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March 1, 2013
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Editorial: Roses & thorns



state champs

Congratulations to the Glide High Wildcats on winning their first state championship in wrestling. It’s a well-deserved honor for a school that’s long been a powerhouse in the sport, but had never managed better than a second-place state finish, despite having many individual state champs over the years.

Depth was the secret this year with 11 state placers, including state champion Garret Short, racking up enough points to easily outdistance second-place Willamina.

We salute the athletes who became state champs as well. Oakland’s David Henry and Angus Swan were impressive in pinning each of their opponents on their way to first-place titles.

Roseburg wrestlers Reed Van Anrooy and Chad Jones brought home state championships, leading their team to a third-place finish. In his final appearance in the state tournament, Van Anrooy was also named 6A Wrestler of the Meet.

It’s always great to see Douglas County so well represented at the state level.


Wires get crossed

A new computer software system bought by Douglas County continues to draw unflattering attention to itself.

This time, a software glitch also drew unflattering, and unwarranted, attention to a 20-year-old Eugene woman.

The woman was cited in December on suspicion of throwing burning material, a lighted cigarette, from a car. Just last week, jail records wrongly attributed several drug offenses to the woman. The allegations actually had been leveled against her brother. As a result, the woman’s name appeared in The News-Review connected with crimes she’s not accused of. The sheriff’s office blamed the new computer system for the mix-up.

County officials have been struggling since mid-January to implement the new system to manage records generated by the jail, dispatch center, sheriff’s office and district attorney’s office.

The system has curtailed the amount of information released about 911 calls to police departments and fire agencies.

County officials say the system eventually will be superior. It apparently has a ways to go.


Getting out of golf

It’s good to see the city of Roseburg out of the golf business. At a time when government pay and benefits are outpacing many private sector industries, it’s reasonable to assume that a private company can operate the Stewart Park Golf Course more cost effectively. The fact that the city had been losing money at the golf course for several years stands testimony to that notion.

So it’s great to see the city hand over that operation to L & H Lumber out of Sutherlin, which also runs Umpqua Golf Resort. Under the new contract, the city will receive $25,000 annually and eliminate its risks. The new operators believe they can improve the course and make money, making this a win-win deal.

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