Two Local Colorado Papers Shutter

The free Denver Daily News and Vail Mountaineer, both owned by Jim Pavelich, have ceased publication.

At the DDN, the news broke yesterday when staff were informed the paper was done.

“Unfortunately, we simply could not keep up with the current financial pressures facing every small business in America,” DDN publisher Kristie Hannon said.

The paper had provided jobs for four editorial staffers, a photographer and three ad sales reps.

According to the Denver Post, the paper is “working with staff, advertisers and readers to provide for a smooth transition into closure.”

Also according to the Post, assistant editor Peter Marcus, who thinks he’ll probably go back into PR, spent yesterday evening “relaxing with some whiskey.”

The Vail Mountaineer also closed yesterday after a three-year run. It employed six people.