Connie Hopkins Battaile (pronounced battle), an Oregonian for most of her life, is a retired reference librarian and author of The Oregon Book: Information A to Z (1998). She has been a Chautauqua speaker on “Outside of Ordinary Oregon,” pursues interests in native plants and geology, is a Hospice volunteer, and teaches a course on Final Arrangements in Ashland.
The Pokegama (pronounced Po-KEG-a-ma) Plateau, elevation about 4,200 feet, includes some 140,000 acres of privately owned land in the Southern Oregon Cascade Range midway between Ashland and Klamath Falls. Higher Cascades bound it on the north, with the nearly impassable canyon of the Klamath River on the south. Because the …