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Doug McKnight

Journalist Claudia Melendez Salinas decided to write her first novel while covering a story for the Monterey Herald nine years ago. It was a period when the city of Salinas was having a difficult time financially and had to make some hard choices about what services to cut.

“The libraries had just been closed. But they were also having issues with the community centers,” says Melendez Salinas.

Krista Almanzan

Any day now the Army hopes to resume prescribed burns on the former Fort Ord.  It’s part of the clean-up process, which began when the Army base closed more than 20 years ago.

To find out what happens after the smoke clears, I took a rare trip into the burn area with Lyle Shurtleff.  He’s Munitions Response Manager for the Fort Ord Environmental Cleanup.  

Monterey Bay Chronicles

Oct 4, 2015
Brittany Darnell

In 2014 and 2015, KAZU reporter Rowan Moore Gerety along with KAZU's Krista Almanzan recorded around the clock moments of life in the Monterey Bay Area. The end result is the Monterey Bay Chronicles, an audio portrait of 24 hours in the Monterey Bay Area.

We encourage you to listen to the show in its entirety above.  Below you'll find each individual segment broken down by hour.

Krista Almanzan

As Pope Francis canonized Father Junipero Serra at a mass in Washington D.C., hundreds gathered at the Carmel Mission. Many came to honor the founder of the California mission system, but some were there to rebuke a man the church now calls a Saint. 

Church bells drew hundreds of people into the Basilica at Carmel Mission for a noon mass held just before Pope Francis canonized Junipero Serra.

Krista Almanzan

Crews are making progress on the Tassajara Fire burning in Carmel Valley.  At 1086 acres, the fire is 30% contained.  Over the past twenty-four hours, the fire has not grown beyond its footprint, which Cal Fire’s Scott McLean says is a good sign.

“But on the flip side we can’t be complacent.  The Wragg Fire in northern California earlier this year is a prime example.  We had that fire contained.  We had that within that footprint, and unfortunately, an ember did come across that line later  and increased that acreage by 500 acres on that particular fire,” says McLean.

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