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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Local
10:12 am
Thu May 28, 2015

From Solar to Safe Haven: Ten Years On, Rancho Cielo Continues to Grow

Rancho Cielo student John Rodriguez stands in front of the construction workshop where he helped install solar panels.
Credit Krista Almanzan

The Rancho Cielo Youth Campus in Salinas offers a fresh start for at risk youth.  As this non-profit educational institution marks its 10th year, it’s also celebrating the launch of two new programs. 

“What you see are five homes and one community room and laundry facility.  They built this lovely village,” says Susie Brusa, Executive Director of Rancho Cielo as she walks along a circular path which connects a cluster of freshly painted, single story houses.

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Local
6:45 am
Mon May 11, 2015

DNA Testing Transforms Shelter Dogs Into Designer Dogs

Daisy is Mini Manpincsch Terrier, a mix breed of Manchester Terrier and Mini Pinscher.
SPCA for Monterey County

Often when you adopt a dog from an animal shelter it’s a mixed breed.   But in this day of designer dogs and DNA testing, shelter animals are getting re-branded and perhaps increasing their chances of adoption.

Two newly minted designer dogs share a room at the SPCA for Monterey County.  “So this is Tom and he’s with Champ.  Champ a lot of people thought was Chihuahua. It’s was kind of hard to guess what other parts were,” says Beth Brookhouser, Director of Community Outreach at SPCAMC.

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Local
6:45 am
Tue May 5, 2015

2015: The Year of the Drone Conference

Randy Braun of DJI demos DJI's new Phantom 3 drone at the Drones Data X Conference in Santa Cruz.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Drones have moved from corners in the tech and model aircraft worlds to warranting conferences of their own.  Right now there’s a major one underway in Atlanta.  It comes on the heels of the Drones Data X Conference that wrapped up this weekend with in Santa Cruz. 

Drones

The Kaiser Permanente Arena in downtown Santa Cruz is normally home to the D-league basketball team, the Santa Cruz Warriors.  But on Friday it was all about drones.

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Local
6:40 am
Fri May 1, 2015

National Monument Push on the Slow Coast

A view of the Monterey Bay from the Coast Dairies property.
Credit Krista Almanzan

As President Obama nears the end of his term, land conservationists are lining up with proposals to have their piece of country designated a national monument.   It’s something the President can do by Executive Order.

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Local
6:45 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Monterey Bay a bright spot in the snowy plover recovery

an adult snowy plover
Jenny Erbes Point Blue

Carleton Eyster walks up a sand dune toward the water at Moss Landing State Beach.  He has binoculars around his neck and a scope mounted on a tripod in his hand.

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