It's not every day you see freed prisoners walk back into the arms of their jailers. But about 80 inmates from Indonesia's Donggala District Prison are doing just that.

They assembled this past week on the patchy grass of the prison grounds and counted off for prison head Safiuddin.

The diminutive warden's powers of persuasion worked for this group, but not for all of the 360 prisoners who had been serving time in the old jailhouse when an earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia on Sept. 28.

The results are in. And this year's winner in Katmai National Park and Reserve's annual "fattest bear" contest is 409 Beadnose.

"Her radiant rolls were deemed by the voting public to be this year's most fabulous flab. Our chubby champ has a few more weeks to chow down on lingering salmon carcasses before she heads up the mountains to dig herself a den and savor her victory," the national park posted on Facebook.

Police in Germany arrested a suspect in connection with the rape and killing of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova, whose brutal slaying on Saturday elicited international condemnation and accusations that the 30-year-old had been targeted for her investigative journalism.

Before she was on the BBC's list of "100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017"...

Before she was given the "Diamond Ball Honors Award" by the charitable Clara Lionel Foundation started by the singing star Rihanna ...

She was Angeline Murimirwa, a little girl in Zimbabwe who loved school but was afraid she wouldn't get to continue her education.

Opinion: How China Challenges America's World Leadership

Oct 10, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping is ready for a change — specifically the transformation of the international system and China's role within it. In a 2016 speech before government ministers and provincial leaders, Xi provided an early signal of his intent: "China has become a major factor in changing the world political and economic landscapes. ... We need to work harder to turn our economic strength into international institutional authority."

The selections were winnowed down from 1,637 books.

On Wednesday, the National Book Foundation announced the 25 books that remain in the running for the National Book Awards, now in its 69th year.

The writers come from such places as Pittsburgh, Norway, Iran and Poland, and many of them have delved into some of the most pressing conversations of our time: racism, masculinity, addiction, the destruction of indigenous culture, class divides and corporations.

And for the first time since the 1980s, the judges will also honor a work in translation.

Across New York City, more than 70 restaurants are tossing their oyster shells not into the trash or composting pile, but into the city's eroded harbor. It's all part of Billion Oyster Project's restaurant shell-collection program.

The mottled spots giraffes are known for aren't random, according to a new study that suggests that the patterns are inherited maternally — and that they may impact the chances of a calf surviving its first few months of life.

The roundness and smoothness of a giraffe's spots are inherited through its mother, wildlife biology researchers reported in the academic journal PeerJ last week.

"Donald Trump!" said Melissa Brunner from Georgia, as she posed for a photo in front of the recently inaugurated U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

Beckah Shae, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter popular on Christian radio, snapped selfies alongside the creamy limestone wall inscription reading: "EMBASSY/UNITED STATES OF AMERICA/JERUSALEM, ISRAEL/DONALD J. TRUMP/PRESIDENT."

In the basement of a suburban Philadelphia home, half a dozen high school freshman boys recently met to munch on chips and pretzels — and to talk about sexual assault in the wake of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.

A Jewish group called Moving Traditions brought them together as part of its programs to encourage teenagers to talk about this and other difficult issues. Temple Sinai in Dresher, Pa., sponsors this local group.

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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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