It's been a tough couple of years for the business of voting.

There's the state that discovered a Russian oligarch now finances the company that hosts its voting data.

Then there's the company that manufactures and services voter registration software in eight states that found itself hacked by Russian operatives leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

And then there's the largest voting machine company in the country, which initially denied and then admitted it had installed software on its systems considered by experts to be extremely vulnerable to hacking.

Updated at 4:40 a.m. ET

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, one of three top leaders in the Southeast Asian country, has died at age 61, according to state media, which says he suffered from a "serious illness."

Quang was sworn in as president in 2016 and served in the largely ceremonial post alongside Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and secretary-general of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, who experts believe wields the bulk of the power in the country's leadership triumvirate.

Florence may have concluded its crawl over the Carolinas, but officials are warning residents not to let the fairer weather deceive them. For days, the storm dumped relentless rain — in some places about 3 feet — and as all that water continues to make its way downstream, rivers keep on rising.

The storm's death toll ticked up to 41 people on Thursday; 31 people in North Carolina alone, which entered its 13th day under a state of emergency.

Updated at 12:10 p.m. Friday

Newly unsealed court documents have explained the mysterious closure of a New Mexico observatory earlier this month, revealing that authorities were investigating one of the facility's janitors for possession and distribution of child pornography.

The Sunspot Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak was shut for 11 days for "a security issue," and its closure drew cheeky speculation that authorities were investigating the presence of UFOs.

Google has warned some senators and Senate aides that their personal Google accounts have been targets of attempted hacks backed by foreign governments, the company confirmed on Thursday.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., wrote to Senate leaders on Wednesday that his office has discovered a number of senators and Senate staff members were warned by a major technology company "that their personal email accounts were targeted by foreign government hackers."

Updated on Sept. 21 at 2:33 p.m. ET

If you feel like your commute is taking longer, that's because it is.

New survey data show the average American's commute inched up to 26.9 minutes from 26.6 minutes the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2017 American Community Survey.

Last week, hackers stole an estimated $59 million from a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange called Zaif, according to a statement released Thursday by the owners of the exchange.

According to Cointelegraph, the Tech Bureau Corp. said the breach occurred on September 14. The company discovered something was wrong on September 17, and realized it was a hack the following day, September 18.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has reinstated Russia's state anti-doping regulator after a major doping scandal that reverberated across international sports. The move has been roundly condemned by anti-doping advocates.

The reinstatement of RUSADA, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, is subject to conditions. Nine members of WADA's executive committee backed the decision. Two voted against it – the agency's vice president and Oceania. Europe abstained.

Carmen Lugo has lived in Puerto Rico her whole life, and her whole life she has feared the water that comes out of her tap.

"When I was a child, we used filters," she says, leaning on the doorjamb with her 11-year-old in front of her and two teenage sons sleepy-eyed behind her on a morning in July.

"The water here," she says, pausing as she purses her lips in a tight smile. She chooses her words carefully. "We want to be in good health," she finally says. "My husband, he buys water from the Supermax," referring to a local grocery store.

Ireland officially revoked its ban on abortion this week – and its health minister says that under a new law, women won't have to pay for abortion services in the country. The goal is to ensure access and make sure women aren't forced to travel for the procedure, Health Minister Simon Harris says.

Irish President Michael D. Higgins signed the abortion referendum bill into law on Tuesday, striking the Eighth Amendment from the books.

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O. Hope McKenney

Over the weekend, hundreds of people gathered at the annual Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show to watch the sheepdog trials. The herding event is a competitive dog sport that began in the 1860s in New Zealand. Highly trained herding dogs move sheep around a field, fences, gates, or enclosures as directed by their handlers. There is a specific type of sheepdog trial unique to the Redwood Empire region of Northern California, developed by ranchers in the 1940s because of the area’s rough terrain. 

 

Mendo/Lake Veterans Resource Fair in Lakeport

Sep 20, 2018

Sep 20, 2018 -- On September 19 and 20, there is a veterans resource fair at the Lakeport fairgrounds from 9-4. Veterans' organizations have gathered clothing, boots, and camping supplies for homeless vets, and Fritch Hall is packed with representatives from veterans' organizations all over Lake and Mendocino Counties. We'll hear from some of the organizers and people offering legal services, supplies, employment assistance, and advice on how to gain access to various benefits.

 On Sept 16th 1810 Father Miguel Hidalgo rang the bell in the town of Dolores, Mexico and delivered a speech known as El Grito, or the cry for independence. Hidalgo is considered the father of his country and the event is reenacted annually on the eve of independence day in Mexico,. This year the celebration came to SPACE, the school of performing arts and cultural education in Ukiah.

Memorial Ceremony For State Hospital Patients

Sep 18, 2018

Sep 18, 2018 -- The third Monday of September is the day to honor patients who died in California State mental hospitals and whose remains were unclaimed. The ashes of 1200 such patients are buried in one plot at Ukiah's cemetery, just a little way into the trees from the southwest end. Another 400 patients are buried there, to, memorialized with a large stone monument. We'll talk with Debi Davis, of Disability Rights California, about the California Memorial Project, and Julia Wood, who stayed at the Mendocino State Hospital in Talmage during her pregnancy in 1959.

Jim Heid

 The California Coastal Commission held three days of hearings at Fort Bragg town hall last week to review several pending coastal projects. Most controversial was the Commission's approval of the Cal Trans permit application for a geotechnical survey at the historic Albion River Bridge, the last wooden trestle bridge on the California coast.  According to Cal Trans, the survey is necessary in order to determine if the aging bridge should be rehabilited or replaced.

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Program Showcase

Dean Baker, Economist

Sep 20, 2018

To hear this interview with Dean Baker, co-founder/co-director of the Center for Economic & Policy Research, click on this link:  https://forthright.media/2018/09/20/dean-baker/

10 years after the financial crisis, economict Dean Baker disects what should have happened vs. what did happen.

On September 16th KZYX broadcast the sheepdog trials live from the Mendocino County fair in Boonville. commentary was provided by Alice Woelfle and Kevin Owens. The audio is available here!

MCPB Meetings

MCPB Meetings

Sep 10, 2018

All Board of Directors meetings and committee meetings are open to KZYX members and the public.  However, since attendance tends to be low for most meetings, the Board will hold several special meetings each year to encourage attendance and feedback from our members and the public. 

Board meetings are posted here

Committee meetings are posted here

Child & Family Services

The Positive Parenting Program, known as Triple P, is proven to build better relationships between parents and children.  The unique feature of Triple P is how the strategies and techniques learned have the potential to improve all relationships.  It allows caregivers and parents to gain confidence, learn strategies to teach children new skills, and have realistic expectations while parenting in a positive and effective way. 

Triple P Mendocino

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O. Hope McKenney

Over the weekend, hundreds of people gathered at the annual Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show to watch the sheepdog trials. The herding event is a competitive dog sport that began in the 1860s in New Zealand. Highly trained herding dogs move sheep around a field, fences, gates, or enclosures as directed by their handlers. There is a specific type of sheepdog trial unique to the Redwood Empire region of Northern California, developed by ranchers in the 1940s because of the area’s rough terrain. 

 

Mendo/Lake Veterans Resource Fair in Lakeport

Sep 20, 2018

Sep 20, 2018 -- On September 19 and 20, there is a veterans resource fair at the Lakeport fairgrounds from 9-4. Veterans' organizations have gathered clothing, boots, and camping supplies for homeless vets, and Fritch Hall is packed with representatives from veterans' organizations all over Lake and Mendocino Counties. We'll hear from some of the organizers and people offering legal services, supplies, employment assistance, and advice on how to gain access to various benefits.

 On Sept 16th 1810 Father Miguel Hidalgo rang the bell in the town of Dolores, Mexico and delivered a speech known as El Grito, or the cry for independence. Hidalgo is considered the father of his country and the event is reenacted annually on the eve of independence day in Mexico,. This year the celebration came to SPACE, the school of performing arts and cultural education in Ukiah.

Memorial Ceremony For State Hospital Patients

Sep 18, 2018

Sep 18, 2018 -- The third Monday of September is the day to honor patients who died in California State mental hospitals and whose remains were unclaimed. The ashes of 1200 such patients are buried in one plot at Ukiah's cemetery, just a little way into the trees from the southwest end. Another 400 patients are buried there, to, memorialized with a large stone monument. We'll talk with Debi Davis, of Disability Rights California, about the California Memorial Project, and Julia Wood, who stayed at the Mendocino State Hospital in Talmage during her pregnancy in 1959.

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