January 2021, Volume 1
Reach Out - Connect - Take Part

Announcing the Lassen/Lake Almanor Basin Regional Trails Concept Plan

The Almanor Basin Trails Coalition (ABTC) has been working for 4 years to compile their concepts for a local trails system "Around the Lake" and from the PCT to the Bizz Johnson Recreational Trail. We are pleased to announce that the Concept Plan has been published as a pdf file and is available for viewing.

The Concept Plan is available on the Almanor Recreation and Park District’s website
at www.yourARPD.org

The ABTC is made up of individual volunteers from various local agencies, foundations and private companies who gave their time to support their desire for a healthful, attractive and vibrant system of local trails in the Basin. During the Plan preparation, much excellent progress has been made towards implementing the system. ARPD has been proud to be a part of this Coalition.

The purpose of this conceptual plan is to describe a network of trails that will connect communities within Plumas County’s Lake Almanor Basin. This plan will serve as a tool that guides the planning, design, fundraising, construction and maintenance of the proposed trail network. The plan is also intended fulfill the community’s passion for outdoor recreation, community vitality, economic development, and the preservation of open space in the Basin.

Job Board


Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director
Turner Excavating, Inc.
Full-time Office Assistant
Hamilton Branch

Sierra Institute for Community and Environment in Quincy has two openings. Please check link for job descriptions. https://sierrainstitute.us/about/jobs/
UDSA jobs available
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Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center
Executive Director
591 Main St., Quincy
Sierra Hospice
Inventory Associate
Part-time · $12/hour
684 Main St., Chester
NAPA Auto Parts - Northern California
Counterperson, Delivery Driver - Chester Auto Parts
Full-time. 445 Main St., Chester
Dollar General
Sales Associate, Chester
376 Main St., Chester
Alliance for Workforce Development
Accounting Technician
Full-time. www.afwd.org
Sierra Institute, Taylorsville
Rural Community Development Project Specialist
Start January 2021. 
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Almanor Energy Plus
HVAC Installer
Seneca Healthcare District 
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Best Western Rose Quartz Inn
Job Opening

Update from Seneca Healthcare District on COVID-19 Vaccines

Chelssa Outland, PIO

Seneca Healthcare District (SHD) has received an additional 50 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine received is the mRNA-1273 vaccine also known as the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. SHD anticipates that with this current shipment of vaccinations we will complete progress through Group 1a tier 1 and move into tiers 2 and 3 in Group 1a according to guidelines developed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). As CDPH continues to define and clarify whom is included in each group, SHD will continue to follow guideline and update the public accordingly. To view current vaccination allocation guidelines, see CDPH Allocation Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine During Phase 1A: Recommendations.

Click here to read the full Press Release 

About Us

Chamber Board Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Chamber office at 278 Main Street. All are welcome. Zoom is available.

The Chamber's Community Calendar is open to all. 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

Chamber Executive Director Goes Full Time

Susan Bryner, President

The growth of our Chamber these past two years, as well as the formation of a community foundation (see article in this issue) have created exciting opportunities for our area. With this growth comes the need for a full time Executive Director.  

Our wonderful Chelssa Outland has done an extraordinary job these past 2 years. She has been instrumental in establishing many of the programs we have for businesses and the community; was creative, professional and enthusiastic with all that was handed to her and there was much! As the position goes to full time, Chelssa needs to step down from her part-time role but intends to step up to a position on the Board of Directors.  So, instead of saying goodbye, we will be saying, "Chelssa, welcome to the team"!

The full time Executive Director position has been posted on Indeed.com.  Interviews will take place at the end of this month. 

Curl Up and Read

Dawn Gray and her side-kick Fergus want to get the new year started out right with everyone curling up with a good book. Below are two reviews of books written in 2019. 

But we are not the only ones who want to write reviews. We want to hear what you have to say about the books you have read.  Write a short review and if we use it, we will give you 5% off on your next book purchase. 


The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde: 

This novel is a quirky look at the politics of a small English village after an inexplicable Spontaneous Anthropomorphizing Event in which rabbits became capable of language and complex thought.



Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

An unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.


Dawn and Fergus

Update and Reminder from Alliance for Workforce Development

Happy New Year!

What a year it has been! On behalf of Alliance for Workforce Development, we want to express our gratitude for your support of us and the community. Whether it be by partnerships, employment opportunities, training the workforce, or advocating for community members, we are entering 2021 with a positive outlook because of you all. Each quarter Alliance for Workforce Development publishes our Community Coordinator Reports to highlight activities and impacts we have had within the local community. Please take a moment to read some of these amazing successes our clients and business partners have had, as you all have played a part of each’s success!

Lastly, a friendly reminder that we are just weeks away from our first “New Year, New Career” virtual job fair on Jan. 20th and have added incentives for those that attend. We have 82 businesses registered and just need the job seekers! Please spread the word so we can support our local businesses and job seekers alike. The outcome of this event is a WIN for all!

New Year, New Routine

Kelly, O’Brien, Lake Almanor Fitness

Congratulations to Wellness Challenge Winners

Kelly O’Brien, owner of Lake Almanor Fitness Center, congratulates winners of the eight-week Wellness Challenge that ended on Christmas. Team winners with 628 points were Daniel Williams and Chantel Kublish receiving $200 and individual winner, Ann Graffweg, accruing 384 points and winning $100. Placing second in each category was team Lori and Kaycee and individual, Katherine Sansone.  

“The Wellness Challenge is a great way to stay committed to a program and make progress with your health and fitness goals while participating in a friendly competition,” says O’Brien. FitPoints are accumulated by keeping track of your workouts (inside or outside), your water intake and keeping a food journal.  

A new Wellness Challenge is planned for the end of January with team registration $25.00 and individual participants $15.  For more information on the next challenge, stop by Lake Almanor Fitness or email lakealmanorfitness@gmail.com.


Almanor Fishing, Weather & Lake Report

John Crotty, Almanor Fishing Association

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, I would like to wish you all a safe, prosperous and healthy 2021. 

Almanor has risen 8/10’s of a foot over the past month and we are currently sitting at 4478.65, which is approximately six feet below last year on the same date.  Visibility remains unchanged and water temps are hovering around the 40-degree mark. We are expecting a series of warmer storms over the next week to drop more rain than snow at lake level. The remaining snow at lower elevations should be gone by the end of the week. Temps will range between the mid-20’s and low-40’s.

Fishing pressure remains light and fishing was slow this past week. I did talk to a couple of guys fishing out of kayaks that caught fish off Rocky Point in 40+ feet of water slow drifting night crawlers. I fished the coves around the dam yesterday with my fly rod and we saw one fish in two hours and no takers. We need an old-fashioned winter weather event to get those fish migrating into the coves. Bank fishermen are picking up fish at Hamilton Branch on crawlers and power bait. 

The Canyon Dam boat ramp is open and cleared of snow. 

John Crotty

First New Year’s Eve Fireworks a Big Success

The Lake Almanor Area Chamber hosted Fireworks on New Year’s Eve to close out a difficult year and to celebrate 2021. The display was met with great enthusiasm and a desire to make it an annual event with such comments as, “Thank you for making this happen” and “This was so needed.”

A big thank you to the Elks who parked over 250 cars and doing such a great job it was also a fairly easy and efficient exit.

Funds needed for the display were $7750. With just under $1500 donated at the gate, we were able to come up with the entire amount.  Thank you to all our contributors who helped fund this event. The goal for next year in order for a longer display will be $15,000.  

Here’s to a wonderful 2021!

- Lake Almanor Area Chamber

The Greater Lake Almanor Basin is on the Verge of Big Changes!  

Our community is seeing a renewed energy, growth and spirit, even with all we have endured in 2020. Even more impressive is that all the ground work for the Consortium, the Town Plaza, the Mountain Volunteer Project, and the development of a new Foundation have been orchestrated by volunteers with no funding.  We are a community that does not give up and are more excited than ever to embrace the potential, the opportunities and the change that awaits us.  


The by-laws and Articles of Incorporation have been filed with the State of California and we anticipate we will be operational by mid-January.  This has been accomplished by a steering committee who will continue to work on the Foundations development until a board is in place.  The job posting for a joint Executive Director position for the Foundation and Lake Almanor Area Chamber has been published on Indeed.com. Our intention is for the position to begin in March.


We look forward to working with the entire community in order to see the growth and economic development potential of the Great Lake Almanor Basin come to fruition.


Please read on for additional information about the Foundation’s purpose, functioning and proposed projects.


The Foundation Steering Committee

Susan Bryner, Chair    
Judy Chynoweth         
Moorea Stout
Jerri Nielsen
Robin Schumacher     
Chelssa Outland
Katherine Sansone       
Sherrie Thrall               
Clint Koble

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Town Chatter - January 2021, Volume 1