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Mendocino County CEO Carmel Angelo and the Board of Supervisors welcome new supervisor Georgeanne Crosky at her swearing in ceremony on Thursday, May 11, 2o17. 

Michael Stephens is a wildlife biologist based in Fort Bragg. Much of his summers are spent tracking owls and other birds in the Redwood Forest, particularly the Northern Spotted Owl.

Stephens has recently been tracking a family of spotted owls along Highway 20 between Willits and Fort Bragg. He mimics some of their calls to lure them towards him. Tune in to learn about the dilemma 


  facing the owls. 



Interview: District 3 Supervisor Georgeanne Croskey

May 11, 2017

KZYX News reporter Jason Morash interviews newly appointed District 3 Supervisor Georgeanne Croskey.


Spotted owl populations have plummeted over the past several years despite a decade of protection. Scientists measuring the decline say their populations are decreasing at a rate of 4 percent a year. Turns out, the main culprit is a much larger owl called the Barred owl. It has moved in from the East Coast and has encroached on the smaller owl's territory in Northern California. The Barred owl will also sometimes eat spotted owls and even breed with them, producing what scientists are calling the Sparred Owl.


Ukiah Loves Vinyl: Record Store Day May 20

May 5, 2017

This report also includes other stories: 

-The preliminary hearing for the suspects involved in the Settler Murder 

-March for Science in Fort Bragg

- Record Store Day story starts around 3:00

The emergency homeless shelter in Ukiah recently closed, forcing many homeless individuals in Mendocino county to wander the streets and sleep outside at night. The closure puts them at greater risk of being ticketed by police for illegal camping.  


The city of Ukiah adopted an illegal camping ordinance in 2014, essentially criminalizing camping and homelessness. 


  Alan Schlosser, Senior counsel of the ACLU in Northern California wrote a letter to the city when the ordinance was on the city council meeting agenda in 2014.


5/1 News Rundown: State and Mendo Marijuana Updates

May 1, 2017

Monday, April 1 News also including 

-Small earthquake hits The Geysers 

- CA Senators fight to fund for rural doctors 

- Prop 57 updates 

U.S. Highway 101 just north of Leggett was reopened to one-way traffic control Friday as Caltrans says the landslide cleanup is ahead of schedule.


According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the removal work of nearly 25,000 cubic yards of debris has cost Caltrans about $2 million. By the time the highway is open to both lanes in a few months, the cleanup may total approximately $5 million.


Attempted Abduction Of Ukiah Girl

Apr 28, 2017

A 12 year old girl says a man attempted to abduct her while she was walking home from school in the 600 block of Dora Avenue on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. According to a press release issued by the Ukiah Police Department, the girl walked passed a white van parked on the street and the driver asked her to get inside the vehicle. She refused and as she continued walking, he followed her and kept trying to convince her to get into the van. The girl ran back to school for safety. 


March For Science Draws Big Crowd In Fort Bragg

Apr 28, 2017

The March for Science on Earth Day this year swiftly became a global news story. Thousands turned out for marches in U.S. Cities. In Mendocino County, hundreds turned out to march in support of the scientific process and value of research. Here is a montage of some of the highlights, starting with Mendocino High School sophmore Henry Thomas followed by Miriam Kawshiwada of Three Rivers Charter School. 

Structure Fire In Fort Bragg

Apr 26, 2017

There is a fire burning a structure next to the Casa Del Mar at 542 on North Main Street in Fort Bragg. It was reported to the Fort Bragg Fire Department around 12:30 pm. Multiple fire units are on the scene working to put it out. According to the Fort Bragg police department, no roads are closed at this time due to the fire. 

Caltrans via Facebook

Caltrans District 1 reports via Facebook that a fresh landslide has once again closed Highway 101 in both directions north of Leggett. The closure is at the same location that was reopened to traffic on Monday evening after a weeklong closure. Authorities advise motorists to avoid the area, travel with caution and seek alternate routes. 

There have been many requests to hear the four part series on homelessness here in Mendocino County from Sheri Quinn in its entirety. 

Here are the five parts. Just click to play or right click to download.

Track And Trace Program Approved

Apr 20, 2017

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a 28,000 dollar agreement with Sicpa, a product security company, for the enablement and use of their medical cannabis inventory tracking software. Sicpa uses tags with bar codes to track plants from the ground through harvest, manufacturing and processing to the end sale. Jane Futcher, host of the Cannabis Hour on Kzyx, explored this decision at the supervisor's meeting.  


The homeless in Mendocino County have few options for shelter.  The temporary winter shelters are closing soon and in Ukiah, the police are constantly telling them to leave the city. More than a dozen illegal camping tickets have been issued to homeless individuals in the past six months. A group of about 15 recently had to vacate their campsite in downtown Ukiah near the Depot the beginning of April.  In part 4, Kzyx catches up with them as they break down their campsite.  Then, we hear from Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman.