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

Catch of the Week

Captain Rob

Bill Gaines, founder of Transfer Flow's American made fuel tanks and his daughters Lisa and Laurie of Chico Ca.  A 25" 6.25lbs Lake Almanor brown trout caught and released.

Disaster Relief & Dixie Fire Information


The Tzu Chi Foundation has extended their Emergency Financial Assistance application deadline to 10/31. Dixie survivors can apply here: www.tzuchi.us/chico

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Mortgage Insurance Program for Disaster Victims Section 203(H) is open for survivors to apply within a year of the Presidential disaster declaration (8/24/21 – Lassen, Nevada, Placer and Plumas Counties). This program provides mortgage insurance to protect lenders against the risk of default on mortgages to qualified disaster survivors. Go to this link for more information: 

FEMA Individual Assistance Registration Deadline is Monday, Oct. 25
Federal assistance may be available for uninsured or underinsured individuals affected by the fire. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing (e.g., rental assistance, lodging expense reimbursement, home replacement, and direct housing), low-cost loans to cover uninsured personal property losses, medical/dental financial assistance, child care assistance, miscellaneous expenses, transportation, moving and storage expenses, critical needs, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Individuals must register by October 25, 2021 to be included on FEMA’s list for individual assistance. Don’t delay, call today to ask questions and understand what assistance is available and how to qualify. 

1. Call our Toll-Free number at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362)

Computer Lab at Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center
The computer lab at The Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center is 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.

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

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!  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

Winner of a gift certificate to Coffee Station is Michael Phillis who had the correct question to 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. Correct question: What was the 1925 proposal to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors to re-route the rail, utility poles, and highway along the shoreline rather than over a causeway when the lake level was raised to flood the Chester flats?

This week’s answer: The newly formed reservoir created by the dam was officially named Mountain Meadows Reservoir. ‚Äč

Thank you, Coffee Station, for being this week’s sponsor offering a $3.00 coupon.  

Please send question to Trivia@lakealmanorarea.com.

Want to be a sponsor? 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

From Plumas Health & Wellness
Flu and COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at local schools. See flyer for more details. A student or staff can receive either flu or COVID vaccine or both vaccines. For flu consent forms go to https://www.plumascounty.us/2069/Flu-Vaccination-Information for COVID consent forms go to https://www.plumascounty.us/2761/COVID-19---Vaccine

Greenville's Own Ken Donnell Now Broadcasting "Living Like a Refugee"
Ken Donnell, who lost his home and Greenville business, Music Land, in the Dixie Fire has begun broadcasting his new show, Living Like a Refugee, on KQNY FM 91.9 out of Quincy. The show runs Tuesdays at 7 pm, Fridays at 1 pm and Sundays at 11 am. www.kqny919.org
A new temporary location for the Fire Station in Greenville has been constructed at 19646 Hwy 89. With the help of Cal OES, along with other state partners, Plumas County, and private companies, the newly established temporary firehouse is the first structure to be built in Greenville following the fire. Cal OES Fire has assisted the Indian Valley Fire Department in rebuilding their fleet by providing Engine 310. The temporary firehouse will allow the fire department to provide fire, rescue, and medical protection for Greenville and surrounding communities as planning continues and construction begins on the permanent firehouse.

Music on the Green Revival, Greenville High School
Greenville will be alive with song Sunday, Oct. 24, 2 - 5 pm as musicians gather on the Greenville High School lawn to celebrate the strength and resilience of the Indian Valley community following the Dixie fire.

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

A Thank You to Collins Pine

Mrs. Carbone's 1st Grade Class at Chester Elementary School created a heartfelt thank you for the men and women of Collins Pine for their efforts in keeping our community safe during the fire.

Merchants! Registration for the Holiday Shopping Tour Extended

The Annual Holiday Shopping Tour will take place November 12 - 13. Registration for merchant participation is open now with the cut-off date extended to October 27.

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

Monday's Town Hall Gives Important Updates

Shawn MacKenzie, CEO of Seneca Hospital, Susan Bryner, Volunteer Executive Director at The Almanor Foundation (AF), and Clint Koble, Interim Director of Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) for Dixie Fire relief efforts spoke to over 100 people at this past Monday's Town Hall at the Mt. Lassen Theatre, via Zoom and Facebook Live

MacKenzie spoke about the Seneca Hospital Build. As Northwestern Plumas County’s ONLY healthcare facility it MUST be rebuilt to comply with SB 1953 Seismic Requirements. There is no retrofit option. If the rebuild does not happen, the facility will be shuttered in 2030. The good news is the District has the land, the zoning and the plans. Work now is to build the funds to execute. Learn More at www.senecahospital.org/new-hospital-build- campaign/
Call 530- 258- 2085 or Email info@senecahospital.org

Bryner spoke next by highlighting the important needs of our communities after the Dixie Fire and how The Almanor Foundation is helping to meet the need for funds.  She showcased stories of locals who are supporting their community members while combating their own losses due to the Dixie Fire. With people still living in trailers, cars, and tents, the Almanor Foundation is striving to grant funds to support for these families immediate needs along with the intermediate and long term needs for recovery.
The AF is looking for volunteers to assist. Volunteers can sign up for the Mountain Volunteer Project (MVP) through www.lakealmanorarea.com/mtvp. If you would like to learn more or DONATE go to the Almanor Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund

Lastly, Clint Koble explained the role of the Dixie Fire Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) that is now forming. The goal of the Dixie Fire LTRG is to serve those ‘unmet needs’ of disaster survivors through collaboration and communication, to open lines of support and bring in resources, while avoiding duplication. Koble is seeking members of communities across Plumas County to take part in the recovery efforts. If you are interested in learning more about the group reach out to Clint personally at clint.koble@gmail.com or sign up as an MVP



Community Town Halls are sponsored by the Chamber's Community Partners and are held the third Monday of each month at the Mt. Lassen Theatre. 

Scarecrow Contestants! Let's Get'em Up!

The Community Scarecrow Contest is open for registration. Let's decorate the town!


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

Jennie Mathews Joins Seneca Healthcare District

As Seneca Healthcare District continues to strive to be the provider of choice for this community, we are constantly working to hire the best possible team to make our goals a reality. Please join us in welcoming our new Human Resources Director, Jennie Mathews to the team. Jennie started working with Seneca, Monday, October 11th. She brings a wealth of knowledge as an experienced human resource leader and the expertise needed to facilitate Seneca Healthcare District with our HR related needs.

Jennie has several years of experience as an HR Manager and was part of the US Army Reserves for over eight years. Jennie will be a great addition to the team, with her skills in leadership, cultural initiatives, retention plans, paralegal work, and employee engagement.

Coldwell Banker Welcomes Laura Briggs and the Chamber Welcomes a New Member

Kari Delacour, CB

Laura Briggs has been a top producer for our Coldwell Banker office in Portola for many years and a member of the Coldwell Banker Diamond Society for two years running. She recently made the move to Lake Almanor and we are excited to embrace her as an agent at our Coldwell Banker Kehr/O'Brien offices.

Laura is one of the most energetic and hard-working Realtors in the industry. She is driven to find just the right properties for her clients and will go to the ends of the earth to make it happen. With a background in speculation development, Laura has a keen eye for opportunities; from residential to land, to commercial and income properties, she’s always a step ahead. Bright, funny, and energetic, this mother of two girls is also a generous volunteer of her time, seen here working the Coldwell Banker booth with chef Bex Pezzullo at the Rib Cook-Off at Plumas Pines. Special time for Laura and her family includes boating, hiking, and horseback riding. 

Resource Update for those Affected by the Dixie Fire

Jordan Russell, TAF Program Officer

Shelter News The Greenville Elementary School site is currently available as a shelter for those still camping out in the cold weather. Since its opening on Monday, Oct. 18, five people have used its services (which include showers), but no one has spent the night. If you are aware of anyone still camping out with or without tents in this continuing inclement weather, please let them know about the shelter at Greenville Elementary School and direct them there for warmth, hot showers, sleeping, and other services.

Free Meals The Greenville Southern Baptist Church is still serving free hot meals to Greenville and Indian Valley residents on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is located at 241 Greenville Wolf Creek Road.

Greenville Resource Center The Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center will be moving soon but is still taking donations at the Crescent Hotel site in Crescent Mills. Organizer Lara suggests that those wanting to help locals purchase gift cards from Evergreen Market for at least $20 there by supporting the only open market in Greenville and supporting locally displaced people all in one shot. The phone number for Evergreen Market is (530) 284-7313. Gift cards can also be dropped off at the Resource Center.

The FEMA deadline is fast approaching. The FEMA deadline is next Monday, Oct. 25. The number to call is (800) 621-3362. Apply now. The Right of Entry hard deadline is Nov. 15 (residents were encouraged by the county to apply by October 15). The initial application for ROE is short and uncomplicated and should not take the applicant more than a couple of hours to get it completed.

Should We Join an Economic Development District?

Clint Koble

Interested citizens are invited to a presentation on Economic Development for Plumas County on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am at the Lake Almanor Area Chamber Office. Presenting will be Kristin York of the Sierra Business Council and Malinda Matson of the Sacramento Economic Development Administration.

Economic Development Districts (EDDs) are multi-jurisdictional entities, commonly composed of multiple counties. They help lead the locally-based, regionally driven economic development planning process that leverages the involvement of the public, private and non-profit sectors to establish a strategic blueprint (i.e., an economic development roadmap) for regional collaboration.

The strategic blueprint, known as a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development. A CEDS is the result of a “regionally-owned” planning process designed to guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region. It provides a coordinating mechanism for individuals, organizations, local governments, and private industry to engage in a meaningful conversation and debate about the economic direction of their region.

 Kristin and Malinda will be presenting on the following:
  • What is the Economic Development Administration (EDA)?
  • What is an Economic Development District (EDD)?
  • What is the primary focus of the EDA and EDD’s?
  • What is a CEDS (Comprehensive Economic Development District Strategy)?
  • What would be the benefits for Plumas County to join the Sierra Business Council?
  • What can the EDA do for economic recovery in Plumas County because of the Dixie Fire?
  • What are the procedures required to get Plumas County to join the Sierra Business Council?
After their presentation, Kristin and Malinda will take questions and comments.  Space may be limited; please RSVP by registering here so we will be sure to have adequate room for all who want to attend.

Almanor Fishing Report

John Crotty

No photo description available.10/17/2021
Lake level currently sits at 4475.20 down almost another foot since last week’s report. We are seeing an increase in algal blooms in the north/west section of the lake similar to what we experienced last year. Visibility is limited from Rec#2 north as a result of the algae. Water temp ranged between 55 and 59 degrees yesterday.
It appears we are finally going to get some weather, beginning with a storm this evening that could drop up to a foot of much needed snow on Lassen. We will get a small break in storms Monday afternoon through Tuesday followed up with chances of rain for the balance of the week.

With both USFS public ramps closed fishing pressure remains light. You can launch at Plumas Pines for a small fee, please call ahead to insure they will be open. The lake is full of Pond Smelt this year and fish continue to gorge on the high protein treats. Fish are fat, healthy and hard fighting. Trollers are catching fish fast, medium and slow trolling. Most trollers are targeting fish from the tip of the Peninsula North. Fish remain scattered throughout the water column; yesterday we had a surface bite early before the fish moved down in the water column when the sun got on the water. We did pick up a couple of fish on the East Shore yesterday by the Dorado Inn (35’ of water 30’ on the wire with an 80’setback on Gulps @1mph). Hamilton Branch remains your best shot at catching fish from shore, as water temps continue to drop shore fishing in the coves should pick up.

You can expect delays traveling into and out of Plumas County, exercise extreme caution with these first few storms as we will see debris making its way to the roadways.

Childhood Memories: Compel Medical Student to Run for the Wildfire Relief Fund

Scott Wu as told to Katherine Sansone

Scott Wu grew-up in Orinda, California. His grandpa, Carl Blaha, has owned a house in Hamilton Branch for 30 years and throughout his childhood, Scott spent time every summer at Lake Almanor fishing, biking, running, hiking and swimming. Most mornings, he would wake up his grandpa very early to troll for trout near the Branch. On special days, he and his grandpa would go into Chester to get ice cream or drive up to Lassen National Park and play in the summertime snow. July 4th parades were always a favorite of his as well. 

Scott loved the nature and wildlife in the Plumas and Lassen areas. Any chance he could, he would hike along the Pacific Coast Trail, run near Mountain Meadows Reservoir and search for deer and bears in the National Park. To him, there was nothing more beautiful than Lake Almanor itself. 

Now a medical student at Northwestern University in Chicago he still makes time each summer to visit Almanor and spend time with his grandpa. This past summer, he spent over a month at Almanor working remotely on clinical research for medical school. 

Scott always recognized that Almanor was at risk for catastrophic fires, and remembers the Chips Fire quite vividly.  While watching the Dixie Fire reports, Scoot grew increasingly upset and sad as the fire grew in size, shooting through the valleys and mountains and taking out entire communities. He had driven through Greenville just a month before Dixie took it away. The devastation and effect on the community and many others are still incomprehensible to him.

Scott knew he had to contribute to the recovery efforts and decided to use his participation in this year's Chicago Bank of America Marathon as a vehicle to raise monies for the Wildfire Relief-fund. The contest he created was guessing his overall finishing time in the race with the closest entrant keeping half of the pot, with the rest going to the Almanor Foundation. The contest received overwhelming interest and support quickly eclipsing $500 worth of entries, then it was up to $1,000. Many of the participants were family members of his girlfriend who lives in Australia; they noted the recent horrific fires in Australia and the help of many CA fire crews attributed to them to support his contest. 

Wu ran the marathon in early October. His best friend, Tyler Larsen, a California native himself whose own family home near Shaver Lake was nearly destroyed by fires last year, guessed a time that was only 6 seconds off his finishing time of 3h:39m:45s and won the contest. “True to his nature as a kind and selfless friend and Californian, Tyler decided to refuse the winnings and donate the entire $1,000 to the Almanor Foundation,” says Scott. 

Scott says he will always make time to return to Almanor, even if only for a few days. As a medical student, his schedule is relentless, but so is his love for Almanor. Good news for us is that someday Scott wants to volunteer or work as a medical professional around Almanor. 

Please note: Scott wants to thank the Almanor Foundation for their work with the Dixie Fire wildfire recovery efforts and to thank all the firefighters, community members and first-responders that helped mitigate the damage and effect of the fire on Almanor and surrounding communities. 
Town Chatter - October 2021, Volume 3