Business Scene for the week of 1/10/17


Naomi Turner, of Room by Room Interiors, will be leaving shortly for the Resacon2017 Staging Convention. This convention consists of a week of educational sessions with keynote speakers, including Sabrina Soto, host and designer of HGTV shows, and Fred Burns, of Interior Design Business. 

Naomi tells us she is excited to be able to network with fellow stagers for the week, and looks forward to bringing back all kinds of new design ideas. This is just one of the many continuing education classes she will be taking throughout the year.

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home this year, give Naomi a call to help you decorate or stage your home. You can reach her at 310-3496.


National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is tomorrow, Jan. 11. At the Community Church, they will be hosting guest speakers Stacey Montgomery, Lassen County District Attorney, and Dawn Mattox, author of Advocate Series from CCC/HDSP Honor Guard. This informative series will begin at 3 p.m. at the church, which is located at 1400 Numa Road in Susanville. 


Did you winterize your vehicle? Marrina Blanthorn, of Paul’s Automotive, tells us it’s not too late to do that now. They offer a special where they not only change your oil, but they check your brakes, rotate your tires and more. Be sure and see their ad in this week’s paper for special offers. You can reach Paul’s at 251-5200, or visit them at 4175 Johnstonville Road in Susanville.


“Weather” it’s rain, snow or shine, Lana Beal of the Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce wants to make sure you mark your calendars and plan to attend the festive 8th annual Chowder Cook-Off. This family day of fun is set for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Westwood Visitor Center. Entertainment includes live music by Spur of the Moment, a bounce house for the kids and an assortment of vendor booths for all to browse through. And, for those who know their way around a kitchen, it’s not too late to enter your version of what could ultimately be voted as the town’s best award winning chowder. Applications can be picked up at The Old Mill Café, To Dye For Hair and Nails or online at For more information call the chamber office at 256-2456 and leave a message.


If you haven’t bought your tickets for the Crab Feed, there are still some available. The Susanville Elks Lodge annual Crab Feed is Jan. 27 and 28. There are limited tickets available. You may purchase them at the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, Margie’s Book Nook, The Pardner Farm Supply or from any Elks member. For more information, call the Elks at 257-4810.


Plumas Bancorp, the parent company of Plumas Bank, announced the retirement of two board directors, Alvin Blickenstaff and Arthur “Booty” Grohs, both having served for 28 years. Their retirement was effective Dec. 31, 2016 and is required by the age-based retirement policy in the bank’s Corporate Governance Guidelines.

Both Blickenstaff and Grohs were on the board of directors for Susanville-based Sierra Security Bank and joined the Plumas Bank board in 1988 when Sierra Security merged with Plumas Bank. 

Blickenstaff was born and raised in the Susanville and lives in Janesville. He has been active in the ranching and agriculture business for over 50 years.

Grohs is also a native of Susanville where he owned a retail store for 35 years before retiring and moving to Reno.

Chairman of the Board Dan West stated, “The dedicated efforts of both Alvin and Booty have helped our company grow into the strong organization that it is today. Throughout the years in both good times and bad, these two gentlemen, each in their own unique way, have been driving forces behind the bank’s success. We thank them for their leadership and guidance”

President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Ryback added, “It has been a privilege to work with Booty and Alvin and to have had the benefit of their insight, knowledge and business acumen to help guide our company. We will miss them greatly and wish them well in their future endeavors.”