June 2020, Volume 1
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!

Job Board

Coldwell Banker has openings for Real Estate Agents, or those interested in becoming an agent, AND House Cleaners for the Summer Season.  Call Susan 530-588-3799

Carol's Prattville Cafe
Experience line cook position available.
Call (530) 259-2464 ask for Nanny
No photo description available.
Diversified Resources 
Hiring full time equipment operator
Please CALL (530) 375-7711 for more information

Holiday Market

Now Accepting Applications
Apply at: https://www.shopholidaymarket.com/careers.html

Karen's Deli

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

Lake Almanor Country Club 
Bookkeeper Position 
Server Position 
hrpr@lacchoa.com or click for more information

Olah Construction 
 Call 530-258-4810 for more information 


Add your job posting by emailing info@lakealmanorarea.com

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
Just Wanted to Say Hello Thinking of You Card

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! 💜 

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

Stuff You Should Know

Pleasant May
     Mother Nature smiled on the Lake Almanor basin during the month of May, bringing warmish springtime temperatures and some welcome moisture.  Our total precipitation during the month increased by 2.42 inches at the Prattville monitoring site, exceeding our typical moisture level by nearly an inch.  That brings our July-June seasonal accumulation to 20.98 inches, or 68% of the long-term average figure at this point.  The west shore area even recorded an inch of snowfall on the 18th, bringing our season total snowfall to 136.5 inches or 107% of average.
     Temperatures were on the warm side during much of May, leading to average lows and highs that were nearly 2 degrees warmer than the norm.  Nevertheless, we had ten mornings with lows at or below freezing. ~ Dale Knustsen 

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

Lassen National Forest Press Release

Lassen National Forest limits use of motor vehicles on the Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

Click here to read full release 

Trails Committee ZOOM Meeting, June 4, 2020, 4:30-5:30 PM

Carlos Espana

Something is Happening with Trails.  Our next meeting will have updates on several Trail Segment proposals including a special announcement on the LART North Extension.  In order to join our ZOOM meeting, please email me (cespana1304@gmail.com) that you want an invitation so that you can receive a personal link and all the communication details.  Ideally, you should have already installed Zoom version 5 on your device or have already been part of a ZOOM meeting.

For those of you who have already asked for a link, there's no need to ask again.

The Agenda is attached as well as a pdf of a draft map from the coming Concept Plan for your information.  

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! 

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

Sports Nut
North Shore Campground
Sierra Hospice

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.  Info@LakeAlmanorArea.com.

Welcome to our Newest Members

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!

Power of Positivity

Positive reviews are one of the many ways you can market your business. The more positive reviews you receive on places like Google, yelp or other sites the better! ​

"What better way to build trust than with positive reviews of your Chamber from real members? It's a priority to get them and showcase them, front and center!

Research suggests there is a positive relationship between the number of Google reviews and the number of Google My Business actions. Meaning, as the number of total reviews went up so did the number of Google My Business actions, like phone calls, website visits, and requests for directions. - Mike Corso" 

Lets work together to encourage reviews of fellow businesses throughout our community. 

Let the Chamber know if we can help or how we can improve! 

4th of July Plans...

Fireworks.... Whats the plan... We are working on everything and are progressing with our plans for fireworks. We are working on a few key points. 
  • Let’s celebrate and stay safe at the same time. 

  • We are so excited to be able to celebrate this year's independence day with our entire community! 

  • Help us adapt our long standing traditional celebrations so that we can celebrate while maintaining social distancing. 

  • We have over 237,000 feet of shoreline for viewing fireworks, which allows for over 39,500 people to enjoy fireworks and socially distance. 

  • We recommend social distancing according to State and Federal recommendations. 

  • We are excited to facilitate this year's 4th of July celebrations and want everyone to enjoy this weekend and stay safe. We ask that everyone celebrates responsibly and respects social distancing recommendations. 

Reverse Parade Information: The best part is you don't have to be on a float you can participate in a way that works for you and your business or group! 

We invite everyone to participate in this years reverse parade! 

Here's how you can participate.... There are some many different ways you can take part in this years celebrations both big and small. 

Check out different ideas or how you can decorate or better yet let some of our local youth help you decorate! 

Click Here to Register a float for our 4th of July "Reverse Drive-Thru Parade".  Registration is $25 per location/float.  

For more information email Chelssa@lakealmanorarea.com  

House passes bill to ease small business emergency loan rules

 Thursday May 28th the House passed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act on a vote of 417-1.  This bill makes the following changes to the Paycheck Protection Program:
  • Extends the loan term from 8 weeks to 24 weeks;
  • Lowers the percentage of loan proceeds that must be used on payroll from 75% to 60%; and
  • Extends the PPP from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2020.
Click here for more information 

Lake Almanor Watershed Group

Our friends at Feather River Land Trust and Sierra Institute for Community and Environment are working on a series of Digital events that would replace the in-person State of the Lake event.  

We envision a series of panels with local topics, perhaps one or two per month, and each event would have a theme such as:

  • Water Quality
  • Forest Health
  • Wildfire Mitigation 

We need your help to choose the best days and times.  Please fill out this quick survey (just 3 questions).  It would be tremendously helpful. 


Also, we are getting ready to publish our quarterly newsletter.  If you would like to receive it, please SIGN UP HERE

CES Update

Alan Reeder

But what about next school year? Our district leaders are doing a great job navigating through these many challenges and daily changes. They are collaborating with other school districts, the state of California, local and state health officials and county leaders to identify a safe and productive education plan for next year. They have identified 4 progressive committees to help develop a safe and successful plan that will involve flexibility, distance learning and in person learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Although the CDC's guidelines for opening school looks extremely limiting, we will work through these guidelines, use updated information and the stakeholders' expertise listed above to develop a solid plan. I encourage you to check out the document below entitled "Plumas Advisory Committee Planning" which will provide a lot of information. Keep in mind, updates are being provided to district leaders daily, so this document will continue to evolve. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this process with students' safety and an exceptional educational experience being our priority. Stay tuned for a survey to come out next week to learn more about our families' needs. Thanks.

Check out the entire CES newsletter here! 

Sell to the State

Cal Trans

Does your business have or offer something the state wants or needs? 

Learn how to sell to the state! 

California is responding to the spread of a respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus (COVID-19), as such FI$Cal Service Center analysts are working remotely. If you need assistance with Cal eProcure, please leave a voicemail message and one of our analysts will return your call. Please review our Contact page for all contact options. You can also email us at vendors@fiscal.ca.gov. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Can your business help with the state’s COVID-19 response? California needs medical, sanitizing and respiratory supplies. The list of needs is growing daily. Find out how to help here: https://contributions.covid19.ca.gov.​


Bailey Creek Junior Golf Camp

Bailey Creek Golf Course

Exciting News! Bailey Creek Junior Golf Camp is going to happen! Call 530-259-4653 to reserve your spot today. This will not be the normal camp that we have hosted for the past 17 years. Changes have been made to assure safety during these difficult and ever changing times. We look forward to helping your child or children learn the greatest game ever played!

Indian Valley Museum July 4th Cowboy Breakfast

The Board of the Indian Valley Museum

The Board of the Indian Valley Museum in Taylorsville, with great sadness and much discussion has decided to CANCEL our Annual July 4th Cowboy Breakfast and activities for 2020 due to the Covid virus. This year would haven been the 49th Cowboy Breakfast. So next year 2021 will be our 50th so mark your calendars to come join us and celebrate.

The museum at this time is closed until further notice as determined by the county protocol . We hope to be able at a later date to open plus go ahead with other activities through out the year. Please keep checking back with us on our FaceBook page (Indian Valley Museum) for further updates.

We ask two things BE SAFE and please share with your friends and family to get the word out.
Thank you for all your support to YOUR Indian Valley Museum


Almanor Fishing Report

Almanor Fishing Association


After a week of exceptionally warm weather water temps have soared into the mid-sixties, Bailey Creek has slowed to a trickle and lake level is up ever so slightly from last week. There is approximately a foot of rock showing on the flag island as of yesterday. Boat traffic remains high on the weekends and the Canyon Dam boat ramp is the only public boat launch available and it is crowded all day, every day.
Fish continue to gorge on insects as our bug hatches have been extremely large this year. The fish are fat, healthy and hard fighting. They are also very selective especially when the lake is flat calm. I have been fast trolling early and switching to the slow gear as the sun comes up, if the breeze picks up I will switch back to fast gear. Red/gold, red dot frog, brown trout speedy shiners at 2.8 mph trolled in the top 15’ of water early, worms and gulps at 1 mph throughout the water column and Arctic Fox trolling flies with a wiggle disc at 2 mph all produced fish this past week. As always adjust speeds, setbacks and depth based upon your sonar and weather conditions. Big Meadows (between Prattville and Rec#2 north) are where you will find the boats and fish. We are starting to see some Hex larva in the fish bellies so I would anticipate seeing some hatched in the next couple of weeks. Fishing is not red hot for sure but if you are persistent you will be rewarded with some hard fighting good eating rainbows.
Bass have spawned and have been hanging out in 20’ water off rocky points and ledges. Plastics and hard baits are catching fish, although that bite has slowed as well.
Local fly fishermen who know the lake are catching fish, without their expertise the bite is tough. I will post information on the Hex when they start to hatch. Bank fishermen are struggling with a few fish being caught at the Branch on flies and bait.
All PG&E and USFS campgrounds remain closed with no official opening date announced. Afternoon winds are picking up and should be expected this time of year.
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.

Campgrounds Opening

Monday, June 1 | Manzanita Lake and Southwest Walk-in Campgrounds open
Friday, June 5 | Butte Lake Campground, Group Campground and Horse Corral opens
Saturday, June 6 | Warner Valley Campground opens

Upcoming SBDC Webinars

Below are some FREE webinars we thought might be useful to our local chamber members. 
Repositioning a Seasonal/Tourism Business - Webinar
Thursday, June 4th, 5:30pm
No matter what industry they are involved in, most businesses have seasonal highs and lows. However running a seasonal tourism business depends heavily on the revenue generated during a single season to carry them through the year and there is no wiggle room for a bad season or let alone a pandemic.  This webinar will discuss how seasonal businesses can start to pivot their operational model and begin implementing new ways to reposition themselves for the both the short and long term.
Should My Shop Be Online? E-Commerce 101 - Webinar
Tuesday, June 9th, 5:30pm
Wondering if you should offer online shopping for your product or retail store? Or maybe you're not even sure what "e-commerce" is! In this webinar, we'll walk you through the basics of e-commerce. You'll walk away with a clear understanding of what e-commerce is, if it could be successful for your business, and action items on how to get started with launching your online store!
Fostering Customer Loyalty In a Changing Marketplace - Webinar
Wednesday, June 10th, 5:30pm
To say the least, business as we know it is not normal these days. The impact of COVID-19 continues to impact how businesses deliver their products and services and stay connected with their customers. During this challenging time, we must adjust our behaviors both as customers and companies, working together to get through it.  This includes how businesses interact in the realm of customer service and foster loyalty in the "new" normal.
Shopify Basics: Launching an E-Commerce Website - Webinar
Tuesday, June 16th, 5:30pm
In this webinar, we will walk through the technical aspects of Shopify. We'll cover every thing from setting up your shop to understanding your Shopify account, from managing your orders to implementing new products. We're giving you all the tools you need to get your Shopify site online DIY-style.

A Note from our Newest Member!

Sharron Ames

Did you know a Staged Home Sells faster and for a higher sale price?  Yes, on average 11 days or less, selling for 17% more* …  Let us help you sell your listing faster!
Here in the Lake Almanor Basin, we have a few more challenges and longer days on market than other surrounding counties..
So, we are offering 60 days vs. the standard 30 days for your staging investment. This means - for a limited time, you pay for 30 days and receive an extra 30 days on us.  This will give you some breathing room to allow you enough time to get those great photographs of your property; time to make the critical showings and time for the appraisal once your property is under contract!
Staging Partners is a full service staging company offering:
          • Consultation: We will make recommendations that will make your listing home stand out and sell faster
          • De-cluttering: Better us than you for the difficult conversations with Sellers on what needs to be cleaned up and stored off-site
          • Interior and Exterior staging: Our inventory will give your home a fresh trendy look and increase your sale price
          • Fast response time: From contracting to staged home in less than 7 days

We are ready to stage to sell your home or for Staging for Life®

Call Sharron Ames, ASP Stage today 415-93-2404 (cell) We are here locally and ready to work for you. 
*According to the International Association of Home Staging Professionals
Staging and design has been a passion of Sharron for most of her professional life.  Eight years ago, Sharron’s passion became her full-time profession. Using her home “Flipping Eye” in design and staging, home sell fast and buyer’s love the results!  Recent projects in the Lake Almanor are include 609 Clifford Trail - vacant staging for sale, 612 Clifford Trail - complete rehab and design, 194 Fox Glen - occupied listing staging and photography, 495 Cross Street - design and rehab.

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