October 2021, Volume 2
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Catch of the Week

Captain Rob


James and Ed Szeyller of Dana Point and Palm Desert Ca.

Disaster Relief & Dixie Fire Information

The deadline for Disaster Unemployment Insurance has been extended through November 30.

Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center

The computer lab at The Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center is now open to the public! If you are one of the Dixie Fire survivors that need computer, scanner/printer, and internet access to help get through the recovery process please feel free to come in and utilize this resource. Open 9-5, 7 days a week in the Crescent Hotel in Crescent Mills, CA 3.5 miles south of Greenville.

Phase II, Debris Removal & Property Clean-Up
Winter is approaching and Plumas County is working closely with CalOES to get those who qualify signed up for the Right of Entry to get their properties cleaned up. The Dixie Fire left a massive amount of debris to be cleaned up and you are encouraged to sign up and complete the Right of Entry form or contact Plumas County if you will be using the alternate program. There will be a deadline! Share this information with your fiends and family and help meet the goal of getting people signed up by October 15th.

Go to https://plumascounty.us/2880/Debris-Removal-Programs and reach out to Plumas County staff if you have any questions. They can be reached at (530) 283-7080, or by email at ROE@countyofplumas.com

Plumas County Dixie Fire Resource List
Click Here.

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 afwdcontact@ncen.org

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.

Damage Assessment Maps

Dixie Fire Structure Status Map (CAL FIRE)

Recovery Information

Plumas County Recovery Information

Plumas County Resources:

Town Trivia

Katherine Sansone

Stumped again! The answer last week was: A lake turning over. The correct question is: "When the epilimnion and the hypolimnion exchange places, this is commonly known as?"

This week’s answer: The residents of Chester and Westwood were furious since this proposed idea from Great Western Power Company would add an additional seven miles between the two communities.

Sponsor this week is the Coffee Station offering a $3.00 coupon. 

Please send your question to: Trivia@lakealmanorarea.com.

Need sponsors! If interested, please contact katherine@sansoneplus.com.


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

Cemetery Board Rebuilding After Fire
A regular public meeting of the Chester Cemetery Board is scheduled for Thursday, October 14 in the Chester Civic Center building at 9 am. The board is still researching a way to arrange safe burials post Dixie. Agendas are posted at the library, the post office, and at the court house.

PBS Highlights Dixie Fire
Kevin Goss and Community Members speak to the loss of their town, their homes and the desire to rebuild. Goss shares the need to do expeditious clean up of debris that could impact the Feather River Watershed. Watch the PBS broadcast at  https://www.pbs.org/video/after-the-fire-1633986501/

Pig Auction for Almanor Fishing Association to take place TONIGHT!
Mark and Sandy Ottenwalter donated a 240 pound pig from Chico Locker to the Almanor Fishing Association. This Wednesday beginning at 5 pm AFA will hold an online auction via Face Book, the auction will end at 7pm sharp with the highest bidder at 7pm awarded the pig. Post your bid in the comment section on AFA's Facebook page and we will acknowledge the bid as received. There will be a $400 minimum bid to start the auction. This value of over $700 will go directly to our fish pen program.

Dixie Fire Relief For Livestock, Taylorsville
For those whose livestock were impacted by the Dixie fire, visit the Taylorsville Historical Hall Tuesday, October 19, 2021. They will be hosting a variety of resources to help you find the support you need to recover. For mor information, contact Debi  Michaels with FSA at (530) 257-4127 x 104 or debi.michaels@usda.gov. 

October 15th Presentation by Mauro Archer and Associates, LLC. 
This Friday from 11am to 2pm at the Almanor Recreation Center, 102 Meadow Brook Loop, there will be a meeting with Erin Brockovich, and David Svoboda. Chat with this community focused legal team about what they are working towards, and how they can help you. 

Coventry Gardens Fall Afternoon Tea
Enjoy an afternoon inside the Walker Mansion Saturday, October 23rd. Join the Westwood Chamber of Commerce for a tea and treats social from 12pm to 3pm. Call 530-256-2133 for reservations or email coventrygarden@yahoo.com or check out thewalkermansioninn.com . 

Get your permit for Christmas Tree cutting!
Mail in your request for up to two trees per household, $10 each tree. Send your request to the Almanor Ranger District, Eagle Lake Ranger District, LNF Supervisors Office, or Hat Creek Ranger District. Click here for the request form

For daily (and sometimes hourly) news and information, please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lakealmanorarea

35 Years of Walking the Tight Rope

Chelssa Outland, Seneca Healthcare District

We revel in our admiration for those in our communities that answer the call when situations go bad. 

Our Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Service… and so many more first responders and disaster workers to thank and pay tribute.  This summer has proven to be one where the “thank you bucket” is just not big enough.  Amid all the waves, handshakes and accolades, we must dig deep to find one huge thank you. It is for a special person that does not stand in the bright spotlight but has without question seen and contributed to the wellbeing of our lives and the lives of our loved ones. This person has done all this aloft while looking through a windscreen.

Chico-based FlightCare pilot Marty Marshall has been serving our community in times of need for over 35 years.  Walking the tightrope is a term that can be used as he has balanced the urgency of flight medivac with the safety of his crew, patients, and aircraft.  This is a fine balance as conditions like weather, heat, terrain and aircraft performance factor into the equation every time there is a dispatch for service.  His work requires laser focus during all phases of the flight and ends only when patient, crew and aircraft are tucked away safely each time.

One of Marty's very first flights was to Chester for medivac service and over 35 years later, on October 7, 2021, the final flight of his FlightCare career was also to Chester bringing full circle to an amazing career. The communities of Plumas County, the Lake Almanor basin, and especially Seneca Healthcare District would like to thank Marty for a job well done.

Thank you Marty for your professionalism and continuous service to our communities. 

 Fair winds and clear skies sir

Town Hall October 18, 2021 at 5:15pm

The Lake Almanor Area Chamber will be hosting an in person and virtual town hall meeting  to  share updates on Dixie Fire Relief & Recovery efforts, the newly forming Long Term Recovery Group and the work of The Almanor Foundation in funding relief and recovery programs. 

Join us at Mt. Lassen Theatre next Monday, or via zoom (below) or visit our Lake Almanor Area Chamber Facebook Live Feed on that day. 

Town Hall October 18, 2021 at 5:15pm 
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 822 4493 4593
Passcode: 343974
One tap mobile
+13462487799,,82244934593#,,,,*343974# US (Houston)

Scarecrow Contest Opens October 15

The Community Scarecrow Contest is open for registration. Watch them come out along Main Street starting October 15. 


Fees from the Scarecrow contest fund prizes for the Merchants Trick or Treat Costume Contest!

Scarecrows will be judged on Facebook by members of the community! Judging closes at midnight October 31st. Everyone is welcome to participate! If you do not have a business or storefront and wish to participate to support the youth of this community please contact us and we will find accommodations for your scarecrow. info@lakealmanorarea.com 530-258-2426

Merchants! Register for the Holiday Shopping Tour by October 20

The Annual Holiday Shopping Tour will take place November 12 - 13. Registration for merchant participation is open now and closes October 20th.

Cost for Business Participation: $50 Member of a local Chamber, $75 Non-Members
  • Promote Tour with your Customers & on Social Media
  • Decorate for Holidays 
  • Be Creative with Hospitality, Beverages, Snacks, Music
  • Create In-Store Specials & Drawings
  • Donate to Grand Prize Basket ($25 minimum)
  • Prizes will be given for "Visited All", a Tour Participant Drawing & Best Facebook Photo
Use the QR code to register your business! 

Almanor Fishing Report

John Crotty

No photo description available.Almanor Fishing Report


Lake level currently sits at 4476.04 down approximately 8/10ths since last week’s report.  Water temps dropped into the high fifties and clarity on the East Shore is 10 plus feet and less than four feet in the shallow water on the West side of the lake. We are seeing more algae in the water in the flats between the Peninsula/Prattville North. 

 We are forecast to see a cooling trend over the next few days accompanied by high winds. Overnight temps in the teens, daytime highs in the high 40’s/low50’s with 20 plus mph gusts will make for uncomfortable fishing conditions at best. Temps will warm up later in the week with next weekend looking like great fall weather. We have not received any significant rain this fall and there is nothing forecast for the next seven days. 

Fishing was inconsistent this past week good one day ok the next, the fish are in great shape and hard fighting as they continue to gorge on pond smelt. Arctic Fox trolling flies (white), hardware, crawlers and gulps all caught fish. Fish remain scattered throughout the water column, we caught the majority of our fish in the top ten feet of water, the grade of fish was better deeper. We fished in water between 18 and 35’ deep from the peninsula north; there was a significant increase in boat traffic in that area as well. Our bite didn’t get going until the sun got on the water.  I used an 80’ set back and staggered depths until we saw a pattern.  Hamilton Branch remains your best shot at catching a quality fish from shore.

It’s that time of year in the mountains, docks are being removed, RV parks and campgrounds are closing and seasonal businesses are/will be shutting down soon. Travel into and out of Plumas County remains challenging as hazardous tree removal along our highways is ongoing. 

Welcome New Chamber Member Mauro Archer and Associates, LLC

Jordan Russell

Welcome to Chester David Svoboda with Mauro Archer and Associates, LLC!

Tell us about your background

I started public service advocacy while working as an EMT with Doctors, Nurses and reparation therapists on Children’s Hospital Los Angeles helicopter. After receiving my master’s degree from New School for Social Research in New York, I worked as a Nonprofit and educational arm of the Los Angeles Fire Department to expand to Sonoma, Lake and Marin Counties. 

How did you get into your current line of work? 

When living in Sonoma county, me, my wife and kids evacuated from fires on two different occasions. Having been through these experiences, I wanted to do more to help others in similar situations. While working for CHLA  as a Teamster, my local 665 in Sonoma County introduced me to Erin Brockovich and the firm. Even though I had no legal background, I was able to join the team as a Claims Management Specialist. I’ve been working on the Camp and Tubbs fire for four years. Now, I am the lead community outreach worker who brings awareness to communities about what we do at our firm.

What does your firm do?

We do a myriad of things. One of the ways we help communities is we hold big companies and businesses accountable for their actions. We do this by providing legal support for those impacted by those actions, as well as help make policy changes that prevent similar issues in the future. 

We also provide community engagement and support services. This could be bringing in semi trucks full of resources like winter clothes, and firewood as we transition into the winter months, along with mental health support services. With the help of the Chamber, we would love to conduct a needs assessment to address the needs of the community. We want to be a pillar of support. We want to open the door for public policy and change.

How long are you planning on providing these services? 

Our offices are still open and providing support in Chico due to the Camp fire which took place in November 2018. When our firm opens in a community, we don’t leave until the needs are met. I am excited to live here and be a part of this community. 

What are the key points you want the Lake Almanor Area to know about you? 

My door is always open and I’m here to help. I’m here to collaborate with this community. Our office will be open to anyone who would like a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, a place to watch the baseball game, and a place to have a conversation. Come hang and talk with us. 

Mauro Archer and Associates, LLC is located at 150 Main Street, downtown Chester. Their hours are Monday through Saturday 8am to 5ish. Once construction is completed by next week, they will be open for business. You can contact David (707) 536-8379 or email at david@mauroarcher.com.
If David is not available, his associate and helper for countless clients Anders Bettum can also be reached at, (707) 971- 9289 or anders@mauroarcher.com. 

They are also hosting a community engagement event at Almanor Rec and Park at 102 Brook Loop. Get more information on what they plan to do for the Lake Almanor Area by joining Erin Brockovich, David Svoboda, and Anders Bettum from 11 am to 2pm.

Town Chatter - October 2021, Volume 2