Bowe Bergdahl

Bergdahl Celebration
6:21 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Would-be Day Of Celebration In Bergdahl’s Hometown Passes Quietly

This tree was one of four planted for an event last year in Bowe Bergdahl’s hometown. The trees marked his then four years in captivity.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A day of planned celebration of Bowe Bergdahl in his Idaho hometown turned out to be a pretty uneventful one. Hailey, Idaho, canceled Saturday’s event after the city received threats. Our correspondent Jessica Robinson has attended previous annual events for Bergdahl during his captivity and has more from Hailey.

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Bergdahl Release
5:56 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Idaho’s Politicians Walk A Careful Line In Debate Over Bergdahl Release

Bowe Bergdahl at age 16.
Credit Bergdahl family photo

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrived at a military hospital in Texas Friday to continue his recovery process. There has been no shortage of strong opinions about the release of the former POW … except, that is, among Idaho's Congressional delegation. The two senators and two congressmen from Bergdahl's home state have largely avoided the national fray. Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports on what the four Republicans are saying about the controversial return of Idaho’s native son.

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Bowe Bergdahl
5:51 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Bergdahl’s Hometown Asks Media, American Public For Some Space

Since Bergdahl’s release, Hailey, Idaho has been caught up in the controversy about whether Bergdahl walked away from his post in 2009.
Credit U.S. Army

A county commissioner in Blaine County, Idaho, is asking critics of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to give Bergdahl's hometown some space. That includes members of the media. The commissioner says the town of Hailey is tired of being the target of people’s “misguided rage” over the former POW.

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Bowe Bergdahl
4:14 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Idaho Rep. Urges Politicians To Hold Off On Criticizing Bergdahl

Some former members of Bergdahl’s unit say he deserted in June of 2009.
Credit Courtesy of Bergdahl family

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is calling on fellow politicians to avoid “escalating the rhetoric” around Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Labrador is a Republican. He made the comments at a panel discussion hosted by the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday in Washington D.C.

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Bowe Bergdahl
5:37 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

‘Awareness’ No Longer The Issue For Bergdahl’s Network Of Supporters

Groups across the country distributed stickers, patches, armbands and other items to get Bergdahl’s name out during his captivity.
Credit Buster Hickam

The parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl issued a statement through social media Monday. Bob and Jani thanked the people who have supported them for nearly five years as they waited for their son to be freed from Taliban captivity. Bergdahl's broad network of online supporters continue to back the POW amidst a raging debate about whether Bergdahl deserted.

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Bergdahl Release
6:38 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Citing Safety Concerns, Hailey, Idaho Cancels Bergdahl Celebration

An annual rally turned homecoming celebration for released POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been canceled in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho. Boise State Public Radio’s Emilie Ritter Saunders explains the event is off because of safety concerns.

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Bergdahl Release
6:49 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Idaho Town That Waited 5 Years For Bergdahl Now Must Defend Its Support

Jane Drussel's store, Jane's Artifacts, in downtown Hailey, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Almost immediately after the jubilant response to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from the Taliban on Saturday, the story took a very different turn. First, there was criticism of the Obama administration exchanging five Taliban detainees for Bergdahl. Then, some soldiers from his former unit started speaking out against the freed POW. Josh Korder told CNN earlier this week that he believes men lost their lives searching for him.

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Bowe Bergdahl
4:19 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Bergdahl’s Hometown Caught In Crossfire Of National Backlash

People in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown in Idaho say they're “shocked” by how quickly the captive soldier's homecoming has turned into a national controversy.
Credit Courtesy of Bergdahl family

People in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown in Idaho say they're “shocked” by how quickly the captive soldier's homecoming has turned into a national controversy. Bergdahl was released Saturday after nearly five years in Taliban captivity. Since then, some fellow soldiers have accused him of being a deserter. The city of Hailey, Idaho, is asking people to withhold judgment.

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Bowe Bergdahl
4:41 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Bergdahl’s Family Says Mission Of Recovery Now Begins

Bowe Bergdahl was released to U.S. Army Special Forces on Saturday.
Credit U.S. Army

The family of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he has a long recovery ahead of him, now that he’s been freed from the Taliban. The parents of the soldier from Hailey, Idaho, spoke to the press Sunday in Boise. Bergdahl spent nearly five years as a prisoner of the Taliban and their allies.

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Bergdahl Release
2:12 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Sgt. Bergdahl's Hometown Rejoices At His Long-Awaited Release

A sign announcing the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits outside the Power House restaurant in Hailey, Idaho.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 7:32 am

The town of Hailey, Idaho, has waited five years to hear news of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's return. In 2009, Bergdahl was captured and held by the Taliban — first in Afghanistan and later, it's believed, in Pakistan.

On Saturday, he was released in a swap for five Guantanamo Bay detainees. Now Hailey, Bergdahl's hometown, is preparing for the next chapter.

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