Molly Messick http://wjsu.org en Some Idaho Farmers Pray, Others Turn On The Water http://wjsu.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 6236 at http://wjsu.org Some Idaho Farmers Pray, Others Turn On The Water Haven Or Hell: Refugees In Idaho Struggle For Work http://wjsu.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 1155 at http://wjsu.org Haven Or Hell: Refugees In Idaho Struggle For Work