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When he was in prison, Lorenzo Palma strongly suspected he was an American citizen. He had spent his whole life in the United States, and he knew his grandfather was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1914.

Palma had served five years for an assault conviction and was about to be released on parole, but immigration officials had stopped his release because they wanted to deport him. They said he wasn't a U.S. citizen.

Marzipan, The Sweet Taste Of The Holidays In Madrid

Dec 22, 2016

There are three constants during the holiday season in Madrid: tourists ogling light-bedecked thoroughfares; supermarket aisles stuffed with seasonal treats like turrón and polvorón, the Spanish shortbread. And, everywhere, marzipan.

With a manhunt and a $100,000 reward aimed at his capture, more details are emerging about Anis Amri, the chief suspect in Monday's attack on a Christmas market in Berlin. Revelations that the authorities had monitored Amri — and marked him for deportation — are also fueling anger in Germany.

The federal government has cut payments to 769 hospitals with high rates of patient injuries, for the first time counting the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs in assessing penalties.

The punishments come in the third year of Medicare penalties for hospitals with patients most frequently suffering from potentially avoidable complications, including various types of infections, blood clots, bed sores and falls. This year the government also examined the prevalence of two types of bacteria resistant to drugs.

Evacuations continue from east Aleppo, as remaining rebels and civilians wait in freezing weather for transportation out of the city.

The end of the evacuations may be coming soon: NPR's Alice Fordham reports that regime forces might be entering the tiny enclave that has been held by rebels as early as Thursday evening.

The fall of eastern Aleppo to the forces aligned with Syrian President Bashar Assad has been a foregone conclusion for weeks now. The question was whether civilians and fighters would be allowed to leave.

Ikea has reached a $50 million settlement with the families of three toddlers who died after unsecured Ikea dressers tipped over, according to lawyers for the families. The furniture giant confirms a settlement has been reached but describes it as "tentative."

President-elect Donald Trump is rounding out his White House team — installing several trusted campaign advisers to senior West Wing positions.

Kellyanne Conway will serve as counselor to the president, the transition team announced on Thursday. Sean Spicer will be press secretary, and Jason Miller has been named director of communications.

Nearly two months after a black church in Greenville, Miss., was torched and painted with pro-Trump graffiti, a member of the church has been arrested and charged with the crime.

"The Mississippi Department of Public Safety says 45-year-old Andrew McClinton is charged with arson of a place of worship in connection to the fire at the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville on Nov. 1," Mark Rigsby of Mississippi Public Broadcasting reports.

Just before House Republicans re-elected Paul Ryan as their speaker, the Wisconsin Republican made a bold proclamation.

"Welcome to the dawn of a new unified Republican government," Ryan told reporters one week after Election Day. "This will be a government focused on turning President-elect Trump's victory into real progress for the American people."

Ryan continued: "If we are going to put our country back on the right track, we have got to be bold, and we have to go big."

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Housing Choice Wait List Opens Soon

Feb 9, 2018

February 9, 2018 -- The wait list for the housing choice voucher program, also known as Section 8, opens on February 13. This is a program for income-eligible people to get partially subsidized housing on the open market.

I caught up with Heather Blough , the housing manager for the Community Development Commission of Mendocino County, to ask about what it takes to participate in the program, either as a landlord or a voucher holder.

40+ Properties May Have Been Over-Excavated

Feb 8, 2018

February 8, 2018 -- Army Corps sub-contractors may have over-excavated up to 45 properties in the burn zone, during the debris removal process. Some disaster survivors have paid tens of thousands of dollars for engineering fees and fill dirt, before they can start to rebuild. At the Board of Supervisors meeting on February 6, supervisors questioned Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Eric MacFadden. FEMA Branch 1 Director Robert Pesapane assured the board that he has asked for a review of all excavations deeper than two feet.

Interview with John Haschak

Feb 6, 2018

Feb 6, 2018 -- John Haschak, one of the candidates for the Third District supervisor's seat, held his kick-off event at Brickhouse Coffee in Willits on Saturday. I interviewed him just before the event got going. 

Housing Task Force Talks Long-Term Recovery

Feb 6, 2018

February 6, 2018 -- At a recent meeting about housing strategies in the wake of the fires, county officials and non-profit leaders met with representatives from FEMA, CalOES, and HUD to talk about the way forward. We'll hear from a critic of how the recovery effort is being handled. We'll also talk with two FEMA officials about the upcoming build-out at Ky-En Campground on Lake Mendocino and attempts to get local people to work.

Homeless Point-In-Time Count In Potter Valley

Jan 26, 2018

January 26, 2018 -- Thursday morning was the annual point-in-time count of people experiencing the most dire winter homelessness. In this story, we go out in the dark and the rain, trying to find out how many people are sleeping in their cars in rural Mendocino County.

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Station News

Jeffrey Parker

Candidate applications for the Mendocino County Public Broadcasting board of directors election closed at 5 p.m. on 30 January 2018. The following candidates qualified for the ballot:

 

District 2 Board Member (one open seat; members vote for one candidate)

  • Dina Polkinghorne

District 3 Board Member (one open seat; members vote for one of the two candidates)

  • David Hulse-Stephens
  • Patricia Kovner

District 5 Board Member (one open seat; members vote for one of the two candidates)

Program Showcase

ResolutionCare Indiegogo campaign

Here in largely rural Mendocino, is it possible to grow old with grace and dignity in one's own home, especially for those with chronic illnesses? An innovative organization in Humboldt county thinks it has the answer, and it's bringing the model to Mendocino County. On Wednesday 7 February, KZYX Mendocino Works interviewed Dr Michael Fratkin, founder and president of ResolutionCare, a community-based in-home palliative care organization, and Lynn Dress-Meadows, who is working with Dr Fratkin to build the Mendocino Care Network. Click the link to hear the entire interview.

Child & Family Services

Healthy Families Mendocino County offers Public Health home visitor support for expectant moms or couples throughout pregnancy, and continuing through their child's early years. They will connect them to other needed services, and support them in building on the strengths they have. They honor the cultural traditions, values and goals important to the moms and couples.

The services are free, voluntary, confidential and offered in English or Spanish.

To learn more, call (707) 472-2600.