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TGIF in Denver: Denver metro's new area code and more local news

Steven Bonifazi

By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) Greetings and happy Friday Denver.

Welcome to another Denver Daily Roundup. Cheers to making it through yet another work week.

Rain is already falling across the city, with snow showers expected this afternoon. Weekend traffic will be heavily impacted by rain and snow showers Friday through Saturday, so be mindful when traveling.

Let's take a closer look at some of the top, local stories from the NewsBreak Denver team you need to know more about:

1. Denver metro gets new area code: 983
Colorado's area codes before the addition of 938.(North American Numbering Plan Administrator)

Residents of Denver and the surrounding metro area will no longer receive a 303 or 720 area code. Now, some will get 938 starting June 17.

NewsBreak Denver'sClaire Cleveland reported Colorado's newest area code was approved by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission which estimates it will run out of numbers using 303 or 720 by the end of 2022. The new area code, Colorado's fifth, is expected to last around 25 years, according to the commission.

The 983 area code will overlay the 303/720 region, which consists of the Denver metro and surrounding communities such as Aurora, Boulder, Brighton, Castle Rock, Columbine, Englewood, Erie, Highlands Ranch, Lakewood, Littleton, Longmont, Thornton, Westminster and Wheat Ridge.

2. High Times Cannabis Cup returns to Colorado
Example of a judging kit.(High Times)

Colorado's most popular cannabis brands will compete in 12 categories to become the best products in the state when the High Times Cannabis Cup returns in June.

The public will have the opportunity to vote to decide winners as a result of the People's Choice Edition of the awards, created during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to NewsBreak Denver's Margaret Jackson. Categories include flowers, pre-rolls, concentrates, vape pens, edibles and topicals.

Judging kits can be picked up at Rocky Mountain High, Star Buds, Emerald Fields and Tumbleweed dispensaries statewide.

3. Film on The Rocks is back. Here’s what's playing at Red Rocks in 2022
The Red Rocks events lineup will be busy this summer. In addition to concerts, Film on The Rocks returns with five movies.(Film on the Rocks)
Film on the Rocks” will return to Red Rocks Amphitheater with five films this summer after being paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The movie nights begin at 7 p.m. with live entertainment, followed by the movies at 8:30 p.m. Film on the Rocks occurred in the venue's parking lot over the past few years, NewsBreak Denver's Brittany Anas reported.

The full lineup:

  • Monday, June 13: “Thor Ragnarok”
  • Monday, July 18: “The Sandlot”
  • Monday, July 25: “The Greatest Showman”
  • Monday, Aug. 1: “Summer of Soul”
  • Monday, Aug. 15: “Dune”

4. DougCo Schools continue free summer lunches, Universal free lunch set to expire

DougCo school's free summer lunch program will continue from May 31 through July 29 for children ages 18 and younger.

Children can get the lunches Monday through Friday. NewsBreak Denver's Suzie Glassman reported Colorado children in school have had free breakfast and lunch through a federally funded program for the last two years. However, the pandemic-related program expires at the end of the school year.

Paid meals will return on August 8th, with elementary school lunches costing $3.25, middle school lunches are $3.75 and high school lunches are $4.00, according to the district.

Denver metro housing listings

  • 1032 N Clarkson St., Apt 102, Denver, 80218: $249,000, no monthly estimate listed. Condominium. 1 bed, 1 bath, 605 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 3550 S Harlan St., Unit 309, Denver, 80235: $350,000, $2,093 estimated monthly. Condominium. 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,290 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 5545 Salem St., Denver, 80239: $490,000, $2,495 estimated monthly. Single-family. 5 beds, 2 baths, 2,028 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 760 Stuart St., Denver, 80204: $599,999, $2,920 estimated monthly. Single-family. 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,139 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 2544 Niagara St., Denver, 80207: $649,900, $3,174 estimated monthly. Single-family. 4 beds, 2 baths, 1,556 sq. feet. Find more information here.

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