News and Notes

Lacey makes Dean's List at Embry Riddle
Levi Lacey, a sophomore at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz., was named to the College of Engineering Dean's List for the Fall 2011 semester with a 3.87 GPA. Levi is the Vice President of the Student Government Association, was recently inducted into the Engineering Honor Society and is completing a study abroad program in Germany this summer. Levi is the son of Bean and Susan Lacey of Kenai.

Kenai's Tooyak earns first place at ISKF  tournament
Members of ISKF Alaska met in Anchorage at the Spenard Rec Center for the Alaska Regional Karate Tournament on March 24, 2012.  Participants traveled from Gambell, Barrow, Juneau, Fairbanks, Homer, Kenai, Wasilla and the Anchorage area to take part in kata and kumite events. Andrew Tooyak, currently residing in Kenai, took first in Men's Black Belt kata and kumite. He also participated on the South Team during team kumite


The Alaska Regional Tournament is held once per year and allows Alaskan members the opportunity to compete with each other in a contest of skills to further their education in the study of Shotokan karate.

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Walmart to participate in hunger relief campaign
Walmart stores are giving customers the opportunity to fight hunger in their communities in April. Through partnership with Con Agra, General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg's, customers can purchase select products that will generate meals to feed hungry families and support hunger fighting nonprofits throughout the nation.

On May 5 from 1-5p.m., the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank van will be in Walmart Store parking lot to gather your donations.  City of Kenai Mayor Pat Porter along with Food Bank staff and volunteers will gather your items which will feed hungry neighbors. 

Walmart is also asking Facebook users to help fight hunger by voting among two hundred communities with the highest rates of unemployment nationwide.  With their votes, Americans will decide which communities will share in a $2 million donation from Walmart. 

Spring typically brings a decrease in food donations, leaving hunger organizations with limited resources and their clientele vulnerable. On the Kenai Peninsula, 1 in 10 live in poverty according to the 2010 census.

Kids' activities sought
The Clarion is seeking information for its annual Just Kidding section with listings of summer events for youth. Organizations, businesses, individuals or churches planning summer events open to area youth May through August may submit activities.

Information needed: Name or group or organization; age of youth who may attend; time of activity; date of activity and deadline for registration; place activity will be held including address; cost of activity and/or fees; contact name and phone number for people to call; email address (optional); Web address (optional); and a brief description of the activity. The deadline to submit information is April 30.

Emailed submissions are required. Email Just Kidding information to

In the subject line write Just Kidding. For more information, call Logan Tuttle at 907-335-1239 or email


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