Krista Almanzan

Krista Almanzan joined KAZU in 2007.  She is on leave from her role as News Director.  She is spending the 2019-2020 academic year as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.  

In her time leading the station’s local news coverage, KAZU earned 25 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, plus one National Murrow.  The station has also been awarded numerous national honors from the Public Media Journalists Association (formerly Public Radio News Directors Incorporated).

Krista is part of an NPR reporting collaboration that covers military issues close to home.  She is also a mentor for NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project.

She started her journalism career in Iowa covering presidential elections, tornadoes and holiday parades for local television stations.  

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Krista Almanzan

The number of homeless deaths in Santa Cruz County has reached a new high.  The fifty people who died homeless in 2017 were honored in a memorial service Tuesday.

Erika Mahoney

Salinas has hundreds of unsolved murders. For the victims’ families, the wait for justice can be unbearable. So this month, a group of moms who lost their children launched a new website. They hope it will renew interest in their cases.  


Krista Almanzan

After Monterey County voters approved a fracking ban last November, oil companies and royalty owners quickly filed six lawsuits against the county.  Those have all been consolidated into one trial.  Phase one began today.  

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office says arson caused the Bear Fire in Boulder Creek.  The same man accused of looting an evacuated home during the fire now faces arson charges.  

Erika Mahoney

CalFire Incident Update

Monterey Bay Area Air Quality

Thursday PM Update: The Bear Fire is no 100% contained at 391 acres.  Firefighters will remain on scene for the next few days.  CalFire asks residents to report any possible signs of smoke.

Erika Mahoney

Wind has not been a factor in the Bear Fire burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Highway 9 and the Lexington Reservoir. 

Erika Mahoney

Click here for more recent updates.

Update 1:30pm:  The Bear Fire has grown to 200 acres and is still 5% contained.  150 homes are threatened.  


The story of daily newspapers around the country and the Monterey Bay area is that they have been shrinking.  As a result, so has local news coverage. A new non-profit online publication aims to fill that gap.  

Krista Almanzan

UPDATE 5:15 PM Monday: CalFire determined the cause of the York Fire to be a cigarette dropped along South Boundary Road. CalFire says it's crucial that everyone stays extra diligent when it comes to fire prevention. The area is very dry. For prevention and safety tips click here

Erika Mahoney

Friday policy makers and researchers will take a deep dive into the water challenges and solutions on the Central Coast at New Frontiers Water Forum in Seaside. 

Krista Almanzan

A transformation is coming to Salinas’ Chinatown.  A new affordable housing development will soon break ground. 

Krista Almanzan


Summer festivals often reflect the harvest of a region.  Watsonville has the Strawberry Festival.  For Gilroy, it’s garlic.  And Capitola hosts the annual Begonia Festival.  

Krista Almanzan

The Henry Miller Library is an iconic Big Sur destination.  But a bridge failure and landslides left it stranded without tourists to support it.

So the Library moved north and set up temporary shop in Carmel. Now its Executive Director is finding reason to make that temporary location permanent.

Krista Almanzan

Joe Erwin and I stand on land that didn’t exist before the Mud Creek Slide.  The ocean is at our backs.  In front of us, a semi-truck hauling enormous boulders makes its way down an access road carved into this new hillside.

“You know when you first see it you are overwhelmed by how big it is.  And you think what can we possible do,” says Joe Erwin, Project Manager with CalTrans.

courtesy John Madonna

The plan to clear a massive landslide that fell on Highway 1 in Big Sur earlier this year is to not clear it.  Instead CalTrans will build a road on top of it.

courtesy of C. King/SIMoN/MBNMS

Update: The public comment will be re-opened on Monday, July 31st.  It will end on Monday, August 14th.

Wednesday is the last day to submit a public comment on a Presidential Executive Order on ocean energy exploration, which includes a review of part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Steven L. Shepard, Presidio of Monterey Public Affairs

The Pentagon is pushing Congress to shut down more military bases. The objective is to save money, just as it was 20 years ago when Fort Ord closed. 

Many lawmakers don’t like the idea because it means cutting jobs in their communities. So Congress has fought base closure for more than a decade.

Military communities like Monterey, have used that time to get ready.

California Coastal Commission

The nation’s last coastal sand mining operation will close.  Thursday the California Coastal Commission approved an agreement with CEMEX to end its operations on the beach in Marina.  

Krista Almanzan

A shuttle service launches in Big Sur Saturday, July 1st.  It will give visitors a way to access businesses on the south side of the downed Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, an area locals call “the island”.

California Coastal Commission

The CEMEX sand mine on the beach in Marina will close after being targeted for violating the California Coastal Act.  That’s according the a proposed settlement between the California Coastal Commission and CEMEX. 

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