May 2020, Volume 4
Reach Out - Connect - Take Part

ARPD Youth Soccer

ARPD Youth Soccer Program is now open for online registration. ARPD has announced that due to the Covid-19 situation and its impact on families in the Lake Almanor area, they have decided to WAIVE ALL REGISTRATION FEES for the 2020 Fall Soccer Program. All players will play for free!

This is a great contribution to this community and we are thankful of ARPD's thoughtfulness.

Register Online or check out our Calendar for more information!

Plumas County News

Brighten Someone's Day

Did you know that you can send greeting cards to residents at Seneca Healthcare District's Skilled Nursing Facility?

"Try to be the rainbow in someone's cloud..." ~ Maya Angelou

If anyone would like to brighten the day of our residents in our Skilled Nursing Facility, they love receiving greeting cards! If you'd like to send a card to our residents please use the below address:

SHD - Skilled Nursing Facility
ATTN: Staff for Residents
PO Box 1814
Chester, CA 96020

They also have a few residents that love chatting on the phone! If you have a little time to spare and want to say hello and chat with a resident they would love it! Please call 530-258-2842 and just let the staff that answers know you're calling to say hi to a resident! 💜 

Job Board

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Diversified Resources 
Hiring full time equipment operator
Please CALL (530) 375-7711 for more information

Holiday Market

Now Accepting Applications
Apply at:

Karen's Deli

Karens Deli 
Now looking for a line cook.
Contact: 530.596.4505


Add your job posting by emailing

Question of the Day!

Chelssa Outland

As weather warms up and the summer season starts we are starting to get more and more questions regarding recreation and what is allowed or not allowed!

Plumas County Public Health Department has recently revised their recommended Exercise and Recreate Guidance. 

Check out the link for more information and feel free to contact us with questions. 

Chester/Lake Almanor

Shop Local On-Line

Support Local Businesses Now! 

Shop online or in stores, post your awesome score on facebook and tag us!
We love seeing all the amazing items you can find around the area.


Wildfire Awareness Month

Stuff You Should Know

Fun Facts:

May 24, 1844
 - Telegraph inventor 
Samuel Morse sent the first official telegraph message, "What hath God wrought?" from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., to Baltimore.

May 30, 1783 - The Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first daily newspaper published in America.

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

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! 

Sierra Hospice
Carol's Cafe & Deli-Prattville
Judd Hanna
Sage Creek Insurance Services
Chester Public Utility District

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

At The Branch

Christopher Chavez
Join Date: 04/14/2020

North Shore

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

Timber House Brewing & Lodge
Berton Bertagna
Join Date: 05/20/2020

Staging Partners
Sharron Ames
Join Date: 05/26/2020

Become a Member NOW!

4th of July Plans...

The Chamber is having fun making plans to celebrate this year's independence day, responsibly.

Here's what we're planning.

A "Reverse Drive-Thru Parade" for July 3rd - 5th!

What's a Reverse Drive-Thru Parade ?

Well, in a Reverse Drive-Thru Parade, you, the community member, do the driving and the floats stand still!  And, this makes it possible to stage the "parade" all around the Lake Almanor Basin!

Sound like a fun idea?  We think so.  Here is how can you take part.

Local businesses and community members will register their float and location with the Chamber.  The Chamber will create print and digital maps of the float location and share a bit of info on your creation.  If you have a location for your float, great.  If not, we will help you! 

Click Here to Register  Registration is $25 per location/float.  

Coming soon to Parade Plans is "Spot the Hidden Object".  Read next week's Town Chatter for more information on how this will work and the prizes it will yield. 

For more information email  

Religious services, barbershops and hair salons now approved to open

Lori Beatley

Below is the latest press release regarding the state's modification of the stay at home order to allow religious services and political rallies.  

In addition, "on May 26, 2020, the Governor announced the re-opening of other businesses such as hair salons and barbershops for those counties approved for variance. Plumas County is one of those counties which is approved for variance."

Press Release

Chester Community Chorus/PEO award to Jane Brown

Chapter WH of P.E.O. is proud to announce that a Scholar Award of $15,000 has been awarded to Chester Community Chorus director Jane Brown. Pictured are Jenni Cesarin, Jane Brown and Toddy Cutler.
Jane Hilliard, president of the Chester Community Chorus is very sad to say that the chorus will not be performing for the community this June.  The Chorus has been performing for over 30 years for Chester and the entire Almanor Basin.  Our members are hopeful that we will be back in the winter but that remains uncertain.  However, we can’t wait to sing again when everything is back to normal.
See Press Release Here 

Exciting News

For those that have driven through Chester in the last month you have probably noticed a particular building being remolded and restored! 

We are excited to see what happens and so pleased that a piece of history for our area is being restored! 

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Anyone recognize the image in this photo? 
Restaurant | Timber House Brewing & Lodge | United States

Lake levels for 2020 season

PG&E Marketing & Communications


2020 Projections 

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reported today that Lake Almanor water levels are projected to be slightly below normal this summer. Meanwhile, levels at Bucks Lake will be relatively constant, starting off lower-than-normal but by summer’s end will be at normal seasonal levels. 
Despite the significantly below-average precipitation and snowpack for the northern Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades mountain ranges, Lake Almanor is expected to be only about one to two feet lower than normal this summer.  
Lake Almanor receives much of its water from volcanic aquifers in the Southern Cascade Mountain Range which release a steady year-round flow of water from springs, even in dry years. This year, based on current data and models assuming moderate electrical demand this summer, PG&E projects Lake Almanor water levels will reach approximately 4,487 feet elevation by July 4, and approximately 4,481 feet by Labor Day.  

See full report here! 

Lassen Volcanic National Park Increases Access

Kevin Sweeney

Mineral, CA – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Lassen Volcanic National Park is increasing recreational access and services. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning May 29, Lassen Volcanic National Park will increase access with the opening of the 30-mile park highway, Butte Lake road, Warner Valley road, and all hiking trails (except Bumpass Hell). Backcountry camping and stock use will also resume on May 29 and requires a free permit.

Manzanita Lake and Southwest Walk-in Campgrounds will open June 1. All other campgrounds will open on their original scheduled dates, which can be viewed at

In conjunction with the increase in access and services, the park will resume collecting entrance fees on May 29.

With public health in mind, the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and Loomis Museum remain closed at this time. Information will be posted outside each facility, however visitors are encouraged to plan ahead by visiting the Plan Your Visit section of the park website and reviewing the Summer Guide. Juniper Lake Road remains closed at the park boundary due to snow.

Trails in the higher-elevation areas of the park remain snow-covered. This includes, but is not limited to, Lassen Peak, Brokeoff Mountain, Kings Creek Falls, and Summit Lake Area trails. Bumpass Hell Trail remains under seasonal closure due to snow hazards. The first trails to become snow-free are located in lower elevations areas including Manzanita Lake, Butte Lake, and Warner Valley. View current trail conditions at

 “We highly encourage visitors to plan ahead this summer season so that they can be prepared, not disappointed,” said Superintendent Jim Richardson. “Visitors can learn about modifications to services and facilities and how to recreate responsibly on the park website and social media channels.”



Happy Member Anniversary! Thank you for being loyal Chamber Members. 
We have several member anniversary with 3 businesses being members for over a decade and 3 reaching their decade mark next year! 

Celebrating Milestone Member Anniversaries

Quail Lodge Lake Almanor ~ 2 years membership 
EJ's Quality Door, Window & Lock Smith Services ~ 4 years of membership  
Plumas Pines Resort ~ 3 years of membership 
Alliance For Workforce Development, Inc. ~ 4 years of membership 
Sierra Hospice ~ 9 years of membership 
Slusher Plumbing Heating Cooling Electric ~ 6 years of membership 
Carol's Cafe & Deli-Prattville ~ 12 years of membership 
exp REALTY of California, Inc. ~ 1 year of membership 
Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center ~ 11 years of membership 
Best Western Rose Quartz Inn ~ 18 years of membership 
Chester Smile Family Dentistry ~ 9 years of membership
Almanor Style ~ 1 year of membership 
Morning Star Log Furniture ~ 9 years of membership


Almanor Fishing Report

Almanor Fishing Association

There has been little change on Almanor since last week. Visibility remains at 15-18 feet, lake level is up a couple of tenths and water temp remains in the high 50’s. Canyon Dam is the only public ramp currently open and traffic is heavy on weekends. Boat traffic on the water is also increasing as we begin to see some jet skis and ski boats.
Fish remain scattered throughout the lake with the majority of the fish targeting insects in the area between Prattville and the tip of the Peninsula North. Fish are scattered throughout the water column and you will need to adjust depths, speed and presentation based upon water conditions. Slow troll gulps and crawlers when the lake is flat at 1 mph, or pull Arctic Fox trolling flies at 1.8-2 mph and/or hardware early in the morning or when we get a chop on the water. Bass fishermen continue to pickup quality fish on hard and soft baits and fly fishermen are picking up both bass and trout. We are still 3 to 4 weeks away from the beginning of the Hex Hatch.
All PG&E and USFS campgrounds remain closed with no official opening date announced. Winds and cool mornings have made for uncomfortable conditions we will see an increase in both day and night-time temps this week, with no threat of precipitation in the near future.
I would like to remind everyone that the Almanor Fishing Association board was forced to cancel our Veterans Fishing Day, our Annual Picnic and all of our youth events.

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Town Chatter - May 2020, Volume 4