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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Celebrate the green way

Celebrate the green way

December 15, 2021

The holidays are a time for lighthearted fun. With the exception of decorating with festive green pine trees and boughs, though, you may not think of celebrating in ways that are green for the sake of the environment. The good news is that you can enjoy eco-friendly holidays — without sacrificing the spirit of the …

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Why a business banking relationship is important to your business

Why a business banking relationship is important to your business

December 15, 2021

Consider the small business owner who’s on the verge of a significant breakthrough that could catapult their business to the next level, but they need money. Without a capital infusion, this person can’t hire the people or buy the needed equipment. This entrepreneur knows they need to secure a loan from a bank, but they’re …

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Essential planning for 2022

Essential planning for 2022

December 15, 2021

As we approach the end of the year, there’s no more important time for financial planning. It’s your last opportunity to review where you are with your 2021 goals, and it’s your best opportunity for starting off right with the new year. Most importantly, it’s a critical time to review your long-term goals to see …

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How to recognize and avoid phishing scams

How to recognize and avoid phishing scams

December 15, 2021

Each year millions of people fall victim to phishing attacks, resulting in tens of thousands of people losing their identity — or their money. What is a phishing attack? A scammer disguises an email to make it look like it’s coming from a legitimate source, like a government agency, financial institution or even a family …

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Sparking connections for electric vehicles & the women who drive them

Sparking connections for electric vehicles & the women who drive them

December 3, 2021

LaSheita Sayer is an African American businesswoman and entrepreneur, with a passion for green energy solutions to reduce the impacts of climate change. “I’ve made a conscious decision to shift the focus of my marketing and outreach agency onto projects that educate about electric vehicles, and to support efforts to expand the EV charging station …

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“North Mamm Peak,” by Lanny Grant

“North Mamm Peak,” by Lanny Grant

November 29, 2021

Lanny Grant resides near Silt, not far from where he grew up on his father’s ranch. Grant developed a love for the High Country of Colorado and the West during family camping and fishing trips that became sketching trips. Mostly self-taught, he began oil painting at the age of 10. Grant studied life drawing at …

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A dozen reasons to be happy in Montrose

A dozen reasons to be happy in Montrose

November 29, 2021

Montrose Donuts and Deli began in 2017, and specializes in homemade donuts made from scratch, along with sandwiches and smoothies. Founders Vuthy and Nancy Soeur ran the operation for two years, then passed it to the next family member, Piseth Soeur, who in turn passed it to current owner Thyda Chan Om. “It was a …

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Kiln Coffee Bar serves up love in every cup

Kiln Coffee Bar serves up love in every cup

November 29, 2021

Intention. That’s what drives David Foster, and his identical twin brother Jonathan, every day. And for the past ten years, intention is the core value that has set downtown Grand Junction’s Kiln Coffee Bar apart from other chain coffee operations. “The journey that each cup of coffee takes plays an integral role in the customer …

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Let’s tie up those loose ends…

Let’s tie up those loose ends…

November 23, 2021

Attentiveness to financial planning, budgeting and sticking to a plan can feel overwhelming, but in order to start 2022 off on the right foot, it’s a must.  Before the holiday season jumps into full swing, here are several reminders of the financial, saving and giving moves you may want to make before year-end. Put extra …

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Proud to support small businesses across Colorado for nearly 50 years

Proud to support small businesses across Colorado for nearly 50 years

November 23, 2021

Small business creates success in the community. According to the Small Business Administration, $48 of every $100 spent at a small business stays in the community. With the upcoming holiday season and throughout the year, if you can buy from local retailers and use local services, your friends at Alpine Bank urge you to do …

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Financial aid for college starts with FAFSA

Financial aid for college starts with FAFSA

November 23, 2021

If you have a high school senior in your household, your family has undoubtedly started to discuss what happens after graduation. For some families that means planning for higher education. If you have a college-bound student and are like most American families, you are likely looking at some type of financial aid, a loan or …

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Green your holidays

Green your holidays

November 23, 2021

Holidays are a celebratory time; it’s hard to deny ourselves of practices that put us in a festive mood. But if we’re serious about saving our planet, we should reevaluate some traditions in favor of greener solutions. Celebrate a more eco-friendly holiday with these tips: Cut back on holiday lighting. Consider using fewer lights overall. …

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Scam prevention tips for holiday shopping

Scam prevention tips for holiday shopping

November 23, 2021

It’s that time of year again. After a year-and-a-half of lockdowns and quarantining, it’s expected to be a record year for online holiday sales. But shoppers aren’t the only ones gearing up for the shopping blitz; sadly the fraudsters and scammers will be out in full force, too. While your attention is turned to buying …

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Considerations for year-end charitable donations

Considerations for year-end charitable donations

November 23, 2021

As 2021 comes up on the holiday season, it is time to start thinking about gifts —and not just the ones that will be given to family and friends. With the end of the year right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about year-end contributions you would like to make to …

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Make tracks to the Silver Lynx in Ouray to for arts and gifts from self-employed craftspeople

Make tracks to the Silver Lynx in Ouray to for arts and gifts from self-employed craftspeople

November 23, 2021

The romance started in Lake City, Colorado. That’s where Scott Stalker and Mary Carkin met and fell in love: with one another, the mountains and the forest and their entrepreneurial ambition to establish a retail gift store. That’s the backstory to the Silver Lynx in Ouray, where discerning shoppers find products that celebrate the natural …

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Serving up wholesome fast food in southwest Colorado

Serving up wholesome fast food in southwest Colorado

November 19, 2021

Dan Gearig is a serial restaurant entrepreneur. (And yes, we’re saying that like it’s a good thing.) In his 20s he bought a little pizzeria in Fenton, Michigan, called Pro Pizza. Past customers still rave about the famous Pro Dip that was served with breadsticks. Later, Dan started a film and production catering company called …

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Delta Ace is the place with the helpful hardware Kendricks

Delta Ace is the place with the helpful hardware Kendricks

November 19, 2021

Delta Hardware is an independent Ace Hardware that’s been Kendrick-family-owned since 1971. Jim Kendrick’s ownership began in 1981, when he purchased the business from his parents. Together with his wife Jonni, the couple have run this longstanding business for four decades now, and they haven’t looked back. Jonni and Jim were both born in Delta …

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Custom Wood Creations Handmade in the Mountains

Custom Wood Creations Handmade in the Mountains

November 18, 2021

Carbondale, Colorado is famous for its arts scene. Artist David Kodama, of Kenichi Woodworking, is a fundamental part of the reason why. A professional woodworker who’s been making and creating for 16 years, David has a minimal, modern aesthetic. His company, Kenichi Woodworking, designs and produces furniture and custom cabinetry made of wood and steel. …

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Fur-Baby Provisions Found at Chow Down Pet Supplies

Fur-Baby Provisions Found at Chow Down Pet Supplies

November 17, 2021

Pet parents across Colorado flock to Chow Down Pet Supplies, a family-owned and -operated Colorado business with a history spanning 25 years. Its stores are located in Evergreen, Grand Junction, Fruita, Pagosa Springs and Montrose. A pet retail shop that also offers grooming and dog training, Chow Down fills their shelves with products from other …

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Guatemalan Hospitality & Culture Come to Rifle via Café Kapé & Panaderia

Guatemalan Hospitality & Culture Come to Rifle via Café Kapé & Panaderia

November 17, 2021

Erick G. Perez and Erick D. Perez have been cultivating coffee since they were little, in their native Guatemala, where they were both born and raised on a coffee farm named El Diamante located in Aguadulce, Huehuetenango. They’ve also been baking wholesome old-world style bread from a family recipe that has been passed down through …

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Pampering People & Having Fun with Fashion at Wax It Salon

Pampering People & Having Fun with Fashion at Wax It Salon

November 17, 2021

Wax It is Grand Junction’s first exclusive waxing salon and was established in December 2007. Owner and entrepreneur Christine Kemmer opened her second location in Glenwood Springs in 2015, and in 2020 reinvented her brand by adding an in-salon retail store called Pepper & Pearl Boutique. She attributes her company’s success to convenience and top-quality …

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Yeti’s Grind Brings Coffee and Creature Comforts to Eagle, Vail & Edwards

Yeti’s Grind Brings Coffee and Creature Comforts to Eagle, Vail & Edwards

November 12, 2021

Shot in the dark. Drip. Au Lait. Cold brew. Sure, you can get caffeinated at Yeti’s Grind, but there’s so much more to this community coffee destination. “We love coffee and love being able to provide a special place for our community to connect,” said owner Marci Leith. “Whether it’s a business meeting, coffee with …

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The Sky’s the Limit for Bud and Stacia Whitehead

The Sky’s the Limit for Bud and Stacia Whitehead

November 12, 2021

Higher education took Stacia Whitehead away from her hometown of Steamboat Springs to Denver and Seattle, but only temporarily. The lure of the easy access to all things outdoors, and the network of supportive family and friends in this idyllic northwestern Colorado ski town brought her back. While working in the local health care industry, …

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Mountain Chic Comes Courtesy of Urban Grace Studio in Durango

Mountain Chic Comes Courtesy of Urban Grace Studio in Durango

November 12, 2021

Misty Tucson. The name sounds like someone you’d meet in Hollywood. And to be fair, Misty and her fellow stylists at Urban Grace Studio do have a certain star quality. Urban Grace is a Durango-based hair salon that brings on-trend style to La Plata County. Owner Misty had worked in the salon industry for 19 …

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A Home for Treasures Discarded by One and Found by Another

A Home for Treasures Discarded by One and Found by Another

November 12, 2021

Sally Jo Ocasio has always loved to seek out vintage, and to choose reused. As the owner of The Vintage Vault, a secondhand store with a lovingly curated collection, she came by her fondness for thrifting first by necessity and now by preference. She explains how it was growing up in Florida in a multiracial …

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Serving Steamboat Springs Breakfast One Egg at a Time

Serving Steamboat Springs Breakfast One Egg at a Time

November 12, 2021

There’s the mom-and-pop shop. And then, there’s the ripple effect when the kids, and the kids’ kids, get involved in the family business. That’s the case for The Egg in the Yampa Valley, family-owned and -operated since 2003. The story starts in northern Colorado in Fort Collins, where Courtney Moline grew up. She and her …

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Creating a lifestyle brand and a life in the Colorado Rockies

Creating a lifestyle brand and a life in the Colorado Rockies

November 12, 2021

Ohana is a Hawaiian word that refers to a person’s extended family in the broadest sense: it can include friends, visitors and other social groups. Luke Dudley grew up in Steamboat and his wife Emily moved to the mountain town in 2004. The couple lived on Maui for a few years and fully dropped in …

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Ladies run the show at Crossbow Leather

Ladies run the show at Crossbow Leather

November 12, 2021

Leathersmith Macy Pryor’s parents met in Telluride in the 80s and raised her, and her three siblings, in this quintessential ski town. The family spent most of their time outdoors: skiing, biking, hiking and camping. And although college and life took Macy to both coasts for a time, now she’s delighted to be back in …

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However you slice it, Blue Moose Pizza is a ski town staple

However you slice it, Blue Moose Pizza is a ski town staple

November 12, 2021

In 1989 when restaurateur Brian Nolan arrived in Eagle County, Beaver Creek Resort was still pretty new. Brian saw the vast opportunity that lay ahead, and started thinking about how to fill a needed business niche. It didn’t take much time to realize that a family-friendly pizzeria would fit the mold perfectly.  Hearkening back to …

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Dishing up Venezuelan Cuisine in Colorado

Dishing up Venezuelan Cuisine in Colorado

November 12, 2021

Loirissell Agüero and Betzy Rincón had an instinct that their traditional Venezuelan food, handmade with love, would be a hit in metro Denver. These immigrants are the heads of their respective families, and arriving in the U.S. in 2015, they felt a deep desire to improve their futures and those of their children. Their business, …

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Animas Trading Company is the go-to for gifts in Durango

Animas Trading Company is the go-to for gifts in Durango

November 12, 2021

Cathy Wakeman started managing Animas Trading Company nearly 30 years ago, and has molded this fun, funky and classic bohemian store in Durango into what it is today. “Animas Trading is the original ‘hippie store’ in Durango. It was inspired by the Grateful Dead. In the early 90s we posted the Grateful Dead tour schedule …

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Second Chance is here to help pets and people

Second Chance is here to help pets and people

November 8, 2021

Pets provide social, emotional and physical support to people when they need it most. That’s one of the things the pandemic reinforced, and it’s the long-held belief of the dedicated team at Second Chance Humane Society (SCHS), the animal welfare organization serving Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties for the past 27 years. Their mission, …

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It’s Breakfast for Veterans from #AlpineBankDenver & the Denver Biscuit Company!

It’s Breakfast for Veterans from #AlpineBankDenver & the Denver Biscuit Company!

November 1, 2021

We’re serving up freshly baked buttermilk biscuits with all the fixins’ on Thursday, November 11, 2021, starting at 8 a.m. Breakfast is compliments of Alpine Bank for vets and their families at the four Denver Biscuit Company locations: Stanley Marketplace, Colfax, S. Broadway and Tennyson. Each Veterans Day, we remember the sacrifices of the brave and …

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“Durango Trolley Ride,” by Mary Lou Murray

“Durango Trolley Ride,” by Mary Lou Murray

October 28, 2021

Lifelong artist Mary Lou Murray notices the beauty in even mundane objects. She is inspired by the visual tapestry of the Southwest and her love of the regional landscape and weather. Working predominantly in watercolor and gouache, Murray has diverged from her formal training to develop a recognizable style. “I am in love with color …

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Everyday is Veterans Day

Everyday is Veterans Day

October 28, 2021

When you think about the sacrifice our American military men and women have made for this country, it feels right to honor them on Veterans Day and every other day of the year. Veterans, we thank you for your service, which protects our freedom each and every day. We will not forget you. During the …

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A Half Century of Convening Locally and Thinking Globally

A Half Century of Convening Locally and Thinking Globally

October 22, 2021

Some would say that Vail was made, not born. Founded in 1966, this renowned year-round destination started because its snow and terrain were some of the best in the world for alpine skiing. In 1971, some of its leaders had an existential moment: If Vail was to be more than a ski resort, what would …

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Thinking Outside the Box Canyon for Affordable Housing

Thinking Outside the Box Canyon for Affordable Housing

October 22, 2021

All over rural Colorado, the need for attainable housing to recruit and retain teachers, medical professionals, law enforcement personnel and a host of other key service, trade and professional workers is essential. The rub is that the cost to build housing often exceeds the price that the workforce can pay. Taking a look locally, the …

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Blue River Cleanup Day Accomplishes Big Things

Blue River Cleanup Day Accomplishes Big Things

October 22, 2021

One river basin, three counties, six towns, 202 volunteers, 680 square miles of watershed and 1,900 pounds of trash. By the numbers, that’s the work of the Blue River Watershed Group and a summary of its second annual river cleanup held at the end of August. Led by executive director Kendra Fuller, this Summit County …

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Home Sweet Home in Steamboat

Home Sweet Home in Steamboat

October 22, 2021

It’s something out of a storybook: An anonymous donor gifted 536 acres of land, at a value of $24 million, for the purpose of low- to moderate-income level housing for the people of Steamboat Springs. Known as Brown Ranch, this project landed squarely in the lap of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority in August. The …

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Working to Create a Culture in Which Everyone has a Voice

Working to Create a Culture in Which Everyone has a Voice

October 22, 2021

English In Action serves the immigrant community from Aspen to Carbondale. Since 1994, the organization has been connecting adult English learners with volunteer tutors and hosting events designed to foster cross-cultural exchange. They seek to build a stronger community and intercultural relationships by nurturing language development, personal empowerment and community engagement. While teaching English is …

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Mesa County’s School District 51 Foundation is Connecting Hearts and Minds in Learning

Mesa County’s School District 51 Foundation is Connecting Hearts and Minds in Learning

October 22, 2021

Social-emotional learning is a methodology that helps students of all ages better comprehend their emotions, feel those emotions fully and demonstrate empathy for others. The idea is that these learned behaviors can then help students make positive, responsible decisions, create frameworks to achieve their goals and build relationships with others. While social-emotional learning isn’t a …

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Festival of Trees & Wreaths is a Bright Light for Disabled Individuals in Southwest Colorado

Festival of Trees & Wreaths is a Bright Light for Disabled Individuals in Southwest Colorado

October 22, 2021

The annual Festival of Trees & Wreaths, hosted by Community Connections since 2003, has been the organization’s signature event and one that symbolizes the value of community, family and the joy of the holiday season. It wasn’t until 2020, amid the fear and uncertainty of the pandemic that the festival also began to symbolize hope. …

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Transforming Stories, Deconstructing Barriers and Elevating Those with Disabilities in Metro Denver

Transforming Stories, Deconstructing Barriers and Elevating Those with Disabilities in Metro Denver

October 22, 2021

For more than 30 years, Phamaly Theatre Company has been challenging preconceived biases and assumptions about individuals with disabilities through producing professional productions that utilize disability as a creative asset. At every performance, you will see actors with all kinds of disabilities: physical, cognitive, intellectual and emotional. “We believe that everyone deserves comprehensive access to …

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Asian Chamber of Commerce Builds Community and Helps Businesses

Asian Chamber of Commerce Builds Community and Helps Businesses

October 22, 2021

Since 1984, the Asian Chamber of Commerce has been providing culturally competent economic development and business opportunities for its members. The organization advocates a strong understanding of the Asian American Pacific Islander communities that conduct business in a manner that’s unique to the heritage its community claims. Headquartered in Denver, the organization represents 40 different …

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Middle Colorado River Depends on Volunteer Stewardship

Middle Colorado River Depends on Volunteer Stewardship

October 22, 2021

The Middle Colorado Watershed Council works with a diverse set of stakeholders who represent municipal, industrial, agricultural, recreational, environmental, land management and educational interests within the watershed between Glenwood Canyon and De Beque Canyon. “We serve as a critical link between the scientists and federal agencies studying the Grizzly Creek burn scar and the communities …

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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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