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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, Thursday, October18th

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Dr. Donald Apostle, testifying for the defense in the Billy Norbury murder said Norbury has "a delusionary disorder of the persecutory type," meaning he is "paranoid, & feels persecuted.


Apostle also testified that Norbury denied committing the crime and denied having any kind of mental disorder. "I think he's denying it or lying about it," Apostle said.

Before the evaluation, Norbury had changed his not-guilty plea to not guilty by reason of insanityApostle said Norbury said "this is just a technique of buying time, and he wanted to talk to (Kubanis) about (the plea), and that he wanted to get a new lawyer."

Apostle evaluated Norbury for two hours in August.

A friend had stated Norbury was "extremely paranoid about being watched (and) thought his phone was bugged," Apostle said. 

The paranoia centered around Norbury's belief that law enforcement was watching him because he was growing marijuana, and had threatened to kill an agent of the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force via phone from the Mendocino County Jail.

Apostle also testified that Norbury's paranoia is "aggravated by alcohol," and Monday a state Department of Justice criminalist testified that Norbury's blood-alcohol level was about 0.22 on the night of the shooting.

Kubanis rested his case at which point the jury retired to deliberate. 



A convicted abalone poacher was sentenced to probation and a fine also lost his right to get a fishing license for the rest of his life.

Paul Chak Po Mak, 62, of Oakland, was arrested and cited by Department of Fish and Game (DFG) wardens after taking 52 abalone,  the bag limit is 24. 

The Mendocino Court sentenced Mak to three years probation and fined him $15,000.

His sentencing was the latest is a series of heavy fines and penalties levied on abalone poachers in Mendocino County that included permanent fishing license revocations.

“The Department of Fish and Game and the courts recognize the serious damage that just a few individuals can do to our precious resources. ” said DFG Captain Bob Farrell,  “In this case, these sentences should put these guys out of business permanently.”

He and another man harvested the abalone for the purpose of unlawful sale on the black market. Both have previous abalone poaching convictions in Mendocino County.


The California Board of Forestry posthumously honored  Jere Melo with its highest award, the “Francis H. Raymond Award for Outstanding Contributions to California Forestry.” The presentation was made during the Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. Representing Mr. Melo and accepting the award was his wife, Madeleine Melo.


The Board recognized Mr. Melo for his dedication to professional forestry in California.  Mr. Melo’s career in the timber industry spanned 45 years, primarily as the Chief Forester for Georgia-Pacific and as a contractor for Campbell Timberland Management on the 170,000 acres of forestland that they oversee in Mendocino County.





A Large Animal Evacuation Plan is being prepared by the County of Mendocino Animal Care Services. Animal Care Services is planning seven community meetings throughout the county to 

· Provide an overview of the Office of Emergency Services 

· Brainstorm options for evacuating and sheltering large animals for particular disasters 

· Discuss evacuation routes for transporting large  animals and 

· Identify individual regional coordinators to be the contacts with OES.

The meetings will be held Oct 29th in Ukiah, November 1st in Ft Bragg, November 7th in Laytonville, Nov 14th in Willits, Nov 15th in Pt Arena, November 19th in Anderson Valley and November 26th in Covelo. Contact Martin Bradley at 489-4607 or see the news blog at kzyx.org for detailed dates and times.



UKIAH - October 29th – (Monday) 6:00 to 8:00 PM

County of Mendocino Community Health Services

1120 S. Dora Street Conf. Rm. 1 


FT. BRAGG - November 1, 2011 - (Thursday) 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Fort Bragg Veterans Building

360 Harrison Avenue

Ft. Bragg


LAYTONVILLE - November 7, 2012 – (Wednesday) 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Lion’s Fire Hall

44920 Willis Ave


WILLITS - November 14, 2012 – (Wednesday) 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Willits Branch Library 

390 E. Commercial St.



PT. ARENA -November 15, 2012 – (Thursday) 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Coast Community Branch Library

225 Main St.

Pt Arena


ANDERSONNovember 19, 2012 – (Monday) 6:00 to 8:00 PM

VALLEY -Anderson Valley Health Center

135000 Airport Rd.


COVELO -November 26, 2011 - (Monday) 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Round Valley Commons Community Room

23925 Howard Street 

Covelo, CA 95428  










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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