Trail Ridge Road Closes To Through Travel For The Season | RMNP News


On Monday, October 25, Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park officially closed for the season to through travel. Many popular driving destinations for this time of year including Bear Lake Road, Moraine Park, Horseshoe Park and the section of Trail Ridge Road along the Kawuneeche Valley, are all open.

 Trail Ridge Road is not designed to be an all-season road, with 11 miles above 11,500 feet, few guard rails and no shoulders. Winter conditions of drifting snow, high winds and below- freezing temperatures occur above 10,000 feet. Weather permitting, Trail Ridge Road will remain open to Rainbow Curve on the east side of the park and to Milner Pass on the west side of the park. Eventually, those closures will move down in elevation for the winter season to Many Parks Curve on the east side and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side.

Trail Ridge Road normally opens the last week in May, weather permitting. This year Trail Ridge Road opened on May 29.

Old Fall River Road closed for the season to vehicles on October 4. Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road will remain open to bicycles and leashed pets through November 30. Leashed pets and bicycles are only allowed on the road, not on side trails. On December 1, both of these roads will revert to “winter trail status” which means that bicycles and leashed pets are no longer permitted beyond the closed gates but pedestrians, snowshoers and skiers are.

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/romo or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.





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Eastern Florida State Men’s Basketball Team Set to Tip-Off Regular Season Nov. 3


Titans head into the season No. 14 in the NJCAA Division I preseason poll

The Eastern Florida State College men’s basketball team has released the 2021-22 schedule. (EFSC image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Eastern Florida State College men’s basketball team has released the 2021-22 schedule.

The men’s basketball team heads into the season No. 14 in the NJCAA Division I preseason poll and will be tested early, playing four teams that are ranked in the preseason poll before the start of the conference season.

The Titans will open the regular season on Nov. 3 against TAAG Academy at 7 p.m. and then travels to ASA College on Nov. 6 before hosting the Florida JUCO Shootout on Nov. 12 and 13.

The Titans will play No. 13 Chipola College at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and then the State College of Florida-Manatee on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

After that, the Titans will play in two big tournaments in November beginning at Florida Southwestern State College on Nov. 19 and 20.

The Titans will play Spartanburg Methodist on Nov. 19 and then Snow College on Nov. 20. Then the team will travel to Bradenton to play games from Nov. 25 to 27.

Eastern Florida State College will play three games in Bradenton, facing Albany Tech on Nov. 25, South Georgia Tech on Nov. 26, and No. 23-ranked Georgia Highlands on Nov. 27.

The Titans will return home on Dec. 1 to host ASA College at 7 p.m. and plays Miami Dade at Titan Field House on Dec. 4 before hitting the road for a matchup with No. 20 Harcum College on Nov. 10.

The Titans will once again host the Jim Grimes Classic on Nov. 30-31, playing Southern Union at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30 and No. 8 Shelton State on New Year’s Eve at 4 p.m.

Eastern Florida State College will open the Central Conference season on Jan. 5 on the road, traveling to the Florida State College at Jacksonville for a 7:30 p.m. game.

The defending conference champions will host Polk State College on Jan. 8 in the conference home opener at 4 p.m.

They will also play Daytona State College, Santa Fe College, and will wrap up the regular season at Titan Field House on Feb. 22 against St. Petersburg College.

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Head start: Here are winter safety tips to get ahead of an expected snowier season


With a 70% to 80% chance of a La Niña winter in Spokane, this next season is expected to bring more snowy weather. That’s incentive in the next several weeks of fall to prepare with safety measures both for you and your home.

The long-range forecast for the remainder of the year predicts a strong chance for above-normal precipitation for much of Washington and Oregon. A La Niña occurs when winds are stronger than usual and push warm ocean water toward Asia, causing cold, nutrient-rich water to come to the surface along the West Coast of North America.

But you can get ready now for any blows of winter a few steps at a time. There are handy tip sheets offered by several insurance companies, health care centers and AARP for what to do ahead of frigid temperatures.

Here are some ideas:

Prevent pipe ruptures. PEMCO Insurance offers several steps to take now. Start by disconnecting your garden hoses and protecting the faucets with a foam cover. If it has an indoor valve, turn it off and open the faucet to drain any trapped water so it can’t freeze and potentially rupture the pipe. Wrap pipes in unheated spaces such as garages and workshops.

Clean gutters. Removing leaves and other debris will help prevent ice damming. During fast snowmelt, clogged gutters could cause water to seep back into the roof or overflow near the foundation, causing leaks and settling. If you’re unsure about safely using a ladder, consider hiring a pro to do the job and perhaps also look for loose gutters.

Check smoke detectors. AARP suggests when you change the clocks to “fall back” an hour Nov. 7, also change the batteries in your smoke detectors. However, any time your alarm chirps, it’s a sign the battery is low, and you should replace it no matter the time of year. Once you’ve replaced the batteries, test that the smoke detector works. It’s often just a push of a button to make sure the alarm goes off.

Do furnace maintenance. This can be another time to call in a pro to ensure that your furnace runs at peak efficiency. Without semiannual maintenance in the spring and fall, airborne allergens may get trapped in the filters and result in poor indoor air quality, AARP said. It’s likely a good time to change filters.

Prevent winter slips and falls. Check that your best winter shoes are in shape, or consider buying new ones. You should have flat footwear with slip-resistant soles or snow boots that provide traction, said a blog by MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care. Even a quick jaunt outside to grab a newspaper or mail can lead to a nasty fall if you wear floppy slippers.

Use a headlamp and reflective gear. Buy or check the status of a headlamp – does it still work – for short ventures outside, on dark winter afternoons or evenings, such as to take the dog on a quick walk. More clothing options these days come with reflective stripes so drivers can see you easier when you’re walking roadside.

Stock firewood, nonperishable food, prescriptions. These preparations will keep you home safely in case of a power outage or when a snowstorm hampers travel. Consider keeping your prescription medications refilled as soon as allowed so you have a few extra days of medication, suggests a PEMCO blog.

Car safety. Things to take care of ahead of winter include antifreeze, the car’s battery, winter-ready tires, washer fluid and wiper blades. PEMCO said now also is a good time to pack an emergency kit for the trunk with gloves, a water-resistant blanket, ice scraper, flashlight, jumper cables, extra warm clothes, nonperishable food and water and sand or old-fashioned cat litter for traction if you get stuck.

Until spring, live by the “half tank” rule, which means never allowing your gas gauge to dip below that so you won’t have to worry about running out of gas if a weather-snarled commute leaves you stuck on the freeway for hours.



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Young, Hawks Open Season With 113-87 Rout of Mavericks – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


Beginning a season of high expectations, the Atlanta Hawks showed they’re far more than Trae Young.

He’s their unquestioned leader, of course, but a 113-87 rout of the Dallas Mavericks displayed Atlanta’s impressive depth.

Cam Reddish scored 20 points, Young added 19 and four others scored in double figures as the Hawks blew away Luka Doncic and the Mavericks on Thursday night, ruining the debut of Dallas coach Jason Kidd.

Coming off a surprising run to the Eastern Conference final, the Hawks took control of the game with a dominant third quarter, stretching a 51-44 halftime lead to 86-64 heading to the fourth.

After a sluggish start, Young scored 12 points and dished out nine assists in the decisive period, drawing chants of “MVP! MVP!” from the home crowd in the very first game.

Reddish led a stellar effort from the deep Hawks bench, which contributed 44 points.

Seven Hawks scored before Young finally knocked down his first shot with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

“It’s a good problem to have,” Young said. “We’ve got so many guys who can play.”

Coach Nate McMillan, who guided the Hawks to a remarkable turnaround last season after taking over on an interim basis, wants his starters to play as hard as they can right from the opening tip.

“We can play 10, 11 guys,” McMillan said. “There’s no need to pace yourself when you have a bench that can come in. We want to keep the pressure on an opponent.”

The Mavericks were thoroughly miserable in their first game under Kidd, who had not been a head coach since he was fired in Milwaukee midway through the 2017-18 season.

Kidd learned before the game that he was picked as one of the NBA’s 75 greatest players as part of the league’s 75th anniversary.

It was all downhill from there.

The Mavericks appear to have a lot more work to do if they want to take the next step behind Doncic, their dynamic young star.

“I thought guys got great looks. They just didn’t go in for us,” said Kidd, who took over in Dallas after longtime coach Rick Carlisle stepped down on the heels of a first-round playoff loss last season.

With De’Andre Hunter doing a stellar defensive job, Doncic was held to 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting, to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists.

He didn’t get much help from anyone except Jalen Brunson, who scored 17 off the bench.

The Mavericks shot a dismal 32.6% (31 of 93) from the field.

In the unending comparison between Young and Doncic, who were traded for each other during the 2018 draft, the Atlanta point guard was the clear winner in this one.

“We’ve got to find that balance so we’re not clogging up the paint,” said Kristaps Porzingis, who managed just 11 points and five rebounds. “Everybody has got to find their most comfortable spot.”

CLEARING THE BENCH

Leading by as many as 30, the Hawks were able to empty their bench in the fourth quarter.

Fourteen players got on the court for Atlanta, including first-round pick Jalen Johnson. He scored six points and grabbed two rebounds.

Everyone played for Atlanta except veteran Lou Williams, who suited up but was dealing with a hip injury.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Doncic played his 200th game in very rarified territory. He had already joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to reach 5,000 points, 1,500 rebounds and 1,500 assists by that career landmark.

Hawks: F Danilo Gallinari was ruled out with a nagging shoulder injury. Solomon Hill moved up to fill Gallinari’s spot on the second team. … The Hawks doled out 31 assists, compared to 16 for the Mavericks. … Dominique Wilkins received a standing ovation when he was introduced during the first timeout as a member of the 75th anniversary team.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Travel to Toronto to face the Raptors on Saturday. Dallas will finally play its home opener next Tuesday against the Rockets.

Hawks: Head to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers in their first road game Saturday.



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Young, Hawks open season with 113-87 rout of Mavericks


ATLANTA – Beginning a season of high expectations, the Atlanta Hawks showed they’re far more than Trae Young.

He’s their unquestioned leader, of course, but a 113-87 rout of the Dallas Mavericks displayed Atlanta’s impressive depth.

Cam Reddish scored 20 points, Young added 19 and four others scored in double figures as the Hawks blew away Luka Doncic and the Mavericks on Thursday night, ruining the debut of Dallas coach Jason Kidd.

Coming off a surprising run to the Eastern Conference final, the Hawks took control of the game with a dominant third quarter, stretching a 51-44 halftime lead to 86-64 heading to the fourth.

After a sluggish start, Young scored 12 points and dished out nine assists in the decisive period, drawing chants of “MVP! MVP!” from the home crowd in the very first game.

Reddish led a stellar effort from the deep Hawks bench, which contributed 44 points.

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Seven Hawks scored before Young finally knocked down his first shot with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

“It’s a good problem to have,” Young said. “We’ve got so many guys who can play.”

Coach Nate McMillan, who guided the Hawks to a remarkable turnaround last season after taking over on an interim basis, wants his starters to play as hard as they can right from the opening tip.

“We can play 10, 11 guys,” McMillan said. “There’s no need to pace yourself when you have a bench that can come in. We want to keep the pressure on an opponent.”

The Mavericks were thoroughly miserable in their first game under Kidd, who had not been a head coach since he was fired in Milwaukee midway through the 2017-18 season.

Kidd learned before the game that he was picked as one of the NBA’s 75 greatest players as part of the league’s 75th anniversary.

It was all downhill from there.

The Mavericks appear to have a lot more work to do if they want to take the next step behind Doncic, their dynamic young star.

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“I thought guys got great looks. They just didn’t go in for us,” said Kidd, who took over in Dallas after longtime coach Rick Carlisle stepped down on the heels of a first-round playoff loss last season.

With De’Andre Hunter doing a stellar defensive job, Doncic was held to 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting, to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists.

He didn’t get much help from anyone except Jalen Brunson, who scored 17 off the bench.

The Mavericks shot a dismal 32.6% (31 of 93) from the field.

In the unending comparison between Young and Doncic, who were traded for each other during the 2018 draft, the Atlanta point guard was the clear winner in this one.

“We’ve got to find that balance so we’re not clogging up the paint,” said Kristaps Porzingis, who managed just 11 points and five rebounds. “Everybody has got to find their most comfortable spot.”

CLEARING THE BENCH

Leading by as many as 30, the Hawks were able to empty their bench in the fourth quarter.

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Fourteen players got on the court for Atlanta, including first-round pick Jalen Johnson. He scored six points and grabbed two rebounds.

Everyone played for Atlanta except veteran Lou Williams, who suited up but was dealing with a hip injury.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Doncic played his 200th game in very rarified territory. He had already joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to reach 5,000 points, 1,500 rebounds and 1,500 assists by that career landmark.

Hawks: F Danilo Gallinari was ruled out with a nagging shoulder injury. Solomon Hill moved up to fill Gallinari’s spot on the second team. … The Hawks doled out 31 assists, compared to 16 for the Mavericks. … Dominique Wilkins received a standing ovation when he was introduced during the first timeout as a member of the 75th anniversary team.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Travel to Toronto to face the Raptors on Saturday. Dallas will finally play its home opener next Tuesday against the Rockets.

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Hawks: Head to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers in their first road game Saturday.

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Young, Hawks open season with 113-87 rout of Mavericks


ATLANTA (AP) — Beginning a season of high expectations, the Atlanta Hawks showed they’re far more than Trae Young.

He’s their unquestioned leader, of course, but a 113-87 rout of the Dallas Mavericks displayed Atlanta’s impressive depth.

Cam Reddish scored 20 points, Young added 19 and four others scored in double figures as the Hawks blew away Luka Doncic and the Mavericks on Thursday night, ruining the debut of Dallas coach Jason Kidd.

Coming off a surprising run to the Eastern Conference final, the Hawks took control of the game with a dominant third quarter, stretching a 51-44 halftime lead to 86-64 heading to the fourth.

After a sluggish start, Young scored 12 points and dished out nine assists in the decisive period, drawing chants of “MVP! MVP!” from the home crowd in the very first game.

Reddish led a stellar effort from the deep Hawks bench, which contributed 44 points.

Seven Hawks scored before Young finally knocked down his first shot with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

“It’s a good problem to have,” Young said. “We’ve got so many guys who can play.”

Coach Nate McMillan, who guided the Hawks to a remarkable turnaround last season after taking over on an interim basis, wants his starters to play as hard as they can right from the opening tip.

“We can play 10, 11 guys,” McMillan said. “There’s no need to pace yourself when you have a bench that can come in. We want to keep the pressure on an opponent.”

The Mavericks were thoroughly miserable in their first game under Kidd, who had not been a head coach since he was fired in Milwaukee midway through the 2017-18 season.

Kidd learned before the game that he was picked as one of the NBA’s 75 greatest players as part of the league’s 75th anniversary.

It was all downhill from there.

The Mavericks appear to have a lot more work to do if they want to take the next step behind Doncic, their dynamic young star.

“I thought guys got great looks. They just didn’t go in for us,” said Kidd, who took over in Dallas after longtime coach Rick Carlisle stepped down on the heels of a first-round playoff loss last season.

With De’Andre Hunter doing a stellar defensive job, Doncic was held to 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting, to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists.

He didn’t get much help from anyone except Jalen Brunson, who scored 17 off the bench.

The Mavericks shot a dismal 32.6% (31 of 93) from the field.

In the unending comparison between Young and Doncic, who were traded for each other during the 2018 draft, the Atlanta point guard was the clear winner in this one.

“We’ve got to find that balance so we’re not clogging up the paint,” said Kristaps Porzingis, who managed just 11 points and five rebounds. “Everybody has got to find their most comfortable spot.”

CLEARING THE BENCH

Leading by as many as 30, the Hawks were able to empty their bench in the fourth quarter.

Fourteen players got on the court for Atlanta, including first-round pick Jalen Johnson. He scored six points and grabbed two rebounds.

Everyone played for Atlanta except veteran Lou Williams, who suited up but was dealing with a hip injury.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Doncic played his 200th game in very rarified territory. He had already joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to reach 5,000 points, 1,500 rebounds and 1,500 assists by that career landmark.

Hawks: F Danilo Gallinari was ruled out with a nagging shoulder injury. Solomon Hill moved up to fill Gallinari’s spot on the second team. … The Hawks doled out 31 assists, compared to 16 for the Mavericks. … Dominique Wilkins received a standing ovation when he was introduced during the first timeout as a member of the 75th anniversary team.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Travel to Toronto to face the Raptors on Saturday. Dallas will finally play its home opener next Tuesday against the Rockets.

Hawks: Head to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers in their first road game Saturday.

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IBM Report Reveals Potential Rebound for Travel and Event Spending, End of Traditional Shopping Season


ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — According to the findings of a new global consumer study released by IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) Institute for Business Value (IBV), respondents are feeling slightly more festive for the 2021 holiday season than they were in 2020, and are reporting higher household budget allocation for travel and local activities. However, the survey suggests COVID-19 pandemic-related concerns are hindering the return of the traditional shopping season

The global survey* of more than 13,000 adult respondents found that while rising vaccination rates have eased restrictions in many places, many people are still carefully considering the safety of socializing, shopping, and traveling, with many global respondents continuing to make choices from a place of caution.

Almost three in four respondents said they’re concerned about new variants of COVID-19, three in five said they’re concerned about interacting with unvaccinated people outside of their families and more than half of those surveyed said they are worried about spending time with unvaccinated family and friends. Holiday shopping budgets are still 13% lower than they were in 2019; however, they did increase 30% year-over-year, and 87% of surveyed consumers say they may shop for the holidays this year, up six points compared to 2020.  

“The most effective industry leaders may be the ones who can meet the customer where, when and how they want,” said Jonathan Wright, Managing Partner & Global VP for Supply Chain Consulting, IBM Consulting. “Based on the survey findings, consumer respondents may continue to demand safety requirements for in-person activities, as well as modern-day fulfillment models such as contactless pick-up, same-day delivery; ship-from-store; buy online, pick up in-store, etc. Deploying artificial intelligence, intelligent automation and analytics across an enterprise can build a more adaptable business that can rapidly respond, pivot, and scale up or down, which may be a pivotal enabler when it comes to this holiday shopping season.”

Noteworthy survey findings include: 

An Earlier Start to the Holiday Shopping Season

Holiday shoppers are concerned about shortages, so to increase their chance of getting everything on their wish lists, more than one in four surveyed adults started shopping in September or earlier. Twice as many people surveyed plan to start in October as compared to last year and just under half of consumers surveyed plan to jumpstart holiday shopping before November, weeks earlier than the traditional “Black Friday” start date in the US. 

Online Shopping Still Reigns

While there is notable demand for local products and merchants, online shopping is likely to hold on to its leadership position this holiday season for those surveyed. This statistic is noteworthy when compared to February 2021 IBV data which found that 73% of surveyed shoppers wanted and expected to return to shopping malls and shopping centers after they were vaccinated. Instead, 43% of consumers surveyed say they plan to buy products online and just 36% surveyed say they plan to buy products in a physical store, citing the increasing concern about new COVID-19 outbreaks and variants.

Holiday Travel & Experiences/Activities could be on the Rebound for 2021

According to the survey, travel is predicted to account for a larger portion of the holiday budgets overall for those surveyed, rising to 8.2% from 5.7% in 2020. Though still lower than it was in 2019, almost 40% of respondents said they plan to travel to see family and friends over the holidays, up from 28% last year. Travel budgets are also on the rebound, up 43% over 2020, with international lodging and air travel budgets growing more than domestic air travel and lodging budgets for those surveyed. Local outings and activities, as well as dining out, may see the biggest lift in 2021 with consumers surveyed planning to spend 30% more in this area than they did last year.

Consumers Still Care About Sustainability

Environmentally friendly products may also have a leg up this holiday season. Four in five consumers surveyed say they may consider sustainability to some extent when they’re shopping for the holidays this year, which is consistent with last year’s survey results. This group plans to change their behavior by avoiding single-use plastics, shopping locally and buying more products locally or made locally.

*IBV Study Methodology
The IBM Institute for Business Value polled more than 13,000 adults across nine countries (Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States), to better understand consumers’ COVID-19 pandemic-related concerns and the impact on how people plan to celebrate the holiday season – how it may affect their perspectives on a number of issues, including retail spending, traveling and future event attendance. The full study is available at: https://www.ibm.com/thought-leadership/institute-business-value/report/2021-holiday-shopping-travel-outlook.

About IBM Institute for Business Value 
The IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) delivers trusted business insights from our position at the intersection of technology and business, combining experience from industry thinkers, leading academics, and subject matter professionals with global research and performance data. The IBV thought leadership portfolio includes research deep dives, benchmarking and performance comparisons, and data visualizations that support business decision making across regions, industries and technologies. Follow @IBMIBV on Twitter, and to receive the latest insights by email, visit: www.ibm.com/ibv.

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Hawaii airports adding more staff to meet anticipated busy holiday travel season


HONOLULU (KHON2) — The governor’s stamp of approval for non-essential travelers to return to Hawaii will likely increase the number of tourists expected for the holidays, and airport officials are preparing for a busy season and hiring more workers to help travelers avoid long lines.

The airports are staffing up, making sure there are enough screeners and TSA agents to meet the number of travelers.

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Hawaii’s Safe Travels Administrator Sheri Kajiwara said the state program is aggressively recruiting airport screeners for arrivals. About 100 new workers will be added come Thanksgiving time and even more if funding allows.

“We do get reports from every airlines about how many travelers are on board so that we can better prepare to screen them on arrival,” Kajiwara said. “But I do suspect that this will be a busy holiday season.”

All six major airlines flying into Hawaii do pre-boarding checking for Safe Travels, but sometimes there are issues that require all of the screening to be done upon arrival.

“Airlines like everybody else is having staffing issues as well, so sometimes we do get a message that a certain airline was short staffed and not able to wristband any passengers,” Kajiwara said. “We need to be prepared to handle 100% on arrival.”

TSA officials are also recruiting more agents in anticipation to the holiday travel season and the Nov. 22 deadline that requires employees to be vaccinated against COVID.

“Seventy to 80 vacancies across the pacific, so we’re not in too terrible shape. I am expecting we may lose a few people as a result of the mandatory vaccinations,” Federal Security Director at TSA Pacific Area Jenel Chang said. “But we are seeing people go out, those who haven’t been vaccinated yet go out and start to get their vaccinations.”

The new mauka terminal at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport will help alleviate some of the long TSA lines, but smaller airports in the state are likely to feel more of the weight from increased travelers.

“Maui in particular is at capacity. They are actually over capacity, so we often find that we have more passengers coming through than we can screen in an hour which is what drives the wait times,” Chang said. “But we do have all hands on deck and we use our overtime.”

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The governor said starting Nov. 1 the state will begin welcoming vaccinated travelers back into the state.



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2021-22 NBA opening night: Live updates, analysis, scores as Bucks-Nets, Lakers-Warriors tip off season


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James Harden, Joe Harris, Bruce Brown, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin — Alex Schiffer

BUCKS

There should not be much drama in regards to the Bucks’ starting lineup. The Bucks headed into this season with four returning starters from last season’s roster. Those four are locked into this year’s starting lineup. The fifth starter from that squad, Donte DiVincenzo, is out as he recovers from left ankle surgery, and his replacement during the postseason, P.J. Tucker, now plays for the Miami Heat.

Bucks general manager Jon Horst traded for Grayson Allen during the offseason, and then Monday, the organization signed Allen to a two-year rookie-scale contract extension. Per league sources, the contract contains $17 million guaranteed over the next two years and could end up being worth as much as $19.6 million with likely and unlikely bonuses. Before he even played his first game, the organization made a long-term commitment to Allen. He has served as the Bucks’ fifth starter in the preseason, so expect him to do the same tonight. That means the Bucks’ expected starting lineup against the Nets will be: Allen, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton. — Eric Nehm

WARRIORS

The Warriors will start Steph Curry, Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney in Los Angeles. Poole’s spot was the only of the five up in the air when training camp opened, but he quickly and loudly claimed it with an explosive preseason: 30, 17, 28, 18 and 16 points in the five games, making 16 3s (many from 28 feet out), while getting to the rim with an explosive first step and an array of sharpened dribble moves. He’s become a popular pick for Most Improved Player, and the Warriors will need a huge couple of months from him as he keeps Klay Thompson’s starting spot warm. — Anthony Slater

LAKERS

The Lakers have three starting spots locked up: LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. Not only do we not know the final two starters, but we also technically don’t know at which positions Davis and James, respectively, will be starting. The buzz this offseason was that Davis was finally going to start at center after two seasons in which the Lakers’ on-court metrics were much better with him in the middle. But preseason injuries to Trevor Ariza and Talen Horton-Tucker have depleted the Lakers’ wing depth, increasing the likelihood that the Lakers will start bigger, keeping James and Davis at their natural positions of the three and the four.

Since training camp began in late September, all indications have been that DeAndre Jordan was the favorite for the starting center spot and Kent Bazemore was the favorite at shooting guard. Yahoo Sports reported this afternoon that Lakers will indeed start Jordan, Davis, James, Bazemore and Westbrook against the Warriors. — Jovan Buha





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