Montrose Pioneer Club is Growing

Montrose Pioneer Club is Growing

October 28, 2020

The Pioneer Club is unique, serving Alpine Bank Montrose community residents age 50 and better. It began in 2001 with 100 charter members.  Since its start, the club has grown to 512 members strong. The Pioneer Club’s mission is to provide a superior program to our mature customers to enrich their lives and strengthen our …

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A Safe Place for Families in Grand Valley

A Safe Place for Families in Grand Valley

October 28, 2020

HomewardBound was formed 1998 in response to a critical need for winter night shelter for the homeless in the Grand Valley. HomewardBound operates as an independent nonprofit and is the only shelter within a 200-mile radius of Grand Junction. Providing temporary housing for 120 people per night, running transitional programs and collaborating with other organizations …

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FASHION – FLARE – FUNdraising

FASHION – FLARE – FUNdraising

October 28, 2020

“I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. Demille…well, not so fast!” The year 2020, not over yet, has been like no other time in recent history in the way we have had to re-imagine gatherings, specifically fundraising events. This was true, also, with one of Summit County’s most anticipated nights of the year, where locals become …

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Building Brighter Futures

Building Brighter Futures

October 28, 2020

A years-long effort to create a permanent shelter for victims of domestic abuse in Eagle County came to fruition with the official groundbreaking of the BrightHouse in late August. The BrightHouse will replace the aging Freedom Ranch Safehouse, whose location was kept confidential since it began operating in 2002. That facility was located on government …

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Caring for Grieving Kids: a Message from Judi’s House

Caring for Grieving Kids: a Message from Judi’s House

October 28, 2020

Observed each November, Children’s Grief Awareness Month is an opportunity to show children they are not forgotten and that there is support, hope and healing to be found.  Since 2002, Denver-based nonprofit Judi’s House has supported more than 11,000 children and families grieving a death find connection and healing. With a vision that no child …

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Durango’s Powerhouse Marks Apollo 14’s 50th Anniversary

Durango’s Powerhouse Marks Apollo 14’s 50th Anniversary

October 28, 2020

The Powerhouse is an all-ages interactive science center located on the banks of the Animas River in Durango, Colorado. Visitors are invited to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts through permanent and traveling exhibitions in a welcoming environment that nurtures curiosity, imagination and play. This year and the next, the Powerhouse will commemorate …

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Message from Mi CASA PERU

Message from Mi CASA PERU

October 28, 2020

Mi CASA PERU Colorado is a nonprofit 501c3 organization founded on June 14, 2014, by current President May Stiglich. Our mission is to promote awareness of Peruvian culture, while providing youth and adult education to propel our fellow Peruvians to become successful in their professional and personal lives.   Our vision is to become Colorado’s premier …

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Update on the Small Business Economy

Update on the Small Business Economy

October 21, 2020

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Research Center recently released results of an industry-specific survey regarding the small business economy. It looked at the construction, manufacturing, retail and service industries. Holly Wade, NFIB director of Research & Policy Analysis, commented, “Small businesses are working hard to stay open while they continue to navigate the …

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Beware of Mortgage Fraud

Beware of Mortgage Fraud

October 21, 2020

Mortgage fraud is on the rise. It is especially prevalent during periods of economic chaos and upheaval in the housing market as more homeowners face foreclosure, and scammers target overwhelmed lenders. Unscrupulous lenders can also get into the act by targeting distressed homeowners. There are two types of mortgage fraud – fraud for housing, which …

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Don’t Put Off Legacy Planning

Don’t Put Off Legacy Planning

October 21, 2020

Death is a topic most people tend to avoid—particularly when it is their own. But global pandemics have a way of reminding people that none of us is immortal and that, like it or not, there will come a time when we are no longer around. Given this reality, coupled with fluctuating market conditions due …

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Use ENERGY STAR Ratings to Save Energy

Use ENERGY STAR Ratings to Save Energy

October 21, 2020

With ever-increasing energy consumption continuing to damage the planet, it’s critical to find ways to shrink our energy footprint whenever and wherever possible. A smart solution is choosing efficient appliances bearing the ENERGY STAR label. According to energystar.gov, ENERGY STAR products must meet strict energy efficiency criteria established by the US Environmental Protection Agency or …

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We are Colorado – Thanks to our Veterans!

We are Colorado – Thanks to our Veterans!

October 19, 2020

We are able to enjoy all that Colorado offers thanks to the sacrifices that our veterans have made through their military service to our country. Please join Alpine Bank in honoring our American military men and women on Veterans Day and every day. Help us contribute to local nonprofit organizations across our state, including those …

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Message from our Chairman: Alpine’s 2021 Calendar Features Colorado Artists

Message from our Chairman: Alpine’s 2021 Calendar Features Colorado Artists

October 19, 2020

“We are pleased to share our 2021 Alpine Bank calendar, which features the work of Colorado artists, highlighting scenes from some of the 30 Colorado communities we serve. With a plethora of local artists to choose from, it was hard to narrow it down to just 13 to share with our customers. Serving communities across …

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GOT FREEDOM? THANK A VET.

GOT FREEDOM? THANK A VET.

October 19, 2020

Join us as we honor the men and women serving in our armed forces past and present, in times of war and in times of peace. Bring a picture and background story of your honoree, and we will proudly display them on our Wall of Heroes. -and- Alpine Bank has a gift for all vets and …

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We are Colorado Thanks to our Veterans!

We are Colorado Thanks to our Veterans!

October 19, 2020

We are able to enjoy all that Colorado offers thanks to the sacrifices that our veterans have made through their military service to our country. Please join Alpine Bank in honoring our American military men and women on Veterans Day and every day. Help us contribute to local nonprofit organizations across our state, including those …

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Help Grant Wishes During Make-A-Wish® Colorado’s Virtual Walk

Help Grant Wishes During Make-A-Wish® Colorado’s Virtual Walk

September 22, 2020

COVID-19 has changed our world. We’ve had to adjust to working virtually, learning online, limiting social interactions and taking extra precautions to protect our health. While the mission of Make-A-Wish Colorado – to grant life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses – has remained constant, the way in which the nonprofit raises funds has shifted …

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Alpine Banks of Colorado Joins the OTCQX Best Market

Alpine Banks of Colorado Joins the OTCQX Best Market

September 16, 2020

Alpine Banks of Colorado, the holding company for Alpine Bank, is now publicly trading its Class B Common Stock shares on the OTCQX® Best Market. Look for us under the symbol “ALPIB”. Graduating to the OTCQX Market marks an important milestone for Alpine Bank, enabling it to maximize the value of being a public company …

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When Investing in a Greener Earth

When Investing in a Greener Earth

September 16, 2020

Donating your hard-earned “green” to help make the world greener is a noble action. When you give your dollars to a charity, you want to make certain that they go as far as possible to benefit the cause you support. Charity Navigator can be a helpful information source. According to their website, CharityNavigator.org can guide …

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Synthetic Identity Fraud

Synthetic Identity Fraud

September 16, 2020

Synthetic identity theft is one of the fastest growing and more insidious forms of fraud because it creates entirely new identities using stolen personal information such as Social Security numbers. It’s also one of the more difficult to detect, so it can go undiscovered for years. Thieves steal a Social Security number and combine it …

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Don’t Let COVID Change Your Retirement Plan

Don’t Let COVID Change Your Retirement Plan

September 16, 2020

Planning for retirement is never easy, but how do you do it in the middle of a global pandemic? Depending on where you are in your retirement planning, the best approach may be to stay the course you were already on. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down—impacting everything from people’s day-to-day routines …

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Q&A with Jesse Bopp, J.D., Alpine Bank Wealth Management Vice President and Client Executive

Q&A with Jesse Bopp, J.D., Alpine Bank Wealth Management Vice President and Client Executive

September 16, 2020

Q&A with Jesse Bopp, J.D., Alpine Bank Wealth Management Vice President and Client Executive Q: What happens if I die without a Will? A: As explained in our August Financial News article, having a Will, Trust, or other estate plan is always a good idea. Yet, what happens when a person dies ‘intestate’ (without a …

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Social Security Can Provide Temporary Income

Social Security Can Provide Temporary Income

September 16, 2020

Social Security Can Provide Temporary Income The arrival of the coronavirus has resulted in job losses—from temporary furloughs to permanent layoffs— for millions of Americans. With no end government relief measures coming to an end, many people are scrambling for ways to make ends meet until the pandemic ends and the employment landscape improves. Until …

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Get to know David High

Get to know David High

September 1, 2020

No need to settle for just any home. Instead, turn to David High, our home and construction loan expert, when it’s time to buy that ideal plot of land or to build your dream home.  David is local. He has lived in Steamboat for 28 years and worked in Lending for 22 years. He’s an Owner …

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Giving Back to our Boulder Community

Giving Back to our Boulder Community

August 31, 2020

We are proud to call Boulder our home, and are thankful to be able to give back to this amazing community. Alpine Bank strives to support community events, the arts, the environment, animal shelters, outdoor recreation, as well as children and education. In a recent ranking of philanthropy by companies compiled by the Denver Business Journal, Alpine …

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Internet for All Students – Help kids stay connected!

Internet for All Students – Help kids stay connected!

August 26, 2020

It’s hard to imagine life these days without the internet, and even harder to imagine being without it in the midst of a global pandemic – but nearly 1,200 students in the Cherry Creek School District currently lack high-speed internet access. Now more than ever, access to the internet and online resources is critical for every student to …

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Be a Natural Beauty

Be a Natural Beauty

August 13, 2020

For some of us living green means avoiding ingredients that can endanger our health. For others living green can mean avoiding ingredients that contain animal products or that have been tested on animals. That’s why making your own beauty products (many of which, when manufactured commercially, are far from green) is such a great idea. …

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Mind Your Money!

Mind Your Money!

August 13, 2020

Your financial well-being is important, and Alpine Bank is committed to providing you with the resources you need to succeed. We are thrilled to introduce a new personalized financial education tool to help you mind your money. Learn more about important personal finance topics such as budgeting, investing, homeownership, retirement planning and more. Highlights of …

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Q&A with Darla Daniel, Vice President – Trust Counsel, Alpine Bank Wealth Management

Q&A with Darla Daniel, Vice President – Trust Counsel, Alpine Bank Wealth Management

August 13, 2020

Estate Planning 101  Q1:  What is the difference between a general durable power of attorney and a medical durable power of attorney and why do I need both? A: A general durable power of attorney is one in which you appoint a family member, friend or other person you trust (your “agent”) to step into …

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Scams Target Small Businesses

Scams Target Small Businesses

August 13, 2020

Scams Target Small Businesses Small businesses have long been a target of scammers and, as technology continues to advance, the scams have become more sophisticated and harder to defend against.  Businesses need to be on the lookout for these scams, some of which have been around for years, while others are riding the wave of …

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Investing During COVID-19

Investing During COVID-19

August 13, 2020

The arrival of COVID-19 has turned the world upside down over the past few months and that includes many people’s investments. With the onset of social distancing and the shutdown of businesses across the country, many investors saw the value of their retirement savings plummet. Though the market has since rebounded, it is unclear how …

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Small Businesses Surveyed

Small Businesses Surveyed

August 13, 2020

A recent survey from the NFIB Research Center revealed that 27% of business owners reported experiencing a significant or moderate increase in sales as a result of eased restrictions related to the coronavirus.[1] An additional 27% reported a “slight” increase. Forty-two percent reported experiencing no change. National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Director of Research …

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PCs for People Help Coloradans Get Online

PCs for People Help Coloradans Get Online

August 4, 2020

Source. Refurbish. Distribute. Support. That’s the four-step approach undertaken by PCs for People, a nonprofit established in 1998 that’s committed to leveling up digital equity and digital inclusion for kids, families, individuals and organizations in Colorado and across the nation. On April 22, PCs for People retrieved 440 computers from Alpine Bank’s central operations facility …

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Networking Amid COVID-19

Networking Amid COVID-19

July 23, 2020

Networking Amid COVID-19 Companies are rethinking how they approach many facets of their business in response to COVID-19. How do you network when you can’t meet face-to-face? You get creative with your social media, write a blog or return to the time-honored tradition of phone calls. Get old-fashioned Many of us keep a phone on …

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Rethinking Your Office Space Amid COVID-19

Rethinking Your Office Space Amid COVID-19

July 22, 2020

As you begin to move employees back into your office space, consider measures to keep everyone safe, such as partitions, one-way corridors, and additional cleaning procedures. The way we do business has changed quite a bit in recent months due to COVID-19. Some businesses have had to rethink their entire model, while others are looking …

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From Used to New

From Used to New

July 16, 2020

When you look into your closets, drawers, attic, garage or storage unit do you see random “stuff” you don’t want or need any more? What to do with it? Give it to a friend or relative? Donate to charity? Try to sell it? All are good options, but there’s an alternative you may not have …

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Estate Planning Now

Estate Planning Now

July 16, 2020

COVID-19 has reminded people that life is fragile and fleeting. While we’d prefer to focus on things like mindless Netflix shows in the wake of the pandemic, social distancing and stay-at-home orders have provided many people with a lot of extra time on their hands, so it is the perfect time to create an estate …

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COVID-19 Spurs Elder Scams

COVID-19 Spurs Elder Scams

July 16, 2020

Older adults have always been a primary target for scams in part because scammers know they have money and in part because they are particularly vulnerable. Scammers have become especially active during the COVID-19 pandemic, employing age-old scams in new and malicious ways to exploit the fears and uncertainty of the moment. With social distancing …

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Educating Teens about Online Fraud

Educating Teens about Online Fraud

July 16, 2020

Teenagers have been active users of social media for years, and with schools across the country closed for months now and social distancing rules drastically limiting opportunities to interact with friends, their online activity has only increased. Not surprisingly, many cyber criminals are turning to social media as a means of targeting teenagers, and it …

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Join Us In Celebrating Colorado Day 2020!

Join Us In Celebrating Colorado Day 2020!

July 3, 2020

Colorado became a state in 1876, exactly 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, earning it the moniker of Centennial State. Colorado Day is an annual observance that commemorates the state’s birthday on August 1, 1876. Alpine Bank, with 40 branches in 29 communities from Durango to Denver, is celebrating the 144th Colorado …

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Hope is Essential for Make-A-Wish Colorado

Hope is Essential for Make-A-Wish Colorado

July 1, 2020

With all that’s going on in the world right now, a lot of people are feeling anxious or discouraged about what we can’t do. We can’t go to concerts, ballgames or have a large celebration at a restaurant. In-school learning is very much up in the air and there’s a possibility that any long-term plan …

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Q&A with Amanda Miller, Vice President, Alpine Bank Wealth Management

Q&A with Amanda Miller, Vice President, Alpine Bank Wealth Management

June 18, 2020

Q: Did the CARES Act ease retirement account rules? A: The short answer is yes! The recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, together with new IRS and Treasury announcements, have temporarily changed deadlines, age restrictions and dollar amounts for certain retirement account transactions, helping to put a little more money into …

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Water, Water – It’s NOT Everywhere

Water, Water – It’s NOT Everywhere

June 18, 2020

One of Earth’s most precious resources is water, so to waste it is a shame. We do, however, often take its availability and convenience for granted. Becoming more mindful of our usage and waste of H2O can help assure that we’ll always have the water we so desperately need in our daily lives. Awareness of …

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Midyear Review

Midyear Review

June 18, 2020

Spring is the perfect time to take stock of your financial situation and make sure that everything is in order. And in the wake of COVID-19 and the devastation that social distancing is wreaking on many people’s finances, a midyear financial review is more important than ever. Even if you have been diligently saving for …

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Debit Card Scams

Debit Card Scams

June 18, 2020

Debit card use is up significantly in the U.S. and, as you might imagine, so are debit card scams. While scammers don’t necessarily discriminate between debit cards and credit cards, consumers are at more risk using their debit cards. That’s because debit cards are connected to a checking account and customers’ hard-earned money.  So, one …

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Businesses Sell on Google Shopping for Free

Businesses Sell on Google Shopping for Free

June 18, 2020

In response to the coronavirus, Google has opened up its Google Shopping platform to businesses for free. Historically, the only way a business could get its products to appear in this high-visibility part of Google was to buy search ads. Now that the coronavirus has led businesses everywhere to struggle to remain open, Google has …

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How can I bank from home, work, or the hills?

How can I bank from home, work, or the hills?

June 18, 2020

It’s easy to bank anytime, anywhere with AlpineMobile[1]. As an Alpine Bank customer, you can stay on top of your finances from wherever you are 24/7. You must already be enrolled in Alpine Online®[2]. Then once you are enrolled, you can sign up for AlpineMobile, and you can use your web-enabled device or a cell …

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GRATEFUL for GLENWOOD!

GRATEFUL for GLENWOOD!

June 18, 2020

Alpine Bank Glenwood Springs {Est. 1980} Celebrating 40 years To honor our community and celebrate four decades of community banking, Alpine Bank announces the GRATEFUL for GLENWOOD community currency giveaway—of $25,000! Community members have a chance to win $100 in community currency, and then spend their winnings at participating Glenwood Springs businesses this summer. Here’s …

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Six Tips for New Remote Workers

Six Tips for New Remote Workers

June 11, 2020

If you’re one of the thousands of Americans suddenly working from home for the first time, you’ve already figured out that it’s not everything you thought it was cracked up to be. Although there are perks — like not having to dress up or mess with the daily commute — juggling kids out of school …

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Snow Bowl Steamboat Creates Family Bowl Initiative

Snow Bowl Steamboat Creates Family Bowl Initiative

June 3, 2020

Hit with the COVID-19 outbreak in mid-March, Snow Bowl Steamboat was among the many Colorado restaurants mandated to close their doors, leading them to lay off their hourly employees. Snow Bowl, a long-established entertainment venue offering a full-service restaurant and bar, along with bowling and Steamboat’s largest outdoor patio & lawn area, decided that they …

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A Western Institution Turns 50: High Country News Stays True to its Roots While Explaining a Fast-Changing Region

A Western Institution Turns 50: High Country News Stays True to its Roots While Explaining a Fast-Changing Region

June 3, 2020

In January 1970, Wyoming rancher and educator Tom Bell cobbled together a gritty black-and-white tabloid sounding the alarm about the destruction of a landscape that he loved. In the process, he birthed a Western institution and launched one of the nation’s first reader-funded nonprofit news organizations. A decorated World War II veteran, Bell had seen …

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