October 2020 Volume 3
Reach Out - Connect - Take Part

Community Suppers Are Back!

The Lake Almanor Basin Food Pantry is once again supporting community suppers. Starting Thursday November 19, everyone is invited to join with your friends, families, and neighbors for these Drive Through Community Suppers. 

November’s supper will be a drive through pickup, Thanksgiving dinner served from 5:00 – 6:00 pm at the Chester Memorial Hall. Contact Carol Franchetti at 530-259-4323 for more information or to volunteer.

Fall Book Giveaway For Kids!

Sharon McKay, Plumas County Library Aide

Show off your decorated mask. Receive a free book!  Nov 9 - 14. 

Get creative! The face covering can decorated or may be part of an outfit.  For ages: 0 to 18 yrs. (2 and under do not need to wear a face mask to receive a free book.)


CES School Updates

Colly Fischer

Chester Schedules will Change October 26- Return to School

For those of you who were not able to join us, our Plumas County Board of Education (PCOE) and Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) Governing Board Trustees conducted a meeting on Wednesday, October 7th, and action was taken to transition to an in-person AM/PM instructional model effective Monday, October 26, 2020. We will still offer distance learning and independent study for those who prefer alternative instructional models.

See the full newsletter here


Donate to Lake Almanor Area Chamber

Support our efforts to promote local businesses and dessiminate information throughout the community!

Lassen National Forest - 2020 Tree Permits by Mail Only

Sales for Christmas tree permits will begin on November 1, 2020, by mail ONLY. If you would like to cut a Christmas tree on the LNF, send your request for a Christmas tree permit along with a check for $10.00 to one of the following locations:
  • Almanor Ranger District, 900 E. Hwy 36, P.O. Box 767, Chester CA 96020
  • Eagle Lake Ranger District, 477-050 Eagle Lake Road, Susanville, CA 96130
  • Hat Creek Ranger District, 43225 E. Hwy 299, P.O. Box 220, Fall River Mills, CA 96028
  • Supervisor’s Office, 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130

For your convenience, an order form is available on our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lassen/passes-permits/forestproducts/?cid=stelprdb5107318.

Plumas County News

Almanor Basin Fall Open House

You are invited to join Almanor Basin for their Fall Open House to learn more about how Almanor Basin can help you with your upcoming project, remodel, or new build! The showroom has Quartz, Granite, Tile, and Custom Window Coverings on display for your to browse and start with the planning process.

Lake Bum Lake Wear and My Little Lake House will be there offering a parking lot sale a Fall Open House. 

Saturday October 24th from 10am-2pm.

Check out their facebook event for more information! 

New Lights for the Community Tree!

Each year we honor our veterans and those who serve by lighting the community tree on Veterans Day weekend. This years tree lighting is scheduled to take place on Saturday November 7th, 5:30 - 6 pm.

New lights will be strung this year, making our tree shine even brighter for our Veterans, Military, First Responders and those who serve!  

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

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 the third Tuesdays of each month 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

Plumas County Health Weekly Update

CLICK HERE for Plumas County Health's Weekly Update

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

PictureOlah Construction has immediate opening for Carpenters.
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

Connected Communities Trails Project and the Lake Almanor Basin

The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is developing a Trails Master Plan for Connected Communities. The Trails Master Plan (TMP) will create a vision for a recreation-focused lifestyle through community investment, shared stewardship, economic opportunity and important new local jobs, all benefiting economically disadvantaged communities in California’s Plumas, Sierra, Butte and Lassen Counties.

The proposed “Lost Sierra Route” traverses 300 miles over breathtaking topography, jagged peaks and high alpine meadows similar to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and the John Muir Trail (JMT). But unlike the PCT and JMT, this new trans-Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range route allows for all dirt trail travelers including hikers, mountain bikers, moto riders, equestrians, trail runners, hunters, fishermen, wildlife, grandmothers and babies in backpacks. The Lost Sierra Route will be a trail for all to use that will link mountain communities together for recreational adventure and economic sustainability.


The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship Leadership wants to engage each community in the process and get an understanding of where and how community members use local trails and where they would like to have more trail access. 
Please take 2-3minutes to fill out the survey at the link below, Or visit one of the Survey Kiosks in Chester, located now at Plumas Bank and soon to be located at Holiday Market.


AFWD Survey Results

Amy Velazquez

We have concluded our Business Recovery Survey. Attached are the results for both the county and AFWD’s 6 county service area so you can see somewhat of a regional perspective. Overall, many businesses/sectors are showing they have pivoted their business deliver models. We will continue to support businesses with their struggles, especially with continuous workforce needs.


Sierra Small Business Development Center

Clint Koble, Advisor

I am a Business Advisor for the Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  The Sierra SBDC is a program that provides FREE business consulting and training to help existing and new small businesses through One-on-One Advising, Trainings and Workshops, and Funding Assistance.  SBDC’s are in every state and their mission is to promote entrepreneurship, small business growth, and the U.S. Economy.
The One-on-One Advising includes strategic planning, cash flow management, feasibility, social media, site selection, marketing, operations, human resources, and other specialty programs.
Trainings and Workshops include best practice programs to increase sales and profits.
Funding Assistance includes Business Loan Applications and Business Plan development for funding requests.
I am based out of Lake Almanor and my service territory includes Plumas, Lassen, and Modoc Counties.  I can be reached at my contact information below.  Please review information for the Sierra SBDC at www.sierrasbdc.com
Clint Koble
(775) 843-4081


Scarecrow Contest Update

Chelssa Outland

The Scarecrows and holiday decorations are popping up everywhere and we are so excited! I took some fun photos and videos earlier this week and can not wait to do more. 

Some of the scarecrows to look for this season are, Where's Waldo, The Scary Crow, Cat in the Hat, The Twins, The Dazzling Bride, Harold The Handyman, The Lake Girls, the Little Fire Fighter and more!

You can find dazzling, scary, cute or strange scarecrows all around the lake this season.  If you are still wanting to join in the fun and decorate a scarecrow it is not too late! Everyone is welcome to participate, either call or email the chamber so we can come take pictures and videos or send us a photo. 

Vote Here!

Check out a sample of our digital map that will help people find all the scarecrows, as well as out scarecrow contest page

Scarecrows will be judged online and in stores by members of the community! 
The scarecrow contests plays several roles in our chamber. The fees to enter a scarecrow go directly to the cash prizes for the costume contest winners and the monies collected from voting will fund new lights for our community tree.

Click Here to Register

Contact me at Chelssa@lakealmanorarea.com for more information. 

SHD Virtual Job Fair

Registration Link: https://premiervirtual.com/event/registerjobseeker/2620-seneca-healthcare-districtcopy

Print Flyer 

Almanor Fishing Report

John Crotty


Still no precipitation here in Plumas county with none in sight for the next seven days. Afternoon temps are reaching into the 70’s while night time temps are in the high 30’s. Shorter days and cooler mornings have water temps hovering in the low 60’s, we should see high 50 degree water temps within the next week. Water clarity varies throughout the lake, 6-10’ between Prattville & the Peninsula north, 10 plus feet of vis on the East shore.

Fish continue to feast on pond smelt, on calm days you can see smelt boiling on the surface and getting airborne when chased. You will also find floating smelt being picked off the surface by seagulls. Fish are scattered throughout the water column, we caught fish on the surface and a few feet off the bottom this past week. Find the bait, if you are marking fish stay on them, they will eventually eat. Gulps at 1 mph and hardware at 2.5-3 mph will catch fish. So too will Jay Fair trolling flies, I spent a day on the water with Denis Pierce of Arctic Fox & Jay Fair trolling flies and Justin Wolff of Angler West TV, we fished a little over 6 hours and pulled flies the entire time. We caught 9 fish trolling between 1.5-2 mph. We had four rods in the water, two on downriggers and two on the surface. Denis and I were changing

Report Continued

What's Happening This Fall


PG&E Possible Power Outage Information

The Chamber has received a lot of calls regarding the Potential PG&E outages. The following is the email we received regarding the possible outage and a link to look up your address to see if you will be affected. 

October 20, 2020
 Forecasted High Wind Event Means PG&E Might Need to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety for About 54,000 Customers in Portions of 19 Counties and Two Tribal Communities on Wednesday
 Customers Who Might Be Affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff Are Receiving One-Day Notifications
Potential Public Safety Power Shutoff Wednesday evening through Friday morning
 The potential PSPS starting Wednesday evening could impact approximately 54,000 customers in portions of 19 counties in the Northern Sacramento Valley and adjacent elevated terrain, the Northern Sierra Nevada generally north of I-80, the North Bay mountains, and Mt. Diablo in the East Bay. Specifically, customers in portions of the following counties are being notified: Alameda, Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Napa, Plumas, Santa Clara, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba.
 The potential PSPS event is still approximately 24 hours away. PG&E’s in-house meteorologists, its Wildfire Safety Operations Center and its Emergency Operations Center, continue to monitor conditions closely and additional customer notifications will be shared over the next few days.
 Customer notifications—via text, email and automated phone call—began Monday afternoon, approximately two days prior to the potential shutoff. Customers enrolled in the company’s Medical Baseline program who do not verify that they have received these important safety communications will be individually visited in person by a PG&E employee when possible. A primary focus will be given to customers who rely on electricity for critical life-sustaining equipment.
 The sole purpose of a PSPS is to reduce the risk of major wildfires during severe weather. While a PSPS is an important wildfire safety tool, PG&E understands that losing power disrupts lives, especially for customers sheltering-at-home in response to COVID-19.

Impacted Counties

Free Assistance to Current & New Small Businesses

Clint Koble

Sierra Small Business Development Center Free Assistance to Current & New Small Businesses:  One-on-One Counseling; Trainings and Workshops; Funding Assistance

Apply for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans

NOVEMBER 2, 2020 – Monday:  Adding Hospitality to Take Out – A Baker’s Dozen.
Time:  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
Content:  Great ideas on how to put the Service back into the Service Industry.
Apply:  www.sierrasbdc.com
Cost:  FREE
November 4, 2020 – Wednesday:  Live Webinar:  SBA Resources and Taking Your Business Online.
Time:  9:00 am – 10:00 am.
Content:  Federal Small Business programs and services available during the COVID-19 crises.
Apply:  (530) 582-5022 or info@sierrasbdc.com
Cost:  FREE
November 5, 2020 – Thursday:  Starting Your Business.
Time:  10:00 am – noon.
Content:  Take the First Steps on your journey to being an entrepreneur!
Apply:  www.sierrasbdc.com
Cost:  FREE
November 11, 2020 – Wednesday:  Digital Marketing Hour:  Facebook Ads to build Brand Awareness.
Time:  9:00 am – 10:00 am; second Wednesday day each month starting at 9:00 am.
Content:  Embracing digital technology and marketing as a means to communicate with customers and to promote your products and services.
Apply:  www.sierrasbdc.com
Cost:  FREE
Apply for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (Deadline October 31, 2020)  Go to www.sierrasbdc.com; look for COVID-19 EIDL.
For more information contact:  Clint Koble, Advisor – Lake Almanor.  (775) 843-4081 or clint.koble@gmail.com

Holiday Shopping Tour is Coming

Mark your Calendars! The Holiday Shopping Tour is just  around the corner!

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