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Alaska Digest

Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Parks and Rec's Kiefer tabbed as next deputy city manager

JUNEAU - City Parks and Recreation Director Kim Kiefer will become the deputy city manager in 2006, City Manager Rod Swope announced Tuesday.

The current deputy manager, Donna Pierce, is scheduled to retire at the end of 2005.

"I thought it was important to select a new deputy manager that will bring experience to the position as well as a good understanding of the various departments and their roles and interrelationships," Swope said. "Kim brings many years of valuable and varied experience, as well as outstanding personal skills and abilities."

Kiefer has worked for the city for more than a decade. That includes 10 years at the Zach Gordon Recreation Center and four years as recreation superintendent. She has served in her current position since 1998, overseeing a department with an annual budget of more than $8 million and more than 300 employees.

Swope said the city will be recruiting for a new parks and recreation director, and he hopes to have the position filled in December.

Kiefer said she is looking forward to the new job. "I am pleased to be working more closely with the Assembly the city manager and other department directors, and am very ready for the challenge," she said.

Douglas man killed in Yukon Territory rollover accident

CARCROSS, Yukon - An 80-year-old Douglas man was killed last week in a single-vehicle rollover accident on the South Klondike Highway, Canadian authorities said.

William Harley Stalnaker was identified as the lone occupant of the vehicle in the May 4 accident, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported.

According to the RCMP, the vehicle Stalnaker was driving left the road and rolled once about 10 miles south of Carcross. Officers determined that Stalnaker was not wearing a seatbelt. He reportedly died at the scene.

Officers reported the road was dry and free of hazards.

Businessman Boehm gets max sentence for drug, sex ring

ANCHORAGE - A federal judge gave businessman Josef Boehm the maximum sentence of more than 11 years for his role in a drug and sex ring that operated out of his home.

Boehm, who is the president of the Alaska Industrial Hardware chain, was sentenced Tuesday after a nine-day sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in Anchorage.

Judge John Sedwick sentenced Boehm to 135 months. In giving Boehm the maximum, the judge found that Boehm organized the sex and drug ring, and was its ring leader.

Boehm, 61, pleaded guilty earlier this year to distributing crack cocaine to people younger than 21 and to conspiring to commit child sex trafficking.

Prosecutor Frank Russo told KTUU-TV that justice was served in the case. Boehm lawyer Rex Butler, however, wanted his client to get house arrest. He said he will appeal.

According to prosecutors, more than a dozen teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 were doing drugs and having sex at Boehm's home in Anchorage over a two-year period.

Butler argued unsuccessfully that Boehm was not only a victim of his own addiction but also was preyed upon by other crack addicts who took advantage of him because he had money.

Boehm has agreed to pay $1.2 million to his child victims for rehabilitation, counseling and education.



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