November 2020 Volume 3
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CARES Act Funds for Plumas County Businesses

Gabriel Hydrick, County Administrator

The Board of Supervisors has recently approved this and I would like to publicly thank the County team that diligently assisted me in putting this together with the very tight turnaround we had for this program and resources.  We have a minimum of $100,000 and we’ll send out the money to successful applicants as long as funding is available. We want to get every penny out to our businesses.
Grant Allocation Grant funds under this program will be available until the funds are depleted. Grantees must  apply by the deadline of December 4, 2020. 

Qualifying businesses will receive grant funding under this program according to the number of FULL TIME employees on March 1, 2020.  

0 Employees:  $500.00 
1‐10 Employees:  $666.50 
11‐20 Employees:  $888.45
21‐30 Employees:  $1,184.30 
31‐40 Employees:  $1,578.67   
41‐50 Employees:  $2,104.36 

Please take the time to quickly read through it (an easy read) and fill out and submit both pages (see instructions in program).

2020 Virtual Turkey Trot - Registration Open!

Run for the Turkey.
Benefit a Local Charity.

Our 2020 Virtual Turkey Trot will benefit local charities registered with the Chamber.  Sign up now! And, get yourself some swag too!


Virtual Community Tree Lighting

If you didn't get a chance to check out our community tree video you can check it out here! 

Thank you oto all who helped with the community tree this year. 
Chester Boy Scouts Group #36
Gina Pixlar ~ Blue Star Moms 
John Erickson ~ Music 
Christi Chase ~ Vocalist    
Ben Erickson ~ Music Editor 

Helped with the new lights
Chester Fire 
Dawn Gray
Scotty Outland
Robert Rice
Womack Construction 
Chris with Frontier 

Join the Lake Almanor Basin Wellness Challenge and Win Cash

A Community Wellness Challenge hosted by Kelly O’Brien, new owner of Lake Almanor Fitness Center, begins November 1 through December 31, 2020. Individuals or partners are invited to join the “Get Fit ‘n Fun” event to get healthier, be more fit and avoid the holiday weight gain!

Winner will be the person or team that accumulates the most Fit Points for activities they have done over the eight-week challenge. Fit Points can be earned by workout attendance, keeping a food journal, attending a class and other healthy activities such as biking, running, walking.

Register at Lake Almanor Fitness Center with individuals for $15.00 or team-of-two for $25.00. When you register, you will receive an exercise point sheet and general information on how to participate and record your activities. Membership not required to participate.
For more information, call Kelly at 530.258.3900, email or come by 160 Cedar Street in Chester.

Plumas County News

Plumas County Health Weekly Update

CLICK HERE for Plumas County Health's Weekly Update

Donate to Lake Almanor Area Chamber

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

Welcome New Members!

Highlander YardCare
Chelsea Harrison
Join Date: 10/14/2020

Lake Bum Lake Wear
Katelyn Theobald
Join Date: 10/27/2020

Job Board

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 

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

Seneca Healthcare District Welcomes New CEO

Seneca Healthcare District is pleased to welcome our new Chief Executive Officer, Shawn McKenzie to the team.

McKenzie brings unparalleled experience to his new role and will continue to guide the organization in its mission to provide our community with quality care with an emphasis on accountability and transparency. McKenzie has over 40 years of experience in healthcare as a clinical caregiver, consultant and administrator. His career began in the US Air Force as a Radiologic Technologist before transitioning into the private sector. From 2004 through 2017 he served as Founder, President & CEO of Ascendian Healthcare Consulting. McKenzie graduated from Chester High School in 1979 and is proud to be a Volcano alumni. He and his wife Michelle have recently moved back to the area full time after spending their summers here with their children. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, golfing and is also an accomplished pilot. When asked, he shared that Lake Almanor has always felt like home and he is ready and eager to serve the local community and recognizes the need for outstanding health care within the basin.

Almanor Fishing Report

John Crotty

We are finally receiving some weather with more on the way. Our next storm system on Tues-Wednesday is expected to drop up to an inch and a half of rain, with chances of rain/snow later in the week.

Visibility remains at 5-8’, water temps have dropped into the high 40’s and we have seen a fractional increase in water level over the past few days.  Based upon past years I would expect lake level to rise from now through spring.

There has been minimal boat traffic during the week, picking up slightly on weekends. The recent winds scattered pond smelt throughout the lake, we had to search to find the bait and fish today. We continue to slow troll pond smelt and Arctic Fox trolling flies anything in a pond smelt pattern. Target fish between 10-15 feet on the wire in water from 15-35’. The west shore of the Peninsula is seeing most of the boat traffic but those fish have started to move throughout the lake.

Cove   fishing is still h with reports of a few smaller fish caught today. The larger fish will begin moving in any day now. Fly fishermen are also targeting fish in the coves around the dam. Hamilton Branch is producing some quality fish for shore fishermen, just not many of them.

There are no road closures while traveling to Almanor and the canyon dam boat ramp remains the only useable public ramp. We have seen morning temps dipping into the low teens the ramp and dock can get icy. 

Real Estate Offices Volunteer Airport Rides

 "Is there any transportation from the Airport?"  This is a frequently asked question of our Chamber. As we don't have Taxi or Uber services in our area yet, our Chamber Real Estate Offices have volunteered to fill the need.

There is no better tour guide than a local real estate agent!  So when the call comes in for a ride, one of our local agents will be ready to pick up and drop off at a local destination with smiles, stories, and some community news. Phone numbers are listed on this flyer that will be posted inside and outside the office at Rogers Field.

Click on Flyer to download.

Santa's Mail Box Premiers in Chester

  "Santa's Mail Box" makes its premier on Merchant's Night, Friday, November 27th at Lassen Gift, 220 Main St., Chester

Send a letter.
He will send your child a reply.

Santa asks for the following to help facilitate his response to your child.

Child's Name
Mailing Address

Download this flowchart to help your child!


National Association of Women Business Owners Event!

Tonya R. Martin

California Insurance Commissioner Lara is hosting an upcoming event for Women Business Owners.  
Join Vikita Poindexter, National Association of Women Business Owners California (NAWBO-CA) president and CA Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara for a virtual town hall on insurance issues for Women Business Owners during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. With many businesses experiencing tremendous economic loss, it is imperative for you to have up to date information on services and resources. The free virtual event will be held on Wednesday, December 9th, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tonya R. Martin
Staff Services Manager, Community Relations and Outreach
Office: (213) 346-6414

Lassen Volcanic News Release

Kevin Sweeney

Winter Season Begins at Lassen Volcanic
MINERAL, CA- Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway is closed to through traffic for the winter/spring snow season due to recent snowfall.
“This autumn snowfall is a welcome reprieve from a particularly dry summer and fall season,” said Acting Superintendent Jason Mateljak. “Visitors can continue to enjoy the park while being prepared for a wide range of conditions during this early winter season.”

Lassen Volcanic National Park remains open throughout the winter/spring snow season. Vehicle access is limited to the Loomis Plaza in the Manzanita Lake Area and to the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center in the Southwest Area. The remaining 28 miles of the park highway is closed to through traffic and serves as a snow-covered route for snowshoeing and skiing. 
Roads to access Butte Lake, Warner Valley, and Juniper Lake are open at this time, however the roads may close for the season at any time if conditions warrant.  
The Southwest Campground is open year-round for oversnow tent camping or camping in vehicles in the visitor center parking area. The oversnow tent camping area is located at the southern end of the parking area. The summer walk-in campground sites are closed due to hazards from snow clearing operations. Learn more at All other campgrounds are closed until summer 2021.

The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday). The visitor center will also be open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 18) and Presidents’ Day (February 15).
The park entrance fee for a vehicle is $30 through November and then $10 between December 1 and April 15.
Ranger-led snowshoe walks will not be offered this winter due to COVID-19 response. Visitors are welcome to bring their own gear to enjoy the snow once the snowpack is deep enough. Please note that rentals are not available in the park.
Enjoy your visit to Lassen Volcanic in the winter season by being prepared. Check the weather forecast, dress in layers, and carry food and water. Stow a shovel, blankets, and tire chains in your vehicle and expect winter road conditions. Fill up your gas tank before entering the park; there is no gas available between November and May.
For more information about Lassen Volcanic National Park, please visit; contact the park at (530) 595-4480 or; or find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube @LassenNPS.

Plumas County Public Health Updates

Governor of California announced pulling the Emergency Break on the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy re-opening plan throughout the state due to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases. The following are changes the state will be making as the emergency brake is applied:
• Instead of seven day lag for data calculations a four day lag will be used to provide more real time information of the spread of virus in the county
• Instead of three days for counties to implement changes: one day to implement changes.
• Instead of meeting data metrics (case rate/ positivity rate) for two consecutive weeks before moving tiers, one week of exceeding the metrics can trigger a move to a more restrictive tier.

Plumas County has been moved to the Red Tier, which is the second most restrictive Tier. Purple Tier is the most restrictive. The changes to our businesses and activities are more significant going from the Orange Tier to the Red Tier than it was moving from the Yellow Tier to the Orange Tier. Some of the changes include:
• Retail: Open Indoors with modifications : Max 50% capacity (Does not apply to Grocery stores)
• Places of Worship: Open indoors with modifications: Max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
• Gyms/ Fitness Center: Open indoors with modifications: Max 10% capacity and +Climbing walls
• Restaurants: Open indoors with modifications: Max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
• Bars (No food service): Closed

For a full list of sectors and current industry guidance you can go to the state’s website at

See the full press release here! 

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