May 2021, Volume 3
Reach Out - Connect - Take Part

State Addresses CDC Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated

Zachary Gately, Public Information Officer

May 17, 2021
Today, the State of California Health and Human Services Agency made a statement in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recent update on May 13, 2021, to the recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals. The statement, as delivered by Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on Mask Guidance, is as follows:

“California has made amazing progress in our fight against COVID-19. With more than 34 million vaccines administered, we now have among the lowest case and positivity rates in the nation.

On June 15, California plans to implement the CDC’s guidelines around masking to allow fully vaccinated Californians to go without a mask in most indoor settings. This four-week period will give Californians time to prepare for this change while we continue our relentless focus on delivering vaccines, particularly in underserved communities. We urge all Californians to get vaccinated to ensure that infection and hospitalization rates remain low across the state and that we can all return to the activities we love. Until June 15, when California plans to fully reopen the economy, California will keep our existing guidance around masks in place.

As of May 3, 2021, face coverings are no longer required outdoors except at crowded events, and for unvaccinated people, when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

In indoor settings outside of one's home, including public transportation and schools, face
coverings continue to be required regardless of vaccination status.”

Kindly remember that most businesses in Plumas County still must operate under Cal/OSHA
requirements even with the recent CDC update. Please be polite and courteous to our businesses, especially in the event that they ask you to follow their policies in place for adherence to State and Cal/OSHA regulations.

If you have any questions please contact the Plumas County Public Health Agency at 530-283-6337 or send an e-mail to or visit our website at 

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 

Lake Almanor Community Foundation and Lake Almanor Country Club are seeking Music Coordinators for 2021 season. Please contact Kristy Cox at 530-604-8005 or for job description and more information.

Town Trivia

We have a winner this week! Julie Outland correct question to answer: 92 Feet. was: What is the maximum depth of Lake Almanor?

This week’s answer: the year Lassen became a National Park.

This week’s sponsor is Tantardino’s Pizzeria & Pasta offering a $10 gift card. Thank you!

Please send your question to on or after each Wednesday of publication. We are always looking for sponsors for Town Trivia. If interested, please contact

Our Newest Chamber Members & Sponsors

We are pleased to share several new members to the Chamber Community, as well as those signing on as Community Partners or Platinum Sponsors. Our members support the work we do for our businesses and create an active, thriving community.

Welcome to Our Newest Chamber Members

Pizza Factory

Watkins Pet Supply

Koninkrijk Koffiehuis

Professional Artists and Crafters

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.

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

Cold Snap Later This Week
...from the West Almanor Bulletin. Gardeners be advised -- you might need to cover sensitive plants Wednesday evening to protect them from the forecast cold temperatures for a couple of mornings.  NWS says we could drop to 30 degrees early Thursday morning, and 29 degrees on Friday morning.  And, there is a reasonable chance of rain and a little SNOW Wednesday night through Thursday.

Memorial Weekend Happenings:

Memorial Day Service

Chester Cemetery 11-Noon, May 31. Guest speaker PCSO Dep. Blake Williams. Join the American Legion Post 664 and Chester Boy Scout Troop 36 to honor our fallen Veterans.

Rotary Craft Fair - Chester Park
Space is still available for vendors at the Memorial Day Craft Fair in Chester Park, Saturday and Sunday May 29 and 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For an application, please click on (link) and for more information please contact

Parking Lot Sale
The Lake Almanor Elks Lodge will be hosting a parking lot sale on May 29th and 30th at 300 Main Street in Chester. 

Pancake Breakfast
The Annual Pancake Breakfast on Memorial Day Weekend hosted by the Peninsula Fire Department will be Sunday, May 30 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Station 2.

Chester High News
Wondering what's happening with the Volcanoes? Check in with the happenings at Chester High each week in our THIS & THAT column, or bookmark the Chester Jr./Sr. High School Bulletins/Newsletters now!

Local Radio License Exam Opportunity
Are you interested in becoming a Amateur Radio Operator / HAM?  The Almanor Emergency Radio group will be hosting a HAM radio testing session for New and Upgrade licenses. The test date will be Saturday July 17, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm  at the Chester Elks Lodge. Pre registration appointment is required, no walk ins will be allowed. Contact Bud Wasson at for registration and additional information. The FCC in now requiring an FRN number prior to testing. For more info go to

Mile High 100 June 19, 2021
The Mile High 100 is a wonderfully scenic century, metric century, and half metric century event! Registration is open. Click here or on the photo.

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!

Register now to participate in the 7th Annual Courage Triathlon to be held September 11, 2021 at Lake Almanor Country Club. Routes estimated to be a 2.9-mile run, 5.6-mile bike ride and the 3.1-mile kayaking leg. To register or to become a sponsor, please visit

Welcome Watkins Pet Supply!

The Lake Almanor Area Chamber welcomes Watkins Pet Supply to our membership! Michelle Watkins, owner, is a long-time visitor and recreationist in the Lake Almanor area, having spent a lifetime visiting here with family. She and her husband Ty made the jump to full-time residents in February, opened their shop in March, and have been working to put their own mark on pet supply options in the community. Watkins is a whole new ’animal’ in the Lake Almanor business community for pet owners, so to say!

Michelle’s career as a keeper and animal trainer spans 30 years. She worked at some of California’s largest zoos, spent time abroad working with exotic animals, and has a large family of her own pets that includes three cats, two Australian shepherds, a 40 gallon fish tank, 10 birds, a desert tortoise and a koi pond. Michelle worked in a specialty bird store for 11 years and will be a boon to bird lovers and owners in our community.

Having been around elephants, wolves, large felines, and exotic birds during her career, Michelle intends to provide a wide array of supplies for all types of animals in the shop. Watkins offers food, supplies, and treats, as well as dry, canned, freeze-dried, and frozen diets for cats and dogs. Toys, treats, and enrichment are available for every level of canine chewer from new puppies to mature and distinguished dogs. Watkins also houses birds, small animals, reptiles, fish, and poultry, as well as  livestock supplies, and bird grooming is done by appointment.

Please stop in and say hello to the Chamber’s newest member, and pick up a treat for your furry, scaled, or feathered friend!

632 Main Street, Chester, CA 96020,  530.691.1633,

Discover the Lassen-Feather River History Loop

May is the month to celebrate our local Museums.  Though the Chester-Lake Almanor Museum remains open all year (during a normal year), others open for the season in May. Now is a great time to re-discover your history and enjoy the Lassen-Feather River History Loop that extends from Lassen Park through the Lake Almanor Basin and out to Indian Valley and the Feather River Canyon.  

Our museums intrigue, educate and entertain everyone in the family: history buffs, budding geologists, star gazers, birdwatchers and conservationists.  

Take time this year to Discover the Loop! Drive the scenic highways linking Lassen Park with Highway 70's spectacular Feather River Canyon.  Follow an ancient trail through the land of the Mountain Maidu and discover the history of the old Gold Rush and lumber towns of Chester, Westwood, Greenville, Crescent Mills and Taylorsville.

Information on each of these museums as well as downloadable tour guides can be found at
  • Lassen-Loomis Museum - Open Fri - Sun, 5/22 through 6/21 and then daily beginning 6/22.
  • Collins Museum – Open by appointment during May
  • Chester-Lake Almanor Museum – Hours reflect current Chester Library hours
  • Westwood Museum Open Wed – Sat. 11-4
  • Greenville, Cy Hall Memorial Museum - TBA
  • Taylorsville Museum- Open Weekends 1-4

Let Freedom Ring!

What are the best things that happen during July?  

Food, family, Fourth of July, and fireworks! 

The Lake Almanor Area Chamber Board has declared 4th of July 2021 a time to Let Freedom Ring.  Join us in celebrating what makes the 4th a great occasion in the Lake Almanor Basin! 

Are we planning a parade?  Yes!  
Is ARPD planning a fun run? Yes!
Is Rotary planning a duck race? Yes!
Will there be fireworks?  Yes!
Will the Elks have a Craft Fair?  Yes! 
Will there be pancake breakfasts?  Yes! 

Now, as we all know, forces outside of our control could change everything. What's important is that we do what we can in the meantime!  Here's what you can do now:.

  • Register for the Parade  (click here)
  • Donate to the Fireworks  (click here)
  • Let Freedom Ring with your purchase of one of our 4th of July t-shirts! Men's, women's and youth options available. (Click on the t-shirt you like to purchase and receive by the 4th).

Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway to Open to May 17

Kevin Sweeney

Mineral, CA – Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway will open to through traffic on Monday, May 17. Butte Lake and is currently open. Spring road clearing progressed quickly this year as a result of lower-than-average snowpack and limited spring snowstorms. Visitors should always check conditions before traveling to the park, as the park highway may close unexpectedly, especially during the spring shoulder season.

“The opening of the park highway marks the start of what is likely to be a busy summer and fall season,” said Superintendent Jim Richardson. “Visitors are continuing to discover that Lassen Volcanic National Park provides outstanding opportunities for close-to-home outdoor recreation and relaxation.”

Lassen Volcanic saw a record high 542,000 visitors in 2020, despite a two-month service-wide closure in response to COVID-19. Visitors can make this year’s visit more enjoyable by being prepared for busy parking areas, hiking trails, and campgrounds. Parking areas and trailheads are generally less busy in the morning and late afternoons and on weekdays. Campsite reservations are highly recommended, and most campsites are now reservable. 
Manzanita Lake Campground, cabins and Camper Store open May 21. A handful of walk-in campsites at the year-round Southwest Campground are snow-free. Additional campground opening dates include 6/4 - Butte Lake and Warner Valley; 6/11 - Lost Creek Group;  and 6/25 - Summit Lake and Juniper Lake. Learn more about camping in the park at

 The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open daily, 9 am to 5 pm. Masks are currently required inside the visitor center and all park facilities; the NPS is working to determine how the new CDC mask guidance will be applied in parks. Park auditoriums are currently closed; however, the park film is available on the park website. Loomis Museum will be open Friday through Sunday, 5/22 through 6/21 and then daily beginning 6/22.

Trails in the higher-elevation areas of the park remain snow-covered. This includes, but is not limited to, Lassen Peak, Brokeoff Mountain, Kings Creek Falls, and Summit Lake Area trails. Bumpass Hell Trail remains under seasonal closure due to snow hazards. Snow is disappearing quickly from trails in lower elevations areas including Manzanita Lake and Butte Lake. View current trail conditions at

Plan your visit to Lassen Volcanic with the new NPS Mobile App. The new official app is available for iOS and Android devices and offers tools to explore more than 400 national parks nationwide. Content for individual parks can be downloaded for offline use. Be sure to save Lassen Volcanic for offline use before visiting; Internet access is extremely limited in the park. Learn more at

Lassen Volcanic National Park offers virtual content for people who are not traveling at this time. Visit to view webcams, 360-degree photos, videos, and more.

For more information about Lassen Volcanic National Park, please visit; contact the park at (530) 595-4480 or; find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube @LassenNPS.

Weather, Lake Almanor & Fishing Report

John Crotty, Almanor Fishing Association

Fishing remained tough this past week as fish continue to feast on insects. Lake level continues to rise, water temp is hovering around the sixty degree mark and clarity is between 12-15’.

Pick your bait of choice and grind it out, target fish from the tip of the Peninsula north, fish at various depths until you find a fish or two. Cover ground and be prepared for long intervals between fish. The bass bite was good this past week as smallies are on their beds. The fish we are catching are in great shape and hard fighting.

Traffic has been heavy on weekends with multiple bass tournaments taking place. The ramp gets crowded in the afternoon. Both USFS ramps remain open and most, if not all campgrounds, restaurants and RV Parks are open as well.

I have heard reports of (extremely) early hex hatches taking place on the west shore, I have not seen any and I have not seen any hex larvae in the fish we are catching. Will attempt to get additional information this week.

We are expecting a slight cooling trend later this week with chances of afternoon thunderstorms.

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Town Chatter - May 2021, Volume 3