Krista Almanzan


Back in March of 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan triggered a tsunami, and then a  Tsunami Warning for much of the California coast. 

At the time the basic tsunami evacuation plan said a Warning should trigger the worst case scenario evacuation.  This left county emergency managers with two options: order an evacuation of everyone in the tsunami flood zone or do nothing.

Why even consider doing nothing?  Because the 2011 warning came at a time of low tide. 

Krista Almanzan

A fledgling computer science program that’s putting students from the Salinas Valley on a path to Silicon Valley careers has been honored by the state for its innovation.

Today California’s Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education awarded Hartnell College and Cal State Monterey Bay $5-million for its CSIT-in-3 Program (computer science and information technology). CSUMB is KAZU’s parent institution.

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. 

California Safe Soil

Dan Morash’s big idea touches on a big problem.  Food waste.  “Unfortunately there’s an awful lot of it.  A typical supermarket throws away about 500 pounds of food a day. So it’s a big problem and the scale is big, and this is a great solution,” says Morash, founder of California Safe Soil.

James Tensuan

Riding a cobalt blue bike, 15-year-old Connor Gallart races through a complex of steep 6- and 7-foot tall dirt mounds. He’s always at the Post Office Jumps, a one-acre bicycle park across the street from a post office in Aptos.

Each jump sends Connor soaring two stories high into the air where he spins his handle bars, kicks out his legs and does a backflip. This is freeriding, a creative style of mountain biking that emphasizes tricks and technique. Connor discovered the sport while riding the school bus when he was 9.