10 pioneer-era apple types thought extinct found in US West

The apples positively identified as previously “lost” were among hundreds of fruits collected from 140-year-old orchards tucked into small canyons or hidden in forests that have since grown up around them in rural Idaho and Washington state.

Garden Wise: Why biodiversity matters

Two issues, unrelated except for their focus on diversity, hit our news in the last several weeks. First, a group of 28 Idaho Legislators signed a letter written by Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls, and addressed to incoming Boise State University president Marlene Tromp — encouraging her to abandon university diversity programs because those programs “highlight differences” between groups, draw attention to group grievances and go counter to the “Idaho way.”