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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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Over 5,000 firefighters are on the frontlines of the 10 major wildfires burning 

in California. While firefighters are making good progress, weather conditions

 could pose a challenge in the coming days as gusty winds, dry lightning and

 high temperatures are forecasted. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning due to the 

possibility of dry lightning in combination with gusty winds for coastal 

counties from Mendocino south to Monterey. The warning goes into effect 

today at midnight and is expected to last through Wednesday.

A Fire Weather Watch for lightning has also been issued starting this 

morning for Northern California. The thunderstorms are expected to initially 

be dry, which will heighten the fire danger, but should begin to bring some

 rainfall by midweek. 


Sunnier conditions, with no expectations of precipitation, are forecast for

next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Lake County transit workers voted Thursday to call off their strike and

 unconditionally return to work, just days before they were to be replaced 

by strikebreakers.

Teamsters union representative Mark Gleason said drivers hoped to restore 

full public transportation services to Lake County immediately. Christie 

Scheffer, chief operating officer of Paratransit Services, said service would 

not be restored that quickly.

She said there are administrative concerns to work out, such as how many

 of the striking employees will be taken back.

The company has hired and trained new employees who were expected to 

start driving buses on Friday. The new employees are expected to be 

retained, Scheffer said.he company has five days to work out a variety of

 issues. The strike over wages has been in effect since July 29.

Four routes, operated by managers and employees who crossed picket 

lines, have been in operation.






The Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office reached a plea agreement

 with a convicted killer that avoids a new trial in a case tarnished by a

 forensic pathologist’s conflicting testimony.

Timothy Elliott entered a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter after

 Mendocino Judge Ann Moorman granted him a new trial, citing lack of 

credibility on the part of Dr. Jason Trent, a contract medical examiner for 

Mendocino and Lake counties.

Elliott, 40, of Hopland, has served five years of a 16 years-to-life sentence 

for the slaying and now faces a maximum of seven years in prison when 

sentenced Sept. 10Dr. Trent no longer serves as Mendocino County’s 

medical examiner.

Trent is being replaced after he recanted contradictory statements he 

made in court on the Elliot case, that caused a retrial and lower sentence.

Moorman said he had recanted his testimony under oath and then reversed

 it again under oath.

 The county gave Trent 90 days notice and signed another contractor,

 Dr. Jacqueline Benjamin who starts Sept. 18. Benjamin,  is currently a 

pathologist at Keck Hospital of USC Pathology in Los Angeles. The 

contract provides for payment of $1,240 per standard autopsy and $2,000 

per forensic autopsy in Ukiah, with added payment for autopsies in Willits 

and Fort Bragg.





















Mendocino  Superior Court Judge Cindee F. Mayfield  Friday ordered the 

county to issue a death certificate and burial permit for Supervisor Dan 

Hamburg's deceased wife, Carrie J. Hamburg, that allows her to stay 

buried on the family's property.

Despite the county's initial rejection of the family's application for a permit 

and death certificate, Deputy County Counsel Brina Latkin told the court 

that "the county had no objection to the issuance of the burial permit and 

death certificate."

Mayfield directed the Mendocino Public Health and registrar  to issue the 

burial permit for the site where Hamburg's wife is currently buried and a 

death certificate based on Carrie Hamburg's wishes, written in her will, 

according to the order.

Supervisor Hamburg sued the county over the rejection of the family's 

application, and Friday announced he will drop the lawsuit.

























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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