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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, Wednesday, October 17th

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The federal Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI and IRS are conducting a criminal investigation of family members of Mendocino sheriff’s captain, Randy Johnson, the former head of the Tagtie marijuana program.

Agents reportedly found more than 500 marijuana plants on property which is owned by and is the residence of Johnny Johnson, Randy's father

Randy Johnson owns and lives on property next to his father’s.

The DEA, FBI and IRS would not divulge any details.

Randy Johnson has been something of an advocate for medicinal marijuana growing since he was put in charge of the county’s now-defunct marijuana permit program which was shut down after federal authorities threatened to sue the county.


Despite the California Grange's suspension by the National Grange organization, their 140th state convention in Willits went off well with over 170 delegates from around the state attending. 


Daniel FeldmanMaster, Santa Cruz Grange, in an email said: "National Master Luttrell told us that we could not hold this convention, threatened us if we carried out any Grange business if we did meet, and worked assiduously through his agents to scare off Granges from attending it. But, in accordance with the mandates clearly indicated by the corporate laws of CA, we went ahead and convened as the legitimate annual meeting of the CA State Grange corporation." 


The theme was "Growing Farmers."  Among the resolutions passed was "Access to Potable Water is a Human Right" by a wide margin.  Damian Parr, along with Michael Foley of Little Lake Grange, made a presentation on the CSG Farm Ag School project on a proposed first 5 acre site within the 5000 acre Golden Rule Farm in Willits.


The delegate body voted unanimously to ask Martha Stefenoni to vacate her membership in the Grange.  Stefenoni is the Executive Board member who wrote a minority report accusing the state president of charges which led to his being suspended three times in 2012. 




The North Pass Fire Burned Area Emergency Response  report and funding request was recently submitted to the Forest Service Regional Office for approval.

The North Pass Fire consumed approximately 41,983 acres  between Anthony Peak and Covelo.

The funding request for the North Pass Fire is $148,907 to improve roads that were burned over, trail stabilization and repair, invasive plant detection and hazardous tree removal.








The Eel River Recovery Project (ERRP) is inviting the public to attend its second annual retreat at Emandal Farm east of Willits this Saturday October 20th.


ERRP is a grassroots group dedicated to monitoring the health of the Eel River and fostering its recovery. The agenda includes presentations and stream-side monitoring demonstrations.

Erick Burres who heads the California  Water Resources Board’s volunteer monitoring program is a featured presenter and will  give a stream-side monitoring demonstration in the morning. 

Stephen Kullman who heads the Wiyot Tribe Environmental Department will talk about the Tribe’s interest in water quality and fisheries data that ERRP is helping collectThe Wiyot Tribe is currently co-sponsoring the lower Eel River 2012 fall Chinook dive survey with ERRP.

The afternoon will be spent learning about different projects and recruiting volunteers to serve on committees to sustain or expand them. 

Coffee and bagels will be served from 8-9am and lunch will be provided. The program begins at 9am and the retreat ends at 5pm.  

Call 223-7200 for more information or to RSVP.

Check the kzyx.org newsblog for a weblink.

See www.EelRiverRecovery.org for more information.



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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