From the Press Release issued April 9, 2012:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YELM, Wash., April 9, 2012 — On Friday, April 6, 2012, a new welcome mat to the Yelm community was rolled out in the redesigned website www.yelm.com.
The domain is owned, developed, and maintained by Steve Klein. Klein said, “The public interest in this town from being in the top 10 of Washington cities for growth necessitated a single information point. Yelm.com is the logical website to provide a professional platform where every resident can feel proud in how our area’s assets are presented.”
Klein purchased Yelm.com in 2005, along with www.cityofyelm.com and Yelm Community.org (www.yelmcommunity.org), which has been the home of his local news and commentary blog. The Yelm Community Blog has been an additional area resource for over six years providing an in-depth analysis of local issues yet frequently critical of the city and mayor for their lack of public involvement and disclosure. Having been recognized as far away as Seattle for local insights, Yelm Community Blog stories are occasionally posted on the KOMO-TV 4 News (ABC) Communities website. With meticulous research, Klein was first to break the story of the 5,000-home Thurston Highlands development default on May 7, 2009, from which the City of Yelm was owed over a hundred thousand dollars in unpaid taxes/fees, a story subsequently carried by other media, including The Olympian.
Klein has resided for 24 years in the Yelm area, serving on the mayor-appointed Yelm Library Board from 2004-2008 and subsequently becoming the appointed chair in 2007. He is a former 2005 mayoral candidate and founding member of the Yelm Food Co-op. Klein currently is the Event Services Manager for JZ Knight at the Yelm-based Ramtha School of Enlightenment.
Klein and his wife Yael have been major supporters of area children and young adults through their annual scholarships for several years to Yelm High School seniors and the Children’s School of Excellence. In recent years, their scholarships at Rainier High and Rainier’s Phoenix Rising School have made a local impact. They have also contributed to the Drew Harvey Theater, SE Thurston Fire Authority, Bald Hills Fire Dept., Yelm Community Services, Yelm Food Co-op’s holiday food drive, Standing Room Only theater company, and Yelm Community Schools. Klein and his wife endowed the Yelm Timberland Library with a large book collection when the new facility opened in 2002. They have annually contributed hundreds of turkeys to ensure every family had one on their table that submitted a request to the Yelm Community Services at Thanksgiving.
In the spirit of the “Pride of the Prairie” and supporting this community, the new yelm.com is born.
Stephen R. Klein
P. O. Box 1971
Yelm, WA. 98597