Corine Pearce

Oct 22, 2019 — The Pinoleville Pomo Nation got a three year extension on a grant to bring cultural ambassadors into some elementary schools in the Ukiah Unified School District to teach students about different aspects of local indigenous arts and history. Corine Pearce is a widely renowned professional basket weaver who visited classrooms last year and has since taken on the role of educational coordinator. Last week, she talked about what kinds of things the students have learned so far, and what her hopes are for this regionally specific curriculum.


October 21, 2019 — Housing has a profound effect on health outcomes, as Elizabeth Elliott, the occupancy manager at Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority, knows well. Northern Circle is a tribally designated housing entity, founded in 1978 to provide safe and equitable housing to tribal communities. Elliott is especially interested in how having a secure place to live cuts down on ACEs, or adverse childhood experiences, giving kids a better chance at growing up to be healthy adults.

October 17, 2019 — About two dozen community members came to Supervisor John Haschak’s Town Hall in Willits Wednesday night to talk about cannabis, forest health, and their frustration with two voter initiatives they’d like to see implemented faster.

October 16, 2019 — Fires, cattle grazing, and wild birds are three major facts of life for a lot of people in inland Mendocino County. Last night, the city council chambers in Ukiah were packed with people who had come to hear a Peregrine Audobon Society sponsored talk by Frank Fogarty, an avian ecologist at Humboldt State University who spent two years studying the effects of wildfire and grazing on wintering bird communities.

Learning Garden Demonstrates Firesafe Plantings

Oct 14, 2019

October 14, 2019 — The Phoenix Project at Mendocino College is a multi disciplinary creative effort to make sense of the firestorms that have affected the lives of so many people in the community. Last week, as the county scrambled to prepare for a power shutoff intended to prevent more fires, arts and horitculture student Molly Gardenhire took KZYX on a tour of a garden that combines her two disciplines and some of the practices advocated by local firesafe councils.

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Programmer Profiles: Benjamin MacBean

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My name is Benjamin MacBean.   I host “The Mendocino Library Guy,” formerly “The Library Hour,” usually the third Thursday of the month, 7-8 PM.  I’ve been doing this show for just a little over a year now.

As a librarian, I’ve done my share of storytelling and presentations.  I used to do one-man shows for the children in my last librarian job, where I played every character in the show. 

I called my creations, “Good Ol’ Ben Productions,” and enjoyed every moment of it, from the writing of the scripts, to rehearsing and hamming it up, and hearing the children laugh.

To hear this interview with Christopher Ketcham about THIS LAND: HOW COWBOYS, CAPITALISM, AND CORRUPTION ARE RUINING THE AMERICAN WEST, which is a hard hitting look at the battle now raging over the fate of the public lands in the American West, click on this link:

Peter Wells featured on Be More Now

Oct 14, 2019

Tune into KZYX&Z’s Be More Now program at 7pm on Thursday, October 17 when host Blake More will interview Mendocino author/philosopher and innkeeper Peter Wells. They will discuss his latest book, Notes from the West Pole, including reflections on his journey, ways to embrace life more fully, and find more joy. The show will air on KZYX&Z 90.7FM Philo, 88.1FM Fort Bragg, and 91.5FM Willits, as well as stream live on the web

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Florida's Senate voted Wednesday to confirm the removal of Scott Israel from his position as sheriff of Broward County. In January, days after being sworn in, Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Israel, charging him with incompetence and dereliction of duty for actions before and after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

As autoworkers at General Motors plants around the country vote this week on whether to accept a new contract, workers elsewhere see an opportunity to demand their own chance in the driver's seat.

The U.S. is enjoying a record-long economic boom, but workers' slice of the pie has barely increased. After decades of relative silence, newly emboldened workers are increasingly vocal in demanding higher pay and better working conditions.

Google says it has built a computer that is capable of solving problems that classical computers practically cannot. According to a report published in the scientific journal Nature, Google's processor, Sycamore, performed a truly random-number generation in 200 seconds. That same task would take about 10,000 years for a state-of-the-art supercomputer to execute.

Less than two weeks after Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize and earned plaudits across the world, the Ethiopian prime minister has found himself embroiled in an escalating standoff with a prominent activist back at home.

Lebanon's mass street protests resemble other outpourings of anger in places like Chile and Ecuador. But the Lebanese never miss an excuse to party.

Faced with years of war, Lebanese have coped with strife by using satire, humor and lots of dancing. This thawra or revolution, as anti-government protesters in Lebanon call it, is no different. It's accompanied by clever handwritten signs, profanity-laced chants and even "Baby Shark" singalongs.

Updated at 4:29 p.m. ET

Republican members of Congress disrupted the closed-door proceedings of the House impeachment inquiry, preventing a Pentagon official from giving her testimony.

Arguing that the inquiry's interviews should not be held behind closed doors, GOP lawmakers entered the secure area in the Capitol Wednesday where witnesses are typically questioned.

Within a span of a few hours, former vice president and current 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden both condemned President Trump's use of the word "lynching" to describe the impeachment inquiry — and apologized for doing virtually the same thing more than 20 years ago.

Two of Rudy Giuliani's associates appeared in federal court Wednesday in Manhattan, where they pleaded not guilty to charges of illegally funneling foreign donations to U.S. political candidates.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are both U.S. citizens born in the former Soviet Union: Parnas in Ukraine, and Fruman in Belarus.

Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET

President Trump says he is lifting sanctions on Turkey after the country agreed to what he called a permanent cease-fire in northern Syria, ending Turkey's military offensive that began after the U.S. pulled troops from the area.

Trump argued that his decision to remove U.S. forces — criticized by U.S. Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike — helped to bring the deal to fruition.

At a bend in the Potomac River, about 30 miles south of Washington, D.C., there's a fleet of "ghost ships" — shipwrecks that rise eerily from the water at low tide. It's one of the largest collections of shipwrecks in the world, and they're now part of a new national marine sanctuary.


Oak and Thorn Daimh Concert

Daimh returns to Benefit KZYX

Greetings Celtic music fans! It's been a wee while, as my Scottish friends might say, but now it's finally time to get ready for some Oak & Thorn concert events. We've got two great ones coming up soon, just in time to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Mendocino County Public Broadcasting. Both will be at Eagles Hall in Fort Bragg and we will have homebrewed beer and cider, premium Mendocino wines, room for dancing, great sound, and the best audience in California! Tickets are now...

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