In order to see the red of a sunset or the green of spring leaves, developing human eyes need to get the right hormone at the right time.

That's the finding of a team of scientists who studied how color vision develops using hundreds of human retinas grown in the lab.

Indonesia is winding down its search and rescue operations, with thousands of people believed to be still missing after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck last month on the island of Sulawesi.

The official death toll for the disasters stands at 2,073. But the national disaster agency says that the number of those still missing could be as high as 5,000, after the strength of the quake caused the ground to liquefy and swallow up buildings and people.

Search efforts had been set to end Thursday, but were extended to Friday.

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After the huge sell-off Wednesday, U.S. stocks fell sharply again Thursday. At one point, the Dow was down nearly 700 points. By late afternoon, it had regained some ground but closed down 546 points or a little more than 2 percent.

Over the past two days, the Dow has lost 1,378 points. The S&P 500 was down 2 percent for the day. The Nasdaq lost 1.25 percent.

Ensuring that people with pre-existing health conditions can get and keep health insurance is the most popular part of the Affordable Care Act. It has also become a flashpoint in this fall's midterm campaigns across the country.

And not only is the ACA protection, which mostly applies to people who buy their own coverage, at risk. It's also possible that pre-existing condition protections that predate the federal health law could be in play.

Updated at 4:55 a.m. ET

Tropical Storm Michael rampaged through South Carolina, North Carolina and finally southeastern Virginia on Thursday, before heading for the Atlantic Ocean.

It's hard to make time for history books when there is so much history crashing down on us every single day — and especially when that history is divisive, aggressive and seemingly never-ending.

A Soyuz rocket booster failed during the launch of a capsule carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin on Thursday, forcing officials to abort their mission. The capsule made a "ballistic landing" and rescue teams recovered the pair, who are reportedly in "good condition," NASA says.

Hague and Ovchinin launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:40 a.m. ET, heading to join the crew of the International Space Station. But more than a minute after launch, their Soyuz MS-10's booster failed.

Dave Huhn is a sheriff's deputy for Montezuma County, Colo., a stretch of sagebrush mesas and sandstone cliffs bordering Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, home to Mesa Verde National Park, where ancestral Puebloans' cliff dwellings still stand.

Huhn specializes in the complex world of water law. His job has become more important in this region after a series of hot, dry summers have made farmers more desperate for water, and more willing to steal it or go to battle over it.

"You're bouncing off the atmosphere."

Early in director Damien Chazelle's First Man, this is one of the cautions given to Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) during his pilot training, years before he walked on the moon. That idea of the barrier between Earth and space, the violence of making the journey through it and the almost mystical experience of being on the other side of it forms the spine of the film.

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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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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.

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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

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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. 

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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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