Recent News

October 2019 PGE Power Shutdown (Updated Saturday Oct 12, 12 pm)

The PG&E outage map is showing that nearly all power has been restored, with only one 10-customer neighborhood on Socrates Mine Road shut down, and another 10 on Grange Rd south of Hidden Valley Lake due to 'damaged equipment on a power pole' (both predicted to be up by 3pm). A few individual houses are reporting outages where the area has been reactivated.

This will be the last update.

Lake County is currently recovering from  a PG&E "Public Safety Power Shutdown"

The studio has power and is in full operation, including streaming.

We have resumed normal programming, except that replays of shows during the power shutfown will not be available, so we will use older shows from the archive.

KPFZ will cover the power shutdown recovery as we receive updated information. 

A few areas still have no power (Bottlerock Rd, Upper Lake, Middletown south of Twins Pines) : PG&E is currently predicting  these will all be restored by 3 pm Saturday.

Lake County News has a report on the recovery status.

October 2019 PGE Power Shutdown (Monday Update)

KPFZ will cover this event as we receive updated information.  In the meantime, please be aware and be prepared for the possible shutdown of local power on Wednesday.

Lake County is currently under a PG&E "Public Safety Power Shutdown" warning. We anticipate that power will be cut at 4 am on Wednesday Morning. In the event that we lose power in Lakeport, we plan to run our generator for limited times:

  • 8 am - 10 am
  • 3 pm - 5 pm
  • 7 pm - 9 pm

The last official update was on Monday Oct 7 :

 

PG&E is Monitoring a Severe Wind Event Later this Week That Could Impact Nearly 30 Counties Across Northern and Central California

National Weather Service Has Issued a Fire Weather Watch for Vast Portions of
Northern California

PG&E’s Emergency Operations Center is Open and Monitoring the Situation

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — PG&E announced today that its meteorological and operations teams in its Emergency Operations Center continue to monitor a potentially widespread, strong and dry wind event Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon. The event will impact northern, central, coastal and Bay Area counties across much of PG&E’s service area.

In response to this anticipated event, the National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for vast portions of Northern California for midweek. The National Interagency Fire Center’s Geographic Area Coordination Center is also forecasting significant fire potential across Northern California beginning on Wednesday of this week.

Due to the forecasted extreme weather conditions, PG&E is considering proactively turning off power for safety, and implementing a Public Safety Power Shutoff, across portions of approximately 30 northern, central, coastal and Bay Area counties.

Portions of counties that may be impacted include, but is not limited to: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Mariposa, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.

The main period of weather risk is early Wednesday morning through Thursday midday. The dry, windy weather pattern is expected to reach from the northern portions of PG&E’s service territory and down through the Sacramento Valley before spreading into the central areas of the state including most of the Bay Area.

PG&E will continue to monitor weather conditions and will be providing additional information regarding affected area this afternoon.

How Customers Can Prepare

As part of PSPS preparedness efforts, PG&E is asking customers to:

  • Update their contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours. PG&E will use this information to alert customers through automated calls, texts, and emails, when possible, prior to, and during, a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
  • Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.
  • Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
  • Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at pge.com/wildfiresafety.
  • Learn more about wildfire risk and what to do before, during and after an emergency to keep your family safe at PG&E’s Safety Action Center.

While customers in high fire-threat areas are more likely to be affected by a Public Safety Power Shutoff event, any of PG&E's more than 5 million electric customers could have their power shut off because the energy system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.

Generator Safety

Backup electric generators can be a part of any preparedness plan, but they can also pose unique safety hazards.

It’s important to understand how to safely operate your generator before an emergency occurs. This means doing regular safety checks and being sure you have enough fuel to last a few days. If you don’t understand how to use your generator, you risk damaging your property, endangering your life and endangering the lives of others.

Position your generator where its exhaust can vent safely to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal. Never run a portable generator in the garage or in the rain, and never store generator fuel in the house.

Additional tips on the safe use of generators can be found at PG&E’s Safety Action Center at www.safetyactioncenter.pge.com.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy company in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.

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. Questions may be directed to Board President Olga Martin Steele at 916-849-8170.

1) Requirements:

Applicants must have attended two or more Board meetings and be willing to participate on various standing 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.

2) Desirable Skills, Experience & Abilities:

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

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

The ability to 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

Big Art: October 29th at 1:00 Linda Kelly with her co-host Richard Schmidt, will have Barbara Clark to discuss 'Chicago', the upcoming Spring Dance Festival and Poetry Out Loud, which encourages high school students to present their poems in a public forum.    ( Repeated Sunday November 3rd 11pm. )


9BC has retired after 5 years of bi-weekly programming.

We would like to thank Allen & Aqeela Markowski for their support of the station and all the listeners who tuned in.  We will miss their voices.

The new show information will be posted shortly.


Programmers : Announce your upcoming shows here via email or use the Contact Form for "Web Editor" and it will be 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.