September 2020, Volume 5
Reach Out - Connect - Take Part

Friday Night Movie In The Park

Mount Lassen Theatre plans to host another movie in the park this coming Friday, September 25th. (They have yet to announce which movie will play)

Last Friday's movie was lots of fun. People brought blankets or chairs and were able to enjoy the movie outdoors with their family. The popcorn was great and there was a good selection of drinks and candy. 


US Chamber Update

Jennings Imel / Vartan Djihanian

  Disaster Relief Resources from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Community Resilience and Disaster Response program is closely monitoring the wildfires across the west. We are here to provide support for you, your employees, your members, and your community during these uncertain times.  Please find resources below provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help businesses prepare and recover from a disaster. We encourage you to share this information with your members, including the Disaster Help Desk for Business, which is available 24/7 at 1-888-692-4943.

-          Disaster Help Desk for Business—Businesses and chambers can call 1-888-My-Biz-Help (888-692-4943) for direct support from disaster recovery experts.

-          Resilience in a Box—Resource guide based on best practices designed to help educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience.

-          Disaster Recovery Quick Guides—Made possible by Shell, has tailored tips for small businesses and chambers looking to prepare and recover.

Exclusive Film Event with Sierra Institute

Moorea Stout



Click here to pre-register online.

Various access to CARES funding

Gabriel Hydrick, County Administrator

There is funding with the CARES Act Programs through SBA, FEMA, IRS, Treasury, USDA, and HHS for CDBG Grantees’ Awareness for Duplication of Benefits. 

Check out the link below for more information on Cares Funding.


Donate to Lake Almanor Area Chamber

Support our efforts to promote local businesses!

Plumas County News

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. 

Stuff You Should Know

Plumas County Board of Supervisors
The Board of Supervisors meet the first three Tuesdays of every month at 10 am.  Supervisors Board Room, Court House, Third Floor, 520 Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971. Meetings are open to the public at a reduced capacity in the Board Room, or are live streamed at

Seneca Health Care District
Seneca Healthcare District board meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month at 3:00 PM, 130 Brentwood Drive, Chester, CA 96020, 530-258-2151.  Agenda and Minutes area at

Chester Public Utilities District (Fire and Utilities) 
CPUD Board meetings are held on Tuesdays at 3pm at the CPUD/Chester Fire Station 251 Chester Airport Rd.  Agenda and minutes posted at

Peninsula Fire District
Peninsula Fire District Board meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Peninsula Fire Station # 2, 801 Golf Club Road, Lake Almanor, California 96137, 530-259-2306. Agendas for each meeting are posted at

Hamilton Branch Fire Department
Regular Board Meetings are held on the Second Wednesday of every month at 4pm at 3791 Big Springs Road, Hamilton Branch CA 96137 530-596-3458. Agendas are posted prior to the meetings at
Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Board Meetings take place the 2nd Wednesday of each month 8:30 in the Chamber office or on the Patio at 278 Main Street. 

Find us at
If you would like your organization's meetings posted on our site, contact

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

NAPA Auto Parts - Northern California
Counterperson, Delivery Driver - Chester Auto Parts
Full-time, 445 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 

Dollar General
376 Main St, Chester, CA 96020, United States

Alliance for Workforce Developement 
Accounting Technician 

Sierra Institute,Taylorsville, CA.
Rural Community Development Project Specialist starting January of 2021. 

Almanor Energy Plus
HVAC Installer

Senca Healthcare District 
Check out openings

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

Connected Communities Planning Tour Begins

The Connected Communities Planning Tour Has Begun!

Trails masterplan graphic

Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship’s 10+ year legacy project, Connected Communities, is launching with a six month-long field research tour of Lost Sierra communities. This project will join 15 mountain communities together by multiuse trails. Our first stop is Taylorsville where the Sierra Nevada’s meet the Cascades in the shadow of Mount Hough. Taylorsville offers some spectacular mountain vistas, unique geological features and a rich history that is still visible from Main Street today. Pieces of the early frontier years are still here including Young’s Market, a store that has been a landmark in Taylorsville since its inception in the 1860’s with a functioning cash register that is over 100 years old.

As the tour rolls through towns weekly, we will be posting Lost Sierra town stories on our website, Instagram and Facebook pages. We encourage everyone to take the Connected Communities survey available through our website. We are gathering public input now during the project planning stage until March 2021.

Take the Survey!


Kids Night Out - In Case You Missed It!

My family recently attended ARPD's Kids Night Out Program and my children absolutely loved it! ARPD is offering a Kids Night Out Program on Tuesdays for the next 3 weeks.

Next weeks program will be a combination of yoga at 4:30 and soccer related obstacle course at 5:30. 

ARPD is planning to offer  a cornhole tournament for their final night and is in need of boards for the tournament. If you have a set of boards that you are willing to let ARPD barrow, please contact Susan at


What's Happening This Fall

Scarecrow Contest: We are hosting the second annual scarecrow contest! The scarecrow contest will take place again this coming month! We invite any and everyone to participate. Anyone can register here to participate and the participation fee of $5 for business members and $10 for non-member goes winners of the costume contest. While monies from voting for your favorite scarecrow will go towards new lights for the Community Tree. We invite business from all around the Lake Almanor area to participate. Check out a sample of the digital map that will lead people to the different scarecrows!  

Costume Contest
Dress it up for a Costume Contest either online or in-person on Halloween, 2 -4 pm during Merchants Trick or Treat on Main Street.  The Lake Almanor Area Chamber is sponsoring the contest  with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place: $100, $75, $50 respectively. Send in your photo or take one at the Knotbumber Front Deck 274 Main St, Chester.  Winners will be announced the following week. Register Here or in Person.

Stay Safe
We are happy to share this with you and in doing so, encourage all to be safe and share the following recommendations.
  • It is recommended that social distancing and the use of face coverings takes place.  
  • It is recommended that businesses pass out candy outside of their establishment.  
  • The use of gloves while passing out candy is recommended. 
  • It is recommended that each business have a sanitizing station available. 
  • It is recommended that each business mark a minimum of 3 socially distanced spots for passing out candy. 
  • It is recommended that Trick-or-treaters stay within their family group and maintain social distancing. 
Trunk Or Treat: Lake Almanor Community Church us planning a Trunk or Treat. This will be located at the Collins Pines lawn, from 4-7pm on Saturday October 31st following Merchants Trick or Treat. 

Chamber Raffle: We have almost completed gathering items for our next raffle with packages: The World According to Golf, The Local Shopaholic Package, Date Night Dream Package! We have received many great donations and I can not thank businesses and locals enough for all your support with this event! 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, The Timber House Lodge, B&B Booksellers and The Giggling Crow. 

Holiday Shopping Tour: We are already receiving registration for our annual holiday shopping tour. For more information on joining this as a business click here! 

Veterans Community Tree Lighting: Every year over Veterans day weekend we light the community tree. We are working on new lights for the tree. 

Merchants Night: Merchants night is a local tradition that takes place the Friday evening following thanksgiving, This year merchants night will fall on Friday November 27th. 

Free Influenza Vaccination Information

Lori Beatley

Plumas Co. Public Health Agency will provide their annual Free Flu Vaccination Clinic in Chester will be Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Chester Park 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or until the vaccine is gone. 

The drive-through clinic is for the flu shot; the nasal spray is available but by appointment only at the clinic.  Call (530) 283-6330 to schedule. 

The drive-through clinic will be held at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds; if the weather is bad the clinic will be inside the Tulsa-Scott Building.  Flu forms are available at

Shots are available for children 8 years and up (no flu mist) during the clinic, if they are able to sit still with no assistance.  Flu forms must be filled out and signed by the parent or guardian. Chester Schools October 21, 2020: Parent/students will be notified through school.

Lassen Volcanic National Park News Release  

Kevin Sweeney

Fall Season Begins at Lassen Volcanic National Park
MINERAL, CA- The arrival of fall marks the transition to winter schedules for park services and facilities. Visitors should be prepared for cooler temperatures, varying smoke impacts from nearby wildfires, and ongoing COVID-19 modifications to park facilities.
All park trails are open, however smoke impacts change from day to day and winter weather can arrive at any time. Visitors are encouraged to check the park website for current conditions prior to each visit at
A park-wide fire restriction remains in effect due to severe fire danger. Manzanita Lake Campground is open until snow closure, which usually occurs in late-October or November. The Southwest Walk-in Campground offers year-round camping. Summit Lake Campgrounds close 9/29. Butte Lake, Juniper Lake, Warner Valley, and Lost Creek Group Campgrounds are closed for the season. A backcountry camping closure on the east side of the park will remain in effect until snowfall.
Services in the Manzanita Lake Area continue into October. The Loomis Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and will transition to a Friday through Sunday schedule on October 2 and close for the season on November 1.  The Manzanita Lake Camper Store is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through October 12; the dump station closes October 13.

The Southwest Area of the park offer services year-round, although winter season hours begin in October. The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through October 31. Between November 1 and April 30, the visitor center transitions to winter hours and is open Wednesday through Sunday. The café and gift store are open daily through October 12 and then weekends only between 11 am and 2 pm for the winter season. Drakesbad Guest Ranch closes for the season on October 12.

North Complex Fire Morning Update

September 30, 2020

Incident Start Date: 8/17/2020                      Size: 314,949 acres      Containment: 79%   

Engines: 113  Handcrews: 45  Dozers: 37     Helicopters: 12  Water Tenders: 66    Total Personnel: 2,011 

Fatalities: 15                                                   Structures Damaged/Destroyed: 2,471

 Current Situation 

North & South Zone

Night crews maintained a heavy presence on the Highway 70 corridor and as of 7:15 a.m. this morning, the fire had not spotted across the highway. The fire does remain well established in the vicinity of Grizzly Dome Tunnel and has bumped up to the highway along a half-mile section.  

Other night shift resources patrolled the remainder of the fire’s containment lines, which continued to hold.  

Resources today will be focused on the Highway 70 corridor working to keep the fire from crossing the highway, containing any spot fires that do occur, and preparing structure protection for threatened buildings and critical infrastructure. Predicted weather conditions are favorable and should allow for the heavy use of helicopters in supporting these Highway 70 efforts. 

Firefighters will continue to monitor the remainder of the fire’s perimeter and mop up any sources of heat that are found. 

Weather conditions continue to be hot and very dry. Winds are expected to be the typical pattern of downslope/down valley at night, shifting to upslope/upvalley during the heat of the day.  

For more information there is a daily recorded operational briefing video that will be posted to the Plumas National Forest Facebook Page at 9 a.m. 

West Zone: See CAL FIRE Team 4 updates at:  

Evacuations and Road Closures 

Butte and Plumas county sheriff’s offices have evacuation orders and warnings issued for areas northwest of the fire along the Highway 70 corridor. Please check your respective county’s sheriff websites and Facebook pages for the latest updates. You can also sign up with your county for reverse 911 notifications by registering with the CODE RED system. 

Smoke outlook: or

Plumas National Forest closures:  

Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team Back is implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in both the fire area and surrounding communities. 

Phone:         (530) 316-4487


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Town Chatter - September 2020, Volume 5