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Livestock banquet to feature Lars Larson


   The Jefferson County Livestock Association's 55th annual meeting and banquet will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Inn at Cross Keys Station in Madras.
   The annual meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., with general business and committee reports.
   A no-host lunch will begin at noon, with a sandwich, soup and drink for $7, prepared and served by Carolyn McCall.
   Following lunch, the speakers will include Mike Slater and Jon Belozer talking about "Wildlife Services," Tom and Stacy Norton's slide presentation on their "Trip to Argentina," Oregon Cattlemen President Bill Moore, and Oregon Cattlemen's political advocate Jim Welsch.
   Radio talk show host Lars Larson of Portland will be the featured speaker for the banquet, which begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by a prime rib dinner at 7 p.m., prepared and served by the Silverado Eatery.
   At the banquet, the livestock association will recognize the Supreme Beef recipient, present a Special Recognition award, and announce the 2007 Livestockman of the Year.
   The cost to attend the banquet is $25 per person. People are asked to RSVP to Candy or Jill at 475-3808 by Jan. 14, but may still come without reservations.
   The evening will have door prizes and a silent auction to raise money for youth scholarships. Those with auction items to donate may drop them off at the extension office, or bring them to the banquet that evening.
   The event is a great time to meet others in the livestock industry, and visit with friends and neighbors, organizers said.
   Lars Larson
   Emmy and Peabody award winner Lars Larson brings over 30 years of experience as a radio and television journalist to the microphone for his well-known three-hour talk radio show.
   Six hours of daily preparation (and a producer on each coast) keep the Lars Larson Show on top of the news and top-of-mind for listeners across the country.
   Larson got his start in radio at age 16 spinning records and reading news, sports and weather on KTIL from a little cinderblock building on the edge of a cow pasture in Tillamook.
   Along the way, Larson has worked for more than a dozen radio stations and three television stations. Today, his local talk show airs on 17 stations in the Pacific Northwest (and earns him the biggest local talk radio audience in the region).
   The national Lars Larson Show (syndicated by Westwood One) launched on Sept. 1, 2003, with 105 stations and grew nearly 50 percent in the first four months.
   The show continues to grow and Larson currently has multi-year contracts with both Westwood One and KXL.
   Much to his wife Tina's delight, Larson has picked up more than 70 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional journalists, the National Press Club (as well as Emmys and a Peabody) for his reporting and documentaries.
   He has appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor," "Larry King Live," "MSNBC Live with Dan Abrams," "Fox and Friends" "CNN's Out in the Open" and countless local radio shows around the United States.
   He is a regular contributor to "Human Events Online," "Brainstorm" and "Talkers" magazine.