Originally from Texas, Pam Cooper arrived in the American Northwest over four decades ago, took one look at the mountains, said “Bye, Yall!” and has been entranced with the wonders of Southern Oregon ever since. She holds a B.S. in Communication-Journalism and has written news, feature articles and opinion and humor columns for many current, retrofitted and defunct periodicals in Oregon over the years, including the original version of Siskiyou Project’s first publication. She was also a columnist in the Hilo “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” at one point, and has recently launched a web site and blog that she is learning to fit into her weekly schedule. In addition to being a journalist, Pam is a grant writer, event planner, and a marketing/pr specialist, and a volunteer with Neighborhood Food Projects, which originated in Ashland, Oregon; Sanctuary One, the first certified Care Farm in the U.S., located in Jacksonville, Oregon; and an usher for the stellar Camelot Theatre in Talent, Oregon. She also talks to plants, animals, trees and rocks, which practice has become more common in humans as communication skills evolve and full contact inevitable.