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Measure B to have a strategic plan

Feb 25, 2021

February 25, 2021 — A day after CEO Carmel Angelo critiqued the Measure B Citizens Oversight Commission as having no common mission, the committee voted to hire a consultant to work out a long term strategic plan based on the Kemper Report.Commissioning that report was the first thing the committee did after electing Tom Allman as its first chair three years ago. The commission also formed an ad hoc committee to work with county supervisors to change its function.

Angelo preparing to retire

Feb 24, 2021

February 24, 2021 — The Board of Supervisors approved a $200,000 increase to a contract with an armed guard service to monitor people in quarantine at hotels or Whitmore Lane, the county-owned quarantine facility just outside Ukiah city limits.

The outbreak at Mountain View, a long-term care home in Ukiah, is up to 23 cases, with two people now deceased. Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren said the outbreak grew rapidly during the full week it took for a positive staff member’s test result to get back from a lab in Texas.

February 23, 2021 — As the pandemic drags on, the public demand for outdoor recreation has surged. At a town hall last week, Senator Mike McGuire invited panelists to talk about how they believe the Great Redwood Trail from Marin County to the Humboldt Bay will enhance outdoor recreation in the coming years. Some segments are already built, and some are underway. Some, like the one in Ukiah, will be built next to the abandoned railroad, while others will be built on top, if applications for a technique called railbanking, to preserve and recycle the railbed, are approved.

February 22, 2021 — Adventist Health in Mendocino County has administered 10,875 doses of the covid-19 vaccine, four thousand of them second doses.

Vaccine shipments did not come in last week due to storms across the country. The hospital, which receives its own allocation of the vaccine, has been focusing on administering it to people over the age of 70. 

February 19, 2021 — Redwood Coast Medical Services in Gualala has administered about 3000 doses of the covid-19 vaccine on the Mendonoma coast, about ⅔ of them to residents of Mendocino county and ⅓ to Sonoma county residents in its coverage area.

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Program Showcase

Tune into KZYX&Z’s Be More Now program at 7pm on Thursday, Feb 18 when host Blake More devotes the show to poetry, and poets, sharing a couple of interviews with valley poets Bill Churchill and Michelle Peneloza.  You will hear a mix of poetry, process and lots of discovery as these two fine Mendocino County poets discuss what makes them write! 

Promise of Paradise Episode 19: Donna Montag

Jan 23, 2021

Donna Montag grew up in a wealthy Catholic family in upstate New York.  After college she worked as a portfolios analyst on Wall Street, but was disappointed with the dishonesty she experienced in that job. Searching for honesty and community, she hitchhiked west to a commune in Oregon and never looked back. She arrived in Elk when she was twenty-six, met her husband and began living off the land. When she gave birth to her daughter the idea of natural childbirth was gaining popularity, and some doctors were advocating for a natural approach to birth in hospitals.

Author Valerie Miner on Be More Now

Jan 19, 2021

  This interview features award-winning author and university professor Valerie Miner. A longtime visitor and now resident of Mendocino County, Valerie will be reading from and discussing her fifteenth book, Bread and Salt: Stories. 

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Newly confirmed Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm seized on the bruising winter weather that left millions of Texans without heat and electricity last week to press for reform of the state's power systems, arguing that pivoting to a clean energy economy can ensure a dependable grid and help create jobs.

An explosion ripped through the hull of an Israeli-owned cargo ship in the Gulf of Oman, reportedly leaving holes in each side of the vessel. Officials said the crew and vessel are safe, but there was no immediate explanation for the blast in a waterway that has a history of attacks on shipping blamed on Iran.

The National Hurricane Center says it will begin issuing Tropical Weather Outlooks in May, weeks before the June 1 beginning of hurricane season. The federal agency is also considering moving up the official start date of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Named systems have formed in the Atlantic prior to the official start of the season in each of the last six years. In 2020, there were two named systems before June 1, tropical storms Arthur and Bertha.

The Senate parliamentarian, a critical but often low-profile arbiter of the chamber's procedural actions, is the subject of frustration from some liberals after a crucial blow to Democrats' agenda late Thursday.

Elizabeth MacDonough is the unelected, nonpartisan interpreter of chamber rules, commonly referred to as the Senate referee. She nixed a Democratic push to add a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage increase to President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, dubbed the American Rescue Plan.

The reason?

Updated at 3 p.m. ET

President Biden arrived in Texas on Friday to inspect the damage from a sequence of strong winter storms and intense cold. The system thrust much of Texas into record low temperatures, knocking out power and bursting pipes. Dozens of people died, including several who were reportedly killed by hypothermia in their homes.

Updated 2:12 p.m. ET

With coronavirus infections on a steady, six weeks long descent in the U.S., it's clear the worst days of the brutal winter surge have waned. Yet researchers are still not sure how sustainable the decline is. And a small but concerning uptick in cases in the last three days has health officials on edge.

The owner of British Airways is calling for digital health passes for passengers as a step toward getting airlines back in the sky after devastating losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nigerian authorities are searching for hundreds of schoolgirls who were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in a raid early Friday morning, according to police in the northwestern state of Zamfara.

Shamima Begum, who left London in 2015 to join ISIS, cannot return to Britain while she fights to restore her citizenship, the U.K. Supreme Court ruled on Friday. Begum was 15 when she ran away to Syria with two friends; she's now being held in a detention camp in northern Syria.

North Korea is using forced labor from its network of prison camps to mine coal and other minerals to boost exports and earn foreign currency, using the cash to support its nuclear weapons programs, according to a South Korean human rights group.

A report by the Seoul-based Citizens' Alliance for North Korea Human Rights said an intricate network of government ministries and other entities relies on prison labor and other illicit operations to bring in money to the isolated Asian country.


Upcoming Programs

Thursday February 25 Wildoak Living 9am

Feb 20, 2021

Thursday February 25  Wildoak Living  9am

Friday February 26 Byline Mendocino 9am

Feb 20, 2021

Friday February 26  Byline Mendocino  9am

Byline Mendocino is a local media round table, featuring local reporters in conversation about the week’s headlines, with host Alicia Bales. Byline Mendocino airs this Friday at 9am here on KZYX and Z.


Friday February 26 The Sports Phone 7pm

Feb 20, 2021
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Friday February 26 The Sports Phone 7pm

Join Jim and Jerry Young to get your sports fix on The Sports Phone, taking your calls about all things sports. The Sports Phone, every Friday at 7pm here on KZYX and Z.


Saturday February 27 Trading Time 11am

Feb 14, 2021

Saturday  February 27  Trading Time  11am

The Trading Time Show is a live community swap-shop every Saturday from 11 to noon. Call the KZYX Philo studio with up to 5 items to sell, give away, or that you are requesting. Or you can send an email to DJ@kzyx.org and hosts Doug and Renee will read it on the air. Tune in and call-in to hear what's available in your community, or maybe even help someone find what they are looking for. Trading Time, every Saturday at 11, right here on KZYX and Z.



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