There was no shortage of sad news in 2016.

And because we're a blog that covers global health and development, we covered a lot of those sobering stories: the toll of diseases like Zika, the bombing of hospitals in conflict zones, the suffering caused by poverty and by discrimination against women.

But we published a lot of hopeful stories as well. We asked our team at Goats and Soda to pick some of the stories from this year that inspired them the most. We hope you're inspired too.

In the midst of multiple fundraising attempts that raised questions about whether the Trump family is selling the promise of personal access to the highest bidder, Eric Trump says he will stop directly raising money for his personal charity.

"As unfortunate as it is, I understand the quagmire," Trump told the New York Times.

When he was in prison, Lorenzo Palma strongly suspected he was an American citizen. He had spent his whole life in the United States, and he knew his grandfather was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1914.

Palma had served five years for an assault conviction and was about to be released on parole, but immigration officials had stopped his release because they wanted to deport him. They said he wasn't a U.S. citizen.

There are three constants during the holiday season in Madrid: tourists ogling light-bedecked thoroughfares; supermarket aisles stuffed with seasonal treats like turrón and polvorón, the Spanish shortbread. And, everywhere, marzipan.

With a manhunt and a $100,000 reward aimed at his capture, more details are emerging about Anis Amri, the chief suspect in Monday's attack on a Christmas market in Berlin. Revelations that the authorities had monitored Amri — and marked him for deportation — are also fueling anger in Germany.

The federal government has cut payments to 769 hospitals with high rates of patient injuries, for the first time counting the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs in assessing penalties.

The punishments come in the third year of Medicare penalties for hospitals with patients most frequently suffering from potentially avoidable complications, including various types of infections, blood clots, bed sores and falls. This year the government also examined the prevalence of two types of bacteria resistant to drugs.

Evacuations continue from east Aleppo, as remaining rebels and civilians wait in freezing weather for transportation out of the city.

The end of the evacuations may be coming soon: NPR's Alice Fordham reports that regime forces might be entering the tiny enclave that has been held by rebels as early as Thursday evening.

The fall of eastern Aleppo to the forces aligned with Syrian President Bashar Assad has been a foregone conclusion for weeks now. The question was whether civilians and fighters would be allowed to leave.

Ikea has reached a $50 million settlement with the families of three toddlers who died after unsecured Ikea dressers tipped over, according to lawyers for the families. The furniture giant confirms a settlement has been reached but describes it as "tentative."

President-elect Donald Trump is rounding out his White House team — installing several trusted campaign advisers to senior West Wing positions.

Kellyanne Conway will serve as counselor to the president, the transition team announced on Thursday. Sean Spicer will be press secretary, and Jason Miller has been named director of communications.

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Audio of the Willits city council candidates forum

Oct 5, 2018 -- On Thursday, October 4, classified and temporary staff at Mendocino College held a Unity Rally to demand a 2.71% cost of living (COLA) increase, which the college received from the state. We'll hear from Toni Fort, chapter president of Local 1021, the union that represents temporary and classified, or non-teaching, faculty. Union members are unenthusiastic about one-time bonuses that do not improve their retirement. They worry that if they lose their COLA this year, it will set a bad precedent.

Oct 5, 2018 -- County union workers object to a recent raise for upper-level management, including CEO Carmel Angelo. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted to phase in a forty thousand dollar raise for Angelo, arguing that her relationships with state legislators have proven invaluable, and that they want to retain those in key positions. While Angelo was on the job for five years before she made as much as her male predecessor, union reps say lower-level employees deserve a raise, too.

Willits Gets A Makeover

Oct 1, 2018
Forrest Glyer

Several nonprofit groups in the Willits area have been working hard to improve the town in the face of the several economic challenges brought on by the bypass installed in late 2016, the heavy downtown construction that followed, and the rapidly changing cannabis market.
 

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Station News

Join KZYX on Tuesday October 30th for a live performance of H.G. Wells War Of The Worlds. The legendary broadcast falls on the 70th anniversary of the original broadcast which led to widespread panic among listeners. The performance will take place at the Center Theatre at Mendocino College. If you'd like to attend the broadcast please visit http://www.mendocino.edu/wotw for tickets and more information. 

The KZYX news department is hiring reporters! The positions are part time with flexible hours. We’re looking for reliable curious independent individuals with strong writing skills who are interested in covering all types of stories across our listening area: cannabis, local politics, health, the environment, cultural events and more. We are also seeking an experienced journalist to act as news director. If you’re interested in joining the KZYX news department send an email to gm@kzyx.org or call (707) 895-2324. We look forward to hearing from you.

Program Showcase

10/10/18 playlist

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The Man Who Had No Story To Tell        15:58

Galician Pipes

Kevin Carr live in Elk ..... 1/7/11

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Charles Laughton, Storyteller                 34:46

archive.org—TheStory-teller

For Ellington

The Modern Jazz Quartet

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Pallindromes                                            7:49

Baby Gramps on Same Ol' Timeously

Mendocino Poet Devreaux Baker on Be More Now

Oct 8, 2018

Tune into KZYX&Z’s Be More Now program at 7pm on Thursday, October 18 when host Blake More will be talking with Mendocino County poet Devreaux Baker. They will be discussing poetry, the writers life, sources of inspiration and more. Plus Devreaux will share poems from her latest book “Hungry Ghost.” 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 www.kzyx.org

Child & Family Services

Healthy Families Mendocino County is a free of charge, nationally recognized home visiting program for women who are pregnant or up to two-weeks postpartum, low-income and/or Medi-Cal eligible, and whose babies are at risk of adverse childhood experiences resulting from maltreatment, domestic violence, homelessness, or parental substance abuse, untreated mental illness, or trauma history.

(707) 472-2600

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

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Audio of the Willits city council candidates forum

Oct 5, 2018 -- On Thursday, October 4, classified and temporary staff at Mendocino College held a Unity Rally to demand a 2.71% cost of living (COLA) increase, which the college received from the state. We'll hear from Toni Fort, chapter president of Local 1021, the union that represents temporary and classified, or non-teaching, faculty. Union members are unenthusiastic about one-time bonuses that do not improve their retirement. They worry that if they lose their COLA this year, it will set a bad precedent.

Oct 5, 2018 -- County union workers object to a recent raise for upper-level management, including CEO Carmel Angelo. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted to phase in a forty thousand dollar raise for Angelo, arguing that her relationships with state legislators have proven invaluable, and that they want to retain those in key positions. While Angelo was on the job for five years before she made as much as her male predecessor, union reps say lower-level employees deserve a raise, too.

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