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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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Morning News for Friday, February 15th

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While rumors about possible CalTrans actions to block the protest site against the Willits Bypass continue to spread, an Redwood/Earth First Nonviolence Training for Civil Disobedience will held this Saturday Feb. 16, from 9:30--4:30 at the Little Lake Grange291 School Street
in Willits.


They ask volunteers to bring lunch items to share. Soup, salad and/or
sandwiches and healthy snacks welcome. Utensils, hot crock, cups and tea will be provided.

Dress in layers as the Grange is cold in the morning. Please RSVP Naomi at  459-0548 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  so we can plan for lunch.
For those who can't, another training will be offered the following weekend. 


Call Naomi to express a preference for Sat or Sun. 2/23 or 2/24.


The Willits City Council met Wednesday night and Council member Ron Orenstein asked for a reconsideration regarding the Carry Out Bag Ordinance.  At the last meeting an ordinance eliminating single use plastic bags was voted down 3-2.  Orenstien, one of the majority who voted against it, will be bringing an alternative ordinance forward  which will differ from the one that governs the rest of Mendocino County.

 

Police Chief Gerry Gonzales announced his plan to develop a K9 unit for the Willits PD, using use asset forfeiture funds .

 

The council unanimously approved a tentative employment agreement for the interim city manager, Adrienne Moore equivalent to $104,000 annually.  

 

The employment agreement for former City Manager Paul Cayler was amended to allow outside employment since it does not end until March 3rd and he'd been relieved of his duties two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Cloverdale is about to hire him as their city manager.

 

 

 

Mendocino Coast District Hospital announced effective Feb13th that it has cut its workforce by 20 positions with savings of $1.5 million in wages and benefits, annually. The affected individuals will receive severance pay in accordance with the hospital's compensation policies. The reduction in force is based upon seniority and affects eleven departments .

CFO Wayne Allen explained "The reductions will not compromise patient quality and or safety. I do not expect additional cuts in the foreseeable future." The action follows losses for the first six months  of nearly $1.9 million. 

 

 

 

 

College of the Redwoods will retain its accreditation, and the vital state and federal funding that comes with it, at least until October.

The college will be removed from “show cause” status and placed on “probation” .

In their letter, the commission acknowledged that CR officials had resolved several issues that led to being placed on show cause status, including inadequate assessment of student progress.

CR has until Oct. 15 to demonstrate continued progress in five areas the commission cited the campus as being non-compliant. Two require the college to create a hiring plan to increase diversity among employees and the remaining three about the college's fiscal stability,  may be more challenging .

 

 

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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:

AT LARGE SEAT CANDIDATES:

John Azarro

John Sakowicz

Charlie Hochberg

Richard Louis Miller

Jeff Wright

PROGRAMMER CANDIDATES:

Stuart Campbell

Robert Vaughan

Johanna Wildoak

1st DISTRICT CANDIDATE:

Jonathon Middlebrook

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS COMING SOON!

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