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Jim Culp talks to Mendocino County Public Health Officer Andy Coren and Executive Director Lucresha Renteria of the Mendocino Coast Clinic in Fort Bragg, as well as an immunocompromised patient, about third shots of the Pfizer vaccine. The shots are now available on the coast for those over 65 and those with immune problems.

State awards $1.5 million for cannabis enforcement

Sep 30, 2021

September 30, 2021 —  Mendocino County will receive $600,000 from the state for cannabis enforcement, possibly as soon as next month.

September 29, 2021 — Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren gave a sobering covid update to the Board of Supervisors yesterday. In the last two weeks, there have been eight covid deaths at two nursing homes, and the first child with the illness has been admitted to the hospital, leading to perhaps the most chilling possibility since late 2019. Though vaccines for children are just around the corner, Coren reported that the first pediatric hospital case “Raises the spectre of a pediatric pandemic.”

PG&E clear cuts to have devastating economic impact

Sep 29, 2021

September 28th — PG&E’s plans to clear cut around power lines on private property are not limited to Mendocino County. This weekend, KZYX paid a visit to Harry Vaughn, a small landowner in Southern Humboldt, just outside Miranda, where crews have been marking trees for removal.

KZYX permit for Ukiah studio approved

Sep 27, 2021

September 27, 2021 — KZYX took a significant step forward in the quest to bring its main studio to Ukiah last week. The station now has a permit to install a tower at 390 West Clay Street, formerly the site of acupuncturist Grace Liu’s clinic. KZYX will maintain a satellite studio in Anderson Valley, but the current signal is threatened by the growth of trees between Philo and the transmitter on Cold Spring Mountain. Having a main base in the county seat has also been a dream for years. 

It's been more than 31 years since Earth First! forest activist Judi Bari was car-bombed in Oakland, leaving her with severe injuries. Bari, who died in 1997, willed her twisted, ruined car to the Mendocino County Museum in Willits, and last week the museum opened an exhibit titled The Bombing of Judi Bari: 30 Years Later, Mendocino County Remembers. The exhibit features the car and a number of artifacts, as well as public talks and a concert.

September 21, 2021 — PG&E’s failure to maintain its equipment and the vegetation around its infrastructure has led to massive conflagrations in the past few years. Now the company is trying to clear fire hazards around its lines in high fire risk areas. But are they going too far? And is the enhanced vegetation management program even effective? The program is exempt from environmental review and forest practices rules, so those answers won’t be available for some time.



Yoga teacher, healer and now, novelist: former Little River resident Troy Springer has written a dystopian/utopian novel titled Beyond Mortal: Stewards of Gaia. Set 300 years after a climate apocalypse wipes out most life on the planet, the book reflects Troy's childhood in Michigan, the set of values her parents taught her, her background as a yogini and healer in Canada, and the current challenge of climate change.

USFS temporarily halts prescribed burns

Sep 20, 2021

9/20/21 — The U.S. Forest Service isn't currently allowing prescribed fires on its land because of high fire risk and limited firefighting resources across the country. A group of 40 fire and forest ecologists sent the Forest Service chief a letter saying that wasn't the right move. Even though the chief hasn't responded to the letter, U.S. Forest Service employees like Angela Chongpinitchai, Mendocino National Forest's fire planner and fuels specialist, are actively working to increase the use of prescribed fire in their forests.

Mendocino National Forest reopens to the public

Sep 17, 2021

9/17/21 — The U.S. Forest Service has reopened Mendocino National Forest and 12 of the other 18 national forests in the state at midnight Thursday after a historic two-week closure prompted by high fire risk and limited firefighting resources.

This was the second time in the Forest Service’s 116-year history that it closed public access to all its trails and campgrounds in California. Forest Service spokesperson Samantha Reho spoke to KZYX about what factors went into the decision-making process.

September 16, 2021 — The coalition of entities that wants to take over the license for the Potter Valley Project is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to give it until May of next year to refine its plans. The project consists of Scott Dam and Lake Pillsbury in Lake County and Cape Horn Dam and van Arsdale Reservoir in Potter Valley. That’s where a diversion sends water from the Eel River into the Russian River and Lake Mendocino. The project is owned by PG&E, which decided not to renew its license in January of 2019.

Back to In-Person Classes at UUSD

Sep 16, 2021
Stacey Sheldon

September 15, 2021--After a nineteen month closure due to the covid pandemic, school is back in session for Mendocino County's Ukiah Unified School District. Earlier this month, UUSD reopened its 16 schools throughout the Ukiah area to serve their population of approximately 6,000 K-12 students. After a year long separation, students returned to campus to reunite with their teachers in their classrooms.

Referendum effort succeeds

Sep 15, 2021

September 15, 2021 — The People’s Referendum to repeal the new cannabis ordinance, Chapter 22.18, has been victorious.The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to repeal the ordinance, rather than place the decision on the ballot for a special election, which was the other option. Supervisor Mo Mulheren spoke up first during a straw poll before the vote.

Alicia Bales

Calpella, CA--On Sunday afternoon, the Hopkins Fire ignited in Calpella, a community just north of Ukiah. It roared up the hillside along Marina Drive, through the Marina Estates neighborhood and all the way down to the shoreline of Lake Mendocino at the Pomo Day Use Area. Fire crews immediately hit the blaze as hard as they could from the ground and the air, and by Sunday night they had stopped the forward spread of the fire.

Covelo residents call for cannabis enforcement

Sep 14, 2021

September 14, 2021 — The Board of Supervisors is set to discuss the referendum to repeal the new cannabis ordinance today. Petitioners gathered a qualifying number of signatures, which means the board can either repeal the ordinance themselves, or submit the decision to the voters for a special election.