May 2020, Volume 2
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Plumas County News

Mountain Volunteer Project Services

As we are seeing a dwindling demand for this service we will be reducing the hours to Monday's and Friday's 9:00-10:00 am. Please email with your list in advance. or call (530) 264-5064

Stuff You Should Know

Did you know that many major Fortune 500 companies today got their start during tough economic times. ~ nextadvisor

Chamber Board Meetings take place the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Chamber office at 278 Main Street.  We are currently meeting via Zoom

The Chamber's Community Calendar is open to all. Submitting your events is easy. CLICK HERE. Go to the bottom of the page and look for SUBMIT HERE.
Lake Almanor Area Chamber
278 Main St., Chester
P.O. Box 1098  96020

Job Board

Holiday Market
Now Accepting Applications
Apply at:

Lake Almanor Country Club
Hiring a Exciting Senior Accountant/Controller Opportunity​.

SHD is Now Recruiting
More information at:​
Turner Excavating
Looking for an experienced Loader Operator, MSHA training and quarry experience preferred.  Call our office or come by for an application or email resume to 3746 Big Springs Rd Hamilton Branch  (530) 596-3953. 

USDA: Forest Service 
Spring Fire Hire Open


School Registration for Next year

Local Schools are starting registrations process for next year, make sure your student is registered. Early registration helps local schools to better prepare for the coming year. 

Chester Public School:
(530) 258-3194
Lake Almanor Christian School: 
(530) 596-4100
Plumas Charter School:
(530) 258-3365
St. Andrews Academy:
(530) 596-3343


Wildfire Awareness Month

Your Chamber Membership Is Driving Our Community

We are so thankful for those businesses and organizations who have maintained their Chamber Membership through-out the years.  It is because of you, we are able to serve.
We are thankful to those members that have been able to renew memberships during this time! 
Alliance For Workforce Development, Inc.
Sierra Hospice
Almanor Recreation and Park District
Carol's Cafe & Deli-Prattville
Diversified Resources, Inc.
Sage Creek Insurance Services
Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

We understand that these are these uncertain times.  When your annual membership renewal becomes due, please consider how important the Chamber is to the health of our community and businesses.  We can work with you with payment options. Please reach out and let us assist.

Welcome to our Newest Members

Almanor Basin

Katelyn Theobald
Join Date: 03/12/2020

Almanor Fishing Association​
John Crotty​
Join Date: 03/5/2020

At The Branch
Christopher Chavez
Join Date: 04/14/2020

Sierra's Fly & Tackle
Mark Guillory
Join Date: 04/24/2020

Debbie Endsley
Join Date: 04/29/2020

Lake Almanor Elks Lodge 2626
Terry Parsons
Join Date: 05/09/2020

Become a Member NOW!

4th of July Plans...

We have some very exciting ideas for 4th of July celebrations and activities that will allow for social distancing and celebrations. We are currently working on details and logistics and will continue to share more as plans progress! 

Here's a little history on the Fourth of July! 
The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. The Fourth of July 2020 is on Saturday, July 4, 2020 ~

Plumas County receives approval from State to re-open Stage 2 Businesses 

Lori Beatley, Public Information Officer

On May 12, 2020, Plumas County submitted a request for a variance to the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order for our local Stage 2 business to open at a quicker pace than the rest of the state.

Today, the state approved the variance. Plumas County has met the criteria provided by the state. To see the variance go to state website or

The state determines which businesses will open in each stage. The following Stage 2 businesses are now allowed to open with specific safety plans in place: 
• All retail business to on site sales (in store) including swap meets and malls 
• Personal services, limited to: car washes, pet grooming, tanning facilities and landscape gardening 
• Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged) 
• Dine in restaurants (bars and gaming areas, not permitted) 
• Outdoor museums and open gallery spaces Home Childcare providers (schools and preschools remain closed at this time) 
All businesses must have a written plan to mitigate COVID transmission risks. Plumas County has developed a template for businesses to use, COVID Operation Plan for Businesses, but. using this template is not mandatory. However, each business will need to prepare a written plan addressing the steps it will take to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Operation Plan for Businesses does not need to be submitted to the County for approval; however, the plan must be in writing and accessible to all employees and county officials if requested.

The COVID-19 Operation Plan for Businesses template can be DOWNLOADED HERE.

It is unknown at this time how long Stage 2 may last or when we will be able to safely and legally re- open Stage 3 businesses. The State has made it very clear that any county that moves into Stage 3 without the state’s approval may jeopardize receipt of state funding. Plumas County is already working on a plan to move to Stage 3 as soon as the state allows. Being able to safely and legally re-open Stage 3 businesses will be a community effort. Please continue to stay strong and maintain social distancing, practice good hygiene, wearing face coverings in public, and minimize going into public. 

County Petitions Governor to Open Personal Care Sector, Campgrounds & Lodging

At the May 12 Plumas County Board of Supervisors Meeting, the Board ratified our County's request to the Governor for a Variance to advance through Stage 2 modification of the Stay-at-Home order.  Included in the packet to the Governor's office was a letter requesting modifications of Stage 2 for our county to include businesses that fall into the personal care sector such as hair salons, barbers, spas and gym, and recreational facilities, campgrounds and lodging. 

Modification of Health Officer's Order Relieves Tensions

On May 13, the County Health Officer modified the Order to Businesses that required employees and owners to take "reasonable steps to prohibit" entry to patrons not wearing face masks to simply require that all businesses: 

"Take reasonable measures, such as posting signs, to remind their customers and the public of the requirement that they wear a Face Covering while inside of or waiting in line to enter the business, facility, or location."

Note From the Chamber Executive Director

Chelssa Outland

These last few months have certainly been busy as we face new challenges. With everything that is going on, the chamber along with so many businesses have had to adapt, innovate and redefine many of our standard operating procedures. Through this all we are trying to help local businesses in as many ways as possible. From online advertising, gift card sales, communication, dissemination of information, volunteer projects, phase reopening templates and more! We are here for you, even though it is from a distance. Please remember that we want to help each and every business succeed and prosper. The Lake Almanor Area Chamber can not take political stances on issues, however we can share with you as much information as possible so that you can take needed steps or actions that are of the most benefit to your business. We really do appreciate each and every business member!

Business Recovery Survey

Alliance for Workforce Development

Your business and employees are important to our local and state economy. We are working with Plumas County, Quincy Chamber of Commerce, Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce, Feather River College and Lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce to identify business resources, assistance, and relief programs.

To help us advocate for funding resources it is important that we can identify and quantify the impact COVID-19 is having on your operations, how you are adapting, and what aid or resource would be needed to ensure economic recovery. 
In collaboration with our partners, we have launched a link:  COVID-19 Business Recovery Survey to gather this information.  *The survey will be open until May 15, 2020.
This survey is intended to help us gather information related to the impact COVID-19 may have on our economy and potentially leverage the North State to request funding. This information will be reported on an aggregate level; individual business information will not be shared without prior consent.
Amy Velazquez
Director of Business Services
Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc.
Office: (530) 961-5125 ext. 116
Direct: (530) 961-5131
Cell: (530) 966-3859

Lake Almanor Jeopardy

Sharon Roberts, St. Bernard Lodge

Play Online Now!
Please share jeopardy game with family and friends.  E-mail us your scores!  Please submit questions for future games.

Shop Local On-Line

Visit My Town Local to find gift certificates and on-line shopping from our Chamber Members, or for information about services and/or products. Some places will have videos so check-in (often) and see your friends and most importantly . . . shop ‘til you drop!

4th of July Fun Run Canceled

.... The 4th of July Fun Run hosted by ARPD has been canceled for July 4th 2020. 

Arts & Crafts Faire Sets Hopeful Agenda

Lake Almanor Community Foundation

The Lake Almanor Peninsula's 19th Annual Arts and Crafts Faire will take place Saturday, September 5, 2020 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Lake Almanor Country Club, Recreation Area #1.  This is a juried event sponsored by the Lake Almanor Community Foundation.  More than 60 vendors are expected to participate.

If you are looking for something unique whether it is a piece of art that tugs at your heart, something crafted by a unique individual such as a bird house, woven basket, jewelry, pottery, metalwork, glasswork, etc. that you can't go home without,  or you just like to watch people and eat yummy food, mark your calendar for September 5th to shop for one of a kind, handcrafted gifts and treats for you and/or someone special.  

PLEASE NOTE:  The Foundation recognizes these unprecedented times with the covid-19 pandemic and is sensitive to what we all are experiencing. We will only move forward with our event if and when it makes sense to do so as everyone's health and safety is our utmost priority.


VBS 2020

Becca Sarmento


Good afternoon parents!

 I wanted to let you all know that as of right now we are still planning on doing VBS this year. YAY!!! It will be July 13th through 16th and it will be located at the Lake Almanor Community Church this year. Things will look a little different depending on the guidelines we will have at that time. We are also starting a bit earlier this year and providing breakfast for your kiddos. If you aren't able to drive your kids to the church we will be providing transportation from Chester and Westwood as long as you are pre-registered and have filled out the transportation consent form. The staff here at LACC are closely following the government guidelines for reopening the county and we will keep you posted on any changes that may come. I have attached the registration forms as well. We are super excited to hold VBS this year and are looking forward to hanging out with your kids and teaching them about the love of Jesus. 

Becca Sarmento
Children's Ministry Coordinator
Lake Almanor Community Church
530-596-3683 Ext.103

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