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

Disaster Relief & Dixie Fire Information

Plumas County Dixie Fire Resource List
Click Here.

Disaster Resource Center (DRC)

Where: Almanor Recreation Center, 101 Meadowbrook Loop, Chester, Ca. 
When: 11:00am to 6:00pm daily from September 14th to September 18th. 
For those of you affected by the Dixie Fire, come register with FEMA to see how they can help you recover.  

Dixie Fire Clothing & Supplies Distribution Center in Chester
Sponsored by Elks Lodge 2626 in collaboration with The Almanor Foundation. 164 Main Street, Chester. New items only. Opens for the first time this Saturday 9/11 and will be open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 3 - 6 pm through the end of September.

Plumas Crisis & Intervention Resource Centers
Quincy: 175 Main St, (530) 283-5515: Resource mitigation
Portola: 165 Ridge Street, (530) 832-1827: Resource mitigation
Loyalton: 513 Main Street, (530) 993-1237: Domestic violence help
24/7 Crisis Line: (877) 757-0029
Mental Health Crisis Line: (530) 283-6307

Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc. Resources
If you were affected by the Dixie Fire and are displaced from your job or need help with employment, training, or assistance applying for unemployment, call (530) 283-1606 or email

Samaritan's Purse U.S. Disaster Relief 
Samaritan's Purse is working with homeowners in the area. This is a free service provided to homeowners who have little or no insurance. Requests are handled upon need and volunteer availability. For assistance with the Dixie Fire or to volunteer, please contact (530) 855-0426. Lake Almanor Community Church, 2610 Plumas County A13.

Chester Wellness Center Open for Wildfire Victims
The Chester Wellness Center is full and no longer accepting donations for wildfire relief. Hours of operation for distribution are 10:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday.
Damage Assessment Maps

Dixie Fire Structure Status Map (CAL FIRE)

Recovery Information

Plumas County Recovery Information

Plumas County Resources:

Town Trivia

Katherine Sansone

pastedGraphic.pngLast week answer stalled the community and our regular players. The correct question is: What is the Red River lumber Company fire train?

This week’s Answer: 

Answer this week courtesy of Steve Fleming is: In the 1880's, this civil engineer coined the phrase "The stairway of power” and went on to design today's Canyon Dam creating Lake Almanor.

This week’s winner will receive a $10 gift certificate from B&B Booksellers.

Please send your question to:

Need sponsors! If interested, please contact

Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Relief Funds

Clint Koble, Advisor - Sierra SBDC

Following are links and information about various disaster relief funds currently available. Please visit the SBA booth at the Disaster Assistance Center, 101 Meadow Brook Loop, Chester.  Even though you may not be sure you want to avail yourself of a loan, it is worth finding out what is there, what the low interests rates are and how to qualify.

Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans to repair or replace private and business property as well as economic injury from the Dixie Fire are described in this straight-forward FACT Sheet to disaster assistance from the SBA. 

The State of CA has authorized $1.5 billion in additional funding for the CA Small Business COVID-19 Grant Relief Program to cover COVID-related financial losses in 2020 vs 2019. There are two grants to apply for:
Non-Profit Cultural Institutions:  Must be a 501 (c) 3 non-profit in the business of Art Dealership; Dance Company; Performing Arts Center, Museum; Historical Site, or  Dinner Theater. Applications from August 27, 2021 - September 8, 2021.  Https://  See Round 8.

CA Small Business COVID-19 Grant Relief Program for small businesses that suffered financial losses in 2020 vs 2019 due to COVID-19.  Https://  See Round 9.  Applications begin September 9, 2021 thru September 30, 2021.  This will most likely be the last round; please apply on the starting date.

Please contact Clint Koble for more information or assistance. Clint lives in Lake Almanor and he serves Plumas, Lassen, and Modoc Counties. The Sierra SBDC offers free one-on-one small business counseling, assistance in getting financing, and assistance in writing your business plan. Go to; open the Home Page; click on Apply Now and fill out the appropriate information boxes.

For FREE seminars and class sessions, go to; open the Home Page; click on Trainings; register for the session of your choice.  Sessions are FREE.  For any questions or assistance, call Clint Koble, Advisor - Sierra Small Business Development Center;; (775) 843-4081.

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

COVID-19 testing times have been updated! 
COVID-19 testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic persons who are seeking a test will be by appointment only Monday through Friday from 8:30-9:30 am and again at 3:00-4:00 pm.  Results can take up to 3 business days. Patients can call the Lake Almanor Walk-in Clinic to schedule appointments at (530)258-2826. COVID-19 Testing Information - Seneca Healthcare District 

Town Hall October 18, 2021 at 5:15pm.
The Lake Almanor Area Chamber will be hosting an in person and virtual town hall meeting next month to discuss updates on economic development, recreation development, infrastructure, and Lake Almanor area tourism. Stay tuned for updates on it's location. Come join us as we grow and rebuild together!  

Disaster Recovery Center Open until September 27
Federal assistance is available for those who suffered losses from the Dixie Fire. Plumas County in collaboration with FEMA and Cal OES will have the Disaster Assistance Center in open Chester through September 27 at Almanor Recreation Center, 101 Meadowbrook Loop. 11-6 each day. 

Wildfires Virtual Insurance Recovery Forum
Please join California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and United Policyholders Executive Director Amy Bach for a 2021 Wildfires Virtual Insurance Recovery Forum, taking place this Wednesday, September 22nd at 6:00 p.m. The webinar will describe services and resources available through the Department of Insurance and United Policyholders to help homeowners affected by these fires navigate their recovery. Registration is requested - Click on this LINK.

Looking for lodging near Lake Almanor? Mill Creek Resort is open and accepting reservations for camping, RV park or cabins. CLICK HERE to book on their website, or call them at (530) 595 - 4449. 

25% Off Sale at the Candy Shoppe in Chester
Dixie Fire Blowout Sale - stop by for 25% off all candy during the entire month of September. Free truffle while supplies last.

Lake Almanor Farmers Market Thursday, September 23
Join us tomorrow from 4-7pm at Chester Park.

Westwood Farmers Market Friday, September 24
Support our neighbors as they restart their Farmers Market on Friday from 4-7pm at the Walker Mansion Inn.

Clothing & Supplies Distribution Center for Dixie Fire Relief Chester, M,W,S 3-6 pm
Elks Lodge 2626 will operate a Distribution Center of relief supplies for those who have been affected by the Dixie the lodge on 164 Main Street, each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through the rest of the month, 3 - 6 pm. Donations will not be accepted at this time. 

For daily (and sometimes hourly) news and information, please visit our Facebook page:

Money is Good ... Compassion is Moving

Katherine Sansone

It is always heartwarming to hear stories of kindness to one another when unforeseen circumstances hit a community but it is always heartening when children step-up as well; and have learned (through example) compassion and empathy for others. 

Four teens from Santa Rosa have had neighborhood bake-sales for a number of years selling lemon bars, snickerdoodles, zucchini and banana bread, cobblers, cookies, fudge and lemonade. Watching the television coverage of the devastation of the Dixie fire, they decided to donate the money they raised to help those most affected.  In this case, the size of the donation doesn’t matter . . . the size of the heart of these four children does.

L-R Satchel Knerr-Archambeau, Jolene Rucker, Ruby Knerr-Archambeau, Carter Rucker
hailing from Santa Rosa Calif.  

All Fired Up & Kickin' Ash

Plumas Pines' "All Fired Up and Kickin' Ash" Rib Cook-Off is being held to support the needs of victims of the Dixie Fire. Get ready for tasting some great ribs and enjoying activities and live music on the resort lawn overlooking beautiful Lake Almanor.

October 2nd, 11- 5 pm, 3000 Almanor Drive West
Rib Tasting Package $30
Don't like ribs? Enjoy the music and activities with a $10 cover charge.
Click here to Purchase your Tickets.

Event proceeds will go to The Almanor Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund that supports the rebuilding and revitalization of communities and people throughout our region impacted by the Dixie Fire.

Sponsorships are also available. For more information contact Todd Geer, Plumas Pines (530) 259-4343 or Susan Bryner, The Almanor Foundation, 530-268-5422

The Almanor Foundation News

Susan Bryner

Dixie Fire Long-term Recovery Group is in need of leadership. If you are interested in taking a local leadership position in the long-term recovery efforts of the Dixie Fire Long Term Recovery Group you are urged to contact Clint Koble, The Almanor Foundation and Sierra Small Business Council (775) 843-4081.

A Dixie Fire Funders Roundtable met for the first time on September 22 with the intention of creating a strong coalition of funders to facilitate the recovery of the region. The intention of the group is to work together to leverage funding sources to avoid duplication and serve the widest possible recovery needs. The group, led by Jovanni Triceri of the North Valley Community Foundation included:
  • Susan Bryner, Jordan Russell and Clint Koble, The Almanor Foundation
  • Larry Olmstead, Matt Plokin and Melody Proebebstal, United Way of Northern California
  • B.J. North, Plumas Bank
  • Karen Woodruff, Well Fargo Bank
  • Phylis McConn, Tahoe-Truckee Community Foundation
  • Morrea Stout, Sierra Institute
  • Kim DuFour, David Little, Monica Wiggman, Tess Slaton, North Valley Community Foundation
Foundation welcomes new board member Julie Childers. At the September board meeting, directors Judy Chynoweth, Shawn MacKenzie, Katherine Sansone and Carla Parsons welcomed Julie Childers to the board. Childers, retired controller of Collins Pine, explained that she was thrilled to be able to bring her skills and talents to the group, feeling that above all The Almanor Foundation is giving her and others a way to give back to the community they love.

To make a donation to The Almanor Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund, or learn more about our Wildfire Relief Grant Programs and Donors go to

This Week's Farmers Market

Jordan Russell

Thursday Farmers Market 9/23

Only two weeks left of the Farmers Market in Chester Park! This week, our signature cocktail will be a zesty and sweet Margarita, along with Sincere Cider, the official hard cider of the
farmers market, and an assortment of beers. 

Come enjoy the guitar blues rock fusion sound of Michael Russell and his special guests, Grayson Katka, and Ian Parent. 

Check out our Farmers Market Facebook page for updates on which vendors will be in attendance. 

NEEDED: Community Input On Grant Opportunity For The Almanor Rail Trail

Carlos Espana

Now more than ever our region needs to capitalize on opportunities to add new trails or rebuild lost trails caused by the Dixie Fire.  Almanor Recreation and Park District’s (ARPD) Trails program continues to focus on adding "Trails Around the Lake".  ARPD has been working with Collins Pine Company (CPC) for over a year performing due diligence studies for potential transfer of the Almanor Rail right of way (ROW).  CPC offered to donate the ROW to ARPD in 2019.  The studies are almost complete, and the findings are mostly favorable for a property transfer.

An available grant offered by the California Department of State Parks, called the Rural Recreation and Tourism Program Grant, due in November 2021, is considered by ARPD and Almanor Basin Trails Coalition members an excellent potential grant to both finalize the acquisition of the entire 12-mile, 100-foot wide, Almanor Rail Trail AND to develop the first 1.8 miles from Chester’s Main Street to the west end of the highway 36 Causeway into a greenway park with a recreation trail.  This grant would also permit the renovation of the 100-year-old Railroad Trestle behind Olsen Barn to provide a safe and direct connection to the Causeway and the Olsen Barn property. 

The Grant application requires community input to determine the community's interest, desires, and support for the potential project.   We have created an electronic survey using Google Forms to obtain regional community feedback and opinions on the overall idea and type of development, and desired features within the park/trail.  Due to Covid 19 and the Dixie Fires, we were not able to obtain community input using traditional meetings, video conferences, or pop-up venues. 

Please fill out our Survey Questions using the LINK below so that we can determine your interest, support and design ideas and then summarize them in the Grant Application.  California State Parks wants these grant projects to have significant community input and support.  

The LINK is:  Survey Questions for an Almanor Rail Trail Grant

Feel free to send the link to others that you feel support this grant opportunity.  A paper version is available at the ARPD office (530) 258-2562

Town turns out to celebrate Carol’s Cafe and benefit Greenville and Canyon Dam

Gregg Scott, Plumas News Staff Writer

Plumas News September 16.

One of the wonderful advantages to living in a small rural community is the way “mountain folk” come together in times of crisis. Just a short time ago (July) Carol Franchetti, owner/operator of Carol’s Café in Prattville, was planning a celebration of her 50 years in that business location.  Then the Dixie Fire that interrupted those plans.  As a result, Franchetti decided to modify her celebration into a benefit dinner to help revitalize the business community in Greenville and Canyon Dam, both devastated by the fire.

Fast forward to the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 11, to find somewhere around 300 community members at the Chester Park in support of her benefit – and that’s just the folks that came to enjoy a great meal featuring barbequed tri-tip and chicken. Before the barbeques were lit or the food was cooked, there were dozens of people delivering and setting up tables and chairs, setting up the trailer mounted grills, delivering food containers and a myriad of other event equipment.

Franchetti expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the community and all the people who worked so hard to make the event a success.  The morning found members of the Chester Boy Scouts and Chester Rotary along with numerous members of the Prattville Fire Department delivering and setting up tables and chairs. Franchetti’s own Café staff, lead by Bonnie Acebedo, were responsible for much of the pre-prepared food. Heath and Christi Chase of Cravings were in charge of the folks the barbequed the meat entrees and were ably assisted by Wendy Morris and Gerry Herring.  David Price along with the Ken Wilson and Andrews family served virtually all day and helped with many tasks. Brian Miller set up the Adult Beverage location and Steve Lawson provided the music.  “There are way too many people to thank. I know I am forgetting somebody, but I want to thank you all,” she stated.

She also had a special thank you for Joyce Ruschhaupt and Jane Scott for putting together the silent auction booth that generated over $4,000 for the event. In total with the auction monies the efforts produced about $31,000, the final amount yet to be determined because individual donations are still coming in through the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment site.  If you have questions about donating, please contact Moorea Stout at (323) 248-7057. Franchetti said, “Moorea has been indispensable throughout this whole process”.

Finally, Franchetti did want to let everyone know that she is closing Carol’s Café for the rest of this season. With only two more weeks to go and the unreliability of her power, she said she just can’t take a chance of losing more revenue. But she will be opening again next spring as usual.

Almanor Fishing Report

John Crotty

No photo description available.9/18/2021

Lake level continues to drop currently sitting at 4477.74 approximately three feet lower than last year on the same date. Stumps and rocks are popping up throughout the lake and creating new navigational hazards daily. Both USFS public boat ramps remain closed with no estimated opening date. Saturday winds clouded the water in the north/west section of the lake, today clarity was between 8-12’ on the east side of the lake, half that on the West. 

Almanor is full of Pond Smelt with huge bait balls seemingly everywhere. Fish are migrating throughout the lake and water column. I fished a couple of hours this afternoon and hooked four fish, all on gulp smelt imitation, I fished from Rec#2 to the tip of the Peninsula. We had four rods out one at 30’, one at 25, 20 & 15 and all four got bit. Boat traffic was light and water temps were between 63.5 & 65 degrees. Target fish in the deeper water and around springs as fish are seeking cooler water. Last night’s rain while welcomed didn’t amount to much more than a light dusting. 

Today’s high will be in the mid sixties with our low dropping to the mid thirties, we will see winds Monday & Tuesday and warming temps later in the week. Shore fishermen are targeting Hamilton Branch, I spoke with a few guys and the bite has been tough. 

AFA is planning for another successful fish pen season, we received our fish food delivery this past week ($12,000) and we will be receiving 50,000 fertile Eagle Lake Rainbows in late October. We will be monitoring water temps and levels to insure the safety of our pens, fish and volunteers.

Through the generosity of AFA supporters we have raised approximately $20,000 for DIXIE Fire Victims. We are working with Bill Cook the Veterans Services Officer to administer the funds to Veterans. If you are a Veteran impacted by the Dixie Fire please contact Bill at 530-283-6275 or send us an email @  The Almanor Fishing Association will be closing our GoFundMe account soon; you can continue to make donations via our PayPal account on our website @ or by mail to AFA PO Box 1938 Chester, CA 96020. The Lake Almanor Community and all agencies raising monies are working together with a common goal to serve those in need.

Town Chatter - September 2021, Volume 4