The owner of the Rocky Mountain News notified the owner of the Denver Post it "planned to close the Rocky Mountain News as soon as practical" more than two weeks ago, The Post's owner, Dean Singleton, wrote in a memo on Thursday. Earlier that day, the Rocky's owner, E.W. Scripps Co., announced its newspaper was for sale
. "As you know," Singleton wrote in the memo, "an announced sale is usually the first step leading to a failing newspaper’s closure."