I noticed the Web site NC Mine Talk has an interesting YouTube video of the proposed truck route if the Idaho-Maryland Mine reopens.
It is a good use of the Web to illustrate the impact of the proposed mine on our towns. The video is here. The site also shows a map — all based on documents filed with the city of Grass Valley.
Though the site’s operators are skeptical whether the mine should reopen, the video is a more-or-less straightforward presentation of the truck route. (I detected a wee bit of editorializing in parts of the narrative, but surely no more than comes from the other side.)
I’d like to hear the mine’s narrative of the route too — offering its impressions of the challenges.
Besides the mine and city of Grass Valley, any news outlet or blogger also could provide the same information — and should.
It would be a sweet database to showcase the online component of journalism.
In another twist, NC Mine Talk is going to “reverse publish” some of its content into print and distribute it — something newspapers vow to do more often.
As most of you know, the Idaho-Maryland Mine distributed its own color advertising handout in The Union newspaper earlier, explaining the project from its perspective.
As long as the discussion on both sides remains fact-based and not personalized, the community will benefit from the two-way dialogue.
Wouldn’t that be refreshing?