Roaring Fork Conservancy: Visitors Welcome

Roaring Fork Conservancy: Visitors Welcome

October 4, 2018

Roaring Fork Conservancy has inspired people to explore, value and protect the Roaring Fork Watershed since 1996. Since then we’ve taught over 113,000 students, conducted over 53,000 water quality tests, and forever protected over 300 acres in riparian land conservation easements. Yet, we’re doing even more to cultivate people’s relationship with water, and we want …

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Mountain Family Health Centers and Expanding Health Care

Mountain Family Health Centers and Expanding Health Care

October 4, 2018

Mountain Family Health Centers are partnering with Alpine Bank in the Building Health for All: The Basalt Integrated Health Center Campaign, as the beneficiary of funds raised at the 2018 Alpine Bank golf tournament. It was a beautiful day on the course and tournament participants helped raise $5,500 as seed money toward the construction of …

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Leslie’s Garden

Leslie’s Garden

October 4, 2018

On July 5, 2018, many folks from the Town of Dillon, Colorado, including Mayor Carolyn Skowyra, turned out for the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open Leslie’s Garden. What started as a vision of the Stair family, became a community reality, dotting the landscape in Summit County. Alpine Bank is very proud to be a sponsor …

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A Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

A Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

October 3, 2018

Henri Matisse once said, “Creativity takes courage.” A group of community members in Cedaredge, Colorado had the courage and the vision to see an old building transformed into a new, state-of-the-art resource for the community. The Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) officially opened its doors on Friday, June 15. Executive Director Deborah Shaffer …

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Eagle Valley Senior Life: Partners in Elder Caregiving

Eagle Valley Senior Life: Partners in Elder Caregiving

October 3, 2018

In 2011, a group of caregivers and other caring individuals saw a need for services and programs for older adults with dementia or other disabilities and their caregivers in Eagle County. With that, Eagle Valley Senior Life (EVSL) and the Senior Spot were born. The Senior Spot is the first and remains the only adult …

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DURANGO TRAILS CONNECTING YOU

DURANGO TRAILS CONNECTING YOU

October 3, 2018

Trails are vital to our community. A fabric of the West. They connect us to the outdoors, link our communities and neighborhoods, improve our physical and mental health, and enhance our lives. To experience mountain biking, hiking, walking your dog and trail running means to experience a well-built, maintained trail. Most trails in western communities …

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Legacy of Fun: a Tribute to Gabby Krause

Legacy of Fun: a Tribute to Gabby Krause

October 3, 2018

Gabby Krause was an amazing six-year-old who died in September 2004 after a courageous 19-month battle with brain cancer. Gabby loved purple, swimming and coke-flavored slurpees. She sang, danced and laughed her way through chemotherapy. She found the silly in everything! It is in her memory that the Gabby Krause Foundation was started and in …

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Small Business Perks Top Pay Raises

Small Business Perks Top Pay Raises

September 19, 2018

SCORE, a network of volunteer business mentors, recently released a survey indicating that perks may be more important to small business workers than making more money. Four out of five employees indicated that they prefer benefits or perks to a pay raise. According to SCORE, employers are keen on this concept as well. Still, 42 …

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Life Stages Affect Your Finances

Life Stages Affect Your Finances

September 19, 2018

For the average five-year-old, five dollars from the tooth fairy seems like a lot of money. Once children grow up and begin to have an understanding about what things cost, five dollars is no longer quite as impressive. The stages of our lives determine how we value money and how we look at saving it. …

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Lower Your Utility Bills

Lower Your Utility Bills

September 19, 2018

Here are the top five tips for lowering your heating and cooling bills: 1. By just having a programmable thermostat (not necessarily a smart one), you can get significant annual cost savings. 2. Adjust the thermostat up or down, depending on the season, when you aren’t at home. 3. Try raising or lowering the temperature …

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Change Matters!

Change Matters!

September 19, 2018

Did you know that Alpine Bank’s debit card rewards program rounds up to the next whole dollar every time you use your Alpine Bank Visa® debit card? Once you enroll in Change Matters®, the rounded-up amount from each transaction is then transferred from your checking account into your designated Alpine Bank savings or money market …

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Check out My $ Manager

Check out My $ Manager

August 16, 2018

Alpine Bank customers you can now use a dynamic online tool to manage your finances. Called My $ Manager, you can get your complete financial picture with one login. It offers this “one stop shopping” by not only pulling current data from all of your Alpine Bank accounts, it also syncs with accounts at nearly …

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Help Your Kids Learn About Money

Help Your Kids Learn About Money

August 16, 2018

While the income of your children may be limited to an allowance and cash gifts for birthdays or a tooth fairy stipend, the importance of teaching children how to manage their “finances” cannot be overstated –especially since parents’ attitudes about saving and spending heavily influences their children. A recent study found that a child’s attitude …

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Start Planning for College Early On

Start Planning for College Early On

August 16, 2018

Most parents envision their children heading off to college and maybe even graduate school after that. While college may be years away, it is never too early to think about how you will finance your child’s higher education. College isn’t getting any cheaper, and it is unlikely the price tag for a four-year education is …

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Green Tip: Energy-efficient Appliances

Green Tip: Energy-efficient Appliances

August 16, 2018

Are you looking for a way to save on your monthly energy bill? Look no further than your appliances! Because new, energy-efficient appliances use less energy than older appliances, they can save you hundreds of dollars each year on electricity bills. Reports show that Energy Star® appliances on average save 30% on electricity costs. Here …

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Help For Those Affected by Colorado Fires

Help For Those Affected by Colorado Fires

July 23, 2018

If you are an Alpine Bank loan customer who has been affected by this summer’s Colorado fires, we want you to know we are committed to supporting you and our Colorado communities. In response to the financial pressure impacting many of you from the current fire disasters across our state, effective immediately, Alpine Bank will …

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Why You May Want to Consider Establishing a Trust

Why You May Want to Consider Establishing a Trust

July 20, 2018

If you’ve always thought that trusts are something for only the wealthiest people in society who have hordes of money to pass on to their children and grandchildren, think again. While it’s true that wealthy families often establish trusts for their heirs, trusts also offer advantages for people with more modest assets. Trusts allow you …

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The Importance of Midyear Financial Reviews

The Importance of Midyear Financial Reviews

July 20, 2018

With summer here, taxes are probably the last thing on your mind. They shouldn’t be. Summer means we’re halfway through the year, so now is the time to do a midyear review of your financial situation. A midyear review gives you the opportunity to see how your finances compare with the goals you set at …

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Top 5 Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips

Top 5 Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips

July 20, 2018

Only wash full loads of laundry. For front-load washers, a whole load is when the drum is 75-percent full of clothes.  Use cold water instead of hot or warm water. ENERGY STAR estimates that heating water uses 90 percent of the energy used when doing a load of laundry.  Remove lint from the dryer lint …

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Celebrating Colorado Day 2018

Celebrating Colorado Day 2018

July 16, 2018

Yes, a lot has happened in the great state of Colorado since it was established on August 1, 1876. And a lot has happened since Alpine Bank was founded 45 years ago. To celebrate Colorado’s heritage, Alpine Bank encourages you to visit your local history museum to explore our past. “Since 1973, Alpine Bank has …

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Join us in supporting the American Red Cross

Join us in supporting the American Red Cross

July 5, 2018

Helping our neighbors in Colorado communities impacted by the Colorado fires. Severe drought conditions have turned our Colorado forests into kindling, with multiple fires burning thousands of acres and displacing thousands of our neighbors. People across our state need help with essentials–food, water, shelter and fuel. Please join Alpine Bank in donating to the American …

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Mountain Valley to the Rescue!

Mountain Valley to the Rescue!

July 3, 2018

During National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, four volunteers from Alpine Bank Avon drove to Mountain Valley Horse Rescue (MVHR) in McCoy, Colorado to volunteer for half a day. MVHR is a nonprofit organization with the mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and finding new homes for abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses. MVHR also works to reduce …

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Education Wins Big in Summit County

Education Wins Big in Summit County

July 3, 2018

On March 30, 2018, the Education Foundation of the Summit (EFS) held one of the most highly anticipated events of the year in Summit County. More than 30 teams of eight gathered at the Town of Silverthorne’s Pavilion to participate in the annual “trivia” fundraising night. Alpine Bank was there both as a sponsor and …

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Junior Achievement Volunteer Brings Passion for Business into Classrooms

Junior Achievement Volunteer Brings Passion for Business into Classrooms

July 3, 2018

Junior Achievement (JA) was founded in 1919 to prepare young people to thrive in a global economy by inspiring a passion for free enterprise and entrepreneurship and instilling an understanding of personal financial literacy. Annually, JA USA reaches over 4.8 million students in 210,000 classrooms across 50 states. JA programs are taught by volunteers in …

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Habitat for Humanity Currently Building a Montrose Triplex

Habitat for Humanity Currently Building a Montrose Triplex

July 3, 2018

Since 1991, Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans has worked with the community to build over fifty homes in Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. Habitat for Humanity encourages the responsibility of home ownership by requiring its homeowners to invest up to 500 hours of sweat equity to help build their home and qualify …

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Great Futures Event Supports Year-round Boys & Girls Club

Great Futures Event Supports Year-round Boys & Girls Club

July 3, 2018

On April 20, the Boys & Girls Club (BGC) of La Plata County welcomed hundreds of friends to their annual Building Great Futures event, sponsored by Alpine Bank Durango. As one of the community’s leading youth development organizations, the club serves more than 1,285 youth through year-round programs and activities. BCG’s outcome-driven programs guide members …

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From Recreational Skiers to Olympians

From Recreational Skiers to Olympians

July 2, 2018

As Alpine Bank began its 12th year of partnership with the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club (AVSC), the organization inducted the bank into their AVSC Hall of Fame as the Most Valuable Partner at the February 2018 Hall of Fame celebration. A group of passionate skiers founded AVSC in 1937 to spread the sport …

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Trailblazing with the Eureka! McConnell Science Museum

Trailblazing with the Eureka! McConnell Science Museum

July 2, 2018

The new Eureka! McConnell Science Museum (EMSM) is off to a running start! With several new exhibits and a much bigger space, they are attracting visitors from all over the state. To salute the trailblazing museum, Alpine Bank Grand Junction held a celebration in April to highlight what they are doing for kids and science …

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Denver Urban Scholars Helps Students Achieve College and Career Success

Denver Urban Scholars Helps Students Achieve College and Career Success

July 2, 2018

Denver Urban Scholars is a local nonprofit organization that partners with high-poverty, high-performing schools to unlock the potential of youth facing added challenges. Working across all sectors and partnering with schools and community organizations, they have built an intervention model that meets youth where they are and helps them achieve college and career success. Last …

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#HERESWHO

#HERESWHO

June 22, 2018

Now Open in the Denver Tech Center For more than 45 years, Alpine Bank has served Colorado, with a focus on helping local communities. So, to announce the opening of our new Denver Tech Center location we think the best way to start is by giving back.  We’re asking you to tell us what person …

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Now is a Good Time for Growth

Now is a Good Time for Growth

June 22, 2018

Small business owners have been generally optimistic throughout 2018 so far, and that positivity appears to be sticking around. According to a recent survey from WalletHub, seven out of 10 owners find the present to be a good time for growth. The company’s 2018 Small Business Owner Survey also found that over a third (38 …

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How to Vacation on a Budget

How to Vacation on a Budget

June 22, 2018

Summertime means warm weather, longer days, a break from school for kids and, for many people, family vacations. Just because the kids are off for the summer, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is the best time to take your next family vacation. If money isn’t a concern for your family, summertime and school breaks may …

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Three Green Gardening Tips

Three Green Gardening Tips

June 22, 2018

1. Smart Watering–There are a variety of ways to save water in the garden. One of the top ways is to water plants in the morning so that less water will be lost to evaporation. Another way is to put down compost and mulch so that more water will be retained. 2. Composting–A compost bin …

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Alpine Bank Opens New DTC Branch

Alpine Bank Opens New DTC Branch

June 22, 2018

Alpine Bank’s new Denver Tech Center (DTC) location is open for business. DTC is the bank’s 39 th Colorado location and Alpine’s third Denver branch, joining Cherry Creek and Union Station. “On behalf of our Denver Tech Center team, we’re thrilled to bring Alpine Bank’s brand of outstanding customer service to the rapidly growing South Metro …

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416 Fire Relief Information

416 Fire Relief Information

June 22, 2018

Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance Now Accepting Applications for 416 Fire Relief Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) will help 750-1000 people in La Plata and San Juan counties with bridge funding for immediate expenses. The 416 Fire has prompted a group of concerned citizens, businesses and community leaders to establish the Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance (SWCODA). …

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Habitat Opens Showcase ReStore in Glenwood Springs

Habitat Opens Showcase ReStore in Glenwood Springs

June 21, 2018

Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley (RFV) opened its so called ReStore 2.0 to the public January 18 and has created quite a buzz in the community ever since. After years of planning and a true community effort, the local Habitat affiliate has a “Home” of their own–built with the same environmental consciousness that they …

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Trailblazing in the Yampa Valley

Trailblazing in the Yampa Valley

June 21, 2018

Celebrating Community Agriculture Alliance Community Agriculture Alliances’ (CAA) mission is to preserve the agricultural heritage of the Yampa Valley. The organization has both a commitment and passion for local agriculture treasuring the history of the valley while looking for ways to adapt to the future. At a celebration of CAA, longtime Executive Director Marsha Daughenbaugh …

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Death and Taxes

Death and Taxes

June 13, 2018

They say the only things certain in life are death and taxes. We thought we could help with the latter. If you typically itemize deductions on your tax return, you may want to rethink that decision due to changes brought by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. To help, the Internal Revenue Service is encouraging …

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So You’re Planning a Wedding

So You’re Planning a Wedding

May 22, 2018

Planning a wedding can be lots of fun. It can also be expensive. The average wedding in the U.S. cost $33,391 in 2016, according to The Knot’s 2017 Real Weddings Study. If paying for a wedding is in your future –either yours or your child’s – the first thing you should plan is a spending …

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Quick Tips: Improve Your Credit Score

Quick Tips: Improve Your Credit Score

May 22, 2018

While a single missed or late payment on a credit card or loan won’t destroy your credit score, it doesn’t take much to negatively impact your credit rating, and the damage can be long-lasting. Damage to your credit score can last for as long as seven years, or ten years in the case of bankruptcy. …

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6 Eco-Friendly Tips for Reducing Water Use in the Bathroom

6 Eco-Friendly Tips for Reducing Water Use in the Bathroom

May 22, 2018

Use a low-flow showerhead. This simple DIY project can significantly reduce water usage, sometimes even up to 70 percent. Install a tap aerator. This device is inexpensive and can greatly reduce the flow of water yet still maintain (or improve) the water pressure. Ensure that there aren’t any leaks in the bathroom. Dripping faucets and …

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SBA Training Targets Small Businesses for High Growth

SBA Training Targets Small Businesses for High Growth

May 1, 2018

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced the launch of its 2018 Emerging Leaders initiative aimed at executives of small businesses with high-growth potential in emerging markets. The initiative aims to provide free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of “small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators.” According to the SBA, the …

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What to Know: Preparing Your Taxes Next Year

What to Know: Preparing Your Taxes Next Year

May 1, 2018

You are likely aware that in 2017 Congress enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which implements major tax reform.. While some of the most widely discussed aspects of the changes have to do with businesses, there are also some significant changes affecting individuals. Tax season is over for the 2017 tax year, but it …

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Community Support through Volunteering

Community Support through Volunteering

May 1, 2018

To celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, Alpine Bank encouraged all of its employees to volunteer in the 28 Colorado communities the bank serves. To spur support for community organizations, Alpine Bank offered a chance for a Colorado nonprofit to receive $4,500 through a Facebook Challenge. “We are so pleased to announce Alpine Bank’s donation …

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Green Tip:  Shred and Recycle

Green Tip:  Shred and Recycle

May 1, 2018

Shred any unwanted documents with personal information & recycle: Tax documents (7 years or older) Old Bank Statements Old Medical Records Canceled or Blank Checks Credit Card Statements Personal Bills Alpine Bank is hosting free community shred days in 14 locations across Colorado during 2018. Additional information: Staples & paperclips do not need to be …

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Closed: Your Favorite Nonprofit could win $4,500!

Closed: Your Favorite Nonprofit could win $4,500!

March 14, 2018

The Alpine Bank National Volunteer Week Challenge is now closed. We will announce the non-profit winner later this week! In honor of Alpine Bank’s 45th Anniversary and in celebration of National Volunteer Week, April 15 – April 21, Alpine Bank is holding a Facebook Challenge where your favorite nonprofit could receive a $4,500 donation made …

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Contributing To Community Vibrancy: VOLUNTEERISM

Contributing To Community Vibrancy: VOLUNTEERISM

March 13, 2018

Community investment and volunteerism are at the heart of all we do. For 45 years as our footprint now spans much of the state—from the Western Slope to the Front Range—the same core business and community practices that resonate in Delta also ring true in Denver, just as they do from Frisco to Fruita. Early …

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Three Easy Ways to Cut Your Electric Bill

Three Easy Ways to Cut Your Electric Bill

March 13, 2018

Turn off all lights, appliances and electronics when not in use. Unplug all charging devices when not in use. Cell phone chargers draw a surprising amount of power when plugged in, even though your phone is not attached. Reduce energy use from 30% to 80% with energy-efficient halogen incandescents, CFLs and LEDs.   Green tips …

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Why HSAs

Why HSAs

March 13, 2018

No matter how old you are, medical expenses are unpleasant and often exorbitantly high. As we get older and the need for healthcare increases, so too do healthcare costs. So if you are among the growing number of people with a high-deductible health insurance plan (HDHP), you’ll want to give serious consideration to a health …

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Small Businesses Gaining Interest in Loans

Small Businesses Gaining Interest in Loans

March 13, 2018

Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management recently released its quarterly Private Capital Access Index report, which is designed to gauge small and medium-size business demand for financing and the accessibility of private capital. The report is based on 1,341 responses collected October 31 – November 15, 2017 from businesses with revenue up to …

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