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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Krista Almanzan

Judith Quinones lays out pictures of her late husband Abel on an ottoman in the living room of her assisted living community.

“This is my favorite one of Abel.  He looks nice.   I just love it,” says Quinones holding a photo of a younger Abel.  It was taken before he rose to the rank of Master Chief in the Navy where he served around the world including in Vietnam. 

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In the military, drones often fly on solo missions, but now researchers, including some in the Monterey Bay Area, are working on ways to have several drones work together as a group or swarm.

In an experiment at Camp Roberts in southern Monterey County, researchers from the Naval Postgraduate School have loaded a V-shaped drone,  they call a flying wing, onto what looks like a giant sling shot.

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The new Taylor Farms building anchors downtown Salinas.  It’s a company built on three generations of farming,  a fixture in the Salinas Valley, but perhaps  just as important to the future of this region is what happed in the temporary tent set up just out front late last week.  It’s enormous.  The type of tent you’d find at an outdoor wedding.

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The drought has taken its toll on many aspects of California life. Now it is shutting down a popular southern Monterey County recreation area.   Lake San Antonio will close on July 1st.   The water level on the lake is down to just 4%.

Getting to Lake San Antonio from the north takes you down roads flanked by oak trees, California’s iconic golden hills and not much else.   It all makes the tiny Lockwood Store seem like an oasis. 

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That path to success often starts with a dream, like the one belonging to 14 year old Chardonay Coates.  “When I graduate high school I really want to go to college or go into the Army,” says Coates.

She’s one of about 70 girls from Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties taking part in a one day conference called Dream It, Be It.  This new program was created by the volunteer organization Soroptimist International to help girls figure out how to live their dreams.

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