A Word From Membership

After the fires in October, KZYX received many messages of thanks for our coverage. It’s our job to keep our listeners informed, entertained, and connected in good times and bad. But nothing we do would be possible without you. To make sure we’re always here when you need us, we’re having a year-end funding appeal. From December 2-15, without changing our regular programming, we’ll be asking you during every show for your support. Local public radio is important to you and your community, please help keep it strong.

The holiday season is a time when lots of people take to the air, flying to see relatives or go on vacation. But when it comes to seasonal travel, humans are totally outnumbered by insects.

That's according to a newly published study in the journal Science, which found that more than 3 trillion migrating insects fly over south-central England each year.

There was no shortage of sad news in 2016.

And because we're a blog that covers global health and development, we covered a lot of those sobering stories: the toll of diseases like Zika, the bombing of hospitals in conflict zones, the suffering caused by poverty and by discrimination against women.

But we published a lot of hopeful stories as well. We asked our team at Goats and Soda to pick some of the stories from this year that inspired them the most. We hope you're inspired too.

In the midst of multiple fundraising attempts that raised questions about whether the Trump family is selling the promise of personal access to the highest bidder, Eric Trump says he will stop directly raising money for his personal charity.

"As unfortunate as it is, I understand the quagmire," Trump told the New York Times.

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."


Memories Of Benj Thomas

9 hours ago

Dec 7, 2017 -- On November 14, our community lost a man who seemed to be involved in everything, from the Ukiah City Council to our own board of directors here at KZYX. Benj Thomas was a skilled public speaker, a lover of poetry and good conversation, and a fine and generous friend. Local columnist Jonathan Middlebrook shared some of his memories in a recent interview with Sarah Reith.

Community Foundation of Mendocino County

When the October firestorms hit Mendocino County, the Community Foundation of Mendocino County sprung into action and immediately started raising money for the fire victims and community fire recovery efforts.  Years of preparation for a disaster paid off and the foundation has so far raised about $2,000,000.  President and CEO Megan Barber Allende discusses the Disaster Fund and the foundation's fire recovery plans. 

Anne Murray Schaefer, courtesy of Mendonoma Sightings

An upper ridge will bring dry conditions, mild afternoons, and cool nights for the next seven days. Some clouds may develop along the coast during that time; otherwise the skies will be clear.


On the seas, high pressure will bring light winds and low waters. The waves are expected to grow slightly on Thursday.


Two-day forecast


The coast tonight will see clear skies with lows in the mid-40s. On Thursday, Fort Bragg is forecast to see more clear weather with highs in the upper-50s and similar lows.


Cannabis Businesses Prepare For The New Year

Dec 4, 2017

Dec 4, 2017 -- Cannabis business people are preparing for a raft of new regulations in the new year. We're running a series of interviews with people in various sectors of this rapidly changing economy. We hope to check in with them periodically, as life under the new regulations becomes a reality. We're starting today with Kyle Greenhalgh of Kure Wellness, a dispensary just outside Ukiah city limits. Tune in to hear about his strategy, and what is weighing on his mind these days.

More Local News

Station News

KZYX is holding elections for its Board of Directors.

There are five positions open: one each for Mendocino County Supervisorial Districts 2 (Ukiah), 3 (Willits) & 5 (Anderson Valley), one At-Large seat, 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

Consider This - December 8th, 9AM: How Language Began

Dec 4, 2017

My guest on this program is linguist Daniel Everett, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Henry Giroux: America at War With Itself

Nov 30, 2017

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. We are currently featuring Tapestry Family Services - Foster Family Agency. "We hold your hand while you hold theirs."

Contact information:

275 West Gobbi St.
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 485-0334

Previously Featured Organizations: