Molly Messick en 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 29418 at Some Idaho Farmers Pray, Others Turn On The 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 17291 at Some Idaho Farmers Pray, Others Turn On The Water Idaho Counties' Economic Fate Tied To Industry Forget about the difference in economies among the states. In Idaho, there are drastic differences from county to county. Agriculture is booming, while the timber industry is hurting — and the counties that depend on those industries show it. Molly Messick of StateImpact Idaho explains. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:24:00 +0000 Molly Messick 16416 at Idaho Businesses Want More Flights To Boise Cutbacks in airline routes affect more than disgruntled passengers — it may hinder a city's opportunity to turn around economically. Business owners say, as one of the most remote U.S. cities, Boise can't afford to lose flights. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Molly Messick 8853 at Haven Or Hell: Refugees In Idaho Struggle For 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 8012 at Haven Or Hell: Refugees In Idaho Struggle For Work