More Douglas academy graduates |

More Douglas academy graduates

Kurt Hildebrand

Carson Valley native John Henningsen pointed out that there have been plenty of academy graduates among Douglas High School graduates.

Classmate Don Hellwinkel was an Annapolis graduate. H.B. Shawe was a West Point graduate. Shawe was shot down during Korea and was a prisoner of war there for a time.

The earliest Carson Valley resident I could find who graduated from the Naval Academy was Orin Wood, who served during World War I. He was a boy in Minden before attending the academy.

I’m sure there are many, many others.

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I got word the Marines landed at Minden-Tahoe Airport on Wednesday evening. That sent me digging for the story Belinda Grant and I did about the Marines seizing the airport as part of an exercise conducted Aug. 9, 1995.

Eleven helicopters landed at 6 a.m. with 143 Marines, who disappeared into the sage brush after arriving. It was a pretty big exercise to see if they could secure the airport in time to fly in reinforcements.

The exercise being conducted this week is for an incursion in Reno using helicopters. Expect them to be buzzing about for a while as they conduct their training.

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I heard from Rodney Sherwin, whose English springer Scooter was in a picture we published on Wednesday in the story about the Gardnerville dog park.

Rodney, a Topaz Ranch Estates resident, was there on Monday with his three dogs, including Australian shepherd coyote mix Marbles and a blue heeler named Tilly.

The dogs loved chasing birds and running through the water, which was clear thanks to recent rain.

He said he got Scooter two years ago from Winnemucca after answering an ad appearing in The R-C. He’s a neighbor of frequent photo contributor John Flaherty.

Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at or 782-5121, ext. 215.