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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, 11.26.13

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Incumbent Humboldt County DA Paul Gallegos has announced that he won't be running for re-election.

In a Nov. 20 press release, Gallegos said he believes “we have accomplished more than I ever thought we would be able to do over the last 11 years” but has decided not to run for a fourth term.

Gallegos did not reveal what his post-DA work plans are.

Gallegos’ tenure has been controversial, particularly during his first two terms.His term ends in January of 2015. So far, only one candidate – former County Prosecutor Arnie Klein, who was hired by Gallegos in 2006 – has announced candidacy in the upcoming election.



The Dollar Tree application - after being changed - will be heard again in Fort Bragg. Applicant Robert Affinito wants to convert a building at 825 S. Franklin St. into a Dollar Tree store.

At the Nov. 13 Planning Commission meeting, he noted that the building is located in the Highway Visitor Commercial Zone, which is consistent with the proposed use.

Rather than have a loading zone along Franklin Street, he asked to change the loading area to the adjacent property to the south, which he also owns. Staff felt the change in scope was significant enough to re-notice the application and recirculate the California Environmental Quality Act documents with a revised project description.

would contradict the Coastal General Plan goals of preserving and strengthening the vitality of commerce in the central business district and sustaining local business.


Last week Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force Commander Rich Russell estimated that half of Mendocino County's 87,400 residents are engaged in growing, distributing and preparing pot for market.

That's drawn some fire from some.

“It is a disservice to the many thousands of law-abiding people in the county to make such unsubstantiated claims,” said Supervisor John McCowen.

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman also said the estimate is inflated. Allman declined to offer a counter estimate, saying those kinds of guesses damage law enforcement's credibility.

Ukiah defense attorney Bob Boyd agrees with Allman.

“I don't think there's any basis for what he's saying,” he said. “It seems he has a very jaded view of the community he serves.”

Russell stands by his estimate which includes seasonal workers who trim pot plants and hydroponic businesses that sell cultivation materials.

HSU economics professor Erick Eschker said half seems like a large number for his county.

Russell said he has no statistical information to back his figure. John Kuhry, executive director of the Economic Development and Financing Corp., said he wouldn't be surprised if half of the population has some kind of involvement in its production.

Russell is a state Department of Justice employee.


The LoBucks market located at the south end of Willits will close at the end of the year following the bankruptcy filing this week by parent company C&K Market.

The Brookings Oregon-based family owned company said the decision to file the bankruptcy petition was prompted by the need to resolve debt issues, address legacy costs and to sell or close underperforming stores. About 34 employees will be impacted; the company said it would do its best to accommodate employees by offering positions within the company and working with workforce services in the areas affected.


Stay Tuned for Mind Body Health @ 9:00 AM

When Marvin  Trotter talks with  Dr. Daniel Loube, a pulmonologist and critical care physician. 

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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