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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 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12TH!

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The Board of Supervisors defeated the Mendocino County Clean Energy Program Tuesday morning. 

Dan Hamburg was the sole supervisor in support. 

This program would have allowed property owners to install energy efficient new heaters, solar panels, etc. 

By a third party advancing the money, being repaid through a lien on the property administered thru the county. According to Hamburg, "this measure would have brought millions of dollars in new capital into the county and created jobs for contractors and construction workers ."

 The measure was opposed by banks, commercial lenders and some real estate agents.





The Clearlake City Council on Thursday will hear a presentation by Health Officer Dr. Karen Tait that will cover the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) as well as a California Department of Health report on geothermal venting in the Burns Valley neighborhood.

Also scheduled at the 5:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall is a second reading of the city's proposed marijuana ordinance, which the council is expected to adopt; and a presentation by Ross and Associates on the proposed Walker Ridge Wind Park.

The council is also scheduled to present a proclamation declaring this month as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.




The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved five-year Capital Improvement Plan that includes building and infrastructure repair estimated to cost about $30 million.

"This board has deferred maintenance in this county for about seven years now, so we have had no capital improvements," said county CEO Carmel Angelo."

Mendocino GSA Director Kristin McMenomey told the board that only $1.3 million is available for the board to allocate this year.

Asked to name the top priorities, McMenomey listed four projects that includes replacing the Mendocino County Museum roof for $350,000 and $200,000 in other roof repair; to begin replacing the 1970s software the county uses to send and track property tax bills for $500,000 (one-half the total cost); spending $100,000 on Americans with Disabilities Act retrofitting; and replacing old and inefficient hvac systems for $100,000.

Third District Supervisor John Pinches stressed that the $1 million replacement of the county's current 1970s property tax billing software should be a priority.

Second District Supervisor John McCowen agreed, and McCowen noted that "the only employee who speaks the language that (the software) speaks is retired and is now moving away," , " my understanding is the thing could crash tomorrow."






bill introduced into the Legislature would require that all California utilities get 51 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2030. AB 177, introduced by V. Manuel Perez, would also require utilities to make energy conservation and efficiency their first priority.

The bill is now being considered by the Assembly's Utilities and Commerce Committee. 

.The bill would address a few long-standing inefficiencies in the state's renewable energy planning process, which some observers say have made the state's push toward renewable energy too cumbersome and expensive.

 Among other things, existing regulations have encouraged utilities to go for cheaper, short-term ways to meet immediate goals , leading to less-reliable resources such as wind power, rather than sources of renewable "base load" power, which operates 24/7 in reliable fashion. 

Such resources must then be backed up with natural gas plants, which emit greenhouse gases as they generate power.













The Coast Community Library in downtown Point Arena is having their Summer Day book sale on Saturday and Sunday June 29-30 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Hard copies are $2; paperbacks are 50 cents to $1. VHS tapes are 5 for $1. The event is a benefit for the library . For more information contact John Bastian at 707-8822731.





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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