Morning Headlines: Honoring Keli McGregor, Denver Magazine's Farewell, the Crystal Fire's NFL Connection, and More

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April 20 2011, 9:39 AM

Ain't Over Till It's Over: The Aspen Highlands ski resort may be closing this weekend, but a spring storm could dump up to a foot of snow on the area, taking the season out like a lion (Aspen Times).

McGregor's Legacy Lives On: Today marks the one-year anniversary of the unexpected death of Colorado Rockies president Keli McGregor. In his memory and honor, the team and the Gold Crown Foundation are dedicating a Lakewood park to him later today (Associated Press and Denver Daily News). Perhaps his spirit can help the Rockies claim at least one win against the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, who are looking to sweep Colorado this afternoon at Coors Field (Denver Post).

Denver Mag Signs Off: After three years of publication, Denver Magazine announced yesterday it would cease operations effective immediately (Denver Business Journal). Founder and publisher Michael Ledwitz has not discussed specific reasons for the shuttering, but 5280 has purchased some of the publication's assets, including its federal trademark (Westword). What does that mean for Denver Magazine readers? We answer those questions here.

 Do Over: The Colorado Legislature got off to such an acrimonious beginning to the redistricting process that it's hitting the restart button (Associated Press). The lawmakers are required to draw new maps that will change some Coloradans' political representation based on the latest census data—and political aspirations (The Spot).

The Slash That Burned: The Crystal Fire that raged west of Fort Collins earlier this month charred nearly 3,000 acres and 13 homes. An investigation into the fire's cause has led to a 36-year-old man, who was allegedly burning a slash pile on property that's partially owned by three former or current NFL players (Coloradoan).

Joe Sakic's New Beginning: Legendary Colorado Avalanche player Joe Sakic wouldn't blame you for being disappointed with the Avs after such a disastrous season, but that doesn't mean he isn't eager to get started today as the team's new executive adviser and alternate governor (Post).

Cuban's Curiosity: Denver's beloved indie movie houses (the Mayan, Esquire, and Chez Artiste) are up for sale, although Landmark Theatres owner Mark Cuban says he's "just testing the waters" and won't really let them go "unless the offer is very, very compelling" (Bloomberg News). At ease, urbanites.