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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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Truant elementary students cost North Coast school 

districts more than $20 million.

Nearly a quarter of Lake County elementary students skipped school last year,— one of the highest rates in the statecosting districts $416 per pupil. 

Sonoma County's truancy rate is 12 percent — one of the lowest in the state. But the 5,000 truant students 

cost county schools $14 million last year.

With a 14 percent truancy rate, Mendocino county 

schools lost $4 million in state education funds.

Studies indicate that chronically truant students — 

those that miss at least 10 percent of the school year — are more likely to drop out of high school and to 

end up jobless or turn to crime.

State law defines truants as those who are absent or

 tardy more than 30 minutes without a valid excuse 

three times in a school year.

Lake County's high truancy rate is exacerbated by 

economic factors, especially in rural areas, since low income students have higher rates of truancy.

Shrinking budgets have also contributed to districts 

cutting truancy reduction programs, Lake County is 

down to just one truancy officer from three officers 

two years ago.

The report highlights three districts in Mendocino 

CountyWillits , Laytonville and Round Valley that 

have lost $500,000 collectively for the past two years 

as a result of chronic absenteeism.


In Lakeport Heights, construction equipment began 

tearing down red tagged houses because of the landslide there.

The Spivey home on Lancaster Road split in half and fell into a hole that resulted from a landslide, the 

cause of which is the subject of 45 lawsuits by 

residents against the county.

All together, seven structures are red-tagged and about half the residents in the 29-home subdivision left based on voluntary evacuation notices the county issued.

Late this summer, Community Development Dept. Director Rick Coel told the board that he was 

pursuing the abatement of two structures – the Spivey home and a nearby duplex which would make recontouring the soil – part of the process to winterize the landslide area – an easier task.

Coleman Construction has until Oct. 15 to remove the structures, do the soil contouring and cover the slide area above Hill Road with plastic. The county's goal

 is to keep the landslide area dry and prevent the 

ground movement from starting again.

The property owners maintain that the county's water system was responsible for causing the landslide.






The Mendocino County BURN BAN was LIFTED yesterday at 12:01 am


The 2013 Fire Season has not yet been declared 

closed, so burn permits are still required. Residents 

who obtained a CalFire Burn Permit last spring are 

advised to check the dates on their Burn Permit to 

ensure it is still valid. Burning Permits can be 

obtained at CalFire’s Howard Forest Headquarters, in Boonville, Covelo, Fort Bragg, 

 Hopland,; Laytonville ; Leggett,; Point Arena, and 























The League of Women Voters of Mendocino County will hold a public forum for Mendocino Coast 

Recreation and Park District candidates at 6 p.m. 

Wednesday, October 9 in the C.V. Starr Community Center, Fort Bragg. 

The Mendocino Women’s Political Coalition, the 

AAUW of Ukiah and the Ukiah Daily Journal will hold a public forum for Ukiah 

Fire Protection District, Millview County Water District; Mendocino Russian River Flood Control and Water

 Improvement District;  and Ukiah Unified School 

District on October 15 at 6 pm at the Ukiah Civic 


Polls will be open Tuesday, November 5 when voters cast ballots to fill seats on boards of special districts 

and school districts.  

Measure I (Little Lake Fire Protection District) seeks approval to create a tax of $14 per unit to construct a

 new replacement Fire Station in Willits. 









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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