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

SJCT: Holding Zoom Auditions For New Digital Work

September 3, 2020 at 9:17 am

From San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre…     Join us for audi­tions for SJC­T’s new web­series, “Fri­day Har­bor Hap­pen­ings!”   This new, dig­i­tal work is a satir­i­cal sketch com­e­dy show with an ensem­ble cast, cre­at­ed by San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre for our beloved local com­mu­ni­ty. The writ­ers hope the episodes will bring a smile and some  Con­tin­ue Reading

County Seeks Citizens To Fill Vacancies On Boards and Advisory Committees

September 2, 2020 at 12:06 pm

The Coun­ty Coun­cil is search­ing for San Juan Coun­ty cit­i­zens to fill cur­rent and upcom­ing vacan­cies on var­i­ous boards and com­mis­sions. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about each com­mit­tee is avail­able on the Coun­ty’s web­site at: Board and Com­mit­tee Vacan­cies. Per­sons inter­est­ed in serv­ing on a board or advi­so­ry com­mit­tee should fill out an Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee Appli­ca­tion or  Con­tin­ue Reading

A Salute to Teachers and the Last Cow in Friday Harbor

September 2, 2020 at 5:30 am

SJI His­tor­i­cal Muse­um is back with their His­to­ry Col­umn for Sep­tem­ber… Sep­tem­ber is tra­di­tion­al­ly when we devote the his­to­ry col­umn to some­thing relat­ed to “back to school days.” We have fea­tured stu­dents, school­hous­es, and teach­ers of many dif­fer­ent eras. Since this is such an unusu­al year for all our stu­dents and teach­ers, we thought it appro­pri­ate  Con­tin­ue Reading

A Critique of Public Hospital District #1’s Reorganization of EMS

September 1, 2020 at 8:53 pm

We hear from Fran­cis Smith, Retired Sr. EMT & Fire Cap­tain (25 years)… The San Juan Island Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict #1 (PHD) recent­ly announced a sur­prise reor­ga­ni­za­tion of San Juan Island EMS. Chief Karl Kuet­z­ing has been removed and the PHD Super­in­ten­dent is now in charge of the agency. The pub­lished announce­ment is a study in duplic­i­ty  Con­tin­ue Reading

Soroptimists Give $10,000 in Educational Awards

September 1, 2020 at 2:34 pm

Sorop­ti­mist Inter­na­tion­al of Fri­day Har­bor is pleased to announce its 2020 edu­ca­tion­al award win­ners.  The Live Your Dream Award, a world­wide sig­na­ture Sorop­ti­mist pro­gram, is giv­en to a woman who is the pri­ma­ry wage earn­er in her house­hold and enrolled in an under­grad­u­ate degree or voca­tion­al skills pro­gram.  This year’s recip­i­ent is Maricela Lomeli. Maricela  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan County Announces CARES Small Business Relief Grant

September 1, 2020 at 11:45 am

Sep­tem­ber 1, 2020 — San Juan Coun­ty has cre­at­ed a Small Busi­ness Relief Grant pro­gram that will launch on Sep­tem­ber 1, 2020, to assist for-prof­it busi­ness­es impact­ed by the COVID-19 out­break.  Fund­ing for this pro­gram comes from CARES Act mon­ey received by the Coun­ty.  Awards will range up to $5,000 for eli­gi­ble San Juan Coun­ty  Con­tin­ue Reading

Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Fire Team Up with DNR for Wildfire

August 31, 2020 at 10:04 pm

From Orcas Fire and Res­cue… Orcas Island Fire and Res­cue per­son­nel respond­ed to mul­ti­ple reports of smoke in the 4000-block of Point Lawrence Road on the after­noon of August 24. Crews quick­ly tri­an­gu­lat­ed a slow-mov­ing wild­land fire with aer­i­al sup­port pro­vid­ed by local pilot Pat Muf­fett. After com­plet­ing a size-up the fire was deter­mined to  Con­tin­ue Reading

Applications Being Accepted for Grants to Conserve Forests

August 31, 2020 at 1:11 pm

OLYMPIA–On Sept.1, eli­gi­ble orga­ni­za­tions may begin apply­ing for grants to con­serve com­mu­ni­ty forests, the Recre­ation and Con­ser­va­tion Office announced today. The new state Com­mu­ni­ty Forests Pro­gram will offer grants of up to $3 mil­lion. But orga­ni­za­tions need to hur­ry. Appli­ca­tions are due Oct. 1. The grants must be used to buy at least 5 acres of  Con­tin­ue Reading

Black-tail deer Hunting Season Opens September 1

August 31, 2020 at 12:37 pm

We hear from Tan­ja at the Land Bank… Make some room in your freez­er – deer hunt­ing is open for ear­ly and gen­er­al sea­sons only at Lopez Hill and Mount Grant Pre­serves. Spe­cif­ic dates are as fol­lows: Archery: Sep­tem­ber 1 ‑25 Muz­zle loader: Sep­tem­ber 26 – Octo­ber 4 Mod­ern Firearm: Octo­ber 17 – Novem­ber 1 Be sure to review  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Start Where You Are, Yoga For Everyone

August 31, 2020 at 5:30 am

One of the first things on anybody’s list of how to live a good life pan­dem­ic or not is to get some phys­i­cal exer­cise. For me this can be a chal­lenge in the best of times. Being quar­an­tined by myself has made find­ing the moti­va­tion to get mov­ing near­ly impos­si­ble, near­ly, but not entire­ly. I  Con­tin­ue Reading