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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2000

Boy dies of injuries after hit on skateboard

ANCHORAGE --A student at Service High School died Thursday of injuries he suffered when he was hit by a a tow truck while skateboarding in the middle of a major street early Sunday.

Brian Russell, 16, was skateboarding around 1 a.m. when he was hit by the tow truck. He suffered massive head injuries.

Russell was wearing dark clothing, and the driver said he didn't see the youth, according to police.

Quartet stuck -- cruise concert canceled

JUNEAU --Juneau Jazz and Classics has canceled a classical concert scheduled for a cruise at 11 a.m. Saturday because the musicians can't get to Juneau.

The Lark Quartet is ``trapped in the Midwest due to weather,'' said Juneau Jazz and Classics administrator Greg Cohen. ``All flights are canceled, so the event is canceled.''

People who bought tickets at Hearthside Books can get refunds there. Juneau Jazz and Classics will contact those who bought tickets through the mail.

The Lark Quartet's next concert was scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Juneau Jazz and Classics will announce any further cancellations in the media, Cohen said.

Coast Guardsman charged with Unalaskarape

UNALASKA --A Coast Guardsman has been indicted on charges of raping a female colleague in an Unalaska hotel room last September, according to an agency spokesman in Juneau.

Corey Wolfe is also charged with indecent exposure, indecent language, kidnapping and sodomy, Coast Guard spokesman Ray Massey said.

The charges were recently handed up by the Coast Guard equivalent of a grand jury.

At the time of the alleged attack, Wolfe was a crewman aboard the cutter Morgenthau, homeported in Alameda, Calif. The ship is part of the Coast Guard fleet that patrols the Bering Sea to enforce federal fisheries rules and conduct search and rescue missions.

The Morgenthau was taking a shore break in Unalaska on Sept. 25, when the alleged incidents occurred.

The state could have charged Wolfe, but Unalaska Public Safety Sgt. John Lucking said local authorities yielded to the Coast Guard because no civilians were involved.

Knowles wants organic label for Alaska salmon

ANCHORAGE --Gov. Tony Knowles is pushing the federal government to endorse Alaska's wild salmon as an organic food.

Knowles laid out his case in a letter Thursday to Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, whose department is working out new rules to govern the organic-food program under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990.

The state's bid is opposed by some in the organic food industry. They say much is unknown about exactly what Alaska salmon eat in the wild and whether they swim through pollutants.

Many believe pen-raised salmon are more likely to win the organic label because every aspect of care and feeding of those fish can be documented.

Knowles, in his letter to Glickman, said that two Alaska seafood packing companies have earned private organic certification.

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