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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Election 2014
2:39 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Track November 2014 Election Results

Credit Krista Almanzan

The polls are open this Election Day from 7:00am to 8:00pm.  

The first returns, a count of vote by mail ballots, are expected to come in around 8:15pm.   You can follow your local, statewide and national elections using the links below.

Monterey County Elections

Santa Cruz County Elections

San Benito County Elections

California Elections

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Election 2014
6:04 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Salinas Voters To Weigh in On a One Cent Tax, Twice

The front door at Salinas City Hall shows the City's reduced hours of operations.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Walking into Salinas City Hall, the first thing you might notice are the business hours posted on the front door: “Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday”.  But this perpetual three day weekend is nothing to celebrate. 

Salinas City Manager Ray Corpuz says, it’s a reflection of how the recession has hurt the city’s budget.  “Trying to serve the public with just four days has been a very difficult challenge,” says Corpuz.

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Local
12:05 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Fort Ord 20 Years Later

A tank that was to be used for target practice in the impact area of Fort Ord will now be part of a future display at the Fort Ord National Monument.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Fort Ord closed on September 30, 1994.  It was one of the largest U.S. military bases ever shutdown.  The closure left behind an area of land the size of San Francisco.  

Today the base is home to a university, National Monument and construction is underway on a new joint Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense heath care center.   But after 20 years, a lot of work still remains. 

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Local
9:57 am
Fri September 12, 2014

From Surfers to Scientists: Ocean Health XPrize Competitors Begin Lab Trials

Benjamin Thompson founder of Boardformula shows his smart fin.
Credit Krista Almanzan

As CO2 emissions increase, so will ocean acidification.  The problem happens when the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and the seawater’s pH level drops.  It’s already harming oyster hatcheries and coral reefs. 

A solution could begin with the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPrize, an international competition for the development of accurate and affordable pH sensors.   Lab trials for the prize are underway in Moss Landing at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).

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Local
4:05 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Foster Youth Lead the Way in Opening New Center

The Epicenter's mission statement hangs in the entryway of the new center at 20 Maple Street in Salinas.
Credit Krista Almanzan

An 18th birthday can be a tricky time for kids in foster care.  As adults, they can leave the system, but being out their own isn’t easy.  Statistics from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption show 1 in 5 foster kids will be homeless after 18 and only half will have a job at 24.  

But a growing number of California communities are finding a solution in a community center model where foster kids help other foster kids transition out of the system into adulthood.  One such center opens today in Salinas.  It’s called the Epicenter.

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