Byline: The Register-Guard
Orcas crew saves seal: The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Orcas, based in Coos Bay, recently saved a juvenile fur seal that got entangled in a section of fishing net 60 miles northwest of Newport.
The rescue took place May 22 while the crew was on patrol. The fur seal was spotted floundering in the water as the crew prepared for gunnery drills. Two crewmen working from a small boat freed the animal after about 15 minutes.
Fur seals are listed as a depleted species under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Youth and the economy: A community forum on efforts to support youth and their role in the area's economic development will be held Friday at Southwestern Oregon Community College.
The facilitator for the forum, "Circle of Influence," will be Karen Ray from Minneapolis. The all-day session begins at 8 a.m. in Lakeview Room 6 in Empire Hall.
The program includes a noon luncheon with elected officials in which Ray will lead a discussion on using collaboration to further goals.
The public is welcome. For details, call Lee Owen at 888-7449.
Bay Area Senior Computer Club - 10 a.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Social Hall, 1290 Thompson Road. Open to people 50 and older. 756-4776 or 267-3326.
Board of Commissioners - 10 a.m., Commissioners' Courtroom, Courthouse, 250 N. Baxter St., Coquille. Oral auction, gas and oil leases. 396-3121, ext. 225.
Election packets available now: Starting today, aspiring politicians can pick up election packets for mayor and City Council seats that will be on the general election ballot in November.
The mayor serves a two-year term, council members four years. Open council positions include Wards 1 and 3 and an at-large seat.
Packets can be picked up from the city recorder at City Hall at 400 E. Main St. For more information, visit the city's Internet site at www.cottagegrove.org or call 942-5501.
Fire District Board - 7:30 p.m., Fire Hall, 82781 Barbre Road. Annual evaluation of fire chief. 937-3045.
Red Hat Society to organize: Today will be the first "disorganizational" meeting of a Red Hat Society chapter in the Drain area.
Jean Rundell said the group - open to women 50 and older who come wearing purple clothing and red hats - will gather at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center at 205 West A Ave.
Women younger than 50 can also attend but they must wear lavender clothing and pink hats until they attain "that certain age," Rundell said. …