Alpine Bank Supports Teachers!

Alpine Bank Supports Teachers!

August 9, 2022

Alpine Bank will reimburse teachers for school supplies for their classrooms, up to $200, before November 1, 2022! Teachers, save your receipts from August 1, 2022, through November 1, 2022, to be eligible. To be reimbursed please have an existing account, or open a new account with Alpine Bank, and be currently employed as a …

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Frontline Environment Stewards in Frisco

Frontline Environment Stewards in Frisco

August 2, 2022

Think climate change reversal is pie-in-the-sky? Not if the boots-on-the-ground folks at High Country Conservation keep hitting their environmental stewardship goals.  They’re on a winning streak for growing local food, diverting the waste stream, saving water, enabling renewable energy for homes and businesses— and educating everyone in all of these topics. From crawl space insulation …

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Pulling Back The Curtain On The Valley Symphony Association Orchestra & Chorus

Pulling Back The Curtain On The Valley Symphony Association Orchestra & Chorus

August 2, 2022

When audiences hear the beautiful classical music of the Valley Symphony Association (VSA) Orchestra & Chorus, they likely aren’t thinking about how much work goes on behind the scenes to make the sounds come to life. It’s a true labor of love for the 100-plus volunteer musicians who are also teachers, parents, neighbors and students. …

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Readying Yampa Valley youth for careers in agriculture

Readying Yampa Valley youth for careers in agriculture

July 27, 2022

Over the years, the gap between farm and table has grown significantly. Many people have no idea who produced the food they eat or how it was cultivated. The Yampa Valley RISE project aims to change that by reestablishing the local focus on agricultural education for almost 800 kids in rural Hayden and South Routt …

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Western Colorado Community Foundation: 25 years of making a difference

Western Colorado Community Foundation: 25 years of making a difference

July 27, 2022

Twenty-five years ago, a “home-grown” charitable foundation was established to serve the people and the communities of Mesa, Garfield, Eagle, Delta, Montrose, Ouray and Rio Blanco counties. The vastness and diversity of the geographic area that the Western Colorado Community Foundation serves is matched by the variety of causes it supports: from fighting hunger to …

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Empowering youth through mentoring

Empowering youth through mentoring

July 27, 2022

Did you know that the hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are the peak times for teens to engage in risky behaviors?  The dedicated people behind the Roaring Fork Valley’s Stepping Stones, a community-based nonprofit youth mentoring organization, are very aware of this window of vulnerability and they’re there to make sure that local …

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The synergy that is JUCO, Jamie Hamilton & Grand Junction

The synergy that is JUCO, Jamie Hamilton & Grand Junction

July 27, 2022

For 65 years now, the Grand Junction Baseball Committee has been persistently working to make the junior college Division I World Series, or JUCO, the Western Slope legend it’s become. Teams, visitors and locals alike treasure this beloved springtime institution, in which ten teams come together to play in an eight-day tournament in front of …

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The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic celebrates 50 years of racing the train

The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic celebrates 50 years of racing the train

July 27, 2022

In 1972 Ed Zink founded the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.  His original intent was to drive the economies of Durango and Silverton by ensuring the first weekend of summer had sold-out hotels and restaurants. The event could have been anything, but he chose to build on the story of the Mayer brothers’ race to see …

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Colorado’s Colombians lend a neighborly hand

Colorado’s Colombians lend a neighborly hand

July 27, 2022

It’s not about prestige, or pay. The nonprofit Fundacion de Colombianos en Colorado is fueled by passion, and devoted volunteers who take their convictions and turn them into action.  The organization was established in 2016 to support programs and activities that contribute to an environment where Latino children have the opportunity to obtain an excellent …

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Summit County stewards strive for forest sustainability

Summit County stewards strive for forest sustainability

July 27, 2022

The White River National Forest, all 2.3 million acres of it, is the most visited national forest in the nation with its 11 ski resorts, 10 peaks over 14,000 feet, and eight wilderness areas that cover more than a third of its acreage. And the Dillon Ranger District is a big part of it, located …

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Focus on Fort Collins

Focus on Fort Collins

July 27, 2022

The new Alpine Bank Fort Collins is coming out of the ground now, at the southeast corner of Prospect Road and 1608 S. College Avenue. It’s anticipated to open in fourth quarter 2022. Ben Van Hoose, president, is already working in Fort Collins, and helping customers with loans and deposit accounts even as the bank …

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Scads of grads helped by Alpine Bank

Scads of grads helped by Alpine Bank

July 27, 2022

In 1996, Bob Young, Alpine Bank’s chairman and founder, went to a lot of high school graduations. He saw a clear pattern start to emerge: The kids who were college-bound, and recipients of scholarships, weren’t from Latino families. It stood out to him, because in Colorado, 21 percent of the state’s population is Latino. At …

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Growing together

Growing together

July 27, 2022

Championing the power of plants, the people who grow them, and the communities they nourish: that’s Denver Urban Gardens, or DUG. They provide access, skills, and resources for people to grow healthy food in community and regenerate urban green spaces. Established in 1985 to support Denver residents in creating sustainable, food-producing neighborhood community gardens, over …

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Colorado Springs branch opening fall 2022

Colorado Springs branch opening fall 2022

July 27, 2022

The new Alpine Bank Colorado Springs will be opening this fall, at its convenient downtown location at 90 S. Cascade Ave., Ste. 100. Temporarily, while renovations are underway, the operation is located at 2 N. Cascade Ave., Ste. 1090. And that’s where you’ll find market president Matthew Hanson, working day to day. He’s on site …

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Bringing affordable homeownership to Rifle

Bringing affordable homeownership to Rifle

July 27, 2022

Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley has a lot to crow about. The organization relies exclusively on community partners, volunteers and donations to fulfill its ambitious mission of building affordable homes in its affiliate service area from Aspen to Glenwood to Parachute. They lay claim to creating the first (and award-winning) rural Colorado net-zero affordable …

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Taking it one century at a time

Taking it one century at a time

July 27, 2022

Boulder Community Health, the nonprofit, community-owned health system at the foot of the Flatirons, had a 100-year celebration in April 2022. In support of its centennial, they asked the question, “How have we helped you be everything you were born to be?” The organization asserts that each of its patients deserves to feel 100%, so …

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Venerable literary organization’s work flows down the valley & into the schools

Venerable literary organization’s work flows down the valley & into the schools

July 27, 2022

Aspen Words is Colorado’s oldest literary organization, established in 1976. Its purpose is to encourage writers, inspire readers and connect people through the power of stories. Founded as a small, grassroots writers’ conference, it became a part of the Aspen Institute in 2009. In the last decade, Aspen Words has made youth educational programs a …

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Staying sharp in Eagle & Routt Counties

Staying sharp in Eagle & Routt Counties

July 27, 2022

Often entrepreneurs are so busy running their day-to-day operations that they can lose sight of big-picture strategy. Seeing that dynamic unfold in Steamboat, beloved local and Alpine Bank customer Herald Stout wanted to help get his neighbor business-owners back up to the 30,000-foot strategic view. With this goal in mind, Stout, who passed in 2018, …

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Drive inclusion with a Special Olympics Colorado branded license plate

Drive inclusion with a Special Olympics Colorado branded license plate

July 22, 2022

A new Special Olympics Colorado license plate is available to motorists in the state, thanks to Governor Polis who signed the Teri Leiker Act in June, 2021. The act will raise funds and awareness for Colorado’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities. “This bill honors the life and spirit of Teri Leiker, who …

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Monday, August 1 is Colorado Day!

Monday, August 1 is Colorado Day!

July 15, 2022

Alpine Bank is a proud Colorado company, so naturally we’re celebrating Colorado Day! We’re giving away OtterBox coolers at each of our branches. We don’t want you to miss your chance to win this great prize in celebration of #ColoradoDay2022.​ Enter to win and see our complete sweepstakes rules at https://www.alpinebank.com/my-colorado.html!

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Have you shared your estate plan with your children?

Have you shared your estate plan with your children?

July 15, 2022

It may be difficult to talk to your family about your death, but leaving them in the dark about your estate plan is not a good idea. Here’s some advice on what to do. A good estate plan, designed by an estate attorney or planning professional, is likely to contain all the elements needed to …

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Composting at home

Composting at home

July 15, 2022

Composting is the process of using decomposing organic material to create a natural soil augmentation and fertilizer. It can be done at home using food scraps, yard waste and other biodegradable materials, and has numerous benefits for the earth: Composted materials are repurposed so they’re not creating methane in landfills The resulting natural fertilizer is …

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How to avoid investment scams

How to avoid investment scams

July 15, 2022

Investment scammers victimize thousands of people every year to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Over the years they have honed their approaches and techniques and are difficult to detect. When it comes to your money, the safest course is to maintain a healthy dose of skepticism while educating yourself on how to …

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Help us give back in July

Help us give back in July

July 15, 2022

Every time you use your Loyalty Debit Card, Alpine Bank donates a dime to community causes that are important to you.  You direct where the funds go, by choosing a card that speaks to your interests and passions. We support local nonprofits and organizations in your community that fall under the categories of COMMUNITY, EDUCATION, …

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Midyear is the perfect time for a financial checkup

Midyear is the perfect time for a financial checkup

July 15, 2022

During periods of economic duress — such as the period we’re now experiencing — the midpoint of the year is an excellent opportunity to take a step back, review goals and strategies and make any necessary adjustments to ensure you can get on track, or stay on track to achieving your long-term goals. The problem …

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Mortgage interest rates are relative

Mortgage interest rates are relative

July 15, 2022

With mortgage rates on the rise, some homebuyers are choosing to take a break from the homebuying process and wait until more favorable rates are available again. The thought process behind this decision is understandable: Over the last decade we’ve seen rates in the 4% range, the 3% range and even the 2% range! So, …

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Open a personal Alpine Bank account online

Open a personal Alpine Bank account online

July 15, 2022

Save time and save a trip to the branch. For personal accounts, Alpine Bank offers customers the convenience of opening an account online. This option is available for both new and existing customers. Ready to get started? Visit our application webpage today.

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Cultivating Community in Silt

Cultivating Community in Silt

June 27, 2022

Highwater Farm was started in 2020. Their mission is to increase access to locally grown produce and to provide valuable jobs and training in sustainable farming to young people in Garfield County.  That first year the farm grew 8,000 pounds of produce on a half-acre and routed half of their crops to local hunger relief …

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Alpine Bank wants to reward your child for good grades!

Alpine Bank wants to reward your child for good grades!

June 23, 2022

Summer is here and the Alpine Bank Pays for As drawing is coming right up. On June 30, 2022, we’ll randomly draw winning report cards from those submitted, which will receive $10 for As, 4s or Es; $5 for Bs, 3s or Ss for 5 main subjects. What it means is that your child could …

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The ins and outs of tax loss harvesting

The ins and outs of tax loss harvesting

June 23, 2022

What is tax loss harvesting? What are the benefits? How might I utilize this strategy in my accounts? These are good questions to investigate for a person experiencing the impacts of declining investment values, who also needs a break at tax time. Down markets send many investors into a tailspin. Market volatility, however, may be …

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What’s your estate plan?

What’s your estate plan?

June 23, 2022

We spend our entire working lives saving, planning, accumulating, and protecting in preparation for our golden years. And, if we plan it right, there will be something to pass along to the next generations so they can have even better lives. That’s the ideal plan for many people, yet few actually do the planning necessary …

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Survey shows 82% of small businesses increased outsourcing since the start of the pandemic

Survey shows 82% of small businesses increased outsourcing since the start of the pandemic

June 23, 2022

UpCity recently shared results of a survey of small business owners and employees regarding outsourcing activities at their companies. The firm found that eight out of ten businesses polled increased outsourcing since the beginning of the pandemic. UpCity, who connects businesses with service providers, polled 600 small business professionals from a variety of industries about …

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Planning a “green” garden

Planning a “green” garden

June 23, 2022

Gardening, in and of itself, is a green practice, but there’s a lot you can do to maximize your garden’s eco-friendliness. Here are three ways to make your garden even greener: Minimize grass. Lawns take a tremendous amount of water to maintain — not to mention the gas or electricity it takes to keep them …

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First-time homebuyers can benefit from low-down-payment mortgage loans

First-time homebuyers can benefit from low-down-payment mortgage loans

June 23, 2022

Homeownership can be an important step in building one’s net worth. Between the appreciation in real estate values that homeowners often enjoy, and the increase in equity levels that happen with each monthly payment, it’s no surprise that homeowners tend to enjoy a higher net worth that renters. That said, the purchase of a home …

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Mobile wallet fraud

Mobile wallet fraud

June 23, 2022

The popularity of mobile wallet apps for making non-cash transactions continues to surge, climbing to nearly $7 billion annual transactions around the world. That’s a target-rich environment for scammers who find ways to take advantage of remote transactions. You can avoid becoming the next victim of mobile wallet fraud by understanding how these scams work. …

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Digital banking tip: Has your business digitized its payment process yet?

Digital banking tip: Has your business digitized its payment process yet?

June 23, 2022

As your business grows, Alpine Online Business Services can provide numerous time- and money-saving services and products. One of its services gives business owners the ability to send and receive funds through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) network.  ACH is a network used for electronically transferring funds between U.S. bank accounts. Businesses can use ACH …

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Sweet Story at Knapp Ranch

Sweet Story at Knapp Ranch

May 31, 2022

In the upper West Lake Creek valley south of Edwards, the buzz is all about the bees. They’re the hardest workers at Knapp Ranch, perpetuating a seamless habitat in this alpine enclave by continually enriching flowers, fruit trees, crops and the natural ecosystems in the surrounding forest and Eagle County. The beekeepers of Knapp Ranch …

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Estate Planning 101

Estate Planning 101

May 17, 2022

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 your shoes and …

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Planning to start a family? What you need to do right now

Planning to start a family? What you need to do right now

May 17, 2022

For most young couples, the decision to start a family is not a matter of “if” but “when”. Of course, it should be a joyful time for young parents. However, with the tab for raising a child to adulthood topping $300,000, on average, it does take some preparation and planning to avoid getting caught in …

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Credit card surcharge changes coming in July 2022

Credit card surcharge changes coming in July 2022

May 17, 2022

Until last summer, Colorado was one of just three states that banned merchants from adding surcharges to credit card transactions. Through a law enacted in July 2021 that takes effect on July 1, 2022, Colorado lifts the ban and will be the 48th state to allow surcharging. Connecticut and Massachusetts remain the only states to …

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E-waste recycling

E-waste recycling

May 17, 2022

E-waste, the no-longer-functional or obsolete electronic device that’s disposed of, includes electronic equipment and appliances — from toasters and gaming devices, to washing machines and solar panels — and everything in between. E-waste is considered a separate category of refuse in the landfill. It’s different than trash, or the glass, plastics and paper that are …

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Loan scams

Loan scams

May 17, 2022

Consumers lose billions of dollars a year to fraudulent loan practices. The primary victims are those most in need of a loan and most likely to fall for a fake offer because they are turned down by legitimate lenders. Here’s how loan scams typically work: No credit check scam:  Legitimate lenders typically require a credit …

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Tips to maximize your Social Security benefits

Tips to maximize your Social Security benefits

May 17, 2022

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Vacation plans? Travel notice alert ensures safe and interruption-free banking

Vacation plans? Travel notice alert ensures safe and interruption-free banking

May 17, 2022

If you plan on traveling this summer, you can avoid any hiccups — fraud alerts or failed payments in your account — by placing a travel notice through your online banking or mobile app. Adding a travel notice allows you to continue to use your card with ease while you’re away from home, and helps …

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Improve your credit score to score a favorable mortgage

Improve your credit score to score a favorable mortgage

May 17, 2022

Trying to quality for a mortgage loan? Your credit scores will play a large part in both qualification and the interest rates available to you. Credit scores are used to help determine the risk profile associated with extending credit, so proper management of your credit score through on-time payments and by maintaining a low credit …

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Alpine Bank announces changes to operating hours

Alpine Bank announces changes to operating hours

May 17, 2022

We’re making some adjustments to our operating hours at several of our branches, effective June 4. Primarily Saturday operations are impacted, with some slight modifications to midweek business hours. See the complete list of branches that will be affected by this change here. Please consider using these alternatives to branch banking: • Online and mobile …

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Carbondale’s Learning Garden

Carbondale’s Learning Garden

May 3, 2022

Lifelong learning and empowering individuals to take responsibility for themselves, their learning and their community—that’s the mission of Compass. Since 1970, this nonprofit educational organization has been the backbone of the Aspen and Carbondale Community Schools, public charter schools educating kids from kindergarten through eighth grade in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. The arts, physical education, …

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What do I need to know about designating beneficiaries on my financial accounts?

What do I need to know about designating beneficiaries on my financial accounts?

April 28, 2022

Q: What do I need to know about designating beneficiaries on my financial accounts? A: To properly designate beneficiaries on financial accounts, consider the following: ·       Use the official form provided by the financial institution, ·       Name primary and secondary (contingent) beneficiaries, ·       Use caution if listing minors (beneficiaries who are not adults) on an account, or if listing someone other …

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Level up your financial literacy

Level up your financial literacy

April 26, 2022

Financial Literacy Month, every April, is a national campaign organized by the Jump$tart Coalition, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about financial literacy and promote financial education. Financial Literacy Month’s mission is to promote and support financial literacy efforts across the U.S., especially for kids and …

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Digital banking tip: protect your business from ACH and check fraud

Digital banking tip: protect your business from ACH and check fraud

April 26, 2022

In the continually evolving digital world, check and ACH fraud remain a constant threat. We offer fraud solution services to our Alpine Online® business customers, including ACH Positive Pay and Check Positive Pay. These, and other services, are designed to help you catch fraud before it occurs. Did you know that businesses only have 24 …

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