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Information & News from the KZYX General Manager

We are pleased to announce that the Community Advisory Board (CAB) will be holding several meetings in the further reaches of our listening area. These will be informal meetings, meaning that there may not be a quorum of CAB members present, and nothing will be voted on. The first meeting will be held in Elk on Tuesday evening, February 23rd, at the Greenwood School, 5150 S. Hwy 1, at 6:30 pm.

The CAB wants to hear from you, discuss what you are interested in regarding KZYX, and will take your comments to the next KZYX Board of Directors meeting. There will be snacks and beverages. For more information on the CAB meeting in Elk, call (707) 877-3475.

Thanks to those members who are running for open positions on the Board of Directors. To the right of this article you will find a list of candidates. Soon we will be posting the candidate statements. The on air candidate forum will be held on Thursday, March 3rd at 7pm.

Earlier this week I met with our former General Manager (John Coate) and our transmitter engineer. I was told the transmitters are in very good shape. The connections with our studios in Mendocino and Willits are not working well, and are going through complete software upgrades at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience to our programmers from Willits and Mendocino, and to our listeners, who have had to experience frequent drop outs of the studio connections. Our staff is standing by during all of our remote studio shows, and many of our programmers are coming to Philo to do their shows until the upgrades are completed and tested.

Thanks for your patience. Just so you know, some of us have been working 15-20 hour days to sort out technical difficulties and details. We want all of our broadcasts to run smoothly, and we have a steep learning curve to do what our long time Program Director/Music Director (Mary Aigner) and Operations Manager (Rich Culbertson) were able to accomplish on a daily basis. Mary retired after 22 years with the station, and Rich resigned after eight years of superb technical support. We have a big legacy to live up to!

Lorraine Dechter
General Manager KZYX & Z
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting
(707) 895-2324

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AM News for Tuesday, 10.29.13

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The governors of California, Oregon, Washington and the premier of British Columbia announced a partnership Monday to collectively combat climate change and promote clean energy.

Gov. Jerry Brown's office said the states and Canada will formally align climate policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and industrial sources.

The deal stems from the Pacific Coast Collaborative, a group meant to organize climate change and clean energy policies. It links together economies with a 

combined GDP of $2.8 trillion, the fifth largest in the world, according to Brown's office.











13 Bay Area men, defendants in an abalone poaching case, were all charged with felony conspiracy in 

Mendocino Superior Court Friday. In addition, 10 face misdemeanor charges of illegally taking abalone; five face misdemeanor charges of taking abalone for 

commercial purposes; and two are charged with 

felony perjury.

They are all accused of conspiring together to 

illegally harvest abalone from Mendocino coastal 

waters between April 1 and Aug. 11.

Henderson set a preliminary hearing in January for 

all 13 defendants to give all of the attorneys time to

 review the evidence against their clients. According 

to the DA's Office, groupings of four to eight of the 

accused men made four different trips from Oakland to Mendocino County to harvest abalone. 

Thanks to 

Tiffany Revelle of the UDJ for that story.










Ukiah's homeless shelter will offer mental health 

services again for the first time in more than two 

years, but not through the county's newly privatized mental health system.

Jacqueline Williams, executive director of the Ford 

Street Project, Ukiah Community Center and the 

Buddy Eller Center shelter, said she plans to start in November offering group therapy for the roughly 22 

percent of the shelter's residents who are considered "dual-diagnosis" because they not only have a drug or 

alcohol problem but are also mentally ill.

Those group therapy sessions stopped in 2010 when the county-run mental health department stopped funding the 

service and offering county staff to run the sessions because of budget cuts. The shelter needs to offer 

mental health services to be a more likely candidate  for a federal Emergency Shelter Services grant she

 had gotten regularly in the past but didn't receive in 

the last round of funding.

Now she's working to partner with local clinics and/or hospitals to find a sustainable way to offer the 

mental health services she still plans to provide.

Williams was one of several subcontractors who at 

first signed on with Ortner Management Group, which took over the county's adult mental health system.

Williams said she backed out of the contract with 

Ortner because the shelter wasn't being 

compensated for the time her staff spent developing 

the operational procedures for the new regime. 




Saudi Arabian activists said more than 60 women 

claimed to have gotten behind the wheel in a rare 

show of defiance against a ban on female driving in

 the ultraconservative kingdom.

Saudi professor Aziza Youssef said the group has received 13 videos and another 50 phone messages from women showing or claiming they had driven.

If the numbers are accurate, this year's campaign is 

the most successful effort yet by Saudi women 

demanding the right to drive. 

Though no specific Saudi law bans women from 

driving, women are not issued licenses.  Since the 

2011 driving campaign, Reforms made by King

Abdullah include allowing women to sit on the 

national advisory council and permiting women to 

vote and run in municipal elections in 2015.




Lake County's newest stoplight at Highway 53 and Olympic Drive in Clearlake will be activated today.

The stoplight is part of a larger highway project that 

also includes widening shoulders, adding and 

lengthening turn pockets at intersections, and 

repaving more than four miles of Highway 53 .

The entire project will be completed later this fall.







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MCPB Board of Directors Elections

Mendocino County Public Broadcasting is holding elections for its Board of Directors. If you were a KZYX member in good standing by December 31st, you will soon be receiving a ballot for the election of the board's open seats. (All of our programmers will also receive a ballot for the Programmer-Elected seat)

Your  ballot must be returned by mail in the envelope provided. Do NOT send your ballot to the station! If you do, it will not be counted. We must receive your ballot by March 31st.

To find out about the candidates, tune in to the on-air candidates forum on Thurs., March 3rd at 7pm.

If you haven't received your ballot by March 1st, please let us know by sending an email to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by calling the station at (707) 895-2324.

The candidates are as follows:


John Azarro

John Sakowicz

Charlie Hochberg

Richard Louis Miller

Jeff Wright


Stuart Campbell

Robert Vaughan

Johanna Wildoak


Jonathon Middlebrook


Get The KZYX App For Your iPhone

Go to the Apple App Store on your iPhone or iPad and search for KZYX.  The app is free of charge.  It's a great way to get the live stream, the KZYX Jukebox, this website and to make a donation.  Follow this link for a preview and easy access to the download.  Or if you want to type it out here is the URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kzyx/id998145015?mt=8

KZYX Phone Numbers

Business office 707-895-2324

Philo studio 707-895-2448

Willits studio 707-456-9991

Mendocino studio 707-937-5103

KZYX Underwriting

KZYX doesn’t play commercials but we do have underwriting, which is very different from advertising. It is a great way to support KZYX and in exchange we will let our listeners know what goods and services your organization offers.

For questions about underwriting on KZYX, call (707) 895-2324 or email uw [at] kzyx [dot] org