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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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Monday Morning News for 4/22/13

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A federal judge last week agreed to the California Farm Bureau’s request to dismiss its Willits bypass lawsuit against CalTrans and the Army Corps of Engineers. Apparently, the Farm bureau agreed to a settlement with CalTrans and the Corps, details of which have not been disclosed. 

When the Farm Bureau joined the lawsuit, its main interest involved the substantial impacts on agriculture . The original E.I.S. claimed only 150 acres of farmland would be affected in Little Lake Valley but "Six years later, the total acreage of farmland affected grew to more than 2,000 acres.

The original four environmental plaintiffs remain parties to the lawsuit. 










A petition to recall Lake County Sheriff Frank Rivero was approved for circulation last week, allowing the proponents to begin collecting signatures to have it appear on the ballot.

Registrar of Voters Diane Fridley gave the draft document the OK just hours after the proponents submitted their third set of proposed petitions to her office for review.

The group behind the effort, called the Committee to Restore Integrity, previously filed two petitions but Fridley found errors in both setsmainly formatting issues.

The recall advocates now have until Aug. 15 to collect 7,026 valid signatures -- 20 percent of registered county voters -- but their deadline is June 17 if they hope to have the recall appear on the November ballot.

The Lake Supervisors will decide whether to order a special election or include the recall as part of a regular election.








A two-day compliance sweep conducted by the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force resulted in the arrests of four people considered to be convicted child molesters.

Menndocino County is home to 297 registered sex offenders,  45  in Ukiah, and 15 in Willits.

According to MCSO Sgt. Derek Scott, "People think all sex offenders are child molestersA person is considered a child predator only when their crime is against someone under 18 such as rape or indecent exposure that earn a person a spot on the Megan's Law website . 

Scott noted that about 90 percent of the victims of sexual crimes know the perpetrator, and about half of those perpetrators are related to their victims. 

The SAFE task force verified addresses for 87 registered sex offenders whose crimes were against children during the recent sweep. The task force made seven arrests during the sweep, but only one man ­ Pablo Mora, 54, a Ukiah transient ­ was arrested on suspicion of being out of compliance with his sex offender registration requirements. 


Deciding the scope of work for an ad-hoc committee on Brooktrails , state certification for HHSA's four investigators and the possibility of the county becoming a signatory on the Russian River Compact are items on the Mendocino Supervisors' Tuesday agenda.

The board will hear a recommendation from the recently-formed ad-hoc committee on Brooktrails . Under Teeter, the county pays property taxes to the districts that get a slice of the county's property taxes. In return, the county keeps late penalties and fees when the taxes are collected.

A rising number of delinquent property taxes spurred the county to remove from Teeter last year the flat taxes that go to the subdivision's fire, water and sewer agencies, with staff warning that keeping Brooktrails on the program would create a liability to the county's general fund.  However, the report stated that it may not be cost effective to pursue de-Teetering' the Brooktrails Township."

The committee intends to meet with Brooktrails representatives  with a goal of reporting back to the full Board of Supervisors in 60 days.










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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