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Hollywood legend, community hero: Elmo Williams

Brookings resident Elmo Williams poses for a promotional photo for a community parade and party held in 2013 to celebrate his 100th birthday. He and his wife, Lorraine, contributed much to Brookings. Photo by The Pilot / Bill Schlichting

A man of stories. A man of humor. A man of love. A man of family. A man of philanthropy.

Elmo Williams was a classic — in every sense of the word.

The longtime Brookings resident and Academy Award-winning Hollywood director, died peacefully early Wednesday morning at the age of 102.

Williams, who slipped into unconsciousness on Friday, spent his final days surrounded by family and friends at his oceanfront home. 


Trying to find a local home for blue whale

A dead blue whale that washed ashore north of Gold Beach at the beginning of November attracted hundreds of curious people. Photo by Randy Robbins.

When County Commissioner David Brock Smith learned about the blue whale that washed ashore near Ophir Nov. 2, among his first thoughts was “economic development.”

“The whale,” he said, “is a crazy story.”

The whale, later measured at 82 feet in length and severely emaciated, is believed to have starved after being unable to find food in the algae-heavy conditions currently affecting the ocean here. It is believed, too, that the behemoth was ultimately killed by orcas — killer whales — that will attack blue whales.


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