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

Attention Photographers!

August 2, 2020 at 1:30 pm

We hear from Miles Crossen, San Juan Coun­ty Fair Pho­tog­ra­phy Co-Super­in­ten­dent… Atten­tion all you pho­tog­ra­phers out there! You have about 10 days left to enter your pic­tures in the First Ever San Juan Coun­ty Vir­tu­al Fair. Link to: Vir­tu­al Fair Online Entry

Interview with County Public Health Office Dr. Frank James

August 1, 2020 at 11:57 am

The San Juan Update is pleased to reprint this inter­view by Minor Lile with San Juan Coun­ty Pub­lic Health Offi­cer Dr. Frank James as pub­lished 7.30.2020 in Orcas Issues News & Views… As Pub­lic Health Offi­cer for San Juan Coun­ty, Dr. Frank James has played a promi­nent role in the com­mu­ni­ty response to the Coro­n­avirus  Con­tin­ue Reading

Vote! Washington Primary Election August 4

August 1, 2020 at 5:15 am

Be sure to get your bal­lot in the mail by August 4. You can also pop it in the bal­lot box by the cour­t­house by 8 pm August 4. Bet­ter yet, get your bal­lot in ear­ly. No postage is nec­es­sary. Need help? Link to the online Vot­ers pam­phlet (see link below) or to reg­is­ter go  Con­tin­ue Reading

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office Guide

August 1, 2020 at 5:05 am

Below are Wash­ing­ton State guide­lines for safe­ly recre­at­ing outdoors…

Record $5.2 Million Gift Expands Turtleback Preserve

July 31, 2020 at 1:03 pm

Great news from San Juan Preser­va­tion Trust! Record gift expends Turtle­back Pre­serve plus the pre­ce­­dent-set­t­ing dona­tion also returns land to the Lum­mi Nation. The San Juan Coun­ty Land Bank and San Juan Preser­va­tion Trust today announced the acqui­si­tion and per­ma­nent con­ser­va­tion of a 36-acre addi­tion to the Turtle­back Moun­tain Pre­serve on Orcas Island. Con­cur­rent­ly, an  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: New Flag at the Mullis Center Honors Margret Lackey

July 31, 2020 at 5:30 am

A new flag is fly­ing over the Mullis Cen­ter. The flag is a gift to the Mullis Cen­ter from the fam­i­ly of Mar­gret Lack­ey in hon­or of their moth­er, grand­moth­er, and great-grand­moth­er. Not only has the Lack­ey fam­i­ly pro­vid­ed the Mullis Cen­ter with a new flag, they also gen­er­ous­ly over­saw long need­ed repairs to the  Con­tin­ue Reading

FHHS Aerospace Team’s International Space Settlement Design Competition, 2020

July 30, 2020 at 5:45 am

The Fri­day Har­bor High School Aero­space Team is at it again! The 2020 Inter­na­tion­al Space Set­tle­ment Design Com­pe­ti­tion just fin­ished, though with­out trav­el­ling to NASA as in the last two years. The Aero­space Team’s name this year is “Grum­bo” (think Grum­man mixed with Boe­ing) and the Fri­day Har­bor High School Team joined with teams from  Con­tin­ue Reading

State Launches New Grant Program to Conserve Community Forests

July 30, 2020 at 5:30 am

OLYMPIA–Communities want­i­ng to con­serve forest­lands now have a state grant pro­gram to help, the Recre­ation and Con­ser­va­tion Office announced today. Begin­ning Sep­tem­ber 1, com­mu­ni­ties can apply for grants of up to $3 mil­lion in the new­ly cre­at­ed Com­mu­ni­ty Forests Pro­gram. The grants must be used to buy at least 5 acres of forest­land and the  Con­tin­ue Reading