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Local public stations like KZYX are unique because our daily programming is tailored to the communities we serve. We have the means to build bridges between those communities no matter how far apart they may be.

                  KZYX exists because of you. In these uncertain times, our mission to keep our listeners informed, entertained, and connected is more critical than ever. As the year draws to a close, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the station you rely on for updates of all kinds – local, regional, national, and international.

                  This December, we’re trying something new to complement our traditional year-end outreach. KZYX is taking part in a nationwide fundraising effort, sponsored by the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, a network of small stations like ours, dedicated to supporting each other’s efforts to keep independent media strong. Called “GiveBig to MyStation”, the campaign is a 48-hour event for local public stations across the nation on December 29th and 30th. Your donation comes directly to KZYX, but by adding your voice to this effort, you are encouraging the work of community stations like ours all over the country. You can learn more about it by visiting the GiveBig to MyStation website.

                  Whether you send in your donation today, in the enclosed envelope, or or donate through the GiveBig to MyStation campaign, your contribution is critical to the survival of a rare and precious resource - independent media - right here in Mendocino County. Thanks for doing what you can!

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Friday, the Lake County DA's Office dismissed drug and human trafficking 

charges against two men so that the US Attorney's Office could take over 

the drug aspect of the prosecution.

Ryan Balletto, 30, of Lakeport, ., and Patrick Pearmain, 25, of Clearlake, 

were arrested May 1 on marijuana cultivation and weapons charges.

Later, both men were charged with human trafficking, statutory rape, false

 imprisonment, and annoying or molesting a child relating to a teenage girl 

who allegedly had been kept at the grow site. 

But all of the drug, human trafficking and sex-related charges were dropped without prejudice. That's because the US 

Attorney's Office is taking over the drug. “It originally was a federal 

investigation that started the whole thing,” DA Anderson said .

He said federal officials are expected to come and transfer Balletto and 

Pearmain to federal custody in the Bay Area on Monday.











Family and friends of a Ukiah woman who died under suspicious circum-stances have launched a web page and petition drive devoted to promoting prosecution of Susan Keegan;s nearly three-year-old homicide.

The petition on the website,, urges the  DA's Office to

 “exercise the authority vested in you and make an arrest.”

DA David Eyster said. This office has not and will not prosecute any 

individual solely because of outside pressure brought to bear by any particular special interest group,” 

Law officers found Keegan, a local actor, singer, and teacher , dead Nov. 11, 2010. Her husband of 32 years, Dr. Peter Keegan, had phoned police., 

saying he’d found her, unconscious and bleeding from an apparent fall. The couple were separated but continued to live together.

Two years later, in August 2012, law enforcement officials declared that a continuing investigation had determined it was a homicide.

Susan Keegan died from inhaling vomit, the result of blunt force trauma to 

the head. 

Those pushing for resolution of the case say the Sheriff’s Office mishandled the case early on. Investigators did not challenge Peter Keegan’s statements and did not initially treat the house as a crime scene.  After Susan Keegan’s death, officials released her body to her husband, who had her cremated.

Results of DNA tests collected at the home in January are pending.





Lake County's sheriff Frank Rivero has asked an appellate court to overturn a judge's ruling requiring him to personally pay legal bills he's incurred in fighting a determination that he lied about a 2008 shooting.

Sheriff Frank Rivero filed the appeal with the First District Court of Appeals 

against a May decision by Mendocino Judge Richard Henderson, who 

clarified a 2012 ruling requiring the board to hire outside counsel for Rivero,

 that it did not cover anything after the decision was made by the DA's Office.

In February, DA Don Anderson found there was evidence to support the 

conclusion that Rivero had lied to investigators and Anderson placed Rivero

 on a list of “Brady” officers with credibility issues.

Following that, the county's supervisors put payment of all of Rivero's 

$56,000 legal bills on hold until there was a clarification from the judge.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a budget transfer of 

$10,000 in order to hire an outside law firm to represent the county in the 

case going forward. Also at 9:30 a.m., the board will get another update 

from staff on the Lakeside Heights Subdivision in north Lakeport, where 

earlier this month 41 homeowners in the subdivision filed tort claims against the county, alleging that leaks in the water and sewer system led to the landslide and associated home damage.







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Community Advisory Board to Meet in Ukiah

 The KZYX Community Advisory Board will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, December 7th at the Ukiah Library, 105 No Main St, from 6 – 8 pm.

The CAB is composed of independent station members who are neither station staff nor Board members. Its purpose is to provide feedback to the station's Board of Directors, review the station's programming goals, make non-binding recommendations, and to advise the Board of Directors on how the station can best serve the communities of our area. Meetings of the Community Advisory Board are open to the public, and time is allotted for public comment.

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