The time value of setting wealth management goals

The time value of setting wealth management goals

April 26, 2022

For many families, 2022 is going to be a pivotal year. Following two years of pandemic chaos, there’s a feeling of renewed optimism among families that things can finally get back to normal. However, optimism is no substitute for having clearly defined, achievable goals — without which very little will get accomplished. Moreover, goals without …

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Small businesses look to digital payments for growth

Small businesses look to digital payments for growth

April 26, 2022

It’s clear that consumers are shifting toward a world in which they rely less on paper money, and businesses are already following suit. The next decade of commerce may look nearly unrecognizable when compared to commerce of the past. Visa recently released the findings of a survey that found that 82% of SMBs will accept …

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Employment scams

Employment scams

April 26, 2022

Employment scams have been around a long time. And sadly, with the advent of the internet, scams have proliferated and are now much easier to pull off.  With the goal of luring in unsuspecting jobseekers to trick them out of their personal information and money, cyber-fraudsters set up legitimate-looking company websites, and then post fake …

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Weighing options for renting and buying

Weighing options for renting and buying

April 26, 2022

Should I rent? Or should I buy a home? This is a frequent conversation these days, particularly among young professionals who are considering whether or not it’s worth it to save up for a down payment, only to then be burdened by the debt of a mortgage. If this sounds like a dilemma you’ve been …

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Solar options when remodeling

Solar options when remodeling

April 26, 2022

Why not include some environmentally friendly elements in your home remodeling project? Solar panels can help you save energy and money. Some options for going solar include: Monocrystalline panels. They offer the highest efficiency, converting 20 percent of the sunshine they collect into usable energy. Each panel can generate 300-400 watts of power. In addition, …

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Meet Mesa County Commercial Lender Justin Menge

Meet Mesa County Commercial Lender Justin Menge

April 21, 2022

Justin Menge, commercial lender with Alpine Bank Mesa County, brings 15 years’ experience to clients seeking commercial loans. This Grand Valley native was born and raised in Fruita, and volunteers in his community with Habitat for Humanity and the SD51 fiscal oversight committee. Alpine Bank has five foundational core values: Independence Loyalty, Community, Compassion and …

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Make-A-Wish Colorado provides hope to help children with critical illnesses receive their wishes

Make-A-Wish Colorado provides hope to help children with critical illnesses receive their wishes

April 7, 2022

For years, the volunteers, staff and supporters who are closest to Make-A-Wish have recounted stories they’ve heard from “wish families” about the positive, life-changing impact a wish had on their child.  Recently, Make-A-Wish published the results of a survey involving thousands of former wish kids, parents and pediatricians that helps to quantify those claims. According …

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Keeping Open Space & Cows on Mountain View Ranch

Keeping Open Space & Cows on Mountain View Ranch

March 30, 2022

For more than a century, some idyllic pastureland in northwest Colorado has been home to cattle, elk and other wildlife, and one longstanding and hardworking family. Fifth-generation rancher Krista Monger and husband Justin Warren are owners of JK Cattle Company and Mountain View Ranch, which belonged to Krista’s grandparents. Protected under a conservation easement with …

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Meet Mesa County operations supervisor Vicki Waterfall

Meet Mesa County operations supervisor Vicki Waterfall

March 21, 2022

Vicki Waterfall, operations supervisor for Alpine Bank Clifton, has lived in the community for 22 years and spent a decade of that time serving customers and providing leadership at the bank. Her volunteer service includes helping out with School District 51. Alpine Bank’s core values are Independence, Compassion, Loyalty, Integrity and Community. Which Alpine Bank …

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Meet Mesa County banking officer Brett Thompson

Meet Mesa County banking officer Brett Thompson

March 21, 2022

Brett Thompson, banking officer at Alpine Bank Grand Junction, has lived and worked in the community for the past year-and-a-half. When he’s not helping bank customers, Brett serves as a community and garden volunteer with Mesa County Libraries, as a volunteer judge with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Investor Panel, and is a participant in the …

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Can markets turn positive in the same year they are negative?

Can markets turn positive in the same year they are negative?

March 21, 2022

Yes, markets can turn positive in the same year they are negative.  If you are invested, you have likely seen your investments decline in 2022. It’s unsettling. We recently wrote about volatility and encouraged investors to maintain a well-formed, long-term, diversified portfolio over surrendering to near-term market movement and emotion. But why?  Using the S&P …

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Spring clean your wardrobe with green in mind

Spring clean your wardrobe with green in mind

March 21, 2022

Spring cleaning can mean a thorough scrubbing and major freshening up around your home. It can also mean a significant cleanup that doesn’t involve cleansers or sponges: decluttering your wardrobe. When it’s time to clear away what you no longer wear, consider other uses for your items so you can extend their useful life.  Swap …

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How to set up a fraud alert with the three credit bureaus

How to set up a fraud alert with the three credit bureaus

March 21, 2022

You can’t know when you might become a victim of fraud or identity theft, but you can be prepared to act. When you suspect you’ve been victimized, the very first thing to do is to contact one of the three credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit reports. That credit bureau is …

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Long-term care insurance pros and cons

Long-term care insurance pros and cons

March 21, 2022

At the start of 2022, you may be thinking you’re one year closer to retirement, or… one year closer to the need for long-term care. Long-term care insurance policies provide coverage to policyholders for those services needed to support daily living: assistance with eating, bathing and dressing. Daily benefits to long-term care policyholders can be …

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Help for buying a home for retired parents or a disabled child

Help for buying a home for retired parents or a disabled child

March 21, 2022

With all the wonderful amenities and beautiful landscapes our state has to offer, it’s no surprise that Colorado has experienced such a large population influx over the last decade. After all, who wouldn’t want to live in here? That said, the rising cost of living in Colorado has made it difficult for some to purchase …

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Financial management at your fingertips

Financial management at your fingertips

March 21, 2022

A free program accessed through Alpine Online® and Alpine Mobile®, Spending Habits is a money management tool that empowers you to take control of your finances. In it, you can add savings goals, payoff goals and budgets to visually track your progress. You can also link accounts from other financial institutions to conveniently monitor all …

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Free financial literacy toolkit

Free financial literacy toolkit

March 21, 2022

Financial Literacy Month is officially in April, but we think it’s a good idea to get a jump on it! Alpine Bank has the tools you need to boost your financial literacy. Whether you’re a new earner or you’d like to revisit the basics, we hope to give you the confidence to make more informed …

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Meet Mesa County community outreach director Tawni Kelley

Meet Mesa County community outreach director Tawni Kelley

March 1, 2022

Tawni Kelley, community outreach director at Alpine Bank, has been with the organization for 12 years, and has lived in Grand Junction for 27 years. She’s a busy career woman, wife and mom, but still finds time for volunteer service with Girl Scouts of America, the D51 Foundation and a JUCO committee. Alpine Bank’s core …

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Meet Mesa County operations supervisor Stephanie Heifner

Meet Mesa County operations supervisor Stephanie Heifner

March 1, 2022

Stephanie Heifner, operations supervisor at Alpine Bank Fruita, has lived in the community for 14 years and been with the bank for 13 years.  When she’s not working, Stephanie volunteers to help lead her homeowners association and is active in the Pediatric Congenital Heart Defect (PCHD) community. In particular, she supports Children’s Hospital Colorado and …

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Meet Mesa County commercial banking specialist Ryan Mosher

Meet Mesa County commercial banking specialist Ryan Mosher

March 1, 2022

Ryan Mosher, a lifelong resident of the community, has been with Alpine Bank for 14 years, serving customers as a commercial banking specialist. Ryan volunteers with Tope Elementary and supports KAFM Radio because he believes public radio is very important for the community.   Alpine Bank’s core values are Independence, Compassion, Loyalty, Integrity and Community. Which …

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The Utmost in Compost

The Utmost in Compost

February 22, 2022

The average American produces 219 pounds of food waste annually; waste that can be composted to reduce air pollution and landfill volume plus save energy and water. Food scraps and yard waste together make up 30 percent of what we toss in the trash, but can be diverted to make compost instead, an organic material …

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There’s no escaping volatility

There’s no escaping volatility

February 15, 2022

Investors are shedding equities at the fastest pace since March 2020, pushing major indexes into correction. Many sectors are in an outright bear market, defined as a period of generally declining stock prices over a prolonged period. At the time of this writing, the S&P index is off 8% year-to-date. In the last 30 years, there have …

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Paperless statements and account information

Paperless statements and account information

February 15, 2022

Have you gone paperless yet? There are several good reasons for doing so. Worry less about losing statements and account notices in the mail, while helping the environment by enrolling for electronic statements through Alpine Bank’s online banking or mobile app. Our electronic statements service is free. It helps you stay informed and up-to-date on …

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Mortgage 101

Mortgage 101

February 15, 2022

The process of purchasing a home can be both an exciting and stressful time in life. There are so many factors for a potential homebuyer to consider that it can feel overwhelming. Is this the right home for me? Can I afford this home? Is the home in good condition? All of these big considerations …

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Go paperless

Go paperless

February 15, 2022

Trees absorb carbon dioxide. Processing one tree into 17 reams of paper releases 110 pounds of C02 into the atmosphere. Here are 15 actions you can take toward going paperless, to lessen the need to sacrifice trees: 1.         Recycle unneeded paper. 2.         Opt into paperless billing; pay online. 3.         Have receipts emailed rather than printed. …

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Keep ahead of rising college costs

Keep ahead of rising college costs

February 15, 2022

The inflation we’re experiencing doesn’t bode well for parents who hope to see their children go to college. Historically, the costs of a college education have risen faster than the rate of inflation. But keeping ahead of rising education costs can be less formidable for parents who avail themselves of federal plans to incentivize college …

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Romance scams are in the air

Romance scams are in the air

February 15, 2022

With many people quarantining and keeping their social distance, there’s been an uptick in scams perpetrated through dating websites. The rise in romance scams is particularly insidious because it often preys on vulnerable widows and widowers longing to make a new connection. These scammers are rarely identified or caught because the scams originate from a …

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We want to hear from you!

We want to hear from you!

February 15, 2022

We’re recruiting Mystery Shoppers to measure our staff’s performance and enhance the success of our customer service training. We’ve hired a company, Second To None, Inc. to assist us with this program. If you’d like to join Second To None’s customer evaluation team to provide valuable feedback to Alpine Bank, and receive compensation for your …

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The numbers are in!

The numbers are in!

February 15, 2022

In 2021, Alpine Bank was able to donate $1.82 million in funds raised exclusively by customers using their Alpine Bank Loyalty VISA Debit Cards. Thanks to you, the combined customer Loyalty Debit Card donation was a part of the $4.43 million in total support that Alpine Bank gave to community groups and nonprofits across Colorado …

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Survey discovers skilled worker shortage

Survey discovers skilled worker shortage

February 15, 2022

The National Association of Business Economics (NABE) recently conducted a survey that found that nearly half of businesses in the United States are short on skilled workers, making it tough on operations. The survey, conducted in the early weeks of October, polled NABE member businesses on conditions in their firms and industries.i According to the …

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Unified Leadership breaks down barriers for employing people of all abilities

Unified Leadership breaks down barriers for employing people of all abilities

February 9, 2022

The gifts and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities (ID) are routinely underestimated and undervalued. That’s why Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO), with the support of Alpine Bank, is committed to creating an inclusive world for people of all abilities, while continuously developing a deeper understanding of the barriers faced by people with ID. Part of …

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Meet Mesa County loan officer and branch manager Tom Oliver

Meet Mesa County loan officer and branch manager Tom Oliver

February 2, 2022

Tom Oliver is a loan officer and branch manager with Alpine Bank Mesa County. A lifelong resident in the community, he’s been serving customers with their lending and banking needs at Alpine for 14 years. Despite his busy career demands, Tom serves as volunteer board president for Museums of the West and he also gives …

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Meet Mesa County relationship manager Stephanie Krueger

Meet Mesa County relationship manager Stephanie Krueger

February 2, 2022

Stephanie Krueger is a relationship manager at Alpine Bank Mesa County. She’s been working in the banking industry for more than decade, and has been with Alpine Bank for six years. Stephanie has lived in Mesa County since 2019.   Stephanie supports the important work of community organizations Girls on the Run and School District 51.  …

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Meet Mesa County operations supervisor Victor Rung

Meet Mesa County operations supervisor Victor Rung

February 2, 2022

Victor Rung is an operations supervisor with Alpine Bank Mesa County. He’s lived on Colorado’s Western Slope his entire life; the last eight years in the Grand Valley. He’s been with Alpine Bank for 12 years. Victor’s volunteer service and community support include KAFM community radio and Food Bank of the Rockies.   Alpine Bank’s core …

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Meet Mesa County loan officer Nathan Knoll

Meet Mesa County loan officer Nathan Knoll

February 2, 2022

Nathan Knoll is a loan officer for Alpine Bank Mesa County. He’s lived in the community for three decades and served Alpine Bank customers with their lending needs for 21 years. Nathan supports several nonprofits and community organizations, giving his time, talent and monetary support. “I am lucky enough to support many of them in …

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Meet Mesa County operations supervisor Lisa Sutherland

Meet Mesa County operations supervisor Lisa Sutherland

February 2, 2022

Lisa Sutherland is an operations supervisor with Alpine Bank Mesa County. A lifelong resident, she’s been with Alpine Bank for 13 years.  Lisa’s volunteer service and community involvement include the Grand Junction Imagination Library, Kid’s Aid and Roice-Hurst Humane Society.  Alpine Bank’s core values are Independence, Compassion, Loyalty, Integrity and Community. Which Alpine Bank value …

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Mighty Fine Bovine

Mighty Fine Bovine

January 28, 2022

Red Star Beef is a Colorado family-owned and family-run cattle operation. Their 100 percent grass-grazed cattle split their time between the higher summer pastures of Meeker and lower winter range of Loma. And with the worldwide web, Red Star Beef is no longer a secret. The family takes online orders for everything from brisket to …

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Meet Mesa County senior VP and regional operations officer Tara Bunnell

Meet Mesa County senior VP and regional operations officer Tara Bunnell

January 19, 2022

Tara Bunnell is a senior VP and regional operations officer for Alpine Bank Mesa County. She’s lived in the community for a quarter-century—and her residency tenure matches her time with Alpine Bank, also 25 years. Tara provides leadership in the community, too, as a board member with SummitWest Care and board president of the Mesa …

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Meet Mesa County Regional President Tyler Dahl

Meet Mesa County Regional President Tyler Dahl

January 18, 2022

Tyler Dahl is the regional president of Alpine Bank Mesa County. Tyler earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Colorado Mesa University, and his Graduate School of Banking credentials from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Tyler was recruited into the Alpine Bank Officer Trainee program out of college …

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Mortgage financial news

Mortgage financial news

January 18, 2022

With the new year quickly approaching, it’s that time of year when many of us are focusing on making commitments to improve upon ourselves. If your financial health is part of your resolutions this year, here’s a tip to consider. The 30-year fixed rate mortgage products have become an essential part of home ownership in …

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COVID-19 scams

COVID-19 scams

January 18, 2022

While the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be waning, fear — especially among the older population, is not. That’s a vulnerability scammers continue to exploit for big bucks. These are some of the more common COVID-19 scams to be on the lookout for, and ways to guard against them: Stimulus check scams The last stimulus checks …

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3 green goals for your house

3 green goals for your house

January 18, 2022

Goals motivate us. Consider implementing these three to make eco-smart decisions around the house. 1. Have an energy audit. This is a professional assessment of your home’s energy usage, often conducted by utility companies at little or no charge. It shows where the most energy is used and where it’s wasted. Use this information to …

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Your 2021 tax preparation checklist

Your 2021 tax preparation checklist

January 18, 2022

Gone are the days of using sharpened pencils and old college calculators for preparing taxes. Still, whether you utilize an online tax preparation program or a live tax preparer, there’s plenty to do to get ready for filing your taxes. The more organized you are, the more quickly and accurately you can file your taxes. …

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January digital banking card management tip

January digital banking card management tip

January 18, 2022

The Card management feature in Alpine Bank’s online banking and mobile app gives you more access and control on your debit card. Here’s how: 1) Activate a new card or reorder a worn-out debit card with ease. 2) Have you temporarily misplaced your card? You’re able to turn your card off and then back on …

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You don’t need to wait to give it away

You don’t need to wait to give it away

January 18, 2022

Proposed changes to estate taxes may change the way that inheritance has traditionally worked In historic proportions, upwards of 10,000 baby boomers are crossing the retirement threshold each day. This segment of our population holds more than half the country’s wealth, at $68 trillion. Over the next 20 years, much of that fortune will be …

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Alpine Bank wants to reward your child for good grades

Alpine Bank wants to reward your child for good grades

January 18, 2022

Our next Pays for As deadline is January 31. We’ll draw several winning report cards, which will receive $10 for As, 4s or Es; $5 for Bs, 3s or Ss for 5 main subjects. That means your child could earn up to $50. Email your child’s most recent report card to [email protected] or drop off at an Alpine …

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Warm homes & warm hearts

Warm homes & warm hearts

January 10, 2022

Namaste Solar created Keep the Lights on Colorado in 2020 to honor the vision of engaging in and creating holistic wealth for the community. Through their annual month-long campaign that raises money for Energy Outreach Colorado, a Denver-based nonprofit, the outcome is to help families throughout Colorado who are unable to keep up with utility …

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Help to heal: Boulder’s Grief Support Network

Help to heal: Boulder’s Grief Support Network

January 4, 2022

Mindful Grieving virtual six-week program on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. begins Feb. 9 Mindful Grieving is a powerful introduction to the essential components of the Grief Support Network’s somatic-based approach to grieving. The program is being held for those who have been affected by the recent Marshall Fire and Denver-Metro shootings. Participants …

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Where Heritage Meets the Horizon

Where Heritage Meets the Horizon

December 29, 2021

Some things just get better with age. Such is the case with the National Western Stock Show, a Denver institution since 1906. Every January, for 16 days, this boisterous event features rodeos, horse shows, the state’s largest Western trade show, and the most prominent livestock show in the country. Five public, private and nonprofit partners …

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Make retirement savings a new year objective

Make retirement savings a new year objective

December 15, 2021

By age 32, two out three young professionals haven’t started saving for retirement. The reasons vary from hefty student loan debt to not finding that first good job right out of college, or a less-than-stellar starting salary upon entering the workforce. Further, attitudes toward retirement have changed. Many young workers don’t want to wait decades …

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