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Jim Culp explores the reasons that the elderly aren't getting vaccinated, talking with Mendocino Coast Clinic Executive Director Lucresha Renteria, Supervisor Ted Williams, Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren, and a frustrated elder.

UUSD considers reopening, distance learning update

Jan 19, 2021

January 19, 2021 — The Ukiah Unified School District, the largest in the county, met last week for an update on distance learning and the governor’s not-yet finalized proposal to partially reopen schools by mid-February. The California Safe Schools for All plan is an incentive program that would give schools grants to bring kids back into the classroom. 

David Hull

1/19/21 -- The western hills above Ukiah have been 56 year old Dave Hull's stomping ground since he was a little kid. On free days, Hull and his friends would grab their bikes and adventure out into the open space together, exploring the land covered with golden grass and spotted with towering redwoods. As an adult, he bought a portion of that land which he had used as a giant playground as a child. And at the end of 2020, Hull donated 188 acres of that hillside land to the City of Ukiah, with the goal of preserving it for conservation and recreation forever.


Community clinics vaccinating workforce

Jan 15, 2021

January 15, 2021 — Local community clinics have started vaccinations this week, and are reaching out to the elderly and people whose jobs put them at greater risk of exposure. 

Vaccine efforts ramping up on the coast

Jan 14, 2021

January 14, 2021 — Vaccination efforts on the coast are ramping up, with two clinics for firefighters and EMS workers plus a clinic tomorrow at the Fort Bragg high school for all the educators who want it. The hospital is putting together a list of patients who are eligible for a vaccine and will be the first to hear about it as soon as it arrives.

The Mendocino Coast Clinics will be using 300 doses of Moderna it received from the county for tomorrow’s school clinic, and have received an approval email to get more directly from the state. 

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Author Valerie Miner on Be More Now

Jan 19, 2021

  This interview features award wining 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. 

January 12, 2021--Congressman Jared Huffman held a virtual town hall to respond to questions and provide a report on the Wednesday, January 6 assault on the Capitol and Congress during the certification of the electoral college results. Topics included the 25th Amendment, articles of impeachment, Capitol Police readiness, holding rioters and those who incited violence accountable, as well as ways to ensure a peaceful transfer of power. The town hall was broadcast on youtube and facebook live. Listen to audio of the event here:




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This story definitely has a yuck factor.

It's about hookworms.

When hookworm eggs land on moist, warm ground, via human feces, they develop into larvae, raise their tiny selves upward, and wave back and forth, looking for bare feet to latch onto. The parasites penetrate the skin, enter the bloodstream, and eventually migrate to the small intestine — where they settle in, mature and start sucking blood and laying eggs. When the worms and their eggs are passed in a host's stool, the cycle begins anew.

Japanese officials are swatting away rumors and reports that the government has concluded that, with the Tokyo Olympics 151 days away, and much of the country in a COVID-19 state of emergency, the games cannot be held.

After years of delay, a decision by the Pentagon could mean three men accused of being behind terrorist attacks in Indonesia nearly 20 years ago could soon get a military trial.

Drugs to treat COVID-19 are being fast-tracked for development, but the pace can't match the astonishing speed that gave birth to the vaccines.

But one year into the pandemic, there has been strong progress toward effective drug treatments, and the groundwork has been laid for drugs to kill the virus and arrest disease.

President Biden has outlined an aggressive plan to gain control over the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to weigh heavily on the U.S. economy.

"I just remember being very scared."

That's how Lydia, a 39-year-old mother of three in Canada, describes feeling when she was pregnant back in 2008 with her daughter and had questions about vaccinating. She worried it might cause more harm than good.

"I remember feeling some trepidation and saying to my husband, 'We can't undo this once we do it,' " she says. NPR is not using Lydia's full name because she's worried about backlash from a community she once believed in — people opposed to vaccines.

President Biden plans to sign an executive order on Friday that would increase food stamp benefits to help people going hungry amid the financial downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, his top economic adviser, Brian Deese, told reporters.

Biden has already proposed a $1.9 trillion relief package to Congress that includes direct payments and other types of aid for people who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic. In the meantime, he is directing his administration to take steps to tweak programs to try to provide some assistance.

President Biden plans to sign an order on Friday that will toss a plan that would have made it easier to fire top career civil servants, and hire political appointees into high-ranking positions — a practice known as "burrowing."

President Biden is calling for unity to address each of the nation's concurrent crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy, race relations and climate change.

It won't be easy because as he settles into office, Biden also inherits a country that is deeply divided. Democrats and Republicans live in very different worlds and get their news and information from very different places, cordoned off by ideology and worldview.

When Ezra Levin and his wife, Leah Greenberg, founded the progressive group Indivisible in 2016, they widely circulated a handbook on "resisting the Trump agenda." It took tactical lessons in grassroots politics from the Tea Party, which had prominently resisted President Barack Obama's agenda.

There's another lesson Levin now thinks progressives can take from the conservative Tea Party: It's easier to oppose a policy than to advance one.


Upcoming Programs

Thursday January 21 Be More Now 7pm

Jan 18, 2021

Thursday January 21  Be More Now  7pm

Tune into KZYX&Z’s Be More Now program at 7pm on Thursday, January 21 when host Blake More will interview 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.  That’s Be More Now, Thursday evening at 7pm here on KZYX and Z.


Friday January 22 The Sports Phone 7pm

Jan 18, 2021
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Friday January 22 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.


Sunday January 24 Radio HAHA for KIDS! 12pm

Jan 18, 2021

Sunday, January 24  Radio Ha Ha for Kids! 12pm (Noon)

“Hear Ye, Hear Ye!”…Tune in this Sunday at Noon to “Radio Ha Ha For Kids” (And Their Families & Friends) hosted by Jim Beatty, the Dancing Grandpa. With songs, dance, the “listening game” and more, “Radio Ha Ha For Kids” is listening fun for everyone, young, old and in between. It’s Fun Family Radio. Tune in and dance, sing and play every Sunday at NOON right here on KZYX and Z. It sounds like FUN!

Sunday January 24 Na Mele o Hawai`i *SPECIAL* 3-5pm

Jan 18, 2021

Sunday January 24   Na Mele o Hawai`i  *SPECIAL* 3-5pm

In the 128 years since the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy by a cadre of American businessmen with the backing of the U.S Military, Native Hawaiians have struggled to find their identity in a land that was once theirs. Join Na Mele O Hawaii host Michael Arago for his annual Hawaiian Sovereignty show as we explore through spoken word and mele (song) how Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) feel about their place in modern day Hawaii. Na Mele o Hawai`i this Sunday at 3 p.m. on KXYZ & Z.



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