The big news in this small hamlet this morning was the rain the preceding Sunday afternoon. At least half an inch came down according to our non-scientific outdoor ashtray. The first squall, more of a dump, came about 1:30 p.m. here. We called Patty Yates at the Winthrop Gallery to check, and the sun was out there. This pattern seemed to prevail most of the afternoon there while West Boesel, 7 miles away, was getting periodic hammerings of rain. In Mazama there were hailstones accompanying the storm.

About 150 people attended the Move The Hut barbecue and dance at the Community Club on Saturday evening. This was a fundraiser for the endeavor to move the structure that is on the ridgeline on Flagg Mountain, and has upset many people.

My own take is that the thing is put together with wing nuts and can easily be taken apart with a pair of pliers, and the structure was created to cause a ruckus and engender lots and lots of publicity for its architect and the builder – easily hundreds of thousands of dollars in free advertising as newspapers and magazines write articles about the kerfuffle and the uprising by some locals to have it removed. When the flap and publicity are gone, the hut, as it is called, may well disappear as well.

We watched on television the Fourth of July celebration in Washington, D.C. Elsewhere were similar if smaller observations of the day with parades, entertainment and of course, fireworks. The magnitude of the latter, nationwide, may give a clue to us hunters and shooters about why we are having such a hard time getting gunpowder. A spectator at Emerald Downs racetrack near Seattle was parked near the stables and said that when the booming began, the contained horses were going berserk.

Here is a public service message that makes sense, but we cannot vouch for its accuracy. It would certainly apply to people with Stihl chain saws that require a half-and-half mix of 87- and 92-octane gasoline to operate properly. This was a dictum from the manufacturer when the usual regular gas was messing up saws.

But there is an economic side too, and it applies to single-pump gas dispensers where you press a button to select the grade of fuel. According to our source, if the party before you has pumped 87-octane and whether for car or implement you want 92 or whatever the high octane is, there will be about four gallons of the previous delivery (87) before the hose and delivery mechanisms are clear. In short, you could be paying a higher price for the cheaper gas. Keep an eye on the person in front of you and what octane they were pumping.

We’d hoped to have the roster of a team from Winthrop Physical Therapy that participated in “The Big Mudder” at Whistler, B.C., last week. It was a military-like obstacle course, and claimed the ankle of one local woman. We’ll have Midge Cross’s report next week for sure.