One of the biggest pandemic challenges for singers can you sing with others? Jim Culp talks to the Mendocino Presbyterian Church choir director and a member of the choir about how an unfamiliar technology is changing rehearsals and performances -- and even adding strength and depth to the small vocal group. 

Lana Cohen

10/25/2020 — When Ed Keller opened a letter from his home insurance company announcing that his policy had been cancelled and that purchasing a new one would cost four times what he had paid in the past, he was sure there had been a mistake.

Bewildered, he picked up the phone and called his provider, Mark Davis Insurance, to clear things up, only to hear from a company representative that it was not an error at all. Keller’s insurance premium had been hiked up by around 400%, from around $1,000 to just over $4,000 per year.

12/23/2020 -- A long contested plan to remove four hydro-electric dams on the Klamath River is moving forward, creating a path for restoring the river's decimated salmon fisheries and cleaning up a waterway that has long been central to local Native American tribes.

The process of physically removing the four dams, which are owned by energy company PacifiCorp, is set to begin in three years.


Plans to regulate groundwater for the first time ever in the Ukiah Valley Basin are moving forward.

Yesterday, the Ukiah Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency had their second public meeting, where they discussed how their mammoth project of sustainably managing the groundwater in the Ukiah Valley Basin is coming along. 

10/9/2020 -- For years, the Willits Unified School District has struggled to keep their aging facilities in good repair. There are eight school buildings in the district. The newest one is from the late ‘80s, and the oldest from almost a century ago. At Willits High School, the parking lot is badly in need of an upgrade, and at Blosser Elementary, the roof is leaking. Despite the urgency of these issues, superintendent Mark Westerburg couldn’t do much about it, because there was no money to deal with the rapidly deteriorating buildings. Last week, that changed.

On November 4th, people in Mendocino Village were talking about the results -- or lack of them -- of Tuesday's election. Here's what they had to say.


Lana Cohen

The city of Ukiah's newest employees have floppy ears, hooves, and will eat almost anything you put in front of them, which makes them the perfect fit for their job: eating invasive species and flammable material on the Ukiah section of the Great Redwood Trail.

Most years, the City of Ukiah hires contracts inmate crews from Chamberlain Creek Camp, a prison in Mendocino, to remove excess brush from the abandoned Ukiah train tracks and a few other city properties. But due to both COVID and the massive amount of fires burning around the state, those crews were sent elsewhere. 

10/20/20: The fourth installment of Talking About California features Professor Alvaro Huerta, Associate Professor of Urban & Regional Planning (URP) and Ethnic & Women's Studies (EWS) at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Huerta talks about growing up in an East LA barrio, and connects immigration, poverty, racism, and police brutality in order to explain the relevance of the BLM movement to the Latinx community.

10/6/20: Loreto Rojas and Cal Winslow host the third installment of a four-part series in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring Maria Rendon, Professor of Sociology at UC Irvine. Professor Rendon is the author of "Stagnant Dreamers: How the Inner City Shapes the integration of Second Generation Latinos." She discusses the implication of the Black Lives Matter movement on Latino youth.

Groundwater regulations coming to Ukiah

Oct 14, 2020

10/14/2020 -- For all of California's history, groundwater has been unregulated. Currently, if someone has access to a well or an aquifer from their property, they are allowed to pump as much water out as they want. There is no regulatory body that has the authority to track or limit pumping. That is all changing. 

Mendocino County Animal Shelter Director Rich Molinari and Ukiah veterinarian Charlotte Burns talk about the ways they're adapting to protect animals and their caretakers during the coronavirus epidemic and fire season.

Jim Culp interviews Pastor Matt Davis of the Mendocino Presbyterian Church, owner of a herd of goats who eat their way through invasive species and pretty much anything in their path. They're the Holy Goats, and landowners are hiring them to take care of their problem plants.

Linda Pack reads  The Yellow Wallpaper

9/29/20: Part 2 features a conversation with Professor Alex Vitale of Brooklyn College, author of “The End of Policing” and one of the leading voices for police reform.