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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 Monday, November 26th

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Federal Judge Jeffrey White set June 7 for the main hearing on the  lawsuit to stop Willits Bypass as currently designed.


Judge White will hear summary judgment motions from all sides. It is likely this will be the main "trial".


In a summary judgment hearing, the judge determines whether he has sufficient evidence to rule in favor of either the plaintiffs or defendants on each count. This hearing could resolve the suit, or substantially narrow the issues left for resolution.


Environmental groups must file opening briefs by April 5. This triggers a CalTrans rebuttal; then counter arguments by the plaintiffs; finally leaving CalTrans with the last word by May 17.


The losing side is then free to file an appeal.



The Mendocino Supervisors have directed staff to write the California Farm Bureau and seek its support in a legal battle with the Masonite Corporation.

Masonite, a door manufacturer which still owns land north of Ukiah after closing its plant there years ago, is suing the county of Mendocino, the Board of Supervisors and Granite Construction Company over a 65-acre terrace mining operation proposed on Kunzler Ranch Road land neighboring its property.

The company claims the county's approval didn't comply with Environmental Quality Act requirements, didn't properly evaluate the impacts the mining operation would have on Russian River quality and failed to notify the public of the impacts.

Masonite says Granite's proposed mining operation would eliminate 45 acres of "prime farmland.The County argues that the land in question has been zoned for industrial use since 1981, but the state Department of Conservation mapped the land as prime agricultural land, so the environmental impact report for Granite's project wasn't acceptable.

Mendocino Supervisor Carre Brown -- who worked for the Mendocino Farm Bureau for more than 20 years - argues that the lawsuit "stops a perfectly good project from going forward." She called the California Farm Bureau's support of masonite"very disappointing," and said she hopes the entity will reverse its position.







Fort Bragg residentJames Soderlingallegedly played a major role in supplying marijuana to a Kansas drug ring, according to federal court documents.

Investigators, however, have shed little light on the role played by six other longtime Coast residents also accused of conspiring to sell marijuana, all of whom have plead not guilty.

Mendocino contractor Jeff Wall and fellow Mendocino residents John Paul McMillan, McMillan’s wife Erin M. Keller, Henry "Hank" McCusker and Richard Smith Jr. are named along with 36 other people in a 103-count indictment outlining a scheme that allegedly raked in nearly $17 million.

The defendants are familiar names on the North Coast, with ties to logging, construction and the volunteer fire department in Mendocino.
The investigation has unleashed an outpouring of support from the suspects’ families, their friends and colleagues in letters to the judge.

Fort Bragg resident James Soderling and his wife, Sarah, face the most serious charges. James Soderling is “a known high grade marijuana distributor and a high grade marijuana broker,” according to court documents. He is accused of delivering marijuana in a wooden crate to Hayward, where the drugs were shipped to Kansas.

The judge released the couple from custody but required them to live apart and not discuss the case.


The other Mendocino residents, including parents of young children, are at home with their families.

Two of the defendants, McMillan and Keller, have returned to duty at the volunteer fire department in Mendocino.

A tentative trial date is set for June 2013.









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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