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Friday Roundup: Top stories from the Mile High City

Steven Bonifazi

By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) Greetings, good morning and happy first day of April to you and yours, Denver Rounder-uppers!

Welcome to another Friday edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up.

Denver's weather this weekend starts mostly sunny and warm and ends cloudy and wet. Saturday's forecast calls for sunny skies and a high temperature near 69. Sunday will be cloudy with a chance of showers all day.

Here is a closer look at a few interesting stories in and around the Denver metro from the NewsBreak Denver team:

1. 5 insider tricks you need to know before your next flight at DIA

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With construction projects and COVID protocols, traveling now requires more planning.(Denver International Airport)

With construction hassles and COVID requirements, navigating Denver International Airport can feel more difficult than ever.

Nevertheless, NewsBreak Denver's Brittany Anas has five insider tips to make traveling through the airport smoother:

  • Know which security line you need to use - TSA Precheck passengers and TSA Precheck passengers with Clear should use North Security Checkpoint., open from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. South Security Checkpoint is for standard screening travelers, open 24 hours. The A-Bridge Security Checkpoint is also for standard screening and is open from 4:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • You can get a rapid COVID test at the airport - PCR tests can be taken at the airport at the Jeppesen Terminal and the center of Concourse B for $175 and $250 for the RT-PCR test.
  • Know where to meet your Uber driver - When waiting on a ride from the airport, meet drivers on Island 5 of Level 5. Lettered pick-up zones on Island 5 help drivers locate riders.
  • Restaurants have limited hours - Many food vendors at DIA work on reduced hours and are required to close by 10 p.m. A handful of restaurants now deliver food to people at their gate.
  • Entertaining your kids while you travel - There are aviation-themed activities to keep kids entertained while waiting for flights. Kazoo & Company Toy Store offers books and educational toys. DIA also has a coloring book template that can be printed to keep kids busy on the flight.

2. Find out why Denver's DA works to remove guns from domestic abusers

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A handgun sits amidst ammunition.(Thomas Def/Unsplash)

Denver's Domestic Violence Firearm Relinquishment program has saved an immeasurable number of lives, according to Denver Assistant District Attorney Maggie Conboy. 

NewsBreak Denver's Heather Willard reported that every day, a full-time investigator for the Denver District Attorney's Office looks over a multitude of domestic abuse filings each day and then combs through social media and studies statements, video footage and additional evidence of potential firearms or ammunition at a suspect's house.

The investigator's work helped take 141 weapons from 48 defendants in 2021. The program not only works to prevent violence but also can prevent accidental deaths and suicides of defendants, according to Conboy.

3. Denver street sweepers back on job, tickets resume

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(Courtesy of Mountainsmith)

Denver's street sweepers are back Friday and the city will start writing tickets.

Tickets for not moving vehicles parked along a street-sweeping route cost $50. Red and white street sweeping signs are posted throughout the city to warn parkers of street sweepers. Street sweeping will continue through the end of November, according to NewsBreak Denver's David Heitz.

To stay informed about street-sweeping schedules and sign up for text alerts, sign up here.

4. Outdoor gear maker opens new headquarters in downtown Golden

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(Courtesy of Mountainsmith)

Mountainsmith, an outdoor gear manufacturer has opened its new headquarters in downtown Golden.

NewsBreak Denver's Margaret Jackson reported the building, located at 910 12th St., will house the company's offices, sales, product design and showroom-style retail space. Mountainsmith is known for its lumbar packs, backpacks, trekking poles and tens, providing outdoor lovers with gear that can withstand backcountry adventures.

Mountainsmith General Manager Jonathan McFarland said that Mountainsmith's goal is "to make gear that functions and is built to last."

Denver metro housing listings

  • 9355 E Center Avenue, Apt 7C, Denver, 80247: $199,000, $1,534 estimated monthly. Condominium. 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,200 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 5300 E Cherry Creek South Drive, #471,Denver, 80246: $230,000, $1,312 estimated monthly. Condominium. 1 bed, 1 bath, 697 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 9550 E Florida Avenue, Unit 1018, Denver, 80247: $365,000, $2,026 estimated monthly. Condominium. 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,149 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 18735 Burlington Place, Denver, 80249: $475,000, $2,260 estimated monthly. Single-family. 2 beds, 3 baths, 1,525 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 1655 S Marion Street, Denver, 80210: $595,000, no monthly estimate listed. Single-family. 0.10 acres. Find more information here.

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