July 2020, Volume 4
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2 Museums Close During Virus

After we published our July, Vol. 2 Town Chatter, a spike in COVID-19 cases in Plumas and Lassen Counties resulted in the temporary closing of the Indian Valley and Westwood Museums.  

Collins Pine Museum and Chester/Lake Almanor Museum are still available by appointment only.  The outdoor display at Collins Pine is open to visitors. 

Tanker Pilots Grateful to Community

Photo: AP Photo/Noah Berger

Photo: AP Photo/Noah Berger
The Chamber received a call for help from Tanker pilots dispatched to our area the day before the Hog Fire broke out. They were looking for lodging. We sent out an appeal to real state agents and property managers on their behalf.  Below is a thank you to the community members who stepped up to help from pilot, Stan Musick.

I wanted to thank you for your help.  A couple of homeowners have offered us some "garage apartment" type rentals, which will work well for us.  Everyone has been of great help, and very gracious to us.  It is much appreciated!  Yesterday, we were flying the fire up Northeast of town, and it was nice to not have to scramble looking for a room at 9 pm!

Would you be so kind as to pass on to everyone how much we are grateful?
Stan Musick, MD

Your Chamber Membership Is Driving Our Community

Just a friendly reminder, Chamber Memberships are coming due July 1st.
You can always mail in your membership dues to PO Box 1198, Chester Ca 96020 or you can also log into your Chamber account and pay online.

Click here to log on to pay!

If you do not know how to log into your chamber account please contact Chelssa at Chelssa@lakealmanorarea.com 

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! 

Lake Almanor West Community Club
Quail Lodge Lake Almanor
Berkshire Hathaway Lake Almanor Real Estate
McNeill Security Storage
New York Life
Lassen Meadows Ranch
Lassen Peak & jerri lee photography
Olah Construction
St. Bernard Lodge
Wallick Designs

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

Common Good Plumas
Colleen McKeown
Join Date: 06/09/2020

Lake Almanor Boat & RV Storage
Pam & Joe Larusso
Join Date: 06/19/2020

Become a Member NOW!

Plumas Health & Wellness Update

Andrew Woodruff, Public Health

Lassen Volcanic Backcountry Camping Closure Area Expands

Kevin Sweeney

Mineral, CA – The area in Lassen Volcanic National Park closed to backcountry camping due to black bear(s) obtaining food has expanded. The area east of Lassen National Park Highway (CA State Highway 89), Hat Creek, and Kings Creek is closed to overnight backpacking use. This closure does not impact day use including hiking and stock use or camping within developed campgrounds.
“We have received additional reports of human-bear interactions from outside the original closure area,” said Lassen Volcanic Superintendent, Jim Richardson. “It is necessary to expand the area of the closure in an effort to prevent more negative interactions,” Richardson added.
Lassen Volcanic is home to a population of approximately 30 black bears; there are no brown or grizzly bears in the park. Information about black bears in the park is provided in large part by wildlife sighting reports submitted by visitors. Please report wildlife sightings, especially any threatening behavior, to a park employee or by emailing lavo_information@nps.gov.
All visitors can protect themselves and park wildlife by being bear aware. When hiking in the park make noise to avoid surprising a bear, never leave your pack unattended, and be particularly alert for bear activity when near streams or vegetation. If you come upon a bear, walk away slowly―never run or drop your pack. More information about bear safety is available at go.nps.gov/bearaware.


Fishing Report

John Crotty, Almanor Fishing Association

It has been hot up here in Plumas County this past week with temps in the mid nineties. We are going to see a few more days of warm weather prior to dropping back into the high 80’s. Water temps are in the mid seventies, visibility is unchanged at 15-18’ as is water level.
The Hex Hatch is all but over and pond smelt are the diet of choice for all fish species. The smelt are an inch or two in size right now and you can see them along the rocky edges boiling on the surface when the lake is calm.
The bite has been tough the past week and the fish are scattered throughout the lake. Get on the water early and be off by noon to avoid the crowds. Trollers are still using crawlers at 1mph on a size 6 or 8 hook, and pond smelt patterns are beginning to pick up a few fish. Rec #1 to Big Cove, Big Springs to Dorado and Rec #2 to the Peninsula are good places to start your day. Dodgers are optional in the deeper water.
Bank fishermen are targeting fish at Hamilton Branch with varied success, crickets are the top choice. Boats on anchor are catching fish on crickets with or without a meal worm. Fly fishermen are targeting fish over springs. The bass bite is tough also; try white plastics off structure in deep water, crickets are also a good choice for bass this time of year.
Road construction continues on highway 36 on both sides of Chester with delays up to a half hour. There is construction on 70 through the Canyon with minimal delays and 32 from Chico is currently construction free with no delays. Both USFS ramps are open and most of our campgrounds are as well.

Mountain Volunteer Project Welcomes New Volunteers

The Mountain Volunteer Project welcomes two new volunteers to our Shopping Service.
Katherine Sansone
Tom McGowan

We thank all of our community volunteers for stepping up to serve a community need.  If you are interested in learning more about the volunteer opportunities available in the Lake Almanor Basin, email us at info@mtvp.org or call a recruiter at 530-264-5064.

Mountain Volunteer Project

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Grants Available for California Artists

The California Arts Council announces grant opportunity to aid California’s individual artists & cultural practitioners impacted by COVID-19. More than 900 artists to be supported! Apply now to receive $1,000 in unrestricted rapid-relief funding through an easy application process, administered in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovationhttp://tiny.cc/CACArtistRelief.

Raffle Results & Thank You's!

Thank you to everyone that supported the Chamber and local businesses. The winning ticket numbers are as follows:

The Fly Fishing Package - Ticket number 162 Roy C.
The Grill Master Package - Ticket number 148 Nancy C. 
The Lake Almanor Lake Wear - Ticket Number 19 Ron O. 

We have contacted the winners of the packages and are working on distributing the prizes!

Thank you again to all the businesses that helped sponsor this raffle we appreciate all your help and time.

Thank you sponsors 
B&B Booksellers 
Gather Home
Holiday Market -Chester 
 Lake Bum Lake Wear 
Lake Almanor Ace Hardware 
Sierra's Fly & Tackle
The Sports Nut 
Tom Wallick Pottery 

We hope to bring you another raffle over labor day, so check back to our raffle page soon for more information. www.lakealmanorarea.com/raffle 

About Us

Chamber Board Meetings take place the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Chamber office at 278 Main Street. 

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Lake Almanor Area Chamber
278 Main St., Chester
P.O. Box 1098  96020

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Town Chatter - July 2020, Volume 4