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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,March 7th

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Forecasters are now predicting more rain for Mendocino & Lake County – with the possibility of snow – over the next few days .

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning overnight for Mendocino & Lake County.

According to the National Weather Service, rain amounts are now forecast to total one to two inches by Friday, with snow levels predicted to fall once again to around the 2,500 foot elevation.

Chances for thunderstorms, rain and intermittent hail are all possible  as the rains taper off and cool weather returns in the evening.

Showers are likely throughout Thursday, with forecasters predicting daytime highs in the low 50s .

Current models forecast a cloudy day on Friday, with highs in the mid-50s and daytime temperatures increasing throughout the weekend, with Sunday sunny and in the high 60's.

Authorities last week arrested a second woman in the ongoing investigation of the high-speed chase last week during which one of the suspects shot at the pursuing deputy sheriff's car.

Camara Paige, 24, of Ukiah, was arrested Friday on suspicion of harboring or concealing a fugitive by giving the accused shooter, Walter Miller, a ride from the suspects' abandoned car on Highway 253 to the Best Western hotel on Orchard Avenue .

Skaggs was arrested the following morning while walking on South State Street. Miller surrendered himself to SWAT agents.

Paige was released after posting bail and is due in court April 3 to face the charge.
















At Wednesday's meeting of the Willits school board, Interim Superintendent Debra Pearson will inform the board that since initial estimates of Average Daily Attendance were optimistic, revenues are lower than anticipated.

Also, the federal sequestration that went into effect March 1, will result in an additional loss of $65,000 if the situation remains unchanged.

March 4, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson named WUSD, along with 123 other local educational agencies, as being at risk financially.

The district was placed in "qualified certification" status for the fourth consecutive reporting period. The district has been working closely with the Mendocino County Office of Education to return the district to solvency by the 2014-2015 school year.

The district has already outlined $750,000 in budget cuts for the 2013-2014 school year. Those cuts which include layoffs of teachers and classified staff are set to be approved at tonight's meeting and officials will also begin the difficult task of cutting another $750,000 for the next school year.









The National Marine Fisheries Service announced last week's  that it would lower the amount of the winter run that fishermen could harvest, from 13.7 percent in 2012 to 12.9 percent. The fishing industry is already facing restricted seasons everywhere south of Point Arena.

Roger Thomas, who has run a passenger fishing vessel out of Sausalito, said recreational fishing boats like his will very likely be forced off the water during June and July, normally the high season for vacationers and tourists. 

Commercial fishermen will probably face even more time off the water than last year, but when and how much is not yet set.

“It's going to be a real economic hurt,” said Thomas, who is also chairman of the Golden Gate Salmon Association, “but we realize that we have to meet the Endangered Species Act and we have to accept it.”




Join me at 7 pm tonight for Mendo Matters' special town Hall on Mendocino Redwood Company's 80 year habitat Plan. MRC guests Mike Jani, Chief Forester, John Ramaley, Forest Manager, and Sarah Billig, Stewardship Mgr, will answer any and all of your questions. Andrew Orahoske, from EPIC, will be on the line to ask questions as well. Call in at 456-9991


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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