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No firestorm of controversy this time?

(S-R file photo by Jesse Tinsley)

Our edit today applauds a compromise on field burning in Idaho.

The overall compromise, which was guided by a mediator, was the product of a six-month effort by farming interests and health advocates. Before that, field burning had been halted by a federal court ruling.

Both sides deserve credit for coming together, rather than continuing the divisive battle in the courts.

If the law is successful, it could become a model for how to resolve collisions between growth and the practices of longstanding industries.

Do you think it will work this time?

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