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. 

New Year's At The Dispensary

Jan 2, 2018

Jan 2, 2018 -- Recreational cannabis sales became legal in some parts of California on January 1, 2018. Two dispensaries in Ukiah got their temporary licenses under the emergency regulations that went into effect that day: Revolution Emporium and Kure Wellness, both on the north end of town. 

We'll visit both of them, and see how they brought in the new year.

Interview With Local Nursery Owner Ron Edwards

Dec 28, 2017

Dec 28, 2017 -- We're continuing our series of interviews with people in the cannabis industry, preparing for changes in the new year.  Today we'll hear from Ron Edwards, who runs CK Nursery just north of Willits.  Edwards' strategy is to prepare his business as scrupulously as he can, so that he can sell it in a few years. Click on the link below to hear him talk about his plans and his analysis.

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There are around 12 million Catholics in China, less than 1 percent of China's population. It's a number that's felt at a weekday morning mass inside Shanghai's St. Peter's Church, where a small percentage of pew space is occupied by a few, mostly elderly loyal parishioners.

Leading Republicans in Congress have vowed that even if they repeal most of the Affordable Care Act early in 2017, a replacement won't hurt those now receiving benefits.

Ken Yeh thought his school was buying software to keep kids off of certain websites.

What he didn't know was that it could help identify a student who might be considering suicide.

Yeh is the technology director at a private K-12 school near Los Angeles. Three years ago, the school began buying Chromebook laptops for students to use in class and at home. That, Yeh says, raised concerns from parents about what they'd be used for, especially outside of school.

A New York art dealer has been arrested and charged with possessing and selling stolen artifacts from countries throughout Asia.

Nancy Wiener is accused of using her gallery in New York City, called Nancy Wiener Gallery, to "buy, smuggle, launder and sell millions of dollars' worth of antiquities stolen from Afghanistan, Cambodia, China, India, Pakistan, and Thailand," according to a complaint filed in Manhattan Criminal Court.

If you were to witness a bias-based attack or a hate crime, how would you respond?

It's something some activists are preparing some New Yorkers to be ready for, as reports of hate crimes in the city have increased since the election of Donald Trump. They are up 63 percent compared to the same period last year as of Dec. 14, according to the New York City Police Department.

After nearly an hour's flight north from Baghdad, a cavernous C-130 military cargo plane touches down. Aboard are reporters, Pentagon officials and the man who has occasioned this trip, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

The plane taxis along an airstrip that as recently as July was controlled — and then largely destroyed — by Islamic State fighters.

This is the Qayyarah Airfield West, just 30 miles south of Mosul.

From Cambridge and Oxford to Lancashire and Surrey, the fees at all English universities are capped — and a new rate hike, from £9,000 to £9,250 (roughly $11,070 to $11,378) is angering critics, particularly those who say the increase didn't undergo legislative review.

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has asked the State Department to list its workers who focus on gender equality and ending violence against women, in what's being seen as an echo of an earlier request for the Energy Department to list employees who work on climate change.

The plan began with an idle thought.

Glancing at a map earlier this month, Owen Delaney realized something funny: Seen from above, the Diana Fountain in London's Bushy Park bears a striking resemblance to the bulbous nose of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — at least, it would if that famous nose of his were blue. At any rate, that fountain-nose would look better if seen in the context of a full face.

So, Delaney decided to do it himself.

Rare Snowfall Blankets Dunes in The Sahara

Dec 22, 2016

On Monday, a rare and beautiful thing happened: There was a dusting of snow on the red sand dunes of the Sahara.

The snow fell on the northern Algerian town of Ain Sefra, which is known as the "gateway to the desert."

Karim Bouchetata, an amateur photographer there, grabbed his camera and took a number of photos before the snow melted later that day. He uploaded them to Facebook, where the surreal images quickly went viral.

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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

Mendocino County Executive's Office

Tammy Moss Chandler, who is leading up Mendocino County's short and long-term fire recovery activities as Disaster Recovery Director, and Megan Barber Allende, president of the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, will be guests on the KZYX public affairs program Mendocino Works on Wednesday 10 January at 7 p.m. to review our community's recovery to date in the three months since the devastating Redwood Complex Fire. We'll be taking listener calls.

Tuesday January 16th at 7pm on the Ecology Hour. Scientists are trained to remove emotion from the subjects they are studying, but can their sadness and mourning for dead and dying organisms bring a new fire to environmental activism? Emotional disconnect, which is productive for ecological thinking, limits the work ecology can do in the world and constrains conservation politics, and perhaps ecologists lives. In the next Ecology hour we’ll explore these ideas put forward in a talk given by Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, professor of environmental equity and justice at the University of Washington.

To hear this interview with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Stephen Kinzer, click here: https://forthright.media/2018/01/10/stephen-kinzer-the-true-flag-theodore-roosevelt-mark-twain-the-birth-of-american-empire/

Stephen Kinzer has covered more than 50 countries on 5 continents.

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