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.”