Saturday saw protesters take to the streets from New York to Los Angeles — from Nigeria to Iraq. Various incarnations of the second annual Women's March demanded social change, promoted female empowerment and declared a resistance to President Trump on the anniversary of his inauguration.

Turkey on Sunday continued a major attack inside northwestern Syria on a Kurdish militia it has called a "terror army" that presents a danger to Turkish security.

One day earlier Turkey sent tanks and armored vehicles lumbering across the border with Syria to add to artillery and aerial invasions already underway against the YPG, which Ankara seeks to drive out of the Afrin region of Syria.

Turkey also announced Saturday that the aerial component of its "Operation Olive Branch" had struck 108 YPG targets, as NPR's Peter Kenyon tells our newscast unit.

Lawmakers in Washington are locked in a standoff that has led to a partial shutdown of the federal government, and weekend attempts to dig out of it haven't made much progress.

The standstill is starting to send ripples of anxiety through Washington and the rest of the country that a shutdown could continue into the week.

NPR would like to know how the shutdown is affecting you — whether it's your job or a government service you might need.

After five hours of uncharacteristic sniping and emotion, Germany's Social Democrats at a party congress in Bonn on Sunday voted 362-279 to enter into formal talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel to form a new German government.

It's a vital step to ending a nearly four-month long political crisis in Germany after last September's elections failed to give any party – including Merkel's conservatives – a majority. Previous attempts by the chancellor to join with other German political parties in a governing coalition failed.

After talks with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan where he was made to explain and navigate the fallout from the Trump administration's controversial decision last month to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Vice President Mike Pence is now on his way to meet with the Israeli government, which many expect will receive him warmly. Pence is not scheduled to speak with Palestinian leaders during his tour of the region.

While a lot of furious negotiation has been going on behind the scenes on Capitol Hill to end a partial government shutdown, to voters and cable news viewers it may look like most of the work in Washington is going into pointing fingers.

As the countdown to shutdown hit zero, an official White House statement called Democrats "obstructionist losers."

Democrats pointed to President Trump's inconsistent statements on immigration to say he's an unreliable negotiating partner.

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET

A bipartisan group of roughly 20 senators say they are nearing an agreement to pass a spending bill to reopen the government in exchange for plans to begin work on immigration legislation.

Last week in the Russia investigations: Will "infiltration" be the new "collusion" or "obstruction?" Another skirmish over executive privilege? Is the Russia imbroglio about the money-go-round? And will the shutdown disrupt Mueller's investigation?

The inside game

How much did Russia "infiltrate" political organizations inside the United States as part of its attack on the 2016 presidential election?

It was a highlight of the latest season of the Netflix series The Crown, which chronicles the early years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign: The year is 1961, the Cold War is heating up and the queen (played by Claire Foy), feeling self-conscious after learning that First Lady Jackie Kennedy (Jodi Balfour) called her "incurious" at a dinner party, decides to take a more proactive role in dealing with Ghana, a former colony whose new leader, Kwame Nkrumah (Danny Sapani), appears to be getting too cozy with the Soviets.

As President Trump marks the first anniversary of his inauguration, his lawyers are preparing for next week's preliminary arguments in a suit that alleges he is violating the Constitution's anti-corruption provisions, known as the foreign and domestic Emoluments Clauses.

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Fire Recovery, Learning A Trade, Old Kai Update

Jan 19, 2018

January 19, 2018 -- Today's newscast is heavy on building. We'll hear about a new program for high school seniors to learn a trade, and check in on what fire survivors need to do in order to start rebuilding their homes. We'll also hear a quick update on the Old Kai cannabis seizure story. We spotted the confiscated truck at the county impound lot, but no law enforcement agency has confirmed yet who took the weed, and whether it's been destroyed or not. If so, an affidavit should show up at the courthouse sometime next week. We'll keep you posted.

New Consultant Speaks About Homelessness

Jan 19, 2018

January 19, 2018 -- Mendocino Cunty has hired a new consultant, Dr. Robert Marbut, to research homelessness and make recommendations about how to address the situation. Earlier this month, Marbut gave a presentation about his initial findings about the numbers of homeless people in Ukiah and Fort Bragg. He is still counting in Willits and the unincorporated areas, and expects to have recommendations in March. We're sharing the broadcast version of the interview, as well as a longer version.

At the Fort Bragg City Council meeting on January 8, 2018, the city moves to ban outdoor cannabis cultivation for personal use and to require a permit for indoor cultivation.  Limits on commercial cannabis cultivation in city limits are also on the table. 

  Dan Young reports.

The current flu season is hitting early and hard. California hospitals are inundated with patients exhibiting influenza symptoms. According to the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency, four people from the County have died from influenza-related illness Since October 1, 2017. Statewide more than 27 individuals under age 65 have died from the flu. That's about eight times higher than what officials usually see this time of year.

 

Old Kai's Missing Cannabis

Jan 4, 2018

Jan 4, 2017 -- On Tuesday, supporters of Old Kai Logistics packed the Board of Supervisors chambers to express their dismay about the unknown fate of 1,875 pounds of cannabis.  Old Kai is a county-licensed cannabis distribution company.

The Friday before Christmas, CHP pulled over an Old Kai driver and cited him for unlawful possession and transport of marijuana for sale. 

More Local News

Station News

KZYX is holding elections for its Board of Directors.

There are six positions open: one each for Mendocino County Supervisorial Districts 2 (Ukiah), 3 (Willits) & 5 (Anderson Valley), two At-Large seats, and the programmer-elected seat.

To fill one of these positions you must be a member in good standing by December 31st, be able to carry out the responsibilities of a member of the Board of Directors, a list of which is available on the Elections webpage, and submit an application by 5PM on January 30th, 2018.

Program Showcase

This is an interview with Theresa Gowan, Medstar Ambulance Operations Manager and EMT-Paramedic, from January 2nd, 2018.  One of many unsung heroes in Mendocino County, she tells us the story of Medstar Ambulance, previously known as Ukiah Ambulance, and provides a clear insight into what happens when we dial 911.

This is an interview with Anderson Valley Fire Chief Andres Avila and Medstar Ambulance Operations Manager Theresa Gowan concerning the development of an 'Exclusive Operating Area' (EOA) for emergency medical services (EMS) for inland Mendocino County.

Child & Family Services

In collaboration with Mendocino County's child and family service organizations, KZYX is running regular Public Service Announcements (PSAs) highlighting a different agency each month. For the month of January, 2018, we are featuring the Positive Parenting Program, in conjunction with
Raise & Shine and FIRST 5 Mendocino.

Contact information:

raise&Shine.org — (707) 462-1233