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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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In what could be a precedent-setting case, Mendocino Superior Court Judge Ann Moorman will rule next week on whether a Ukiah woman accused of driving drunk through her 

neighbors' fence and into their house should also face a felony charge of 

assault with a deadly weapon.

During a daylong preliminary hearing TuesdayMoorman said she would

 need to review cases cited by both the prosecution and defense before

 ruling on the felony assault charge.

Prosecuting attorney Matt Hubley upped the otherwise misdemeanor DUI 

case to the felony level with the assault charge on the premise that Rainville has had at least two prior DUI convictions since 2005, and had been advised during court proceedings that driving under the influence is dangerous to human life. That knowledge, he said, supports a charge of assault, which is the intent to commit battery.

The judge and both attorneys acknowledged that there were no known cases on record where a DUI case became an assault-with-a-deadly-weapon case on that premise.

Rainville's blood-alcohol level about an hour after the accident was 0.25, more than three times the legal limit and in other DUI's, her blood-alcohol levels had been 0.36 for one incident and 0.29 for the other.

Moorman will render her decision on the assault charge and the other charges against Rainville Aug. 13.




A California appellate court has affirmed a Humboldt Superior Court judge's ruling that essentially says that police officers can use their discretion in 

determining if there is probable cause to believe a pot grow falls outside the bounds of state medical marijuana laws. If they do suspect a grow or a 

possessed amount of processed marijuana is illegal, the officers can 

destroy it, and, even if the officers are wrong, you won't be compensated for the uprooted crop.

In 2008 Roscoe Littlefield, three of his family and Jeffrey Libertini were

 growing about 200 marijuana plants at two garden sites. The gardens had medical four marijuana recommendations posted, and allowed the usage of up to two ounces of marijuana a day.

When the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office busted the grow , they estimated that the plants would yield about 1,500 pounds.

Lt. Wayne Hanson gave the go ahead to cut the garden down. Most of the marijuana was destroyed, except a small amount for evidence.

When no arrests followed the raid, the Littlefields sued the county, seeking between $683,724 and $1.3 million for pain and suffering and the 

replacement value of their destroyed marijuana.

When Humboldt Judge Christopher Wilson heard the case and threw out the Littlefields' case, they filed an appeal and the appellant court sided with 

Wilson,. Specifically, the court found that officers can consider the presence of firearms at the grow, the size of the grow and the nature of patient

 recommendations posted when deciding whether they think a grow may be illegal.



The deadline for placing a recall measure on the Nov. 5 ballot against Lake County Sheriff Frank Rivero came and went Tuesday without enough 

signatures. But If sufficient signatures are gathered by Aug. 15, a special 

election would be held in about three to five months. While the recall group had hoped to avoid a special election, it will be worth the $90,000 cost to

 get rid of Rivero, they said. 




Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan plans to run next year for California 

governor on the Peace and Freedom Party platform.

Sheehan is expected to announce her candidacy "probably in a couple of 


The Peace and Freedom Party website quoted Sheehan as saying she 

wants to run "primarily because I believe that California should be leading

 the nation in peace, education, health care, sustainable/renewable energy and democracy."







Stay tuned for Give & Take @ 9:00 AM with host by Michael Kisslinger. 



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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