Lars got his start in radio at age 16 spinning records (remember 45s?) and reading news, sports and weather (twice an hour) on KTIL (The Mighty 1590) from a little cinderblock building on the edge of a cow pasture in Tillamook, Oregon (75 miles West of Portland, Oregon).
36 years later, he’s only moved 75 miles east to Portland and light years to “the Right”. Emmy and Peabody award winner Lars Larson brings nearly four decades of experience as a radio and television journalist to the microphone for six hours of the best talk radio in America. Six hours of daily prep keep The Lars Larson Show on top of the news and top-of-mind for listeners across the country.
Along the way, Lars has worked for more than a dozen radio stations and five television stations. Today, Lars holds down the fort from 12pm – 4pm on Radio Northwest flagship FM NEWS 101 KXL. His local talk show airs on seventeen stations in the Pacific Northwest (and earns him the biggest local talk radio audience in the region).
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Now the citizens of Clackamas County have been informed that even though they vote in less than three weeks on the question of tens of millions of dollars in funding for light rail they don’t want, the county commission plans to take the decision away from them before the vote is even held.
Here’s what we know:
Voters will case ballots in mid September. The county commissioners figure voters will easily say “no” to funding, so the commissioners arranged to sell bonds and pay the bill before the voters cast ballots. These commissioners should face a recall over something this big, this expensive, and for spitting in the face of citizens and voters.
Government in every corner of this country has been behaving like a bully; shaking down the people it’s supposed to be serving.
The voters should let them know who’s boss...
Isn't that the fair way to educate our kids? If the school does it's job, and kids perform well, it gets money. If it fails, the school should be closed.
It can never be that simple, but we're seeing several charter schools pop up around the state, and their results have met or exceeded those of most public schools in the state.
I got a chance to talk with Ann Marie Gurney, who has two kid
s in an online charter school that is giving kids an education that is well above the academic average at our public schools, with what we've been told is a 40-50 to 1 student-teacher ratio.
Sounds like they have the right formula for success.
Yesterday, Dorinda McPheeters from Ontario, Oregon told me about her struggles to open a simply school for cosmetology…you know, hair cut and color and that kind of thing.
Dorinda’s been cutting hair for 30 years. Last September, she sent off 12-hundred dollars off to the state of Oregon just to apply for a license to open a school. And she filled out the, get this, 96 page application. The state happily took her money and then told her they don’t have the staff to work through the application quickly…that it would be weeks.
Here’s the best part. Teresa Green, the head of licensing schools for the state, sent two emails to Dorinda explaining that the Oregon process would take a long time, and that it would be much easier to just open her business in IDAHO!
Teresa Green refused our request for an interview. Now Dorinda is out thousands of dollars, she has 30 students waiting to learn hair cutting…for jobs that start at about 14 bucks an hour. 11 months later, Dorinda’s still waiting for the state to approve her…and Teresa Green warns that there is no way to say how much more time it will take.
Idaho by the way guarantees an answer 30 days after application. And you wonder why Oregon doesn’t have jobs?
This country began researching solar back in the fifties to provide power for satellites. Perfect use. Less than perfect is the crazy project Oregon calls the Solar Highway near Wilsonville.
Now the mainstream fishwrappers have dutifully done stories that include all the numbers you need. The project cost 10 million bucks and it generates 1.97 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year. But they never mention what that’s worth.
The retail cost of electricity is less than ten cents a kilowatt hour…so that project makes juice worth about 200-thosuand dollars. If you figure all that money in the project is worth about 5 percent a year, then you just made a machine to generate 200-thousand dollars worth of electricity a year for a cost of 500-thousand a year. Anyone see a problem with that? And of course, that little calculation leaves out depreciation, maintenance, an all the other costs.
Any wonder that Solar World, which Oregonians have subsidized to the tune of tens of millions of dollars, and that now enjoys a crazy 31 percent tariff designed to protect it from foreign competition, appears to be failing and on its last legs..?
Here's an excerpt from Oregon Live:
The renegotiated deal with TriMet is less than the $25 million commissioners agreed in February 2010 to contribute to the $1.5 billion project. TriMet offered to slash $2.4 million from the county's bill, but the county also offered several concessions, including property and the waiver of various fees TriMet owes the county.
The new agreement and financing plan passed 3-1, with Commissioner Paul Savas, a longtime critic of the project, the lone opponent. Commissioner Jim Bernard abstained, citing business property he owns in downtown Milwaukie that is expected to be affected by the project.
Chairwoman Charlotte Lehan and commissioners Jamie Damon and Ann Lininger hailed the new agreement as a financially wise deal that will save taxpayer money.
"The choices we have are to pay less now for a better project with more features and needs expressed by community members, or paying more later without those project features," Lininger said in explaining her support. "There is not to my understanding the option of not paying."
The reduced contribution would free up approximately $330,000 annually in the general budget over the next 20 years and save $1.6 million in interest over that time period, county officials said.
Approving the agreement sends the message to other regional partners that Clackamas County follows through with its commitments, the commissioners said.
"We can't expect our partners to be willing to partner with us to support our projects in the region when we're not able to do even 1.5 percent, the very small amount for this project," Lehan said. "This project, I truly believe, can be a renaissance for Oak Grove and Milwaukie."
The vote came against the backdrop of the Sept. 18 special election, when voters will decide on the anti-light rail initiative Measure 3-401.
"Doing this in advance of the vote is poor public policy," Savas said. "This does not gain or garner trust from the public."
This deal shows a complete disregard for what the public wants.
Thankfully, the public has the opportunity in October and November to remedy this issue.
Here is an excerpt from Oregon Live about the possible ban:
Oregon's dairy industry is revving up for a new fight over raw milk following the E. coli outbreak last month.
The Oregon Dairy Farmers Association will gather legislators, producers and perhaps state agriculture officials this summer to discuss a possible crackdown on sales of unpasteurized milk in Oregon. Raw milk producers and consumers won't be invited.
"We feel that something needs to be done," said Executive Director Jim Krahn. "We've been saying this for a long time."
This is a prime example of the buyer being responsible for their actions. It's no different than someone buying chicken or beef at the store, going home, under cooking it, and ending up with food borne illness.
It appears that the only people that are really in favor of stopping the sales of raw milk, are the people who produce pasteurized milk.
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