Rescuers retrieved the body of an unidentified man who drowned in the Salinas River in Paso Robles late Friday night, according to the Paso Robles Police Department.
Just before 11 p.m., a man called 911 to report that another man needed help in the river near the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Niblick Road, police said Saturday.
The drowning appears to have been an accident, according to police.
The man has not been identified positively, police said, and his body has been turned over to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department coroner investigators.
— Antonio A. Prado
In a community that’s protective of its forest, having county workers out trimming some of those Monterey pines, oaks and other varieties can be a big deal.
Public works crews are to do tree maintenance in several Cambria areas during March, work designed to maintain sufficient access width on county-maintained roads.
Crews will try to hang project information on door-knobs a week before work is to begin in a given area.
The door hanger will include illustrations of the way the trees should be trimmed.
For instance, limbs should be removed 8 feet above sidewalks or road shoulders, and higher above multi-use trails, driveways and the roadway itself.
Property owners may choose to trim their own landscaping before the county crews come through. If so, the landowners should follow the county standards for the work.
For details, call Julia Meyers at 781-5276 or Frank Honeycutt at 781-5269.
— Kathe Tanner
San Luis Obispo
Are you a champion chuckler? Get ready to laugh it up this March.
Contestants can titter, teehee and guffaw at the California Ultimate Laughing Championship, March 12 at the Fremont movie theater in San Luis Obispo. The event coincides with the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.
Competitive laughter is the brainchild of Montreal movie director Albert Nerenberg, who will be on hand to host the competition.
Categories include “Best Diabolical Laugh,” “Best Contagious Laugh” and the “Laughter Duel,” which will feature a face-off between two laughers. The winner will be crowned “Best Laugher in California 2011.”
The laughing contest starts at 8:30 p.m. It will be followed by a screening of Nerenberg’s documentary about the nature of laughter, “Laughology.”
To enter the competition, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Sarah Linn