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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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Morning News for Monday, December 21st

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Frank Hartzell of the Fort Bragg Advocate has written a lengthy and authoritative analysis of the Medocino Redwood companies 80 year Timber plan and why it baffles local officials. I'll quote from it.


 

In 2000, the Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC) asked a half-dozen government agencies to create the regulatory framework for its 80-year plan and simplify existing regulatory processes with a single document and integrated plan.


After a full decade of work, documents totaling more than 3,000 pages were presented to the public late last month for an 88-day comment period. To put it in perspective, the Bible is less than 2000 pages.


 

Most of the 20-some people on hand last week for a public meeting in Fort Bragg about the plan were too bemused by the gargantuan result of the state and federal "streamlining effort" to be much for or against it. 


"Based on what I've heard tonight, and the 2,600 pages back on the counter, I want to formally request an extension of at least 60 days, to April 21, 2013 for the community to have adequate time to review all this," said David Gurney, who writes a local news blog. "Giving the public a few short months more doesn't seem too much for a document that will cover 80 years into the future and has taken a dozen years for all these people here to create."


 

The plan is available online; the address will be on KZYX's news blog later this am.


http://www.fire.ca.gov/resource_mgt/resource_mgt_EPRP_PTEIR.php.



 

 

The end of year reports from County staff had both good and bad aspects.


The county budget has a reserve of $4.5 million, according to Chief Deputy CEO Kyle Knopp, about half of what is recommended for the county's size and resources, and its debt rating with Standard & Poors is BBB-, junk bonds.


The county also appropriated $1 million more  to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, some of it attributable to the loss of income from the 9.31 program which was discontinued in March.


"Structural problems" were also identified in the county's Teeter program, prompting a discussion about removing the Brooktrails subdivision from its rolls.


General Services Agency Director Kristen McMenomey said the agency had saved the county more than $600,000 by consolidating 13 county facilities, including the elimination of five leased buildings.


Almost every county department is participating in the county's wellness plan, according to Human Resources Director Pat Meek.


"The numbers are down in Juvenile Hall," said Chief Probation Officer Jim Brown. "We're also seeing kids with mental health issues on the rise."



 

 

The Ukiah City Council voted (5-0) for staff to proceed with drafting a program for downtown Ukiah for Outdoor Dining, after comments from the owners of Schat's, Patrona and Saucy. The Design Review Board would oversee the actual materials and design of future outdoor dining. 


 

Willits Economic LocaLization (WELL) is launching a "Pay It Forward" fund as one strategy for investing in the local economy.

"Pay It Forward seeks donations from the community for a revolving fund earmarked exclusively for the purpose of assisting local enterprises that meet the triple bottom line: good for the planet, people, and profit," says WELL's Madge Strong.

Donations to the fund are tax-deductible . "There will not be any "profit". However, if the fund's investment in a enterprise is re-paid, the fund will 'pay it forward' to other recipients."

WELL encourages new or expanding businesses to apply for funding.  "Proposals will be reviewed by the WELL Coordinating Committee," 

To donate, or apply for a loan, contact WELL at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or mail P.O. Box 42, Willits 95490.

 

 

 

 

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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:

AT LARGE SEAT CANDIDATES:

John Azarro

John Sakowicz

Charlie Hochberg

Richard Louis Miller

Jeff Wright

PROGRAMMER CANDIDATES:

Stuart Campbell

Robert Vaughan

Johanna Wildoak

1st DISTRICT CANDIDATE:

Jonathon Middlebrook

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS COMING SOON!

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