OCTOBER 21 UPDATE:
The well water gremlins have been chased out! This just in from park management:
“We just got our test results in from the well sample last Friday, and it came back negative for Total Coliform and E. Coli. So that means our well shock worked, and we have a clean water system again. We will be removing the boil water notices today and will be following up with 3 more tests the first week of November to further confirm our well is clean and safe to drink from.”
While Halloween is the time for tricks and treats, this October the gremlins of Smith Rock got an early start, messing with the well water. They’ve been putting the rangers through a series of tests and treatments for contaminants to the water that gets distributed to both the Day Use and Bivy Campground areas a couple of weeks now…
Smith Rock State Park can be addicting to some. We suspect for new Park Manager Matt Davey that may be the case. When career opportunities took Davey away from his first stint at Smith Rock in 2015, he eventually worked his way back to Central Oregon, his happy place. First at Cove Palisades, and now back home at his dream job at Smith Rock.
About a month ago, Smith Rock State Park’s rangers took to some wheelchairs to see just how accessible the park is to those in different configurations of chairs and levels of assistance needed. We spoke with Ranger Nolan Ferdinand about what comes next.
Yesterday former Smith Rock Park Naturalist David Vick was able to check on the Prairie Falcon nest at First Kiss. He spent a couple of hours in the morning at the observation point again and never saw or heard any falcons.
Savannah Steele has more than a cool name. She has a penetrating smile that is the manifestation of her inner drive to make the world a better place. And we couldn’t be happier that she chose Smith Rock to continue her mission in her new position as Park Ranger Assistant.