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Take off to University Airport’s open house

Each year, UC Davis’ University Airport — yes, UCD has an airport! — opens its hangars so the public can see interesting airplanes, talk to pilots and get a peek at aeronautical research. This year’s open house also features remote-control aircraft, antique cars and flight simulators.

The Friends of the University Airport and UCD Transportation and Parking Services are hosting the 13th annual open house between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Admission is free. Food and soft drinks will be available.

Reserve recovers from inferno

For 15 days in July and August, the Wragg fire incinerated nearly everything in its wake, consuming the 576 acres that comprise the UC Davis Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve and torching a total of 8,000 acres near Lake Berryessa.

As the area begins to recover, local nature enthusiasts and university researchers alike eagerly wait for the the reserve to reopen. Yet for now, they are left only with bold-red words warning “CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE” on the reserve’s website.

The closure leaves thousands of visitors waiting to get their dose of nature. In recent years, the area has seen up to 65,000 guests per year, said Jeffrey Clary, director of the Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve.

Yolo school chiefs eye differing demographics

WOODLAND — Six Yolo County superintendents gathered Thursday morning for a session aimed at pointing out the common challenges that they face, as well as the contrasting demographics of the communities they serve.

Yolo County Superintendent Jesse Ortiz hosted the meeting, held at the Yolo County Office of Education. Participating were Superintendents Winfred Roberson of Davis, Maria Armstrong of Woodland, Linda Luna of Washington Unified (West Sacramento), Todd Cutler of Winters and Diego Ochoa of Esparto.

Roberson was the longest-serving superintendent at the confab; he was hired in June 2010. Armstrong is starting her second year in …

For Project Pink, the battle is never over

Today marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that means pink will be everywhere for the next 30 days, from the shoes of NFL players to the labels of soup cans.

But for Project Pink, every month is breast cancer awareness month, with board members and volunteers showing up in the Davis community year-round to build awareness and celebrate courage and positivity in the fight against breast cancer.

Project Pink was founded by the late Ann Murray Paige more than a decade ago, and one of her wishes before …

Council approves 45-day ban on new bars, clubs

The City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday morning to approve an urgency ordinance temporarily banning the establishment or expansion of bars, restaurants and nightclubs in Davis. Existing businesses are not affected.

The 45-day moratorium comes in the wake of the Sept. 19 stabbing death of a 23-year-old Los Angeles man following a fight at the KetMoRee nightclub at Third and G streets.

The ordinance applies to bars and nightclubs, as well as restaurants larger than 2,500 square feet, that serve beer, wine and distilled spirits.

Kick the vehicle habit during car-free month

The city of Davis is promoting a “Car-Free October” next month, with many events planned and prizes awarded to residents of all ages who bike, walk, use public transit or even car-share.

Some events last the whole month; others just a single day. Learn more about all of them at http://gettingaround

Some of the highlights:

* Zipcar challenge: The city and Zipcar are looking to expand service in Davis of the popular car-sharing program. To that end, residents can sign up using the promotional code “daviscarfree35″ and get their $35 discounted membership fee back in the form of a $35 driving credit.

It takes a village to get to Paris Fashion Week

Squeezed into suitcases and duffel bags are 40 garments that will be traveling on Monday from Davis to Paris for that city’s famous Fashion Week. Accompanying those designs is Davis resident Sacha Laurin, creator of Kombucha Couture.

Laurin’s love of fermenting, which started with cheesemaking, has led her to create a sustainable fabric that is grown from green tea and symbiotic colonies of yeast and bacteria, or SCOBYs. The resulting fabric can mimic leather, canvas, silk or other substances, depending on how its grown and manipulated.

(For a more detailed account of how kombucha is grown into fabric, read The Enterprise’s 2013 story at www.davisenterprise.com/?p=327598.)

For Sandy Holman, it’s all about the love

This 2015 Woman of the Year honoree is a woman on a mission to send love out into the world.

Sandy Holman, an author, educator and diversity and equity specialist — also known as “The Purple Lady” — is one of six Davis women who were honored Tuesday at Congressman John Garamendi’s 3rd District Women of the Year Awards. (See accompanying story for vignettes on the other five honorees.)

Always on the move, Holman is best known locally for creating the International Festival, hosting anti-bullying and diversity outreach assemblies at schools, and providing trainings for community leaders.

Arraignments delayed for Davis murder suspects

WOODLAND — Two suspects in a downtown Davis homicide made their first court appearances Wednesday but did not enter pleas, saying they wanted to first hire private defense attorneys to handle their cases.

“I’m going to be hiring an attorney I’ve used in the past. I need to get ahold of him,” Martyn Alex Contreras, 25, told Yolo Superior Court Commissioner Kent O’Mara during the afternoon arraignment hearing. “If you could give me two weeks it would be highly appreciated.”

His co-defendant, 21-year-old Zackary Thomas Sandeno, said, “I can’t give you an answer at this time” when O’Mara asked whether he could afford to hire a lawyer, but said he’d prefer private counsel “if possible.”

Frustration? Self defense? Lawyers duel over motive

“I just wanted him to shut up.”

Those are some of the words a Yolo County jury is expected to hear today at the trial of Susan Kathleen Hoskins, a Woodland nurse accused of fatally shooting her husband on the night of Aug. 3, 2014.

Prosecutors say Susan Hoskins offered that explanation for her actions during her police interview — which jurors were to view this morning — and they show she intended to kill Bryan Hoskins Sr. when she shot at him in the kitchen of their Woodland condominium.

Family mourns ‘gentle giant’ who went to his brothers’ aid in bar fight

Peter Alexander Gonzales came to Davis for one of the happiest of occasions — his sister’s much-anticipated wedding, scheduled for Sunday in a Capay Valley vineyard.

Nearly 200 relatives and friends had traveled from throughout the country for the festivities, which on Friday night included an outing to the Cache Creek Casino. Upon returning to their Davis hotel, some members of the wedding party ventured downtown to continue the celebration.

They stopped at a few places along G Street, ending up at the KetMoRee Thai Restaurant, which transforms into a nightclub on the weekends. Davis police say that’s where Gonzales’ two brothers were assaulted by members of another group inside the bar at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

New Aggies move in

It was move-in day Saturday, an annual UC Davis ritual in which thousands of freshmen and returning students descended on the residence halls to kick off the 2015-16 school year.

While the newcomers and their families get the lay of the land, ably assisted by student volunteers, returning Aggies have the opportunity to reconnect and get prepped for the return of classes.

School board takes no action on AIM program

With AIM supporters threatening a recall of board members and expressing growing interest in starting a charter school, the Davis Board of Education adjourned a six-hour meeting early this morning after taking no action on the controversial Alternative Instructional Model (AIM, formerly GATE).

Trustees heard nearly three hours of public comment on the district’s AIM report, which was prepared in response to a school board directive to administrative staff on June 4. The topic will be back on the board’s agenda on Oct. 15.

Investigation sheds little light on murder-suicide

The day before he became the triggerman in a shocking West Davis murder-suicide, Joseph Hein created a computer document he titled, “Last words.”

“Hello all. I am sorry for the mess,” Hein wrote on March 25, according to a Yolo County coroner’s report on the case recently obtained by The Davis Enterprise. “I know the coming months will be a difficult and confusing time for you all, so in an attempt to ease this, I’ve enclosed instructions for dispersing my estate.”

Hein went on to say that he had paid off his credit-card debts and, should he not die from the gunshot wound he planned to self-inflict, he did not want to be kept alive by artificial means.

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