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. 

This year's World Happiness Report doesn't have too many surprises — Scandinavian countries occupy many of the smiliest slots. But there's a West African country that's getting rave reviews for its happiness. Togo, which ranked at the very bottom of the 2015 World Happiness Report, comes in this year as the "biggest gainer," the report says. That means Togo is the country with the most-improved level of happiness in the world.

Updated at 5:05 p.m. ET

Two students were injured when another student opened fire at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County, Md., according to the local sheriff. The shooter, identified by the sheriff as 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins, was confirmed dead after being taken to a hospital.

WATCH: How A Tick Digs Its Hooks Into You

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Spring is here. Unfortunately for hikers and picnickers enjoying the warmer weather, the new season is prime time for ticks, which can transmit bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

How they latch on — and stay on — is a feat of engineering that scientists have been piecing together. Once you know how a tick's mouth works, you understand why it's impossible to simply flick a tick.

Updated at 4:05 p.m. ET

A package that exploded at a FedEx Ground distribution facility near San Antonio was addressed to a location in Austin — and came from that same city, officials say. It's the fifth explosion of a device either in Austin or meant to be delivered there.

The package detonated Tuesday at around 12:25 a.m. local time at a facility in Schertz, Texas, northeast of San Antonio, the FBI says. "One person was treated and released at the scene," the Schertz Police Department said.

Tom Wrasse is at his hunting shack alone. Light pours into the small room from a window framed by antlers, harvested from the surrounding central Wisconsin woods. On the opposite wall is a collage of fading photos, showing how big the hunting parties out here used to be.

Updated at 6:35 a.m. ET

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is being detained for questioning as part of an investigation looking into allegations that he took millions of euros from Libya to fund his 2007 election campaign.

Police took Sarkozy into custody on Tuesday as part of investigation that began in 2013. He is being held at the Nanterre police station west of Paris while the questioning by French magistrates takes place, according to The Associated Press, quoting unnamed officials familiar with the case.

Updated at 5:34 p.m. ET

Supreme Court justices on both sides of the ideological spectrum expressed skepticism Tuesday about California's "truth-in-advertising" law requiring anti-abortion clinics to more fully disclose what they are.

The anti-abortion "crisis pregnancy centers" objected to the law on free-speech grounds.

While some more liberal justices appeared receptive to the state's case initially, doubt about the law seemed to increase as the argument progressed.

More than 500 investigators and bomb techs have streamed into Austin, Texas, to look for clues and to catch what they're now calling a "serial bomber."

Five explosions have killed two people and injured several more, one gravely.


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.

More Local News

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.