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Bonner Commissioners Need Mediator

Bonner County commissioners are turning to mediation to resolve their differences. The unusual step on Tuesday to enter mediation to settle disputes among the board members following the removal of Commissioner Lewis Rich (pictured) as chairman. Commissioner Mike Nielsen moved to appoint Commissioner Cornel Rasor as chairman and Rasor seconded. The motion passed on a 2-0 vote. “I view this removal from chairmanship as punitive,” Rich said after the vote. Both Rasor and Nielsen insisted the removal was not punitive, but Rich seemed unconvinced by his colleagues’ declarations. “I’m not looking for punitive action. I’m looking for a change in direction,” said Nielsen/Keith Kinnaird, Bonner County Bee. More here.

Question: Izzit just me, or does it seem as though the Bonner County commissioners' office isn't a happy place?

Nielsen Shakes Up Bonner Courthouse

He rode into office on a wave of anti-government, anti-spending sentiment in the county and it’s not hard to see that Bonner County Commissioner Mike Nielsen sees himself mounted on a white steed, the appointed “savior” of the people from a government that would hold them down. “Friendship stops where the county business starts,” he thunders as he wields his sword against Blue Cross of Idaho, smokers, the county fair, popular local insurance agent Dan Taylor, fat people, longtime county clerk Marie Scott, the 4-H program, printing costs,  the Bonner County Historical Society and Museum, and his fellow commissioner Lewis Rich. Reminiscent of the “band of brothers” ethos, however, this Alaskan retiree who spent almost three decades in law enforcement has stayed the sword from the sheriff’s department/Trish Gannon, River Journal. More here. (SXC photo: Michal Zacharzewski)

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