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Morning News for Monday, December 24th

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Friday, Mendo county filed a motion to quash the federal grand jury subpoena on the grounds that the scope of the subpoena is overbroad , oppressive and constitutes an improper intrusion into the ability of state & local gov'ts to administer programs for the health & welfare of their citizens.


No court date has been scheduled thus far.




 

 

A 20-foot wide, 30-foot deep chunk of Hwy 162 opened under a big rig driving over it Friday morning, closing the highway while authorities work to repair the hole, a mile east of 101.

The big rig was headed east when the road's surface gave way and slid downhill. The Mendo Sheriff's office said that "it appears storm runoff plugged a drain pipe under the highway, causing the water to flow over the highway" and erode the roadway

The driver managed to get the big rig across the holes. The semi truck's trailer was damaged, no cargo was spilled and the driver was uninjured but the rear axles of the trailer were ripped from the truck and fell into the hole.

Highway 162 is closed at mile marker 1.75 until repairs can be made, according to the CHP.


Highway 162 would likely re-open before Monday.


   Before traveling and during your trip, be sure to check current road conditions by calling the California Highway Information Network at 1-800-427-7623, or by visiting www.dot.ca.gov



 

 

 

Sheriff Tom Allman said Friday that the internal investigation has cleared sheriff’s captain Randy Johnson of any wrongdoing related to a federal  raid on property owned by the captain’s family.

But Allman refused to make the report public saying it is a personnel matter and he was given permission to discuss the findings.

“I feel very comfortable in stating that Capt. Johnson was not involved in illegal activity,” Allman said. “But if anyone can provide additional information the investigation will be re-opened.”

Asked how anyone could have missed 500 marijuana plants being grown on the property, Allman said he doesn’t know whether that number is accurate or whether the pot in question was being grown indoors or outside.

endocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said Friday that an internal investigation has cleared a sheriff’s captain of any potential wrongdoing related to a federal marijuana raid on property owned by the captain’s family.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation at Allman’s request after federal authorities raided Potter Valley property owned by the family of Sheriff’s Capt. Randy Johnson. Sources said authorities found 500 marijuana plants.

Allman refused to make the report public on Friday, saying it is a personnel matter. He said he was given permission to discuss the findings.

“I feel very comfortable in stating that Capt. Johnson was not involved in illegal activity,” Allman said. “But if anyone can provide additional information the investigation will be re-opened.”

Johnson was not immediately available for comment late Friday afternoon. He has remained at work during the inquiry.

Federal officials have not divulged any details about the case, which remains sealed under court order.

One of the two parcels is owned by the captain and his father, Johnny Johnson. The adjoining parcel is owned by the elder Johnson and includes numerous rental residences.

Asked how anyone could have missed 500 marijuana plants being grown on the property, Allman said he doesn’t know whether that number is accurate or whether the pot in question was being grown indoors or outside.


In a move that could permanently ban oil drilling along more than 50 miles of Northern California coast, the Obama administration announced plans Thursday  to expand two Northern California marine sanctuaries.

"This area needs and deserves permanent protection from oil and gas exploration," said Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-San Rafael, who led efforts to expand the sanctuaries and retires Jan 3rd.


While national marine sanctuaries ban oil drilling and other extractive activities, and set rules on such practices as sewage dumping by cruise ships, they do not ban fishing or boating.


The newly protected area will more than double the size of the national marine sanctuaries and will extend from Bodega Bay north to Point Arena in Mendocino County.


Obama, however, stopped short of using executive authority to create a national monument, opting instead to use the administrative process, which triggers public hearings early next year, along with detailed environmental studies. It is expected to take up to two years to finalize.



 

 

 

 

Rain is expected through Christmas and beyond, with a break on Christmas Eve, for Ukiah and Inland Mendocino County, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS warns that rain could become heavy at times.


After a mostly sunny day on Monday with highs between 40 and 50 degrees, Christmas Day will see rain, highs between 38 and 48 and lows between 30 and 40 degrees.


Wednesday through Saturday predictions include clouds and chances of showers, with lows ranging between 25 and 34.


 

The news and weather is taking a Holiday break after this morning; we'll return with our regular schedule with the evening news and weather Wednesday at 6:01 pm.

 

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MCPB Board of Directors

Welcome our new board members and thank our outgoing board members at the Annual Meeting of the Mendocino County Public Broadcasting Board of Directors

Point Noyo (previously The Cliff House)

1011 S Main Street 

Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Monday, May 2nd, 2016 6:00 pm

(No Host Bar/Food available for purchase)

New board members John Azzaro (At large); Jonathan Middlebrook (1st District); and Stuart Campbell (Programmer Elect) 

Outgoing board members are Bob Page and John Sakowicz


Here are the minutes from the last meeting, as yet unapproved.


KZYX/MENDOCINO COUNTY PUBLIC BROADCASTING

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

MARCH 7, 2016

WILLITS LIBRARY

 

MINUTES

 THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 6:03 P.M.

ROLL CALL
Present: Meg Courtney, Lorraine Dechter, Jane Futcher, Jenness Hartley, Ed Keller, Benj Thomas, John Sakowicz

Absent: Clay Eubank

 

APPROVAL OF LAST MEETING’S MINUTES: Unanimous

 

MATTERS FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT: Meg Courtney

—GROUND RULES: Meg appointed Jenness to be the Meeting Facilitator

—THANK YOUS: Meg expressed thanks to Lorraine Dechter, the new GM: Jane Futcher, elections coordinator and election ballot workers and stampers, including Jenness, Ed, Bob and several others. Ed Keller was thanked for building a covered area outside where staff can sit.

—FUNDRAISING: Meg mentioned some of the fundraisers coming up, including Amy Goodman in Willits, April 16; a Willits house party April 23; a Mother’s Day fundraiser with Starchild chocolate; a Church of the Boogie Woogie party with a Boogie Woogie diva in June. She thanked Catherine Keegan and Tim Bray for taking on many fundraising events for KZYX and for requiring board and staff do very little.

 

MATTERS FROM BOARD MEMBERS:

Jane Futcher reported that board election was proceeding and the on-air forum went well.

John Sakowicz welcomed Lorraine and expressed hope that KZYX will collaborate with low-power channels like KMEC, also using digital platforms and many new technologies that expand the station’s reach and can be the source of potential revenues.

 

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

—Elections Report by Jane not needed because of above check-in

—No Finance Committee report due to Clay’s absence

 

PRESENTATION OF MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ COMMENDATION TO MARY AIGNER BY TOM WOODHOUSE: Tom Woodhouse read an eloquently worded recognition of Mary Aigner’s 22 years of service as a staff member of KZYX. (See Attached)

 

COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD REPORT FROM ELLEN SAXE

Ellen summarized the results of a CAB public meeting in Elk in February. She chose an area that the station does not always reach out to but was disappointed with the turnout despite the fact that the meeting was well publicized. About 10 people attended. She said transparency of the board and station was a big issue and there were requests for:
1. On-air CAB meetings

2. On-air Board meetings

3. On-air discussions with board representatives

4. The board should stop using a closed board list serve and confidential meetings

5. Simple living membership of $25 should be announced on the air

6. Controversy comes from exclusion — Someone said that when the Mendocino School Board adopted a more open stance their meetings became less contentious and shorter.

 

Ellen reported many comments about the board’s conduct, including:

—Board should state what its rules are and follow the process

—Board should not let a few people make all the decisions

—Board should make transparency a priority

—Board needs to follow through as new board members replace outgoing members.

—Board should be more responsive.

Several of those attending want access to the membership list with an opt-out clause for folks who don’t want to be contacted.

Other suggestions:

—Hire a volunteer coordinator

—contact nonmembers through public meetings

—Restore safe harbor

—State what happened with Ukiah studio funds

—Start a program council that had decision-making power

—Pay attention to the South Coast so people in Gualala can tune in.

—Encourage more participation by young people

—Define and follow the process for choosing programmers

—Institute a grievance procedure for former programmers

—Form Ad Hoc committees of members for pursuing specific issues

—Take seriously the decline in membership

—Encourage and support local programmers

 

BREAKS: During the meeting, possibly during Ellen’s presentation, a reporter covering the meeting and a candidate for the board interrupted frequently and claimed the board president was not following clear procedures. The facilitator called short break to establish calm.

 

NO ACTION ITEMS

STATE OF THE STATION REPORT — Lorraine Dechter

Lorraine did not submit a written report. She introduced Jerry Fraley, the interim Operations Manager, who was not present, and Raoul Van Haul, who introduced himself and his long experience in broadcasting, particularly in Portland, Oregon. Lorraine announced new Native American programming, a five-minute syndicated segment for which she has not yet found the perfect time slot. She said our expenses for the month of January were triple what was budgeted because it was costly covering the vacant program manager and ops manager positions.

 PUBLIC COMMENT:

Jeff Wright: Thanked Lorraine for unraveling the “trainwreck she was left with.” Said the satellites studios are working better and he asked that the “safe harbor” from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. be restored. He encouraged KZYZ to participate in joint events with KMUD and promote the Seven Rivers Network.

Sheila Dawn Tracy: Said members should be able to communicate with each other; wants safe harbor restore; would like a written GM report; feels new KZYX newsletter should have gone in the silent drive letter.

Sarah: Requested results of fundraisers and pledge drives be published on the KZYX Web site and promoted on the Web site in advance

Fran Koliner: Welcomed Lorraine

Ellen Saxe: Gave out her email address so others can receive summary of CAB meeting

Lyn Dee Johnson: Wants each board member to have a sign with their names so people know who they are; said this was an “emotional transition” that is hard on listeners, too, as they hear new voices on the air, etc. She, or someone else, remarked that the FCC investigation of KZXY led to a decision by the staff to end safe harbor because of concerns the station might lose its license if the FCC heard bad language on the air.

 

The meeting ended at 8 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Jane Futcher, Board VP

 

Adendum: Mendocino Board of Supervisors’ letter of Commendation to Mary Aigner. Signed by Tom Woodhouse and Dan Gjerde, delivered at the meeting March 7, 2016

 

Mary Aigner tirelessly served Mendocino County for 22 years through her work at KZYX. During her tenure as program director, she exhibited an unflagging dedication to community radio in general and Mendocino County Public Broadcasting in particular. The station was more than a job to her, it was a career and a passion, often placed before her own personal life. 

 

Mary exhibited dedication to the listening community by

—Cultivating familiarity with the various communities of the region, and the issues

confronting each of them. She often helped to arrange discussions of those issues on the stations public affairs programs and newscasts’’

—Maintaining steadfast awareness, and unwaveringly correct instincts about the preferences

of the public radio listening community, and representing them in any meeting,

conversation, or decision in which she was involved. “How will it benefit the listeners?”

was the perspective she always brought to the table.

 —Facing recurring challenges from small segments of the community about programming,

remaining firmly rooted in her convictions and professional expertise about how to serve

the majority of listeners and how to make KZYX the best possible community station. 

  —Being willing to engage in conversation with any listener, and personally respond to their

questions and concerns

             

Mary exhibited dedication to the station by:

 —Understanding and being able to operate and manage all the stations equipment, and

keeping herself abreast of the evolving technology

—Being available 24/7 to handle last-minute changes, trouble-shoot technical difficulties and support other staff members in their efforts to seek resolution

 —Being available to facilitate special programming – coming in on weekends and evenings to update the stations automated broadcast system

 —Helping produce live remote broadcasts, and fundraising events

 —Remaining ever mindful of the regulations which govern public radio stations

              

Mary exhibited dedication to the stations volunteer programmers by:

—Training, guiding, and assisting on-air volunteers, whatever their level of skill or experience

 —Helping find substitute hosts for absent programmers, often filling in herself on short notice

—Always being available to programmers, even on weekends or when out of town, to instruct,

support, and trouble-shoot unexpected on-air difficulties

 —Actively interfacing with record companies, and content providers, to keep the flow of new

music and programming coming to the station

 —Alerting programmers to new music or events which might be of interest to their audience

 —Facilitating interview opportunities for programmers with performers and public figures

Tom Woodhouse & Dan Gjerde

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