Molly Messick http://kunc.org en Hard-Hit Boise Subdivision Lacks Owner-Occupied Homes http://kunc.org/post/hard-hit-boise-subdivision-lacks-owner-occupied-homes Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The housing market is recovering in much of the country, not so much in Idaho. Home prices dropped by 46 percent in the Boise area during the financial crises. Forty-six percent. Today's business bottom line takes us to the home of a family that rode out the crash and are still waiting for better times. Here's Molly Messick of Boise State Public Radio.<p>MOLLY MESSICK, BYLINE: Charter Pointe is a sprawling master-planned subdivision in southwest Boise. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 10:18:00 +0000 Molly Messick 40998 at http://kunc.org Some Idaho Farmers Pray, Others Turn On The Water http://kunc.org/post/some-idaho-farmers-pray-others-turn-water In the West, in Idaho's arid, high desert, the drought has a mixed effect. There's a big divide between farmers with deep wells and irrigation and those without.<p>Hans Hayden is a rare find: a talkative farmer. He likes to explain things. But when it comes to the wheat he planted this spring, there's not much to say. This field needed rain. It didn't get it.<p>"At this point in time, it kind of looks like a desert," he says.<p>In a good year, Hayden's spring wheat would be nearly 3 feet high by now. The top of each stalk — the head — would be heavy with grain. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 08:44:00 +0000 Molly Messick 31952 at http://kunc.org Some Idaho Farmers Pray, Others Turn On The Water Haven Or Hell: Refugees In Idaho Struggle For Work http://kunc.org/post/haven-or-hell-refugees-idaho-struggle-work In the last few years, more than 4,000 refugees have found their way to a far-flung spot: Idaho. Most of the state's incoming refugees come to Boise. For years, the city's strong economy, good-quality affordable housing and supportive community created an especially favorable environment for refugee resettlement. The recession has shifted that picture.<p>Nowela Virginie and her two young daughters spend most days in her small apartment just off a busy thoroughfare on the outskirts of Boise. Virginie is 23 and arrived in Boise three years ago. Fri, 09 Mar 2012 21:12:00 +0000 Molly Messick 23725 at http://kunc.org Haven Or Hell: Refugees In Idaho Struggle For Work In Idaho, Two Workers Take Jobs, And Hope For Best http://kunc.org/post/idaho-two-workers-take-jobs-and-hope-best <em><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org:81/maps/idaho/unemployment/">StateImpact Idaho's</a> Molly Messick reports on two people coping with the lingering effects of an economic downturn.</em><p>Before the recession, Idaho had one of the fastest growing economies in the country. But last year, its jobless rate peaked at nearly 10 percent. That number has begun to creep downward – but many workers in the state are still struggling to replace the jobs they've lost.<p>One of those workers is Kelly Barker, a single mom in her mid-40s, who's quick to smile, but who is also clearly worried. Mon, 06 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Molly Messick 21881 at http://kunc.org In Idaho, Two Workers Take Jobs, And Hope For Best