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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 Thursday October 25th

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Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said an internal investigation is under way to determine whether Captain Randy Johnson was involved in growing marijuana on his family's property.

Sonoma County sheriff's officials said they are conducting the probe.

The investigation was launched after officers from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI and IRS earlier this month served a search warrant on property owned by Capt.Johnson's father.
More than 500 plants were located during the federal raid.


Johnson owns property adjacent to his father. He, his father and his brother reside near each other on the properties. The wooded parcels along Highway 20 near Potter Valley also contain several rentals, including trailers. Some have enclosures shielded by high fencing.

Federal officials would not divulge details or the focus of their search.

Allman said he expects the internal investigation to be completed in a month. Johnson remains on duty.




The prosecution's cross examination of witnesses in the sanity phase of Billy's Norbury's murder trial continues today.

The defense presented its evidence yesterday.

Mendocino Judge John Behnke told the jury it must find Norbury was legally insane if, "one, when he committed the crime he had a mental disorder or defect and, two, was incapable of knowing the nature or quality of his actions, or (that he was) incapable of understanding that his actions were morally and legally wrong."

Norbury faces 50 years to life in prison for the crime. If he is found not guilty by reason of insanity, Norbury would spend his sentence at a mental health facility, and could at some point qualify for an outpatient program and live in the community.

Kubanis called to the stand Emma Norbury, Norbury's great-aunt, who said she had visited him during the week prior to the shooting and heard Norbury come home at about 1 or 2 a.m. and "start wailing" in his bedroom. She described the sound as "laughter and crying together, it was so uncontrollable." The wailing went on for about 10 minutes, she testified.

On another occasion, Norbury heard voices and family members took him to the hospital emergency room, but he "dashed for the car" when an emergency helicopter landed outside.








Residents of the Willits School District will see an unexpected quadruple increase in tax payments for the Willits school bond in their 2012/13 tax bills.

A $5 million balloon payment due July 15, 2014, has "just come to light," according to interim Superintendent Debra Pearson and WUSD Business Manager Katie Aguilar at a Monday evening meeting with The Willits News.

The debt service schedule to pay back the school bonds sold in 2010 shows the extra $5 million due, in addition to the annual debt service payment of $679,935, but the district has not reserved funds to pay it. 

"We are working on it," Pearson said. " we should have answers in about two weeks on how we'll solve this problem. ."

One of County Auditor Ford's responsibilities is to set the tax rates for school districts with bond obligations, to ensure enough tax money is collected to meet future obligations.

Ford told The Willits News she had never seen such a large balloon payment scheduled into a bond debt service schedule in 20 years of watching bonds.

"What I'm reading in the actual official statement of that 2010 issuance," Ford said, "is that it was expected that Willits Unified would issue more bonds, then use the proceeds from those bonds to make that $5 million payment."

The Ukiah Planning Commission is considering a request to build an 80-foot cell tower near the Elks Lodge on Hastings Road.

On Air, LLC is requesting a use permit to build the tower on behalf of Verizon Wireless. If approved, the company would lease 1,200 square feet in the southeast corner of the property owned by the Ukiah Elks Lodge No. 1728.

The project would not affect the lodge nor its RV parking, but it would mean the loss of seven parking spaces.

Special permission is needed for the project because its 80-foot pole is taller than the "50-foot maximum height allowed." Thpole's design  would allow for two more wireless carriers to be added. 

The 3.65-acre site is located just east of the Highway 101 northbound exit ramp to Talmage Road. There is a row of pine trees along that edge of the property. There are currently three other towers in the city limits.

The meeting began at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.




Winter burning season will begin this Friday, October 26, at Midnight.  CAL FIRE will not require burning permits until approximately May 1, 2013.  


For more information or to obtain a burn permit visit www.mendoair.org or call the District office at 463-4354.  

Recorded Burn Day status is available 24/7 on the Burn Information Line at 463-4391.   















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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