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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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News for Tuesday Morning, October 16th

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Local and state fire agencies will be conducting live fire training and a controlled burn on Tuesday, Oct. 16, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Anderson Marsh State Park in Lower Lake.

The fuel to be burned is grass and light brush and the public may still see and smell smoke .

California State Parks conducts this live fire training periodically to control invasive plant species, fuel reduction, hazard assessment,  and enhance coordination between local and state agencies.

During this training, firefighters will participate in mobile attack, handline construction, firing operations, fire shelter deployment, and fire suppression tactics and strategies




Fire restrictions on the Mendocino National Forest were lifted this morning at 12:01 a.m. as a result of lower temperatures in the area.

Visitors with a valid California Campfire Permit will once again be able to have fires outside of designated campgrounds, including wilderness areas.

The fire restrictions were put in place July 13 due to increased fire danger and hot, dry weather.

Despite the change in weather, fire season is not officially over.  Fire Burn permits outside the national forest are still banned until further notice.



Brooktrails township has made a secret offer to Willits to settle the case between them over the cost of purchasing land for the new sewage treatment plant.   The “binding offer” is good only until October 27th.  

The township board proposed that two of them meet with two members of the Willits City council without any attorneys or staff present. The meeting would be moderated by Paul Rudansky who is familiar with the situation from earlier mediation.



A team of engineers and consultants last Friday unveiled the preliminary designs the Lakeshore Drive Downtown Corridor which runs from Olympic Drive to Old Highway 53.

Josh Meyer, director of Community Planning Programs, a nonprofit that worked with the Lake County Planning Council (APC)explained that the funding came from a $160,000 Caltrans grant. 

Current efforts include upgrading Redbud’s boat ramps, as well as planned improvements at Highlands Park.

Improvements such as buffers, adhering to the American Disabilities Act  requirementare all challenges for creating a proper road on Lakeshore Drive, the team explained.

Since parks are close to retail, amenities should be used to help boost the public draw of Redbud Park’s harbor, designers suggested.

Preliminary design suggestions included having only one side of parking, medians, on street and back-in parking, and bike lanes.

The grant continues with review and work coming back in late February.

At Friday’s presentation, more than 100 members of the public were on handdouble the numbers in other communities, the team reported.

A camera crew from the Discovery Channel also was on hand to document Clearlake’s latest event for a show about America.




The HazMobile household hazardous waste collection team will return to the Boonville fairgrounds parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday,  October 26 & 27, 2012.

Dangerous chemicals that can’t go in the trash are accepted by the HazMobile The HazMobile is free to households but there is a limit of 15 gallons per vehicle per day . If individuals wish to dispose of more than 15 gallons, they must make a special appointment and a fee will be charged.

Small business waste is also welcome at the collection but an appointment must be made and a fee will be applied per gallon of waste.




The second Presidential debate will take place this evening at 6 so the KZYX New & weather will be at 5:30 pm and back at its regular time Wednesday at 6:01 pm.

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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