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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, Friday, November 2nd

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In S.F. yesterday, Judge denied a motion for an injunction to stop all progress on the Willits Bypss.  

The judge ruled that the five environmental and farming groups that had asked for the injunction had failed to make their case that the damage would be irreparable  if work continued.

According to the Willits News, Illegal water diversion, likely for marijuana grows, are sucking up to 50% of the water from the Eel River.

Biologists with the Eel River Recovery Project found the "flow of the Eel and its tributaries were approximately half of the long-term averages for the date despite rainfall being in the 'normal' range. Thick mats of algae lined the shore of the lower Eel River which could create adverse conditions for salmon and steelhead, such as depressed dissolved oxygen.

TWN studied the South Fork of the Eel River which has no dams or other legal diversions along its entire length.

Average water flows since 2001 have been about 9 percent higher in July at Leggett than the average of the past 47 years, and yet by September water flows are as much as 57 percent lower.

At Miranda the past 10 years sported 49 percent higher flows in late June than the average of the past 47 years, and yet by September it is 60 percent lower.

This suggests that about 27 million gallons per day is being diverted within the watershed.

If seized plants represent only 10% of the total grow, there could be 5 million plants using Eel River water. 

This article was by Linda Williams.




The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced Wednesday that the statewide annual quarantine on mussels taken by sport harvesters from California’s ocean waters ends at midnight for all coastal counties except Del Norte and Humboldt.

Sampling of mussels has confirmed that shellfish-borne paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins remain at dangerous levels for these two counties, but are at safe or undetectable levels at all other areas of the California coast.

The annual mussel quarantine is issued for the entire California coastline usually from May 1 through October 31 and is intended to protect the public from  poisoning .

The quarantine applies only to sport-harvested mussels.

Walmart has opened its newly operational large-scale wind turbine at its distribution center on Highway 99W near Red Bluff. The wind turbine is Walmart's first onsite industrial-sized wind turbine and will generate approximately 2,200,000 kilowatt hours of power, providing up to 20 percent of the distribution center's annual electricity use.

"If travelers on the highway didn't know where the distribution center was before, they know now because you can't miss the size of this turbine," said Walmart executive Darwin Jones.

The GE Wind Turbine is comparable in height to a typical 20-story building, with a tower measuring 265 feet tall and a blade spanning 250 feet in diameter, and is capable of producing power at winds of 5.6 mph.

Under the terms of a power purchase agreement, Foundation Windpower installed, owns, and operates the wind turbine while Walmart purchases the power produced at a fixed rate.







Mendocino County's 14th annual Beer, Wine & Mushroom Festival gets underway this Saturday with the Skunk Train's annual Beer, Wine and Mushroom Train to Camp Mendocino.

"This year, we are pleased to include craft beer as part of our 10-day festival," says Scott Schneider, CEO of Visit Mendocino County, Inc. 

Trains leave from both Willits and Fort Bragg at 10 a.m. Saturday, arriving at Camp Mendocino for wine tastings, culinary treats, and a mushroom cook-off.




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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


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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