Sammamish woman bakes to save man’s best friend — one cookie at a time

June 12, 2012

Kim Scott shows off some of her homemade dog biscuits, which she sells to raise money for animal-related charities. Contributed

Kim Scott has always had a soft spot for dogs.

Her lifelong love for man’s best friend started when she was child. She would color on the living room floor with her Irish setter, Ginger, who preferred eating stray crayons. Now, the mother of three works full time at Amazon and spends her evenings baking to raise money for animal rescues.

“I don’t remember my life without a dog,” she said. “They are just the greatest things. They can keep a secret. They don’t expect anything from you. They just have this unconditional love, and you just want to give it back.”

Last year the Scott family’s dog, Nyima (pronounced Neeh-mah), died. Scott had often whipped up homemade treats for her giant German shepherd and continued to do so after the dog’s death. Many of her co-workers at Amazon were eager to buy the snacks and pretty soon Scott was buying ingredients like flour and peanut butter in bulk.

“I thought — why don’t I start a dog bakery,” Scott said.

She launched the Nyima Bakery in October.

“Then I started reading all these really fun local blogs, but a lot of them are not too fun,” she said. “You hear tragic stories. The one thing about rescues and shelters is that every single dollar counts.”

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Outside panel to advise King County Council on arena proposal

June 12, 2012

King County Council members tapped a panel of experts to guide the council and offer independent analysis as officials review a proposal to build a $490 million Seattle sports and entertainment arena.

Council Budget and Fiscal Management Committee members held the initial hearing on the arena proposal May 29. The committee discussed the timeline for arena construction and possible costs to taxpayers, in addition to the terms outlined in the proposal.

The outside panel is comprised of members versed in economics, public finance, public-private partnerships, labor, urban development and transportation.

The members include Justin Marlowe, a professor at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs; urban developer Steve Orser; UW geography professor Bill Beyers; economist Dick Conway; Tracey Thompson, secretary treasurer of Teamsters Local 117; Charlie Howard, transportation planning director for the Puget Sound Regional Council; and former state Secretary of Transportation Doug MacDonald.

The amount of public support for the arena is capped at $120 million if organizers secure only the basketball franchise. The total could rise to $200 million if a hockey team is added to the equation.

Issaquah hosts forum to focus on employment

June 12, 2012

Citizens can join state legislators and business leaders soon at a local forum to discuss the dearth of young adult employment in Washington.

The employment rate is only 43 percent for young adults age 16 to 24 in Washington — the ninth-lowest in the United States, according to government labor statistics. Community Forums Network is hosting forums and promoting a survey to collect feedback on how to fix the problem.

The local forum is hosted by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Issaquah History Museums and Community Forums Network.

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State: More adults get whooping cough vaccine

June 12, 2012

The ongoing whooping cough epidemic in Washington is driving increased demand for the vaccine among adults, state health officials reported June 5.

Between March 25 and May 26, the state immunization registry recorded 82,453 doses of Tdap, as the whooping cough vaccine is called, for adults age 19 and older — more than double the 34,171 doses recorded in the same time period last year.

Data from health plans also shows the uptick. Group Health gave almost 60 percent more Tdap to adults in April 2012 compared to April 2011. Premera Blue Cross is experiencing a similar trend. Tdap vaccinations in April 2012 rose by more than 70 percent for members compared to the average month.

The number of reported whooping cough, or pertussis, cases in Washington is 2,092 — the highest since the 1940s.

Pertussis is highly contagious and spreads easily from person to person through coughing and sneezing. The disease is most serious for children, especially infants too young to receive the vaccination. Pertussis causes cold-like systems followed by a long, severe cough.

Local lawmaker Jay Rodne hosts telephone ‘town hall’ meeting

June 12, 2012

State Rep. Jay Rodne invites 5th Legislative District constituents to join a telephone “town hall meeting” June 19.

The discussion is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. and last for 60 minutes. Rodne plans to take constituents’ questions and share views about the recent legislative sessions throughout the discussion.

Call the toll-free number at 1-877-229-8493 and enter the code 15549 at the prompt.

Residents can also contact the North Bend Republican at 360-786-7852 or

Rodne’s district stretches from Issaquah to the Snoqualmie Pass, and from Sammamish to Maple Valley.

Issaquah Soccer Club debuts Women’s Premier Soccer League teams

June 12, 2012

The Issaquah Soccer Club is promoting two new Women’s Premier Soccer League teams.

One team is playing while the other is provisional but still practices with the club.

The club is off to a promising start of the season, winning two of its first games.

The team premiered with a home game win May 25, 3-0, against Eugene Metro.

The team enjoyed its latest victory June 1 against the Portland Rain, 2-0, at Skyline High School.

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Citizens can comment on Issaquah shoreline rules

June 12, 2012

The state Department of Ecology requested input from citizens as officials evaluate the city-developed plans for land along Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish.

The updated Shoreline Master Program is designed to guide construction and development for 12 miles along the creek and the lake. The agency is accepting public comments on the proposed rules until June 29.

Email comments and questions to city Environmental Planner Peter Rosen at Call 837-3094 to ask questions about the proposal.

The proposed rules combine local plans for future development and preservation, plus recent development ordinances and related permitting requirements. The plan is meant to minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas.

The proposal contains distinct rules for creekside and lakeside development. Planners also included measures to control erosion and limit construction along Lake Sammamish.

Once the public comment period ends, Department of Ecology officials could approve the proposed Shoreline Master Program as-is, reject the document or direct city officials to modify specific parts.

EFR Chief Lee Soptich receives Fire Chief of the Year Award

June 12, 2012

Eastside Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Lee A. Soptich has received the prestigious Chief Dan Packer – Fire Chief of the Year Award.

Soptich, who was nominated by agency members and surrounding department fire chiefs, received the award at the annual Washington Fire Chiefs banquet May 24.

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To the Editor

June 12, 2012

Plastic bags

Ban won’t reduce useage as much as Grocery Association lets on

I’m disappointed to see that the City Council passed the plastic bag ban. The voters of Issaquah were denied a chance to decide on an issue that will affect everyone. The Northwest Grocery Association supported this ban. Why wouldn’t they? They don’t have to give away free bags anymore and get to charge 5 cents per bag. I doubt that grocery prices will go down.

So, we will have to pay 5 cents per bag or we will have to reuse bags that the grocers sell us (more money). What’s wrong with reusable bags? Assuming you keep them in your car, so you don’t forget them, you are putting food in a bag (which may or may not contain lead) that’s been harvesting bacteria and dirt from the trunk of your car. Alternatively, you can wash your reusable bags every time, using even more water and detergent — very green of us, isn’t it?

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Community Calendar

June 12, 2012

Sidewalk surfin’

Teen Fest Skate Competition, for students only, is

June 15. Skating is from 3:30-7 p.m. and live music is  from 7-9 p.m. at the Sammamish Commons, 801 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. Tickets are $5. Go to to learn more.



Overlake Medical Clinic offers whooping cough vaccinations through June at its Issaquah clinic, from 8 a.m. to   5 p.m. at 450 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 201. Each vaccination is $44. Appointments are recommended. Call 391-0705.

The Lake Sammamish Elks Club hosts a fundraising dinner for the Elks Therapy Program and birthday celebration for Dalean Pack, who graduated from the program as a child, at 6 p.m. June 14 at 765 Rainier Blvd. N. Dinner, which includes smoked ribs and birthday cake, is $10 per person. RSVP to

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