A anonymous donor gave $180,000 to Skagit Valley College to purchase two state-of-the-art simulation manikins. Khalil Qul, a recent graduate of the practical nursing program, practices on the SimMan. - Debra Vaughn/Whidbey News-Times

‘SimMan’ aids nurse training

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 6:00AM

Someone who wants to remain anonymous donated $180,000 to the college toward purchasing two manikins, called SimMan 3G, which allow students to practice real-life situations they’ll face on the job in a controlled setting.


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Reacquainted with an old friend: Former owner blown away by first sail on Suva since 1985

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 6:00AM

The Suva, a 91-year-old, Gatsby-era schooner, is back for its second sailing season in Penn Cove this summer. The boat was originally owned by Coupeville millionaire Frank Pratt Jr., who commissioned naval architect Ted Geary to build it out of Burmese teakwood.

No better place for learning: Hillcrest school garden the hub of this year’s Garden Tour

  • Jun 18, 2016 at 6:00AM

The showcase nature of Hillcrest’s school garden led the Oak Harbor Garden Club to feature it as the hub of this month’s 17th annual Garden Tour and Tea.

Prime habitat: Audubon’s pledge kick-starts efforts by Whidbey Camano Land Trust to acquire haven for wildlife

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 6:00AM

From the heart of Donald Borgman’s property, a vast field of tall, yellow grasses bend in the wind. The grass seems to go on like this forever before reaching shrubs, small trees and ultimately a stand of evergreens that part in the center just enough to reveal Mount Baker and all of its splendor. Borgman wants the property to stay like this forever.

Riding as therapy: Studies focus on horseback riding for multiple sclerosis patients

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 4:00AM

Swedish Medical Center patients suffering from multiple sclerosis began a therapeutic horseback riding program in Greenbank last week. The first day went smoothly, and the initial results were powerful.


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