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Audio of the MCPB Board Candidates Forum

Follow this link to listen to the audio archive of the Candidates Forum which aired Thursday March 5.

Listen and also read the candidates statements (listed in the column on the right of this page) and mail your ballots so they are received by March 31.

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Federal wildlife officials plan to send hunters into forests of the Pacific Northwest, beginning with the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation in Humbolt county this fall, to shoot one species of owl to protect another facing extinction.

The Fish and Wildlife Service Tuesday released a final environmental 

review to see if killing barred owls will allow northern spotted owls to reclaim territory they've been driven out of over the past half-century.

”If we don't manage barred owls, the probability of recovering the spotted 

owl goes down significantly,” said Paul Henson, Oregon state supervisor.

The agency's action calls for killing 3,603 barred owls in four areas in 

Oregon, Washington and Northern California -- including Humboldt County -- over the next four years.

”Shooting a few isolated areas of barred owl isn't going to help us as forest managers, nor is it going to help the forest be protected from wildfires, and 

catastrophic wildfire is one of the big impediments to spotted owl recovery,” said Tom Partin, of the American Forest Resource Council.

Bob Sallinger, conservation director for the Audubon Society of Portland, said saving the spotted owl is of paramount importance, but the focus must remain on protecting habitat.

”To move forward with killing barred owls without addressing the fundamental cause of spotted owl declines, from our perspective, is not acceptable,” he said.



The news about the CHP arresting a reporter is making waves elsewhere in California. In a San Jose Mercury News editorial, the  piece says "On 

Tuesday, the protesters snuck onto the construction site once again -- but the only person arrested was the photographer for The Willits News, 

who was there to document the latest protest.

This is clearly a tactic to discourage protesters by keeping them out of the 

news. It's actually an acknowledgment of Caltrans' and California Highway 

Patrol incompetence at controlling what happens at the site. It's wrong and 

it's got to stop.

The CHP has spent at least $1 million trying to keep protesters off the 

construction site. It has failed miserably, so it has apparently decided to try arresting or harassing members of the media who show up to cover the 


The CHP has told protesters that when a journalist shows up, the first arrest will be the media, presumably so that the protests will go undocumented. 

The CHP has harassed journalists even when they have a Caltrans escort 

and even when they're in in a public right of way near the site.

 The trespass law exempts people who "are engaging in activities protected by the California or United States Constitution," which Eberhard clearly was as a journalist covering a protest.

The protests are going to continue. Trying to keep the media away is 

pointless and self-defeating. 

Let's try ending the incompetence, and the news won't look so bad.

The Willits City Council met Wednesday night with the following actions and refused 3-2 a motion to allow CalTrans an extra 30 days to settle the terms under 

which the Bypass contractor could use city Streets. 

In 2010 the Willits Council negotiated an agreement with Cal Trans  stating 

that the Bypass Contractor can not use City Streets without prior written 

approval of the City.   90 days had been allotted as a window of "conditional use" and, although an Ad Hoc Committee has been working since March to negotiate the terms of this approval,the principals from the Contractor and 

Cal Trans have only recently become  active in the negotiations. 

The Ad 

Hoc Comittee recommended an extension to the 90 days of an additional 

month to reach an agreement.  After significant citizen input and discussion the council voted 3-2 ( Burton and Orenstein dissenting) not to extend the 90 day deadline for

 conditional use of city streets which ends Friday.

City Manager Adrienne Moore said " We expect CalTrans to enforce the agreement with their contractors." 

The City counsel is exploring legal avenues if they do not.

Stay Tuned for All About Money@ 9:00 AM

Pulitzer Prize winning author, Hedrick Smith, will be John Sakowicz''s guest


to discuss his new book, "What Happened to the American Dream?"

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The 2015 MCPB Board of Directors Election

It's Board election season at KZYX.  Follow this link to the Election Page.  Here are the candidates for this election.  Each name links to the candidate's statement:

District 5:

Clay Eubank

Dennis O'Brien


Ed Keller

Doug McKenty

District 2:

Benj Thomas

Tony Novelli (Tony has withdrawn from the race.  He has a new statement explaining.)


KZYX Phone Numbers

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Willits studio 707-456-9991

Mendocino studio 707-937-5103

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