Shadow saved?

Veterans group wants to keep clubhouse open

Shadow Mountain Clubhouse might not close in 2006 after all.

The American Legion Post 627 in Craig wants to take over Moffat County's recreational center, Post Commander Mel Shockley said.

Moffat County commissioners earlier this month voted to close the clubhouse to cut costs in 2006, causing an outcry by some residents.

Residents who use the swimming pool and meeting rooms at Shadow Mountain criticized commissioners for the decision. They said the clubhouse's swimming pool was one of the few places in Craig where senior citizens and residents with disabilities could exercise.

The American Legion wants to use the clubhouse as its headquarters and keep it open to the public, Shockley said.

"We don't want to see it closed," Shockley said. "The public needs that facility."

Taking over the clubhouse would serve two purposes, Shockley said. The veterans' organization would have a home, and the residents who need Shadow Mountain could continue to use it, he said.

Details of taking over Sha--dow Mountain must be finalized, Shockley said.

"Nothing is cast in stone," he said.

The Legion could buy Sha--dow Mountain from the county or just take over maintenance and the costs associated with keeping it open, he said.

Shockley said he hopes to meet with commissioners in the coming weeks to discuss taking over Shadow Mountain, he said.

Commissioner Saed Tayyara said Thursday the county has no plans to sell the facility. But if someone made a good offer, commissioners would listen, he said.

The county plans to close the facility next year, but they haven't set a date, Tayyara said.

The county will honor reservations for the facility that residents already have made. But officials aren't accepting new reservations.

For residents who use Shadow Mountain, hearing that the facility might not close was good news.

"I think it would be great," Judy Mullis said. "It would just be terrible if we didn't have it."

Mullis, 65, has used the clubhouse pool to exercise for 25 years.

She taught her grandchildren how to swim at Shadow Mountain, and she now goes there with her great-grandchildren.

Mullis, who had knee surgery, said she couldn't walk for exercise like she used to.


Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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