At Your Service


Thanks for stepping up to the Take-Out Window, where I’ll be dishing out big portions of local news, community event previews and useful information, spiced with the occasional thought-provoking comment.

As some of you diehard visitors to A News Café might recall, I wrote an outdoors column on this website for several months last year. I got interrupted, but now I’m back and you’re going to have to put up with me on most days.

Quickly: I’m a California native and I’ve been a professional journalist since the Deukmejian administration. I’ve written for newspapers ranging from the Weekly Calistogan to the Washington Post, and for magazines as varied as California Journal (now deceased) and National Speed Sport News. I’ve spent the past 11 years serving as editor of California Planning & Development Report, a trade publication that, essentially, addresses the matter of what gets built where. I’ve now taken “senior editor” status at that publication – even though I’m still in my 40s! Except for a mercifully short detour to Southern California, my wife and I have lived in Shasta County since 1997.

That’s enough about me. The Take-Out Window needs to be about you. So I’ll send this invitation: Tell me what interests you and how you’re making a living these days. Let me know about events your organization is planning. Hike a scenic new trail? Know of a great play or concert coming up? Have a worthy cause? Organizing a bike tour or bird watching trip? Tell me about all of it, and I’ll do my part to spread the word.

So let’s get started.

• Turtle Bay Exploration Park is offering half-price admission this weekend (February 27 and 28) to Redding residents. If your ZIP code is 96001, 96002, 96003, 96049 or 96099, you’re in the park for half price, which is $6.50 for persons 13 and older, and $4.50 for children 4 to 12 and seniors who are at least 65. Current exhibits include “The Art of Mt. Shasta,” “Native Images: The Works of Edward Curtis and Thomas Houseworth,” and “Turtle Travels.” If you spend a couple hours at the park, I doubt you’ll conclude that Turtle Bay is the Evil Empire. Check out Turtle Bay at

• I commend Foothill High School students for helping the people of Haiti. The school’s Key Club collected more than 2,200 pairs of jeans that Aéropostale will deliver to Haitians in need. Meanwhile, the Foothill High School History Club spearheaded a fundraising effort that netted $1,200, which doesn’t seem like a lot until you consider the average per capita annual income in Haiti was one-third that amount – before the earthquake.

• March 15 is the deadline to apply for summer session scholarships from Catching The Dream, the organization formerly known as the Native American Scholarship Fund. Scholarship money is available for students of math, engineering, science, business, education and computers. For details, visit the group’s website,

shigley-mugshot Paul Shigley is editor of California Planning & Development Report, a frequent contributor to Planning magazine and co-author of Guide to California Planning, a reference book and college text. He lives in Centerville. Paul Shigley can be reached at

has been a professional journalist since 1987. For 12 years, he served as editor or senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a statewide trade publication for land use planners, real estate development professionals and attorneys. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter or editor at newspapers in Redding, Grass Valley, Napa and Calistoga. Shigley's work also has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Planning magazine, Governing magazine, California Law Week, National Speed Sport News and elsewhere. In addition, he is co-author of Guide to California Planning, a college text and reference book, and is currently working on a book for the American Planning Association about the Bay Delta and California water resources. A graduate of California State University, Sacramento, Shigley has contributed to A News Cafe since 2009. He and his wife, Dana, live in western Shasta County.
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11 Responses

  1. Avatar Darcie says:

    WelcomePaul, we look forward to you keeping us connected to the north state!

  2. Avatar Troy Hawkins says:

    It's pleasure having you on board. Excited to see what on special at the Take~Out Window.

    Bloody Mary anyone?

  3. Avatar Laura says:

    Short nonfat cappuch please! HOT!

    Welcome Paul! We're looking forward to your contributions!

  4. Avatar Doug Mudford says:

    Welcome Paul:

    You did an introduction AND three items of local interest. Good start.


  5. Avatar Canda says:

    Oh this is gonna be fun! I like it already-Take Out Window-very clever. Welcome, and I look forward to your big portions of local news. What's the best way to contact you in order to share news?

  6. Avatar Lauren Brooks says:

    Hi Paul,

    Welcome back to A News Cafe! I'm looking forward to your columns.

  7. Avatar Jon Lewis says:

    Good to see the Shig back in business!

    As the resident flak for the north state's public TV station, I'm hoping you'll share a little space in your Take-Out Window from time to time to let A News Cafe readers know about the sundry happenings at KIXE.

    Here's a fun fact: the 'IX' in KIXE represents the Roman numeral 9, which happens to be where you'll find us on the dial. Actually it's 9.1 in today's fast-paced world of digital TV. Slide on over to 9.2 and you can watch CREATE, a popular channel filled with cooking, travel and how-to programs. (Charter cable folks can find it at 289)

    More fun facts await at

    Thanks, dude, and best of luck with the Take-Out Window!

  8. Avatar pmarshall says:

    Sounds interesting. Looking forward To the "take out window.

  9. Avatar shelly shively says:

    Welcome, Paul…

    and thanks for letting us know about the Turtle Bay half price weekend for local residents.

    I'm still amazed by the number of jeans that Foothill students collected for relief in Haiti…way to go, Foothill!

    I love the design of your "corner"…and am looking forward to your contribution to anewscafe 🙂

  10. Avatar larry w says:

    SHIG…welcome back

  11. Avatar Kerri says:

    A brilliant addition to A News Cafe… welcome, Paul! Fantastic to see you here.