Air service shutdowns postpone Homer science conference

Posted: Friday, September 14, 2001

One indirect casualty of Tuesday's mayhem is a Homer science conference that had been scheduled to start this evening.

The Kachemak Bay Science Conference 2001 will be postponed, organizers announced Thursday.

"In light of the many forced cancellations, we decided this morning to postpone the conference until the spring," Carmen Field, education specialist for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve, said in an e-mailed announcement.

"No one is more dismayed than the conference organizers, and we regret the inconvenience to the many people who were planning on attending. We managed to build considerable momentum for the conference, and we can only hope that the enthusiasm shown by the Homer and scientific communities can be recovered at a later date," she said.

The conference will present the latest issues and research in terms the general public can understand. It will explore the links between the localized ecosystem of Kachemak Bay and ocean patterns in Cook Inlet, the Gulf of Alaska and the North Pacific in general.

The theme is "Tides of Change: Patterns and Significance of Environmental Change in Kachemak Bay and the North Pacific Ocean."

The two keynote speakers for the conference were supposed to fly in from Washington and California, and other presenters had relied on air travel to attend.

Conference coordinator Noel Hargreaves said organizers have been scrambling to deal with the contingency and made the difficult decision to pull the plug. Later this fall they plan to send out information about the new event date.

The conference will be back bigger and better than ever, she pledged.

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