Newly elected Kootenai County commissioner Jai Nelson applauds during the swearing in of her fellow commissioners during the ceremony at the Kootenai County administration building in Coeur d'Alene on Monday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
… that Jai Nelson had 3 interesting well-wishers after she was sworn as a county commissioner this morning. Three burly men, dressed in camo fatigues, made their way to the front where they were greeted warmly by Nelson and posed for a photograph with her. From a distance, they looked as though they might have been part of the surprisingly large group of Kootenai County sheriff's deputies at the back of the room. But a Berry Picker noticed their embroidered tags on their chests as the passed by: “Idaho Militia.” Nelson, of course, isn't responsible for those who want to congratulate her in a situation like that. By the way, she and new Coroner Debbie Wilkey were the only ones to be sworn in with a Bible they'd brought to the ceremonies.