Lone Pine Xmas Parade is on

Santa’s back in Lone Pine.

Last week, Caltrans’ new rules for small town parades had put an end to Lone Pine’s Christmas Parade. This week, Caltrans officials have vowed to make it happen for December 15th.

On November 2nd, Lone Pine Chamber Director Kathleen New had filed an application for a December 8th Parade. Caltrans rejected it and demanded a Traffic Handling Plan signed by a traffic engineer plus other hard to understand requirements. Ms. New said she could not get anyone from Caltrans to talk to her. With the application still rejected, she cancelled the parade.

When Caltrans officials heard this, they tried to work with Ms. New, but the parade looked doubtful.

This week, Ms. New contacted us to say a Lone Pine Christmas Parade is on for Saturday, December 15th at 1pm. She said Caltrans is now “doing what it takes. They are really working hard to make it happen.” Ms. New said Jackie Hickman of Healthy Communities stepped in to ask Caltrans for additional help. Now, Healthy Communities and the Lone Pine Chamber are working together on the parade.

Kathleen New said on a conference call, she and others went over Caltrans’ requirements point by point. She said Caltrans officials told her they would make it all work, that the Chamber would provide insurance and Hickman Construction, two traffic controllers.

So, if you’re in the parade mood, call the Lone Pine Chamber to enter. 760-876-4444.

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6 Responses to Lone Pine Xmas Parade is on

  1. Eastern Sierra Local December 4, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    How “un-christian” to cancel the Christmas parade!

  2. Trouble December 4, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    Thanks for letting us use our roads!

  3. Big AL December 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    I knew things would work out, just needed to settle down and talk it out, with the help of some others as well. Cool.

  4. Caleb December 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    I’m really happy to here they worked things out.

    • Charles James December 4, 2012 at 8:24 am #

      Caleb, nice sentiment… and Big Al you were right about people needing to “settle down and talk it out”, which is exactly what happened.
      Kathleen and Linda at the LP Chamber are two of that community’s greatest supporters, as are Jaque and Art Hickman. We have worked together many times on many projects over many years to the benefit of the community of Lone Pine, whenever a need has arisen or a celebration is call for. Truthfully some of the requirements in the Caltrans parade permit letter were “daunting” and it took more than just a dictionary to try to figure out what it was saying.
      I personally never felt Caltrans was trying to prove “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. It was a simple communication problem which happens when dealing with a government agency just as it happens in our own personal lives. The people at Caltrans were, in fact, wonderful in stepping up to the plate when they realized there was a problem.
      There are many times when I wish all of us would remember that, especially here in our small, rural Eastern Sierra communities, we are all neighbors and many of us are also friends. We are likely to see each other at Kmart or Vons in Bishop, on Main Street in any of our towns, or a community event no matter where we live in the county. And when we do, being angry at each other or less than courteous is unproductive…not to mention darned uncomfortable.
      This is a time of year when “peace on earth,goodwill to men” (and women!) is valued. It should be so year-round in our communities. So thank you Kathleen, Linda, Jaque, Art, and all the wonderful people (and our neighbors) at Caltrans. And to everyone throughout the county and the world, “Merry Christmas”! Now, come join us at the parade on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1:00 p.m.!

      • Big AL December 5, 2012 at 2:10 am #

        I agree Charles. A good reminder, thank you. And Merry Christmas to you my friend.


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