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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Pacific Grove City Councilwoman Casey Lucius will run for the Congressional seat currently held by Congressman Sam Farr.  The 20th District House of Representatives seat represents the Central Coast.

The 38-year-old Navy veteran announced her candidacy today with a video on You Tube.  She recently resigned her job as a professor at the Naval War College to make this run for Congress. 

Krista Almanzan

The FAA’s Next Generation plan is changing the flight paths into some of our nation’s airports. It aims  to reduce delays and save on fuel, but for some people, like Patrick Meyer, it’s making life miserable. 

Meyer and his partner Jim just celebrated the day, eight years ago, when they found this house.  Patrick remembers it vividly.

“I saw the open house.  We came in, and ‘I went, oh my god, you don’t find places like this’.  You know, it’s absolutely amazing,” says Meyer.

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Summer has arrived at Watsonville’s Pinto Lake Park. School children are having end of year picnics, and the RV camping spots are filling up.   But what hasn’t arrived are the toxic algal blooms.   

In recent years Pinto Lake has been plagued by chronic blooms of a toxic blue green algae.  It looks bad, smells worse and has the potential to make people sick.

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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.

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.