Here’s to the first 50! On Jan. 13, Alpine Bank celebrated its 50th anniversary in Carbondale — where it all began in 1973 (learn the whole history at Although founder Bob Young was unable to attend in-person, he sent an audio message thanking the community for its support. The bank then gave five $10,000 gifts to local organizations: Carbondale Arts, the Mount Sopris Nordic Council, English in Action, Ross Montessori School and Stepping Stones. Pictured here, community relations manager Helene Gude lights the “cake.” Photo by Jessica Hedges/JJ Photography