Business in Brief

City’s deputy clerk named
communications director for statewide association

Melissa Jacobsen, deputy clerk for the City of Homer, was unanimously elected to the office of communications director on the Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks Executive Board at the group’s annual meeting in November.

Jacobsen’s term extends to November 2017.

Jacobsen has worked for the city for 11 years. This is her first term as communications director for AAMC. Previously she has served as the scholarship committee chairperson and as a member of the committee.

AAMC was incorporated in 1965 and has a membership of more than 100 clerks throughout the state. The organization works to provide continuing education, to promote professionalism in the office of the municipal clerk, to foster relationships among clerks throughout the state and to support sound local government, according to a press release.


Acutonics Sound Healing

Class offered in Anchorage

Early bird registration is now open for an Acutonics Sound Healing Class being offered in Anchorage. The class is being taught by Carmen Cicotti, a licensed massage therapist, certified Acutonics practitioner and part of the senior faculty of the Acutonics Institute of Integrative Medicine.

Cicotti will offer Level 1 and Level 2 classes covering the art and medicine of Sound Healing at the Spirit Path Yoga Center in Anchorage on April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and May 1.

The classes are open to all and are prerequisites for further study in the field. 

For more details and registration information, go to

Early bird registration ends March 21.


KPC looks for food vendor for Kenai River campus

Kenai Peninsula College is opening a statewide search for a new food vendor at the Kenai River Campus.

Jose’s Café, owned and operated by Jose Pons-Vives and contracted with the college for five years, will stop operations at the end of spring quarter. The request for proposals will be available April 4.

“Jose has been very supportive of the campus and has on occasion donated food for a variety of student functions,” said Gary Turner, KPC director. “He has hired students to assist him in taking orders and with cash register duties.”

Pons-Vives has been completing two degrees, instrumentation and process technology, while running the café, and said he wants to focus on his final few courses next year.

“I just need to finish my degree and be on the market for a job,” he said. “I just don’t want to commit for a full year.”

Pons-Vives said he let the college know in advance so there would be enough time to look for a new vendor.

Originally, Pons-Vives had a one-year contract with an option to renew for another three years, said Jennifer Anderson, KPC director of administrative services. The University of Alaska Anchorage Procurement Services approved extending his contract for a fourth year, and then in 2015 he was the only applicant when requests for proposals were sent out and so he was awarded the contract, she said.

The next contract will be the same as Pons-Vives’s original, Anderson said.

Potential contractors will be asked what prices they can offer for their services, including what their menu items will cost, Anderson said. Currently, food items are priced similarly to those of other dining options in the Kalifornsky Beach Road area, she said.