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A6 i4rEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2004 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS CONTRI B I-I'EI) An artist's rendering shows a pedestrian-friendly Second Avenue - with no on-street parking like there is now. Second Avenue: A :tractive str scape envisioned P'I]:(),! PAGE A1 space, a space that links between our school facilities and the city," said Steve Crawford, director of capital projects for Issaquah public schools. Where student cars now line the street in front of Issaquah High, Tiger Mountain Community High and Clark Elementary schools and the district's transportation center, the district envisions an attractive street scape with widened walk- ways and inviting niches to stop and sit. According to Superintendent Janet Barry, district officials have met several times over the past few years with the city officials and the Chamber of Commerce, who are all excited about the prospect of making Second Avenue a main pedestrian corridor. District officials have said they are willing to use some of its prop- erty bordering the street for this type of development. The new student parking lot at Issaquah High is now expect- ed to be open after the mid-win- ter break in February, if the weather cooperates. The lot has yet to be paved, and additional delays could push the opening to after spring break in April. The switch has to be done during a school break because Second Avenue Southeast needs to be re-striped to facilitate the traffic to and from the new lot. Administrators have promised there will be enough parking spaces to provide for the stu- dents who currently park along the street. "It would be very desirable to have Second Avenue at some point provide a greater pedestrian link between the school buildings and our municipal campus," said Mayor Ava Frisinger. "How we get there is going to be a topic for us to continue talking about and collab- orating on in the future." With two new members recently installed on the school board, Crawford said he has received requests from the city to keep the concept fresh in the minds of schoolofficials. The opportunity for the major facelift is the result of several I things: A new $625,000 parking lot for lssaquah High students. Because of increased interchange traffic, the district is building a parking lot to keep students safer by eliminating street parking on Second Avenue. Without cars parked on the street, there will be space to widen it. A potential overhaul of Issaquah High. A consultant was hiredfor about $75,000 by the district to study the type of remod- eling that should be done. The finaIreport should be ready by the end of the school year, according to Crawford, and could include things such as moving the main office closer to the front of the school and building a performing arts center. As part of the remod- el, Second Avenue could be modi- fied where it borders the school. The southeast bypass. The pro- posed new road would be built just east of the high school, at the base of Tiger Mountain, and link the new interchange with Issaquah- Hobart Road. Mitigation money might be available for Second Avenue. Generally the city is responsible for street upgrades. But if voters approve a bond for remodeling the high school, some of that money could be available for improve- ments to the street where it fronts the school. "We don't build roads, we edu- cate kids," Crawford said. "But this is an important opportuni- ty." " INTER S &LE Storewide Sawngs.'.' 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So, rather than file away your thoughtful messages or print a sterile correction, we thought you'd enjoy reading some of our mail. -- Stacy Goodman "I'm not an expert, but I'm pretty sure that the bird on the front page of this week s lssaquah Press is a dark-eyed junco, not a chickadee. Nice picture though." itla gmlatt "Your snow photos in the Jan. 14 are great, especially the one of the snowbird on the front page. However, I don't think your snow- bird is a chickadee -- it looks I mm Black-capped chlcldee. 4 i !i Oregon Junco. more like a junco." "On the front page of the latest issue you have a nice picture of a bird identified as a chickadee. I believe that it is actually a bird called a Junco. They look alike superficially, but the chickadees have a black cap and a white eye stripe, and the bill is smaller and black. I have lots of them visiting my feeder here. Unfortunately I do not have camera with which to photograph them.  "A small correction to your beautiful "snowbird" photo. The bird is an Oregon Junco (not a chickadee). The main clues are the solid dark hood and pink bill. Use of common names can be an impre- cise, inconsistent practice. Most bird references (I have (-I,() BA l, B ! Ill) National Audubon Field Guide to Edition) use the chickadee to refer species in the Famib enus Parus. These istinguished by a black brown cap with white and black bill. The Juncos are in the Emberizidae (sparrow), Junco. Both species have white 1 side with buff sides. solid black hood Junco. The Juncos have a tail with two outside white ers that can be seen when away. The Parus chickadees sound that dee-dee-dee", whereas the cos give a metallic trill on same note. I'll stick with my thought (that this is an Junco) since a chickadee sound like a chickadee!" BEAUTIFUL. DECORATED MODEl. 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