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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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Tuesday morning news, November 13th

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A public meeting is being held to discuss a US Wildlife proposal to protect Clam Beach's snowy plover population by poisoning predatory ravens and crows this Wednesday in McKinleyville at 6 pm at Azalea Hall, 1620 Pickett Road.


More than 70 percent of snowy plover eggs along the California coast have been lost due to crow and raven predation during the last 11 years.

Spokesman Matt Baun said Wednesday's meeting will involve a presentation followed by a question and answer session. 

People could expect to see the fenced exclosures on the dunes from late January to August. DRC-1339 kills corvids within one to two days of ingestion,and low concentrations of the avicide are used , so there's little risk of secondary poisonings to animals that scavenge carcasses.

Attempts to trap, haze and scare the corvids have been unsuccessful.

Other voices have suggested that a committee focused on education and creating an overarching plan to manage the corvid population, while helping the snowy plover's numbers, should be the first step.


Officials with Raley's supermarket and union representatives are back at the bargaining table, just days after Safeway agreed to a contract and avoided a strike.

Talks between both sides resumed Sunday morning after the company contacted the union to meet. 

Raley's spokesman John Segale issued a statement saying both sides have agreed they won't discuss the talks during the negotiations. 

Both sides are at odds over wages and benefits, including Raley's proposal to eliminate health care benefits for retirees eligible for Medicare.


The Willits school board  has accepted a recommendation from county Superintendent of Schools Paul Tichinin to stop any more school bond spending, at least for now.

Tichinin told the board the full audit of the district's financial status will be finished next week. The school board scheduled a "community and board study session" Thursday Nov 15th at 3:30 p.m., at the Willits High School cafeteria.

The county office is working on developing options for the board "ideally before Thanksgiving," Tichinin said.

Tichinin described the situation as "very serious." This came about when Linda Williams of TWN uncovered the fact that a $5 million balloon payment was due in 2014 and no one had set aside any money to pay it nor had it been included in the calculation of taxes until now.

Tichinin said that due to the potential and drastic effect of the unbudgeted-for balloon payment on the district's general fund, "we have an obligation to work with you" to protect the fiscal solvency of the district.




Occupy Mendocino is sponsoring a Foreclosure Town Hall Meeting with moderator C.J. Holmes speaking about successful techniques  to stop foreclosures, ways that have been used in other parts of the country. The Registrar of Deeds will be present and other elected officials as well as the public. Please visit www.hofj.org for more  information or call 937-2377. The event will be held next Friday,  Nov. 16 at 6 p.m., at the Methodist Church, 360 N. Corry in Fort Bragg.


There are still free bike lockers available in Willits for those who use a bike to do errands or just enjoy those flat city streets .A person can use one of these lockers for up to a year, rent free, to store a bike in town.

The bike locker is an effort by the city and Willits Action Group to "encourage more local bicycle ridership to reduce automobile trips in town and to encourage healthy living in the community," says project coordinator Mike Aplet. "You need not be a city resident to be eligible."

Operated by the City of Willits, the bicycle lockers are available free of charge. A refundable $20 key deposit is required.

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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