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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, October 19th, 2012

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Although the fees for keeping analog utility meters are still under legal review, PG&E is threatening to terminate service to those who refuse to pay for opting out and paying the monthly fee.

Tom DeMarchi, a 68 year old Willits resident, has been told by PG&E that he must pay over $100 in past due fees or else he will have his electricity turned off. Tom lives in an all-electric house, but he is willing to live without it rather than submit to what he calls "PG&E's extortion."


PG&E requires customers to pay $75 initially and $10 a month to keep the analog meters, fees currently under evaluation by the California Public Utilities Commission. 

No PG&E employees have been to DeMarchi's home so far. He's promised to call KZYX if they do.



 

 

 

A preconstruction open house for the Willits Bypass project will take place next Tuesday, October 23, 2012.  The public is invited to attend from 5PM to 8PM at Willits City Hall.


 

The project was awarded to the partnership of DeSilva Gates Construction and Flatiron West Incorporated whose staff and Caltrans will be on hand to answer questions about the project, which, they say will relieve congestion, reduce delays, and improve safety for traffic and pedestrians along U.S. Route 101. 



 



The Ukiah City Council Wednesday approved the next step toward merging the Ukiah Fire Department and the Ukiah Valley Fire District by contracting with CALFIRE to do dispatching.

Two of the city's dispatchers will work out of Howard Forest CALFIRE dispatching center to route fire calls for the Ukiah Valley. The remaining eight dispatchers would continue to handle calls for the UPD and the FBPD.


The city's 10 dispatchers now route calls for the Ukiah Police Department, the UFD and the Fort Bragg Fire Department, while Cal Fire's Howard Forest Communications Center routes calls for the UVFD.




 

 

 

Instead of having its permit revoked, a Myrtletown medical marijuana collective has been given a 90 day chance to prove it's severed all ties with its previous director and can comply with stipulated conditions.

The collective failed to comply with the conditions of its permit, including driveway improvements and proving that it's a nonprofit operation. In addition, county staff identified certain areas of concern, including high payroll expenses, unexplained costs -- such as nearly $32,700 for supplies -- and nearly $9,800 in automobile expenses.

As part of the board's motion, the collective must complete driveway improvements, work with public works staff to create appropriate subtle signage, prove that the collective has severed all ties with its former director Bill Byron, and have a third-part y auditor review financial statements dating back to when the new owners took over.

Byron was arrested April 5 in Pennsylvania on suspicion of marijuana trafficking, conspiracy and related offenses. 



 

 

 

 

 
Willits will have a solar lighted bike locker facility located at the Skunk Train parking lot so that rural residents won't have to bicycle over crowded or dangerous roads and can use their bikes in town.


A locker open house will be held in conjunction with the Saturday OCT. 20th 10,000 Step Walk.

Bicyclists can lease a locker capable of housing two bikes for free but a $20 refundable key deposit is required.


 

The first completed bike locker lease application drawn from a pool will receive a FREE city bicycle donated by Jeff Warren, owner of the Bike Station. The second and third applications drawn will receive a certificates for a FREE professional tune up of their own bicycles.

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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