January 2021, Volume 4
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Job Board

Join our team! Cravings is looking for a dedicated hard-worker to help take our restaurant to the next level.
Dish & Facilities Manager: Responsible for overall cleanliness/organization of all restaurant equipment and storage:
* Washes & organizes dishes
* Cleans facilities & equipment
* Maintains clean & groomed outdoors area
* Building & equipment maintenance, including painting, repairs, etc.
* Other tasks as necessary
* Must be able to lift up to 50lbs unassisted; highly laborious job not recommended for applicants with physical limitations

Dependable, self-motivated, hardworking, mature, sober team member for FULL-TIME/YEAR-ROUND position (hours may be reduced in off-season). Generous compensation, including tip-sharing, daily meal, discounts and merit-based bonuses.

Bring resume to Cravings, 278 Main St., Chester, Thurs- Sun., 9a-2p, or email christichase@gmail.com.
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
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


Each week The Town Chatter will feature a trivia answer (like Jeopardy, but local) about the Greater Lake Almanor Basin. The question and winner will be announced in the following weeks issue. Thanks so much to Brenda Lemons, owner of The Coffee Station, for sponsoring this month’s prize of $3.00 off your next purchase.

*If interested in being a sponsor, please contact katherine@sansoneplus.com or call 510.418.2466

We stumped our readers with last week’s answer:  
Spencer Meadow Trail is west of St. Bernard Lodge, with a trailhead on Hwy. 36.  The trail is 6 miles long and makes a 13-mile loop. Besides being a trail in the Lassen National Forest, this trail holds a special designation.
The answer: What is a National Recreation Trail?

This week’s Trivia answer is: Name at least three hikes to geothermal areas

Please send your question to Trivia@lakealmanorarea.com

About Us

Chamber Board Meetings are at 8:30 am on the 2nd TUESDAY 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

Bits & Pieces

Seneca Healthcare District Covid-19 Vaccination Update 
Please check the link to see the latest updates.

Last Week to Complete Seneca Survey - we need your feedback to best serve you. Thank you.

Plumas County Public Health Agency
Plumas County Public Health Agency is updating information on the COVID-19 vaccine. Please see their website for the most up to date information https://plumascounty.us/2669/Novel-Coronavirus-2019-COVID-19 or call 530.283.6400

New Year, New You! Tip #3


The Wonders (and benefits) of Lifting Weights

Most know that strength training is important, but that doesn't make it any easier to do. Maybe knowing all the benefits might be the motivator.  Here we go:

  1. Helps You Lose Fat: Lifting weights helps build lean muscle tissue, which is more metabolically active than fat, meaning when you increase muscle you increase your metabolism. Result?  You are burning more calories throughout the day. 
  2. Makes You Stronger: Yes, you may be able to lift more weight as you progress but it makes you stronger for overall activities . . . carrying groceries, lifting kids, gardening, other sports.  It also makes your bones stronger – very important for women.
  3. Increases Balance, Stability and Flexibility: As we age, we lose muscle mass and that can often lead to weight gain and loss of balance and flexibility. Lifting weights can help work joints through a full range of motion, keeping them strong and flexible and keeping you steady on your feet.
  4. Can Reduce Risk of Injury: Strength training strengthens everything not just muscles.  Connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons that keep your body moving also benefit and keep you operating in peak condition.
  5. Makes Life Better:  This is the trickle-down effect. From becoming better at other activities to boosting your confidence . . . from spicing up your exercise routine to lowering your blood pressure. Lifting can be that ‘kick-it-up-a notch’ needed for overall wellness.


--Kelly O’Brien, Owner

Almanor Fishing, Weather & Lake Report


This week’s report is all about the weather. We are finally going to see some significant snow at the lake level. We will be under a winter weather advisory this afternoon and a winter weather watch is in effect beginning Tuesday. Depending on which weather app you use, we could see anywhere between four and six feet of snow over the next week, with snow in the forecast every day for at least the next seven days. Our forecasted low temp over the next seven days is 10 degrees (Monday night) our predicted high for the week is 37 (Thursday & Friday). Travel in and out of Plumas County will be difficult at best. 

Lake level continues to rise slowly and water clarity remains unchanged at 6-10 feet with Saturday’s water temperature 38.5 degrees when we launched warming to 39.5 by noon.  There were at least 20 people fishing around the coves by the dam with a few fishing out of kayaks with not many nets going out. We picked up a few fish slow trolling, gulp minnows and crawlers, catching fish early on the surface and down to 25’ on the wire when the wind kicked up. 

With the weather change, we will see improvement in shore fishing around the dam as mature fish should move into the coves in search of food. If/when boats get back on the water, I recommend beginning your day right off the Canyon Dam boat ramp and fish up to the houses along the East Shore and to Fox Farm along the West. 

During significant snow events, the Canyon Dam boat ramp may not be cleared for a few days. There won’t be much fishing taking place on Almanor for at least the next week. Call ahead to check road and launching conditions.

Non-Profit Profile - Almanor Fishing Association

More Than Just Catching “The One That Got Away”

In the 1980s local fishermen, business members and the Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce formed the Almanor Fishing Association, (AFA), with the objective of presenting a strong collective and unified voice in advocating the merits and interests of sport fishing in Almanor and interfacing with local, state and federal agencies. To that end, AFA installed two fish pens at Hamilton Branch to raise fish for release into Almanor. This was the beginning of the “longest running most successful fish pen program in the state of California.”  

Over the years, AFA added pens bringing today’s total to 12. Each aluminum pen is 8’w by 16’l by 8’d and holds 5,000 fish. We last added two pens and docking in 2019 at a cost of $25,000.

Each year in late October, California Fish & Wildlife provides AFA with up to 50,000 10 to the pound Rainbow trout. Over two days, the trout are transferred to our pens via a pontoon boat by dozens of volunteers at which point we begin feeding daily. The fish are fed a high-quality fish pellet daily, prior to their release in late April after they have more than doubled in size. During our 2019/20 season, AFA volunteers missed two days of feeding. This season we have not missed a day. In a typical year, we go through $12,000 of food. 

Over the past four years, AFA has assisted both Feather River College and Chester High Schools fish hatchery programs to raise and release Browns into Almanor. There is currently 10,000 Feather River College Browns in our pens and Adam Fuller, FRC Hatchery Director, is currently raising Browns for our 2021/22 pen season.

While our fish pen program is the backbone of our organization, we do so much more to promote the lake Almanor Fishery and our community. Prior to COVID, we hosted our third Veterans Fishing Day on Almanor with 49 boats taking 97 Veterans fishing. There were more than 300 people in attendance at our barbecue following fishing. We assist CF&W Biologist Amber Mouser to take Plumas County fourth graders fishing. We have monies set aside to purchase youth rods for all participating fourth graders when our lives return to normalcy. In 2019, AFA assisted the USFS and CF&W in providing more than 100 youth with a fishing day at Canyon Dam.

AFA volunteers clean and maintain the Doug D’Angelo Hamilton Branch parking area and AFA pays to have the restrooms cleaned during the season. Our volunteers also assist the USFS in cleaning and maintaining the grounds and restrooms at the Canyon Dam boat ramp during the off season. 

Our motto, “If it concerns fishing, we’re concerned,” rings true today. Lake Almanor is a world class fishery. Fishermen/women travel hundreds of miles to fish our beautiful lake. The Hexagina Hatch that takes place each June/July on Almanor is world renown amongst fly fishermen. Our small mouth fishery is gaining in popularity with bass enthusiasts and there are countless stories of fishermen catching their personal best Rainbow or Brown on Almanor.

Lake Almanor Basin Hospitality

The Walker Mansion Inn

“Put the Kettle On”


Who knew that when you visited the rural area of Lake Almanor that you could attend and be served a traditional afternoon high tea?  Welcome to The Walker Mansion Inn B&B and Coventry Gardens, operated by Linda and Rob Hart since November 2018. 

“We have been in the hospitality industry for over 41 years, and when the opportunity came up to be part of this historic Inn, we thought it was a wonderful place to continue doing what we love,” says Rob, who handles operations, booking and marketing while Linda is the talent behind all the delicious meals prepared for the Inn’s guests. 

Rob is originally from Newcastle, England and remembers his mom saying whenever there was problem, “let’s put the kettle on.” Though he says you don’t have to have a problem to enjoy tea!  They first began serving tea when they were the owner/operators of Little Norway Resort, doing what they called a Prayer Tea.  They served a variety of teas to ladies who came together to pray for different areas in their lives. Everyone enjoyed the coming together and the comraderies of afternoon tea.  

Coventry Gardens, the dining room of The Walker Mansion Inn, is where Afternoon Tea is hosted once a month and where Linda and Rob host private events. The teas have two seating’s – 12:00pm and 3:00pm -- and can serve up to 35 people. To start, quiche and soup are served and then a three tired platter of an array of mouth-watering savory and sweet pastries complete the meal, all accompanied by pots of delicious tea.  “People love the chatting and social aspect of tea,” explains Rob. “Plus, it does add a ‘touch of class’ to our rural setting,” he laughs. The Old Town Mercantile, also part of The Inn and connected to the dining room, is open during tea so shopping is also on the menu.

Along with Coventry Gardens the Harts operate the five-room B&B at the Inn. Each room is described as “cozy and comfy” and is decorated according to their name -- Blue, Rose, Dyer, Pine Rooms and The Garden Suite. All except Pine and Dyer rooms, have their own bath with the Garden Suite featuring a lovely sitting room that can also sleep three – ideal for a family. Guests are served a substantial breakfast, now with a whole-food plant-based option, prepared by Linda, a naturally gifted cook, and a local, born and raised in Quincy.  Rob quickly adds this is not just “a-taste or light faire.”  The breakfasts are hearty and the perfect nourishment to kick off your day to enjoy all the outdoor activities the greater basin offers.

“We love the hospitality industry, having served thousands of people over the years.  The Walker Mansion Inn, with its history and charm, only adds to the fun of doing something a bit unique in a once rough and tumble logging town,” says Hart. The Harts (perfect name!) will be hosting a tea on February 13th and a special dinner on the 14th


Rooms range from $95 to $135 a night. High Tea typically $21.95, by reservation. Each Friday two entrees for takeout priced at $15.00 are available

For more information, please call or review the website at https://www.chamberorganizer.com/chester-lakealmanor/mem_WalkerMansion; email walkermansioninn@yahoo.com or call 530.256.2133.


Note: The Walker Mansion was built in 1914 for Fletcher Walker and his family, the son of T. B. Walker, founding father of Westwood.  The Walkers lived here from 1914 until the Red River Lumber Company was sold to the Fruit Growers Company in 1945.  After the sale. the Walkers moved to Menlo Park, where Fletcher Walker died in 1962.

Venturize: Small business resources and loan options during COVID-19

Visit our educational portal on Venturize to find the latest information on emergency grant and loan programs, or learn about other COVID-19 resources for small businesses. Also available on Venturize is our lending matching tool, MatchFinder, which connects California small business owners to multiple responsible lending options through one quick and easy form.

Venturize is a free online resource hub for small business owners like you who need help accessing tools and resources to grow their businesses.

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Town Chatter - January 2021, Volume 4