A Word From Membership

Audio of the KZYX Board of Directors candidates forum on 5 March 2018 can be heard by clicking the link below. It can also be heard in the KZYX Jukebox at jukebox.kzyx.org. Scroll to  7pm and 8pm Monday March 5. 

It was November 2014, and I was working on a feature story about a hot new blood-testing company in Silicon Valley that promised to "disrupt" the lab industry with new technology.

The company, Theranos, claimed its new finger-prick test would be a cheap and less painful way to run tests with just a few drops of blood. Old-fashioned venous blood draws, where the patient watches as vial after vial of blood is collected, would quickly become obsolete, Theranos promised.

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Top Republican lawmakers do not support legislation aimed at protecting Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller and his Russia investigation from White House interference, insisting that it is unnecessary.

"The special counsel should be free to follow through his investigation to its completion without interference, absolutely," House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Tuesday. "I am confident that he'll be able to do that. I have received assurances that his firing is not even under consideration."

Usually the image of a pub is one of welcome, a cozy place where neighbors gather to share friendship and a pint or two. But Dan Margulis, an advertising professional with a personal interest in immigration issues, decided to use the concept for a kind of social experiment along Detroit's St. Patrick's Day Parade route — and there was no friendly welcome involved.

For years, religion scholar Bart Ehrman wanted to write a book about the early spread of Christianity, but he shied away from it because the topic seemed too big.

Eventually, Ehrman decided that the massive scope is what made the project so compelling: "The entire history of the West was transformed by the fact that Christianity took over the Roman Empire and then became the dominant religious and political and cultural force in our civilization," he says.

A Chinese space lab the size of a city bus will soon be falling back to Earth, and no one knows exactly where bits of it might crash down.

Congressional negotiators delayed the release of a $1.3 trillion spending bill Tuesday as the clock ticked closer to a Friday shutdown deadline amid battles over more than a dozen unresolved policy matters.

Leaders originally planned to release the details of the bill over the weekend but the spending talks remain mired in fights over immigration, gun control and health care.

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State elections officials need more funding and better safeguards against cyberattacks in order to prepare to defend the 2018 midterm elections, according to new Senate intelligence committee recommendations on Tuesday.

A secret "gingerbread house" deep in a forest sounds like something from a fairy tale, but investigators in Seattle say the one they found was anything but. Now, 56-year-old Daniel Wood faces charges of possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the Seattle Times.

Ohio GOP Introduces Bill To Ban Abortion

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After a federal judge put the brakes on Ohio's latest abortion restrictions, a group of Republican lawmakers is trying to take a step even further: banning all abortions in Ohio.

Under a bill introduced Monday, HB 565, the state would prohibit abortions even in cases of rape, incest or danger to a woman's life.

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Tuesday's Illinois primaries could bring down the first congressional incumbent of 2018, set the stage for a highly competitive gubernatorial race, and give Democrats challengers against several possibly vulnerable GOP congressmen they're aiming to defeat in order to take back the House.

There are also big signs of Democratic enthusiasm, both in how many candidates are running and in the donations voters are willing to make.


Homelessness Consultant Makes Recommendations

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March 20, 2018 -- Dr. Robert Marbut, a homelessness consultant, presented his recommendations last week. We'll hear some highlights from his presentation at the Ukiah City Conference Center last week, including some audience questions, criticisms, and a snippet of song.

County Starts Mid-Year Budget Review

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March 20, 2018 -- Last week, the Board of Supervisors started hearing mid-year budget reviews. In this first story, we'll hear about how the fires, the cannabis program, and low numbers during closed-session labor negotiations have eaten up last year's budget carryover, which was $1.3 million more than expected. CEO Carmel Angelo said the current carryover is not enough to cover county expenses for one month.

Mendocino County Is Without An Ag Commissioner

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March 20, 2018 -- Acting Ag Commissioner Diane Curry left her position after last week's Board of Supervisors meeting. The Executive Office has not returned multiple requests for comment. Today, to mark one week since her departure, we're sharing a longer version of the story we aired on Wednesday, March 14. 

Interview with Susan Barsotti

Mar 16, 2018

March 16, 2018 -- Susan Barsotti is running for Supervisor in the Third District. She has been an event producer at Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville for over 20 years, producing events likes Pignic and Kate Wolf. The ranch is a cooperative, self-governing community. Barsotti dropped by the Willits studio recently to outline some of her priorities.

Students Walk Out, Talk About Guns

Mar 15, 2018

March 15, 2018 -- On March 14, students across the country walked out of class to commemorate the victims of last month's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. At 10am, Ukiah High School students gathered at the center of campus for 17 minutes of silence. They stood in the rain, holding up signs with the names of the dead. We could hear birds chirping and jackets rustling. Afterwards, students in Michael Riedell's Creative Writing class went on the record with their thoughts and plans.

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Station News

The following is a recording of the 5th district board of candidates forum which took place on Wednesday March 14th at the Greenwood community center in Elk. This program was recorded by Justin Moritz as part of KZYX's collaboration with the recording arts and technology program at Mendocino College.

Listen here

Program Showcase

Kevin Kamps: Beyond Nuclear

Mar 15, 2018
Stars & Stripes magazine

To hear this edition of Forthright Radio with Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear:  https://forthright.media/2018/03/14/kevin-kamps-beyond-nuclear/

What's it like to be naked with James Franco? how do you mentally and physically prepare yourself to be encased in Plaster for three hours? and most importantly, why are there 267 words for Love in Sanskrit? Elyse Poppers is the guest on XXWhy. Listen to the audio here.

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.