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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But now the company, famous for Twinkies and HoHos, have new owners, and a new outlook on how to do business. Unfortunately for those union workers who lost their jobs when Hostess shutdown, it looks like their chances of getting their old jobs back are fairly slim.
Here's an excerpt from the Wall Street Journal:
The company that bought the Twinkie, HoHo and Ding Dong brands won't be using union labor. Hostess Brands LLC—Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management LLC's new incarnation of the baking company—is reopening four bakeries in the next eight to 10 weeks, aiming to get consumers the classic snack cakes starting in July. Chief Executive C. Dean Metropoulos said the company will aim to hire at least 1,500 workers. But they won't be represented by unions, including the one whose nationwide strike sparked the 86-year-old company's decision to shut down in November. "We do not expect to be involved in the union going forward," Mr. Metropoulos said in an interview Wednesday. In February, before the $410 million sale to Metropoulos and Apollo was finalized, the president of the bakers union expressed confidence that his thousands of out-of-work members would find opportunity at the Hostess facilities once they were reopened by their new owners. President David Durkee said the strike had left the union in "a position of strength," and he expressed confidence its workers would get a better deal from the new owners than Hostess offered during the bankruptcy case, its second in recent years. He added that the only way to have a "seamless restart" would be to hire back unionized bakers. "Only our members know how to get that equipment running," Mr. Durkee said. "A work force off the street will not be able to accomplish that." But Mr. Metropoulos and his son, Daren, who is also heading up the reborn Hostess's marketing strategy, expressed confidence they would be able to find skilled, nonunion workers near the four plants, which are in areas with high unemployment. "We're trying to find the most qualified people in these local markets to come work for the company," Daren Metropoulos said. The new Hostess is firing up plants in Columbus, Ga.; Emporia, Kan.; Schiller Park, Ill.; and Indianapolis, Ind. It's also considering whether to reopen a fifth plant it purchased, in Los Angeles.
You know what I think of the union thugs and their tactics. Props and kudos to the new owners of Hostess for taking a stand!
But the greenies are throwing a hissy fit and it looks like some of the fun that tourists enjoy could be going away.
Here's an excerpt from the San Jose Mercury:
With the onset of spring, visitors are returning to see the waterfalls, granite cliffs and snow-capped peaks of Yosemite National Park. But a 14-year-old lawsuit could soon force sweeping changes and eliminate popular activities in one of America's most beloved national parks. In the name of restoring the park's natural setting, a new proposal by the National Park Service would ban bicycle and horse rentals in Yosemite Valley and remove the ice rink at Curry Village. Swimming pools at the Yosemite Lodge and Ahwahnee Hotel would be torn out. Rafting rentals on the Merced River would end. The longest stone bridge in Yosemite Valley would be demolished. Even the Yosemite Art Activity Center, where families learn water colors, would go. The changes -- which will be discussed by park officials at a public meeting Thursday in San Francisco -- are part of a new set of principles for the park known as the Merced River Plan. The 2,500-page document, released in January, comes after years of lawsuits over what should be allowed in Yosemite Valley and the Merced River that flows through it. The plan calls for the removal of stone Sugar Pine bridge, built in 1928 and located behind the Ahwahnee Hotel, because its abutments impede the flow of the Merced River and cause erosion. It also recommends rebuilding about 40 percent of the 406 campsites lost in a 1997 flood, restoring 203 acres of meadows and improving parking. Visitors still would be allowed to bring bikes, horses or rafts to the park.
California Congressman Tom McClintock is fighting against these moves by the National Park Service. He joined me today on the show to talk about it:
The Obama administration is doing its part to destroy the coal industry and the Oregon greenies aren't exactly what you can call coal friendly. Still, coal remains cheap, clean and abundant.
The Greenbrier Companies has an opportunity to jump on board coal exports by building barges. Fifty-Five million dollars in barges in the first phase of the contract, to be exact. Enter DEQ. The project hasn't gained much ground because of a delay in permits for an air quality permit needed to continue production. In simple terms, no permit, no project. By this time, Bill Furman from Greenbrier expected to be hiring more workers to complete the contract on time. Unfortunately, the workers are having to pay for DEQ's delay. Nearly one quarter of the companies workforce is on track to lose their jobs. Even if the permit is fast tracked. The damage has been done, for seemingly no good reason.
Take a listen to the interview with Bill Furman from today's show for the full details.
The Boston Marathon bombing was just one week ago, but the Marathon had been looked upon as a possible target for a terrorist attack in the past.
Retired General Russell Howard taught a terrorism class at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. In 2008, that class was split into groups and asked to plan an attack on the marathon.
Here is an excerpt from our friends at Rare:
The April 15 Boston Marathon terror attack stunned and saddened the nation. But it may not have been too surprising to one group of former U.S. college students. After all, they had planned just such an attack. In 2008, a group of undergraduates taking a course on terrorism at Tufts University, in the Boston suburb of Medford, planned an attack on the Boston Marathon as part of a class exercise. Their hypothetical plan was eerily similar to the attack which actually took place. The course instructor, Brigadier General Russell D. Howard, routinely divides his classes into groups of five or six and asks them to “red team” attacks as though they were actual terrorist cells. “If 20-24 year old students can do it,” he told Rare, “then terrorists can do it.” The Boston Marathon operation Gen. Howard’s students planned was almost identical to the actual attack. “It was backpacks, quick-in/quick-out, and right at the same location,” he said. The main differences were that they used pipe bombs instead of pressure cookers, and their assumed ideology was right-wing rather than jihadist. The reason they chose the Boston Marathon was that it was a soft target, virtually impossible to defend, and highly symbolic. Plus being an internationally known sporting event it would be guaranteed to have massive press coverage. Such exercises have practical counter-terrorism applications. “A good counter-terrorist needs to be able to think and act like a terrorist,” Gen. Howard said.
General Howard was nice enough to join me on the program today, and talked about his experience teaching the course, and what he thinks needs to be done to improve security...
Here are some highlights from today's broadcast:
Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland
AEI Director of Russian Studies Leon Aron
Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino
Military Expert Sebastian Gorka
Senator Marco Rubio
Congressman Greg Walden
Rancher John Ladd
Filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch
Nelson Freeman of Sierra Club International
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