Let the Sun Shine

Let the Sun Shine

October 22, 2021

Agrivoltaic: It’s not a household word. Yet. But if Jack’s Solar Garden and the Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center have their way, this concept will quickly catch on around the globe. Essentially, agrivoltaics is when a solar array meets beneficial agriculture: pollen-rich plantings for bees and butterflies, crop production and even sheep grazing. Best of all, …

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Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Connects People With Nature

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Connects People With Nature

October 22, 2021

Remember the excited anticipation of a school field trip? So do the naturalists at the Aspen Center for Environment Studies. In fact, they’re replicating the wonder and excitement of an educational outing with guided hikes and walks, where knowledgeable stewards teach youth and adult participants alike about the wildlife, forest, water and land that make …

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Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid Electric & Electric Vehicle Loans

Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid Electric & Electric Vehicle Loans

October 20, 2021

More than 260 million vehicles consume millions of barrels of petroleum every day in the United States. On-road passenger travel alone accounts for more than 2.6 trillion vehicle miles traveled each year. Vehicle emissions can be divided into two general categories: air pollutants, which contribute to smog, haze, and health problems; and greenhouse gases (GHGs), …

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Elder Scams

Elder Scams

October 20, 2021

Scammers have never let a good crisis go to waste. Scams that target the elderly have spiked throughout the COVID pandemic, preying on their heightened fears and vulnerabilities. While COVID-related scams have been on the increase, senior citizens also must watch out for age-old scams that have been around for years. COVID-Related Scams As the …

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Going Green in the Workplace

Going Green in the Workplace

October 20, 2021

Workplaces can do their part in being kind to the environment. Some practices a business can easily adopt to make a positive environmental impact include: Avoid single-use items like paper plates and paper towels. If you must use them, compost them. Be vigilant about energy and water use. Turn off unnecessary lights and equipment. Use …

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Bankrate Survey Finds 55% of Americans in the Workforce Will Search for a New Job in the Coming Year

Bankrate Survey Finds 55% of Americans in the Workforce Will Search for a New Job in the Coming Year

October 20, 2021

Bankrate, an online financial publisher, recently released the results of a survey commissioned by YouGov, a market research/data analytics firm, looking at the career plans of 2,452 adults. One key finding is that over half of those polled said they will search for a new job in the coming year. The survey was conducted in …

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The Basics of Retirement Investing

The Basics of Retirement Investing

October 20, 2021

When it comes to investing for retirement, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. There are, however, certain things that everyone should consider when it comes to choosing how and where to invest. Take the Long View Investing for retirement is a long-term proposition. Unless you’ve already met and surpassed your retirement-savings goals, this advice is foundational …

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Alpine Bank Awards Three Nonprofits $1,876 in Honor of Colorado Day

Alpine Bank Awards Three Nonprofits $1,876 in Honor of Colorado Day

September 29, 2021

Like the Colorado River, Alpine Bank was born and raised in Colorado. Colorado Day, the state’s anniversary of joining the union in 1876, is now officially recognized annually, on August 1. To celebrate in 2021, Alpine Bank leadership created a celebratory sweepstakes to reward volunteerism and the vital work of community nonprofits in the state. Participants …

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“Maroon Bells in Aspen, Colorado,” by Amy Beidleman

“Maroon Bells in Aspen, Colorado,” by Amy Beidleman

September 28, 2021

Years ago, Amy Beidleman was smitten with watercolor painting when she saw Winslow Homer’s work. That love of the outdoors is evident in Beidleman’s paintings of local scenes. Beidleman is intrigued by the transformation of a blank piece of paper into a painted language, which she hopes the observer will enjoy. Painting was just a …

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Understanding SECURE Act Changes to RMD Age & Benefits of QCD

Understanding SECURE Act Changes to RMD Age & Benefits of QCD

September 16, 2021

In December 2019, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was passed into law, making substantial changes to retirement account rules—the most notable change being the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) age. If you reached age 70 ½ in 2020 or later, you must take your first RMD by April 1 of the …

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