Resources: Trying to Save Maine

Not long ago, industrial developers asked the 236 voters of Trenton, Maine, to approve the construction of an aluminum refinery and a nuclear power plant on the pristine shores of Union River Bay. A yes vote might have been expected. After all, countless U.S. towns beg for new industry to pay taxes and provide jobs. But the Trenton vote was a resounding no. A key factor was the Maine Times, a plucky weekly newspaper that lambasted the developers and explained precisely how their plans could pollute Trenton's air, land and water.

One year old this month, the Times is a...

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