What Can Be Done With Forest Thinnings?

May 22, 2019

May 22, 2019 — In an age of catastrophic wildfire, there’s been some enthusiasm for forest management practices that involve thinning small-diameter trees and underbrush. Much of that material has long been thought of as unusable. But a year-old organization called the Forest Reciprocity Group, an initiative of the Cloud Forest Institute, has some ideas for how to use small poles to build fences, furniture, and even homes. Its members say this method of tending the forest and using unconventional lumber can benefit the environment and have a positive effect on the local economy.

 Next year the United Nations will hold a summit to review the international Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons also known as NPT. The Treaty is observed by 190 countries, and is the foundation of global nuclear disarmament. Its objectives are to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, to promote cooperation around peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and to move towards global nuclear disarmament.  In preparation for next years summit, the UN has held three preparatory committee sessions to consider options and make reccommendations for the big summit next spring.

May 20, 2019 — A local organization has taken a significant step toward trying for the license to the Potter Valley Project. The Inland Water and Power Commission (IWPC) voted unanimously on Friday to take part in an agreement with California Trout and the Sonoma County Water District to study the feasibility of obtaining the license, which is set to expire in April of 2022.

More Local News

A possible tornado struck the Oklahoma city of El Reno Saturday night and killed at least two people.

In a news conference early Sunday morning, El Reno mayor Matt White said the storm hit at about 10:30 p.m., and warning sirens sounded at 10:27 p.m.

The storm destroyed an American Budget Value Inn, damaged the nearby Skyview Estates mobile home park and also affected nearby businesses, including a car dealership.

President Trump attended a sumo wrestling competition with Japan's Prime Abe on Sunday, as the Japanese rolled out the red carpet for Trump during his visit to Tokyo.

The wrestler who won the competition received a U.S.-made trophy named the President's Cup, in honor of Trump's trip.

"That was something to see these great athletes, because they really are athletes," Trump said after the tournament. "It's a very ancient sport and I've always wanted to see sumo wrestling, so it was really great."

Two key ingredients came together for Shannon McCarty to get off drugs in late 2017: connections and timing.

"The police showed up because they said they got a call that we were shooting up in the car," Shannon said.

Everett police officer, Inci Yarkut walked up to window of the car where Shannon was living.

A new generation of migrants is arriving in Mexico: Young adults who were born in Mexico, raised in the United States, and now returning — some voluntarily, some by force — to the country of their birth. They've been dubbed "Generation 1.5."

With only limited support available from the Mexican government for these often well-educated returnees, several non-governmental organizations and at least one private company are looking to help them out and take advantage of their skills.

Bindu Sampath listens over and over to a voicemail of the giggling granddaughter she's never met. She wonders if she ever will.

Sampath's daughter Nimisha, the child's mother, abruptly left their native India three years ago. She'd gone to dental school a few hundred miles north of their hometown in the southwestern state of Kerala. It was there that she met her future husband. She converted to Islam from Hinduism, and he from Christianity. Authorities say they both joined ISIS.

The closest that Travis Rupp came to getting fired from Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder, Colo., he says, was the time he tried to make chicha. The recipe for the Peruvian corn-based beer, cobbled together from bits of pre-Incan archaeological evidence, called for chewed corn partially fermented in spit. So, Rupp's first task had been to persuade his colleagues to gather round a bucket and offer up their chompers for the cause.

At 6:30 a.m., four of five Gordon family members are roaming around their suburban Sacramento house — if you count only the humans. There are also four dogs, a bunny, a tortoise, chickens, ducks, goats and a not-so-miniature miniature pig named Squiggy.

Hilary Gordon is discussing the day's schedule with her husband in the middle of wrapping a breakfast sandwich for their 14-year-old, checking on cereal for their 17-year-old and staring down their 11-year-old, who just realized he forgot to finish today's math homework.

On Friday, three days before Memorial Day, attorneys general for 47 states wrote to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asking her to automatically forgive student loans for eligible disabled veterans.

President Trump is in Japan for the first official state visit since Japanese Emperor Naruhito assumed the throne.

The president and first lady Melania Trump have already dined with Japanese business leaders and will attend a sumo wrestling match, at which Trump will present the winner with a trophy called the "President's Cup."

Emperor Naruhito and his Harvard-educated wife, Empress Masako, will host an imperial state banquet for Trump. The president's trip will also include a visit to a naval base and bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Roll on, no more.

After a three-decade run, a veteran advocacy group will hold its last motorcycle demonstration ride — called "Rolling Thunder" — in the U.S. capital this Memorial Day weekend.

The nonprofit that organizes the rally, Rolling Thunder Inc., was founded in the late 1980s to bring public attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action and to hold the government to account for veterans who never made it home.


Station News

KZYX is turning 30 this year! In celebration of this milestone, we are having a Fundraising Drive. The Drive starts on Thursday, June 6th and will end on Saturday, June 15th.

You can help us get a head start on our goal of $75,000 by donating online today! Any online donations over $75 that are made before the June 6th commencement will receive an exclusive Thank You gift!

Together, we can keep KZYX as a strong community resource and thrive.

KZYX - with you every day for 30 years.

KZYX has launched AirPocket, a mobile-friendly player created by Radio Rethink, a small company dedicated to improving community radio's reach and accessibility in the digital world. 

Started by a former music director at KGNU in Boulder CO, the company says it's "absolutely critical for the marginalized news and public affairs programming of public media to be as available as the content of major broadcast organizations with mobile development and marketing teams.

We believe that when it comes to music, nobody digs deeper into the crates than public and community radio DJs. Their unending drive to share the greatest lost, overlooked, or misunderstood musical recordings needs the same mobile availability as the major corporate curators and taste makers who often toss aside the most unique sounds around us."

Access the player by clicking http://bit.ly/2vJWzE0, and let us know how you like it.

Paste the address in your phone’s browser and save it as a shortcut to your home page and take KZYX wherever you go.

Program Showcase

Jen Riddell

May 23, 2019 — We’ve heard a lot of stories from people who came to Mendocino County as young adults in the 60’s, 70’s, and even the 80’s, to bring a fresh perspective to a lot of old-time homesteading skills. But today we’ll hear from some ‘second gens,’ or the children of back to the landers.

Promise of Paradise Episode 27: Lynn Meadows

May 16, 2019
Contributed by Lynn Meadows

Lynn Meadows moved to the intentional communty of Greenfield Ranch outside Ukiah, CA in 1972 with her husband, Bob Dress.  They have lived there ever since.  Lynn became part of the home birth movement that was sweeping the United States in the early 1970s.  She studied to be a lay midwife, and eventually participated in more than 600 births throughout the county.  She later became a Physician's Assistant and worked in the ER for twenty years.  Now her focus is on palliative care and helping folks in their last years of life.  

Promise of Paradise Episode 25: Leon Springer

May 2, 2019
Leon Springer

Leon Springer moved to Potter Valley in 1974 to build yurts and live communally. Now a successful businessman, he remembers how he discovered what he could become through hard work, lots of fun, and friendships that last for decades. We’ll take a journey from an iconic concert experience in San Francisco to Mothers Day blintzes on the Eel River; double digging in the garden and feeding kids and bears.


Promise of Paradise Episode 24: Bill Heil and Zo Abell

Apr 25, 2019
Bill Heil

This is Laura Hamburg with Kate Magruder for Promise of Paradise, Back to the Land oral histories of Mendocino County. Today we’re bringing you the story of Table Mountain Ranch, a commune in Albion, which lasted for 20 years.  We’ll hear from two of the commune’s earliest settlers: Zo Abell and Bill Heil. Bill, who describes himself as an aging hippie, runs a saw mill business, and Zo is a life-long educator.  Zo grew up on the East Coast with her Yiddish-speaking grandmother; Bill was a bible student in a German household in deep south Alabama.

Child & Family Services

North Coast Opportunities which operates in 7 counties all over the north coast is currently celebrating its 50th year!

As a community action agency, we have been proudly assisting low-income and disadvantaged people since 1968.

Did you know that over 20% of the population in Lake and Mendocino Counties live below the poverty line? Our programs address societal barriers that exist for low income families and individuals with the intent to fight the impacts of poverty..

Have you heard of any of our programs? We operate programs such as:

MCPB Meetings

All Board of Directors meetings and committee meetings are open to KZYX members and the public.  However, since attendance tends to be low for most meetings, the Board will hold several special meetings each year to encourage attendance and receive feedback from our members and the public. 

Board meetings are posted here

Committee meetings are posted here