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Local Woman's Cruise Ship Adventure Ends

Feb 14, 2020

February 14, 2020 — Today we’re sharing a special dispatch from our own Jane Futcher of Laytonville, a former programmer who founded the Cannabis Hour and writes for some of our local papers. Jane and her wife Erin took a cruise of Southeast Asia on the Holland America ship Westerdam for the lunar new year and ended up drifting for a little longer than they planned. 




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February 13, 2020 — Sheriff Matt Kendall speaks with KZYX about his determination to find Khadijah Britton, who was abducted two years ago from Covelo, which is both of their hometown.


On February 12, KZYX brought you the story of community event in Covelo that was the painful and important reminder that Khadijah Britton is still missing two years after she was abducted at gunpoint. 


Khadijah’s “Missing” posters are posted throughout the county; the beautiful 23-year-old Native Covelo woman, the all-star basketball player, who averaged 18 points a game when she played varsity ball. 


But still no word on who has Khadijah and what happened to her the night of feb 7, 2018.


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. 


New Mural at Juvenile Hall

Feb 11, 2020

February 10, 2020 — Students at Juvenile Hall have been working for months on the second 29-foot long mural in the outdoor quad depicting nature scenes from Mendocino County.

February 6, 2020 — The Board of Supervisors modified the first draft of a proposed ordinance establishing additional prohibitions on genetically modified organisms at this week’s meeting, after hearing from environmentalists and cannabis interest groups who said they hadn’t been included in the drafting process.

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Mendcino County, CA--February 7, 2020 marks the two year anniversary of the disappearance of Khadijah Britton, a 23-year old Native American Woman from Round Valley, who was taken at gunpoint from a home in Covelo in front of several witnesses. On Saturday, February 8th, family and supporters will gather at the Rec Center in Covelo to raise awareness about Khadijah’s case.  Khadijah Britton’s grandfather Ronnie Hostler organized the event.

BoS Moves to Draft Enforcement Plan for Measure V

Feb 5, 2020

February 5, 2020 — The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 yesterday to move ahead with an enforcement plan on Measure V, the voter initiative that declares dead standing trees a nuisance. 

The wording of the motion at the end of an hour-long public comment session does leave room for negotiating with key players, as well as the ad hoc committee which is trying to resolve the issue. That committee consists of Supervisors Ted Williams and John Haschak.

February 3, 2020 — Mendocino Lake Community College  just got an infusion of cash from the state general fund to kick up its sustainable construction and energy technology program. Last Friday, Senator Mike McGuire presented the district with a check for a million dollars to expand the construction career program, with an eye toward recruiting and retaining a workforce to speed up the process of rebuilding after the fires that have devastated the region for years.

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 (www.discovery.cdph.ca.gov/CDIC/ODdash/


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.

Elections are coming right up, and there are three races for Supervisor in Mendocino County: 1st District (Potter Valley, Redwood Valley, Talmage), 2nd District (Ukiah), and 4th District (Fort Bragg). With Carre Brown of Potter Valley and John McCowen of Ukiah retiring at the end of this term, two new faces are sure to be on the board. Fourth District incumbent Dan Gjerde is facing a challenge from current Fort Bragg Council member Lindy Peters.

Highlights from 1st & 2nd District Candidate Forum

Jan 29, 2020

January 29, 2020 — The Ukiah City Council Chambers were packed on Tuesday night for a candidate forum featuring the four contenders for the first district supervisors seat, and the three vying for the seat in the second. Both Carre Brown, of Potter Valley, and John McCowen, of Ukiah, are retiring at the end of this term, so two new faces on the board are guaranteed.

Baroque Revisited coming soon to Ukiah

Jan 29, 2020
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January 28, 2020 — Midway through his first season as director of the forty-year-old Ukiah Symphony Orchestra, Phillip Lenberg is working with combinations: old and new interpretations of modern and historical pieces, and his own roles in the community. Lenberg is also a professor of music at Mendocino College, and the next concert, Baroque Revisited, will include an educational talk about what the audience is about to hear. It’s part of his plan to engage on more levels with the local musical sensibility.

January 27, 2020 — A consent calendar item at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting led to a public discussion about plans to build a mental health facility using a combination of Measure B and state grant funds. The board eventually voted unanimously to approve a resolution to develop a Crisis Residential Treatment program (CRT), on Orchard Street in Ukiah, though Supervisors Ted Williams and John McCowen were initially dubious about what they perceived as gaps in the plan.