wages range from that minimum up to $2.58 an hour. Felecia Ortiz, a server at Jim’s Family […]

Thomas drops out of commission race

After a year of campaigning, Kendall Thomas announced Monday he will drop out of the race for Tooele County Commission. Thomas, a Stockton Town Council member who had planned on filing to run as a Democrat for county commission this week, decided not to run after learning that his termination date at the Deseret Chemical Depot has been pushed back […]

Smoldering fire destroys Lake Point home

An early-morning fire Thursday left an elderly Lake Point couple homeless. The fire was discovered a little before 1:30 a.m., when Samuel Bailey awoke to the smell of smoke. He looked in the upper floor of the two-story home and saw flames, according to North Tooele County Fire District Chief Randy Willden. Bailey and his wife, Pauline, were able to […]

Texas man dies in I-80 rollover

A fatal crash on I-80 claimed the life of a Texas man late Saturday night. Benjamin McArthur, 62, was driving eastbound on I-80 at about 11:30 p.m. when he begin to drift off the highway, according to Trooper Craig Ward of the Utah Highway Patrol. McArthur drifted off the road, overcorrected and rolled his 2003 Chevy Silverado, which came to […]

Tooele man accused of child sex abuse

A Tooele man appeared in court Monday after being charged with sexually abusing his girlfriend’s daughter. Dayne Mondragon, 41, made an initial appearance in 3rd District Court in Tooele for two first-degree felony charges of sodomy on a child and aggravated sexual abuse of a child. The charges were originally filed on Feb. 15 and a warrant was issued for […]