November 2021, Volume 2
Reach Out - Connect - Take Part

Upcoming Events

Holiday Shopping Tour
11/12/2021- 11/13/2021

Community Town Hall
11/15/2021 5:15, Mount Lassen Theatre

Community Supper

Popsapalooza 2021

Turkey Trot 2021

Merchants Night, Chester

Hospice Annual Tree Lighting

Catch of the Week

Captain Rob

Matt George from Lincoln, Ca.  Our latest visitor to get hooked on Lake Almanor.

Town Trivia

Katherine Sansone

Lots of players last week (thank you!) but no one came up with the correct question, “What is Plumas County to answer “known as Camel County.”  

This week’s answer: In the winter of 1929-30, they determined to keep this highway open year-round since it cost millions to build. 

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

Want to be a sponsor? Contact

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 

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. 

Job Fair! Save the Date!
Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc. (AFWD) is pleased to offer our
Lassen County Fall Job Fair. This in-person job fair will be taking place on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm in the Jensen Hall at the Lassen County Fairgrounds in Susanville (195 Russell Ave., Susanville).

Participation in this no cost hiring event is open to all job seekers and is a great opportunity to connect with multiple employers in one place, view a variety of job openings available in Lassen County and surrounding areas, interact with recruiters and hiring managers, and apply on the spot to open positions. We are excited to be offering this event in-person and the venue is suitable for continued social distancing. Please dress for success, bring extra copies of your resume and wear a mask.

AFWD is available to assist with resume writing, review and copying. Please call our Susanville office at 530-257-5057 or visit us on the web at to chat directly with an AFWD representative for assistance or for more information about the event.

Hot Jobs: Plumas and Sierra Counties

Delays, Permits and Firewood

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

Disaster Relief & Dixie Fire Information


Tzu Chi Foundation has extended its Emergency Financial Assistance Program for Dixie survivors to November 30, 2021.  Apply online at:

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.

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

Holiday Shopping Tour Friday, Nov 12 - Saturday, Nov. 13

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.

Tour Passports
Passports are now available online CLICK HERE or at the following locations:
B & B Booksellers in Chester
US Post Office in Chester
Koninkrijk Koffiehuis in Chester
Coffee Station in Chester
Lakeside Home & Gifts on Peninsula
Blue Ox in Westwood

Don't Forget to Turn in Your Passport
Turn in your passport at the following locations:
Coffee Station in Chester
Koninkrijk Koffiehuis in Chester
Cravings in Chester

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 Benniz at the Law Offices of Mauro Archer and Associates, Guzzetti's Indian Food at Lakeside Gifts, and Amaiya’s Magical Treats and Ozone Organics at soon to be determined 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

Bits & Pieces

Water Boiling Notice Canceled from CPUD
The water is now safe to drink in Chester. The past four days have shown negative signs of E.coli. "It appears all contamination has been eliminated," per cancellation notice sent out by Chester Public Utility District on 11/9/2021. Click here to view the notice. 
For more information call:
Chester PUD: (530) 258-2171.
SWRCB Division of Drinking Water: (530) 224-4800.
Plumas County Environmental Health Department: (530) 283-6355.

"Stronger Than Dixie" Ornaments
Starting Friday, the "Stronger Than Dixie" ornaments will be available for purchase at Forever Home and Outdoor located at 168 Main Street in Chester. Each ornament will be $10 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to The Almanor Foundation to help those affected by the Dixie Fire. Come help out a good cause! 

Small Business Development Center Nov-Dec Schedule of Workshops
All workshops and webinars are free. Register to take part. Download Schedule. Or, register at For more info contact Clint Koble at (775)843-4081,

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.

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.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in Bailey Creek
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.

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

3 Years Ago, A Salute to Paradise

Kevin Phillips, Paradise Town Manager

Today marks the third anniversary of the Camp Fire, a chapter in our history we’ll never forget. While there’s no denying the challenges we’ve faced, I’m also incredibly proud of how far we’ve come as a Town and a community over the past three years. We are overwhelmingly grateful to all of our government partners and local organizations who have rallied together to provide the support and leadership to help our Town rebuild. Over 7,000 people now call Paradise home again, with nearly 1500 houses and multifamily units rebuilt. We have over 350 businesses in operation, a post office, banks, and a medical clinic, along with countless community activities, clubs, and events. Today, I want to encourage us all to celebrate the thriving Town we’ve become once again and the hard work of everybody rebuilding the Ridge. Together, we cherish the Paradise of the past and look forward to the future Paradise it is becoming. We hope you enjoy this video documenting some of the milestones we’ve accomplished since the fire as we celebrate the opportunities to come. Paradise, as ever, is all its name implies.

Town Hall, Monday, November 15

Join us Monday, November 15, 5:15 - 6 pm at the Mount Lassen Theatre for this Month's Town Hall featuring representatives of the Almanor Recreation and Parks District with exciting updates on the recreation facilities and trails planned for our area. Come out! Support and be informed! Simulcast on Facebook and Zoom

Recreation Facilities Update
Phase 1A & 1B; Funded! Covered picnic areas; Game tables; Community Garden; Tot Climbing Area. Plans for Phase II Dependent on Future Funding

“Trails Around the Lake” and from the PCT to the Bizz Johnson. Update of progress on Various Trail Segments, the Coalition of Organizations working to Build the Trails, and Building Local Benefits, Vibrancy, and Sustainability

Economic and Community Development - A County Priority

Clint Koble

Representatives of the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and Sierra Business Council presented opportunities for our County at a meeting hosted by the Lake Almanor Chamber on November 2nd at the Mount Lassen Theatre. The purpose of the EDA is to work hand-in-hand with local economic development partners to advance locally developed projects; projects tied to a long-term, sustainable economic development strategy. Eligible applicants include state and local governments, district organizations, Tribes, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations acting in coordination with a political subdivision of a state. Discussion of why, when and/or how Plumas County or Plumas County residents could step into work with the EDA presented two options:
  1. Grant for a County Coordinator: The Sierra Business Council is writing an economic recovery grant to the US EDA.  It will be a sizable grant that may include the position of Economic Recovery Coordinator for two years that is a paid position.  The purpose of the grant is to give Plumas County the capacity for economic recovery, economic development strategies, and business development.  The likelihood of the grant being awarded is quite high. 
  2. A Consortium Approach: Non-profits or a consortium of non-profits can apply for grants without going through the County for permission.  The right non-profit can write and administer the grant.  All Plumas County has to do is OK it.  Instead of Plumas County not having the capacity to write the grants, we utilize grant writers of our own to make things happen.

Discover Plumas County's New Video

Check out Discover Plumas Co.'s new video showcasing amazing shots from all over the Plumas County area.

Major thanks to Dynamic Cinema Productions and Spanish Peak Productions for their prompt and professional video production!

For more information, on all things Plumas County, visit

A Snow Park at Stover Mountain?

Susan Bryner, The Almanor Foundation

The project team for the Stover Mountain Snow Park met with representatives of the Lassen Forest Service on Monday, Nov. 8 to discuss steps toward gaining approval for a special use permit. Discussions with Doug LaMalfa’s office prior to the meeting yielded his support for the project. The following steps were agreed upon. The team will meet again the first week in December to follow up on research and mapping. If you are interested in taking part in this important project for our community, send an email to
  1. Research
    1. Discuss permitting process with Johnsville and Copper Hill
    2. Other Snow Parks within Forest or State jurisdictions
    3. Discuss collaborative opportunities with Feather River
  2. Planning
    1. Map area to be utilized.
    2. Design facilities
    3. Create plan for mastication and removal of debris, how often or what criteria will be used for on-going mastication
    4. Research options with County or private contractor for road snow removal
    5. Research cost of outside contracting for wildlife and archeological surveys
  3. Obtain information regarding NEPA and possibility for a Categorical Exclusion
  4. Present plan to Forest Service requesting Special Use Permit

Almanor Fishing Report

John Crotty

Almanor Fishing Report


Lake level is unchanged since last week’s report currently sitting @4475.84. We will receive a mix of rain and snow beginning Monday running through Tuesday with clearing the balance of the week. Bailey Creek still has water flowing and both the North Fork of the Feather (through Chester) and Hamilton Branch are depositing large volumes of water into Almanor. Water temp was 48 ½ to start the day on Friday warming to 50 degrees in the afternoon. We are still seeing algae between Prattville and the Peninsula, north with limited visibility. Visibility in the balance of the lake ranges between ten and fifteen feet.

Both USFS public ramps remained closed, most of the burned trees at Canyon Dam have been removed and cleanup continues. Plumas Pines boat ramp remains open to the public. I will post immediately when the Canyon Dam ramp is open for launching. 

The bite from the tip of the Peninsula to Bailey has slowed, as fish have scattered throughout the lake. We found some bait and quality fish along the East Shore on Friday after searching for most of the morning.  We caught our fish slow trolling gulps and crawlers, there was no pattern and no real concentration of fish we covered ground and picked up a fish here and there at depths ranging from the surface to 30’ deep. 

Hamilton Branch was a perfect green this morning; the fishermen I talked to were struggling to catch fish. There is just a small stream flowing at the causeway and space is limited as are the fish.  The bite for shore fishermen remains tough.

Tree removal on 89 and 36 is ongoing with minimal delays; road construction over Fredoyner Summit has shut down for the winter. 

Halloween Costume Contest Winners

And the winners of the 2021 Halloween Costume Contest goes to...

Best Individual Winner:
The Clown "It"

A Tie for Best Duo Winner: 
Maverick and Goose 

& Cruella & Dalmatian

Best Group:
By one vote! 

The Runner Up
Mario Party

Congratulations winners! You will be contacted soon to receive your prizes. 
Town Chatter - November 2021, Volume 2