BOULDER JUNCTION - Pilots find very little room for error when they make a landing. Wings, flaps, and landing gear all need to work properly. Then there's the runway itself, which needs to be flat and smooth.
So, when pilots found ruts and divots torn into the grass runway at Boulder Junction's airport, folks were more than upset, they were worried about safe landings. Airfield president Jeff Long thinks someone used a pickup truck to do the damage. It happened right before the airfield's busiest weekend of the year, the Musky Day fly-in.
"To see somebody disregard that, disrespect that, and then again the safety, where somebody could get hurt that we're inviting up here for summer fun, doesn't make you feel very good," Long said.
Long thinks it was likely younger people wanting to have some fun with their trucks. He says similar damage happened about a decade ago.
"Every once in a while it has happened a couple of times, but for the most part people leave it alone. And it's because of safety [we're really concerned,]" Long said.
Workers smoothed out the ruts in a matter of a few hours. But the airport is putting out a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
If you know anything about who might be responsible, please call Jeff Long at 715-499-1086.