Get to Know Larry Stewart

Get to Know Larry Stewart

September 19, 2019

Coloradan, banker, volunteer, fiancée and friend on and off the court. Although his love of travel took him to dozens of states and international destinations from his native Indiana, this hoop-playing, globetrotting banker hadn’t ever been to Colorado. That was before he met his Colorado sweetheart at banking school in  Dallas. That precipitated win after …

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Get to Know Kevin Flohr

Get to Know Kevin Flohr

September 19, 2019

Banker, hiker, golfer, adventurer and basketball star. Alpine Bank Officer Kevin Flohr is legendary for his jump shots. When he played at Glenwood Springs High School, a new verb was even invented: Fans would say they were Flohred! He played varsity college basketball too, at Ft. Lewis College in Durango. More recently, he earned his MBA …

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Get to Know John Stelzriede

Get to Know John Stelzriede

September 18, 2019

Banker, family man, adventurer and leader. Alpine Bank Glenwood Springs President John Stelzriede is keen on discovery and self-improvement in both his personal life and his career. His penchant for exploration of our public  land  is representative of his outlook on many things: There are 59 national parks in the US, and John and his …

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Get to Know Jody Baehr

Get to Know Jody Baehr

September 18, 2019

Banker, wife, mom, motorcyclist, camper and history buff. Jody Baehr—the wildly efficient operations supervisor at Alpine Bank Glenwood Springs—is arguably the glue that holds the day-to-day bank operations together. But when she’s not helping her team help customers, you might find her in the desert in her camp chair, glued to a thick history book. …

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Get to Know Jay Rickstrew

Get to Know Jay Rickstrew

September 18, 2019

Banker, softie, Coloradan, outdoorsman and community volunteer. Alpine Bank Regional President Jay Rickstrew manages six bank branches from Glenwood Springs to  Battlement Mesa, a big job. But guess who’s really calling all the shots? “When I’m not working, I’m playing with Kira Mae. Or buying her whatever she wants,” says Jay, tongue-in-cheek, as he talks …

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Get to Know Dean Kinkel

Get to Know Dean Kinkel

September 17, 2019

Coloradan, banker, volunteer, sports fanatic and dog lover. This fifth-generation Coloradan from the eastern plains has always been an outdoors guy and a team  player. When Dean Kinkel isn’t helping customers at Alpine Bank Glenwood, he might be pedaling on the Rio Grande Trail to or from his office, riding first chair to the powder, …

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Ponder Year-end Gifts Now

Ponder Year-end Gifts Now

September 16, 2019

With autumn’s arrival, the inevitable frenzy of the holiday season and the year-end is just around the corner. Before you know it, we will all be making our 2020 New Year’s resolutions, so there’s no time like the present to begin thinking about any year-end gifts and charitable contributions you are interested in making during …

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Q & A with Matt Michalski

Q & A with Matt Michalski

September 16, 2019

Q. What is the velocity of money and how does it impact investing? A. Recently, the Fed has cited a lack of inflationary pressures in the U.S. economy to justify cutting interest rates. The Fed claims that the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Index is currently below its 2% target. The PCE measures the prices paid …

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Mortgage Fraud: Borrower Beware

Mortgage Fraud: Borrower Beware

September 16, 2019

When it comes to mortgages, there are ten ways from Sunday to defraud in the quest to illegally profit from the mortgage loan process. Whether it’s to bilk a financial institution or steal from an individual, mortgage fraud can target either side of a mortgage transaction. Common sense and paying attention to details are the …

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How to Improve Your Child’s Financial Aid Prospects

How to Improve Your Child’s Financial Aid Prospects

September 16, 2019

Depending on the school that your child chooses, it is not uncommon for a college education to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and, as a result, a large portion of students find themselves taking out some sort of financial aid. If the expense of college is something that you or your child are going …

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Reusing Building Materials

Reusing Building Materials

September 16, 2019

Giving building materials a second life not only helps the environment, but also can significantly cut down on costs. During demolition, a variety of materials can be salvaged and re-purposed. Some building materials that can easily be reused include (but are not limited to): Light fixtures Thermal insulation Timber Doors Windows Stairs Kitchen cabinets Plumbing …

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Investing in Education: K-12 and Beyond

Investing in Education: K-12 and Beyond

September 16, 2019

Alpine Bank believes that supporting education is critical to building strong communities. That’s why the bank takes a more is better approach to giving back to a wide variety of education initiatives across Colorado. From rewarding K-12 students for good grades to funding scholarships that can make dreams of college come true, Alpine is determined …

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Alpine Named Top Company Finalist

Alpine Named Top Company Finalist

September 16, 2019

Alpine Bank has just been named a finalist in the TOP COMPANY awards competition by ColoradoBiz Magazine. Alpine Bank Denver Regional President Matt Teeters share his thoughts on what makes Alpine Bank such an outstanding Colorado company:

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Donate to Project PACK

Donate to Project PACK

September 9, 2019

You can help children through traumatic events by donating emergency supplies to kids in the Roaring Fork School District. Donations can be dropped by the Alpine Bank branches in Basalt, Willits, Carbondale, Glenwood and West Glenwood through September 16. Needed supplies include: new blankets, socks, underwear, pajamas, toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and deodorant, …

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Supporting Eagle & Routt County Teachers

Supporting Eagle & Routt County Teachers

August 30, 2019

Alpine Bank loves educators! You all work tirelessly to help teach the youth in our communities. Many of you also use your own money to purchase supplies for your classrooms and students in need. To better support you we have created the Teacher Reimbursement Program. Alpine Bank will reimburse teachers for school supplies up to …

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San Juan Teacher Reimbursement Program

San Juan Teacher Reimbursement Program

August 30, 2019

Alpine Bank loves educators! You all work tirelessly to help teach the youth in our communities. Many of you also use your own money to purchase supplies for your classrooms and students in need. To better support you we have created the Teacher Reimbursement Program. Alpine Bank will reimburse teachers for school supplies up to …

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Financial Q & A

Financial Q & A

August 15, 2019

Question:  Why are interest rates so low, and how can I invest for income in this age of very low interest rates? Answer: For the last decade the central banks of countries around the globe, including the United States, have taken actions to keep short-term interests rates near zero in an effort to stimulate economic …

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How Small Businesses Are Implementing Multichannel Marketing

How Small Businesses Are Implementing Multichannel Marketing

August 15, 2019

Taradel, a Virginia-based marketing company that specializes in multichannel marketing, recently released some findings on the subject from a survey of over 230 small business professionals polled via a SurveyMonkey questionnaire. Participants were asked a series of 13 questions about small business marketing practices. Sixty-six percent of the respondents identified themselves as business owners. Another …

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Don’t be a Victim of Real Estate Wire Fraud

Don’t be a Victim of Real Estate Wire Fraud

August 15, 2019

Real estate wire fraud is exploding across the U.S., costing consumers billions of dollars each year. While digital technology has made the process of escrow settlement faster and more convenient, it has also enabled scammers with the right tools to wreak havoc on unsuspecting homebuyers. And, because it involves real estate properties, the financial losses …

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You Can Help Alpine Bank Give Back to Children’s Hospital Colorado

You Can Help Alpine Bank Give Back to Children’s Hospital Colorado

August 15, 2019

Alpine Bank’s popular Children’s Hospital Colorado Loyalty Debit Card makes it easy for Alpine Bank customers to support Children’s Colorado and the extraordinary care it provides for children of all ages and stages of growth. Each time you use your Children’s Colorado debit card, Alpine Bank donates 10 cents to support the hospital, and these …

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Green Solutions for Kitchen Countertops

Green Solutions for Kitchen Countertops

August 15, 2019

Each type of kitchen countertop has its pluses and minuses; when looking for eco-friendly countertops, there are a wide variety of options and prices. What makes a countertop “green”? Green kitchen countertops are made through an environmentally friendly manufacturing process, use recycled or sustainable resources, and may be produced locally which reduces transportation. A countertop …

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Time to Review Finances

Time to Review Finances

August 15, 2019

             Believe it or not, 2019 is already more than halfway through and before you know it, it will be time to start thinking about your 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Before looking that far ahead, however, now is the perfect time to check in on where things stand with your finances –particularly if adhering to …

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Get To Know Your Officers

Get To Know Your Officers

August 2, 2019

They live, work and play in the Colorado River Valley. Get to know who they are and say hi! 

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Diversify Your Investments To Match Your Stage of Life

Diversify Your Investments To Match Your Stage of Life

July 16, 2019

Investing for the future is a long-time commitment, and the sooner you begin, the better off you will be at retirement. The way you approach investing should continuously change to match whatever stage of life you are in to ensure that your investments remain in line with your financial situation and life needs. Investing Early …

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Preventing Identity Theft

Preventing Identity Theft

July 16, 2019

Identity theft has become a trillion-dollar industry in an ever-expanding market. Working from the darkest corners of the world, identity thieves are relentless in their pursuit of your personal information to use it or sell it to the dark web. The big data breaches make the headlines, but each year tens of millions of people …

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Eco-friendly Flooring Guide

Eco-friendly Flooring Guide

July 16, 2019

Eco-friendly flooring options are affordable, stylish and durable. Here are the top six factors to consider when selecting eco-friendly flooring: Indoor pollution Maintenance Life cycle Distance to transport material to location it is being installed Is it renewable? Is it recyclable? How did harvesting the material affect the environment? Cork, bamboo, hardwood, natural stone and …

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Every Day is Independence Day at Alpine Bank

Every Day is Independence Day at Alpine Bank

July 16, 2019

With July 4 Independence Day celebrations behind us and Colorado Day just ahead on August 1, we asked Alpine Bank Vice Chairman and President Glen Jammaron to share his thoughts on the importance of Alpine Bank’s commitment as an independent community bank which has grown to 40 locations across Colorado. “We have five core values …

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Home Equity Loans: Benefits & Drawbacks

Home Equity Loans: Benefits & Drawbacks

July 16, 2019

From major home renovations, to having to buy a car, the need to pay for a child’s college education or countless other things, there are many reasons why homeowners find themselves in need of money. But when it comes to financing life’s expenses, running up credit cards or taking out a loan may not be …

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Made in the Shade

Made in the Shade

June 17, 2019

Summer is here, and you may be thinking about ways to improve your yard or block out some of the light in your home on hot summer days. Here are two quick tips for shading your house from the sun: 1) Window Treatments: Placing shades, curtains or insulated films on windows all aid in reducing …

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Understanding Wedding Costs is Key

Understanding Wedding Costs is Key

June 17, 2019

Wedding planning can be lots of fun. With no shortage of options and features available, it can be easy to lose sight of the costs. So if a wedding is in your future –whether it is your own wedding, or you are a parent footing the bill, the first thing you should do when it …

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Small Businesses To Use More Social Media Marketing

Small Businesses To Use More Social Media Marketing

June 17, 2019

Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of small businesses intend to increase their investment in social media marketing this year, according to a recent survey from The Manifest. In fact, the findings show that more businesses plan to invest in digital marketing than in traditional marketing: The survey found that most small businesses (89 percent) invest in …

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New Debit Card Supports Fort Lewis College

New Debit Card Supports Fort Lewis College

June 17, 2019

Alpine Bank is thrilled to present an opportunity for Fort Lewis College (FLC) supporters to put your money where your heart is! Introducing the FLC Forever/Alpine Bank Loyalty Debit Card. Every time you use your FLC Forever Loyalty Debit Card, Alpine Bank will donate 10 cents to Fort Lewis College, ensuring this Durango institution remains …

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Beware of Elder Scams

Beware of Elder Scams

June 17, 2019

Of the dozens of types of scams perpetrated on consumers, many target older adults because they tend to be the most vulnerable, and they have the most money. As a result, older adults should be on the lookout for some particular scams that specifically target them. Grandparent Scam One of the more unconscionable scams is …

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Colorado Day: Did you know?

Colorado Day: Did you know?

June 17, 2019

Okay, so you probably did know that Colorado is called the Centennial State. And you likely know that it’s because our state was founded in 1876 which was also America’s 100th birthday. Too easy? Did you know that the first Teddy Bear was created here in Colorado when maids at Glenwood Springs’ Hotel Colorado crafted …

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Earth Day Greenhouse Groundbreaking

Earth Day Greenhouse Groundbreaking

May 29, 2019

Alpine Bank officers John Stelzriede and Kent Wilson, school principal Audrey Hazleton, teachers, volunteers and students lift trowels and garden implements to herald the construction of the new Alpine Garden and Greenhouse. Seeded by visionary partnerships and collaboration, the idea of a school greenhouse and garden was cultivated into a reality. A project nearly five …

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Steamboat Building Wins State Preservation Award

Steamboat Building Wins State Preservation Award

May 29, 2019

The Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) building in Steamboat Springs was celebrated when it was built in 1956. Designed by notable Denver architect Eugene Sternberg and constructed by contractor W.L. Pierce, the YVEA building embodies the International Style, utilizing a wide variety of materials, including cast concrete, brick, sandstone, terrazzo and large panels of glass. …

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Increasing Food Security In Southwest  Colorado

Increasing Food Security In Southwest Colorado

May 29, 2019

Telluride Foundation’s Local Food Initiative supports programs in the west end of San Miguel and Montrose Counties that are working to increase food security in the area. These programs include the West End Family Link Backpack Program, the Apple Core Project, the Norwood Food Bank and Norwood Community Garden. The Backpack Program started in April …

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Latino Community Foundation Provides Key  Leadership

Latino Community Foundation Provides Key Leadership

May 29, 2019

There are over one million Latinos living in Colorado, and a 154% increase in the state’s Latino population is projected by 2030. Despite this emergence, Colorado organizations by and for Latinos generally see limited funding and support from both the nonprofit and for-profit communities. During the past decade, the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (LCFC) …

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Plans Hatching At Palisade High School

Plans Hatching At Palisade High School

May 29, 2019

Grand Valley agriculture and the regional economy rely heavily on the Colorado River, as do the organisms that inhabit its waters. In response to drought and other challenges to this vital river habitat, Palisade High School (PHS) aims to establish a fish hatchery on the school grounds focused on supporting the endangered fish of the …

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Free Dental Care Coming To The Western Slope!

Free Dental Care Coming To The Western Slope!

May 29, 2019

The Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM) will hold a FREE dental clinic on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 at the Glenwood Springs High School. It is a“no questions asked”clinic, and adults and children of all ages are welcome. With 125 portable dental chairs in operation and 200 dentists and hundreds of dental hygienists, …

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It’s All Just Good Horse Sense

It’s All Just Good Horse Sense

May 28, 2019

On Sunday, February 10, the aroma of pancakes and bacon filled the air at the Elk’s Club in Silverthorne for a very worthy fundraising cause supporting the Blue River Horse Center (BRHC). Along with the delicious breakfast, the event featured a silent auction and live music. This annual event serves about 250 people and has …

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Red Cross Honors Heroes

Red Cross Honors Heroes

May 28, 2019

The American Red Cross in Colorado honored local everyday heroes who have gone above and beyond to help those in need at their Heroes Soirée event in March. Among those honored was Deputy Sheriff Thomas Vondra  who  was  awarded the Sound the Alarm Award for risking his life by entering a burning building. His lifesaving …

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Join Durango Bmx In 2019!

Join Durango Bmx In 2019!

May 28, 2019

Along the Animas River in the southwest corner of the state you will find Durango BMX. Not only a BMX race track, but a thriving community too. In the past five years the track has climbed in ranking from 14 to the number 2 ranked track in Colorado for 2018. With sights on how to …

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World Pro Ski Tour Brings Junior Racers Together

World Pro Ski Tour Brings Junior Racers Together

May 28, 2019

The World Pro Ski Tour (WPST) hosted the Alpine Bank Jr. World Pro Challenge ski race in Steamboat Springs in March. The race awarded college scholarships to the top four racers from Ski Club Vail and Winter Sports Club in Steamboat. Utilizing the WPST pros as mentors, 16 racers under age 14 experienced the dual …

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Debit Card Scams

Debit Card Scams

May 21, 2019

In the United States, the use of debit cards is rising faster than all other forms of payments. It’s no surprise then that debit card fraud is also rising. The bad news is, with debit cards, consumers don’t have the same liability protections as they do with credit cards so they must be much more …

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Simple Ways to Profit from Spring Cleaning

Simple Ways to Profit from Spring Cleaning

May 21, 2019

With the weather finally beginning to warm up in many parts of the country, people are shifting into spring-cleaning mode. Before you roll up your sleeves and start tossing things, however, think about doing your spring cleaning in a way that can help generate some cash.             Following are a few ways to turn your …

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Insulation Is Key to Conserving Energy

Insulation Is Key to Conserving Energy

May 21, 2019

Whether building new or remodeling a home, insulation should be at the top of the list. Proper insulation is the key to an energy-efficient home that stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Reducing energy bills goes hand in hand with installing or upgrading insulation, and while there may be an up …

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529 Savings Plans Can Now Fund Primary Education

529 Savings Plans Can Now Fund Primary Education

May 21, 2019

The quality of education that your child receives will likely have a significant impact on his or her future success. Since quality usually comes at a financial cost that means the need for significant savings to pay for your child’s education, particularly if private school is involved. One of the most popular ways of saving …

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Staff Set a Community Volunteering Record

Staff Set a Community Volunteering Record

May 20, 2019

In giving back to the communities they serve, Alpine Bank employees just set an all-time record, volunteering 3,171 hours in April and far surpassing their collective 750-hour goal for the month. While community service has been a core value at Alpine Bank since its founding in 1973, this April employees volunteered more hours and reached …

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Best of Colorado Business Awards for 2019

Best of Colorado Business Awards for 2019

April 30, 2019

Alpine Bank has been voted the Best Wealth Management Team in Colorado and Best Colorado Business Runner Up by readers of ColoradoBiz Magazine as part of the publication’s Best of Colorado Business Choice Awards.

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