Krista Almanzan http://kazu.org en Scholarship Program Finds Success With Unlikely Candidates http://kazu.org/post/scholarship-program-finds-success-unlikely-candidates <p>Edna Valdez looks every bit the part of a typical college student with her skinny leg jeans and smart phone in hand.&nbsp; But this 31-year-old is anything but typical.&nbsp; Her bright cheerful smile goes a long way at hiding all the obstacles she faced to get here.</p><p></p><p>“There’s been a lot of hardship in my life,” said Valdez.&nbsp; So much hardship that tears well up in her eyes when she thinks back over the past ten years.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Krista Almanzan 45263 at http://kazu.org Scholarship Program Finds Success With Unlikely Candidates Ag Tech Accelerator Launches in Salinas http://kazu.org/post/ag-tech-accelerator-launches-salinas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new program aims to bring technical innovation to the agricultural fields of the Salinas Valley.&nbsp; It’s called </span><a href="http://www.thriveaccelerator.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Thrive Accelerator</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and it’s looking for ten </span>ag<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tech start-up companies that will receive mentorship, have the chance to test their technology in local fields and compete for venture capital funding.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:10:15 +0000 Krista Almanzan 44635 at http://kazu.org Ag Tech Accelerator Launches in Salinas Great Dreams and the Great Pacific Race http://kazu.org/post/great-dreams-and-great-pacific-race <p><a href="http://www.jbrows.com/">Jim Bauer</a>’s muscles are all that power his bright yellow ocean row boat. He sits on a gliding seat where he pushes his legs back while pulling the oars to propel his boat away from the Monterey Wharf and out into the bay.</p><p></p><p>He’s headed out for a test run before the <a href="http://www.newoceanwave.com/great-pacific-race/">Great Pacific Race</a>, a 2100 nautical mile human powered trip from Monterey to Honolulu Hawaii.&nbsp; The inaugural race is scheduled to begin Monday, and will become a bi-annual event.</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Krista Almanzan 43068 at http://kazu.org Great Dreams and the Great Pacific Race From March to Parade: 40 Years of Santa Cruz Pride http://kazu.org/post/march-parade-40-years-santa-cruz-pride <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Santa Cruz’s annual LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) pride celebration marks its 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary this Sunday.&nbsp; Over the years, the event has evolved from a march for recognition and rights, to a celebration.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Krista Almanzan 42819 at http://kazu.org From March to Parade: 40 Years of Santa Cruz Pride Uncovering the Underwater World at Point Lobos http://kazu.org/post/uncovering-underwater-world-point-lobos <p><a href="http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=571">Point Lobos State Reserve</a>, just south of Carmel, is often called the crown jewel of California’s State Park system.&nbsp; It’s known for its scenic hikes and striking views, but it also has a lesser known underwater reserve that’s now more accessible thanks to local divers and scientists.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Krista Almanzan 42511 at http://kazu.org Uncovering the Underwater World at Point Lobos