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Monte Council meeting canceled for lack of certified interpreter

The Montesano City Council was forced to recess its meeting Tuesday night, just minutes after starting, after Councilwoman Marisa Salzer informed the council and city staff that the sign language interpreter provided for her was not certified and she couldn’t understand her. Mayor Ken Estes said a new interpreter and a new council meeting has been set for Thursday night.

District moving forward to take over hospital

Grays Harbor Public Hospital District 2 is moving forward with plans to take over Grays Harbor Community Hospital by becoming the “sole member” of the current non-profit corporation, though it has yet to get an official thumbs up from the state for that plan.

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Elma Council against oil trains

On a 4-1 vote, the Elma City Council approved a resolution Monday night requesting that the commissioners of the Port of Grays Harbor “reconsider their proposal to allow the construction of three marine terminals for the transfer of Bakken, tar sands and other crude oil,” which would travel on the rail tracks running through the middle of Elma. The Elma council becomes the fourth city on the Harbor to make the request, with approval already coming from the councils in Westport, Aberdeen and Montesano.