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Upper valley sees new phone prefix

Aspen Times Staff Report

Another sign that our little neck of the woods is getting thicker: Snowmass Village and Woody Creek have gained a new telephone prefix.

Don’t be surprised when someone with new telephone service gives out a number with 922 before the last four digits. It’s not a mistake.

U.S. West added 922 to the old prefix of 923 in July, according to spokeswoman Bonnie Pehl-Petersen.

When a new prefix is added, it typically means the old prefix is within six months of being used up, Pehl-Petersen said. Along with typical growth of an area, large blocks of numbers are sometimes needed by cellular phone companies, by businesses for pagers or by hotels, she noted.

The 923 prefix will still be given out for new telephone service whenever it is available, Pehl-Petersen said. The availability of the old prefix changes from day to day depending on the amount of service that is shut off and the demand for new hook-ups.

The Basalt and Old Snowmass areas remain the last in the Roaring Fork Valley with just one prefix. Only the 927 prefix is in use there at this time.

Aspen and Glenwood Springs have three prefixes each while the Carbondale area has two.

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