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

Our Newest Chamber Members & Sponsors

We are pleased to share the many new members becoming part of the Chamber Community and those stepping up to partner even more with the work we are doing for our businesses and to support and create an active, thriving community.

Welcome to Our Newest Chamber Members

Koninkrijk Koffiehuis

Professional Artists and Crafters

Waypoint Charters

Sierra Desert Properties, INC

Mill Creek Resort

Thank you to our $1,000 Platinum Sponsors

Ayoobs Intermountain Hardware

Lake Almanor Ace Hardware

Tantardino's Pizzeria and Pasta

Thank you to our $2,500 Community Partners

TIM O'BRIEN, Coldwell Banker Kehr/O'Brien Real Estate
Tim brought on his entire Coldwell Banker crew!

SHAWN MCKENZIE, Seneca Health District
Shawn brings with him the entire staff of Doctors, PAs at Seneca

LINDA AND BOB ROULAND, Rouland Insurance
Linda and Bob are proud to become a sustaining partner of our work

JANICE WHITE AND THE CREW AT COLLINS PINE are happy to be supporting the work of the Chamber and let all know that the Collins Museum will be open for appointments in May.

Learn more here about becoming a member, or how to sponsor or become a partner of the work of the Chamber in our Community.

Town Trivia

Town Chatter stumped our readers once again with last week’s answer:  the largest geo-thermal area west of Yellowstone.
The correct question: What is known as Bumpass Hell?
This week’s answer: The first business on Main St., Chester that is still standing.
This week’s sponsor is Tantardino’s Pizzeria & Pasta offering a $10 gift card. 
Thank you!

Please send your question to We are always looking for sponsors for Town Trivia.  If interested, please contact

Weather, Lake Almanor & Fishing Report

John Crotty, Almanor Fishing Association


What a difference a week makes in the mountains. Last Sunday we had fresh snow on the ground at lake level and today, May Day, it was 70 degrees.  Water temps are reaching into the high 50s and visibility has increased to 10-14’. With the warming ambient and water temps, our insect hatches have been off the charts and the fish are gorging themselves on bugs. Throw in the full moon and the bite was extremely tough this past week.

The midge hatch has been the largest I have seen in several years, and just yesterday I started seeing large pods of flying ants on the water. When the fish key in on the insects, they are almost impossible to catch. Today, I slow trolled crawlers, pulled flies and grubs at 1.5-1.7 mph and sped up to 3 mph with hardware for five bites. There were rising fish all around and we were marking fish. They are content with an insect diet and aren’t interested in any of my offerings. This past week was much of the same. The only positive takeaway is the fish we did catch were hot and healthy.

These conditions will change and the bite will only improve. Stay the course and be persistent when it turns, you will be rewarded. Choose your preferred fishing method, target the usual spots and stay on fish when you find them. The Peninsula to Big Cove, Big Springs, the East Shore and the flats between Prattville and the Peninsula are all good starting points.

The bank fishermen are also struggling to catch fish. Try Hamilton Branch or the causeway for your best shot from shore. Canyon Dam remains the only public boat ramp and it was a zoo today with the overflow parking lot full and trucks parked along the roadway coming into Canyon Dam. Local resorts are opening up and most have private ramps for guests.

Job Board

Employment and Career Opportunities

The Greater Lake Almanor Basin offers a variety of seasonal, part and full-time positions for those seeking employment. Please check out the link below and discover how fun and rewarding a career or job in this beautiful area can be. 

Weekly Featured Job 

Holiday Market is in full swing with summer hiring, AND if looking to start a career with a 100% Employee Owned Company, there are many positions open:

Cashiers, Courtesy Clerks, Produce Clerks, Bakery-Deli Clerks, Grocery/Freight Clerks, and Meat Clerks. Visit and complete an online application.

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.

Lake Almanor Area Chamber
278 Main St., Chester
P.O. Box 1198  96020

Bits & Pieces

The annual Blood Drive is May 26 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Elks lodge, 164 Main St., in Chester. All blood types are needed and you must make an appointment. Please call Nancy Foote at 530.259.4647 or visit and use sponsor code: CHESTER.  Thank you for participating!

Celebrate Mother’s Day - May 9th

The following local restaurants invite you to share Mother’s Day with them as we honor mom by getting her out of the kitchen! 

A Big Thank You to our Wonderful Teachers & Staff! 
Amid a difficult year, these educators gave us hope with their tenacity, charm and commitment to our students. We are forever grateful. 

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! 
Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage.

Seneca Hospital Auxiliary
The Auxiliary is happy to be back to in-person meetings held in the Lake Almanor Clinic Conference room.  New members and visitors are always welcome at our meetings, which are held at 10:00 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month March through November with the next meeting May 12th.  For information or to join as a volunteer, please call Dorothy Stroup 530-250-7958.

It’s the Season for Burning – Permits Required!
Spring has arrived (or so we think) and it is time to begin cleaning up our yards. With that, comes lots of debris to dispose of, i.e., burn. Please follow these guidelines and the need to purchase a burn permit as required by CAL FIRE.

Project 2105 Relicensing Lake Almanor - Town Hall May 10

The location of the May 10 Town Hall has been changed to the Mt. Lassen Theater!

The process of the re-licensing of Lake Almanor has been exceptionally long and unnecessarily drawn out. 20 years after negotiations began the lake is still without the 2105 license. 

Project 2105 is the federally regulated and licensed hydro-electric project located in Plumas County owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license number 2105.  A significant feature of the project is Lake Almanor.

"In October, 2004 PG&E’s FERC license for Project 2015 expired and since then PG&E has actively worked to obtain a new license.  Because the project significantly impacts Plumas County residents and visitors, local residents and property owners formed the 2105 Working Group (previously called the 2105 Committee) to actively work to ensure that the new FERC license contained provisions that recognize the importance of the project, and in particular the lake, to our county and communities.

The 2105 Working Group developed goals that if incorporated in the new FERC license would:
  • ensure a reasonable summer time water level for Lake Almanor
  • require monitoring of the lake to maintain water quality
  • provide increased public access to the lake
  • require PG&E to invest in recreation facilities, some of which will be constructed prior to the issuance of the new FERC license
  • mitigate the ongoing erosion of the Lake Almanor shoreline
  • provide for a safety policy for those who use the lake for recreation
Beginning in 2002, the 2105 Working Group worked closely with the 2105 Licensing Group, a group of interested parties that worked collaboratively to reach a settlement in March 2004.  The Settlement Agreement, which incorporates the goals described above, was executed by the Parties in April 2004, except for the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), and is expected to provide the basis of license articles that FERC will include in the new Project 2105 FERC license." (Excerpted from

Unfortunately, after long hours negotiating the above, the State Water Resources Control Board is attempting to require drawing a very large quantity of cold water from the lake at Canyon Dam throughout the summers, ostensibly to reduce water temperature 1-2 degrees centigrade in the Feather River thirty miles downstream from the lake. This last-minute addition would leave Lake Almanor in danger and stakeholders without a successful conclusion to the 2105 efforts. 20 years after negotiations began and 16 years after agreement, the 2105 license remains in limbo and our communities in uncertainty.

The Town Hall is on Monday, May 10th at 5:15pm at the Mt. Lassen Theatre located at 200 Main St. Chester, CA 96020 will give an overview of the history of the re-licensing process, where we are today, and what we, as a community need do to have a voice in outcomes.

Zoom will be available.
Meeting ID: 930 3588 4053 Passcode: 080025
Dial by your location +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

Spotlight on Plumas Pines Resort

Set amid the breathtaking backdrop of Lake Almanor and its glistening waters and majestic mountains, Plumas Pines Resort proudly claims the only lakeside restaurant on Lake Almanor. Family owned since 1999, the resort features lodging, an RV park, restaurant and bar, marina, boat rentals and convenience store. The Geer family and their team have created a welcoming, beautiful resort memorable to all visitors and regulars.

Currently open Friday-Sunday for lunch and dinner, the resort restaurant’s menu offers a wide variety of delicious and mouthwatering starters and main courses that will appeal to youngsters and adults alike.

Indulge in gourmet mac and cheese bites to start and finish with a designed prime rib plate with au gratin potatoes and bacon-wrapped asparagus (served Friday and Saturday nights only). Pair your meal with a refreshing drink from the full-service bar as you relax and unwind, breathing in the fresh mountain air. 

Plumas Pines Resort invites you to Mother’s Day Brunch starting at 9am with a special menu featuring crab eggs benedict, berry good crepes, mimosas and more. Reservations are recommended.

The old-time favorite Plumas Pines Island Pie is making a comeback. Keep a lookout for the debut of that Oreo cookie ice cream and fudge deliciousness.

Plumas Pines Restaurant will be open seven days a week starting May 28, 2021. Please call 530.259.2282 to make reservations. For more information visit

Professional Artists & Crafters Joins Chamber

The Chamber welcomes our new member, the Professional Artists & Crafters! Started in 2016 as Professional Artists Co-op with the change in name in 2021, this group of over 200 local and regional artisans offers all hand created and crafted paintings and drawings, photography, pottery, yarn crafts - you name it, they make it! Their primary mission is ‘to restore and preserve the tradition of the art and craft show, as a place where customers can go to meet artisans and to find quality handcrafted products’ and to support the communities where they show their products.

Michael Carey, proprietor, creates pencil drawings of wildlife. All of the member's hand create every part of their work - nothing is imported or outsourced. When you visit the area craft fairs ‘you’re talking to the person who made every part of the product’ said Carey, ‘and we are proud of that!’ Following the circuit of northern California craft and art fairs, you’ll find their artists in Plumas, Tehama, and Lassen counties this summer, but members showcase their arts and crafts all over. The group is free of commissions or dues, offering a more open platform for their members to create and sell their products. They always welcome new artists! Please visit their website for more information about the 2021 event schedule, artists and crafters blogs, and their new membership opportunities.

It’s the Season for Arts & Crafts Shows

Town Chatter - May 2021, Volume 1