Laura Hamburg

It’s been two years since Khadijah Britton, a 23-year-old Native woman was abducted at gunpoint from her home in Round Valley.


Khadijah is still missing, her family is heartbroken, and the Round Valley community has been ravaged with grief and with the underlying tension of an unsolved horrific kidnapping, which happened in front of several witnesses. 


On Saturday, family and friends hosted a day-long event in Covelo at the Rec Center, where hundreds of Round Valley community members turned out to dance, sing and pray for Khadijah’s return. 


Combating The Opioid Crisis In Indian Country

Feb 4, 2020
Laura Hamburg

Mendocino County’s Native American community has been especially hard hit with the opioid crisis. 


For 2018, Mendocino County ranked fifth in the state for opioid overdoses with a rate of 13.7 deaths per 100,000 residents. 


But that number nearly doubles for Mendocino County Native Americans - which saw a rate of 25.37 deaths per 100, 000 residents, according to the on-line data detailed in the California Opioid Dashboard (


Jim Tarbell and Carrie Durkee and their colleagues will present workshops every other Saturday from 10 to noon, starting on February 1 at the Mendocino Community Center and running through June 20. The workshops, titled Elections 2020: Creating our Future, will focus on engagement in local, state and national campaigns. In this report, Jim talks about why our democracy isn't working, and Carrie reports on her week in Phoenix, working on voter registration.

For two decades, recreational fishing for groundfish species in deep waters off the California coast was declared off limits by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. This was meant to protect certain stocks that had been overfished, notably the yelloweye rockfish. But on November 1st of last year, because of increasing populations of the rockfish, the depth limit restrictions were lifted. KZYX talked to Richard Thornton, owner-manger of Anchor Charter Boats in Fort Bragg, about the season that finished at the end of December.


1/16/2020 4th District Supervisor Candidates' Forum

Jan 17, 2020
Jenny Shattuck


On Thursday, January 16th, the two candidates running for 4th District Supervisor participated in a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters at Fort Bragg Town Hall. Incumbent Dan Gjerde and challenger Lindy Peters answered audience questions read by moderators about issues relevant to 4th District Voters.

photo by Alicia Bales

A discussion hosted by Kate Maxwell and Adrian Fernandez Bauman of the Mencocino Voice newspaper about the key Mendocino races on the March 3rd ballot.

Cobbler and shoemaker Jason Clapp began to make shoes as an extension of his hobby, working with leather. Then he moved into cobbling, learning about the glues and synthetics that are part of modern, factory-made shoe repair. He spoke with KZYX about his trade, its importance and why he enjoys it.

County Practioners Offer Medicine For Opioid Withdrawl

Jan 13, 2020









January 13, 2020 - On Thursday, January 9, a man was dying on an Ukiah sidewalk, unresponsive and likely suffering from an opioid overdose, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s office.  A motorist flagged down a sheriff deputy, who then saved the man's life by administering the opioid antidote called Narcan. 


This is the second time in less than a month, sheriff deputies have used Narcan to rescue someone from the brink of a death from an opioid overdose death. 


There were seven residential structure fires in Anderson Valley between November 21st and December 27th, 2019.  Andres Avila, Anderson Valley's Fire Chief, sat down to discuss the fires, to dispel rumors of arson, and to offer preventative measures that people can take to mitigate the risks of house fires.

Former visual effects editor Bill Kimberlin, who worked for 20 years at George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic, talks with KZYX about how his high school years in Boonville influenced his career, and some of the high points he describes in his memoir, "Inside the Star Wars Empire."

To hear this interview with 9 term former Oregon Congressman Les AuCoin, click on this link:

Fort Bragg rally draws 200, plus honks

Dec 19, 2019

Organizers said about 200 people attended a rally in Fort Bragg on the eve of the impeachment vote in the House. Other local rallies were held in Ukiah, Willits, Healdsburg and Lakeport. More than 600 rallies were held nationwide to support the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The Real Sarahs get real in the music business

Dec 13, 2019

Boonville residents Sarah Ryan and Sarah Larkin talk about their musical journey as the Real Sarahs. As they transition from a local band to a national and international touring group, their lives are changing. 

Boonville fire destroys residences, businesses

Dec 7, 2019

On Thursday, December 5th, a fire broke out in downtown Boonville, destroying three buildings and closing Highway 128 for hours. Anderson Valley Fire Chief Andres Avila talks to KZYX about the fire and its aftermath.

Sarah Grimes is the Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator for the Noyo Center for Marine Science in Fort Bragg, and this week she presented her 2019 findings to a hometown group, many of whom had reported stranded animals or assisted in the response. As part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, and in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences, the Noyo Center’s program covers the coast from Rockport to Gualala, coordinating emergency responses to sick, injured, entangled or dead seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, and whales.