GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) A local bank is helping out Western Slope workers who are being directly affected by the government shutdown.
Alpine Bank announced Friday of its plans to give furloughed government employees loans of whatever their paycheck would be.
The offer is interest free and people have up to a year to pay the bank back.
"We believe there's a lot of folks that are going to be in need and gives them a little bit of comfort knowing that they have a way to pay for things until things get put back together," said Clay Tuffy, of the Grand Junction Alpine Bank.
This is not the first time Alpine Bank has loaned government employees money during a shutdown.
Tuffy said the bank offered the same deal during the last government shutdown in 1995, which lasted 21 days.