Posted: Friday, January 12, 2001

Three individuals have done much to make life better on peninsula

It's far too common that we have people in the community who never seem to get the thanks they deserve while active in their jobs. We always seem to wait until they retire or move on before giving them the recognition they deserve.

Here's three who top my list:

Jane Gabler: Living on the Kenai River has its ups and downs with all the constant changes to regulations, changes to flood plain maps, the many different permit requirements, etc. In talking with my neighbors we all agree that Jane Gabler has been our savior.

In fact, every person I've talked to that's had to get a permit for their project along the river says, "Thank goodness for Jane." Her knowledge of federal, state and local regulations is unparalled and her compassion and cooperation cannot be equaled. The guidance she provides saves us river property owners a lot of time and energy in the difficult permitting process. Jane can always be counted on to protect the interests of the property owners as well as the future of the Kenai River.

Suzanne Fisler: I first met Suzanne with my father at the State Parks Morgan's Landing office in the late 1970s. My father told me as we walked in the door what a wonderful person she was. Since that time there have been many changes and proposed changes with regard to the Kenai River. Much travel, late meetings and user conflicts in the development of the Kenai River Special Management area have occurred. Suzanne has been a steady, calming influence through it all.

Her steady guidance has brought reasonable, thoughtful change to the Kenai that will benefit all of us for years to come. I'm sure that as I walk into the Kenai River Center this spring, after nearly 20 years, Suzanne will once again be there with her friendly smile to offer a helping hand.

Ted Spraker: After the work is done on the Kenai Peninsula we residents look forward to some recreation -- and what a job Ted Spraker does to provide us quality opportunities! He is highly respected for his efforts in moose management on the Kenai. In the mid-80s, bull moose populations were low and at that time Ted led the way for a controversial harvest guideline change. The spike fork over 50" regulation is appreciated and enjoyed today thanks to his efforts.

Ted has faced many other controversial issues here on the Kenai Peninsula. including lice-infested wolves, abundance of brown bears, trapping in various locations and subsistence. Through it all Ted has been a leader and innovator in solving both biological and political issues that will surely benefit all of us and our children in years to come.

In anything you do, whether it's work or play, these three individuals have made a difference and do make life on the Kenai better for all of us. Join me in giving them the thanks they deserve!

Joe Hanes


Central Peninsula General Hospital says thanks for acts of kindness

Special thanks to Ruth Kataiva for her thoughtfulness in making the handmade Christmas stockings that Central Peninsula General Hospital newborns were sent home in during the holidays.

Also, we appreciate the generous donation from Cindy Sawyer for her hand-knit hats, mittens and blankets that she donated to the Emergency Department for emergency needs for infants.

Miriam Woodin, president

Central Peninsula General Hospital Auxiliary

Bonnie Nichols, director of marketing

Central Peninsula General Hospital

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