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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, March20th

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A lawsuit challenging Lake County's interim medical marijuana cultivation ordinance is down to a single plaintiff.

The other three original plaintiffs, identified only as "Doe" because they feared retribution if their identities were revealed, asked to be dropped from the eight-month-old case earlier this month.

Bay Area attorney Joe Elford now represents the lone plaintiff , Lake County resident Don Merrill.

Merrill and the three "Does" sued last July in response to a temporary law limiting the number of pot plants allowed in outdoor cultivation and banning commercial cultivation and growing on vacant land in unincorporated Lake County.

In August, Judge David W. Herrick granted a preliminary injunction until 2013, preventing county officials from enforcing the ordinance against people who cultivated marijuana in conformity with state law at the time the new regulations were passed.

Herrick said people who started growing under the previous county regulations had a vested right to continue producing medical marijuana under those rules.




KZYX News has learned from a Fish & Wildlife source that part of the protocols agreed to between CalTrans and the Dept of Fish & Wildlife regarding the Willits Bypass was the requirement that CalTrans submit copies of their surveys on a daily basis.


I spoke to Phil Frisbee, Cal Trans spokesman, and I was told that surveys are being sent every day to F&W; each sector is surveyed for three days, then allowed to have brush cleared if no birds or nests are found, as part of an on-going process until the entire path of the Bypass had been surveyed. He said he had no idea when it would all be completed.

He did say that he expected that the weather would put work on hold for the next few days.

I asked if CalTrans and the CHP had decided how to proceed; his answer was that that was up to the protesters who were endangering themselves by staying in the path of dangerous machinery and that he had no information as to CHP's response after the flyover and meeting of CHP division heads that took place Friday.

KZYX was unable to reach CHP Capt Epperson for comment.





The Assoc Press reports that Mendocino County officials and the U.S. attorney for Northern California may be trying to resolve the  dispute over records from the county's medical marijuana program out of court

A hearing in the case had been set for Tuesday, but was canceled on Monday and no further hearing was scheduled.

County Counsel Tom Parker says federal prosecutors asked to have the case removed from the calendar. 

But Adam Wolf, a lawyer representing Northern California medical marijuana growers in the case, says a cancellation at this stage of the proceedings often signals that settlement talks are in the works.

A Mendocino Coast man called 911 to report his own death before shooting himself.

The 74-year-old man died Sunday in the emergency room of Fort Bragg's Coast Hospital, just yards from where he shot himself with a .38-revolver, Lt. John Naulty said.

The man lived several miles south of Fort Bragg. His name was withheld.

The man apparently called 911 at about 9:45 a.m. Sunday and told Cal Fire's dispatchers he would shoot himself and where they would find him.

Moments later, two nurses outside the hospital heard gunfire and ran inside, initiating a lockdown.

Officers found the man in the bushes just outside his vehicle's open door in the hospital parking lot .

Medical staff tried but could not to revive him.





In Willits today,  road work will be conducted on Humboldt and Madden Streets. the City advises all traffic to avoid these streets.

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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