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Information & News from the KZYX General Manager

We are pleased to announce that the Community Advisory Board (CAB) will be holding several meetings in the further reaches of our listening area. These will be informal meetings, meaning that there may not be a quorum of CAB members present, and nothing will be voted on. The first meeting will be held in Elk on Tuesday evening, February 23rd, at the Greenwood School, 5150 S. Hwy 1, at 6:30 pm.

The CAB wants to hear from you, discuss what you are interested in regarding KZYX, and will take your comments to the next KZYX Board of Directors meeting. There will be snacks and beverages. For more information on the CAB meeting in Elk, call (707) 877-3475.

Thanks to those members who are running for open positions on the Board of Directors. To the right of this article you will find a list of candidates. Soon we will be posting the candidate statements. The on air candidate forum will be held on Thursday, March 3rd at 7pm.

Earlier this week I met with our former General Manager (John Coate) and our transmitter engineer. I was told the transmitters are in very good shape. The connections with our studios in Mendocino and Willits are not working well, and are going through complete software upgrades at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience to our programmers from Willits and Mendocino, and to our listeners, who have had to experience frequent drop outs of the studio connections. Our staff is standing by during all of our remote studio shows, and many of our programmers are coming to Philo to do their shows until the upgrades are completed and tested.

Thanks for your patience. Just so you know, some of us have been working 15-20 hour days to sort out technical difficulties and details. We want all of our broadcasts to run smoothly, and we have a steep learning curve to do what our long time Program Director/Music Director (Mary Aigner) and Operations Manager (Rich Culbertson) were able to accomplish on a daily basis. Mary retired after 22 years with the station, and Rich resigned after eight years of superb technical support. We have a big legacy to live up to!

Lorraine Dechter
General Manager KZYX & Z
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting
(707) 895-2324

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AM News for Wednesday, 11.20.13

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With the possibility of a marijuana legalization measure on the 2016 ballot, economics experts and local representatives are weighing in on the idea of Humboldt brand pot, according to the Eureka Times Standard.

Erick Eschker, a Humboldt State University economics professor and co-director for the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research, said that  he could think of two extreme cases that may come with legalization -- the rosy scenario and the doomsday scenario.

"If it becomes more legal, meaning on a federal level, Humboldt could maintain prevalence. It could also be that case if forward-looking officials allow large scale production which can produce at lower cost."

Eschker said in the doomsday scenario, marijuana growers leave the county to move closer to Los Angeles, and San Francisco .

"Many people working up here are here because they are from the cities and enforcement is harder in the woods. If it becomes legal, that advantage is gone," he said

HSU economics professor Beth Wilson, a member of the institute, said"If marijuana is legalized on a federal level, allowing for interstate commerce, then maybe a Humboldt brand would make a difference." 

Supervisor Ryan Sundberg,said he wanted the county to address the neighborhood impacts of small grows first. After that, he said, large production marijuana grows will be addressed.


LONGTIME Mendocino County Deputy Public Defender Tom Croak was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 20 Sunday afternoon. Croak, who wasn’t wearing his seatbelt, apparently over-corrected on a turn near Chamberlain Creek, rolled his 1988 Jeep down an embankment and into a creek.

The CHP said Croak’s passenger, Brian Wagoner, 46, of Fort Bragg, suffered only minor scrapes and bruising. Croak, 57, had been westbound when the accident occurred about 4pm. He had served for years as public defender at Ten Mile Court, Fort Bragg.


Steve Pease, the missing Roseville restaurant owner, who was last seen in FB, was in default on a $1.5 million loan from a Roseville nonprofit intended to help kick-start his Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant, The Sacramento Bee reports.

The Roseville Community Development Corporation announced Monday that the 57-year-old Pease was in default on the loan the agency had granted him a little more than a year ago as he got Sammy's Rockin' Island Bar & Grill off the ground.

Chris Maudru, who has been leading the effort to locate Pease, tells the newspaper it's inconceivable that his friend would disappear over a $9,000 monthly payment.

With Pease gone, the Roseville restaurant closed its doors Nov. 10.

Pease has not been seen since November 2nd.

The Willits City council voted unanimously Monday to enact a phase 2 water emergency for the City.

 Despite the expected rain, as of Monday evening the combined water levels of the reservoirs are 467 Acre Feet.  The council thought it prudent to be cautious and to declare this stage of emergency and to make the public  aware of the water shortage.  

"If we receive a large amount of rain in this upcoming storm, the council may rescind the emergency declaration at our December meeting. Historical records show that we have higher water levels than the drought experienced in 2008."  

The following mandatory restrictions shall be enforced :

Even numbered addresses shall water lawns and landscaping only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and odd numbered addresses shall water lawns and landscaping only on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Watering or irrigation shall not be permitted on Mondays.

All watering or irrigation of lawns and landscaping shall be prohibited between the hours of ten a.m. and seven p.m.





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MCPB Board of Directors Elections

Mendocino County Public Broadcasting is holding elections for its Board of Directors. If you were a KZYX member in good standing by December 31st, you will soon be receiving a ballot for the election of the board's open seats. (All of our programmers will also receive a ballot for the Programmer-Elected seat)

Your  ballot must be returned by mail in the envelope provided. Do NOT send your ballot to the station! If you do, it will not be counted. We must receive your ballot by March 31st.

To find out about the candidates, tune in to the on-air candidates forum on Thurs., March 3rd at 7pm.

If you haven't received your ballot by March 1st, please let us know by sending an email to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by calling the station at (707) 895-2324.

The candidates are as follows:


John Azarro

John Sakowicz

Charlie Hochberg

Richard Louis Miller

Jeff Wright


Stuart Campbell

Robert Vaughan

Johanna Wildoak


Jonathon Middlebrook


Get The KZYX App For Your iPhone

Go to the Apple App Store on your iPhone or iPad and search for KZYX.  The app is free of charge.  It's a great way to get the live stream, the KZYX Jukebox, this website and to make a donation.  Follow this link for a preview and easy access to the download.  Or if you want to type it out here is the URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kzyx/id998145015?mt=8

KZYX Phone Numbers

Business office 707-895-2324

Philo studio 707-895-2448

Willits studio 707-456-9991

Mendocino studio 707-937-5103

KZYX Underwriting

KZYX doesn’t play commercials but we do have underwriting, which is very different from advertising. It is a great way to support KZYX and in exchange we will let our listeners know what goods and services your organization offers.

For questions about underwriting on KZYX, call (707) 895-2324 or email uw [at] kzyx [dot] org