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

Sunday Morning Protest Supports United States Post Office

August 23, 2020 at 9:26 pm

Thanks to Sandy Strehlou for this report from Sunday morning’s protest at the Post Office… “This morning, Sunday, August 23rd, 2020, Friday Harbor residents turned out to show support for funding for the USPS, and to protest any attempt by the Trump administration to rig the 2020 elections through mail and election tampering.   Yesterday  Continue Reading

Sailing Club Offers Students Outdoor Sport Opportunity

August 23, 2020 at 12:16 pm

Tired of virtually living? After-school sailing club gets students out in the sun and wind… Most after-school athletic programs and clubs have been cancelled, due to the challenges of social distancing. But distancing happens naturally when sailing, and just-for-fun sailing is a great lifetime endeavor that can open all sorts of doors — careers, friendships, travel  Continue Reading

Rainbow Reflection in Friday Harbor

August 22, 2020 at 2:35 pm

Many thanks to Liz Smith for this magical photo of Friday Harbor…

Local Author a Finalist for Washington State Book Award

August 22, 2020 at 12:05 pm

One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow has been selected as a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards in the Fiction category. Blackbird was written by San Juan Island author Libbie Grant, who writes under the pen name Olivia Hawker. The Washington State Book Awards, now in their 54th year, honor works of outstanding literary merit by  Continue Reading

Dramatic Mixology: A Guided Tour Through Plays and Cocktails

August 22, 2020 at 9:16 am

Once per month, join Executive Artistic Director Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey via Zoom for a FREE curated tour of selected play and cocktail pairings.   September 24: Art by Yasmina Reza paired with a White Lady   October 22: The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie paired with a Haunted Graveyard   November 12: All My Sons by Arthur  Continue Reading

Getting Ready to Vote

August 21, 2020 at 9:52 pm

Local election information can be found on the San Juan County Elections webpage… Washington State votes by mail. Your ballot is mailed to you at least 18 days before each election. For the November 3, 2020 General Election, military and overseas ballots will be mailed on September 18. Domestic ballots will be mailed October 13.      Continue Reading

EDC Survey on Sidney Ferry Privatization

August 21, 2020 at 9:49 am

The Joint Transportation Committee of the Washington State Legislature is conducting a study exploring privatization of the Sidney ferry run. The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) and their partners would like to hear opinions from regional users of the Sidney ferry and stakeholders. Please take a few minutes to answer our survey: Link  Continue Reading

Summary of Recent Cases in San Juan County

August 20, 2020 at 8:35 pm

A report from the county… There has been one new confirmed positive test result in San Juan County since the last case summary on August 13. This is the 32nd case in San Juan County and the 13 th on Orcas Island. The case occurred in a visitor to Orcas Island. Due to timing of symptom onset  Continue Reading

The Wild Charley River (part I)

August 20, 2020 at 2:14 pm

FREEZER BURNED: Tales of Interior Alaska is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Steve Ulvi…  The plane lifted off the state runway in Eagle on dense morning air on another bluebird July day. The drowsy sprawl of town and sweep of the Yukon River receded under the right wing as we climbed  Continue Reading

OPALCO Extends COVID-19 Bill Pay Assistance

August 19, 2020 at 6:02 pm

Members who are struggling to pay their power bills during COVID-19 can apply for assistance to keep their OPALCO accounts up to date. The Board voted to continue COVID-19 Relief Measures for as long as the approved funding lasts. Members can apply for assistance online at www.opalco.com or through their Family/Community Resource Center. The measures available  Continue Reading