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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

All Washington State Parks Closed Temporarily Through April 30

March 27, 2020 at 4:03 pm

This week, we announced the temporary full closure of all Washington state parks for at least two weeks. The decision follows Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued on Tuesday. We want to do our part to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. The measure adds to our March 22 decision  Continue Reading

Testing For COVID-19 at Eventide Health

March 27, 2020 at 5:48 am

A message from Dr. House at Eventide Health… Testing. We’re doing as much as we can. We’re trying to ramp up and get massive supplies in for wider testing. I think this is key. Working with the health department daily and calling labs and suppliers from literally all over the world. We offered to help  Continue Reading

From The County, HOT TOPIC #6: Not From but For: Part II

March 27, 2020 at 5:45 am

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders. This is the second in a series of articles by Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey that aim to take the abstract concept of social distancing and make it real and hopefully more meaningful for islanders. His first column is HERE. In my guest column on  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #8: Construction Guidance under the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation

March 27, 2020 at 5:33 am

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders… We are hearing a lot of questions about which construction activities are allowed under the Governor’s Stay at Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation (20-25) issued March 23, 2020 and his subsequent memorandum on Construction Guidance –Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation (20-25).    There  Continue Reading

From San Juan County – HOT TOPIC #7: Public Health 101: Contact Tracing

March 27, 2020 at 5:20 am

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders By Mark Tompkins, SJC Health and Community Services Director, and Dr. Frank James, SJC Health Officer As San Juan County begins to see positive COVID-19 test results in our community, we want to explain how San Juan County Health and Community Services  Continue Reading

Third Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Case in County, First on Lopez Island

March 26, 2020 at 5:45 pm

Thursday March 26, 2020 – The third confirmed positive COVID-19 test result in San Juan County was reported to San Juan County public health staff today. This result is the first confirmed positive case on Lopez Island. As with previous positive results, public health staff have conducted contact tracing to identify close contacts of the  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands and Washington State Stay at Home Orders: Frequently Asked Questions

March 26, 2020 at 5:45 am

Frequently Asked Questions: What do these orders mean for the San Juan Islands? On Monday, March 23, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued a “Stay at home” proclamation, an order for all of us to limit our daily exposure due to COVID-19. On March 25th, the San Juan County Health Officer issued an order restricting  Continue Reading

Land Bank COVID-19 Update

March 26, 2020 at 5:15 am

San Juan County Health and Community Services is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in the islands. The health and safety of our Land Bank staff, volunteers, supporters and partners is paramount, as is the public health of our community, particularly those most vulnerable to this illness. Following the guidance of our county public health staff,  Continue Reading

Food Bank Hours Remain Same

March 26, 2020 at 5:05 am

We hear from the Food Bank… We have had a few patrons tell us they’ve seen our hours posted online as 10:30-2:00 so I’m emailing today to let you know that our hours HAVE NOT changed… We are open Wednesday and Saturday from 11:30 to 2pm and are offering pre-packaged bags according to household size.  Continue Reading

San Juan County Health Officer: Issues Order to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

March 25, 2020 at 6:15 pm

Today, Wednesday March 25, 2020, San Juan County Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, MD, issued an immediate order to restrict non-essential travel to San Juan County, control contact with playgrounds and playground equipment, and limit transient accommodations and camping. Travel and lodging for individuals engaged in essential activities or providing essential services may continue. The  Continue Reading