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July 7, 2020 — The Grace Hudson Museum is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, July 8, after being shut down since March 18.

The new show, which was originally going to be on display for twelve weeks, is The World of Frida, a 69-piece homage to Mexican Surrealist Frida Kahlo. Director David Burton says admission will be free for the month of July, and only thirty people (wearing masks) will be allowed inside at any one time. The bathrooms will be closed, and there are no interactive features to the display this time. 

June 29, 2020--Underneath the Willits Bypass on the 101, lies a 2,087 acre wetland oasis. Compared to the hot, dry air and dusty, golden mountain sides that mark the arrival of summer, the Willits Bypass Wetland in Little Lake Valley feels like a different world. The plan to create the 101 bypass began all the way back in 1988. In 2002, CalTrans presented its first environmental impact Report for public comment.

Local mural documents history in historical times

Jul 1, 2020

June 30, 2020 — Lauren Sinnott knows that history keeps changing, even as it’s being documented. That’s because she’s heading into her third year, painting an epic historical mural on the side of the Ukiah Valley Conference Center on Church Street in Ukiah. Each of the 26 panels of the project, which Sinnott describes as "a career crown jewel," depicts a historical period, starting with the pre-human and ending with a view of the future.

June 25, 2020 — The county’s confirmed cases of covid-19 were up to 74 by Wednesday afternoon, with all but ten of the positive test results in the Ukiah Valley. Surveillance testing at clinics in Fort Bragg and Laytonville took place earlier this week, and the Anderson Valley Health Center will test 100 vineyard workers today. People with symptoms can still get tested at the clinic in Boonville, and if you have more questions about testing, you can email

June 24, 2020 — The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 at Tuesday’s meeting to appoint an ad hoc committee to develop a model for a citizens' advisory committee for law enforcement oversight, an idea that’s been spearheaded by Troyle Tognoli, a founding member of the local Black Lives Matter chapter.

Juneteenth rally in Hopland "monumental"

Jun 22, 2020


   June 22, 2020 — With protests against police brutality sweeping the nation, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors is preparing to discuss the framework of a citizens advisory committee for law enforcement at tomorrow’s meeting.

June 22, 2020 — The blazing afternoon sun that shone down on Willits last Friday didn’t stop local residents from taking to the streets to show support for the causes they believe in: Juneteenth and the Black Lives Matter Movement, and Reelecting Trump in 2020. The two groups stood across from each other for hours, neither wanting to be the first to leave the scene. Although the messages that came from both sides of the two lane road were largely distinct, there was one sentiment that held true for both groups.

"Caucasian Clause" lingers in home's title

Jun 19, 2020
Chris Pugh / The Commonplace Journal

June 19, 2020 — Last year, a Ukiah couple made a troubling discovery when they found a "Caucasian clause" embedded in the deed of the West Side home they were intending to purchase. Reporter Carole Brodsky looks at the history of these racial covenants, and how the family addressed the task of removing the troubling language from their deed. For a deeper dive into this story, check out Carole's expanded coverage at  The Commonplace Journal.

Yoga Mendocino closing its doors

Jun 18, 2020
Contributed by Yoga Mendocino

June 18, 2002 — The reopening of Phase III has come too late for some small businesses and organizations in Mendocino County. While gyms and fitness studios got the nod to start up again last week, Yoga Mendocino, in Ukiah, has shut its doors. 

Cannabis cultivation ordinance gets a hard look

Jun 17, 2020

June 17, 200 — With state provisional licenses to grow cannabis set to expire in 2022, supervisors voted 4-1 yesterday to research alternatives to the current permitting system, particularly what it would mean to focus on land use. That  would be the local regulatory role if the county’s cannabis cultivation program faded away, allowing the state system to step into the foreground.

Gyms and fitness centers reopening in Phase III

Jun 16, 2020

June 16, 2020 — Gyms and fitness studios have been upping their game when it comes to sanitation and social distancing protocols, in preparation for an order allowing them to reopen. That order came down at 3:00 Friday afternoon, and by 8:00 the next morning, people were already in the pool at the Ukiah Valley Athletic Club. 

June 15, 2020 — Another peaceful demonstration took place on Sunday, aimed at adding “Traction to the Action” of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Several hundred people, mostly masked, rallied in Todd Grove Park in Ukiah, then marched to Alex Thomas Plaza, chanting and holding signs urging the end of racism and memorializing black victims of police violence.

Galleries opening in Phase III

Jun 16, 2020

June 15, 2020 — The most recent shelter in place order, which nudged the county into phase three of the state’s reopening, allowed galleries and museums to open their doors to visitors. Artists, who depend on personal interactions with art-lovers, have been hit hard by the shutdown. Now, as more sectors tiptoe toward normality, local artists are trying to balance the need to sell their work with the need to stay healthy.

Mendocino Marches for Black Lives Matter

Jun 15, 2020

  June 7, 2020--It’s been two weeks since the brutal police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked ongoing mass protests nationwide to stop police brutality and racism.

June 12, 2020 — We hear a lot about local journalism on Fridays at kzyx, and soon our listeners will get to hear more of it from our new environmental reporter, Lana Cohen, who just joined us from Brooklyn. She’ll be splitting her time between this radio station and the Mendo Voice, through a program called Report for America. 

She’s worked for environmental organizations, an investigative newsroom in New York, and as