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Ranchers adapting to drought conditions

Aug 25, 2021

August 25, 2021 — The drought, following covid, market forces, and wildfire,  is just one of many challenges facing local farmers. We’ll hear from two members of multi-generational families raising cattle and hay in Potter Valley about the choices they’re making and the future they face.


New buoy at Caspar Cove fills crucial data gap

Aug 24, 2021

A new buoy in the center of Caspar Cove is collecting a range of measurements about ocean conditions, such as wind speed and sea surface temperature, that can help researchers and ocean recreationists alike.

Zack Johnson, an engineer at ocean technology company Sofar Ocean Technologies, and Tristin McHugh, who lives in Fort Bragg and works on kelp restoration with The Nature Conservancy, talk about the importance of having the buoy at Caspar Cove.

County ends contract with Wildlife Services

Aug 23, 2021

August 23, 2021 -- Jon Spitz, member of the Mendocino Non-Lethal Wildlife Management Alliance talks about their recent victory in convincing the County to end their contract with the USDA Wildlife Services.  He discusses the history of their grass roots fight and explains how exclusion wild life management techniques work.  Currently Mendocino County does not have an exclusion contractor.  In the interim, Spitz recommends calling the Sonoma County Exclusion Program Hotline for advice in dealing with animals on your property.  The number is 707 992 0276 and their web site is

Fire Safe Council hardening homes

Aug 20, 2021

August 20, 2021 — Hundreds of thousands of acres are on fire in the state of California. There’s been one or more fires every day in Mendocino County this week, and the Cache Fire has destroyed dozens of homes in Lake County. The topic of how to make a home resistant to fire, or hardening it, is timely.

On Wednesday morning, Scott Cratty stood in a light rain of ash from the Dixie or the Monument or maybe the Caldor fire, overlooking what’s left of Lake Mendocino.

Redwood Valley Grange gets $250k from settlement

Aug 19, 2021

August 19, 2021 — The consent calendar and CEO report from this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting were full of big news.

Earlier this month, the Board drew up an allocation plan on how to spend the one-time $22 million PG&E settlement fund for the 2017 wildfires, which started in Potter Valley and devastated neighboring Redwood Valley. Much of the money went to items the supervisors thought would ease the burden of the next disaster, but many Redwood Valley community  members felt that they had been overlooked.

August 16, 2021--Last July was the hottest month recorded on Earth. Even though all of Mendocino County is facing an extreme drought, not every part of the county is experiencing it in the same way. Cities like Ukiah have enough water to meet their own needs while towns like Mendocino and cities like Fort Bragg are facing the possibility of shortages if significant rainfall doesn't materialize soon.

August 18, 2021 — Mendocino county is experiencing a fourth surge of covid cases, with a peak over the weekend and a record 95 cases on Thursday. County Public Health reported the death of a 49-year-old man in Ukiah yesterday afternoon, bringing the death toll to 56. Five of those deaths have been reported this month.

Deputy Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan said that full genome testing is not widely available, but she’s confident it’s the delta variant that’s sweeping through the county.

August 17, 2021 — Paul Putter’s homestead used to be nestled in a grove of hardwoods and conifers. It was shady and cool, and he used to jog on a trail beneath the canopy. But now, with PG&E’s enhanced  vegetation management program, crews of contractors are taking down any tree the company thinks could fall on a power line and start another massive fire. On August 7, kzyx was on site to see crews feeding dozens of smaller trees into a chipper and pouring large ones into a big red dumpster. “Maybe a hundred trees,” Putter estimated.

Update 6pm--At 6:03pm the Mendocino County Sheriffs Office released the following Nixle Alert about the #BellFire: The Evacuation Order for the surrounding area of 58900 North Highway 101 has been reduced to an Evacuation Warning. Repopulation may now begin. Please continue to use situational awareness and return to your homes safely. Thank you.

August 14, 2021--5pm

Sheriff Matt Kendall and Lt. Porter give the latest details live on KZYX about the #BellFire, which has reached 50 acres and is 0% contained.

Protective vegetation unprotected

Aug 13, 2021

August 13, 2021 — With fire season and drought well underway, PG&E is hard at work on the 1800 miles of enhanced vegetation management it plans to finish by the end of the year. The company is responding to wildfire threat by limbing and cutting down trees and any other vegetation its arborists deem present a possible danger to its infrastructure.

Aug 12, 2021 — The plight of the town of Mendocino has captured national attention. Wells are going dry just as the local tourist trade i  s struggling to emerge from the pandemic. Fort Bragg can no longer sell water to other towns. A plan that called for the skunk train to bring water to the coast from Willits fell through. Now it looks like the most feasible option is for truckers to bring water over the hill from Ukiah, which Supervisor Glenn McGourty, who is on the drought ad hoc committee, hopes will happen sometime this month.

August 11, 2021 — The Jackson Demonstration State Forest is the largest of eight so-called working forests managed by CalFire for a number of purposes, including timber production. This involves experiments to figure out how to replace hardwoods with conifers, especially the high-value redwoods that were logged so extensively for much of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Activists shut down Jackson Advisory Group meeting

Aug 11, 2021

On Aug. 3, a couple dozen activists who want a moratorium on commercial logging in Jackson Demonstration State Forest shut down the meeting of an advisory group that makes recommendations on how to manage the forest to CAL FIRE and the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Jackson Advisory Group (JAG) adjourned the meeting early and will be reconvening at a field meeting in Jackson State on Aug. 28. For more information, visit bit.ly/2UfrE2k.

Lia Morsell founded the Fort Bragg Alleyway Art Project in 2018 to encourage foot traffic in Fort Bragg. Three years later, there are five new murals in the downtown area, plus three pending; an infusion of funding; and a track record of cooperation and mutual satisfaction from business owners, artists and city government. See more at https://www.fortbraggalleywayart.org.

Memories of key budget meeting differ

Aug 6, 2021

August 6, 2021 — The Board of Supervisors agreed to hire outside counsel for Sheriff Matt Kendall, though who exactly will advocate for the sheriff has yet to be decided. And the sheriff and the CEO’s office had two distinctly different memories of a key meeting about the sheriff’s budget.