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Denver Broncos’ Russell Wilson, Ciara Visit Hospitalized Casper Teens In Colorado

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Two Casper teenagers injured in a flash fire earlier this month got the opportunity to meet the Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson, and his wife, singer Ciara, on Tuesday.

Kayden Pharr and Jayce Berry, two of the teens injured in the March 4 fire in a shop west of Casper, met Wilson and Ciara when the two made a surprise visit to Children’s Hospital Colorado on Tuesday morning.

Jayce’s mother, Angela Berry, posted about the experience on her Facebook account.

“Jayce had a very busy day!” she posted. “They woke him up at 9 a.m. after a restless night managing pain to tell him a special guest was going to be visiting at 9:30 a.m. He managed to get himself together and with the help of a little pain medicine we headed down to see what ended up being Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara!”

Berry said that Wilson and Ciara read their new book “Why Not You” to the children at the hospital, answered questions, signed autographs and took photos with everyone.

In the book, the Grammy-winning singer and Super Bowl champion quarterback encourage young readers to pursue their dreams.

Wilson was recently named the Broncos’ newest quarterback after being traded to Denver by the Seattle Seahawks, his team of 10 years. Ciara sported Broncos regalia at the hospital visit on Tuesday.

Berry said being joined by Pharr and his family while meeting the famous couple made the experience even more special.

Jayce will have to undergo skin grafts this week, but his mother said the boy is recovering from his injuries.

“He had been having troubling walking prior to his last debridement yesterday, but he made it a point to straighten his right leg while he was still recovering from his procedure,” Berry wrote. “This really helped him! prior to that he was walking bent over like an 80 year old bowlegged retired bull rider!”

Another girl burned in the fire was flown to a hospital in Salt Lake City.

The Natrona County Fire Department said the flash fire occurred due to a flammable liquid being too close to an open flame inside a shop on Lakeview Lane near Zero Road.

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Denver Getting New Area Code; Wyoming Won’t Need New One Until 2045

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Although the Denver metro area will get its third area code next year, the entire state of Wyoming won’t run out of phone numbers with the 307 area code for more than 20 years.

Last week, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved a new area code for the Denver area, 983, which will take effect next year. This is the first new area code the area has received in more than 20 years, and comes in addition to the 303 and 720 area codes already in place.

However, a spokeswoman for the Federal Communications Commission told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday that it will be quite a while before Wyoming needs a new area code.

“The North American Numbering Plan Administrator, which manages the assignment of phone numbers, projects that Wyoming will not need a second area code until 2045, the point at which the Administrator projects that Wyoming’s current area code (307) will run out of numbers,” FCC spokeswoman Anne Veigle told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday. “This is just a projection, and it could change in the future, for instance if 307 numbers are being used more quickly or more slowly than expected.”

At least we’re doing better than Alaska, which won’t need a new area code until 2055. The American Samoa territory won’t need one until 2186.

Denver is projected to run out of 303/720 numbers by the fourth quarter of 2022, so the new 983 area code won’t be assigned until the current two area codes have been exhausted.

Mike Ceballos, a former Wyoming president of Qwest telephone service and an expert in technology, told Cowboy State Daily that Wyoming is only one of about a dozen states with a single area code.

“When my family came to Wyoming in 1995, there were under 400,000 telephones, mostly landlines, in the state,” he said. “When I retired in 2011, there were more than 800,000 telephone numbers and the number of landlines has gone down. I believe we will likely remain a single area code state, at least for a while.”

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