January 21, 2020 — Volunteer firefighters are often the first responders on the scene of an accident in in rural Mendocino County. They put in a lot of time, learning the technical skills they need to be effective in a range of emergencies. Right now, thirty volunteer firefighters from Piercy to the South Coast and points between are taking part in a Chiefs Academy, which is three months of training every weekend to acquire those skills. 

Ukiah Women March for it All

Jan 20, 2020

January 20, 2020 — The Ukiah Women’s March on Saturday drew over 100 people, some wearing the iconic pink pussy-hats from the 2016 march and carrying signs with paintings, puns, pungent comments and even a miniature quilt. Yellow roses commemmorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment were also abundant. 

The issues, as always, were diverse, ranging from celebrating women’s suffrage to demands to remove Trump.  We’ll hear highlights from women young and old, about what's important to them, personally and politically.

The Ambulance Shuffle: Ukiah

Jan 17, 2020

January 16, 2020 — The scarcity of ambulances in Mendocino County affects all its communities, even the most heavily populated, where providers can count on the long-distance transfers that make up for less lucrative 911 calls. When there are no other ambulances available, the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority will shift an engine company, with a paid paramedic, to its ambulance, which then results in the drawdown of available firefighters. 

The Ambulance Shuffle: Willits & Brooktrails

Jan 15, 2020

January 15, 2020 — The ambulance crisis in Mendocino County has a unique effect on each community. Fire protection districts, which rely heavily on volunteers who are qualified to provide basic medical care until paramedics arrive, have been acting as a stopgap healthcare service for a long time. That’s because it can take a while for an ambulance to arrive at a remote location.

Cobbler and shoemaker Jason Clapp began to make shoes as an extension of his hobby, working with leather. Then he moved into cobbling, learning about the glues and synthetics that are part of modern, factory-made shoe repair. He spoke with KZYX about his trade, its importance and why he enjoys it.

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1/16/2020 4th District Supervisor Candidates' Forum

Jan 17, 2020
Jenny Shattuck


On Thursday, January 16th, the two candidates running for 4th District Supervisor participated in a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters at Fort Bragg Town Hall. Incumbent Dan Gjerde and challenger Lindy Peters answered audience questions read by moderators about issues relevant to 4th District Voters.

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A discussion hosted by Kate Maxwell and Adrian Fernandez Bauman of the Mencocino Voice newspaper http://mendovoice.com about the key Mendocino races on the March 3rd ballot.

To hear this interview with 9 term former Oregon Congressman Les AuCoin, click on this link:  https://forthright.media/2019/12/18/les-aucoin-catch-and-release-an-oregon-life-in-politics/

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In the latest round of chaotic volleys around the Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy's short-lived president and CEO, Deborah Dugan — the organization's first female chief executive — announced Tuesday afternoon that she has filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the Academy, the organization that gives out the Grammys.

More than a century after the RMS Titanic sank to bottom of the sea — and nearly a quarter-century after its memory was dredged up for a Hollywood blockbuster — the U.S. and U.K. have implemented a formal agreement on how to safeguard and manage the ill-fated steamship's remains.

If you want to trace the history of the U.S.-Iran feud, you would have to go back decades. But the roots of the most recent escalation can be found in a series of developments over the past two years.

President Trump entered office expressing his strong opposition to the nuclear deal that Iran signed in 2015 with the U.S. and several other world powers. The agreement imposed strict limits on Iran's nuclear program for about a decade, and in return, the international community lifted sanctions that were squeezing Iran's economy.

Updated at 3 p.m. ET

The first case of an infection with the new coronavirus has been discovered in the United States.

A man from Washington state returned home after a trip to Wuhan, China, on Jan. 15, sought medical attention on Jan. 19 and now is in isolation at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash.

U.S. officials are weighing the benefits and risks of proposed experiments that might make a dangerous pathogen even worse — but the details of that review, and the exact nature of the experiments, aren't being released to the public.

Later this week, officials are to hold a meeting in Bethesda, Md., to debate how much information to openly share about this kind of controversial work and how much to reveal about the reasoning behind decisions to pursue or forgo it.

Updated at 1:50 a.m. ET

After a long day and night of dueling between the House managers calling for impeachment and attorneys for President Trump declaring the articles of impeachment "ridiculous," the Senate adopted a set of rules that will govern its impeachment trial, in which opening arguments will get underway Wednesday.

The resolution, put forward by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, calls for each side to receive up to 24 hours to argue their case, spread over three days.

The former president of Interpol has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison. Meng Hongwei, the first Chinese national to assume the presidency of the France-based international law enforcement organization, received his 13 1/2-year sentence for corruption Tuesday in a Chinese courtroom.

Hackers linked to Iran are probing American companies for vulnerabilities, cybersecurity researchers and U.S. government officials say.

The warnings suggest that the next phase of hostilities between the U.S. and Iran, following the Jan. 3 killing of a top Iranian general in an American drone strike, is likely to play out in cyberspace.

"I'm not anti-hospice at at all," says Joy Johnston, a writer from Atlanta. "But I think people aren't prepared for all the effort that it takes to give someone a good death at home."

Near the iced-over Bering Sea, parka-clad workers for the U.S. Census Bureau are gathering in a remote fishing village along the southwestern rim of Alaska to resume a U.S. tradition seen only once a decade — a count of every person living in the country.

After years of largely under-the-radar planning by the federal government and months of turmoil arising from the Trump administration's failed push to add a citizenship question, the 2020 census officially begins Tuesday in Toksook Bay, Alaska — population 590, according to the 2010 head count.


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