December 2021, Volume 1
Reach Out - Connect - Take Part

Catch of the Week

Captain Rob

The Cecil family of Orland Ca. spent their Thanksgiving weekend catching and releasing this beautiful 13 lbs 13 ounce Lake Almanor brown trout. Dalton, 9, pictured middle did an amazing job fighting this fish for a memory of a lifetime.

Upcoming Events

Welcome New Chamber Members

Mark Lilley, Antlers Motel

Dana Mollison, Another Man's Treasure

Suzette Reed, Quarter Circle OS Bookkeeping

Jennifer Ayres, Mountain Ayres Garden

Cassandra Barr, Indian Head Properties, LLC.

Laura Briggs, Coldwell Banker Kehr/O'Brien

Kacie Holland, Realtor with Lake Almanor Brokers

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.

Town Trivia

Katherine Sansone

Congrats to Kathy Copeland winning a $10 gift certificate from Intermountain Hardware with correct question: Hosellkuss to last 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.

This week’s answer, courtesy of Steve Fleming:  Back in the late 1860s/early 70s, this ditch was dug to bring water from the North Fork of the Feather River to pasture land south of today's Chester.

This week sponsor is Forever Home & Outdoor offering a $15 gift certificate. 

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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. 

Hot Jobs: Plumas and Sierra Counties

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.

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

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

Plumas County Library Winter Book Giveaway
This year the library is asking patrons to decorate a snowflake, return it to the library (during open hours) and receive a free book. The giveaway will be held at each branch from Dec. 1 – 30. The theme is “Books are unique just like Snowflakes.”  The designed snowflakes will be displayed in the library windows. There is no age limit on participation, but the books are geared toward infant to 18-year-olds. One book per patron per day. You can pick up a blank snowflake at any branch or print them at

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.

Holiday Sale at B & B Booksellers
B & B Booksellers is thankful this year for the community that has supported us throughout these difficult few years. And, we are pleased to announce a special Holiday sale!   All Holiday decor is now 40% off through Christmas.  And, for that special child in your life our children's Christmas books are 20% off! Happy Holidays from B & B!

Greenville Blood Drive Today
Between noon and 5:30 p.m., come to donate lifesaving blood. Make an appointment online through using the Greenville’s ID code 1NGVC or the zip code for Greenville 95947 to find the schedule and sign up. Or you can contact local coordinator Sheri Schwartz (530-280-0495 or to answer questions and make appointments. 

72 Runners at the 2021 Turkey Trot 
A big thanks to everyone who came out and trotted their hearts out on Thanksgiving morning. This New Year's Eve Fireworks Show fundraiser made over $2,300! Watch a video of the event on the Lake Almanor Area Chamber Facebook page. 

Holiday Shopping Tour Winners Announced
Pop on over to our Facebook page to view the Facebook Live video where we announced the winners of the Holiday Shopping Tour:
If you are a winner, please stop by the Chamber office to pick up your prize. The Chamber office is located at 278 Main Street Chester, CA 96020 (above B&B Booksellers & Cravings). 

Holiday Craft Group at the Chester Wellness Center
Chester Wellness Center is spreading some holiday cheer. Join them for Community Crafting, hot cocoa and holiday music! Tuesday Dec 14, 2021 starting at 3:30 pm till 5:00 pm. Kids welcome. 

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

Community Tree Lighting Friday, Dec. 3

Join us at the Community Tree Lighting this
Friday, Dec. 3rd at the tree near Chester Library.

This event starts at 4:00pm and will feature...
 (Bar Cart proceeds will go toward the New Year's Eve Fireworks Show.)

Candlelight "Silent Night" 
Tree Lighting 
and more! 


We have room for a few more vendors. Please click here to register as a vendor.  

Service Booths
If you would like to have a booth offering a service to the community, such as a crafts booth for children, please email

A Celebration of Community . . . and Shopping!

Katherine Sansone; Photo by Gregg Scott

The 2021 Merchant’s Night Out was so much more than a shopping extravaganza.  It was a celebration that exemplifies our rural community – friends, family and neighbors enjoying and supporting one another. The fire pits were lit to warm us . . . the decorations were up to greet us . . . and the food and drink served to fortify us. All were spectacular.

For many, it was seeing each other for the first time since the Dixie Fire impacted our community. Everyone was all smiles greeting each other with warm handshakes and hugs.  For those who “strolled the Main” with the intent to do some serious shopping, that too was accomplished as bags were overflowing with merchandise as shoppers came out of the stores. In some shops you even had to wait in line to purchase items, but in the spirit of our community and the holiday season, it was just another opportunity to chat with a friend or make a new one.

This gathering also allowed many of us to reflect on how lucky that our unique town of Chester and all our wonderful stores were saved from the fire. Though we continue to be saddened about the loss of close to one million acres and of Canyon Dam and Greenville, we can only be grateful that we still have our town and homes to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Thank you to all the merchants who welcomed us into their stores and to the Lake Almanor Area Chamber for hosting. It truly was a wonderful night to experience and the BEST way to begin the holiday season.

Chamber Welcomes New Board Member

The Board of Directors of the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the appointment of Suzette Reed to our Board. Suzette was appointed as a liaison to the Indian Valley community and businesses during the recovery effort of the area. In interviewing Suzette for the board position, she shared her hopes and dreams for the future and for her work with our Chamber

Tell us about yourself.

“I was born and raised right here in Taylorsville, attended Taylorsville Elementary, then on to Greenville High School where I graduated in the year of 1989. My family has 100 years of roots here, this place, my community, are my people. The businesses are my business, it runs in my blood and I'm willing to put my heart and soul back into making it even better.
I run a mail route that has been in my family since May 1965, starting with my grandma, Mammy. My mom took it over when Mammy died of cancer and I took it over when my mom passed away from cancer. I also own and operate Quarter Circle OS Bookkeeping. I offer bookkeeping services; notary serves and I'm also a signing agent, through my notary public.”

Why did you decide to join our Chamber Board?

“Your mission statement, ‘connecting and collaborating with our businesses, government, and community to foster a vibrant, thriving economy and community’, touches me on many levels. We lost two of our towns, Greenville, and Canyon Dam. Hundreds of people lost everything. Many businesses are gone.

My goal is to represent Indian Valley and I want to learn how to do that well. I want to represent our businesses old and new, and those that will rebuild from the fire, acknowledge the devastation we have gone through, and be a cheer leader as we rise from the ashes. We are all in this together.”

Seneca Hospital New Build Neighborhood Discussion Forum Dec. 7

Seneca Healthcare District Administration 

Seneca Healthcare District is planning to build a new critical access hospital to service the Lake Almanor Basin Community and surrounding area. 

  • The current hospital does not comply with Senate Bill 1953 (SB1953), Seismic Safety Act Requirements.
  • It is financially and operationally prohibitive to retrofit the existing hospital to meet SB1953 requirements
  • Without this new build, hospital services will cease to operate in only (8) years, 2030.

Seneca Healthcare District would like to invite neighbors of the new hospital build site to a neighborhood discussion forum. The neighbor meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at the Mount Lassen Theatre, 200 Main Street. The purpose of this meeting is to share the current status of the new hospital build, upcoming planned project milestones, and estimated timelines.  

A zoom option is being offered: 

 Meeting ID: 895 5041 0864, call in at +13462487799,,89550410864# 

If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please call 530-258-2085 or email Thank you for your time, and we hope to see you at the meeting.

Click here to view the flyer. 

Seneca Healthcare District Job Postings


Seneca Healthcare District is a community-oriented critical access hospital and clinic located in the beautiful Lake Almanor area with a full range of inpatient and outpatient care, diagnostic imaging, and emergency, medical and surgical care. Seneca is more than a hospital; they are a partner in health and wellness both inside and outside its walls.  As the healthcare industry becomes more streamlined and impersonal, people are looking for a health care setting that feels more like a family. Seneca strives to provide that kind of family environment by never forgetting that people come first. Seneca is a health care facility dedicated to patient safety and quality care, which is why they are constantly working to be the provider of choice for their community. They do this in a manner that encourages the efficient use of resources while providing a working environment that promotes the personal and professional growth of their employees. Join the team at Seneca Healthcare District and be more than a name badge - be a part of a family made up of the entire community.
Seneca Healthcare District has several current job openings:
· Registered Nurse (Full Time, Part Time, Per Diem) (Acute & ER experience preferred)
· Experience Skilled Nursing Facility RN Weekend Shift
· LVN (Part Time, Per Diem, Temporary)
· CNA (Full Time, Part Time, Per Diem)
· Housekeeper (Part Time, Per Diem)
· Maintenance Worker (Full Time, Part Time, Per Diem)
· IT Technician (Full Time)
· Imaging Department Manager (Full Time)
· Clinical Laboratory Scientist (Full Time, Part Time, Per Diem)
· Certified Medical Assistant (Per Diem)
· Medical Receptionist (Per Diem)
· Admissions/HIM Tech (Part Time, Per Diem)
· Director of Rural Healthcare Clinic (Full Time)
· Director of Nursing (SNF/LTC) (Full Time)
· Respiratory Therapist (Full Time)
· Ultrasound Technician (Full Time)
· ER Technician (Full Time, Part Time)
· Executive Assistant to CEO/CNO (Full Time)
More information, position descriptions and information on how to apply can be found on our website at
Please contact Jennie, Director of HR at (530) 258-2159 or email with any questions.

Almanor Fishing Report

John Crotty

Almanor Fishing Report


Lake level has increased fractionally since last week’s report. The algal bloom continues despite 45-47 degree water temps. Visibility is between 5-10’. The weather this past week has been fantastic and we can expect another seven days of the same. 

There is no change on boat launching with both USFS public ramps closed, Plumas Pines is still allowing launching at their facility. 

Fishing was good this past week with an even mix of Browns and Bows being caught. We continue to slow troll, I did see a couple of boats fast trolling and they were picking up fish as well. Choose your preferred method and stick with it, as always look for large concentrations of pond smelt to find fish. 

Shore fishing was also good this past week, the Canyon Dam area and Hamilton Branch are your best shot at quality fish. Mark at the Sierra Fly & Tackle shop at the Hamilton Branch Bridge can show you how to get to the water and get you set up with fly’s or bait.  

There are no changes to road conditions you can expect minor delays on 36 & 89; there is no estimated opening date for highway 70 in the canyon.

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.
Town Chatter - December 2021, Volume 1