Michael Steinmetz, Chief Executive Officer and co founder of the local cannabis distribution company Flow Kana, spoke at the Redwood Valley Municipal Advisory Council Meeting last week. He discussed the future plans of the company in light of the recent $125 million they received in investment funds.

May 15, 2019 — We’ll stay in the First District today, as we hear about the latest development in the Potter Valley Project and the most recent draft of the Redwood Valley community plan update, which the Redwood Valley Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) is working to incorporate into the county’s next general plan. On May 14, at the Redwood Valley Grange, over 80 members of the public attended the third of four meetings to refine their vision for how they’d like their community to develop.

Mendo Pride, Going Strong

May 13, 2019

May 13, 2019 — Alex Thomas Plaza was festooned wtih rainbows and balloons, and heavily populated by unicorns and drag queens for Saturday’s Pride parade and day-long party. KZYX celebrated by coaxing several gay men into a closet to ask them about what it took to put this event together. We’ll hear from the Pride Alliance, PFLAG, and the hostess of Drag Bomb, Ukiah’s quarterly drag show.

 

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This year, 25 states and the District of Columbia are considering measures that would bar employers from asking job candidates about their prior salary. Last year, two states — California and Massachusetts — adopted similar policies, aimed at trying to narrow the pay gap for women and minorities.

Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET

White House communications director Michael Dubke has resigned. Dubke offered his resignation on May 18, prior to President Trump's overseas trip to the Middle East and Europe. He is still working at the White House and has not set a departure date yet.

Updated at 1:46 p.m. ET

Registered child sex offenders would lose their Australian passports under a new law aimed at preventing convicted pedophiles from victimizing children overseas. Officials call the proposal a "world first" in the fight against child sex tourism.

Samin Nosrat has become known as the chef who taught Michael Pollan to cook, after the famed food writer featured her in his book Cooked and his Netflix show of the same name.

Now, she's sharing her wisdom with the masses in her new, illustrated cookbook called Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking. The key to good cooking, she says, is learning to balance those elements and trust your instincts, rather than just follow recipes.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include information on how Sanofi Pasteur was chosen as the company to license the Zika vaccine.

The U.S. Army is planning to grant an exclusive license to the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. to manufacture and sell a Zika vaccine the Army developed last year.

And that has Rebekah Gee, Louisiana's secretary of health, worried about paying for it.

If you know anything about New Orleans public schools, you probably know this: Hurricane Katrina wiped them out and almost all the schools became privately run charters.

Many of those schools subscribed to the no excuses discipline model — the idea that if you crack down on slight misbehavior, you can prevent bigger issues from erupting.

Hidden in green hills east of South Korea's capital is the House of Sharing, a nursing home for elderly women.

It's a bright, spacious place. But its residents are survivors of a dark chapter of history.

"It was 1942 and I was only 15, running an errand for my parents [in our Korean hometown of Busan], when two Japanese men in uniform grabbed me by the arms and dragged me away," recalls Lee Ok-seon, now age 90. "That's how I became enslaved."

She was sent to work in a brothel in a Japanese-occupied area of northeast China.

Senate confirmation hearings aren't known for their viral moments.

But Sen. Al Franken seems to have a knack for creating them.

At hearing after hearing this year, some of the most newsy and memorable quotes came when the Minnesota Democrat was asking questions.

Take a stroll through the history of downtown Willits at a new exhibit opening June 10, 2017 at the Mendocino County Museum in Willits, co curated by Kim Bancroft and Judi Berdis. It is called Main Street: Then and Now.  

Military commander, drug trafficker, CIA informant, dictator, convicted murderer: The strongman Gen. Manuel Noriega wore many labels during his tortuous path to — and fall from — the heights of power in Panama. Announcing Noriega's death at age 83 Tuesday, Panama's president said it "closes a chapter in our history."

Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela announced Noriega's death via Twitter. And while the cause of death wasn't immediately reported, Noriega had recently been dealing with complications from brain surgery; in March, it was reported that he was in a coma.

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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

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.

Promise of Paradise Episode 23: John Scharffenberger

Apr 18, 2019
John Scharffenberger

This is Kate Magruder with Promise of Paradise, Back to the Land oral histories of Mendocino County. Today we’ll be hearing from John Scharffenberger of Philo whose name has become synonymous with world-famous sparkling wine and fine chocolate.  But in the early 1970s, John was just one of hundreds of young people who were drawn to Mendocino County for the wide open opportunities it offered.  

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