The fire season bills are in for the state of Idaho, and it looks like the state’s net firefighting expenses this year will be just over $17 million, roughly equal to the recent years’ average. The Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee set aside $20 million this year to cover the state’s firefighting season costs, so the bills are covered.
A new technique for building wooden mid- and high-rise buildings may unlock a critical strategy for reducing the construction industry’s massive carbon footprint. Although forestry, construction and climate experts disagree on the extent of its benefits, mass timber is a promising substitute for concrete and steel, materials that contribute 5 percent of global carbon emissions each. […]