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Kelly Clarkson Is No. 1 On Forbes List of Top-Earning American Idol Contestants
Forbes released a list of top-earning "American Idol" Contestants and the first "American Idol," Kelly Clarkson, was number 1.

Kelly Clarkson, Facebook

Forbes has just released its list of the top-earning American Idol contestants, and the show's original winner has taken the No. 1 spot.

According to the magazine, from May 2011 to May 2012, Clarkson pulled in an impressive $8 million.

[ E! Online ]

Carrie Underwood was listed at number 2 on the list.

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Denver Makes Top Ten Best Cities for Job Seekers List
If you are looking for a job, Denver is a good place to find one. NerdWallet released a list of the top 10 best cities for job seekers, and Denver came it at number 4.

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Denver, Colorado: Fourth Best Place for Job Seekers

With a 3.3% growth in population over recent years, Denver is an up-and-coming city.  Although the unemployment rate is fairly high, the relatively low cost of living improves the odds that a job seeker can afford to live there.  Denver’s top industries include aerospace, broadcasting and telecommunications, energy and healthcare.  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is located in Golden, CO, and employment in the healthcare industry has increased by 23% in the last 5 years.

[ NerdWallet ]

The report looked at things like population growth, income, unemployment rate and the cost of living in the top 10 cities.

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Topics: Help WantedJobsLaborSocial Issues
Locations: ColoradoDenver
People: Job Seekers

2013 International Snow Sculpture Championships In Breckenridge Are Impressive
If your looking for a short getaway from Denver, how about going to see the snow sculptures in Breckenridge. I had a couple of friends go last weekend and they said it was amazing. After seeing pictures, I want to go.
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About the 2012 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships

We welcome visitors from beginning to the end of this FREE event (January 22 - February 3, 2013). Artists sculpt from Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. until Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., judging is at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013, the awards ceremony is at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013 and sculptures will remain standing weather permitting until the night of Sunday, February 3, 2013.

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And the winner is...

This year's first place winner of both the Artist's and People's Choice Awards was Team Mongolia, whose "Mongolian Warriors" sculpture depicted life-like 13th-century warriors and their horses striding out of a solid 20-ton block base of snow.

[ Huffington Post ]

Just a short drive away from Denver, it sounds like a lot fun. You can still see the sculputres through this weekend, Feb. 3. For details, click here.

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Locations: BreckenridgeColoradoDenver

Registration For The Denver Zoo's Summer Safari Camp Begins January 29
The summer will be here before we know it and that means extra time for the kids. Looking for a fun, yet educational way for the kids to spend some of their time this summer?

How about the summer camp at the Denver Zoo? Summer Safari Camp sounds like a fun way to spend some time this summer.

Denver Zoo

Registration for the Denver Zoo's Summer Safari camp begins January 29. The wildest summer camp in town is a fun-filled educational experience for animal lovers from Pre-K through 8th grades. Campers participate in hands-on activities, zoo exploration, animal encounters and observations, crafts, games, stories, projects, and more. Camps run weekly from June 3 through August 9. To meet the registration challenges resulting from high demand, the zoo will be rolling out registration over the course of seven days beginning at 7 a.m. on January 29.

About the Camp

This year's camp theme is Zooper Heroes. Campers will learn how to become a hero for the planet as you get outside and get active! Kids will get out of the classroom and into the wild, as we explore our connections to nature. They will uncover environmental challenges that face animals today and take steps to make a difference in the world we share.

[ Denver Zoo ]

If you are interested in finding out more, click here.

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Denver International Airport Breaks All-Time Passenger Record In 2012
DIA set a new record for passengers passing through the Mile High City's airport, over 53 million people passed through Denver International Airport in 2012.

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Denver International Airport’s (DIA) passenger traffic continued to grow in 2012, making it the busiest year in the airport’s history. A total of 4,308,760 passengers traveled through DIA in December 2012, bringing this year’s passenger traffic total to 53,156,278. The record-breaking year is a 0.6 percent increase over the previous record in 2011 of 52,849,132 passengers traveling through DIA. It is the fifth consecutive year that more than 50 million passengers have traveled through DIA annually.

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DIA is hosting the "State of DIA" on March 12, 2013 including a Keynote Address from Kim Day, DIA's Manager of Aviation and a special Presentation from Steve Spangler, 9NEWS Science Guy. Information can be found here.

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Denver Zoo Welcomes "Chewbacca" A Red Panda [VIDEO]
There is a new addition to see at the Denver Zoo!

Denver Zoo

A new male red panda has arrived at Denver Zoo as a suitable mate for the zoo's lone female, Daisy. Chewbacca, a 6-year-old, comes from the Detroit Zoo to continue Denver Zoo's successful conservation of the species. He spent the holidays behind-the-scenes, but now visitors can see him exploring his outdoor habitat.

Denver Zoo has been very successful in breeding red pandas.

Red pandas are classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with an estimated population of less than 2,500 mature individuals remaining in the wild. Their population continues to decline due to habitat fragmentation and hunting. Like their larger cousins, these lesser pandas eat primarily bamboo shoots.

[ Denver Zoo ]

Welcome to Denver, Chewbacca!
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Unique Lives Bringing Dynamic Speakers To Denver's Ellie Caulkins Opera House
The 15th Season of Unique Lives is once again bringing inspirational stories to Denver. Speakers include CNN newscaster Campbell Brown, Dr. Jane Goodall, Dionne Warwick and more. This week, KOSI 101.1 has your chance to win tickets to this incredible 5-part series.

Unique Lives is once again bringing you some of the most dynamic and influential speakers to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for our 15th season of talk theater entertainment.

Our goal at Unique Lives & Experiences is to showcase inspirational stories with a unique perspective, often told by a familiar face or two. Personalities who encourage us to refresh, revisit and reflect upon our own views.

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Listen to KOSI 101.1 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. this week for your chance to win tickets.

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15th Annual Pledges For Pets To Benefit Denver Dumb Friends League Is Sunday
You can help homeless pets on Sunday, January 27th. The 15th Annual Pledges for Pets Telethon, sponsored by Hills Science Diet, is a benefit for the Denver Dumb Friends League. The telethon will be broadcast live on Fox 31 Denver (KDVR) from Noon to 5 p.m. with lots of cute cats, dogs horses, rabbits and other small pets making an appearance.
Denver Dumb Friends League

All funds raised will help the Dumb Friend League place or reunite more than 19,000 pets this coming year and bring valuable services—including humane education and cruelty investigations—to our community.

[ Denver Dumb Friends League ]

KOSI 101.1's Murphy and Denise will be there to help Emcee the event. If you can't call in to pledge during the telthon on Sunday, you can give online now.
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First Female Police Chief In The Denver Area Announces Retirement
The first female police chief in the metro Denver area has announced her plans to retire. Littleton Police Chief Heather Coogan has announced her retirement.

Coogan Had Many Accomplishments During Her Career
  • Littleton Police Department (LPD) opened a 14,000 square-foot expansion in May of 2011 that includes substantial evidence storage and a modern crime lab
  • Coogan led reaccreditation efforts in 2009 and 2012 from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), placing the LPD among an elite group of law enforcement agencies meeting the highest professional standards
  • Coogan served as president of the Metro Chiefs, the Arapahoe Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, and the Police Officer Standards Training Board
  • Earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from Rocky Mountain Women in Law Enforcement in 2011

Chief Heather Coogan, Littleton Police Dept.

“I am excited and a little sad to announce that I am retiring but I could not have asked for a better department to live out my dream,” Coogan said. “We have accomplished so much together and there is so much to be proud of. It is time for me, after 37 years as an officer and 11 years as a chief of police, to pass the torch to people I believe in and who possess great leadership skills.”

[ Littleton Police Chief Heather Coogan ]
Congratulations on a great career, and all the best in your retirement. Thanks for serving our community!
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Pauline Phillips, Best Known For Her "Dear Abby"Advice Column Dies At 94
Remember the "Dear Abby" advice column? Sad news today as we learned that Pauline Phillips, the woman behind "Dear Abby," has passed away at 94.

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Phillips’ column competed for decades with the advice column of Ann Landers, written by her twin sister, Esther Friedman Lederer. Their relationship was stormy in their early adult years, but later they regained the close relationship they had growing up in Sioux City, Iowa.

The two columns differed in style. Ann Landers responded to questioners with homey, detailed advice. Abby’s replies were often flippant one-liners.

[ TIME ]

Rest in Peace "Dear Abby." 

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"American Idol" Returns With New Judges Tonight
"American Idol" returns tonight with new judges. Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will be the new faces on the show. Of course the show will kick-off with the auditions portion, one of my favorite parts of the show. Will "Idol" be the same with new judges?

American Idol, Facebook
Featuring host Ryan Seacrest and new judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, along with returning judge Randy Jackson, Season 12 of American Idol begins with the exciting two-night premiere Wednesday, Jan.16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). In Season 11 Georgia native, Phillip Phillips went from an unknown singer with a dream to a national superstar whose debut single sold over two million copies. "Home" sold more downloads in its first week than any other coronation song.
Will you be watching? What is your favorite talent show on television?
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Fun Things To Do In Denver This Week: Denver Nuggets Family Night, Stock Show +
There is a lot to do in Denver this week! From the 107th National Western Stock Show to Family Night with the Denver Nuggets, there is something for everyone.

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National Western Stock Show (Through January 27th)
From Colorado Fiddle Championships to the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza and Super Dogs to the Wild West Show, there is plenty of fun for the entire family. Visit for all the details and tickets.

Marc Cohn In Concert (Thursday, January 17th)
Thursday, January 17 at 7pm Boulder Theatre, get tickets here.

Denver Nuggets Family Night (Friday, January 18th)
Four tickets, four family meals, starting at just $79! Listen to KOSI 101.1between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. this week to WIN tickets! Get tickets here.

WIN Colorado Avalanche Tickets On KOSI 101.1
Hockey is back in Denver! Tickets for the Colorado Avalanche home opener game go on sale Wednesday, January 16 at Noon. Come see the Avs take on the Stanley Cup Champs, LA Kings on January 22nd at 7 p.m. and listen to KOSI 101.1 this week for your chance to WIN a family four-pack of tickets this week between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Click here to get tickets.
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Ways To Avoid The Flu In Colorado
Are there a lot of people in your office that are sick or sneezing and coughing? Many doctors and experts are saying that this is one of the worst flu seasons in recent years. Many people around the office might be sick, but there are some ways to avoid the flu this season.

I found a list of 9 Ways To Avoid the Flu This Season. From getting the flu shot to eating a diet of lean meats and beans and getting rest, there are ways to help you avoid getting sick.

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Say Yes To The Flu Shot

The big news this year is that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that everyone 6 months and older get the influenza vaccine--before, only those at highest risk of flu complications were urged to get it.

[ Huffington Post ]

To see the complete list of the 9 Ways To Avoid Flu This Season, click here.

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Denver Museum of Nature & Science Goes "Flavor Tripping" This Thursday
Ever wondered why we like different tastes? Some of us don't like tomatoes, while others eat them all the time. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is hosting a "Science Lounge" this Thursday focusing on taste buds.

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Get ready to taste trip with an evening full of flavor-bending plants and savory science. Hear about berries that make sour that taste sweet, flowers that numb your mouth, and fruit that smells like almonds to some and gym socks to others. Debunk that tongue map you remember from grade school, compare the five different tastes (yes, five), and have your tongue painted blue so you can see your taste buds.

[ Denver Museum of Nature & Science ]

For all the details, click here.

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Denver Zoo Breaks Attendance Record For 2012
Congratulation to the Denver Zoo! The Denver Zoo attendance for 2012 broke the previous record set in 1995.

Flickr Creative Commons, Lyn Lomasi

Denver Zoo served a record 2,065,410 people in 2012 through zoo visits and outreach education programs,  the highest in the zoo’s 117-year history. This is the first time Denver Zoo has reached more than 2 million guests. A total of 1,988,593 guests visited the zoo while 76,817 people participated in the zoo’s outreach education programs in schools, libraries and community centers throughout Colorado and Wyoming. The 2012 attendance number beat the previous attendance record set in 1995 when 1,984,097 people visited the zoo or participated in outreach education programs.  

“Certainly the opening of our groundbreaking new exhibit, Toyota Elephant Passage, played a large role in our 2012 success. In addition to maintaining our local audiences, our work with our partners at Visit Denver also helped attract more tourists interested in seeing the new exhibit,” says Denver Zoo President/CEO Craig Piper. “We are fortunate to be a family favorite that continues to gain popularity.

[ Denver Zoo ]

The Denver Zoo also reached a record-number of 68,450 member households in 2012, breaking their previous membership record of 64,040 member households set in 2010.

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Locations: ColoradoDenver
People: Craig Piper

Denver's Four Seasons Spa Makes "America's Best Hotel Spas" List
If your looking for a relaxing getaway, you don't have to go to exotic places according to TripAdvisor. The spa at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver made #5 on the list of the Top 10 Best Hotel Spas.

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“Our survey shows that for nearly a third of travelers, the beginning of a new year is a chance to recharge their batteries with a rejuvenation trip,” Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor, said in a press release. “With a hotel being the most popular destination for these trips, we’re delighted to announce the most highly rated hotel spas in the U.S., according to TripAdvisor traveler reviews and opinions.”
[ Huffington Post ]

Happy travels, or staying close to home.
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Denver Broncos To Host "United In Orange" Pep Rally Friday
The excitement is growing all over Denver and across Colorado as we get ready to see the Broncos play their first playoff game on Saturday. To get us all ready for the first playoff game of the season, the Broncos are holding a "United In Orange" Pep Rally Friday evening.

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The rally will take place at the Sports Legends Mall on the south side of the stadium on the night prior to Denver’s Divisional Round game, which is set for Saturday, Jan. 12th at 2:30 p.m. It will run from 5-8 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, and will feature all of the 2012 Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, select Alumni and the Broncos’ mascots, Miles and Thunder. There will also be an appearance by the band Funkiphino to help get fans ready for the game.

Food and drinks will be available and attendees will have a chance to win prizes, playoff tickets and other Broncos memorabilia.

[ Denver Broncos ]

Go Broncos!

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Find Your Western Spirit at the National Western Stock Show in Denver
It's almost here. The 107th Annual National Western Stock Show begins this Saturday in Denver. From Rodeo's to Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza, Super Dogs to the Draft Horse show, it's fun for everyone.

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In its 107th year, the National Western Stock Show is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides college and graduate level scholarships in agriculture and medicine for practice in rural areas. It is also our mission to serve producers and consumers throughout the world by being the premier Stock Show, Rodeo, Horse Show and center for year-round events. The 16-day show also serves as an entertainment arena, hosting one of the world's richest regular season professional rodeos, largest horse show and Colorado's largest tradeshow.

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Don't forget the parade through Downtown Denver.
The National Western Stock Show Kick-Off Parade is a sight to see with marching bands, floats, horseback riders, cowboys, cowgirls and yes...Longhorn cattle. The parade starts at Union Station and runs down 17th Street on Thursday January 10, 2013 at 12 Noon.
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We'll see you at the National Western Stock Show!
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KOSI 101.1 Has Tickets To The Sold-Out Justin Bieber & Carly Rae Jepsen Concert
They are some of the most in-demand tickets in Denver for tongight's Justin Bieber & Carly Ray Jepsen concert and we have your chance to win!

Justin Bieber, Facebook

Here is how you can win

1. Listen every hour for the song of the hour - Shannon Stone will tell you what it is. There is a new song every hour.
2. Once that song starts, make it through our phone lines during the duration of the song to qualify for tickets.
3. All listeners that qualify will be entered into a drawing done by Kevin Mussman at 4:10. He will announce the winner at 4:10 On-Air so be sure to keep listening!

Good luck and 'Beliebe' you can win with KOSI 101.1!
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Picture-Perfect Ice Castle Returns In Steamboat Springs, Colorado [VIDEO]
It's pretty amazing what an artist can create with a lot of water, cold temperatures and lights. Have you heard about the amazing Ice Castle in Steamboat Springs?  These beautiful works of art might just be worth a trip to Steamboat Springs.


shutterbliss, Vimeo
Coloradans are lamenting the setting in of the bitter cold weather without any deep powder to play in, but there is a silver lining in Steamboat Springs -- the weather is just right for the return of Brent Christensen's stunning ice castle project.

On the Ice Castles blog, Christensen's inspiration for building these majestic ice structures that rely on the cold, a lot of water, a little lighting and, miraculously, no substructures is described.
[ Huffington Post - Denver ]

WATCH: ShutterFly: Art of Flight Series: Building Ice Castles

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Colorado Rockies License Plate Now Available In Colorado
Colorado has a lot of choices when it comes to license plates for your vehicle and now there is another choice. The Colorado Rockies unveiled a new license plate Wednesday.

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The new vanity plate is now available in Colorado and features the slogan "Baseball With An Altitude."

Do you have vanity plates?
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