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).
Right now in Oregon, if you get caught using your cell phone while driving without a hands free device, it's going to cost your $250. One Oregon lawmaker wants to QUADRUPLE it!
Here's how our news partner KGW has it:
This feels like an attempt to do nothing more than bring in some extra cash for a State that's already short on cash. There were 4,000 drivers that got pegged for illegal use of a cell phone while driving, which netted the State of Oregon a whopping $1 million. I'd be willing to guess that if they quadruple the fine, they will also be handing out more of these fines.
I'm not in favor of anyone using their cell phone in a manner that would impair their ability to drive, but I'm also not in favor of a government trying to make a little extra coin by exploiting the citizens of Oregon.
It's not the just cell phones that distract drivers. It's the breakfast burrito, the coffee, and, in some cases, the makeup or newspaper that distract drivers. It's time for a more encompassing law for distracted driving
Last week, the Clackamas County Commissioners sent a letter to TriMet suggesting that they stop the construction of the light rail at the border between Portland and Milwaukie. Clackamas County is considering a vote on the light rail in May.
TriMet issued a response, saying that at this point there is nothing that can be done to stop the Portland-Milwaukie light rail, so they shouldn't bother voting.
Here's how OregonLive has it:
TriMet is not going to consider stopping Portland-Milwaukie light rail outside of Clackamas County, said the agency's President Bruce Warner on Friday. Warner added that the line is going ahead as planned regardless of possible ballot measures. The Clackamas County commissioners sent a letter to TriMet on Tuesday suggesting TriMet examine the possibility of stopping the light rail line at Tacoma Street in Portland, the stop before Milwaukie. Warner's response indicated that TriMet interpreted the letter as a step toward breaking off Clackamas County's involvement in the 7.3-mile Orange Line.
Warner expressed disappointment in the letter and questioned whether the county should legally place TriMet funding measures on a May special election ballot.
"At this point, no modifications as to scope are possible and there is no 'funding uncertainty' that would change the Project's 'key elements'. The Whole Project will be built as agreed to by all the regional partners, including the County," Warner said in the letter.
Some commissioners interpreted the letter as a threat.
"We're trying to ask them. That's all we did," new Chairman John Ludlow said. "We asked them to look at it as a possibility, and they come back with a threatening letter, really."
The exchange could indicate a change in relationship between TriMet and Clackamas County, where two light rail opponents won commission seats in the November election. Voters might get their first chance to vote on Portland-Milwaukie light rail in May after the passage of Measure 3-401 in September, which requires countywide approval before officials can spend money to finance, design, construct or operate any rail lines in the county. If light rail makes the ballot, voters would choose whether to approve the transfer of two small land parcels to TriMet, sign an agreement that allows TriMet to maintain and operate the line and fund road improvements. Residents living in the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District would also advise whether to exchange part of the Trolley Trail for TriMet to construct. All of the items are already promised in existing contracts, so the board might be forced to complete the transactions regardless of the vote's outcome.
It sounds like this unsustainable boondoggle is going to continue and the crime train will be flowing into Clackamas County, despite the will of the people of Clackamas County.
So if a paying customer came to you and was prepared to drop in the neighborhood of $25,000 on advertising, you might think that something like that would be an easy yes from the station sales department. Well in Washington D.C., they're either rolling in money, or trying to keep a certain type of message from getting out.
Steve Vaus is a Grammy winning recording artist who you may know as Buck Howdy. He's been in the recording industry for years, and is, as he puts it, a rabid supporter of the second amendment. He decided to invest $25,000 of his own money to put a pro second amendment ad on the radio, and the stations in D.C. that he has approached have turned him away, saying that his message is "too controversial."
Listen to this ad that he wants to put on the air. I'd challenge you to tell me that you think this it controversial. I feel like this is a man with a god given talent trying to let the people of Washington D.C. know that there are people out there who DO support the second amendment, despite what the Marxist-In-Chief might think of your gun rights.
If you support Steve's cause, and want to help him get his ad on radio and television, you can click here to donate to his cause.
You've no doubt heard the news about the manhunt in California for Christopher Dorner, the former LAPD officer suspected of going on a murderous rampage involving members of and related to the LAPD. His motive apparently stems from his anger at the LAPD, and the way he was dismissed from the department.
Dorner claims to have multiple weapons at his disposal, including a .50 BMG which can inflict severe damage on someone.
50 Cal BMG Rifle. Photo Courtesy of BigCommerce.com
Dorner says that he on a mission to clear his name, and that these murders are a necessary evil to accomplish that goal. Dorner posted a 14-page manifesto on his facebook page and says that "The violence of action will be high...I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warefare to those in LAPD uniform whether on duty or off."
The manhunt continues as I write this post.
Lt. Justin Gombos served with Dorner in the Navy, called into my show today, and said that hearing the news regarding Dorner made his sick to his stomach. Lt. Gombos also recounted experiences that he had with Dorner.
If police need an eye in the sky, I don’t care what they use to get that perspective. I can understand why someone growing pot in their backyard might not want a police drone flying over their house. Unfortunately the ability to continue committing crime is not a valid argument for privacy. What I’m talking about is catching the criminal.
Some of you called the show today and tried to paint the picture of stealth government drones lurking outside our bedroom windows, watching every move we make. If you catch a glimpse of anything like that, snap a picture and send it my way. Until then, I’m finding myself leaning towards allowing police to use these tools to catch the bad guys. We’ll have a different conversation once the purpose of the drones moves past stopping crime.
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