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

Parade Color Guard Honored with WWII Veteran

Marching with this year's Color Guard was Peter Moale, 94 years old, and a WWII Veteran. He was Ship's Radio Operator serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, the Army Transport Service, and the Merchant Marines. Peter is a long time resident of Lake Almanor. Thank you for your service Peter!

Chester Library Reading Program & Book Donations

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.

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. 

Town Trivia

The winner last week was Karyn Merriman who had the correct question what are Mill Creek Falls and King’s Creek Falls to answer, “the two well-known waterfalls in Lassen Park,” winning a $15 gift certificate from Watkins Pet Supply. Thank you!

Answer this week courtesy of Tom Purdy: In the 1920s, the place started to flourish when the cabins from Red River Lumber Company’s Camp 32 were retrofitted.

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. 

This week's featured job.

Feather River Tourism Association

Feather River Tourism Association is seeking qualified applicants who are interested in working in the following fields or similar areas:

  • Administration Marketing Communication
  • Web Maintenance Strategic Planning Financial Oversight

Please contact Karen Kleven, Board Chair
530-394-0269, email karenkleven@gmail.com or visit the website.

Welcome to our Newest Chamber Members

Five Star Bank
Jon Gregory

Forever Home & Outdoor
Josh & Christa Herman

Pizza Factory of Chester
Michael and Laura Kincaid

Watkins Pet Supply
Michelle Watkins

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

Kitten Adoption at Plumas Bank
Stop by Plumas Bank this Friday and adopt a kitty! Many kittens and adults as well. Watkins Pet supply will also be giving away free treats.

Professional Artisans Cooperative Art & Craft Marketplace
This event will be held on Saturday July 10 from 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday July 11 from 9:00am-4:00pm at Clear Creek Park. Clear Creek park has a beautiful pond and creek as a backdrop for this show. This event features art and crafts, a pancake breakfast, BBQ lunch and entertainment. 

2021 Lake Almanor Poker Paddle Water Run
July 24, 2021
This is a five-card poker run on the water out and back from Plumas Pines Resort along the west shore of the 8th largest reservoir (Lake Almanor) in California.  Paddlers can choose to do a 4.5 mile or 9 mile run. Starts at 8am, tickets are available at event beginning at 7am
Paddlers must have a coast guard approved personal floatation device.
Paddlers (kayak, canoe, SUP) *Non-Motorized Vessels Only
Click here for more information.

Plumas Pines Resort Restaurant New Hours
To keep up their wonderful service with staff shortages Plumas Pines Restaurant has announced new hours: Thursday - Tuesday. Lunch beginning at 11 am and dinner beginning at 5 pm. Closed Wednesdays.

Chester Cemetery District Public Forum
Thursday, July 8, 9 am
1400 HWY 36, 530-258-3878
You are invited to come and hear about the amazing progress made at your Cemeteries (includes Prattville).  We encourage your questions and comments, especially from the applicants for the Board of Directors positions.

4th of July Parade Top 5 Floats

The parade was fantastic with many amazing, fun, and creative floats.  The Lake Almanor Area Chamber would like to thank all the volunteers that contributed to making the parade happen, and everyone who participated in the parade. Our small-town parade grows larger each year and we are ever grateful to the people in our community that take time on their holiday to celebrate with us. 

This year's announcers booth and judges booth was stationed outside of Coldwell Banker where judges picked their top five favorite floats and now turn the voting over to the community to pick the top three! 

The top three floats from last year will ride in the front of the parade next year displaying a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd banner. 

Judges Pick: In no particular order, the top five floats are:

Lake Almanor Community Church - Tractor with Guitarist
Hartman Ranch Float - Freedom & Liberty 
Billson Construction Co. - Let Freedom Ring 
Seneca Healthcare District - Commitment to Community 
Chris McNeal - Beach Patrol Mercedes Unimog

How to Vote: Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lakealmanorarea, look for our post titled 4th of July Top Five, and comment listing your top three with the first being your favorite. 


Marriage Proposal at July 4th Parade

The Lassen Meadows Ranch horse and carriage are a favorite entry each year in our parade. In this year's 4th of July Parade they shared a special moment when this young man proposed marriage to his surprised shining and touching moment for all along the 2021 parade route.

Lassen Meadows Ranch is a stunning 160 acre private getaway. They offer private waters fly-fishing, cabin rentals, group gatherings, and more. And they host  magical weddings for 50 or 250 on their private lakeside lawns.  

See the full video of the proposal on our Facebook Page Here


Collins Forestlands Closed To Public Use To Increase Public Safety During an Exceptionally Dry 2021

Matt Staggs, Account Executive, CBS TV Stations & Lake Alman

With summer in full swing, we have all noticed that the lack of precipitation has set the stage for another devastating wildfire season. While many preparations can be made on an individual level, Collins Pines has gone above and beyond to help ensure public safety and mitigate wildfire spread. 

Niel Fischer, Collins Pine Company’s Western Resource Manager, has provided a statement that further clarifies on Collin’s decision to close its lands to public use which began 6/28/21:

“Collins’ primary objective in making the decision to close its lands is public safety – and fire prevention is a key component. When we look back at the way recent fires have behaved, the risk to human life is extraordinary. 

Beginning with the Rim Fire in 2013 in Tuolumne County, California’s wildfires have moved across the landscape very rapidly – consuming nearly everything in their path and with terrible results. Lives have been lost. Property has been destroyed and landscapes have been changed with associated effects that will last decades. 

We at Collins are looking to minimize the number of people in our forest to increase the likelihood that lives will be saved during a fire. This approach also works toward keeping our forests healthy for the long-term.

With less than 3 miles of total length, through-hikers can continue their journeys along the Pacific Crest Trail while our lands are closed. 

Collins Pine is very grateful to the public for sharing our goals for a healthy, productive, beautiful, and safe forests and we appreciate their continued support.”  

For more information, you can view Collins Press Release on the CA & OR Forestlands Closure here, visit www.collinsco.com, or contact Collins Pine Company’s Western Resource Manager:

Niel Fischer 
P.O. Box 796
Chester, CA 96020

Plumas County Board of Supervisors Authorize FERC Letter on Cold Water Issue

November Lake, Courtesy of John Crotty.

At the July 6, 2021 Board of Supervisors Meeting, Tracey Ferguson, AICP, Planning Director made a recommendation to the Board that they review and authorize a comment letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding Project No. 2105 license. The Supervisors commented that they had received many, many letters of support for the Project from the community. The vote was unanimous to authorize the letter.

Download the letter here.

Ferguson's recommendation contained the following information.

After many interested parties, including Plumas, working diligently together, the UNFFR Project - FERC No. 2105-089 Final Relicensing Settlement Agreement (Settlement Agreement) was executed on April 22, 2004. The purpose of the Settlement Agreement was to resolve, among the Parties, subjects of concern in support of FERC issuing a New Project License.

The term of the Settlement Agreement began upon execution and will continue for the term of the New Project License, plus the term(s) of any annual license(s), or until the effective date of any FERC order approving surrender of all or part of the Project under the Federal Power Act {FPA). And while the Settlement became effective as of the 2004 date of execution, many of the protection, mitigation, and enhancement measures are not triggered until the New Ucense is issued by FERC.

Plumas' position is that any resulting terms or conditions of the New Project License must be consistent with the Settlement Agreement, including no increased releases of cold water from Canyon Dam beyond what was agreed to in the Settlement, and that there be no adverse effects on Beneficial Uses to the surface water bodies of Lake Almanor and the North Fork Feather River and the environs under the FERC Project No. 2105 License.
Plumas appreciates receiving numerous County resident comment letters regarding the relicensing process and directed FERC's attention to these letters that support the Settlement Agreement terms, as written, and emphatically do not support increased cold water releases from Lake Almanor.

The interests of Plumas rest in improving water quality and forest health, protecting eco systems, advancing the quality of life for residents, safeguarding the economy and increasing economic prosperity, support ing tourism and local businesses, preserving properly values, and maintaining access to recreational amenities.

The Plumas County comment letter respectfully requests FERC to exercise its regulatory power in a rational, balanced, and equitable manner to ensure Plumas County's economy and its invaluable environmental resources are safeguarded for generations to come, while sustaining the long-term and safe operation of Project facilities over the term of the New License.

We ask our community to continue to submit letters to FERC.  Sample letters are available at this site, along with addresses for FERC. Sample letters will also be available for pick-up at the Farmers Market in Chester on Thursday from 4-7pm.

If you have any questions, please call Wendi Durkin, Chair of the Save Lake Almanor Committee 530-228-2683 or Susan Bryner, President of the Lake Almanor Area Chamber 530-588-3799.

This Week at the Farmers Market - July 8

Jennie Mathews, Farmers Market Manager

This week we have some new vendors and live music provided by Laurel Paulson-Pierce.

Signature Cocktails & Beverages
This week's signature cocktail is a choice of Gin & Tonic and/or Vodka & Tonic. In addition, there will be plenty of Sincere Cider on hand, the official hard cider of the Lake Almanor Farmers Markets, as well as, an assortment of beers.
For more information, contact:
Market Manager, Jennie Mathews

Lake Almanor Peninsula Firewise Newsletter

Carol Montgomery

The Lake Almanor Peninsula Firewise Committee, a Firewise USA recognized community that includes Peninsula Drive Neighborhoods outside of LACC, Lake Almanor Pines, Bailey Creek, Foxwood and surrounding undeveloped land, invites you to read our Spring Newsletter. This newsletter contains information on new California Laws for home sellers, tips on insurance renewals and more.  DOWNLOAD HERE

In addition, join our new Facebook Group page to stay up to date on Firewise Events, information in the community and find resources on fire safety and preparedness.

Creating Neighborhood Communication Networks
We also continue to expand our neighborhood email list. This provides a way to network and get info out in a timely fashion. If you would like to be included in this please email your
name, address, and any special needs you have to: cedardownhill@yahoo.com

Committee Contacts:
John Lundquist 530-596-3054
Jack Montgomery 530-591-3420
Carole Montgomery 530-591-5124
Dan Walker 530-259-4075
Tony Jewett 530-514-1798

Sierra SBDC Schedule of Workshops and Webinars for July 2021

Clint Koble

Workshops and Webinars offered by the Sierra SBDC
Please register to participate. Go to www.sierrasbdc.com; open the Home Page; click on Trainings and scroll down to the workshop of your choice.

July 7: Digital Marketing Hour: Returning to Sell at Festivals, Fairs and Shows.
9:00 am – 10:00. How prepared are you for face-to-face selling? Share tips for
returning stronger in 2021 – 2022.
July 8: Financing Your Business: 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Cover all traditional and non-
Traditional lending platforms.
July 13: NorCal SBDC Finance Center Presents: Small Business Financials Bootcamp,
Pt. 1. 10:30 am – 12:00 noon. Cover Big 3 Financial Statements: Profit/Loss,
Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow.
July 14, 21, and 28: The Startup Lunch and Learn: 12:00 noon – 12:45 pm. Three work-
shops on Business Planning, Financial Management, and Funding.
July 27: Webinar: Business Funding Made Easy: 9:00am – 10:30 am. Cover the
available resources to help your startup or existing business.

Another service provided by the Sierra SBDC. To register, go to www.sierrasbdc.com;
click on Apply; then fill out the information boxes about your current or future small
business. All information is kept confidential.
If you need more assistance, please contact Clint Koble, Advisor at
clint.koble@gmail.com or (775) 843-4081

Weather, Lake Almanor and Fishing Report

John Crotty

Ninety degree temps are on the menu again this week as water temps are reaching into the high 70’s. Water level is at 4482’ approximately three feet below last year on the same date; clarity fluctuates between 10-18’. Both USFS public ramps are open and useable; expect delays when returning from fishing as boat traffic is heavy.

Fish have migrated into deeper water in search of cooler water; trollers are fishing in 40-50 foot of water, fishing 30-45 on the wire. Slow trolling (one mph) crawlers and grubs remain your best shot at catching fish. The bite is good early and slows as the sun comes up; A-Frame, Big Cove, Dorado, Big Springs and the East Shore are all holding fish.
While the Hex Hatch is slowing, you can still get in on some late season action targeting fish along the West Shore from Canyon Dam to Almanor West. Pond Smelt are showing up in larger numbers along the rocky shorelines.

Bank fishermen are catching smaller fish around Canyon Dam using Power Bait and crawlers. Hamilton Branch remains your best shot at catching a quality fish from shore.
You can expect minimal delays on our roadways leading to Plumas County and all of our campgrounds and businesses are open.

A friendly reminder to all fishermen, the warm temps put additional stress on these fish especially the larger guys. I am a big advocate for catch and release and encourage the release of all trophy fish. If you catch a once in a lifetime fish and choose to release it please take extra precautions when handling, don’t get your fingers close to the gills, keep the fish in the water for a quick picture and release ASAP. Return it gently to the water via your coated net, if it struggles, grab it firmly by the tail belly down and get water passing through the gills. I like to use my electric trolling motor and hold the fish by the tail heading the same direction as the boat. Lastly I have a net on my boat that has a scale built into the handle and allows us to weigh fish harmlessly. Quite often I see pictures of fish that are going to be released hanging on a scale by the mouth; these scales harm the trout and should be avoided if you are releasing.
Town Chatter - July 2021, Volume 1