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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

From San Juan County – Hot Topic: School Is Closed, Now What?

March 16, 2020 at 2:24 pm

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders. How isolated do we have to keep our kids now that schools are closed? For this Hot Topic, we reach out to Dr. Frank James, San Juan County Health Officer (and parent!). A few key points from Dr. James: First off, I  Continue Reading

Islander’s Bank Closes Lobby – Drive-Up Window To Remain Open

March 16, 2020 at 2:16 pm

Effective Monday, March 16, Islanders Bank’s lobby will be closed until further notice.  Please conduct your banking transactions through our drive-up window.  Mobile & Online Banking are available to our customers, if you have not yet established these banking methods, please call us or visit our website: www.Islandersbank.com.   Be ready to provide your Security Code  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Coping With Coronavirus

March 16, 2020 at 5:45 am

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Things have moved so swiftly with the coronavirus it seems like we were just watching it on the news unfolding in China then suddenly it was close to home. Now our schools, the library, churches and offices are closed  Continue Reading

A “Hot Topic” From The County: Testing and Rumor Control

March 15, 2020 at 11:15 am

HOT TOPIC #1: March 15th Testing and Rumor Control COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders. TESTING A lot of people have questions about testing.  We want to highlight a few key things: First off, if you’re on Orcas or Lopez, read this excellent article from Anne Presson of the Lopez  Continue Reading

Construction in Anacortes May Slow Down Ferry Traffic

March 15, 2020 at 9:19 am

Don’t travel now if you don’t need to but if you do… Passengers driving to the Anacortes terminal will want to give themselves some extra time starting next week. The city of Anacortes will begin construction work on a roundabout at the intersection of SR 20 Spur/Oakes Avenue and Ship Harbor Boulevard/Glasgow Way on Monday,  Continue Reading

A Message From The Mullis Community Senior Center

March 15, 2020 at 5:30 am

The health and safety of our community is a shared responsibility and one that we take seriously. The San Juan County Health Department recommends that people at higher risk of severe illness should stay at home and away from large groups of people. People at higher risk include those: Over 60 years of age With underlying  Continue Reading

Letter to the Community From the San Juan Island School District Board

March 14, 2020 at 3:44 pm

Much has been done in the very short time that our school district first learned about the coronavirus pandemic. The Superintendent and staff have been working tirelessly to develop a plan to serve our students in a tele-schooling model for at least the next six weeks. Most districts are expecting an extended loss of learning  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Stations Temporarily Close To Public

March 14, 2020 at 5:30 am

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA – As a precaution during the COVID-19 outbreak, all San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Stations, including the main fire station at 1011 Mullis Street in Friday Harbor are temporarily closed to the public. All public meetings in our facilities, including use of the main station by the Department of Licensing, are  Continue Reading

Auditor Seeks “Con” Committee Members for Voters’ Guide Statement

March 14, 2020 at 5:15 am

The San Juan County Auditor is seeking volunteers to write an argument against the annexation of the Town of Friday Harbor into San Juan Island Fire & Rescue.  The argument will appear in the Online Voters’ Guide for the upcoming April 2020 Special Election. Both the Town and SJI Fire & Rescue approved resolutions to  Continue Reading