Around the County
Purrfect Pals, a nonprofit cat rescue organization near Smokey Point, is offering older cats for adoption at a reduced cost this month.
Pairs of bonded, older cats are offered for $75 instead of the usual $150, and single cats are going for $50.
More info: www.purrfectpals.org.
Mukilteo: Park parking on agenda
The Mukilteo City Council is scheduled to discuss plans to charge for parking at Lighthouse Park at a work session on Monday.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, 11930 Cyrus Way. For more information call 425-263-8000.
Snohomish County: Spending limits
The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday passed a resolution urging Washington's Legislature and Congress to pass laws to curtail political spending by corporations.
The vote was 4-1 in favor of the resolution. The council's Democrats voted yes and its only Republican, John Koster, voted no.
The move follows the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission that corporations have the same rights as people to unrestricted spending on political speech. Lawmakers have introduced proposed amendments in Congress that would allow governments to regulate corporate spending in elections.
Free hepatitis vaccination offered
The Snohomish Health District is offering free vaccines for hepatitis A, B and C to specific groups of adults. Approximately 680 cases of chronic hepatitis C and 110 cases of chronic hepatitis B are reported in the county every year. Those eligible for the shots include anyone who received transfusions or other blood products before July 1992; those who have received tattoos or body piercings with unsterilized equipment, people who have a history of sexually transmitted disease and men who have sex with men.
Call the Snohomish Health District at 425-339-8620 for information.
Whidbey Island: Beaches closed to shellfish harvesting
Beaches on Whidbey Island's west side are closed to shellfish harvesting because of a toxin currently present in the shellfish, according to Island County Public Health department.
Marine biotoxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning have been detected in shellfish samples collected from Useless Bay, said Roger Case, health office for Island County.
The closure area boundaries are from Admiralty Head to Possession Point. High levels of biotoxins also have been detected in shellfish samples from the west side of Admiralty Inlet along the Olympic Peninsula.
Signs have been posted at high-use beaches warning people not to collect shellfish from these areas. The closure includes clams, oysters, mussels and scallops. It does not include crab, but crab can carry the toxin in their internal organs and people are advised to clean crabs before cooking and to eat only the meat.
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