On The Ballot For 2020/21 Chamber Director
Each year the nominating committee of the Chamber works to identify members who will represent our mission and values on the Board of Directors. To date, 3 candidates have been nominated for elections. The nomination process is still open.
In addition, several directors are up for re-election and confirmation of earlier appointments.
Members will vote on these nominations this month. Election ballots will go out to the membership via email on September 15.
Members Nominated to serve a 1st Term
Carol Franchetti, Carol’s Camp Prattville
Ryan Newell, Intermountain Hardware
Christi Chase, Cravings Café. Christi was appointed to a position on the Board in February, 2020.
Election to 2nd Term of Office
Susan Bryner, Coldwell Banker Kehr/O’Brien Real Estate. Susan has been a member of the Board, and President these past 2 years.
Erica Sherod, Giggling Crow, Erica has been a member of the Board and Chair of the Holiday Shopping Tour for the past 2 years.
PG&E Power Outages Updates
SBC Upcoming Webinars
Thursday September 17
Regulatory Compliance: The Complex Made Simple
ARPD Kids Night Out!
ARPD is offering a Kids Night Out Program every Tuesday for 8 weeks.
Donate to Lake Almanor Area Chamber
Support our efforts to promote local businesses!
Advertise with Us!
Looking to get word out about your business, service or product? You can now advertise with the Lake Almanor Area Chamber through the Town Chatter and other venues. This feature is for members only.
Things You Should Know
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Virtual Insurance Diversity Summit
The 2020 Virtual Insurance Diversity Summit taking place on November 12 - 13, 2020.
The Virtual Insurance Diversity Summit is hosted by the California Department of Insurance. The Summit includes a virtual Matchmaking Roundtable, Resource Expo, and engaging webinars led by experts on the topics of race and diversity in the insurance industry, diversity in the boardroom, navigating the insurer procurement pathways, building resilience in business strategies, and much more!
This event is free and online.
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Plumas Unified Summer Newsletter
Plumas County Press Release
Community Vitality - State of the Lake Forum
Topic - Community Vitality
Date: Thur, September 10
Time: 06:30 PM
Register Online Here
A vibrant community is based in a healthy ecosystem – but just as important is a working economy. When we were planning this event—long before pandemic made in-person gathering impossible—we wanted to foster a conversation with community members about the way our environment influences our economy and vice-versa – and how both affect quality of life.
This next State of the Lake is devoted to exploring the intersection of environment, economy, and community. Our speakers will be talking about a variety of local projects and efforts, among them:
Recreation and tourism
Our distinguished presenters:
Susan Bryner, Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce
Carlos Espana, Almanor Recreation and Parks Department
Jonathan Kusel, Sierra Institute and South Lassen Watersheds Group
Katherine Sansone, Lake Amanor Community Foundation
Vanessa Vasquez, Feather River Land Trust
Why Become a Director of the Chamber?
The mission of the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce is to be a catalyst for connecting and collaborating with our businesses, government, and the community to foster a vibrant, thriving economy and community. Our Core Values are Relationships, Communication, Innovation, and Persistence
This past year has been challenging, but our vision and commitment has remained strong and we feel we have created much of value for our membership and the community. Some of the outstanding accomplishments of our 2019/2020 year include:
Creation and initiation of the first meeting of Almanor Basin Community Consortium (ABCC)
along with the facilitation of Sector meetings of the hospitality industry (lodging and restaurants), non-profits, retail and education. These meetings generated ideas for moving each sector forward through the unique challenges and opportunities we have to improve business and community conditions. We look forward to convening more of these meetings this fall.
An offshoot of ABCC
and meetings with Non-Profit sector yielded the creation of the Mountain Volunteer Project (MVP)
. Project leaders, Matt Moore, Jobana Townsend, Chelssa Outland and Susan Bryner had plans to launch MVP during the fall of this year. However, the onset of COVID-19 presented an immediate need for shopping assistance at Holiday Market. The committee jump started the project to fill the need. CLICK HERE
for more information on MVP.
The Town Plaza project
, a joint venture of the Chamber, Feather River Tourism Association and Lake Almanor Community Foundation was conceived after research into programs and projects that have been shown to stimulate a town’s economy and improve community opportunities and health. Research indicated the most cost effective and catalyzing thing a community could do was to develop a place for a public market and plaza, and develop on-going, year-round activities near where people shop, eat, and look for entertainment. Meetings with community members indicated overwhelming support for a Town Plaza located at or near Chester Park. Work toward this end began in November 2019. Though community events and meetings have been stalled by COVID-19, planning and envisioning has continued. For information about the Town Plaza Project go to www.OurTownPlaza.org
Last year’s Scarecrow Contest
was the brainchild of our Executive Director, Chelssa Outland. It quickly became a crowd pleaser with many businesses across the basin participating and in its first year raised over $500 for the Town Plaza Project. This year funds raised by the contest will target purchasing new lights for our Community Tree.
At the outbreak of COVID-19, Chamber directors felt it was crucial to stay in communication with the community and our business members. At that time, we took our monthly, electronic Town Chatter Newsletter
to a weekly publication. This move proved popular. The Town Chatter is now distributed to over 1,000 business and community members across the region.
2019 saw the successful execution of our existing events: Annual Golf Tournament, 4th of July Parade, Safe Trick or Treat, Veteran’s Weekend Community Tree Lighting, Holiday Shopping Tour and Turkey Trot
. Though the danger of fire delayed our 4th of July Fireworks
display, we were able secure the ability to execute the event on Labor Day, a move that was reported to have brought an influx of visitors to the area as well as opportunities for new events highlighting restoration work on our watershed
, projects involving our lake’s water quality
, and forest management practices
Why become a Director of the Chamber of Commerce?
Because it is your opportunity to become a leader and moving force in the work of building a vibrant, thriving economy and community in Chester/Lake Almanor. CLICK HERE
and go to the bottom of the page for more information and CONTACT
us at now at firstname.lastname@example.org
North Complex Fire Morning Update for September 10, 2020
Date: 8/17/2020 Size: 247,358 acres Containment: 23%
Engines:106 Handcrews:23 Dozers:26 Helicopters:8 Water Tenders:43
Total Personnel: 1,352
The fire actively burned through the night but did not experience significant growth. Crews maintained existing fire lines, limited additional spread, and continued structure protection efforts.
California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 entered unified command with CAL FIRE Team 4 today at 6 A.M. Tactical firing operations will be conducted to connect dozer lines and existing roads to reduce threat to the Bucks Lake area communities. Structure protection continues in the Little Grass Valley area. Roads systems are being assessed to determine the best locations to connect containment lines along the southeast section of the fire.
Changes to acreage and containment reflect more accurate mapping as a result of new infrared flight data.
Evacuations and Road Closures
Mandatory evacuation orders and evacuation advisories are in place in Butte, Plumas, and Yuba Counties. Check the appropriate county’s Facebook page for their latest information.
Phone: (530) 316-4487
Lassen Volcanic Implements Fire Restriction and Early Closure of Outlying Campgrounds
Release Date: September 9, 2020
Mineral, CA –
In response to severe wildfire risk and the inundation of our national wildfire response system, Lassen Volcanic National Park is implementing a park-wide fire restriction and early closure of Butte Lake, Warner Valley, and Juniper Lake campgrounds.
“By skipping the campfire, visitors are helping to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire during peak fire season,” said Superintendent Jim Richardson.
Campfires and open flames are prohibited park-wide beginning September 10 at 5 pm. The restriction on wood fires, the use of charcoal, and any open flame targets sources that pose the greatest risk of human-caused wildfire. Ignition sources that can be turned off and do not produce ash are permitted. This includes, but is not limited to gas stoves, lanterns, and generators.
In further effort to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires, the park will close Butte Lake, Warner Valley, and Juniper Lake campgrounds for the remainder of the summer/fall season. The early closure begins Monday, September 14 at noon. Existing reservations for after the closure will be cancelled and refunded through recreation.gov
. All three areas remain open for day use only.
The National Forest Service has implemented a temporary closure of all national forests in California, including the surrounding Lassen National Forest. Learn more at fs.usda.gov/detail/lassen/news-events
. Visitors should expect increased demand for park campsites as well as overall park use as a result of the Forest Service closure. Campsite reservations are highly recommended as first-come, first-served campsites are limited. Learn more at go.nps.gov/lavo/camp
Approximately 95% of all wildfires in California are caused by human activity. Everyone can help prevent human-caused wildfire during this peak season by taking extra precautions when visiting the park. This includes practicing safe towing―dragging chains throws sparks and safely disposing of cigarettes.
For more information about Lassen Volcanic National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/lavo; contact the park at (530) 595-4480 or email@example.com; find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube @LassenNPS.
Things to watch out for this Fall
Scarecrow Contest: We are hosting the second annual scarecrow contest! The scarecrow contest will take place again this coming month! We invite any and everyone to participate and remind you to use your change/dollars or vote online for your favorite scarecrow as scarecrow voting donation will go towards new lights for our community tree!
Chamber Raffle: We have almost completed gathering items for our next raffle with packages: The World According to Golf, The Local Shopaholic Package, Date Night Dream Package! We have received many great donations and I can not thank businesses and locals enough for all your support with this event!
We have received donations from,The Sports Nut, Tantardinos, Bella Luna Creative Catering
, The Cozy Cabin in Sierra's Fly & Tackle, My Little Lake House, Lake Bum Lake Wear, Almanor Basin and The Timber House Lodge. Donations Are Still Needed!
Info@lakealmanorarea.com or call 530.258.2426
Holiday Shopping Tour: We are already receiving registration for our annual holiday shopping tour. For more information on joining this as a business click here!
Meet & Greet at Lake Almanor Fitness Next Wednesday
Various access to CARES funding
Labor Law Poster Updates
business must display state, federal & OSHA notices.
In California, all employers must meet workplace posting obligations. Workplace postings are usually available at no cost from the requiring agency. The Department of Industrial Relations requires employers to post information related to wages, hours and working conditions in an area frequented by employees where it may be easily read during the workday. Additional posting requirements apply to some workplaces. For a list of available safety and health postings, visit the Cal/OSHA publications page
The following sites have resources for printing labor law posters needed.
Local Business now offering Beer & Wine
With new fall hours Cravings is also offering Beer & Wine, or for all us breakfast lovers out there mimosas
! (Champagne is totally my spirit animal!)