Fuji apples are harvested at Broetje Orchards by an army of workers. The trees get water pumped from the Snake River reservoir above Ice Harbor Dam in eastern Washington.
Fuji apples are harvested at Broetje Orchards by an army of workers. The trees get water pumped from the Snake River reservoir above Ice Harbor Dam in eastern Washington. Darin Oswald Statesman file
Fuji apples are harvested at Broetje Orchards by an army of workers. The trees get water pumped from the Snake River reservoir above Ice Harbor Dam in eastern Washington. Darin Oswald Statesman file
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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."