About the Author
Peggy Sue McRae

Local artist Peggy Sue McRae has lived on San Juan Island most of her life. She is a painter who has worked in a variety of mediums including, oil and watercolor painting, stone carving, printmaking and collage. In 1999 she earned her master’s degree in Fine Arts from Washington State University. She was awarded a residency with the Morris Graves Foundation in 2004 and was accepted into Women Painters of Washington in 2007. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest and in China. She is the author of the art blog Blackfish Art.

Recent Posts by Peggy Sue

Pam Fry is the Animal Shelter’s Volunteer of the Month

February 17, 2018 at 5:47 am

From the Animal Shelter… Pam Fry is the animal shelter’s “Volunteer of the Month” for February. Pam is a frequent visitor to the shelter, where she does energy balancing treatments on animals in need of help. The treatments help to clear stress and trauma and promote socializing and calmness. The treatments are tremendously helpful for  Continue Reading

Tucker Avenue Project Reconstruction Phase 2 Begins February 26, 2018

February 17, 2018 at 5:45 am

From the Town of Friday Harbor… Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians who use Tucker Avenue will enjoy a safer and better quality roadway by late-summer. The Town of Friday Harbor has contracted with Strider Construction to reconstruct this portion of Tucker Avenue (Phase Two). The Contractor is scheduled to begin this project on Monday, February 26th.  Continue Reading

What to Expect: Construction on Tucker February 26th through March 12th

February 17, 2018 at 5:40 am

Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 2 – Construction Update. What to expect for the week(s) of February 26th through March 12th. The Town of Friday Harbor truly appreciates everyone’s patience while we work through this project. A project manager/inspector will be available to any address concerns. Do not hesitate to contact the Project Inspector, Frank Baublits,  Continue Reading

Cari Matthews, MD, joins medical team at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center

February 16, 2018 at 5:45 am

Cari Matthews, MD, has joined the staff at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. Matthews is a seasoned Emergency physician with special interests in remote care, aeromedical evacuation and travel medicine. She and her fellow Peace Island emergency medicine providers offer around-the-clock care, seven days a week. Matthews comes to PeaceHealth from Benefis Health System in  Continue Reading

Island Senior: It’s Flu Season!

February 16, 2018 at 5:30 am

Island Senior is a regular column written by Peggy Sue McRae… I was not planning to write about the flu this week but the flu chose me and according to my informal social media commiserations I am not alone. This is turning out to be one of the worst flu seasons in years. I was  Continue Reading

Kati English, February EMT of the Month

February 15, 2018 at 5:30 am

Congratulations to February EMT of the Month Kati English. Kati has been an EMT since 2016 and is also a tech at the ER AND is also taking the Fire Fighter 1 class over at San Juan Island Fire. Even though Kati’s schedule is packed with work, fire school and family life, it was noted  Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Wanda June Opens This Friday

February 14, 2018 at 2:32 pm

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s. satirical comedy, Happy Birthday, Wanda June opens in San Juan Community Theatre’s Gubelman Theatre THIS weekend with three performances: Friday and Saturday, February 16-17 at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Directed by Tony Vivenzio, the play is a twentieth century takeoff of Ulysses’ return from the Trojan War when hunter Harold  Continue Reading

Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2018 at 5:30 am

Thanks to local artist Teri Murray Cooter for this photo… 

Nourdine Jensen Scholarship Applications Due March 9

February 14, 2018 at 5:25 am

OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors of OPALCO member households. Up to five scholars will receive a $1,000 scholarship from OPALCO and the family of Nourdine Jensen, as well as an all-expenses paid trip to the Youth Rally, a co-op leadership camp, at the College  Continue Reading

Local Firefighter Ben Waldron to Climb Building For Blood Cancer Cure

February 13, 2018 at 5:45 am

Local firefighter Ben Waldron will be participating in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday, March 11th in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Says Ben, “For those that don’t know me personally. I’m a firefighter with the Seattle fire department, I am married with 4 kids, and make my home on Beautiful San Juan  Continue Reading