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St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake has announced the 

completion of phase two of the transformation of its 

emergency department, with all the upgraded 

facilities and services now available.

With an emphasis on faster access to top-quality care, the new emergency department is ready to fully serve the community, the hospital reported

 Wednesday night.

Improvements include the addition of 4,100 square 

feet, 12 private patient care rooms including two 

equipped for trauma care, new entrances and waiting areas, cutting-edge equipment and support systems upgrades.

The enhanced emergency department also provides

 increased patient care staff, and has upgraded 

laboratory and other services.


The Buddy Eller homeless shelter in Ukiah may have to close during the summer months if a $120,000 

shortfall isn't filled, according to  Director Jacqueline Williams. The center lost roughly half of its budget 

because it didn't provide enough counseling services to satisfy Federal officials, although it had regularly

 received funding in the past.

Friday at an open house, Ms Williams highlighted the shelter's services, including beds for those 

recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, beds for 

the mentally ill, help with job training in its gardens 

and kitchen and access to stable housing.

Part of the problem is that the shelter no longer 

provides services for those with mental illnesses, 

making Ukiah's shelter less competitive in a world 

where it needed more of an edge to vie nationally for a shrinking pot of federal dollars.

The grant matched local funding for the shelter for up to $230,000 annually. The local funding comes from 

the Mendocino Department of Social Services has

steadily declined to $117,000, where it's been for the past two fiscal years.

For more information or to contribute, call Janette 

Wright , 462-6290, or Debi Smith, 462-1934. Thanks to Tiffany Revelle at the UDJ.




Arcata residents who use an excessive amount of 

electricity can expect to see a spike in their 

November utility bill because Arcata's 'grow tax' has been implemented by PG&E.

The measure assesses a 45 percent tax on 'residences that use more than 600 percent of the 'energy baseline -- or the energy used to power three average homes -- energy consumption not uncommon to indoor marijuana grows.

Customers whose bills exceed $720 in the winter 

with gas heat, or $1,728 in the winter with electric 

heat will be affected.

The fee will be collected by PG&E, and the projected $1 million in revenue will be put in the city's general 

fund, according to a staff report. The measure was 

drafted after the city learned its residential electricity use from 2000 to 2006 increased by 30 percent. Of

the 9,500 residential meters in Arcata, 1,262 

exceeded 300 percent of the baseline, and 633 

exceeded the 600 percent mark.

The city expects to receive revenue from the tax in






California’s annual Dungeness crab sport fishery

opens statewide this Saturday, Nov. 2.

“Crab populations appear to be strong coming off 

another record-setting year in the commercial fishery,” said

 California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Senior Scientist Pete Kalvass. “However, crab in 

local areas of northern California above Cape 

Mendocino may be somewhat underweight for the 

first few weeks of the season due to a late molt.”

There is no limit to the number of pots or nets that 

can be fished recreationally, except when fishing 

from a public fishing pier where only two pots may be used.

Recreational crabbers may kep up to 10 Dungeness crabs per day of either sex, or six crabs if fishing

from a party boat south of Mendocino County.

No Dungeness crab may be taken from San 

Francisco or San Pablo bays, which are important

crab nursery areas.

The recreational size limit for Dungeness crab is five and three-quarter inches measured across the shell, directly in front of and excluding the lateral spines.

Dungeness crabs generally prefer cooler northern 

and central California waters and are uncommon 

south of Point Conception.




Tonight, the Environmental Protection Information 

Center (EPIC) is throwing it's 36th birthday party with the annual EPIC Fall Celebration at the Mateel 

Community Center, in Redway, California. 

The EPIC Fall Celebration is one of the cornerstone 

fundraising and community outreach events for EPICThe doors  will open at 6 PM for cocktails and dinner at 6:30 PM, followed by the evening program starting at 7:30 PM. At 9 PM music follows.

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MCPB Board of Directors

Welcome our new board members and thank our outgoing board members at the Annual Meeting of the Mendocino County Public Broadcasting Board of Directors

Point Noyo (previously The Cliff House)

1011 S Main Street 

Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Monday, May 2nd, 2016 6:00 pm

(No Host Bar/Food available for purchase)

New board members John Azzaro (At large); Jonathan Middlebrook (1st District); and Stuart Campbell (Programmer Elect) 

Outgoing board members are Bob Page and John Sakowicz

Here are the minutes from the last meeting, as yet unapproved.



MARCH 7, 2016





Present: Meg Courtney, Lorraine Dechter, Jane Futcher, Jenness Hartley, Ed Keller, Benj Thomas, John Sakowicz

Absent: Clay Eubank





—GROUND RULES: Meg appointed Jenness to be the Meeting Facilitator

—THANK YOUS: Meg expressed thanks to Lorraine Dechter, the new GM: Jane Futcher, elections coordinator and election ballot workers and stampers, including Jenness, Ed, Bob and several others. Ed Keller was thanked for building a covered area outside where staff can sit.

—FUNDRAISING: Meg mentioned some of the fundraisers coming up, including Amy Goodman in Willits, April 16; a Willits house party April 23; a Mother’s Day fundraiser with Starchild chocolate; a Church of the Boogie Woogie party with a Boogie Woogie diva in June. She thanked Catherine Keegan and Tim Bray for taking on many fundraising events for KZYX and for requiring board and staff do very little.



Jane Futcher reported that board election was proceeding and the on-air forum went well.

John Sakowicz welcomed Lorraine and expressed hope that KZYX will collaborate with low-power channels like KMEC, also using digital platforms and many new technologies that expand the station’s reach and can be the source of potential revenues.



—Elections Report by Jane not needed because of above check-in

—No Finance Committee report due to Clay’s absence


PRESENTATION OF MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ COMMENDATION TO MARY AIGNER BY TOM WOODHOUSE: Tom Woodhouse read an eloquently worded recognition of Mary Aigner’s 22 years of service as a staff member of KZYX. (See Attached)



Ellen summarized the results of a CAB public meeting in Elk in February. She chose an area that the station does not always reach out to but was disappointed with the turnout despite the fact that the meeting was well publicized. About 10 people attended. She said transparency of the board and station was a big issue and there were requests for:
1. On-air CAB meetings

2. On-air Board meetings

3. On-air discussions with board representatives

4. The board should stop using a closed board list serve and confidential meetings

5. Simple living membership of $25 should be announced on the air

6. Controversy comes from exclusion — Someone said that when the Mendocino School Board adopted a more open stance their meetings became less contentious and shorter.


Ellen reported many comments about the board’s conduct, including:

—Board should state what its rules are and follow the process

—Board should not let a few people make all the decisions

—Board should make transparency a priority

—Board needs to follow through as new board members replace outgoing members.

—Board should be more responsive.

Several of those attending want access to the membership list with an opt-out clause for folks who don’t want to be contacted.

Other suggestions:

—Hire a volunteer coordinator

—contact nonmembers through public meetings

—Restore safe harbor

—State what happened with Ukiah studio funds

—Start a program council that had decision-making power

—Pay attention to the South Coast so people in Gualala can tune in.

—Encourage more participation by young people

—Define and follow the process for choosing programmers

—Institute a grievance procedure for former programmers

—Form Ad Hoc committees of members for pursuing specific issues

—Take seriously the decline in membership

—Encourage and support local programmers


BREAKS: During the meeting, possibly during Ellen’s presentation, a reporter covering the meeting and a candidate for the board interrupted frequently and claimed the board president was not following clear procedures. The facilitator called short break to establish calm.




Lorraine did not submit a written report. She introduced Jerry Fraley, the interim Operations Manager, who was not present, and Raoul Van Haul, who introduced himself and his long experience in broadcasting, particularly in Portland, Oregon. Lorraine announced new Native American programming, a five-minute syndicated segment for which she has not yet found the perfect time slot. She said our expenses for the month of January were triple what was budgeted because it was costly covering the vacant program manager and ops manager positions.


Jeff Wright: Thanked Lorraine for unraveling the “trainwreck she was left with.” Said the satellites studios are working better and he asked that the “safe harbor” from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. be restored. He encouraged KZYZ to participate in joint events with KMUD and promote the Seven Rivers Network.

Sheila Dawn Tracy: Said members should be able to communicate with each other; wants safe harbor restore; would like a written GM report; feels new KZYX newsletter should have gone in the silent drive letter.

Sarah: Requested results of fundraisers and pledge drives be published on the KZYX Web site and promoted on the Web site in advance

Fran Koliner: Welcomed Lorraine

Ellen Saxe: Gave out her email address so others can receive summary of CAB meeting

Lyn Dee Johnson: Wants each board member to have a sign with their names so people know who they are; said this was an “emotional transition” that is hard on listeners, too, as they hear new voices on the air, etc. She, or someone else, remarked that the FCC investigation of KZXY led to a decision by the staff to end safe harbor because of concerns the station might lose its license if the FCC heard bad language on the air.


The meeting ended at 8 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Jane Futcher, Board VP


Adendum: Mendocino Board of Supervisors’ letter of Commendation to Mary Aigner. Signed by Tom Woodhouse and Dan Gjerde, delivered at the meeting March 7, 2016


Mary Aigner tirelessly served Mendocino County for 22 years through her work at KZYX. During her tenure as program director, she exhibited an unflagging dedication to community radio in general and Mendocino County Public Broadcasting in particular. The station was more than a job to her, it was a career and a passion, often placed before her own personal life. 


Mary exhibited dedication to the listening community by

—Cultivating familiarity with the various communities of the region, and the issues

confronting each of them. She often helped to arrange discussions of those issues on the stations public affairs programs and newscasts’’

—Maintaining steadfast awareness, and unwaveringly correct instincts about the preferences

of the public radio listening community, and representing them in any meeting,

conversation, or decision in which she was involved. “How will it benefit the listeners?”

was the perspective she always brought to the table.

 —Facing recurring challenges from small segments of the community about programming,

remaining firmly rooted in her convictions and professional expertise about how to serve

the majority of listeners and how to make KZYX the best possible community station. 

  —Being willing to engage in conversation with any listener, and personally respond to their

questions and concerns


Mary exhibited dedication to the station by:

 —Understanding and being able to operate and manage all the stations equipment, and

keeping herself abreast of the evolving technology

—Being available 24/7 to handle last-minute changes, trouble-shoot technical difficulties and support other staff members in their efforts to seek resolution

 —Being available to facilitate special programming – coming in on weekends and evenings to update the stations automated broadcast system

 —Helping produce live remote broadcasts, and fundraising events

 —Remaining ever mindful of the regulations which govern public radio stations


Mary exhibited dedication to the stations volunteer programmers by:

—Training, guiding, and assisting on-air volunteers, whatever their level of skill or experience

 —Helping find substitute hosts for absent programmers, often filling in herself on short notice

—Always being available to programmers, even on weekends or when out of town, to instruct,

support, and trouble-shoot unexpected on-air difficulties

 —Actively interfacing with record companies, and content providers, to keep the flow of new

music and programming coming to the station

 —Alerting programmers to new music or events which might be of interest to their audience

 —Facilitating interview opportunities for programmers with performers and public figures

Tom Woodhouse & Dan Gjerde

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