October 2020 Volume 1
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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 www.plumascounty.us/publichealth/fluinformation

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.

SBDC Free Workshops

Business Facebook 101
Wednesday, January 8th, 5:30pm
This training is designed for businesses who have created a Business Facebook page and want to gain a better understanding of how to leverage the various features,
settings, and advertising opportunities available on this social media platform.
The first hour includes a general overview of the many features of Facebook, how
to draft a content calendar for posting, and how to create an Ad.
During the second hour of the workshop attendees will have the opportunity to
work on their own pages with the trainer assisting as needed.
 QuickBooks Desktop Beginners Series
Thursday, January 16th-Saturday, January 19th
Join us for  one or all of the following sessions where you will learn the basics of using QuickBooks Desktop. From setting up your account for the first time to learning how to run reports. 
  • Session 1: Accounting 101 & Getting started with QuickBooks Desktop
  • Session 2: Setting up items and Creating Forms
  • Session 3: Accounts Receivables      
  • Session 4: Accounts Payable, Banking Reconciliations, and Reports
How Restaurants Can Manage the Minimum Wage Increase
Friday, January 17th, 1:00pm-3:00pm
An SBDC workshop outlining a strategic response to the minimum wage increase.  What do these increases mean for restaurants and how do we respond?
Designed exclusively for Restaurants, Food Retailers and Bars, this workshop will explore strategies that today's entrepreneur can implement to respond to change while staying relevant and profitable in an ever changing landscape. 

Come learn what these increases mean for food service establishments. We'll also talk about some best practices that have been done in other communities to manage increasing costs of doing business.
How to Start Your Business
Thursday, January 23rd, 5:30pm
A brief introduction to entrepreneurship and the creation and development of new business ventures. Includes a high level overview of the critical success factors for entrepreneurs, including business structures, the development of the business plan, and permits and licensing procedures.
Budgeting for Your Business
Tuesday, January 28th, 9:00am
This workshop will better equip you in how to budget for your business. Topics include: Recognizing the benefits and importance of the budgeting process; Create supporting schedules to build a full Income Statement and Balance Sheet; Assess the value of the first draft and revise to create a final polished budget; and Use flexible budgets to assess organizational performance.
Writing Grant Proposals for Small Business
Thursday, January 30th, 5:30pm
There are some grants available for small businesses; not all businesses will qualify, but those that do will benefit from understanding some techniques in writing grant proposals.  This workshop will cover: A brief overview of grants available for small businesses; Usual components of a grant proposal; and Responding to a private foundation vs a Federal grant opportunity.
 Financial Management
Thursday, February 6th, 5:30pm
This workshop will better equip you in how to manage your business financials. 
Topics include: Interpreting financial statements to better manage and understand your operations, cash flow, and profitability; Identifying your cash flow cycle and how it impacts your business; Learning how to calculate and use financial ratios to troubleshoot fiscal dangers and improve performance; How to think critically when looking at pricing and costs; Developing forecasts and budget techniques to improve profits.

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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. 

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 http://plumascoca.suiteonemedia.com/web/Home.aspx

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 https://senecahospital.org/agenda/

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 www.chesterpud.org/board-meetings

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 https://www.peninsulafire.net/board-meetings

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 https://www.hambranchfire.com/board-meetings
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 https://www.lakealmanorarea.com/community-meetings.html
If you would like your organization's meetings posted on our site, contact info@lakealmanorarea.com

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 
Full-time, www.afwd.org

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

P.E.O Announces Scholarships Recipients

Barbara MacArthur

The Lake Almanor area Chapter WH of P.E.O. is pleased to announce the recipients of the Patricia J. Dennison scholarships for the fall semester 2020:
  • Felicity Syfrett, a junior at University of Nevada Reno, is majoring in Pre-Nursing.
  • Miranda Lemons, a senior at Sacramento State University, is majoring in Business Administration.
  • Julia Meinhardt, in her first year of graduate school at Harvard University, is pursuing a Master of Urban Planning degree.
  • Chloe Monday, a sophomore at Houghton College in New York, is majoring in Psychology/Pre-Nursing.Elizabeth Bereznak, a junior at San Diego State University, is majoring in Psychology.
  • Zoe Utterbach, a sophomore at Houghton College, is majoring in Elementary Education.
The Patricia J. Dennison Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 in memory of Patricia Dennison, a member of Chapter WH, who was an active supporter of education for women through scholarships. To date, Chapter WH has awarded a total of $37,950 in scholarships through this fund.

P.E.O. is a philanthropic educational organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of a college, and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.

October's Friday Night Movies In The Park

Plumas County Recommended Safety Guidelines for Halloween

Kids Night Out - In Case You Missed It!

Next weeks Kids Night Out will be a combination of kickball and cheer camp from 4:45-6:00pm.

ARPD is planning to offer  a cornhole tournament for their final night and is in need of boards and volunteers for the tournament. If you have a set of boards that you are willing to let ARPD barrow and/or would like to volunteer please contact Susan at sjespana@gmail.com

Please make sure to register your children in advance. 


What's Happening This Fall

2nd Annual Chamber Scarecrow Contest: 
  • All are welcome to participate - Get you scarecrows up October 15!
  • Registration fee $5 for Chamber Members, $10 Non-Member
  • Fees go toward prizes for our annual Costume Contest.
  • Scarecrow $1 Votes will go toward new lights for the Community Tree
  • Sample of the digital map that will lead people to your scarecrow!  
  • Register Here!
Annual Chamber Costume Contest
  • Dress it up for a Costume Contest either online or in-person on Halloween, Oct. 31st, 2 -4
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place: $100, $75, $50 respectively
  • Send in your photo Register Here
  • Or, take an in-person photo at the Knotbumper Front Deck 274 Main St, Chester.  
  • Winners will be announced the following week.
  • Check out https://www.lakealmanorarea.com/costume-contest.html for more information! 
Trunk Or Treat:
  • The Lake Almanor Community Church is planning a Trunk or Treat on Halloween, October 31, located at the Collins Pines lawn, 4-7 pm  following Merchants Trick or Treat. 
Holiday Shopping Tour Nov. 5 - 12
  • 7 Days of Holiday Shopping Previews with the best merchants from Lake Almanor to Indian Valley
  • To become a Holiday Tour Merchant Register here! 
  • We have reduced the cost of the tour for merchants. If you have already paid, you will be refunded the difference.
Veterans Community Tree Lighting: 
  • We are putting up NEW LIGHTS this year!
  • Honoring our Veterans and those who Serve
  • Saturday, November 7, 5:30 - 6 pm.  ​
  • Let us know if you would like to participate or help us with this event. 
Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
  • Stay tuned for more info!
Merchants Night:
  • We have started working with local merchants to facilitate merchants night on Friday November 27th. 
  • There are many creative ideas flowing stay tuned!

News from the Almanor Fishing Association

John Crotty

Fishing Report 10/3

We are experiencing another week of above average temps; water temp continues to hold in the mid 60’s, rising to the seventy degree mark in the afternoon. Lake level continues to drop, approaching levels not seen in a few years. Clarity varies throughout the lake dropping to 5-7 feet on the west side of the peninsula. We might finally receive some precipitation this coming weekend along with a 20 degree drop in temps. We are still experiencing some smokey haze at times I was able to see Mt. Lassen for the first time in weeks today.

Fish remain scattered throughout the lake and continue to feed on pond smelt. Often finding fish is as easy as finding diving sea gulls. Don’t pay attention to the grebes just the gulls as they are diving on floating pond smelt that have been attacked by fish. Find the bait and you will find fish, catching them might be more difficult. Pond smelt imitations continue to be the bait of choice.

I caught fish on the east Shore this past week early in the morning and moved over to the west side of the peninsula when that bite died. Slow trolling gulps was our bait of choice.
Ham Branch is the top choice for bank fishermen, that said, I have a friend who caught a few fish this past week at Geritol Cove on power bait and Mouse Tails. Chartreuse and Rainbow were the colors of choice. Bass fishermen are picking up a few smallies off the rocky points on plastics and fly fishermen are far and few in between.

Road construction continues on highway 36 over Fredoyner with up to 30 minute delays to be expected. Canyon dam remains the only useable public ramp. Please call ahead if you are camping as not all campgrounds are open.

Lake Levels
We can all agree Lake Almanor water level is low, Phil Datner compiled this graph showing water levels for Lake Almanor on September 30th over the past thirty years. Thanks Phil great information.

All data has come from California Data Exchange Center (CDEC) at; https://cdec.water.ca.gov/

North Complex Fire Morning Update

Incident Start Date: 8/17/2020         
318,928 acres      
Handcrews: 26     
Water Tenders: 39    
Total Personnel: 1,286 
Fatalities: 15   
Structures Damaged/Destroyed: 2,471

 Current Situation  

Last night, and continuing through the next few days, firefighters will mop up and patrol, increasing the depth of the containment lines, looking for any existing heat sources and extinguishing them as they are found. The fire remains within containment lines and east of Highway 70. 

Today, an expected cold front will bring increased winds from the southwest that will test containment lines. There is a threat of roll out of branches and logs that could cause fire to cross containment lines in the penstock area. Crews will focus on contingency lines in the area around Bald Eagle Mountain and Mill Creek off of Bucks Lake.   

PG&E has shut off power to the Bucks Lake and Haskins areas, due to aircraft working adjacent to distribution lines. The power shut off is expected to last through tonight (Wednesday, October 7th). However, this time frame is subject to change. Per the Plumas County Sheriff's Office, these areas remain under a Mandatory Evacuation. Check the PG&E website for latest conditions.  

State Route 70 is now open to one-way traffic control with a pilot car between Rock Crest and Rock Creek. However, the road can return to a full closure at any time due to fire activity. Refer to the CalTrans website for the latest status.  

Butte County Sheriff’s Office has lifted all evacuation orders, warnings and road closures though Highway 70 north of Pulga is under traffic control and only using one lane.  

A virtual community meeting will be held tonight, Wednesday, at 5 p.m. and will be streamed live to the Plumas National Forest Facebook page. www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas 

There will be two operational briefing videos posted daily to the Plumas National Forest Facebook Page.  Team Planning meetings (daily at 7 p.m.) and Cooperator Meetings (Mon-Wed-Fri at 10 a.m.) will be available to watch via Zoom (https://usfs.zoomgov.com/j/1602646317). 

Evacuations and Road Closures 

Butte County Sheriff’s Office has lifted all evacuation orders, warnings and road closures though Highway 70 north of Pulga is under traffic control only using one lane. Plumas County Sheriff’s Office has evacuation orders and warnings issued covering the Highway 70 corridor and surrounding area. Please check their 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 Outlookfires.airfire.org/outlooks/EasternSierra or www.airnow.gov/
Plumas National Forest closures: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/plumas/alerts-notices

Lake Almanor Area Chamber Election Results

Chelssa Outland

Congratulations to new Board Members Carol Franchetti, Carol's Camp Prattville, Ryan Newell, Intermountain Hardware and Tom McGowan, Individual Member who were voted in as new board members of the Lake Almanor Area Chamber.

Christi Chase, Cravings Cafe, was confirmed as a Board Member for the position she was appointed to in February 2020. 

Susan Bryner, Coldwell Banker Kehr/O'Brien Real Estate, Erica Sherod, Giggling Crow and Sharon Roberts, St. Bernard Lodge were confirmed for their second term.

Thank you to all those who voted and if your interested in getting involve reach out to us. We still have open board positions. 

SBDC Business Tip of the Week

Article By R. Khera 

Business tip of the week:
How to Conduct a Business Plan Meeting or Strategy Meeting
 morebusiness.com: Article By R. Khera 

"Doing a business plan meeting will help you stay on track throughout the next 12 months. Follow this strategy meeting agenda to review your business plan goals, make tweaks to your business plan direction and update timelines and accountability so that you are farther along one year from now.

...If you haven't updated your business plan in over a year, set up a time on your calendar to do it as soon as possible."

See full article here.

As always the SBDC is here to help. If you need another opinion on your business plan, give us a call (530) 222-8323

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Lake Almanor Area Chamber
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Town Chatter - October 2020 Volume 1