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Application for Board Members

PROGRAMMERS PLEASE ANNOUNCE – Board of Director Elections

Applications are being accepted for the Lake County Community Radio, Inc., Board of Directors. The deadline to submit an application is close of business, November 9, 2019. Elections will be held at the Thursday, November 21st Board meeting.

Due to the passing of Board Member Nick Baker, there is one vacancy at this time. Also, 5 current Board Members are up for re-election. Board members may re-apply. Terms are for a 2-year period.

Applications are available at the radio station, 149 N. Main St., Lakeport, in a holder on the studio hallway door. You can also find an application online on our website dev.kpfz.org Questions may be directed to Board President Olga Martin Steele at 916-849-8170.

Requirements:

Applicants must have attended two or more Board meetings and be willing to participate on various standing and ad hoc committees; serve on at least one standing committee; support fund raising efforts and LCCR.Inc, events; attend Board member and related training; and abide by the policies, by-laws and guidelines set forth by the LCCR, Inc.

Desirable Skills, Experience and Abilities Include:

Financial Budget Development or Management; Accounting/Bookkeeping/Treasury; Fund Raising; Computers, Information Systems, or Data Management; Planning/Organizational Development; Communications; Policy Development/Implementation; Personnel Management; Secretarial/Note Taking

Experience:

Decision making; Management/Leadership; Working with diverse interests and individuals; Conflict resolution/management; Served on Non-Profit Board(s); Working with or overseeing the work of volunteers

Abilities:

Work cooperatively and amicably with others; handle sensitive situations; maintain confidentiality when required; and work under pressure.

Application Form:

Click HERE :  Application Form

Upcoming Shows on KPFZ

It's summer time, and even KPFZ programmers take vacations .. so you may hear more repeats than usual.

9BC: Friday August 23rd 9am.  Aqeela Markowski and Beth Hyde will be personning the show while Allen takes a break.  The topic is Ringo Starr's astrology chart and how numbers played in his life experience. 

Programmers : Announce your show here!

A new volunteer Beth Hyde is helping us expand the information about our shows. If you'd like to announce a show please use the contact form for "Web Editor" and she will set it up for you. 
 

Board of Directors Meeting on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 6:15 pm

The Lake County Community Radio Board Of Directors is scheduled for Thursday, August 15,, 2019 at 6:15 p.m.  The meeting is held on the third Thursday of each month.

Board members will meet upstairs in the KPFZ office at 149 North Main Street in Lakeport. The public is always encouraged and welcome to attend. There is an agenda item for Public Input for items not on the agenda.  Each speaker has up to 3 minutes.  Please check in with this website or the KPFZ station at 707-263-3640 for meeting agendas and any updates.

The agenda and minutes are posted in the comments.

Golf Fire (Riviera West) Aug 8, 2019

There was a fire on Mt Konocti near Buckingham Peninsula.
 

The Golf Fire  is 100% contained, so we will no longer update this emergency page . However, we recommend all listeners who have not yet done so to register with LakeCoAlerts, even if you previously registered with Nixle or Code Red.

Golf Fire Update FINAL  (Sunday  8/11/19 7:00 pm)

Caused by an improperly discarded cigarette. Size : 20 acres, 100% contained (though Calfire crews will still be working on the site). One firefighter suffered minor injuries.

Golf Fire Update (Saturday 8/10/19 7:45 pm)  Golf Fire - off Soda Bay Rd and Golf Dr, West of Clearlake in Lake County is 20 acres and 90% contained.

Calfire Investigators determined the cause of the Golf Fire to be from a improperly discarded cigarette.  CalFire would like to remind the public to 'put it out'.  When needing to discard a cigarette use a deep and sturdy ashtray and place it away from anything that can burn.  Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, pottee plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses or leaves or other things that could ignite easily.  Before you throw away and cigarettes and ashes make sure they are out.  Dosing them in water or sand is the best way to do that.  Never throw cigarettes out of vehicles, always discard them in an ashtray, or a container designed for cigarette disposal.

All Evacuations Orders/Advisories have been lifted
All Road Closures have been lifted

Golf Fire Incident Road Closure Update  (Saturday 8/10/19 11:30 am)

Public Information Officer
Lt. Rich Ward

The road closures on Soda Bay Road in Buckingham for the Golf Fire Incident will be removed and open to through traffic on Saturday, 08/10, at 1200 pm.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind motorist, pedestrians and residents in the area to remain vigilant of emergency personnel and equipment that may still be working in the area. 

Golf Fire Evacuation Order and Warning Lifted (Friday 8/9/19 1:30 pm)

Effective immediately, all evacuation warnings and orders have been lifted for the communities of Riviera West, Buckingham and Riviera Heights.  Residents are now able to repopulate the area.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to still remain vigilant of hazards created as a result of the fire and emergency personnel in the immediate area.  Road closures will remain in the following areas:

*Soda Bay Road is closed between Little Borax Lake Road and Crystal Drive for emergency personnel in the immediate area.*

Pacific Gas & Electric anticipates restoring power and re-energizing powerlines in the affected areas after a line inspection has been accomplished.

Things to consider when repopulation occurs:

  • Be alert for downed power lines and other hazards. 
  • Check propane tanks, regulators, and lines before turning gas on; if it has been turned off.
  • Check water lines before turning back on if previously shut-off. 
  • Check your residence carefully for hidden embers or smoldering fires.
  • Check pilot lights.
  • Be cognizant of emergency traffic and first responders in the immediate area.

NOTE : we are updating these lists as information becomes available.

Government Agencies & Affiliates

News Organizations

Technical Support Sites

WARNING! These may require some technical knowledge, and may not be up to date.

  • Wind Conditions in Lake County - Put in the Zip Code 95451 Note: these wind speeds may not be applicable at ground level.
  • Web Cams --  Note : PGE has a camera on Konocti, but you can't see the Golf Fire area. The Geyser Peak camera shows Konocti from the west. Check the datestamp on the webcam to make sure it's current.
  • Flight Radar 24 This shows the location of airplanes all over the world.Click on a plane and you'll see its path.
  • FIRMS Fire Satellite Map  WARNING!  It can take up to two days for a satellite to pick up a fire at a particular location. Also, it cannot see through mountains or into canyons. (As of 8/9/19 it did NOT pick up the Golf Fire!)

Crowdsourced News (WARNING! This is not official information!)

Lake County Board of Supervisors Approves a Compromise

KPFZ is pleased to report that our request for a reduced rate on tower fees was approved by a 3 – 1 vote of the Lake County Supervisors.  District 3 Supervisor E.J. Crandell, District 1 Supervisor Moke Simon and District 4 Supervisor and Chairwoman Tina Scott voted in favor; District 5 Supervisor Rob Brown opposed; District 2 Supervisor Bruno Sabatier was absent.

 

Our hope was to receive a reduced rate commensurate with other non-profits who rent or lease property from the County.  We believe KPFZ provides essential, high value services to the Lake County community and argued that point.  Ultimately, we were approved for a reduced rate of $500 monthly, down from $827. 

 

Thank you members and friends for attending the Board meetings on June 4 and June 18, 2019; testifying at those meetings; and for making calls, writing letters and sending emails in support.  We couldn’t have done this without you!

 

You can view video taped meetings on the County’s website: https://countyoflake.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

 

Lake County Community Radio, Inc.

Board of Directors

Station Stutter Update!

You may have noticed that while listening to KPFZ at 88.1 on the FM dial, there are times where the music and talk isn't very clear.  Or perhaps you've tuned in at 5 a.m. and found the station is off the air.  These are 2 of the symptoms of a serious issue facing KPFZ as we enter our 10th year as a full power station.

KPFZ has hired a Portland, Oregon engineer, Gray Haertig, to work on our Studio Transmitter Link (STL) which currently causes drop-outs/shut-downs over- the-air.  Gray has done the engineering for a licensed STL network, and has applied to the FCC.  When the license has been granted, KPFZ will proceed with purchasing and installing new STL equipment. There is no time-line at this point, though the station will have to go off-the-air for a few days when the installation takes place.  The listeners will be advised when this will happen.

GoFundMe link
Help us Stop the Station Stutter by clicking on the above link to donate funds for the STL system.

The problem is complex - the solution requires a large infusion of funds.  The fix is a licensed STL system that needs to be engineered, applied for, and approved through the FCC. Then, the equipment needs to be purchased and installed.  Estimated cost is $20,000 for the equipment, license fee, and setup.