Business briefs: Alpine Bank offering interest free loans to government employees during shutdown

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Alpine Bank announced a program to provide federal workers with interest-free loans to cover their next paycheck during the government shutdown.

According to a news release, Alpine Bank has set aside $13 million for the program.

Furloughed Western Slope federal workers can bring their last pay stub and identification to an Alpine Bank location to start the process, according to the news release.

The release states that the loan can be paid back when the government shutdown is resolved.

Alpine Bank is headquartered in Glenwood Springs and has 36 offices in Colorado, including a location in Steamboat at 1901 Pine Grove Road. Call the Steamboat branch at 970-871-1901.

Jennifer Holt passes Certified eDiscovery Specialists certification examination

Jennifer Holt, of LDM Global, recently earned her Certified eDiscovery Specialists credential.

The certification process involves a four-hour examination that provides a measure of an individual’s mastery of eDiscovery, according to a news release. EDiscovery is the electronic discovery process during litigation.

“As LDM Global’s director of professional services and nusiness development, Holt’s CEDS certification is a reflection of her commitment and dedication to providing clients with high-quality, expert-level services,” the release states.

LDM Global specializes in eDiscovery projects, the release states, and operates from locations in London, Brussels, Paris, New York, Washington, D.C., Denver and Sydney. The company also has a location in Steamboat Springs.

Karen Hughes joins Re/Max Partners in Steamboat

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Karen Hughes

Longtime Elk River Valley property owner Karen Hughes is joining Re/Max Partners in Steamboat, according to a news release.

The release states that Hughes has been a real estate broker since 2000, is a Certified Negotiation Expert, is a graduate of the Real Estate Institute and has received several top honors for sales performance.

Hughes currently is pursuing the Accredited Land Consultant certification with an emphasis in the sales and development of land, according to the release. She also was a land surveyor for 10 years and has experience with the agriculture aspects of Routt County, including mineral and water rights, from owning a ranch.

"Often described as sunny and authentic, Karen Hughes brings much to the Steamboat community, to her real estate profession, and to the Re/Max Partners' office,” Kim Kreissig said in the release. “Karen is a dedicated advocate for buyers and sellers alike."

Hughes can be reached at 970-846-4841 or karenhughes@remax.net.

James Team, of Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties, announces giving program

The James Team, of Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties, will be donating 5 percent of its net commission to the Steamboat Springs Challenge Fund or the Routt County Humane Society as part of its new Giving Back to the Boat program.

“We have participated in the Distinctive Angels program within our company, Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties, but we thought we could do a little more,” a post from the James Team states.

The donation also can be made to a charity of the client’s choice.

The Challenge Fund goes to support Steamboat elementary schools, and the Routt County Humane Society is a nonprofit dedicated to helping Yampa Valley animals.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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