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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 Tuesday, April 2nd

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A fifth tree-sitter has up a tree in the continuing protests against the Willits Bypass, stopping work again. 

Meanwhile, the treesitter known as Falcon, reports that he’s sighted birds in the trees, white breasted nuthatchs.

SOLLV has compiled a long list of CalTrans violations of mitigation agreements, permits, etc., however, there seems to be no governmental body that will enforce them. 

I’ll post them to the kzyx news blog shortly. 

 

 

 

The California Supreme court held recently that the California Voting Rights Act approved by the Legislature in 2002 created a higher standard for competitiveness that the California Citizens Redistricting Commission should have relied on to draw districts with as much inter-party parity as possible.


The court reasoned that the Commission should have drawn districts much differently to foster the competitive elections voters were promised in Proposition 11.  The court's ruling seems only to apply to Assembly and Senate districts, effective with the 2014 elections. 

While lawyers scrambled to decipher the court's rationale and determine whether the ruling could be appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States, there is speculation that the ruling will make at least ten senate districts more competitive for Republican candidates.

 

 Two-dozen primarily northern California conservation and community organizations are joining together to take on the California Department of Transportation. The Caltrans Watch coalition cites wasteful spending, institutionalized disregard of environmental regulations designed to protect natural resources, and a pattern of refusal to address local community concerns. A dozen of the groups are calling on Caltrans to halt construction on the controversial Willits Bypass project in Mendocino County.

“How can Caltrans squander $350 million on five unnecessary highway widening projects in Northern California, with severe environmental impacts?” asked Jeff Miller of the Center for Biological Diversity. “Where’s the oversight and accountability to rein in the pervasive problems at Caltrans?”

“Caltrans is running roughshod over the North Coast,” said Natalynne Delapp of the Environmental Protection Information Center.

Despite a pending lawsuit filed by conservation groups challenging the Willits Bypass , Caltrans has stated its intention to cut down mature oak forests, remove brush and destroy riparian vegetation along critical salmon streams before the case can be heard in federal court this summer.


The Caltrans Watch coalition includes about 30 different groups, including EPIC, Center for Biological Diversity and the Mendocino Sierra Club.  
 

 

The Willits man accused of torturing and killing his grandfather a year ago changed his not-guilty plea to one of not guilty by reason of insanity Friday in Mendocino Superior Court.

Kenneth Wilkinson, 23, could face life in prison without parole if he is convicted of killing his 84-year-old grandfather, Richard Mel Wilkinson.

The change could delay the May 6 trial, as Assistant DA Paul Sequeira and Public Defender Linda Thompson, who represents Wilkinson, consider how many expert witnesses the court should appoint for his trial.

Sequeira said there may not be enough time for them to prepare for the May 6 trial.

Judge John Behnke told the attorneys to research the question and report back April 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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