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CEO departing in March

Jan 15, 2022

January 13, 2022—County CEO Carmel Angelo told the Board of Supervisors last week that she is moving up the date of her retirement, from October of this year to March. Supervisors Maureen Mulheren and Dan Gjerde spoke with kzyx earlier this week about their work comparing the CEO versus the CAO model, and some of their thoughts on finding Angelo’s successor. They’re on an ad hoc committee charged with providing the rest of the board with the information they need to craft an ordinance laying out which model the county plans to use in the future.

Seabirds wrecking on Mendocino coast

Jan 15, 2022

January 14, 2022 — Since the beginning of December, over 100 fulmars, a long-lived gull-like seabird with a remarkable nasal apparatus, have become stranded on California beaches, including the coast of Mendocino. Reporter Michelle Blackwell spoke with Sarah Grimes, the Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator and Educator at the Noyo Center for Marine Science, about the phenomenon and what makes these birds so special.


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January 12, 2022 Project Sanctuary, a non-profit organization assisting victims of domestic and sexual assault, will launch an upcoming educational program on the topic of teen dating violence. With prevention as the goal, Project Sanctuary plans to raise awareness on the topic with school visits in February, and an art contest at the end of January. This two-pronged strategy aims to educate the youth on the dynamics of unhealthy relationships in an effort to stop dating violence. 

January 11, 2022 — Organic waste reduction is the focus of a sprawling piece of state legislation due to go into effect this year. SB 1383 requires jurisdictions to drastically cut down on the amount of edible food and food-based waste that goes into the landfill and causes methane gas pollution. In order to contribute to the statewide goals, local composters expect to increase their tonnage by 40%.

County enters "omicron blizzard"

Jan 11, 2022

January 10, 2022 — The county has entered the “omicron blizzard” that’s affecting the rest of the country, according to Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren. 

The only known outbreak at this time is at the jail, where fifteen staff and two inmates have tested positive. 

There have been 45 exposures at schools, but Coren declined to shut down the Fort Bragg school district after extra-curricular activities resulted in positive tests, saying he did not think it was warranted at this time.

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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.

Nearly two months after a black church in Greenville, Miss., was torched and painted with pro-Trump graffiti, a member of the church has been arrested and charged with the crime.

"The Mississippi Department of Public Safety says 45-year-old Andrew McClinton is charged with arson of a place of worship in connection to the fire at the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville on Nov. 1," Mark Rigsby of Mississippi Public Broadcasting reports.

Just before House Republicans re-elected Paul Ryan as their speaker, the Wisconsin Republican made a bold proclamation.

"Welcome to the dawn of a new unified Republican government," Ryan told reporters one week after Election Day. "This will be a government focused on turning President-elect Trump's victory into real progress for the American people."

Ryan continued: "If we are going to put our country back on the right track, we have got to be bold, and we have to go big."

By now, you've probably heard about one very real consequence of fake news — the infamous "pizzagate" conspiracy theory that ended with Edgar Welch, 28, firing a real gun inside a real Washington, D.C., pizzeria filled with real people.

There were two major assumptions about Latino voters throughout the presidential campaign:

(1) a record number of Latinos would show up on Election Day to oppose Donald Trump's candidacy and

(2) the anti-immigration rhetoric that launched Trump's campaign would push conservative-leaning Hispanics to flee the Republican Party.

Neither of those assumptions entirely panned out as expected.

Prediction 1: The Surge?

President-elect Donald Trump insists he can do all the business deals he wants while serving in the White House, but a 2012 law barring insider trading by government officials could make doing so a lot more complicated.

The federal government will pay more than $100,000 to give someone a kidney transplant, but after three years, the government will often stop paying for the drugs needed to keep that transplanted kidney alive.

Constance Creasey is one of the thousands of people who find themselves caught up by this peculiar feature of the federal kidney program.

President-elect Donald Trump has appointed several Cabinet members with strong ties to oil and gas. And he's been clear about his support for coal. That could leave renewable energy companies out in the cold.

Updated at 6:42 pm to add details of Snapchat's access to location data.

Uber has fixed a problem you didn't know you had. Instead of setting places as the target location, Uber's newest feature will let you set people as the destination.

Instead of typing a location in the "Where to?" box, Uber wants riders to type the name of the friend they are meeting with, and the app would route the ride to them.

Updated at 6:25 p.m. ET

Two Democratic members of Congress want three federal agencies to work together to get a more accurate count of coal miners suffering from progressive massive fibrosis, the worst stage of the fatal disease known as black lung.

The request is a response to an NPR investigation that shows 10 times as many cases of the advanced stage of black lung as identified and reported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.


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Monday January 17  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “The Massey Lectures”  9am

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr recorded a week-long series of radio lectures for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Tune in Monday to hear King in his own words, on this special broadcast from CBC’s Sirius Satellite Radio of “The Massey Lectures.” Hear excerpts of Martin Luther King’s extraordinary speeches, reflecting on war, social change, and nonviolent revolution. Monday morning at 9am, right here on KZYX and Z.


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Monday January 17  The Discussion 7pm

The Discussion is a caller-driven community open lines show. It’s a chance to let the world know what’s on your mind and hear what your neighbors in Mendocino County are thinking about. With this week’s host Burton Seagal. Listen in and call in, every Monday night at 7pm, right here on KZYX and Z.




Tuesday  January 18  Local Coronavirus Update with Dr. Drew Colfax  9am

Tune in this Tuesday at 9am for the Local Coronavirus Update with local ER Physician Doctor Drew Colfax. He’ll have the latest on how the Omicron surge is affecting Mendocino County. The Local Coronavirus Update with Dr. Drew Colfax, Tuesday morning at 9am, right here on KZYX.


Tuesday January 18  The Trail Stewards Radio Hour on the Ecology Hour  7pm

This Tuesday, on the Trail Stewards Radio Hour, hosts Chad Swimmer and Paul Schulman will talk with Charlie Schneider of Trout Unlimited, and Chris Blencowe, an independent forester, both members of the Jackson Advisory Group. And Bill Lemos will talk about summer days swimming in Big River way back in 1949.That's the Trail Stewards Radio Hour, Tuesday at 7 pm, right here on KZYX and Z.


Wednesday January 19   “Citizen U” with Mari Rodin  9am

Tune in for “Citizen U” hosted this week by Mari Rodin. Mari has decades of experience in local government in Mendocino County to help listeners navigate the ins and outs of local power structures. How do decisions really get made around here? Now on Wednesday mornings at 9am alternating with TKO, right here on KZYX and Z.


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