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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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Thursday Morning News for May 23rd

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The city of Lakeport is suing Lake County and its sheriff, Frank Rivero, for access to the records information management system (RIMS) on which Rivero pulled the plug April 25.

The lawsuit alleges "breach of contract" and "breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing" asking the court to order the sheriff to give the city access to RIMS.

"No amount of damages can compensate the City for this breach, and thus the City brings this action to obtain specific performance of the contract," the suit states.

Lakeport Police rely on the computer system for dispatch-generated records, such as daily police logs, booking records and sex-registrant compliance histories.

According to the sheriff, the Lakeport PD doesn't need access to the county's RIMS, and that his review of who can log-in was necessary to protect the public.

However, the lawsuit contends , "The (Lakeport Police) relies on the records for its day-to-day operations. It uses these records to conduct investigations."








The Mendocino Board of Supervisors voted 5-0Tuesday to outsource the mental health services the county has offered for decades

They voted 4-1 with Supervisor Dan Hamburg dissenting to approve the MOU for the new Indian Casino.

The board approved a $6.7 million contract with Ortner Management Group for adult mental health services and an $8.8 million contract with Redwood Management Company, an offshoot of Redwood Children's Services.

All but two of the 15 speakers from various mental health organizations throughout the county voiced support for the measure .

Access centers inland and on the coast for clients who are 21 and older are expected to expand their hours from three days a week to "24/7, 365 days a year," with Ortner.

The contractor for children's mental health services also will offer inland and coastal access centers, with expected response times of 20 minutes to Fort Bragg and Ukiah, and 40-minute response times

to the Willits area. Currently, response times are an hour to an hour-and-a-half.

Two of the speakers who opposed the idea were from SEIU, Local 1021, the union that represents the majority of the county's workers.

SEIU representative Dave Eberly called the decision to contract out the county's mental health services "bad policy and illegal."

He went on to say "You crippled the department, declared it incapable and then moved to sell off its functions to private bidders."





The Lake District Attorney announced Monday that the CHP officer-involved shooting of Ronald Ossenberg on Oct. 24 of last year was justifiable homicide.

Ossenberg, 52, attacked the unnamed California Highway Patrol officer and the two wrestled on the ground as Ossenberg attempted to remove her firearm before she "was able to gain control of the firearm and fire one fatal shot into the body of Ossenberg."

The report states that Ossenberg , a career criminal, was homeless after his release from the Orange County Jail on Oct.3.












In addition to electing a mayor, Los Angeles voters have approved proposition limiting the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city to the original 135 and slightly raising their taxes.Proposition D had around 63 percent of the votes.

The measure was backed by both mayoral candidates. Supporters portrayed it as a balanced way to deal with neighborhood concerns.

Proposition D's major rival, Proposition F, contained no limit on the number of marijuana clinics, but it would have imposed stringent controls such as audits and background checks on employees. It was defeated by a "no" vote of around 59 percent.

Also Proposition C was passed by 76%it supportlimits on corporate rights, political spending
















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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