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STERLING JOURNAL-ADVOCATE THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012

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CLUB from page 1 When asked why they choose to support NJC and its students, Wright states simply, “NJC is such an asset to our community.” For Williamson, the availability of a local college is also personal; his sister-inlaw is a freshman at NJC. “The ability to educate citizens locally is tremendously important to continued growth in this region,” he affirms. “NJC is a reasonablypriced opportunity for rural kids to receive a good education.” Wright adds that the “quality of staff at NJC is very impressive.” In honor of the founding of their law firm, Wright and Williamson have purchased the year 1952, at the Black and Gold Level, to secure membership in Club 1941. This was the year that a young Baxter Arnold opened his law firm in Sterling. As the years went by Arnold was joined by a series of partners, men whose names

are well known in northeast Colorado: Dick Ross, Jim Leh, and Mike Singer. Wright and Williamson joined the partnership in 2005 and 2007, respectively, working with Baxter until his retirement in 2011. As is often the case for law firms in rural communities, Wright and Williamson, LLC has a broad-based practice. The firm serves clients with legal needs ranging from estate planning, family law, probate, and contracts to property disputes, bankruptcy and personal injury. In addition, about half of Williamson’s time is devoted to representing rural electric cooperatives including Highline Electric in Holyoke, YW Electric in Akron and Mountain Parks Electric, Inc. in Granby. Wright and Williamson come with impressive credentials. Both have worked in downtown Denver during their careers, albeit during different years. Williamson,

who was born and raised in Holyoke, worked for the law firm Holme, Roberts and Owen, LLP in downtown Denver for four years after completing his law degree at Oklahoma City University. There he specialized in complex commercial litigation, representing Fortune 500 companies. Wright grew up in Denver and graduated from Cherry Creek High School. He received his law degree from California Western Law School in San Diego, Calif. After practicing in San Diego for two years, he returned to Denver to be closer to family. Over a period of seven years, Wright worked as the in-house legal counsel for a group of corporations in the Denver Tech Center and later for a firm in Cherry Creek specializing in Elder Law. It is these diverse backgrounds that Wright and Williamson bring to their law firm, Wright and Williamson, LLC, in Sterling.

While both enjoyed time spent working in urban settings and believe the experience to be invaluable, they appreciate the personal satisfaction derived from owning their own firm. Yet, the primary reason both live and work in Sterling is a strong belief that this small town is an ideal place to raise their young families. Williamson and his wife, Karin, also a Holyoke native, have a 2-year-old son named Evan − and a new baby on the way. Wright and wife E. J. have three children, 9-year-old Regan, and 7-year-old twins, Cassidy and Colleen. After speaking with Wright and Williamson, one cannot help but come away with the feeling that northeast Colorado is fortunate to have these young professionals at the helm of Wright and Williamson, LLC. They do, indeed, continue the legacy of excellence and service begun by Baxter Arnold back in 1952.

MERINO from page 1 state has ordered them to fix the problem. There are two proposed solutions; one involves the school and the other doesn’t. The proposal that involves the school would require the town to take over the reverse osmosis system that is at the school, meaning they would be responsible for the care and maintenance of the system. The state requires that the town assume responsibility for clean drinking water. Town representatives informed the board that the first option is not what they would prefer, because it would require them to provide reverse osmosis water to everyone in town. That would not be done through the system at the school, meaning they would have to purchase an additional system to provide the town water. The other option involves

digging a deeper well to find uranium-free water or water that meets the state guidelines. The school board asked the town to have their attorney draw up a contract, so that they can make a betterinformed decision. During his report, Sanders said the majority of the work that needed to be completed in the performance room is finished. The performance room was one of the areas found to need repair following an independent review by a third-party engineering firm. During the review, they looked over work done by The Neenan Co., which came under scrutiny after a 1-year-old Meeker school was forced to shut down because of safety concerns. Questions about several other schools designed and built by Neenan have also come up.

preliminary findings and the district is sending information to them refuting some of their findings. In other business, Sanders said the district is looking All repairs are being done for someone to help with at Neenan’s expense. summer grounds work on a Sanders also shared up- part-time basis. dates on the three programs Callie Jones: (970) 526-9286; the Colorado Department of cjones@journal-advocate.com Education has been auditing and reviewing: transportation, the October student count and food service. The rest of the performance room, as well as the other repairs recommended in the review, will be completed by May 14.

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“CDE does these audits and reviews on a regular basis for all school districts in the state,” he said. The food service review is complete and there were no significant findings. In fact, they told the district that they have a great food service program. The transportation and October student count audits are in the appeals process. CDE has sent their

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