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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, Monday, November 5th

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The public's ability to learn who's behind the mysterious $11 million contribution in favor of Prop 32 and against Prop 30 before the election may be up to the California Supreme Court.


California's 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Friday that an Arizona group can continue to withhold documents while it appeals a lower court ruling, .The decision makes it increasingly unlikely that voters will know the source of the money before Election Day.


The state's political watchdog agency had argued in its emergency petition that the information officials are seeking is only relevant before Tuesday's election.


Late Friday, Calif Atty Gen Kamala Harris' office filed a motion asking the California Supreme Court to take up the case immediately and intervene so voters could know the source of the donation before Election Day. 


It was unclear when the court might respond.





 

 

 

 

 

 

CalTrans can begin removing vegetation along the proposed route of the Willits bypass after a federal judge Thursday night denied a request from environmental groups for a preliminary injunction prohibiting such work.


Caltrans has awarded a construction contract that could result in cutting of mature oak forests and clearing of riparian vegetation along critical salmon streams as early as this month. Caltrans has indicated it will only proceed with “topping” trees and clearing vegetation in the near future. 


As far as filling wetlands and excavating the roadway, Caltrans claims these activities will not occur until 2013. In the meantime, the court will hear the merits of the entire case.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mendocino  Office of Education has contracted with an independent third party "to look at the structure of the debt service" of the $19 million in school bonds that the Willits Unified School District has sold so far, said interim Superintendent Debbie Pearson.


This follows the revelation last week by Linda Williams of TWN that the county was completely unprepared for a $5 Million balloon payment due in twenty months, causing school taxes to quadruple.


It's possible that the review might be finished by next week's school board meeting, on Wednesday, November 7.


THE unbudgeted-for  balloon payment plus a scheduled 60 percent increase in regular debt service payments, plus a $53.9 million drop in the total assessed value of properties inside the Willits school district boundaries has created "a state of crisis" in the school district's finances, said Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools Paul Tichinin.


The school board meetings are held at the Willits High School cafeteria, with public sessions starting at 4:30 p.m.




 

 

 

The annual Lake County Burn Ban for 2012 will be lifted on Monday, Nov. 5. The lifting of the burn ban coincides with Cal Fire declaring an end to fire hazard season.

Only clean dry vegetation that was grown on the property may be burned. Residential burn permits require a one-acre or larger lot, a burn location that is located at least 100 feet from all neighbors, and a burn location at least 30 feet from any structure.

 

 

–The Mendocino National Forest is once again entering prescribed burning season. The public may notice smoke in various parts of the forest during the next few months as part of the continued commitment to protect communities and natural resources from wildfires.


Visitors are encouraged to contact the Forest at 530-934-3316 before their visit to see where prescribed burns are planned for the day


Prescribed fires are used to clear the forest floor of small fuels and brush without burning or killing large trees.

 


 

 


               

 

 

 

 

 

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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