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

SBC Upcoming Webinars

Thursday August 27
Keeping the industry connected - COVID-19 and events
Thursday September 17
Regulatory Compliance: The Complex Made Simple

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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. 

Plumas County News

Things You Should Know

Register Now for America's BIGGEST Business Networking Event for Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs. In a city near you!The Virtual Small Business Expo has been producing events for Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners since 2008. Workshops, Exhibitors, Speed Networking, Keynotes & More. Register for one of our Virtual Business Networking Events in a city near you. Even if your local city is not listed, you can register for any of the cities below and attend from the convenience of your home or office!

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. 

Contact the Insurance Diversity Initiative via email at for any questions.

Plumas Unified Summer Newsletter


Job Board

Jobs & Apprenticeships Available, CLICK HERE
Wilderness Fuels Module Crew Member, Collaborative Forest Management Apprenticeship, Rural Community Development Apprentice

Camp Host at the Village at Child's Meadow, Highlands Ranch Resort
Immediate Opening, APPLY HERE

UDSA jobs available! 
Click here to search jobs by location! 

Bailey Creek Bar and Grill Food and Beverage Server
Bailey Creek Golf Course & Cottages
Part-time · $13 / hour

Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center
Executive Director
591 Main St, Quincy, California 95971

Sierra Hospice
Inventory Associate
Part-time · $12 / hour
684 Main St, Chester, CA 96020, United States

PictureOC Painting division of Olah Construction has immediate openings for painters.
Pay based on experience; must have reliable transportation. Call 258-4810 for more information 

Did you know you can also find and submit jobs on Facebook as well 
Submit and Find Jobs on Facebook Here

About Us

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

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

Labor Day Weekend Activities!

Saturday, September 5th you can support Peninsula Fire as the Fire Sirens host a parking lot sale. Sale will be $5.00/bag and incudes furniture, pet supplies, craft items, books, children's toys, man cave items and clothing. Day passes will be issued at the Clifford gate.

Lake Almanor Elks Lodge 2626 Yard Sale/ Swap meet/ Get rid of some of your extra stuff sale, with proceeds to benefit our Lake Almanor Elks Lodge. This will take place on Saturday, Setp. 5th of the Labor Day weekend. Our location at 530 Main is right next to where the Locker Room Restaurant recently closed in Chester.

Sierra Institute Wins NPS Wilderness Stewardship Award

Congratulations to, Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, the recipient of the National Park Service (NPS) Director’s Wes Henry Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Award.
“Sierra Institute crews have made significant improvements to forest health in Lassen Volcanic Wilderness,” said Superintendent Jim Richardson. “We proudly celebrate our partner and their outstanding contributions to wilderness stewardship in the NPS.” 
The NPS and National Park Foundation honored Sierra Institute and other award winners at the National Park Service Awards online ceremony on August 25. 

North Complex 8-26-2020 AM UPDATES, MAPS & SMOKE OUTLOOK

Forest Service Department of Agriculture


#NorthComplex – 54,367 acres 
#SheepFire – 28,903 acres 
#ClaremontFire – 20,423 acres 
#BearFire – 4,901 acres
#IronFire - 50 acres & 100% Contained 

Other Fires – 90 acres & 100% Contained

Total Containment is 6% and Total Personnel 1,112

Interactive Story Map at 

Phone:         530-316-4487
Inciweb: - North Complex - Sheep Fire - Claremont Fire  - Bear Fire


Fall Raffle Event Sneak Peak

The World According to Golf, The Local Shopaholic Package, Date Night Dream Package!

Donations are coming in and we wanted to give a special thank you to those businesses that have donated so far! We are excited about all our donations and here is a sneak peak of something that could be included in on of the packages.  

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, and Almanor Basin

Donations Are Still Needed! 
We are still trying to gather more items for our raffle! or call 530.258.2426

Requesting Assistance in Obtaining sub-bids from Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE)

Armida M. Lopez

Willdan Engineering is requesting sub-bids from Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (CBE) to provide On-Call field survey, geotechnical, public outreach, and structural support services.

We are seeking your assistance in recruiting qualified DBE subcontractors with this experience.


Client: County of Plumas, Department of Public Works

Bid Deadline: September 10, 2020 4:00 pm

For more information or a copy of the Request for Proposals, please contact Armida Lopez at Willdan is willing to assist all DBE subconsultants in obtaining bonds, lines of credit, and/or insurance, and technical assistance or information related to the plans, specifications, and requirements for the work required for this contract.

Please forward any information you may have regarding any DBE firms that might be interested in working on this project by C.O.B. Wednesday, August 26, 2020 to

Census Bureau Adapts Operations to Ensure Everyone Is Counted

As the U.S. Census Bureau continues to monitor the impacts COVID-19 has on 2020 Census operations, changes to operations are being deployed to ensure the safety of staff and the public while maximizing the number of households that respond on their own to the 2020 Census.

“We are taking steps and adapting our operations to make sure everyone is counted, while keeping everyone safe,” said Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham. “Our commitment to a complete and accurate 2020 Census is absolute. In this challenging environment, we are deploying these tactics to make sure we reach every household in every community. If you haven't responded, the time to respond is now! 

Responding to the 2020 Census online, on paper, by phone, or in person with a census taker, helps secure vital resources for your community."

CARES Act funding for businesses

Gabriel Hydrick County Administrator

The County is working on our spending plan for the CARES Act funding and we are reaching out to the business community members to see if they have costs related to Covid that are not being covered by other sources. Further, we are needing to anticipate business needs through 12/30/20.  Please let us know of business needs due to COVID as per the category above. Feel free to reach out to your peers in other counties also. Providing feedback helps us to know how to plan for and allocate funding we do receive to help our businesses that have endlessly bent and flexed to help the County meet state COVID edicts.
One of the 18 applicable categories is:
Small Business Assistance
  • Costs for a small business grant program, including the actual grant costs and the administrative costs of the program
  • Costs for any assistance provided to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures
  • Costs to assist small business with complying with public health orders such as providing tents for outdoor dining
  • Costs for small business loans
  • Feel free to propose other ideas
The deadline imposed by the state is short for the County and we naturally have to pass the tight deadline down to our business groups.  Please respond as quickly as possible and no later than this Friday end of day, as our plan is due on Sept. 1st.  Thank you for continuing to be the movers and shakers that make our communities and County what it is. We look forward to helping you get through these tough times.
I can’t possibly get every business on this email; please share with others. The more ideas the better we can meet your needs.
Thank you and be well,

Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc. Works to Bring Back the Bike Trail

Bring the bike trail back to life! As part of the Camp Fire disaster recovery efforts, Paradise Memorial Trailway is getting restored. AFWD Camp Fire Recovery’s outdoor crews clear brush, trees, overgrown weeds, and large shrubs under the direction of local workers like AFWD’s Crew Lead, Grant!
Want to join the crew? We’re hiring. Paid positions available.
Live chat with us on our website at or call our offices at 530-616-1053

Image may contain: one or more people, text that says 'AFWD Camp Fire Recovery Crewmember Spotlight Meet Grant Title: Crew Lead Favorite part of the job: Being outside and learning something new. Surprise perk: On-the-job training for chainsaw usage. Favorite tool: Weed Eater! It gets the job done. Connection to Paradise: lost my home in the fire, and I'm glad for an opportunity to help rebuild the Ridge! Apply today to join the crew'

Fishing Report

John Crotty

We experienced another week of hot weather up here in the mountains this past week, we will see temps drop into the high 80’s this week with nighttime temps hovering around the 50 degree mark. Our days are getting shorter with sunrise around 6:30 and sunset 7:50. The shorter days have our water temps holding steady in the mid seventies. Clarity remains steady at 18’ and water level is down a couple of inches from last week.

The bite improved last week with trollers catching fish on fast and slow gear. A six fish day is average with a better than average grade of fish. Fish continue to feed on pond smelt and they are in great shape, pond smelt patterns remain the top choice, Arctic fox trolling flies (smelt pattern), and Cop Car needle fish and gulp smelt will all catch fish. Stay in the deep water and target fish around the forty foot mark.  

Hamilton Branch remains your best chance to catch fish from shore as fish are seeking refuge in the Branch. I spoke with a bass fishermen who fished two days for one fish; he saw fish just couldn’t get them to play. 

Construction continues on highway 36 with delays up to a half hour and you can expect traffic delays along the Feather River canyon and 32 from Chico.

We have been engulfed by smoke this past week from fires in the Susanville and Quincy area. Both fires have forced residents in their path to evacuate. Low visibility has prevented air attacks on the fires and with limited ground resources available we are praying for the health and safety of our neighbors and the firefighters as they battle these fires. In addition we are under a weather watch through tomorrow night with chances of additional thunder and lightning streaks.

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Town Chatter - August 2020, Volume 4