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It’s Our Birthday, But Our Listeners Get The Presents!
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It’s Our Birthday, But Our Listeners Get The Presents!

(Golden, Colorado): It’s our first birthday broadcasting from Look Out Mountain in Golden. To celebrate, the Cloud is giving away our second Date Night at the Table Mountain Inn. This package includes a romantic dinner for two, a special guest suite and breakfast the next morning. Like our first Date Night in Olde Town Arvada, this night should be a very special evening. It’s a Date’cation from your friends at 96.9 the Cloud.   Golden’s Table Mountain Inn is the perfect setting for this months Date-cation. Feel the spirit of the West, the splendor of the Rocky Mountains, and warm western hospitality at Table Mountain’s adobe-style boutique hotel. Traditional southwestern décor, spacious accommodations and modern amenities provide an ideal home […]

Just the two of us: Holding Hands Can Ease Pain and Sync Brainwaves.
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Just the two of us: Holding Hands Can Ease Pain and Sync Brainwaves.

(Boulder, Colorado): Reach for the hand of a loved one in pain and not only will your breathing and heart rate synchronize with theirs, your brain wave patterns will couple up too, according to a new study. The study, by researchers with CU Boulder published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this week, also found that the more empathy a comforting partner feels for a partner in pain, the more their brainwaves fall into sync. And the more those brain waves sync, the more the pain goes away.”We have developed a lot of ways to communicate in the modern world and we have fewer physical interactions,” said lead author Pavel Goldstein, a postdoctoral pain researcher in the Cognitive and Affective […]

Eat, Pray & Live.
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Eat, Pray & Live.

(Golden, Colorado): Our up-and-down and all around weather in Colorado can actually impact your vibe. Whether you struggle with natural day-to-day worries or a clinically diagnosed disorder, you may need support for common anxiety. Conventional treatments like medicine and psychotherapy are popular ways of dealing with anxiety, but there are many natural approaches — including some fairly simple (and perhaps unexpected) lifestyle adjustments that work well with our Colorado lifestyle. Here are a few of the most common natural remedies for anxiety: 1. Diet: A well-balanced diet is one of the most important and well-known facets of dealing with stress and anxiety. One way to use food to reduce anxiety, according to Harvard Medical School, is to keep blood sugar as stable as […]

Jeffco’s SNAP Program Promotes Healthy Eating.
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Jeffco’s SNAP Program Promotes Healthy Eating.

(Wheat Ridge, Colorado): If you had the choice between buying a fruit or vegetable from your local, neighborhood farmer or from halfway across the country, which would you choose? Every time you buy local food, you’re making the conscious choice to support your local community. Local food supports our local economy, and it’s fresher and healthier for you and your family. But for many Coloradans, it can be a challenge to afford enough food for the month, let alone afford local, healthy food. That’s where Double Up Food Bucks comes in. Double Up Food Bucks is a program to help families who use SNAP, or food stamps, access local, healthy food. When families shop at area farmers markets, like Four Seasons […]

Kelly Is Making a Difference in Golden.
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Kelly Is Making a Difference in Golden.

(Golden, Colorado): We live in a very caring society in the west and The Golden Christian Action Guild is a key part of our community. It might be due in part to its energetic and compassionate director Kelly Ivan. She started first as a volunteer, and in 2016 became the first compensated employee in the Guild’s 50-plus year history. One measure at a time, the Guild provides food, affordable clothing and hope to those in need from its humble and charming location at 1401 Ford Street in Golden. This week, the Cloud sat down with Kelly to learn more about the work of this very special place in the county seat of Jefferson. In her own words, meet Kelly Ivan, […]

The Art + Zen of Bill Murray.
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The Art + Zen of Bill Murray.

(Denver, Colorado): There’s a very pleasing and amusing little song playing on 96.9 the Cloud that both stands out and fits in perfectly with the likes of Vance Joy, Colbie Caillat and most of the happy pop tunes you hear on the Cloud. In fact, the song is called Happy Street and it’s performed by none other than Bill Murray. The Mark Twain Kennedy Center Honoree, Lost in Translation star, Tootsie co-star and yes, every golfers favorite movie: Caddyshack. Yup, that Bill Murray. Mr. Murray recently shared his genius at The Bellco Theater and last week was back on Saturday Night Live for a guest shot in it’s cold open.  So, what’s the story with his appeal? We did a little digging and it turns out, the world loves this guy because he reminds us of a better version of […]

Falling With Style.
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Falling With Style.

(Denver, Colorado): Puddles. Nothing but puddles. Colorado’s oddly warm weather during the day and freezing temps at night are creating little morning ice patches. If you’re like the rest of us, there’s a dog to walk, a paper to retrieve and simple navigation to your car or lite rail can be a slippery slope. The best advice is to make sure you are first, fully awake and wearing sensible shoes when venturing out in the early morning hours. Stay Limber and Alert But if you should slip and fall. Take the fall like you might on your mountain bike. Roll into a forward fall and remember to tuck that chin in if heading downward on your backside. Our go-to personal health expert Jane Brody adds these suggestions from How to Protect Yourself from Falls in the […]

Find A Happy Map Today.
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Find A Happy Map Today.

(Lakewood, Colorado): Albert Einstein noted that logic will get us from point A to point B, but imagination will take us anywhere. In today’s featured TED in the Cloud Daniele Quercia explores finding your Happy Map. What exactly is a Happy Map? It’s the little things we can all do to make big changes in our daily life. For example, here in Jefferson County the difference between Wadsworth and the parks and local coffee shops along Garrison Street could be a Happy Map during your morning commute.     Another Happy Map might be the difference between leaving your home at 6:45, instead of 7:15 and capturing a breathtaking Colorado morning sunrise. Another, might be the simple choice between riding a bike instead of driving your car. In his own […]

Snap, Crackle & Shop.
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Snap, Crackle & Shop.

(Arvada, Colorado): The Cereal Box in Olde Town Arvada is a very special and charming place. In fact, it could be described as a Special K and Lucky Charmed place! Lori Hofer and Michael Emmerson are the founders of a remarkable new find in Olde Town. It’s bright and colorful. The Cereal Box is something to experience for children of all ages. The Cloud discovered The Cereal Box on its fourth day of business. It is a wonderful discovery. There’s a unique selection of toys and lots of perfectly chilled whole milk and tasty bowls of Americas favorite breakfast: Cereal! In his own words Michael chatted in the Cloud this week. What inspired you two to open a restaurant committed to […]

The Natural Stairmaster of Red Rocks Amphitheater.
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The Natural Stairmaster of Red Rocks Amphitheater.

(Morrison, Colorado): As our crazy winter weather continues, you might want to skip the gym and head to Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison. The natural wonder provides the perfect amount of stairs and open air to insure a very sturdy work-out. You won’t need an expensive membership to get your heart rate up and your glutes firing with all those steps (there’s 192 to be exact). Just head to west on Morrison Road from anywhere in Jeffco. Covering the 70-rows from the center, up-and-down and end-to-end is about 3 miles. The elevation, at 6,450 above sea level, combined with its natural beauty make for a breath taking work out. Might make a fun play-date with a special friend. There’s plenty of fun dining in town (the […]