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
6:45 am
Thu January 1, 2015

In the New Year California Issues Driver's Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

An AB60 driver's license is picture on the left. It contains the words, "Federal Limits Apply."

On January 2nd , California becomes the tenth state to issue drivers licenses to illegal immigrants after they pass the written test, the driving test and buy insurance.

The bill known as AB60 was written by State Assemblyman Luis Alejo of Watsonville.  He says the license will look like any California driver’s license except in the upper right  hand corner there are three words, “Federal Limits Apply”.  (see picture above)

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Local
2:40 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Storm Info: Road Closures and Power Outages

Storm debris litters a street in Monterey's El Estero Park.

A powerful storm moving through the Monterey Bay Area has downed trees, flooded roadways and knocked out power throughout the region.

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Local
11:41 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Storm Closes Local State Parks

A chain blocks the coastal trail at Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation has closed several state parks in Santa Cruz and Monterey County due the storm.

In Santa Cruz County, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, New Brighton State Beach, Seacliff State Beach and Sunset State Beach are closed now, and will likely remain closed through next Wednesday, December 16th.  

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Local
6:45 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Why the Future Military Base Looks A lot Like the Presidio of Monterey

City of Monterey General Services lined up at the Presidio of Monterey from where workers respond to calls from both the Army and the City.
Credit Krista Almanzan

At a time when the Department of Defense budget is under pressure, some military bases are re-examining how they operate to find ways to save.  And increasingly, they’re looking to the Monterey Peninsula. 

About 15 years ago, Congress passed pilot legislation allowing the Army to partner with the Cities of Monterey and Seaside  to share operating services as a way to cut costs.  More recently Congress authorized that all military installations could enter these intergovernmental services agreements with state or local governments.

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Local
6:30 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Local Survivors of Suicide Loss Connect Saturday

Dawn McGahan is a suicide loss survivor and organizer of Survivor Day Monterey.
Credit Krista Almanzan

The Saturday before Thanksgiving is Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.  Established by Congress 15 years ago, at the urging of Senator Harry Reid who lost his father to suicide, it’s a day when people affected by suicide can gather for support and understanding.  Locally events are being held in La Selva Beach and for the first time on the Monterey Peninsula. 

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