Local News

Erika Mahoney

Maintaining historic buildings is expensive and often relies on the goodwill of donors and volunteers. In many places, that model is failing. So the National Trust for Historic Preservation is trying something new. And it’s starting with a historic building in Monterey.  

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. 

Erika Mahoney

The Monterey International Pop Festival half a century ago was iconic.  It launched the careers of some legendary musicians and created a blueprint for future music festivals. The producers of this weekend’s 50th anniversary of Monterey Pop never set out to recreate the original, but did find ways to celebrate it. And they also set the festival apart from other music festivals today.   

Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal

It’s hard to imagine a time when no one really knew Jimi Hendrix.  But the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival was that time.  When Hendrix took the stage that summer, he hadn’t made his mark on the American music scene.

Erika Mahoney

A Salinas DREAMer no longer faces deportation. A judge threw out the case in late May, three months after the DREAMer with DACA status landed in jail.

Calvin Men

As a paddle out is being planned for July 9th to honor the life of surfing legend Jack O’Neill, mourners continue to leave flowers at his Santa Cruz home.  That’s where he died last Friday surrounded by family.  He was 94-years-old.

He Shot Monterey Pop

Jun 2, 2017
Doug McKnight

The 50th anniversary of the Monterey International Pop Festival will be marked with a return of the event later this month. The original Monterey Pop not only became the model for later festivals like Woodstock and Coachella, it also launched the careers of rock legends like Jimi Hendrix and the photographers who were there to capture the moment. 

Greta Mart / KCBX

It may take a year to clear the Mud Creek slide in Big Sur.  It's being called the biggest landslide to hit the Central Coast in recent memory.

Erika Mahoney

Santa Cruz is known for its free spirit and eclectic mix of people. Look no farther than the Evergreen Cemetery to see it’s a culture that dates back to the 1800s. After decades of sitting in disrepair, there’s renewed energy to restore the historic site.

Erika Mahoney

A Salinas teacher is one of the first people in the country to receive a so-called artificial pancreas to help manage her type 1 diabetes. The FDA approved the device last year and it will hit the market in a few weeks. The device is easing the burden of diabetes, but at a cost.

Gary Griggs, Ph.D, UC Santa Cruz

For nearly 50 years the Lapis Sand Mine in Marina has been operating without the required lease from the state.

Krista Almanzan

Californians are used to the idea of recycling cans, bottles and paper. But the idea of recycling water is a little hard for some to swallow. In fact, the process is sometimes dubbed “toilet to tap.”

That’s a phrase the people at Pure Water Monterey quickly dismiss when talking about the new advanced water purification facility being built in Marina.

DREAMers Anxious After Local Arrest

May 11, 2017
Erika Mahoney

A 20-year old Salinas man has become the local face of the nationwide immigration controversy. 

KAZU News earned four Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for its work in 2016. Every year the Radio Television Digital News Association honors the best in electronic journalism. These winning entries move on to the national competition.

Marc Silber

Smartphones have turned all of us into photographers, and we are taking more pictures than ever.  Whether or not they’re any good… well Carmel photographer Marc Silber at least wants to make them better. 

I recently spoke with Silber about his new book Advancing your Photography: A Handbook for Taking Photos You’ll Love.

Krista Almanzan

At the Big Sur River Inn, outdoor umbrellas and dining tables sit on the decks waiting for visitors.  It’s spring break, a time of year when the restaurant would normally be busy and the rooms here booked.  But both are virtually empty.

Erika Mahoney

The fear of deportation is looming large over the region’s undocumented community. And for US-born children with undocumented parents, the reality of possible separation is setting in. 

The ocean had long been the first great love of marine biologist Shannon Leone Fowler; that is until it took away the love of her life.  In her new memoir Traveling with Ghosts, Fowler talks about returning to the ocean after tragedy. 

Last March the California Coastal Commission told CEMEX that its sand mine in Marina violates the Coastal Act.  A year later, the plant is still up and running while drawn out talks between the two continue. 

Krista Almanzan

Update: On Tuesday, March 28th State Parks opened the bypass trail to local residents, school children and people who work south of the downed bridge.  Trail users must get a pass from State Parks and sign a waiver.  The trail opens a half hour before sunrise and closes a half hour after sunset.

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