Hoi Lui Hoang, 25, West Valley City, was recently named Miss Asia of Utah 1991.

Her twin sister, Sing Thi Hoang, was selected as first runner-up and Joanne Hirase, 24, Salt Lake City, was named second runner-up.The new Miss Asia, a native of Laos, resettled in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1979. Her mother remarried and then the family moved to Salt Lake last year.

She performed a traditional Laotian dance for her talent portion in the seventh annual pageant.

Hoang said she remembers the many hardships she and her family have endured and she uses all opportunities available in America for herself and her family. However, it was her sister who first heard about the pageant from a fellow church member.

"I laughed when told about it (the pageant), but my sister is very confident and she entered," Hoang said.

Hoang went to rehearsals with her sister and the pageant director encouraged her to enter the competition.

Miss Asia 1991 enjoys sharing her native art and culture with children and she assists needy adults with their basic needs by taking them to doctors, going shopping and doing translation work. She attends Salt Lake Community College.

Hoang will now compete in the 1992 Miss Utah/Miss America competition.

Jean Margarett Calderon won the best national costume competition. Sing Thi Hoang received top honors in the evening gown competition.

- Equipment for handicapped children:

University of Utah mechanical engineering students are designing special equipment for handicapped children through a partnership with the Utah State Department of Handicapped Children's Services.

More efficient wheelchairs, a fishing pole for a one-armed person and a bicycle for a girl with cerebral palsy are just some of the equipment developed so far.

- Joyce Christensen honored by Salt Lake County:

Joyce Christensen has been honored with the monthly Courtesy is Contagious Award. She's an office supervisor for Salt Lake County's Public Works/Fleet Management and was commended for her cheerfulness, willingness, courtesy and knowledge.

From Midvale, Christensen was nominated for the award by 42 coworkers and was honored by both the Salt Lake County Commission and the Utah Public Employees Association.

- Celebration of Reading Winners:

Friends of the Salt Lake Public Library have announced the winners in its annual "Reading is Fundamental" (RIF) reading contest. The winners were: Frank Huff, second grader at Guadalupe School; Lynette Korinko, sixth grader at Jackson Elementary; Rachel Christensen, kindergarten at Highland Park Elementary; Anabell Martinez, fifth grader at Franklin Elementary; and Cindy Maumau, a second grader at Edison Elementary.

These reading winners were honored by Salt Lake Mayor Palmer DePaulis at an April 9 City Council Meeting.

- Valley West Chamber "man of the month":

Pioneer Valley Hospital administrator Kay Matsumura has been named as the outstanding business-person for February by the Valley West Chamber of Commerce.

Kathi Lund, chamber executive director, said that although Matsumura is leaving Pioneer Valley for another hospital, he should be recognized for his role to strengthen the role of the hospital in the community.

"He has gone out of his way to find what the community needs and has then taken steps to fulfill that need," Lund said. "He will be greatly missed as one of the most energetic persons in our community."