September 2020, Volume 1
Reach Out - Connect - Take Part

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."

SBC Upcoming Webinars

Thursday September 17
Regulatory Compliance: The Complex Made Simple

Donate to Lake Almanor Area Chamber

Support our efforts to promote local businesses!

August Weather Summary

Dale Knutsen

Hot August Nights … and Days
     The Lake Almanor basin experienced unusually warm conditions during most of the month of August.  While we did not set any high temperature records, our daily temperatures were consistently above the averages.  Our morning lows ran an average of 5 degrees warmer and our afternoon highs were 4 degrees above the norm.  Our peak August temperature was 96 degrees, a figure that was recorded on three different afternoons.
     As expected, there was essentially no new moisture during the month.  The Prattville monitoring site only added a scant 0.08 inch to our accumulation, bringing our July-June seasonal total to 0.90 inch at the end of the month.  We don’t usually start seeing any significant rain until October.

Advertise with Us!

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

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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


Plumas County Press Release

Click below for the press release from Plumas County Public Health regarding the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. 

The state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy Plan

Job Board

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! 

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

On The Ballot For 2020/21 Chamber Director

Each year the nominating committee of the Chamber works to identify members who will represent our mission and values on the Board of Directors. To date, 3 candidates have been nominated for elections.  The nomination process is still open.  In addition, several directors are up for re-election and confirmation of earlier appointments.

Members will vote on these nominations this month.  Election ballots will go out to the membership via email on September 15. 

Members Nominated to serve a 1st Term

Carol Franchetti, Carol’s Camp Prattville
Ryan Newell, Intermountain Hardware

Confirmation Election

Christi Chase, Cravings Café. Christi was appointed to a position on the Board in February, 2020. 

Election to 2nd Term of Office

Susan Bryner, Coldwell Banker Kehr/O’Brien Real Estate.  Susan has been a member of the Board, and President these past 2 years. 
Erica Sherod, Giggling Crow, Erica has been a member of the Board and Chair of the Holiday Shopping Tour for the past 2 years. 

Why Become a Director of the Chamber?

Susan Bryner

The mission of the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce is to be a catalyst for connecting and collaborating with our businesses, government, and the community to foster a vibrant, thriving economy and community.  Our Core Values are Relationships, Communication, Innovation, and Persistence

This past year has been challenging, but our vision and commitment has remained strong and we feel we have created much of value for our membership and the community.  Some of the outstanding accomplishments of our 2019/2020 year include:


Creation and initiation of the first meeting of Almanor Basin Community Consortium (ABCC) along with the facilitation of Sector meetings of the hospitality industry (lodging and restaurants), non-profits, retail and education.  These meetings generated ideas for moving each sector forward through the unique challenges and opportunities we have to improve business and community conditions.  We look forward to convening more of these meetings this fall. 

An offshoot of ABCC and meetings with Non-Profit sector yielded the creation of the Mountain Volunteer Project (MVP).  Project leaders, Matt Moore, Jobana Townsend, Chelssa Outland and Susan Bryner had plans to launch MVP during the fall of this year.  However, the onset of COVID-19 presented an immediate need for shopping assistance at Holiday Market.  The committee jump started the project to fill the need. CLICK HERE for more information on MVP.

The Town Plaza project, a joint venture of the Chamber, Feather River Tourism Association and Lake Almanor Community Foundation was conceived after research into programs and projects that have been shown to stimulate a town’s economy and improve community opportunities and health.  Research indicated the most cost effective and catalyzing thing a community could do was to develop a place for a public market and plaza, and develop on-going, year-round activities near where people shop, eat, and look for entertainment. Meetings with community members indicated overwhelming support for a Town Plaza located at or near Chester Park.  Work toward this end began in November 2019.  Though community events and meetings have been stalled by COVID-19, planning and envisioning has continued.  For information about the Town Plaza Project go to

Last year’s Scarecrow Contest was the brainchild of our Executive Director, Chelssa Outland.  It quickly became a crowd pleaser with many businesses across the basin participating and in its first year raised over $500 for the Town Plaza Project.  This year funds raised by the contest will target purchasing new lights for our Community Tree.


At the outbreak of COVID-19, Chamber directors felt it was crucial to stay in communication with the community and our business members.  At that time, we took our monthly, electronic Town Chatter Newsletter to a weekly publication. This move proved popular.  The Town Chatter is now distributed to over 1,000 business and community members across the region.


2019 saw the successful execution of our existing events: Annual Golf Tournament, 4th of July Parade, Safe Trick or Treat, Veteran’s Weekend Community Tree Lighting, Holiday Shopping Tour and Turkey Trot.  Though the danger of fire delayed our 4th of July Fireworks display, we were able secure the ability to execute the event on Labor Day, a move that was reported to have brought an influx of visitors to the area as well as opportunities for new events highlighting restoration work on our watershed, projects involving our lake’s water quality, and forest management practices.
Why become a Director of the Chamber of Commerce? 
Because it is your opportunity to become a leader and moving force in the work of building a vibrant, thriving economy and community in Chester/Lake Almanor.  CLICK HERE and go to the bottom of the page for more information and CONTACT us at now at 

Labor Day Weekend Activities!

SIERRA'S FLY & TACKLE/THE COZY CABIN @ THE BRANCHLABOR DAY WEEKEND - END OF SUMMER SALE, UP TO 30% OFF ALL ITEMS OUTSIDE. Sierra's Fly & Tackle is having a End of Summer Sale of UP to 30% all items/merchandise outside of Sierra's Fly & Tackle and The Cozy Cabin at the Branch beginning at 7 am Saturday and ending at 5 pm on Monday. *Exception: Crickets 

PENINSULA FIRE SIRENS PARKING LOT & $5 BAG SALE! 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.

Paint your favorite thing about summer on a rock of your choosing! Enjoy a lovely evening sipping and painting on our relaxing patio. 
Friday at 6 PM – 8:30 PM​ Seating is limited to 10, so please reserve your spot

LITTLE PINK BOX BAKERY: Chester Bake Sale Saturday at 8:30 AM – 12 PM 177 Aldon Dr, Chester. 


Community Vitality - State of the Lake Forum

Sierra Institute & Feather River Land Trust

Topic - Community Vitality
Date: Thur, September 10
Time: 06:30 PM
Register Online Here

Why Community Vitality?

If you’ve been following the State of the Lake series so far this summer, this might seem like a tangent.  After all, we’ve talked about forest management, land conservation, meadow restoration, water quality and fishing conditions – all topics that relate to the ecology of the Almanor basin.

So how does “Community Vitality” fit into the environment? The short answer is quality of life. When you ask most residents of the area why they live here, near the top of the list is access to wild places and outdoor recreation. The same goes for visitors – they don’t travel to Plumas or Lassen County on the weekend to hang out at multiplexes or air-conditioned malls. They come for the hiking, biking, fishing, boating and so on.

A vibrant community is based in a healthy ecosystem – but just as important is a working economy.  When we were planning this event—long before pandemic made in-person gathering impossible—we wanted to foster a conversation with community members about the way our environment influences our economy and vice-versa – and how both affect quality of life.

This next State of the Lake is devoted to exploring the intersection of environment, economy, and community. Our speakers will be talking about a variety of local projects and efforts, among them:

Recreation and tourism
Outdoor access
Workforce development
Community resiliency
Forest restoration
Wildifire mitigation
Our distinguished presenters:

Susan Bryner, Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce
Carlos Espana, Almanor Recreation and Parks Department
Jonathan Kusel, Sierra Institute and South Lassen Watersheds Group
Katherine Sansone, Lake Amanor Community Foundation
Vanessa Vasquez, Feather River Land Trust

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, Almanor Basin and The Timber House Lodge. 

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

Meet & Greet at Lake Almanor Fitness

CARES Act Business Support Survey Results

Gabriel Hydrick, County Administrator

I want to thank you all for your prompt responses. I thought I’d circle back around and share the results of your input on the categories through which you have been impacted by COVID. If there are other categories you think I missed, please feel free to reach back out and let me know.
At the moment, I envision developing a plan to help the businesses centered around these categories with funding available to the County. The dollar amount and timeline isn’t known just yet, but this is at the top of the list and you’ll hear from me as we move forward.

Small Business Assistance
Compliance & Mitigation
Expired and Damaged Food/Goods/Products
Layoffs & Unemployment
Modifications for COVID- Interior/Exterior & Furnishings
Revenue Loss- Closed/Reduced Hours/Admissions
Revenue Loss- Discounted Services
Debt Forgiveness
COVID Payroll- Extra Cleaning Services
COVID Supplies- Extra Cleaning Services
Pivot to/Strengthen Online Presence
Employee Housing
Employee Training
Forgiveness of Lease/Rental
IT- training, hardware, software
Revenue Loss- Cancel Fundraising Events

Morning update for the North Complex and Sheep fires for September 2, 2020

#NorthComplex – 64,473 acres & 38% contained
#SheepFire – 29,538 acres & 71% contained
#ClaremontFire – 23,749 acres & 59% contained
#BearFire – 11,046 acres & 14% contained
#IronFire - 50 acres & 100% contained
Other Fires – 90 acres & 100% contained
Total Personnel 1,647

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

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Town Chatter - September 2020, Volume 1