June 2021, Volume 4
Reach Out - Connect - Take Part

Register/Sponsor a Float for the 2021 4th of July Parade!

Registration for all 4th of July floats and vendors is available!

When: Sunday, July 4, 2021 at 11am
Where: Collins Pine Park on Main Street to the Meadow

Register for Floats or Register to be a Vendor Here or call 530-258-2426 

If you don't have time to work on a float, but would like to sponsor one, please call 530-258-2426.

Don't forget to purchase your 4th of July t-shirts here!

Thank you Community Partners and Platinum Sponsors for sponsoring the 4th of July Parade and Fireworks!
Community Partners
Coldwell Banker Kehr-O'Brien
Collins Pine
Rouland Insurance
Seneca Healthcare District

Platinum Sponsors
Lake Almanor Ace Hardware
Ayoob's Intermountain Hardware
Olah Construction

Town Trivia

Only one taker this week attempted to come up with the question to the answer: Tule Lake. The correct question was: What was Wilson Lake first called?

Answer this week (courtesy of Steve Fleming who has some toughies): Provided water via 33 miles of canals and pipes – an engineering accomplishment – to the Dutch Hill Mines in 1878

This week’s sponsor is Watkins Pet Supply offering a $15 gift certificate to the winner. Thank you!

Please send your question to Trivia@lakealmanorarea.com.

Looking for sponsors for Town Trivia! Get your company name and logo in Town Chatter for four consecutive weeks. Contact katherine@sansoneplus.com.  

Please note: only emails received after release of Town Chatter Wednesday am will be considered.  Send your question to Trivia@lakealmanorarea.com on or after each Wednesday of publication. We are always looking for sponsors for Town Trivia. If interested, please contact katherine@sansoneplus.com.

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. 

2 Featured Jobs This Week!

B & B Booksellers needs temporary help for the summer. Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons from 2-5p. It's just minimum wage, but the position comes with a store discount and library privileges! So only readers need apply:-) Contact Dawn at (530) 258-2150.

Mill Creek Resort​
Restaurant Help & Housekeeper
At Mill Creek Resort we have a fully operating restaurant, 9 rent-able cabins, 8 RV spaces with full hookups, & a 14 site campground. We are nature lovers at heart & love providing a beautiful escape from the busy city life for our guests. Exploration is core in our lives, & if you share the same passion MCR is an INCREDIBLE place to work & call home. Please send your resume to millcreekresortjobs@gmail.com
For more information, please click on this link: http://www.chamberorganizer.com/classifieds/moreinfo.php?cid=27486125

About Us

The Town Chatter is made possible through the funding of our Community Partners:

Collins Pine
Coldwell Banker Kehr/O'Brien Real Estate
Rouland Insurance
Seneca Healthcare District.

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

Community Wellness Screenings Start Today
The 2021 Wellness Screenings Sponsored by the Seneca Hospital Auxiliary takes place on the following dates:

Wed, June 23, 7:00 am - 9:30 am
Thurs, June 24, 7:00 am - 9:30 am
Wed, June 30, 7:00 am - 9:30 am
Thurs, July 1, 7:00 am - 9:30 am

372 Main St, Chester, CA 96020, United States
Download Flyer Here for more information

Books! Friends of Chester Library is happily accepting donations of gently used books for their upcoming book sale this year held on Saturday, July 31st, and Sunday August 1st in the Chester Library parking lot.

Forest Closures. Due to the extreme drought conditions and risk of wildfire, Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) and Collins are closing their forestlands to public access. The closure on SPI California lands began Monday, June 21.  Collins CA lands will close on June 28.  Closures will remain in effect until further notice.

Food Network's Restaurant:Impossible Sign-Ups
World-renowned chef, Robert Irvine of Restaurant: Impossible wants to help struggling restaurants get back on their feet. If your staff, decor, or menu are ready for a much-needed makeover, apply now for the chance to have Robert Irvine and his top-notch team of designers aim to transform your restaurant into a smashing success. Apply here:

Veteran's Fishing Day on Lake Almanor Saturday, June 26th
Almanor Fishing Assoc., Field of Dreams, Chester Elks Lodge, Guides and Fisherman show their appreciation to Veterans by providing them with a fishing trip & BBQ. For more information, visit: almanorfishingassociation.org/

Plumas County Library Reading Summer Program 
Join the Summer Reading Program at your local Plumas County Library. This is open to all kids starting June 14th and going through the summer to August 14th. Set a reading goal, reach your goal, receive a prize and be entered into a drawing for a gift card. One prize and raffle ticket per patron per week. Please click here for more information. 

ARPD Fall Soccer 2021 Registration:
Almanor Recreation and Parks District has opened registration for the 2021 fall soccer season. The season will begin in August/September. To register your children visit ARPD's website at https://www.yourarpd.org/index.html

Almanor Flag Football: 
Almanor Flag Football is excepting registration for this year's summer camp. July 12th-16th, 5:30 pm. Check out their Facebook page for more  information https://www.facebook.com/Almanor-Flag-Football-244341679827558


Elks Lodge Honors Local Students

The Elks Lodge awarded 5 local high seniors with scholarships this year.  Congratulations go to the following hard working students:

Nichole Cardona of Chester High School received $1,000 and will attend Grand Canyon University.

Kameron Stelzriede of Chester High School received $1,000 and will attend University of Nevada, Reno.

Hannah Snyder of Chester High School received $800 and will attend Butte Community College.

Emily Narveson of Chester High School received $800 and will attend Grand Canyon University

Armand Carrera of Westwood High School received $800 and will attend University of Nevada, Reno.

First Farmers Market for the Lake Almanor Basin

It's an exciting time to be in the Lake Almanor Basin with our debut of a weekly Farmers Market brought to you by the Lake Almanor Area Chamber and The Almanor Foundation. 

"A local farmers market has been a repeatedly requested event for the Lake Almanor Basin for many years," said Susan Bryner, president of the Lake Almanor Area Chamber and board member of The Almanor Foundation. "With the help of many volunteers, we were finally able to bring this event to life and couldn't be more excited to see how it grows and flourishes over the years."

The first Lake Almanor Farmers Market was held on Thursday, June 17th, 2021 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Chester Park, and featured over 18 vendors with live music provided by Laurel Paulson-Pierce. 

"Hundreds of community members came to browse booths featuring fresh-picked produce, hand-crafted health and beauty products, arts and crafts, meat and dairy, and locally made products," said Jennie Mathews, Farmers Market Manager. "We hope to continue adding new vendors, musicians, and games such as a horseshoe competition in the weeks to come." 

Those participating included Baja Vaca Ranch with locally grown beef; Mile High Mill & Grain Co. and their locally grown, harvested, and milled flours; and Merry Morsels from Susanville with a tantalizing selection of pastries, boba teas, and pies. Blue Ox Coffee from Westwood was a huge hit with their refreshing blackberry lemonade, and Carol’s Prattville Cafe pies sold out within the first two hours! Chester Little League manned the Community Table selling delicious cupcakes, lemonade, and donated shirts from Lake Bum Wear. Jeffroe’s Produce was of course insanely popular as usual, and Nikki Marlow sold out of farm-fresh eggs within the first hour – she’s bringing more next time! Jenny Sheetz, our Westwood Farmers Market Manager counterpart, attended with her Siren’s Tail Alchemy booth - featuring beautiful hand-crafted soaps, lotions, and sugar scrubs!

Friends and neighbors delighted in the Lake Almanor Area Chamber Bar Cart featuring an assortment of beers, a signature cocktail named "Monkey Face Mule" with Monkey Face Vodka – donated from Almendra Winery & Distillery, as well as Sincere Cider, the official hard cider of the Lake Almanor Farmers Markets. Each week, the Bar Cart will feature a new signature cocktail. 

The Farmers Market will feature live music by various bands and performers throughout the summer. Coming soon to the market:

  • June 24th: Rob Steen and his 3-piece family band, playing a mix of bluegrass and folk music

  • July 1st: Christi Chase and band

  • July 8th: Laurel Paulson-Pierce and friends

So, come! Enjoy this farm-to-lake, summer-long event. 

For more information or to become a vendor, please contact:
Lake Almanor Farmers Market Manager, Jennie Mathews

This Week at the Farmers Market - June 24

Jennie Mathews, Farmers Market Manager

Our first Farmers Market was a huge success! This week we have some new vendors and live music provided by Rob Steen with his 3-piece family band, playing a mix of bluegrass and folk music. 

Weekly Vendor Feature

Baja Vaca Ranch

Berton Bertagna and Robert Vanella grew up together raising cattle and other livestock through Future Farmers of America and 4-H. After graduating high school, they continued their partnership, jointly operating almond orchards, as well as continuing to raise beef cattle and other animals as a hobby. It was only natural for the two to go into the livestock business. One night, on vacation together with their families in the Baja Peninsula Berton and Robert came up with the idea for Baja Vaca.  In 2011, Berton and Robert launched Baja Vaca Ranch.

Leaving a minimal footprint is a top priority. All of the cattle—there are 40-50 head as well as 15-30 lambs at any one time—are born of their existing local stock, or bought from a neighboring almond farm that also raises cattle. The cattle are born and raised locally and transported 20 miles to the Chico State meats lab where they are processed.

Baja Vaca delivers primarily to local families and has recently begun branching out to select regional locations. Custom orders make up the bulk of the sales, though there are select cuts available at Bertagna’s wineries as well as Vanella’s farm store in Durham.

Baja Vaca is offering many different cuts of meat for the Farmers Market shoppers. Stop by their booth to purchase!

Signature Cocktails & Beverages
Signature cocktails will be part of our Farmers Market weekly fun. This week's signature cocktail is a Kentucky Mule with bourbon from Monkey Face Spirits. In addition, there will be plenty of Sincere Cider on hand, the official hard cider of the Lake Almanor Farmers Markets. 
For more information, contact:
Market Manager, Jennie Mathews

38th Annual Mile High Ride a Success!

Susan Espana, President ARPD

The 38th Annual Mile High 100 cycling event on Saturday, June 19th was a great success by all the numbers:
  • Upwards of 285 riders participated, a 45% increase over 2019
  • There were many first time riders and many first time visitors to the Almanor Basin
  • Rider comments were nearly unanimous in attesting to the spectacular scenery and the great ride
  • 100% of those participating in one of the three routes (33 miles, 56 miles, and the grueling 108 mile Century Ride) agreed that it was HOT! 
ARPD is so grateful to the huge sponsor support in funding (see our website for a list of all the generous merchants at yourarpd.org), and the scores of volunteers who supported this event in so many ways. From volunteering their time to organize, make contacts, arrive at 5:30am to help with day of registration, to spending the day driving the routes as SAG drivers, and baking homemade breads and cookies to provide that extra touch to this event, we are grateful to our volunteers. Two great meals were provided by local restaurants-- Clifford’s Restaurant, under the direction of Jason Theobald, provided a great finish line meal, and The Genesee Store provided a much appreciated lunch at the Taylorsville Campground for the Century Riders. ARPD was excited to once again host this great event, and we thank all who participated and supported it. We look forward to next year’s event.

Weather, Lake Almanor and Fishing Report

John Crotty

Click here for information on the BBQ


Lake level has begun to recede, down a couple of tenth’s since last week as water temps continue to rise reaching into the low seventies. Like most of California, Lake Almanor has seen unseasonably warm temps with mid-to-high 90’s being the norm. Water clarity is averaging 15’. 

The Hex Hatch is in full swing with prolific hatches taking place along the west shore almost every evening. Fly fishermen are catching some quality fish with a mix of browns and Bows. Our local tackle stores and AFA supporters, Intermountain Hardware, Sports Nut and Sierra Fly and Tackle will have a good selection of Hex flies.

Trollers continue to struggle as fish are beginning to migrate around the lake in search of deeper cooler water. The majority of boats are targeting fish in the northwest section of the lake. In 25-40’ of water, you have an equal chance of catching fish slow trolling bait or fast trolling hardware. I received a report last night that a seasoned Lake Almanor Veteran fisherman caught a few fish slow trolling “Auggie’s Alley!"

We are seeing more boats anchoring up over springs fishing the Almanor Cocktail (cricket meal worm combination). Bass action has slowed and Hamilton Branch remains your best chance from shore. 

Both USFS ramps are open, campgrounds are operating at 50% capacity, and most businesses are open. Caltrans has resumed work on the Fredoyner Summit with minor traffic delays on 36.

Our Veterans Fishing Day schedule is set and all fishing spots are full with 50 boats and more than 100 Veterans fishing this Saturday. Hopefully, I have enticed a few of you to read this entire report to gather more information on Auggie’s Alley. Auggie’s Alley is named after local legend Auggie Serena, a Vietnam Veteran, Captain for our Veterans Fishing Day, and all around nice man. You will find the Alley by heading south from Big Cove into the 50’  water, Auggie will be in a pontoon boat (not the one with the purple top that would be a different local legend Duncan McIntyre). Auggie will have his radio on channel 69 if you would like to give him a shout out and thank him for service.

Lake Almanor Fireworks Spectacular

The Lake Almanor Area Chamber would like to thank Jay Sableman with Lake Almanor Brokers for all his work to make the Fireworks Spectacular happen year after year. 

Donations are still needed as we continue to make plans.

Music Added to the Show
The Fireworks Spectacular, a 25+ year tradition, takes place on Sunday, July 4th after sunset. This year, the show will be shot from a barge located off the tip of the Peninsula and will be coordinated to music that will be broadcast on FM 91.5 during the show. 

PLEASE! Continue to send in your donations! They are very much needed to continue our tradition. Click here to donate online.
Town Chatter - June 2021, Volume 4