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By Jim Cornelius
News Editor 

Venue of Sheriff’s presentation stirred controversy


Last updated 1/25/2022 at Noon

The topic of Sheriff Shane Nelson’s Tuesday, January 18 presentation at Aspen Lakes near Sisters — the effects and consequences of Oregon’s Ballot Measure 110 — wasn’t particularly controversial. The venue and the audience were.

Nelson was asked to make a presentation at the regular meeting of People’s Rights Oregon 5 (PR OR5). He chose the topic. The event was portrayed in local media as a “closed-door meeting” because PR OR5 organizers planned to prohibit media attendance. OPB’s reporting characterized the organization as an “extremist group,” and Central Oregon Daily reported that “multiple extremist watchdog groups consider it ‘a racist and far-right organization’ that promotes paramilitary activity and, in Oregon, backs plans to secede from the state.”

BJ Soper

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Jim Cornelius, Editor in Chief

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Jim Cornelius is editor in chief of The Nugget and author of “Warriors of the Wildlands: True Tales of the Frontier Partisans.” A history buff, he explores frontier history across three centuries and several continents on his podcast, The Frontier Partisans. For more information visit


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