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Kimberly and Troy Glidden, of Soldotna, announce the birth of their son, Blake Richard Glidden at 9:07 p.m. on April 24, 2014. He weighed 6 pounds and measured 19.75 inches. He is the Gliddens’ first child, the first grandchild or his paternal grandparents and the 21st grandchild for his maternal grandparents.

Crystal and Nickolas Lee, of Kenai, announce the birth of their daughter Nicole Bella Lee at 5:30 a.m. on February 28, 2014. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 19 and three-quarter inches long. She was born on her great-grandma Winona Lee’s birthday, one week early and was a great surprise. She joins a large extended family and has already had a lot of visitors from down south. The family feels blessed to have her.

On May 3rd 2014, ROTC Cadet Yuri Thomas Tibbs was commissioned a lieutenant in the United States Army on JBER, Anchorage Alaska. Among many friends’ family and comrades attending was Lieutenant Tibbs father Tom Tibbs of Ninilchik AK and Grandmother Betty Porter of Kenai AK.Lieutenant Tibbs is an eighth generation Alaskan born in Anchorage, Alaska, on June 5TH, 1991. He attended Anchorage Christian High School joined Army ROTC in 2010 after attending one semester at UAA. During his time as a scholarship cadet, Yuri attended Cadet Field Training at West Point, Air Assault School at Camp Smith, N.Y., the Cultural Understanding and Language Program in Thailand at the Royal Thai Military Academy, and has served as the Ranger Challenge Commander and Cadet Battalion Commander. Yuri is an outdoor enthusiast. In the month of August, he works as a sheep packer in the Chugach Range. Yuri graduated from UAA with a B.A. in History, and is an Active Duty branch detail from the Adjutant General’s Corps to Infantry. After completing the Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course, Ranger and Airborne schools at Fort Benning, Georgia. Yuri will be stationed at Fort Bragg, NC with 1st BDE “Devils”, 82nd Airborne “All American” Division. “All the Way!”

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