Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Brian Searles today reminded the public that “tremors” from Tropical Storm Irene in the form of sink holes and slope failures continue to occur across the state, especially in the southern tier. Recent rains continue to soften the state’s soil, intensifying the probability of such tremors. These dangers can occur on roads that previously experienced no damage. Travelers need to be on the lookout and drive with care. “We appreciate there are some long detours to take in light of roadway closures,” Searles said. “Trying to make the longer commute shorter by driving aggressively may cost you your life. Everyone’s focus needs to be on safety.” As for road recovery efforts, a temporary bridge along Route 125 in Hancock will be open for public travel by the end of the day. This temporary bridge restores critical two-way traffic along Route 125 between Hancock and Middlebury, which was severed over the weekend when a bridge was closed. Additional forces arrived as 149 crews from the Maine Department of Transportation landed in Vermont at about 4 p.m. with 145 pieces of heavy equipment including 10 road graders, seven large excavators, and dozens of back loaders and dump trucks. The Maine crews will be deployed on Wednesday to several locations including Route 131 in Cavendish where they will replace culverts, clear debris and repair shoulder washouts. Maine crews also will be dispatched to Route 100 in Jamaica and Wardsboro where two teams will reestablish ditching and repair shoulder damage. Other crews will conduct a variety of tasks along routes 100, 30, 11, and 10. Also, 10 New Hampshire crews with trucks arrived delivering 150 Jersey barriers to help cordon off dangerous roadway sections. The New Hampshire crews on Wednesday will also help repair segments of Route 131 and Route 106.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Jose is a phenomenal shooter and one of the best shooters on our team,” Walton said. “But he’s a little older.”So perhaps the 35-year-old Calderon would have limited opportunities on back-to-backs or when the Lakers play four games in five nights. Calderon might also face limited time if the Lakers need a playmaker.“Are we not getting involved? Marcelo is probably our best playmaker on the team out there,” Walton said.Possible injuries will also factor that thought process. Same thing with how well second-year guard Russell emerges this season.For now, Walton will continue to experiment with lineups and hope to find answers.“The good thing is everybody is working hard and making it hard for the coach to make decisions,” Calderon said. “Everyone has been great. When he figures something out, we’ll go with that.”Two-facedAmid fluctuating lineups and different opponents, two definitive themes for the Lakers have emerged. They have started the game off as if they would rather be somewhere else. Then they claw back and make the game competitive.So it hardly seemed surprising the Lakers overcame an 18-point halftime deficit to enter the fourth quarter trailing 82-80. Then the Kings opened the final period holding the Lakers to one field goal in the first four minutes.Russell had a team-leading 31 points on 10-of-14 shooting and 5-of-6 from 3-point range and 11 assists against Sacramento. That marked a steady improvement from his 12 points on 6-of-21 shooting and 0 of 9 from 3-point range against Portland on Tuesday. Jordan Clarkson added 13 points on a 5-of-10 clip.He said itWalton, a San Diego native, on his baseball fandom: “I support the Dodgers and hope the Padres will one day become relevant again.” LAS VEGAS >> Plenty of time awaits for Luke Walton to decide where to cash his chips. But like plenty of the gamblers here at the roulette table, Walton admitted uncertainty on his next move.Walton does not have to mull over which number and color to choose. Instead, he must decide how to manage a backup point guard spot that feature two dependable options.Does he favor 12-year NBA veteran Jose Calderon, who has impressed the Lakers with his shooting and leadership? Or does Walton choose Brazilian native Marcelo Huertas, who has transitioned well from international play to the NBA because of how well he directs the offense?“That’s going to be a tough call,” Walton said before the Lakers’ 116-104 preseason loss to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday at T-Mobile Arena. “I’m sure throughout the season we’ll lean on different ones at different times depending on what we need. But I feel completely confident with either one of them on the floor running the team.” Entering Thursday’s exhibition, Huertas has averaged 4.3 points on 41.6 percent shooting and 3.3 assists in 11.6 minutes, while Calderon has averaged 6.5 points on a 71.4 percent clip and 1.6 assists in 11.6 minutes. Against Sacramento, Calderon had four points on a 1-of-4 clip and four assists in 15 minutes, while Huertas was a healthy scratch.“At the beginning he’s been playing both of us. That’s tough for everybody, even for the team to get used to whoever,” Calderon said. “Whatever he decides, we’ll have to do whatever we can to help the team. That’s why he’s the coach.”Despite the Lakers trimming their roster from 20 to 17 players, Walton will still experiment with lineups this week instead of tightening his rotation. After starting D’Angelo Russell, Lou Williams, Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov thus far, Walton said he would make unspecified changes for Saturday’s exhibition against Golden State here.Once Walton tightens his rotation, he said “a lot of things” will determine how he will handle the backup-point guard spot.Do the Lakers need some outside shooting? Sounds like an easy choice.