Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Nov. 26

In case your holiday-warped brain isn’t sure: It’s Saturday.

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Karen Proto and Michael Vargo shop at Talulah Jones as employee Carrie Fergusson opens a door. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Karen Proto and Michael Vargo shop at Talulah Jones as employee Carrie Fergusson opens a door. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

In case your holiday-warped brain isn’t sure: It’s Saturday.

It’s Small Business Saturday, to be exact

Ninety-eight percent of the companies in Colorado are small businesses with less than 100 employees, and many are hoping you’ll do some shopping with them today. (Denverite)

Can the Buffs keep this dream season going?

They’ll try to when they take on Utah tonight. (AP)

‘Tis the season for holiday theater

See “The Santaland Diaries,” “The Nutcracker” or “A Christmas Carol.” Or do something else. Follow your heart. (Denverite)

Vail and Beaver Creek are finally open

But Aspen is still waiting. This is the first time in decades the resort hasn’t been open during the Thanksgiving holiday. (AP)

The Nuggets lost to the Thunder

Russell Westbrook had a stellar game to lead Oklahoma to a win in overtime. (AP)

Thousands of people flocked to state parks yesterday

Free admission for #FreshAirFriday drew record numbers of people to the great outdoors. (Denverite)

A Colorado State Patrol trooper was killed yesterday
He was hit by a truck while investigating a crash on I-25. (AP)
Cherry Cricket might be closed for a while
Initial reports said the damage from Wednesday’s fire at the burger joint was minimal, but the owner now says an indefinite closure could be significant. (9)
Shkelzen Gashi seems like a super nice guy

And he’s been great for the Rapids. (DP)

Aqib Talib wore a hat

It’s expensive. Also, he joined Twitter. Everyone lost their minds. (AP)

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