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By now, you've probably heard about one very real consequence of fake news — the infamous "pizzagate" conspiracy theory that ended with Edgar Welch, 28, firing a real gun inside a real Washington, D.C., pizzeria filled with real people.

There were two major assumptions about Latino voters throughout the presidential campaign:

(1) a record number of Latinos would show up on Election Day to oppose Donald Trump's candidacy and

(2) the anti-immigration rhetoric that launched Trump's campaign would push conservative-leaning Hispanics to flee the Republican Party.

Neither of those assumptions entirely panned out as expected.

Prediction 1: The Surge?

President-elect Donald Trump insists he can do all the business deals he wants while serving in the White House, but a 2012 law barring insider trading by government officials could make doing so a lot more complicated.

The federal government will pay more than $100,000 to give someone a kidney transplant, but after three years, the government will often stop paying for the drugs needed to keep that transplanted kidney alive.

Constance Creasey is one of the thousands of people who find themselves caught up by this peculiar feature of the federal kidney program.

President-elect Donald Trump has appointed several Cabinet members with strong ties to oil and gas. And he's been clear about his support for coal. That could leave renewable energy companies out in the cold.

Updated at 6:42 pm to add details of Snapchat's access to location data.

Uber has fixed a problem you didn't know you had. Instead of setting places as the target location, Uber's newest feature will let you set people as the destination.

Instead of typing a location in the "Where to?" box, Uber wants riders to type the name of the friend they are meeting with, and the app would route the ride to them.

Updated at 6:25 p.m. ET

Two Democratic members of Congress want three federal agencies to work together to get a more accurate count of coal miners suffering from progressive massive fibrosis, the worst stage of the fatal disease known as black lung.

The request is a response to an NPR investigation that shows 10 times as many cases of the advanced stage of black lung as identified and reported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Monday's attack on a Christmas market in Berlin that killed at least 12 and injured scores more is the latest in a series of atrocities claimed in the name of the Islamic State. In this operation, an assailant — the suspect now sought by German police has been identified as Tunisian-born Anis Amri — rammed a truck into pedestrians and street stalls.

Researchers looking into whether a shorter course of antibiotics would treat young children's ear infections as well as a longer course found that not only was the shorter treatment less effective but it didn't reduce antibiotic resistance or side effects.

Gambia's president is defiantly refusing to cede power despite his loss at the polls earlier this month, as regional and international leaders are ratcheting up the pressure on him to step down.

"This country has been independent since 1965. And they want me to leave my country? Who are they to tell me to leave my country?" Yahya Jammeh said in a speech at the African Bar Associated on Tuesday night. "I will not be intimidated by any power in this world."

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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.