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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 Wednesday May 29th

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Monday morning in Boonville a large number of Fish and Game wardens set up a roadblock at the Fairgrounds where through traffic was diverted for vehicle searches. Other F&G personnel were stationed on 128 towards Philo to chase down motorists who, alerted by cell phone that there were barricades ahead, made sudden u-turns to avoid Boonville. A specially trained dog was also deployed to sniff out purloined abalone.

Memorial Day Weekend saw hundreds of divers throughout the long weekend at popular spots like Glass Beach, Todd’s Point, Jug Handle State Reserve, and Van Damme State Beach.  

Volunteers at Glass Beach from Friday through Tuesday counted nearly 2,000 divers and the equivalent of 6,000 abalone removed from those waters.  On Saturday and Sunday alone, that location netted an average 700 divers or 2,100 legally taken abalone.  County residents interested in helping or wanting to learn more about MAW, should go to www.mendoabwatch.com, send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 937.3725.





Fans of Mendocino County's Skunk Train have donated almost $20,000 so far to help clear a tunnel collapse that threatens the future of the tourist attraction. The train is Mendocino County's top tourist attraction other than parks, so tourism officials are worried about the effect of a prolonged shutdown on the local economy.

Mendocino Railway needs about $300,000 to clear rubble from an rockfall that blocked a key tunnel near Fort Bragg in April. The company is asking for donations and selling yearlong and lifetime passes for rides on the train.

The private company, which does not disclose its finances, has no reserves to pay for the repairs, VRobert Pinoli said, the train's reserves were drained after a mudslide in 2006 and the manhunt for armed fugitive Aaron Bassler in 2011 which cost the train $200,000 in lost profits.

 At the time of the collapse, all of the rail line's equipment was in Fort Bragg, so the Skunk Train is unable to offer even limited service from the Willits end of the line. 

Pinoli established a fundraising campaign through the online fundraising site GoFundMe. 









In CLEARLAKE OAKS, Community members and local agencies have partnered to get ahead of potential issues with algae buildup in Clear Lake. The volunteer effort to reduce the spread of cyanobacteria and West Nile Virus is continuing, with more phases ahead, according to Clearlake Oaks resident and “Save the Keys” member Leroy Dubrall.

Volunteer groups,and Lake County Vector Control,worked to place 1,500 feet of booms borrowed from the county, Dubrall said. 

Last year, testing in the Keys by Lake County Vector Control demonstrated that the area was a prominent breeding ground for the West Nile Virus due to the stagnant water from the large floating masses of foul-smelling cyanobacteria, a type of blue green algae.

The goal was to prevent the cyanobacteria from reaching the launch area and water district, Dubrall said.











Anderson Valley vineyards are on the front cover of the Wine Spectator, the most prestigious wine publication in America.  Are we the new Sonoma? Host Paul Lambert will be talking to Zac Robinson of Husch wines and Joe Webb winemaker at Foresight wines about the history of winemaking in Mendocino, how they cope with environmental issues, what makes the wine so good?

All on Mendo Matters, tonight at 7 pm, with your questions as always at 456-9991.


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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