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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, 12.17.13

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Lake County has received a state grant to pay for permanently relocating the sewer system at the Lakeside Heights subdivision to more stable ground.

Special Districts will receive $215,300 in grant funds from the State Water Resource Board.

Earlier this year, Special Districts received $30,356 in grant funds  for geotechnical and engineering costs, bringing the total combined grant award to $245,656.

The total cost to permanently relocate Lakeside Heights' sewer line is $264,320.

That difference will be covered by a grant of $49,020 that the Board of Supervisors approved as a local project match.

A landslide that began in March damaged several homes in the 29-home subdivision, condemned several and led to several voluntary evacuations.

Nearly four dozen property owners in the subdivision filed a lawsuit against the county, alleging that the county owned and operated infrastructure was to blame for destabilizing the hillside and resulting in the slide.

Thanks to Elizabeth Larson @LakeCoNews.

A Willits man gone missing Saturday was found in Fort Bragg Monday morning, after apparently, having walked there from Willits.

Lawrence Whetman, 39, left his residence, around 7:30 AM, to  explore a possible horse trail leading towards the coast.  He was expected to return in several hours .

A hasty search was conducted by Sheriff's Deputies, Little Lake Fire Department, and Search and Rescue Volunteers during the afternoon/evening.

Sunday, Search and Rescue teams responded from Lake County, Humboldt, Sonoma and Mendocino as well as volunteers from the California Rescue Dog Association, Fish and Wildlife, and the CHP  along with fixed wing aircraft, mounted posse, and all terrain vehicles.  

Search and rescue was preparing to go out again when he was found. No reasons for his disappearance are available at this time.


Ending a 12-day strike, Northern California Dungeness crab fishermen from Crescent City to Fort Bragg started setting traps Thursday after the North Coast fleet and seafood buyers agreed on an opening price of $2.65 per pound.

The opening price is lower than the $3 per pound that the North Coast fleet had been asking for but higher than the $2.50 price that was originally offered.

The $2.65 price was reached Wednesday night through state-mediated negotiations between fishermen and buyers in Oregon. Seafood companies agreed to offer Northern California fishermen the same price to get the season started.

According to public radio KUOW Seattle, China has suspended imports of shellfish from the U.S. West Coast, cutting off one of the biggest export markets for Northwest companies and prompting fears of a months-long shutdown.The Chinese government imposed the ban after discovering that recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters had high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.

The ban will continue indefinitely. Clams, oysters and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested off Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California are affected.

U.S. officials think the contaminated clams came from Washington or Alaska.

The U.S. exported $68 million worth of geoduck clams last year nearly 90 percent of which went to China where they sell for $100 to $150 per pound.


On Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, the Fort Bragg Planning Commission will consider again  an application to to convert 11,000 square feet of a building located at 825 S. Franklin into a Dollar Tree

As reported in the Advocate-News on Nov. 21, The hearing was rescheduled to allow commission staff time to recirculate the CEQA documents after the applicant submitted changes in his design.

The revised application would move the proposed loading zone from Franklin Street to adjacent property to the south that the applicant also owns. The number of parking spaces for the project would also change.

Thanks to the Advocate News



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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