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Posts from April 2013


Community Day Volunteers Made a Difference Over the Weekend Helping Non-Profits
It was so great to be a part of the annual Community Day with Concerts for Kids over the weekend! KOSI 101.1 had the opportunity to send about 1,000 volunteers off Saturday morning as they gave their time all day to help Denver area non-profits that help kids in our community! Thanks to everyone who volunteered!


Kevin Mussman/KOSI 101.1


About Community Day for Concerts for Kids

Concerts For Kids Community Day will bring together nearly 1,000 volunteers to complete a combined 6,000 hours of work in one, six-hour day. Teams of volunteers will be dispersed to over 50 pre-selected non-profits within the Metro area to complete multiple facility improvement projects, including painting, landscaping, cleaning, roofing, carpeting and much more. By providing this community service to the organizations, we allow them the freedom to use their budgets for more important needs, like staffing and programming.

[ ConcertsforKids.org ]

Coming up next, Denver Day of Rock, Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 25, 2013. Another great event that helps Concerts for Kids!
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Denver Zoo Welcomes a Trio of Penguins [PICTURES & VIDEO]
Today is World Penguin Day and what better way to celebrate than to have a new trio of penguins hatched at the Denver Zoo! Denver Zoo recently welcomed a trio of penguin chicks, representing two different species. Penguins just happen to one of my favorite animals too, so I'm probably extra excited about these new additions!


Denver Zoo
Two African penguins hatched on January 28 and February 11, and a Humboldt penguin hatched on February 14, the third hatch of its species at Denver Zoo since 1998. The three all slowly gained weight behind-the-scenes under the care of their parents and are slowly making their public debuts. Visitors can now see the two African penguin chicks in their outdoor habitat, weather depending. The Humboldt penguin chick is still growing behind-the-scenes under the watchful eyes of its parents. None of the chicks' genders are known yet, nor do they have names.

African penguins are found in southern Africa. Although most people associate penguins with frigid temperatures, African penguins enjoy warmer weather.
[ Denver Zoo ]


Denver Zoo

About African Penguins

They grow to more than two-feet-tall and can weigh around 10 pounds. Their black and white patterns are unique to each penguin, like fingerprints on humans. More important, though the patterns serve as camouflage from predators in the wild as they are swimming. Seen from above, their dark backs blend in with the water. Seen from below, their white bellies blend in with the sky above.

[ Denver Zoo ]



Happy World Penguin Day!

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Five Healthier Junk Food Options
We all like to snack and eat some junk food once in a while, right? Foxnews.com has listed five healthier alternatives, and some of them might surprise you. A simple, chocolate chip cookie made the list, I'm in!

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Baked potato chips
Those crafty food scientists at Frito-Lay figured out that deep-frying chips adds a lot of fat and calories. Their solution? Bake those chips in a nice, hot oven.

Low-fat cheese puffs
The cheese puff represents a major breakthrough in snack science (and particle physics, but that’s another article). Nobody really knows what a cheese puff actually is, but we all love to gobble them down during halftime.

Low-cal, low-sodium pretzels
Pretzels seem healthy because they’re relatively sedate snacks. Because of this, it’s easy to gobble up too many of the tasty knots. If you’re going to snack on pretzels, look for healthy ones.

Better chocolate bars
Unfortunately, the massive food-engineering firms haven’t really figured out how to concoct a good, low-calorie chocolate bar. They’ve made a few breakthroughs, but diluted or modified chocolate is about as appealing as eating fresh potting soil. If you must have a chocolate bar, eat only half. There are a few mass-produced bars that are better than others when it comes to fat and calories. Snickers, for instance, contains 280 calories and 14 grams of fat. Kit Kat is a little better, with 218 calories and 11 grams of fat. Plus, you can eat just one of the bars in a Kit Kat pack and halve that calorie count.

Low-fat cookies
Your regular, no-frills chocolate chip cookie contains 59 calories and 3 grams of fat. Others, like Archway’s apple-filled oatmeal cookie, hold about 98 calories each.

Happy eating and snacking!
 
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Dove's 'Sketch' Campaign Aims To Change Perception of Women's Own Beauty [VIDEO]
We are always our worst critic, especially when it comes to how we look, or our own perception of how we look. Dove's recent campaign is trying to change the way women perceive their own beauty, and their results were pretty awesome! Basically they did an experiment with a sketch artist having women describe themselves to the artist to create a drawing, and then they had a complete stranger describe a subjects look, the results, well you should watch the video below!


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Women are their own worst beauty critics. Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. At Dove, we are committed to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. So, we decided to conduct a compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see.

And don't forget: YOU are more beautiful than you think!

 

[ doveunitedstates, YouTube ]

WATCH THE RESULTS

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Happy Earth Day 2013: FREE Admission at National Parks + Other Free Deals Today
More and more of us are trying to be environmentally friendly, using less paper at work, using plastic coffee cups, recycling, and the list goes on. Today, Earth Day is a reminder for us all. Many businesses are offering up FREE earth friendly deals today and admission to most National Parks is free today.


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Businesses Offering up Earth Day Deals: (Deals are only good April 22, 2013, unless otherwise stated by these businesses)

  • Disney Store: "Bag" a Brave or Cars 2 Movie Reusable Bag for free when you recycle five plastic bags at a Disney Store
  • Caribou Coffee: Get a free coffee when you bring in a reusable mug or tumbler; Caribou will also plant a fruit tree in Central or South America when you "like" its Facebook page
  • EVOS: Get a free organic milkshake
  • Joann Fabric and Craft Stores: The first 50 customers in each store will receive a free tote bag
  • National Parks: Enter most National Parks for free (April 20 to 26)
  • Pottery Barn Kids: Get a pack of seeds for free in store
  • TabTale LTD via iTunes: Download the TabTale Kids' The Four Seasons Storybook App for iPhone or iPad for freeTarget: Get a reusable bag for free with any purchase (April 21 only)
  • The Body Shop: Get a 8.4-oz. earth lovers shower gel for free online via coupon code "3MINUTE or in-store via this printable coupon
  • Verde Sustainable Solutions via iTunes: Download the energy audit app Verde for iPad for free
  • Wegmans: The first 300 customers can exchange a clean plastic bag for a reusable bag for free (April 20 only)
Let's take care of our earth, and spread this important message on this day and everyday. Happy Earth Day, 2013!
 
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April Is Donate Life Month and KOSI Will Celebrate This Friday in Denver
April is National Donate Life Month and this Friday, April 19, 2013 KOSI 101.1 will be celebrating at the Hard Rock Cafe in Denver. National Blue & Green Day will help to raise awareness about the importance of being an organ, eye and tissue donor. This Friday's celebration will also give you chance to save 20% off at the Hard Rock Cafe and register to win a FREE iPad 2 by showing your heart on your driver's license.

Your friends from KOSI 101.1 will be at the Hard Rock Cafe and walking the 16th Street Mall in Denver wearing our blue Donor Alliance shirts to help raise awareness during this celebration.


Kevin Mussman, KOSI 101.1

 

Facts about joining the Donate Life Organ & Tissue Donor Registry

  • Being on the Donate Life Colorado or Wyoming Registry means that you have elected to have all of your organs and tissues made available for transplant and/or research at the time of your death. It is good to communicate your decision to be a donor with your family.
  • If you are an eligible donor, your family will be informed of your decision at the time of your death and asked to provide information about your medical and behavioral history.
  • If you wish to only donate certain organs and/or tissue, you may list restrictions when filling out the online registry form on this site [in the 'any additional comments' section; please no commentary]. Single restrictions are recorded in the donor registry.
  • The registry will only accommodate restrictions or exclusions related to individual organs or tissues that can be removed for purposes of transplantation, medical education or research. Organs are distributed according to national guidelines and regulations set up by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Tissue donation and transplantation is overseen by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • The Donate Life Colorado or Wyoming Organ and Tissue Donor Registry ensures that your decision about donation will be known and acted upon.
  • Personal information in the registry is only accessible to designated medical professionals.
  • The information on the registry cannot be shared with or sold to companies and government agencies.
[ DonateLifeColorado.org ]

See you this Friday at the Hard Rock Cafe and on the 16th Street Mall!
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Denver's Civic Center Park Officially Becomes a National Historic Landmark
It was announced a while ago, but now it's officially, official. Denver's Civic Center Park is officially a National Historic Landmark!


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Civic Center is the city’s first official national historic landmark, defined as “nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.”

Civic Center joins a list of some of the most iconic, treasured and historically significant spaces in the United States, including the Empire State Building, the Alamo and the Library of Congress.


[ Denver Post ]

What other Denver or Boulder landmarks should get this recognition?
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National Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Colorado Student Dies While Texting
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. We all hear, all the time, not to text and drive, but when you hear about an accident involving texing and driving that took a young life, close to home, the reality of the danger really sinks in. A University of Northern Colorado student in Greeley was killed in a traffic accident texting while driving, according to Greeley Police.


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The Greeley Police Department and the family of the young man that passed away, want to share the photo of the text that took a precious life so it doesn't happen to anyone else and to remind all of us, to never text and drive.

The Heit family and Greeley Police Department wish to share the findings of a car accident investigation on April 3, 2013 in hopes that other families may avoid the tragedy and loss of a beloved family member. At 5:16 p.m., Greeley Police Officers and rescue personnel were dispatched to a single vehicle, rollover traffic accident on the outskirts of Greeley. The driver, Alexander Heit, 22, of Boulder was transported by ambulance to North Colorado Medical Center where he died a short time later.

Heit's Cell Phone: The Text Message That Took His Life Was Never Sent


Greeley Police Department, Facebook

Heit was in Greeley studying Audiology at the University of Northern Colorado. He was a good student and well liked in his classes. Colorado-raised with an affinity for being in the mountains, he loved being with his family, snowboarding in the winter and hiking in the summer.

“I can’t bear the thought of anyone else having to go through something like this,” said Sharon Heit, Alexander Heit’s mom. “Please, vow to never, NEVER text and drive. In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you. And in honor of Alex’s memory, please do something kind for a stranger who needs help, as Alex always wished for a world were people were kinder to each other.”

[ Greeley Police Department, Facebook ]

May the Heit family find peace during this difficult time.

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Boulder, Colorado Named a 'Tree City USA' for 29th Year
Living in Colorado, we seem to be known for outdoor activities. From skiing in the winter to hiking and cycling in the spring and summer, and our great outdoors. Congrats to Boulder, for being named a 'Tree City USA' for the 29th year in-a-row!


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Boulder has been named “Tree City USA” for the 29th consecutive year by the National Arbor Day Foundation, in honor of the city’s commitment to community forestry.  The city’s Parks and Recreation Department Urban Forestry Division celebrates the Arbor Day season with a children’s art exhibit and tree plantings, planned for April 15 through May 18.

[ City of Boulder ]

Boulder is planning several events for Arbor Day (Earth Day) coming up April 22



Monday, April 15, through Friday, April 26
  • Children’s artwork celebrating Arbor Day will be on display in the Children’s Library at the Main Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. The artwork was created by Whittier International Elementary School fifth-grade students.

March through May   
  • Parks and Recreation Forestry Division is planting approximately 150 trees in city parks.
  • Parks and Recreation Forestry Division is planting more than 150 trees in street rights-of-way in both residential and commercial sites throughout the city.
  • Parks and Recreation Forestry Division and Public Works Department-Transportation Division is planting more than 30 new trees along the Foothills Parkway, Baseline Road and Greenbriar Boulevard medians.

Wednesday, April 17
  • 9 to 10:30 a.m. – 71 students from the Whittier International Elementary School will plant 10 trees in Canyon Park, 2035 Canyon Blvd.

Saturday, April 27
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Parks and Recreation Forestry Division and volunteers from the Boulder Yamagata Sakura Project will plant 30 Somai Yoshino cherry trees (donated by the Yamagata Sakura Project) at Harlow Platts Park located at 1360 Gillaspie Drive. The trees will be planted around Viele Lake. The public is welcome.

Saturday, May 18  
  • 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Parks and Recreation Forestry Division and volunteers will plant 10 trees at Harlow Platts Park as part of Community Cleanup Day.
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.- Parks and Recreation will host the first annual Boulder Community Day at the East Boulder Community Center, 5660 Sioux Drive. Events include the Center for Resource Conservation plant sale, Water Conservation Fair and National Kids to Parks Day free activities.
  • Are you water wise? Get tips, hands-on presentations and resources for saving water.
  • City Forester Kathleen Alexander will give a presentation on trees and drought.
  • Tree planting demonstrations will take place at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m.
For additional information visit boudercolorado.gov.
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The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Has Arrived In Denver
We have heard reports of sightings of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile around Denver, and it looks like it will be in our area for a few days.


Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods Press Release


We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Wienermobile vehicle’s Hotdogger tradition and we have just arrived in Denver. We will be in the area spreading miles of smiles at local supercenters April 11th – 13th.

We are very excited to be in the Denver area! Visitors to the Wienermobile will be able to take pictures, play fun games, and receive collectible Wiener Whistles at our events in the area. Seeing the Wienermobile is a great opportunity to have fun with the family and we’d love to meat everyone in town!


[ Oscar Mayer Press Release ]

If you want to catch the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, in the Denver area, their schedule is below.


Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods Press Release



Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Schedule in the Denver area (all Wal-Mart Supercenters):

Thursday April 11
10:00-1:00, 6675 Business Center Drive, Highlands Ranch
2:00-5:00, 5650 S. Chambers Road, Aurora

Friday April 12:
11:00-1:00, 9400 E. Hampden Ave., Denver
2:00-5:00, 2100 Legacy Circle, Elizabeth

Saturday April 13:
11:00-4:00, 440 Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood

They hope to 'ketchup' with you soon.
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Join KOSI and 9NEWS As We Chat About 'The Voice' On Twitter
You never know what fun or crazy comments you will see on Twitter, especially while watching 'The Voice!' Follow KOSI 101.1 on Twitter as we chat live and join in on the conversation. We will be chatting on Twitter along with 9NEWS and Kirk Montgomery.


The Voice, NBC

Follow KOSI 101.1 on Twitter. We will be watching and chatting along with 9NEWS and Kirk Montgomery. Use the hashtag #TheVoiceCO and join the conversation!

 
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Boulder Open Space Confirms First River Otter Sighting in Over 100 Years
Strike a pose! The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks division has motion-activated cameras set up to capture wildlife, and their cameras captured something pretty awesome in the last couple of months, a River Otter! North American River Otters haven't been spotted in the Boulder area for a century! In the picture, it looks like the otter is posing for his photo opportunity!
 
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks

"I was extremely surprised," said Christian Nunes, a wildlife ecology technician for Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks. "It's a species that is quite rare in Colorado."

A member of the same family as weasels, the North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) is classified as "endangered" by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, but that could soon change -- in the otters' favor.

"It actually sat in front of the camera for several more minutes, sitting there munching on the fishtail," Nunes said. "Kinda cute."

[ Daily Camera ]

The sightings occurred on February 26 and March 7, according to information I read. I think this otter is ready to be a star, look at that pose!

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Adam Levine 'Steals' Firefighter During 'The Voice' Blind Auditions [VIDEO]
You never know what's going to happen during blind auditions on 'The Voice!' Monday night proved that. Some called it an 'upset' as Team Adam landed a country singer last night on 'The Voice.'  Warren Stone, who is a firefighter, and who sang a country song during the auditions Monday, sang 'Colder Weather' and Twitter was a buzz with people thinking he would chose Blake Shelton, but he chose Adam Levine to be his coach. 


The Voice, NBC

So what what will happen tonight? The blind auditions continue at 7 p.m. on NBC and 9NEWS. Are you on Twitter? Follow KOSI 101.1 on Twitter as we chat about 'The Voice.'

 

WATCH: Warren Stone Perform 'Colder Weather'

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April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
I see so many people on the roads busy on their cell phones, adults and teens alike and it's scary to think how one second of distraction on a cell phone can lead to a major accident. It could be my family member or yours that gets hit by a distracted driver. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and we all should make it a point to concentrate only on driving when we are behind the wheel. Please put down the hamburger, the cell phone, the hairspray, or anything else that could cause a distraction while we are on the road.


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Facts About Texting While Driving:
Did you know?  On average, texting causes drivers to look away from the road for 4.6 seconds.  This means a person driving at a speed of 55 mph, will travel the length of an entire football field – including both end zones – with their eyes off of the road!  

Texting while driving increases your chances of a crash by 23 times and has been attributable to at least 100,000 crashes each year.

Facts About Talking On Your Cell Phone While Driving:
Did you know?  At any given moment during daylight hours, over 800,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.

At any given time, 9% of drivers are talking on cell phones, making them 4 times more likely to crash.  Talking on the phone requires your brain to multitask.  Studies show hands-free devices provide no safety benefit.

Please be carful, the roads are scary enough without being distracted.
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