In the Club: The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, chock-full of talented athletes, has produced winners at every level. But for the first time in its 74-year history, it’s been recognized as the Club of the Year by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (Aspen Times).

Retail Therapy: Colorado’s first IKEA store will open earlier than planned (Denver Business Journal), and the door’s to Boulder’s Nordstrom Rack are set to start swinging on Thursday (Daily Camera).

Provoking Invocation: Watch what you say about Westboro Baptist Church. Well, that’s the message its members are sending, anyway. The infamous antigay, military-funeral-protesting church is sending a protest posse to Ponderosa High School’s graduation after a student questioned Westboro’s First Amendment protections in a Denver Post editorial (7News).

Nuggets Battle Back: The Denver Nuggets took their first step yesterday in becoming the only team in NBA history to come back from a 3-0 playoff deficit, downing the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-101 at the Pepsi Center (

Barn Moshing: The Foo Fighters played a show at Oskar Blues’ Barn yesterday, but you couldn’t have gotten in without an invite from Gayle Gordon and Ken Feldman. The lucky Lyons couple won a radio contest for a private concert with access for just 50 friends—”the coolest thing ever” (Longmont Times-Call).

Nukes and Tuition Out—for Now: After a “suspenseful” five-and-a-half hours of testimony, yesterday the state House killed the latest bill proposing to give a form of in-state tuition to certain undocumented immigrant students (Education News Colorado). In Pueblo, meanwhile, “massive and vocal opposition” to the prospect of a nuclear-energy plant led county commissioners to unanimously oppose rezoning property for the purpose of building the plant (Gazette).

Vanessa Martinez contributed to this post.