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Joshua Byrd and Emily Byrd-Thornton announce the birth of their son, Ashur Daniel Byrd, at 11:58 p.m. on Dec. 28, 2012 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 21.5 inches. His grandparents are Jonathan and Diana Thornton of Kenai, and Richard and Zetta Byrd of Kasilof. His great-grandparents are Mike and Mary Herndon of Pasco, Wash., and Chuck and Janice Thornton of Soldotna.

Jimi and Shaya Straw of Soldotna announce the birth of their daughter, Windsea Larayne Straw, at 10:32 a.m. on Feb. 2, 2013. She weighed 8 pounds and measured 20 inches. Her grandparents are Roger and Sally Rohrbach of Payson, Ariz., and Jeff and Lorraine Straw of Yorba Linda, Calif.

Sam Tilly and Tessa Rhyner of Rainbow Valley announce the birth of their son, Kale Zephyr Tilly, at 8:05 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2012. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 19.5 inches. His grandparents are Tom and Mary Rhyner of Kenai, and Jim and Laura Tilly of Rainbow Valley.

Kenai resident Shelby C. Daly, a senior at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., and 2009 graduate of Kenai Central High School, has been named to the Dean’s List. Shelby is studying athletic training and sports marketing. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must complete twelve hours of graded coursework and earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Shelby has been accepted into the Master Degree Program at California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif.

Army Spec. Trenton J. Buning has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Buning is a gunner assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for two years. He is the son of Annette Campbell of Soldotna and Jay Buning of Boyne City, Mich.

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