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

New Year's Eve Fireworks 2021! Donate Now

The Lake Almanor Area Chamber introduced Fireworks on New Year's Eve 2020. We are committed to making 2021 and even more spectacular show!

Donations towards the New Year's Even Fireworks are now being accepted. You will also see our Fireworks Donation boxes out and about in the community now.


Remember last years show?  Take a peak on our Facebook page.

Catch of the Week

Captain Rob

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from the Bates and Nolte family.  Sierra and Zander are visiting grandpa Bill all the way from Texas.  Great catch Sierra.  

Taylorsville Light Parade this Saturday

Photo Courtesy of Plumas News

Community members and visitors from far and wide will join together on Saturday on Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. for the 20th annual Taylorsville Lights Parade and festivities. This event has support from the entire community of Taylorsville and surrounding area. Decorated floats will parade through the town starting at the Indian Valley Museum. The parade begins at 6 p.m. 

Trophy awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners at the end of the parade. Be sure to stay for the award ceremony.

Local businesses will be open into the evening and all are welcome to stay longer after the parade at the Taylorsville Tavern.

Town Trivia

Katherine Sansone

My apologies . . . the winner last week, 11-8-21 issue, was Ron Outland. 

This week’s winner is Billy Metcalf with correct question what is Juniper Lake to answer: It’s at an elevation of 6,753 feet, covers an area of some 592 acres, making it the largest lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park with a maximum depth of 234 feet.

This week’s answer: He opened the Genesee store and the Genesee Post Office in September 1865 and served as the first postmaster and remained in that capacity until his death.

Please send question to

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News From Last Week's Newsletter

Why You Should Return the SBA Disaster Loan Application
Not returning the loan application from the U. S. Small Business Administration may be saying no to potential federal assistance. Some may be counting on a future insurance settlement to cover all the costs of rebuilding. Maybe they don’t want a disaster loan or fear they can’t afford one. Or maybe they don’t know how to get help with the paperwork the SBA sent them. But there are good reasons to submit a completed SBA loan application by the deadline. Read more here

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

Mauro, Archer and Associates, LLC is Open to Help with Your Computer Needs
David Svoboda and Anders Bettum will be available if you need to print, scan, fax, or access WiFi. They are located at 150 Main St. Call them at (530) 539-3020 to find out more about their open hours. 

Discover Plumas County Introduces Fall Videos

The Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce and the Feather River Tourism Association spearheaded the production of two Fall Videos to showcase our County, our people and the things to do here in the wake of the Dixie Fire. Though we grieve that which was lost, potential visitors need to see that we are still here and there is much to do. The videos were filmed in October and distribution across media channels began on November 7th.

Both videos can be viewed at

Video production by Dynamic Cinema Productions and Spanish Peak Productions. Distribution by Viacom/CBS. Major funders: Plumas Bank, Community Foundation of Northern Nevada, Coldwell Banker Kehr/O'Brien Real Estate, Feather River Tourism Association, Forever Home & Outdoor, Plumas Pines Resort.

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. 

Now Hiring an Ultrasound Technologist at Seneca Healthcare District
Visit our website at

Hot Jobs: Plumas and Sierra Counties

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

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

Run or Walk the 8th Annual Turkey Trot! First 50 Registrants Receive a Commemorative Glass
Join us at Bailey Creek Clubhouse parking lot to run or walk a 5K! 
Registration starts at 8:00am. 
The race starts at 9:00am. 
Enjoy a hot beverage and pastries! You can register online or show up the day of. Don't forget to check out our Facebook page for more information. Proceeds will go toward a firework display for our New Year's celebration!

Get Your Tree Permits at Ayoobs Intermountain Hardware
While they last. $10 cash each. Up to 2 per household.

Chipper's Christmas Wonderland at Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds
Opening Saturday, December 4 and for the next two weekends after that on Friday and Saturday nights, from 6pm to 9pm. This year will not be a drive thru, it will be a walk thru! See all the beautiful displays up close and personal, stand by a fire pit, make a s'more, listen to carolers, and visit Santa. Volunteers needed. Please call 530-283-6272.

Closures Lifted November 19
The Forest Service announced that the Beckwourth Complex and Dixie Fire Area, Road, Trail, and Recreation Site Closure will be lifted for federally managed lands in the Plumas National Forest effective Nov. 19. The closure was originally planned through Nov. 30, but due to the hard work of suppression repair teams, the closure can be terminated early. Forest visitors should exercise caution when entering a burned area. Some road repair operations are ongoing, and may cause travel delays.

Holiday Shopping Tour Winners Announced
Pop on over to our Facebook page to view the Facebook Live video where we announce the winners of the Holiday Shopping Tour:
We will also be contacting winners via phone/email to let them know. 

Seneca Healthcare District Walk-In Clinic Closed Thursday & Friday
Emergency room is open for all emergent needs. 

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

Merchants' Night in Chester

Merchants' Night
Friday, November 26, 2021
Merchants begin to open after 5pm
Main Street, Chester

It's the most wonderful time of the year...for holiday shopping on Main Street in Chester! You're invited to join our community at our beloved annual Merchants' Night, which takes place the day after Thanksgiving. Walk down Main Street with friends and family to experience our businesses and the delectables they have in store for you this year. Holiday sales, drawings, and goodies await you this Merchants' well as a visit from Santa Claus -- traditionally riding in on a fire truck with the Chester Fire Department.

Did You Know? Thanksgiving Facts

Katherine Sansone

  1. Thanksgiving is the second favorite holiday among American adults, behind Christmas and ahead of Halloween.

  2. Americans consume more than 45 million turkeys on Thanksgiving. Only male turkeys — named gobblers — since they actually make the sound. Female turkeys cackle. 

  3. The Calorie Control Council says an average American may consume 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving Day. (Thank goodness for Turkey Trots!)

  4. On the first Thanksgiving, turkey was not part of the dinner though a variety of fowl was eaten as well as deer, cornbread and seafood.

  5. The tradition of watching/playing football on Thanksgiving began in 1876. The first professional games on Thanksgiving were played November 25, 1920.

  6. The Buffalo Turkey Trot, 4.97 miles footrace held in Buffalo, NY claims to be the oldest continually running race in North America, established in 1896 and run every year since, even during WWI, the 1918 flu pandemic, WWII and 2020 COVID pandemic.

  7. Although the song “Jingle Bells” is sung during Christmas, it was originally composed to be sung on Thanksgiving Day.

  8. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the US national bird because it was one of the staple foods for the Pilgrims but Thomas Jefferson preferred the eagle. 

  9. The TV dinner was born from Thanksgiving leftovers by a Swanson employee who ordered excess turkeys in 1953. It was suggested packaging the turkeys in aluminum trays with cornbread dressing, sweet potatoes and peas.

  10. And finally, though it may not be called a tradition, many people take naps after Thanksgiving dinner.

Sonia Troxell, PA-C Resigns from Seneca Healthcare District

Seneca Healthcare District Administration

Date: 11/22/21 

Seneca Healthcare District’s newest provider Sonia Troxell, PA-C has resigned. Sonia’s decision to resign was due to unforeseen circumstances surrounding the ability to find reliable housing and steady childcare. Sonia stated, “I have truly enjoyed my time here and am honored to have had the chance to touch the lives of so many patients.” 

It has been a pleasure to work with Sonia, and the team at Seneca is saddened to see her go, however; Seneca supports the personal needs of all our staff and wishes Sonia all the best in her future endeavors. Administration is actively working towards recruiting a replacement provider for Sonia and additional providers to help fill the needs of this community.  

For those that are patients of Sonia’s, Seneca is truly sorry for the loss of such an amazing provider. Administration is hopeful to have a new provider in place soon. In the meantime, we understand your need for medical care continues and recommend the following  options. 

Lake Almanor Walk-in Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm,
closed from 12:00-1:00 pm for lunch. The provider at the Walk-in Clinic can see to all your medical needs in the interim while a new provider is brought in. To contact the Almanor Walk-in Clinic please call 530-258-2826 

Dr. Daniel Cooper is also accepting patients and his office number at 530-258-3750.  

Seneca Healthcare District will continue to update the public on our efforts and status of finding additional providers as well as any changes to the facility that are important for the community to know.

Holiday Gift that Celebrates the Lake Life

On Sale at B & B Booksellers, 278 Main Street
Lake life is a unique and celebrated way of living.  To “show-off” what we at Lake Almanor are so fortunate to call home is our Lake Life campaign that supports The Almanor Foundation. * Our beautiful stylized rendition of Lake Almanor prints, postcards and stickers are an ideal gift for so many on your list – housekeeper, dog walker/sitter, gardener, housewarming present or hostess gift. The pricing is as follows:

11x14 Print     $35.00
8x10 Print       $25.00
Sticker            $  3.00
Postcard         $  2.50
And if you spend $15 or more, you will receive either a sticker or postcard courtesy of the Foundation as a thank you for your support.
*The Almanor Foundation oversees and implements initiatives and projects to encourage economic growth and improve the quality of living in the greater Lake Almanor Basin.

The Almanor Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund

"Stronger Than Dixie" Ornaments 

Made by Black Barn Design Company and being sold at Forever Home and Outdoor located at 168 Main Street in Chester. Each ornament is $10 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to The Almanor Foundation Wildfire Fund to help those affected by the Dixie Fire. 

Dixie Fire Funders Tour of Indian Valley 
On November 18th, The Almanor Foundation hosted members of the Dixie Fire Funders Roundtable on a tour of Greenville and Indian Valley to meet leaders of the community involved in the relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts in the Dixie Fire aftermath. Leaders from North Valley Community Foundation, Plumas Bank, United Way of No. Calif., Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, CalOES and FEMA visited with Sue Weber of Plumas Strong, Nancy Presser & Irshad Stolden of Plumas Rural Services, Jonathon Kusel of the Sierra Institute at the campus for the new saw mill, Lara Wheeler of the Rebuilding Greenville Resource Center, and Trina Cunningham with the Maidu Summit Consortium.

Donate go to the wildfire fund at

Chamber Embraces Indian Valley Businesses

The people of the Almanor Basin and our Chamber have always viewed Indian Valley as a special neighbor and are deeply saddened by the loss of so many homes and businesses. It is in times of crisis such as these that neighbors come together to support each other.
In October our Chamber directors were presented a plan for supporting the existing businesses of Indian Valley while the community rebuilds, as we know they will. The plan was unanimously approved and was so supported that one of our directors wrote a check then and there to pay for Indian Valley businesses to be represented on our Chamber site for free for the next 7 - 8 months. 

Today we welcome our newest members from Indian Valley!

Suzette Reed of Quarter Circle OS Bookkeeping

Jennifer Ayres of Mountain Ayres Garden

Operation Santa at Indian Valley Post Office

Suzette Reed

Josh Dunnington, acting Post Master, and myself, Suzette Reed, have started "Operation Santa" at the Indian Valley Post Office and we have all of our Indian Valley kids in our sights! 

How your child can take part in Operation Santa:
  • Write to Santa. Indian Valley children ages 0-12 write a letter to Santa. Make sure they include their name, parent's name, address and phone number. 
  • Deliver Letter. Bring the letter to the Post Office and put it in the special Santa Mail Box.
  • Santa Answers. We will answer the letters and fulfill each child's wishes.
How you can take part as a community member:   
  • Adopt a letter.  Write Santa's response.
  • Fulfill child's wishes. Fulfill the child's Santa list and deliver the letters and gifts to the Indian Valley Post Office
  • Delivery Josh & I will deliver Santa's response with gifts to each child's residence.
We have all been through a tough year. Let's make this the best Christmas EVER for our children in Indian Valley!! You can start bringing Santa Letters in now! The Post Office is located at 4638 Main St., Taylorsville. Questions can be directed to Suzette Reed at  And, let us know if you would like to adopt a child's letter. 

Almanor Fishing Report

John Crotty

Almanor Fishing Report


Lake level increased fractionally since last week’s report. We received a small amount of precip this past week and have nothing in our forecast for the next seven days. Morning temps are in the high twenties and daytime highs are reaching into the fifties, we are expecting another week of the same. Water temps are in the high forties (47.5 today).

Both USFS public ramps remain closed, hazardous trees around Canyon Dam have been removed and I have not seen any activity at the ramp in the past week. Plumas Pines is still allowing launching at their facility. 

I went out fishing today, starting along the East shore by the dam, we picked up a few fish slow trolling gulps and crawlers. We pulled up gear, went to Dorado and picked up two fish before we headed to the A-frame where we caught a couple more.  There was bait and fish in all three areas we were just covering water searching for concentrations of fish. All of the fish we hooked were between fifteen-twenty feet deep on the wire in water between 30-40’. The fish we caught were in great shape and hard fighting.

Shore fishing has slowed at the branch, and picked up in the coves. As water temps continue to drop and we get some weather the cove fishing will only get better. Access is the issue; you have to park in wide spots along 89 and walk in.

There are no changes to road conditions; there is no estimated opening date for highway 70 in the canyon. 

As a side note I fished Eagle Lake with friends yesterday, we managed to land a dozen fish. The fish we caught were in great shape with a few over four pounds. We caught the majority of our fish on Jay Fair trolling flies in the top ten feet of the water column. The road was a little slick as you crest the hill on State Route 1 and we were able to launch my boat without issue.

Sales of Limited Edition Lassen Resilience Print to Benefit Lassen Volcanic National Park

A new limited edition print featuring Lassen Peak and a fire-effect mosaic burn is now on sale. This original silkscreen print was created by well-known Chico artist Jake Early. Net proceeds from sales of the print will benefit the Lassen Resilience campaign, a partnership of the nonprofit Lassen Association and Lassen Park Foundation, and will support fire recovery efforts in Lassen Volcanic National Park and ongoing wildfire educational and research endeavors.

The run of 500 signed prints can be purchased from the Lassen Association by visiting or from the association’s store inside the Kohm-yah-mah-nee Visitor Center in Lassen Volcanic.

Both the association and the foundation have established dedicated accounts to collect funds for the Lassen Resilience campaign. For more information, contact the association at (530) 360-0530 or; or the foundation at (530) 768-1110 or

To learn more about Jake Early and his art, visit

For more information on Lassen Volcanic National Park, including where to go and what to do in the park this winter season, and to learn more about Dixie Fire effects within the park, visit the park’s website,

Town Chatter - November 2021, Volume 4