Fort Ord

6:44 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Central Coast Veterans Cemetery needs long term community support

The ceremonial groundbreaking for the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery at Parker Flats Road on the former Fort Ord.
Credit Krista Almanzan

The military is in Wilma Hall-McKenzie’s blood.   “I’ve been an Army brat all my life.  My dad was in the Army for 30 years, and my husbands were both in the Army,” says Hall-McKenzie.

She first moved to the Central Coast in 1953 when her father was stationed at Fort Ord.  Life as a military daughter, and later a military wife has taken her all over the world, but always brought her back here.

So when her mom died in 2000, then her dad in 2009 and her second husband in 2012, there was really no question as to what to do with their ashes. 

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6:45 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Woman who helped transform Portland to headline Fort Ord trails event

A new bike lane on Imjin Road on the former Fort Ord.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Portland, Oregon is well known as a bike friendly city, but it wasn’t always that way.  The woman who helped change the city from being car centric to the place with hundreds of miles of bike lanes, trails and walkways is Mia Birk.  

She’s the former bicycle coordinator for Portland, and now President of Alta Planning and Design – a company that works with communities across the country to create infrastructure so people can bike and walk as part of their daily lives. 

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9:32 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Fort Ord Blight Removal Picks Up

An excavator demolishes an abandoned building on the CSUMB campus.
Credit Doug McKnight

In the twenty years since the Army shut down Fort Ord there’s been progress on repurposing the land – a new University, a National Monument, new housing and shopping.  But even with all the change more than one thousand abandoned buildings still remain standing -- making parts of the former base look like a ghost town.   Now efforts to clean up the remaining blight may finally be picking up.

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4:03 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

What's Next For Fort Ord Rec Users and MST

A Keep Fort Ord Wild sticker on the sign that marked the location of MST's planned headquarters on the former Fort Ord.


This week the Monterey County Board of Supervisors pulled its support for a planned transit center on Fort Ord.  It’s a victory for a group that aims to preserve recreation on the former Fort.  

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4:40 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

New Momentum for a Fort Ord National Monument

Henrietta Stern of FORT Friends looks at a map of the BLM public lands.


On a recent visit to the Monterey Bay Area, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar voiced his support for making Fort Ord lands a National Monument.   KAZU’s Krista Almanzan reports on what monument status would mean and what’s next. 

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