November 2021, Volume 1
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Catch of the Week

Captain Rob

Ashley and Phillip of Reno Nevada wanted to see beautiful Lake Almanor one last time.  They are making their way to Florida for an extended adventure.

Harvest Craft Fair

Lake Almanor Community Church is hosting the Harvest Craft Fair! Join us on Saturday, November 6 from 10am to 3pm. The church is located at 2610 Highway A-13, Lake Almanor, CA. 
Call (530) 258-2409 or (530) 258-9123 for more information. 

Click on the pumpkin to access the LACC Facebook page!

Town Trivia

Katherine Sansone

Amy Hutchinson is the winner of last week’s Town Trivia receiving a $10 gift certificate from Intermountain Hardware with correct question to answer: William B. Long and his father-in-law, Allen Wood, built a hotel and a sawmill mill, bringing this town into existence. Question: What is Longville?

This week’s answer: Known as Camel County

Sponsor for this week’s trivia is Intermountain Hardware with a $10 gift certificate.

Please send question to

Want to be a sponsor? Contact

Job Postings

Multiple Positions Available in Chester
Alliance for Workforce Development (AFWD) is working diligently to support the community in the efforts to recover from the devastation caused by the Dixie Fire. We are currently recruiting for multiple positions both within AFWD (Quincy and Chester locations) and with partner agencies through our temporary grant programs. Download Flyer for Chester positions. For info and to apply visit
Elks Lodge Help Wanted
The Lake Almanor Elks Lodge is in search of an individual or company that would be interested in entering into a business agreement to clean the Elks Lodge.  Cleaning would most likely be twice per month with extra cleaning depending on events.  Interested parties are requested to send an email to the Lake Almanor Elks Lodge at, or call 530-258-3557 and leave a message.  Appointments will be made so interested parties can examine the Lodge and then submit at bid.  Bids will be accepted no later than November 15 at 5:00 PM.

Hot Jobs: Plumas and Sierra Counties

Disaster Relief & Dixie Fire Information


FEMA Registration extended. The FEMA DR4610 Individuals and Households Program (IHP) registration and Small Business Administration (SBA) deadline was to Monday 11/08/2021
1. Call our Toll-Free number at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362)
2. Visit

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:

Computer Lab at Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center
The computer lab at The Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center is open to the public 9-5, 7 days a week in the Crescent Hotel in Crescent Mills, CA 3.5 miles south of Greenville. It will soon be moving to the Greenville Elementary School.

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 and reach out to Plumas County staff if you have any questions. They can be reached at (530) 283-7080, or by email at

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

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:

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

Chester Public Utility District Customers - Boil Your Water Before Using
Failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness. Please let your friends and neighbors know who may not have internet or have not signed up for Code Red alerts. DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one (1) minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. This is the preferred method to assure that the water is safe to drink.

Seneca Healthcare District Board of Directors Announces Vacancy
The remaining District Board members will make an appointment to fill the vacancy. Current board members are: Kenneth Crandall, Jerri Nielsen, David Walls, DO, and Richard Rydell. For information on the qualifications for this position, call 530-258-2067.

Tantardino's Pizzeria Announces New Menu & Delivery is Back!
Check out the new menu, new hours, and new delivery options from Tantardinos Pizzeria. Click on the link to access their updates. 

Watkins Pet Supply has Moved to New Location
Watkins Pet Supply is now behind the Blue Goose Gallery at 607 Main Street, Unit C, Chester, CA 96020. Stop by to see the new large space! 

November 11th, Veteran's Day Dinner Hosted by the Lake Almanor Elks Lodge
Elks will be honoring our Veteran's with a dinner of Spaghetti, garlic bread, tossed salad and dessert. It will be $10 per person, with the exception of Veteran's and their spouses which will be free. Social hour begins at 5. Dinner service 5:30 to 7. The bar will be open also.

The Turkey Trot is on at Bailey Creek, Thanksgiving Day
Join your fellow runners participating in a 5k at 433 Durkin Drive on November 25th. Registration is $25. You can register online. Don't forget to check out our Facebook page for more information.

Sneak Peek of the New Neon Mt Lassen Theatre Marquee!

Delays Through November on Hwy 147
Caltrans' begins culvert improvement project on State Route 147 to replace culverts and make drainage improvements at various locations from approximately 3.5 miles north of the junction with State Route 89 to approximately 1.5 miles north of the junction with County Road A13. Construction activities are anticipated to begin on October 25, anticipated to be completed by end of November. 

Plumas Forest Open for Personal Firewood
The Plumas National Forest has made some changes to their personal-use fuelwood (firewood) program in response to the Covid pandemic and the impacts of this year's fire season. The free personal-use firewood program has been extended on the Plumas national Forest until further notice.Additionally, permits and tags are not currently required! You must have a copy of the woodcutting regulations and a firewood cutting map in your possession and follow those regulations when cutting. Maps can be downloaded here.

Get your permit for Christmas Tree in Lassen Forest 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:

Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center Needs

The Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center will soon be moving from their location in Crescent Mills to the Elementary School in Greenville. Stay abreast of the many needs of the Center by following their Facebook page. Updated needs lists are posted often. 

Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center Facebook Page

Lara Wheeler, volunteer director of the Center, says that the biggest need they have right now is for volunteers to help run the center that is open 7 days a week, and firewood. If you can help, please message her through the Facebook page.

If you want to drop items off to be delivered to the Center, go to one of the following locations:
Cravings Cafe, 278 Main Street in Chester or Coldwell Banker Office at 499 Peninsula Drive 

Lake Almanor, Open For Business Video

Due to the on-going effects of the Dixie Fire across our people, our communities and the economy, a collaboration of organizations and funders came together this past month to "fast track"  as series of Open for Business videos showcasing Plumas County. The video here was produced through the efforts of the Lake Almanor Area Chamber. The purpose? Let those who love to visit our area, as well as those still to discover it, know that there is much to do at Lake Almanor, in Chester and the surrounding area. We are open and awaiting their visit.

The above video was produced by Dynamic Cinema Productions in cooperation with the Lake Almanor Area Chamber. We give special thanks to our area funders: Plumas Bank, Coldwell Banker Kehr/O'Brien, Berkshire Hathaway Lake Almanor, Lake Almanor Brokers, Forever Home & Outdoor, Plumas Pines Resort, and St. Bernard Lodge.

Next week we will showcase the video spots that are now being produced for the entire county. 

The Holiday Shopping Tour is Just Around the Corner!

Click here or on photo above to download flyer.

Grab a friend (or ten!), and experience the unique shops and boutiques of Chester, Lake Almanor and Westwood. Treat yourself to antiques, collectibles, furniture, home decor, jewelry, art, pottery, clothing, books, gourmet foods, kitchen ware, games, toys and more.

Special Tour Additions
And, this year, as a special addition to the Holiday Shopping Tour, several of our Farmers Market vendors will be at selected locations about the tour. Look for Merry Morsels at Ayoobs, Mini Beniz at the Law Offices of Mauro Archer and Associates, Guzetti's Indian Food at Lakeside Gifts, and Amaiya’s Magical Treats and Ozone Organics at soon to be determined locations.

Tour Passports
Holiday Tour Passports our now available on-line. CLICK HERE.  Printed passports will be made available about town in the coming week. Check our Facebook page for locations.
Thank you to our Holiday Tour Sponsors
Community Partners - Coldwell Banker Kehr/O'Brien, Collins Pine, Rouland Insurance, Seneca Healthcare District, 
Platinum Sponsors - Lake Almanor Ace Hardware, Ayoobs Intermountain Hardware, Olah Construction, Tantardinos Pizza & Pasta

The Almanor Foundation News

The Almanor Foundation is pleased to be in a lead role with the North Valley Community Foundation in bringing organizations together to fund Dixie Fire relief and recovery efforts.

Joint Grant Funding
Joining The Amanor Foundation (TAF) and North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) for the first time at October's Grant meeting were United Way of Northern California (UW) and Plumas Bank (PB). At this meeting the following grant requests were approved and funded

Maidu Summit Dixie Fire Recovery
TAF $17,500, NVCF $17,500, UW $5,000

Chester Elementary School Outdoor Core Relief Program
TAF $2,000, NVCF $2,000, UW $1,000

Westwood Family Resource Center 
TAF $2,500, NVCF $2,500
Additional funding will be made available to the Resource Center by Plumas Bank.

Learn more about our Dixie Fire Relief and Recovery efforts at

Halloween Weekend Festivities and Costume Contest

Lake Almanor, Chester and friends know how to kick off the Halloween weekend! 


A big thank you to our CHS 8th grade boys for providing safe crossing to our young kids of Chester during their annual Merchant Night. Way to go Volcanoes!


Scarecrow Contest - And the Winner is...

Drum roll please...

This year's winner is __________________.


Ayoob's Intermountain Hardware
Gather Home
Mill Creek Resort
Lakeside Home and Gifts
Coldwell Banker Kehr/O'Brien
Coffee Station!

A big Thank You to all who participated in the Annual Scarecrow Contest. Fees from the Scarecrow Contest fund prizes for the Merchants Trick or Treat Costume Contest.

Almanor Fishing Report

John Crotty

Last week’s super storm dropped a significant amount of rain throughout Plumas County & Lassen finally has a solid coating of snow. Bailey Creek has been flowing since Tuesday (the first time  in October that I can recall) the Super Ditch had water for a couple of days and Hamilton Branch is depositing large volumes of water into Almanor. Lake level has come up a foot (4475.85) over the past week we remain cautiously optimistic that trend will continue through the winter into spring. We are expecting to receive modest amounts of rain on Monday and Thursday this week with seasonally mild temps. 

Hamilton Branch remains the top spot for bank fishermen; it has cleared up to a fishable green over the past two days. Bank fishermen did catch fish off the causeway prior to the storm; I haven’t seen anyone fishing there recently. Trollers have been concentrating their efforts on the West side of the Peninsula to Bailey Creek.  The bite has been inconsistent, good one day tough the next. We struggled to find bait and catch fish yesterday, we fished from Bailey to the tip of the Peninsula picked up went up by the dam didn’t see fish or bait and finished up hooking a few fish off Dorado. We covered lots of ground, varied depths and speeds for 8 or 9 grabs and six fish. We slow trolled crawlers and gulps with an 80’setback in water between 20-35’deep. Most of the fish we caught were in the top ten feet of the water column.

The good news is the USFS has been working on opening up the Canyon Dam boat ramp. Most of the hazardous trees have been removed the dock is still high and dry and the gate remains locked. I will post immediately when the ramp is opened. In the meantime Plumas Pines remains available for launching.  

Road work continues throughout Plumas County, you can expect minor delays on all roads leading to Almanor. 

AFA will be receiving our 50,000 Eagle Lake pen fish beginning Monday.  The AFA fish pen program is the longest running most successful fish pen program in the state; 2021/22 will be our 37th year.  We are honored to work with California Fish & Wildlife, PG&E, the Lake Almanor Community and our members to provide this service. The fish are 3-5 inches in size approximately ten to the pound when we receive them; they will more than triple in size prior to their release next spring. We feed between 1 ½ and three bags of high protein vitamin packed food a day, every day, until we release them next spring. In fact our feeders have not missed a day of feeding in over two years! If you are interested in assisting on a regular basis or just want to check out and feed one time please contact us through our web site @ or by email@  


Town Chatter - November 2021, Volume 1