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Hump day Roundup: Top local stories from the Mile High City

Steven Bonifazi

By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) Greetings, good morning and happy hump day to you and yours, Denver Rounder-uppers.

Welcome to another Wednesday edition of the Denver Daily Roundup. Today is April 20 and a lot is happening in the Mile High City.

As Denver's weather begins to warm up into the low 80s over the next few days, fire danger will reach extreme levels. Remember to avoid burning of any kind outdoors.

Let's take a closer look at a couple of the most interesting and local stories from the NewsBreak Denver team you need to know this Wednesday:

1. Colorado residents urged to find alternative transportation to celebrate 4/20

The annual Mile High 420 Festival will bring thousands of cannabis lovers to Denver's Civic Center Park Wednesday. However, local agencies and organizers are urging event-goers to plan, especially regarding transportation.

NewsBreak Denver's Heather Willard reported the free 420 event was suspended in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's event will begin at noon and feature live music from Big Boi, Lil Jon and Talib Kweli in addition to food, adult beverages and more. However, cannabis cannot be consumed publicly under Colorado State Law.

Nevertheless, the Colorado Department of Transportation and AA Colorado will have a booth with trivia questions, information on consumption and how it impairs driving. They will alive out Lyft credits to winners of an interactive quiz.

2. Don’t let munchies get the best of you this 4/20 holiday

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(Dylan Mullins on Unsplash)

Cannabis-themed restaurant chain Cheba Hut Toasted Subs will offer nug-sized sandwiches, a commemorative frisbee and a side of Willie's Reserve rolling papers for $4.20 Wednesday.

The rolling papers will have a QR code customers can scan between Wednesday and April 30 for a chance to win a trip to the Emerald Cup in Hollywood, Calif. and two Willie's reserve gift packs, NewsBreak Denver's Margaret Jackson reported. The in-store promotion is one day only (April 20) and runs in Cheba Hut locations in states including Arizona, California, Colorado and more.

Inspired by American music legend and long-time marijuana advocate Willie Nelson, Willie's Reserve is a line of marijuana products.

3. Hummingbirds arrive in Colorado

It is time to start preparing for Hummingbirds as they begin to arrive in Douglas County and across the state.

According to NewsBreak Denver's Natasha Lovato, hummingbird species including Rufous, Calliope, Ruby-throated, Broad-billed, Costa's, Magnificent, White-eared, and Anna's hummingbirds come to Colorado every year and are an essential part of the food chain as pollinators. However, the birds are at risk due to habitat loss, a lack of nectar plants and the spread of invasive plants and pesticide use.

Scott Rashid, director of the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute, said that putting out feeders now through mid-October helps to provide the birds with energy for nesting and migrating before winter arrives.

4. Denver pays $331 million for airport expansion, flood repairs

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Denver International Airport.(Joshua Sukoff/Unsplash)

The Denver City Council lengthened multiple contracts on Monday involving the renovation of Denver International Airport with $331 million over two years.

NewsBreak Denver's David Heitz reported a few of the contract extensions are necessary due to a burst pipe in December 2021 that flooded a newly renovated area of the airport. Councilmember Amanda Sawyer voted against the contracts and criticized the airport for failing to provide more information on why contract extensions are required.

City officials said in December that the airport renovations would cost an added $1 billion and would take four additional years to complete.

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