Boulder Biking at Sunset

Boulder Biking at Sunset

January 26, 2020

We’re in this together. You are Colorado and so are we! #alpinebank This moment of serenity brought to you by Alpine Bank.

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Ouray Ice Falls Crackling

Ouray Ice Falls Crackling

January 26, 2020

We’re in this together. You are Colorado and so are we! #alpinebank This moment of serenity brought to you by Alpine Bank.

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SUP With the Family

SUP With the Family

January 26, 2020

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LEED Means Green

LEED Means Green

January 22, 2020

Green building encompasses using fewer resources, a reduction in energy and waste, and fewer environmental impacts. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building rating system that is the most widely used around the world. LEED was established in 1994 and operates under the nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders known …

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Thanks for Helping us Give Back in 2019!

Thanks for Helping us Give Back in 2019!

January 22, 2020

Thanks to our valued customers Alpine Bank was able to give back to the Colorado communities we serve, setting new records for 2019. Each time customers use their Alpine Bank Loyalty Debit Cards, Alpine Bank donates 10 cents to nonprofit organizations in their community on their behalf. And those dimes add up! For the year, …

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Q & A with Matt Michalski, Vice President, Alpine Bank Wealth Management

Q & A with Matt Michalski, Vice President, Alpine Bank Wealth Management

January 22, 2020

Q. Why is saving for retirement early important? A. By the age of 32, two out three young professionals haven’t started saving for retirement. The reasons vary from student loan debt, not finding that first good job out of college, or starting salaries aren’t always the greatest. Further, attitudes toward retirement have changed. Many young workers don’t …

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Telemarketing Fraud

Telemarketing Fraud

January 22, 2020

Telemarketing scammers are relentless in pursuit of your money. With consumer losses estimated at nearly $500 million a year, scammers are applying all means of technology at their disposal to trick victims into opening their wallets. Very often victims are targeted based on information scammers pick up through social media or identity theft. The number …

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Tax Preparation

Tax Preparation

January 22, 2020

When the calendar shows January, it means a new year and a clean slate –the time for setting goals and making resolutions. It is also the time to start preparing your 2019 taxes.             While it’s pretty much a given that nobody enjoys doing their taxes, the earlier you begin preparing, the better off you …

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Add to Savings or Pay Off Debt?

Add to Savings or Pay Off Debt?

January 22, 2020

The importance of saving for retirement cannot be overstated. In an ideal world, everyone would have more than enough money to sock away some each month to ensure that they can maintain their lifestyle, once they are no longer working. In reality, however, life just isn’t that simple. After paying for day-to-day living expenses, most …

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Gardening in the Sunshine

Gardening in the Sunshine

January 9, 2020

We’re in this together. You are Colorado and so are we! #alpinebank This moment of serenity brought to you by Alpine Bank.

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Alpine Bank’s Featured Students – December 2019

Alpine Bank’s Featured Students – December 2019

January 3, 2020

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Happy Alpine Anniversary Telluride

Happy Alpine Anniversary Telluride

January 2, 2020

Silver is Becky Metz’s favorite color, actually white is, but this year she celebrates the color silver! Becky is celebrating her 25th anniversary with Alpine Bank as well as her 25th wedding anniversary, and she has lived in Telluride for 25 years. Becky remembers her first day at the bank well. She wore a turtleneck and fainted because …

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Customers Join Alpine Bank in Donating $10,000 to the Western Slope Veterans Coalition

Customers Join Alpine Bank in Donating $10,000 to the Western Slope Veterans Coalition

December 27, 2019

Alpine Bank branches in the Colorado River Valley celebrated veterans beyond Veterans Day this year, with a month-long fundraiser for all of November. The community was invited to give to the nonprofit Western Slope Veterans Coalition (WSVC), with the promise that Alpine Bank would match up to $5,000 in contributions. By November 30, customers of …

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Make-A-Wish Colorado Creates Joy for Children with Critical Illnesses

Make-A-Wish Colorado Creates Joy for Children with Critical Illnesses

December 17, 2019

The power of the wishes granted by Make-A-Wish® Colorado is immediately evident from a glance at the faces of a wish family. In addition to smiles that stretch from ear to ear, the child’s eyes will sparkle with wonder and excitement, while the parents’ eyes exude serenity and contentment. Those same expressions of joy and fulfillment …

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Green Tip – What’s New in Solar Energy

Green Tip – What’s New in Solar Energy

December 16, 2019

With the federal tax credit for installing solar panels decreasing at the end of 2019, many homeowners are trying to figure out if installing a solar power system for a home is worth it. Here are the top three items to consider:  Find a solar power system cost calculator online that can compare the expense …

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SBA Says Its Lending Shows Strong Economy

SBA Says Its Lending Shows Strong Economy

December 16, 2019

Recent small-business lending has been reflecting strong economic trends, according to the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), which announced its FY19 lending numbers. They show that the SBA guaranteed over $28 billion to entrepreneurs who otherwise may not have had access to capital to start or expand their businesses. Acting SBA Administrator Chris Pilkerton …

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Be On Guard for Cash App Fraud

Be On Guard for Cash App Fraud

December 16, 2019

Unfortunately, new technology also means new opportunities for fraud. Cash apps, such as Venmo, Facebook Pay and PayPal are becoming more ubiquitous. Because these apps link directly to your bank or credit card accounts, they have also become a top target for scammers. Cash app technology opens up several new avenues for scammers who understand …

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Your Budget For 2020

Your Budget For 2020

December 16, 2019

From getting into shape, to eating better and other self-help goals, there is no shortage of resolutions that people make each year–and that includes saving money. Despite the best intentions, most resolutions are abandoned and forgotten by the time February rolls around, largely because people don’t take steps to ensure they can reach their goals. …

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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

December 16, 2019

Q. Is estate planning only for the rich? A. In a word, no. Estate planning allows you or anyone to implement certain tools now to ensure that your concerns are addressed and your goals fulfilled after you die. Your objective may simply be to make sure that your loved ones are provided for. Or you …

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Giving back and the bottom line—a Message from our Chairman

Giving back and the bottom line—a Message from our Chairman

December 16, 2019

As it draws to a close, we reflect on an eventful 2019. The year began with an unexpected challenge for thousands of our fellow Coloradans, who suddenly lost their paychecks due to the federal government shutdown. Alpine Bank responded to this crisis by offering no-questions-asked loans to the furloughed workers with no interest charged for …

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Proud Flight Crew Member

Proud Flight Crew Member

November 26, 2019

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver is a diverse community organization dedicated to unlocking visitors’ dreams of flight through exhibitions, events and educational programming. Each year this unique museum welcomes roughly 160,000 visitors from all 50 U.S. states and 28 countries around the world. Alpine Bank is a proud, long-term supporter, …

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Bringing Pure Fun to Kids

Bringing Pure Fun to Kids

November 26, 2019

Roundup River Ranch provides old-fashioned, pure fun camp experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families. By offering free, medically-supported camp programs, Roundup River Ranch creates unforgettable opportunities to discover joy, friendships and confidence. These free, year-round programs and camp experiences serve campers from the extended Rocky Mountain region. Alpine Bank has helped bring …

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Mobile Fraud

Mobile Fraud

November 22, 2019

The mobile revolution is transforming the way people transact business. It’s estimated that mobile transactions account for nearly 70% of all financial transactions. However, with that, there has been a commensurate increase in the amount of mobile fraud, costing businesses and consumers as much as $25 billion this year. Cybercriminals are keeping pace with the …

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Green Tip – What if Colorado residents could reduce the cost of watering outdoor plants?

Green Tip – What if Colorado residents could reduce the cost of watering outdoor plants?

November 22, 2019

Depending on the average annual rainfall where you live, rainwater collecting for use around the home may be very beneficial. Let’s cover some of the benefits: Collecting rain is an alternative source of water and is a centuries-old practice  Reduction in carbon footprint and is environmentally friendly Cost savings realized Conservation of water The DIY …

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Medicare Enrollment Tips

Medicare Enrollment Tips

November 22, 2019

No matter how much you plan for retirement, there are certain things that will always remain unknown –such as the types of health issues you may face later in life and the health-care costs you will incur. While it is impossible to predict the future, there are things you can do to minimize the burden …

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Legacy Planning

Legacy Planning

November 22, 2019

As much as we all hate to think about the fact that our time on earth has an expiration date, it is an unfortunate reality. While the idiom “you can’t take it with you” may be a tired one, it is nonetheless true. Since you can’t hang on to the material wealth that you acquire …

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Financial News – Q & A with Melissa Knutson, CFP ®

Financial News – Q & A with Melissa Knutson, CFP ®

November 22, 2019

Melissa Knutson, CFP ® Assistant Vice President, Alpine Bank Wealth Management Q. Should I invest in real estate? A. Real estate prices have increased considerably over the past decade across the state. A rental property can be a great way to generate consistent income and long-term appreciation over time. However, real estate investing is not …

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Alpine Bank Calendar Available Now

Alpine Bank Calendar Available Now

November 22, 2019

Okay, for you calendar devotees out there the suspense may be getting to you, but you can find relief!  Alpine Bank’s 2020 wall calendar is available at all 40 branch locations now. This new calendar takes advantage of remarkable drone photography which captures sweeping Colorado landscapes and vistas in or near the communities Alpine Bank …

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Feeding Families and Creating Community in Palisade

Feeding Families and Creating Community in Palisade

November 5, 2019

Child and Migrant Services (CMS) in Palisade offers encouragement, support and basic needs assistance to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families. This small, community-based nonprofit provides a variety of vital services year-round and shifts into high gear in the summertime to support the people who have traveled far to work in local orchards, vineyards …

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Colorado Mountain College Dedicates the J. Robert Young Alpine Ascent Center

Colorado Mountain College Dedicates the J. Robert Young Alpine Ascent Center

November 5, 2019

The Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Spring Valley campus sits on over 800 acres of land gifted to the college by local ranching families, more than 50 years ago.  Recently, a new building was dedicated at the campus: the Alpine Ascent Center, which  bears the name of Colorado philanthropist and Alpine Bank founder and Chairman Bob Young, …

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Sleeping Out for Youth Homelessness, Literally.

Sleeping Out for Youth Homelessness, Literally.

November 5, 2019

One out of every four homeless people in Mesa County is under the age of 18. Currently, there are over 260 homeless youth on our local streets. In 2012, Karis Inc. was created to try to tackle this issue. Karis Inc., better known as The House, operates multiple short-term housing programs to provide homeless youth …

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Partnership Creates Pickleball Courts in Carbondale

Partnership Creates Pickleball Courts in Carbondale

November 5, 2019

Alpine Bank and the J Robert Young Foundation have joined forces with a host of community-minded residents to fund and build the first and only tournament-ready pickleball courts in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Town of Carbondale has provided the 11,000-sq.-ft. parcel in North Face Park adjacent to the existing dual-purpose tennis/pickleball courts. Roaring Fork Pickleball …

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Small Playhouses Offer Big Support for Charities!

Small Playhouses Offer Big Support for Charities!

November 5, 2019

This summer the carpenters came out to build five playhouses in the name of charity in Summit County. Summit Association of REALTORS®, along with the Summit Daily News, helped coordinate “The Playhouse Project”, which was hosted by the Town of Dillon. These little playhouses were sponsored by businesses. Alpine Bank was honored to commission a …

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New Adventure Sport Coming to Ouray

New Adventure Sport Coming to Ouray

November 5, 2019

The Town of Ouray and Friends of the Ouray Via Ferrata (FOVF) are building a Via Ferrata in the Uncompahgre (Ice Park) Gorge. From the Italian, literally meaning “iron way”, it is a new European family adventure sport, where climbers use cables, rungs and pegs to increase security on climbing routes. The new Ouray Via …

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Men In Heels Raise $27,000+ for Women’s Resource Center

Men In Heels Raise $27,000+ for Women’s Resource Center

November 5, 2019

It was the biggest buzz in Durango on September 5 when 12 all-male teams competed in a relay race wearing high heels. It was for the inaugural Men In Heels event to raise funds and awareness of the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) that advocates, educates and empowers women and girls in La Plata County. Funds …

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Denver’s Girls Inc. Goes Mobile

Denver’s Girls Inc. Goes Mobile

November 5, 2019

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver’s (GIMD) Social Enterprise Coffee Shop, Bold Beans, has launched its second venture, a mobile coffee truck! The coffee truck expanded operations for Bold Beans and employment opportunities for Bold Baristas. Bold Beans is a girl-led coffee business providing opportunities for teen girls to explore entrepreneurship, gain real-world business skills and …

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Plugging in to Sustainability

Plugging in to Sustainability

November 5, 2019

Electric vehicle (EV) owners can breathe a sigh of relief when cruising into Steamboat Springs from Denver or Edwards. Thanks to combined efforts from the Colorado Energy Office and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, a new EV charging station has been installed at the Alpine Bank branch on Pine Grove Road. The station was made …

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Mountain Youth Creates a Community Where Young People Thrive

Mountain Youth Creates a Community Where Young People Thrive

November 5, 2019

Mountain Youth, formerly Eagle River Youth Coalition, is an nonprofit corporation that provides a voice for youth in our community and answers for parents and caregivers when there is a difficult situation at home or at school. Building a strong community requires a strong foundation, and that is what Mountain Youth has been doing throughout …

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Get to Know Chris Rowberry

Get to Know Chris Rowberry

November 4, 2019

Banker, volunteer, fisherman, athlete and ukulelist. “Passionate about helping others progress.” New Alpine Bank Vail President Chris Rowberry counts his tenure in days rather than months, but he already knows he is right where he wants to be. He is passionate about spurring progress and helping others achieve their dreams—and that includes customers, the community …

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Western Slope Veterans Coalition by the Numbers

Western Slope Veterans Coalition by the Numbers

November 4, 2019

1 Organization: Western Slope Veterans Coalition (WSVC) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, providing outreach to all military service persons, including veterans and their families–connecting veterans to local and national agencies and resources. 2 Years celebrating their new location at 803 Colorado Avenue, Glenwood Springs. The organization was founded in 2015 after the suicides of two …

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Get to Know Angela Meraz

Get to Know Angela Meraz

October 17, 2019

Helping when there’s hopelessness Angela Meraz, senior vice president and New Castle branch manager, celebrates a silver anniversary with Alpine Bank in 2019. Her reputation as a solid performer, team leader and customer service pro at the bank is rivaled only by the size of her heart. Angela takes her can-do attitude with her as a board member for …

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Things to Consider When Planning for Retirement

Things to Consider When Planning for Retirement

October 10, 2019

Most people dream of the day they will retire, relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Few dreams become reality without hard work and preparation, and it is no different when it comes to retirement. Failing to carefully plan and invest for retirement could leave you without the funding necessary to live the life …

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Energy-efficient Windows

Energy-efficient Windows

October 10, 2019

A home’s windows serve many purposes, and one of the most important is the energy-efficiency they offer. Heating and cooling costs can go right out the window when you’re not paying attention. While replacing windows may offer the biggest improvement in efficiency, it’s not always feasible due to the high cost involved. Here are two …

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Facebook Eases Business-Customer Chats in Messenger

Facebook Eases Business-Customer Chats in Messenger

October 10, 2019

Facebook recently announced the global rollout of its new lead generation feature for Messenger. The feature is designed to allow businesses to set up an automated question experience to engage with potential customers. Facebook has a style of ads that enables users to click to the Messenger service to open a conversation between the user …

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Digital Fraud

Digital Fraud

October 10, 2019

An ever-expanding digital world has created boundless opportunities for all, including digital criminals. Digital fraud has increased tenfold over the last five years, becoming ever more sophisticated and brazen in its attacks on consumers, leading to identity theft and financial loss. To protect yourself from digital fraud, you must become your first line of defense …

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Financial Q & A with Lisa Isaacson

Financial Q & A with Lisa Isaacson

October 10, 2019

Q:  How does the recent Federal Reserve rate cut affect me? A:  The best answer is “It depends.”  If you are borrowing money, mortgage rates are at near historic lows.  Although mortgage rates do not move identically with the Fed Funds Rate, they are influenced by some of the same factors. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage today …

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Join Alpine Bank in Supporting the Arts

Join Alpine Bank in Supporting the Arts

October 10, 2019

October is National Arts and Humanities Month, which is the largest annual celebration of the arts in our nation. So, there’s no better time to share how Alpine Bank celebrates the arts in Colorado with the help of our customers. Each time an Alpine Bank customer uses their chosen Arts Loyalty Debit Card, Alpine Bank …

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SAVE MONEY AND TIME WITH ONE CARD

SAVE MONEY AND TIME WITH ONE CARD

October 9, 2019

You already have it. Your Alpine Bank Business Debit Card includes a long list of benefits for you and your business. Some of our favorites: • No annual fee. • No scrambling to buy postage stamps. • No waiting for your check to clear. • No need to order more checks. • No stressing about …

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Get to Know Kent Wilson

Get to Know Kent Wilson

October 9, 2019

Banker, family man, music lover, camper, cyclist and strummer Family is his first love. But single-track descents and  bluegrass music are a close second for this Glenwood  Springs  native. In fact, Alpine Bank Glenwood Springs Senior Vice President Kent Wilson has been front and center at the iconic Telluride Bluegrass Festival for 28 consecutive years. …

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Get to Know Tara Bair

Get to Know Tara Bair

September 19, 2019

Coloradan, banker, volunteer, wife, mother & ballerina. As Alpine Bank’s eBanking Officer, she helps choreograph all things electronic for customers when it comes to business banking solutions. But that’s not all. Tara balances her multiple roles: as a career woman, a wife and mom, and as volunteer board chair of Literacy Outreach. We think you’ll …

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