The President’s C-17 Left a Lasting Footprint:

Settling a dispute that has run over a year, the Las Cruces City Council voted Monday to accept an offer of $603,754 from the Air Force to repair the city’s airport runway that was damaged by a USAF C-17 carrying equipment for a Presidential visit. Loaded with vehicles and equipment, the airlifter caused a half-mile of ruts on the runway, which had been softened in the desert heat, when it landed on Aug. 26, 2004. The city filed a $2.1 million claim last November against the Air Force, saying that officials with the Las Cruces airport reportedly told the White House that the runway could not handle the weight.