When incoming aircraft approach the main runway at Santa Maria Public Airport beginning next week, pilots will see fresh black asphalt and an orange carpet of California golden poppies.  The state flower planting is part of the effort to restore the land surrounding the 1,700-foot runway extension, which will be open for use May 3. […]

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Sunni Gibbons, a member of the Santa Maria Valley chapter of the Ninety-Nines, stands by her Piper Cherokee 235 plane at the Santa Maria Public Airport. Gibbons will be inducted into the Ninety-Nines Forest of Friendship, a living memorial in Atchison, Kan., in June. Sunni Gibbons has been many things throughout her 71 years — […]

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