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Information & News from the KZYX General Manager

I will be posting news and information here about any changes occurring at the station. As you are probably aware, staff member Mary Aigner is retiring after 22 years with KZYX. She will still be producing the show DEAD AIR on Thursday nights. She has provided incredible service to the station for many years, in many different positions, including her current job as Program Director, and her previous jobs as Interim Station Manager, Membership Coordinator and Underwriting Sales Director.

Angela DeWitt has been named our new Interim Program Manager. The staff is working together to create a new job description for the Program Director, and when that is done (and budget permits) we will post the job widely and have an open hiring process.

Stay tuned more news and information soon!

Lorraine Dechter
General Manager KZYX & Z
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting
(707) 895-2324

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Morning News, Thursday, October18th

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Dr. Donald Apostle, testifying for the defense in the Billy Norbury murder said Norbury has "a delusionary disorder of the persecutory type," meaning he is "paranoid, & feels persecuted.


Apostle also testified that Norbury denied committing the crime and denied having any kind of mental disorder. "I think he's denying it or lying about it," Apostle said.

Before the evaluation, Norbury had changed his not-guilty plea to not guilty by reason of insanityApostle said Norbury said "this is just a technique of buying time, and he wanted to talk to (Kubanis) about (the plea), and that he wanted to get a new lawyer."

Apostle evaluated Norbury for two hours in August.

A friend had stated Norbury was "extremely paranoid about being watched (and) thought his phone was bugged," Apostle said. 

The paranoia centered around Norbury's belief that law enforcement was watching him because he was growing marijuana, and had threatened to kill an agent of the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force via phone from the Mendocino County Jail.

Apostle also testified that Norbury's paranoia is "aggravated by alcohol," and Monday a state Department of Justice criminalist testified that Norbury's blood-alcohol level was about 0.22 on the night of the shooting.

Kubanis rested his case at which point the jury retired to deliberate. 



A convicted abalone poacher was sentenced to probation and a fine also lost his right to get a fishing license for the rest of his life.

Paul Chak Po Mak, 62, of Oakland, was arrested and cited by Department of Fish and Game (DFG) wardens after taking 52 abalone,  the bag limit is 24. 

The Mendocino Court sentenced Mak to three years probation and fined him $15,000.

His sentencing was the latest is a series of heavy fines and penalties levied on abalone poachers in Mendocino County that included permanent fishing license revocations.

“The Department of Fish and Game and the courts recognize the serious damage that just a few individuals can do to our precious resources. ” said DFG Captain Bob Farrell,  “In this case, these sentences should put these guys out of business permanently.”

He and another man harvested the abalone for the purpose of unlawful sale on the black market. Both have previous abalone poaching convictions in Mendocino County.


The California Board of Forestry posthumously honored  Jere Melo with its highest award, the “Francis H. Raymond Award for Outstanding Contributions to California Forestry.” The presentation was made during the Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. Representing Mr. Melo and accepting the award was his wife, Madeleine Melo.


The Board recognized Mr. Melo for his dedication to professional forestry in California.  Mr. Melo’s career in the timber industry spanned 45 years, primarily as the Chief Forester for Georgia-Pacific and as a contractor for Campbell Timberland Management on the 170,000 acres of forestland that they oversee in Mendocino County.





A Large Animal Evacuation Plan is being prepared by the County of Mendocino Animal Care Services. Animal Care Services is planning seven community meetings throughout the county to 

· Provide an overview of the Office of Emergency Services 

· Brainstorm options for evacuating and sheltering large animals for particular disasters 

· Discuss evacuation routes for transporting large  animals and 

· Identify individual regional coordinators to be the contacts with OES.

The meetings will be held Oct 29th in Ukiah, November 1st in Ft Bragg, November 7th in Laytonville, Nov 14th in Willits, Nov 15th in Pt Arena, November 19th in Anderson Valley and November 26th in Covelo. Contact Martin Bradley at 489-4607 or see the news blog at kzyx.org for detailed dates and times.



UKIAH - October 29th – (Monday) 6:00 to 8:00 PM

County of Mendocino Community Health Services

1120 S. Dora Street Conf. Rm. 1 


FT. BRAGG - November 1, 2011 - (Thursday) 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Fort Bragg Veterans Building

360 Harrison Avenue

Ft. Bragg


LAYTONVILLE - November 7, 2012 – (Wednesday) 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Lion’s Fire Hall

44920 Willis Ave


WILLITS - November 14, 2012 – (Wednesday) 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Willits Branch Library 

390 E. Commercial St.



PT. ARENA -November 15, 2012 – (Thursday) 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Coast Community Branch Library

225 Main St.

Pt Arena


ANDERSONNovember 19, 2012 – (Monday) 6:00 to 8:00 PM

VALLEY -Anderson Valley Health Center

135000 Airport Rd.


COVELO -November 26, 2011 - (Monday) 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Round Valley Commons Community Room

23925 Howard Street 

Covelo, CA 95428  










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KZYX Phone Numbers

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For questions about underwriting on KZYX, call (707) 895-2324 or email uw [at] kzyx [dot] org