Roy “Papa” Willis Whitehouse


1940 – 2013   Roy Willis Whitehouse passed away at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 73 years old. Roy was born in Tooele on March 30, 1940 to Chester and LaRue Whitehouse. He was raised in Tooele and graduated from Tooele High School in 1958. In 1960, […]

City approves more cash for water well

Tricky drilling conditions have caused the cost of constructing a new water well at the Bit and Spur rodeo grounds to exceed initial expectations, but city officials believe the expense will be worth it. The Tooele City Council voted last week to pay Zim Industries, Inc., an additional $365,000 on top of the original bid to complete the new rodeo […]

Layoffs begin for last URS workers

The Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility’s contractor has started to lay off and displace many of its remaining workers, the latest step in the end to the area’s chemical weapon era. Beginning last week, URS, TOCDF’s contractor, started the gradual layoff of 400 of its remaining 629 workers — already a steep dropoff from URS’ peak of 1,200 workers with […]

Overlake lawsuit closer to a ruling

Tooele City may get a shot at a new trial in the multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by Tooele Associates, or a jury award may be upheld that will net $20.7 million to the developer of Overlake. Attorneys representing Tooele City and Tooele Associates were back in the courtroom Tuesday as 3rd District Court Judge Randall Skanchy listened to arguments from […]

Jobless rate makes slight climb of late

Tooele County’s unemployment rate has begun a slow upward creep. Preliminary data released last month for July 2013 showed the county’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, the same as June 2013. However, revised data for July and preliminary figures for August peg the July unemployment rate at 5.3 percent and the August rate at 5.4 percent. The slow climb is […]

Hospital offers insurance planning help

For Tooele County residents still concerned or confused about the Affordable Care Act, there is a glimmer of hope: Mountain West Medical Center will offer a free service to help residents navigate the new insurance system. Starting Oct. 1, the hospital’s Eligibility Services Department will offer appointments with “certified application specialists” trained in all the up-to-date ins and outs of […]

Overlake lawsuit history

The saga between Overlake’s developer and Tooele City began in 1995 when Drew Hall, managing partner of Tooele Associates, approached Tooele City officials with an idea for a walkable, mixed-use, master planned community to the northwest of the city. Tooele City negotiated a development agreement that was signed in 1997, and the city annexed roughly 2,000 acres of property owned […]

Photo and poster contests to promote water conservation

Tooele County students, get your crayons and cameras ready. Two conservation districts in the county are sponsoring poster and photo contests with a conservation theme. The Shambip and Grantsville Conservation Districts are each sponsoring a poster contest for fourth and fifth grade students and a photo contest for secondary students. Submissions are due Oct. 9. The theme for the contests […]

New Mexico man charged for beating in Wendover

A New Mexico man has been arrested and charged for allegedly beating a man in Wendover Sunday. At about 10:30 p.m., a deputy from the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Western Ridge Motel for a fight in progress. The deputy found a man with multiple wounds to his head and hands, and there were pools of blood on […]

Spooky pirates invade Tooele home for Halloween

Carefully drive down Oquirrh Avenue in Tooele at night because you may run into a pirate ship in Eddie and Shellie Plute’s front yard. The 26-foot-long ship is decked out with a skeleton crew complete with a captain steering the helm and cannons ready to fire. The ship is lighted so you can’t miss it. The Plutes’ entire home is […]