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Hailey Officials Dispute NY Times Article on Bergdahl: 'Our Town Moved On Years Ago'


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Officials in Hailey, home of Army Sergeant and accused wartime deserter Bowe Bergdahl, are pushing back against a New York Times article dubbed "Long After Bergdahl's Release, His Hometown Is Still Under Siege."

In the Feb. 16 report, The Times' Matthew Rosenberg wrote that hundreds of calls had poured into to the Hailey Chamber of Commerce and area businesses criticizing the town, even including death threats. Additionally, Rosenberg reported a "crude bomb filled with black powder was left outside a local business" shortly after Bergdahl's release and before the town canceled plans for a public celebration of his May 2014 release from Taliban captors.

Meanwhile, this morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports Hailey officials were "dumbfounded" by The Times article, insisting there were "only two or three [threats] that were really mean and nasty."

"Whoever sent the messages were contacted and that was the end of it," said Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter.

More important, both Gunter and Hailey Mayor Fritz Haemmerle said The Times' report was the first they had heard anything about a bomb scare.

"I've never heard about a bomb," Haemmerle told the Mountain Express. "I told [Rosenberg] that our town had moved on from the Bergdahl threats long ago, that it was back to business as usual and that we were definitely not under siege."