Krista Almanzan

News Director & All Things Considered Host

Krista joined KAZU in 2007.  She is an award winning journalist with more than a decade of broadcast experience.  Her stories have won regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and honors from the Northern California Radio and Television News Directors Association.  Prior to working at KAZU, Krista reported in Sacramento for Capital Public Radio and at television stations in Iowa.  Like KAZU listeners, Krista appreciates the in-depth, long form stories that are unique to public radio. She's pleased to continue that tradition in the Monterey Bay Area.

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An overnight house fire triggered a wildfire now burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  The Bear Fire is east of Boulder Creek and west of the Lexington Reservoir.   As of 9:00 this morning, it had grown to 150 acres and was 5% contained.

CalFire Public Information Officer Colleen Baxter says they are expect wind not to be a big problem today.  They’re predicted to be just 5 to 10 miles an hour.

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.  

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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. 

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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.  

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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.

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