UPDATE: Blaine County Commissioner Blasts Media Over Repeated Bergdahl Inquiries


UPDATE: June 11, 2014, 3 p.m.

Blaine County Commissioners said Wednesday that they have had it up to here with reporters hounding their fellow citizens with questions about Hailey native and U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

"They've been answering questions politely and honestly, and hoping for the sake of the family that you all go away," said Blaine County Commissioner Larry Schoen, according the Twin Falls Times-News.

The Twin Falls newspaper reports that Schoen said the people of Hailey "are sick of the attention and will be getting on with their lives now. He said they're tired of being stopped on the street and questioned by reporters."

"We only have wanted to support his family and to see Bowe returned safely to U.S. soil."

Schoen said the public should not "rush to judgment."

"Be patient and allow the military justice process to work," he said.


Blaine County commissioners have announced that they'll be holding a 1 p.m. press conference Wednesday. The lawmakers said the topic will be "the controversy in our community surrounding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's return."

The Idaho native and U.S. Army sergeant gained freedom a week and a half ago after five years as the only U.S. military prisoner of war during the war in Afghanistan. Bergdahl's freedom was secured through a controversial swap of five Taliban POWs.

The city of Hailey canceled a welcome-home celebration for Bergdahl following a storm of criticism from critics of the White House's plan to swap prisoners with the Taliban.

Today's press conference is set for the Blaine County Courthouse on First Avenue in Hailey.