Dan Boyce

Capitol Bureau Chief

Dan Boyce provides radio and online reports daily from the State Capitol. A native Montanan, Dan was raised in Lewistown and graduated from the University of Montana with a broadcast journalism degree in December, 2008. He took the position of MTPR Capitol Bureau Chief after more than two years working as a reporter with KBZK-TV in Bozeman. Dan has won local, regional, and national awards for both his radio and television reporting. His work has appeared nationally on the NPR programs All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition as well as on CNN and The CBS Evening News. Dan has also taken part in journalism fellowships in both Germany and Pakistan.

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Rainbow Family
3:30 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Breaking down the cleanup and cost of the Rainbow Family Gathering

Revelers gather around 'Kid Village,' one of the Rainbow Family gathering's kitchen tents, last week
Credit Dan Boyce

Activity at the site of this year’s Rainbow Family Gathering is continuing to wind down this week as a small team of revelers stays behind to cleanup and county and state officials tally up the costs.

Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest District Ranger Russ Riebe predicted there were still about two-thousand people at the site near Jackson, Montana, down from a high of about 9700 people on the fourth of July.

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Montana News
4:27 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Downtown Calgary business owner talks about recovering from massive 2013 flood

Credit Ray Wong/Flickr

Calgary--in Alberta, Canada lies less than 200 miles from the Montana border.

This city of a million people is recovering from devastating floods which ravaged the area in June.

A two-week emergency declaration was lifted last Thursday and the Calgary Herald newspaper estimates the costs to repair infrastructure are coming in at hundreds of millions of dollars.

The city is still showing its grit, putting on the annual Calgary Stampede as planned.

It continues through this Sunday.

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Rainbow Family
10:13 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Rainbow Family Gathering brings mixed feelings to Southwest Montana

One of many suggestive signs posted around the Rainbow Family Gathering, outside of Jackson, Montana
Dan Boyce

The Rainbow Family gathering 10 miles outside the SouthWest Montana town of Jackson reached its peak over the weekend, as revelers traveled from all over the country for the extended fourth of July weekend.

The U.S. Forest Service estimated nearly 10 thousand people camped on the piece of land in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The event promotes a message of peace, love, and non-violence.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce took us inside the gathering, which in many ways took on the characteristics of a small city—both the good and the bad.  

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Healthcare
7:46 am
Mon July 8, 2013

State employee health clinic used much more than expected

Helena's government run health clinic has been open since last summer. The state recently opened a second clinic in Billings and is in the planning stages on several others.
Credit Dan Boyce

Helena’s government-run health clinic for state employees is seeing much more use than originally expected as the experiment moves closer to its one-year anniversary.

The clinic provides free primary care services to the Capital city’s 11-thousand state workers and their dependents. It was launched last year by former Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer as way to improve overall employee health and save money for the state’s self-funded health insurance plan.

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Capitol Evacuation
5:25 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Capitol building evacuated after suspicious letter received by Governor's Office

A Helena Fire Department engine is parked outside the Montana Capitol Wednesday afternoon after the building was evacuated.
Credit Dan Boyce

  Law Enforcement and fire officials evacuated the state capitol building Wednesday after a suspicious letter was received, intended for Governor Steve Bullock. The Governor was not in the building at the time. 

The state employee receiving the letter has been quarantined, though there have been no injuries.

Helena Fire Captain Brian Roberts said his Department and the Helena Police Department were called to the Capitol building at about 12:15 PM A mail handler for Governor Steve Bullock’s office had opened an anonymous letter.

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Healthcare
3:13 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

BCBS-MT sale proceeds will create Montana Healthcare Foundation

Attorney General Tim Fox announces the Montana Healthcare Foundation during a press conference Friday.

Montana’s Attorney General announced Friday the proceeds from the sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana to a larger, out of state, insurance company will be used to create the “Montana Healthcare Foundation.”

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Environment
2:04 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Coal, petroleum industry say Obama climate plan will hurt Montana

Credit Montana Coal Council

Representatives from Montana’s coal and petroleum industries are blasting the new climate action plan announced by President Obama this week.

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Gay Rights
9:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

DOMA decision does not change all that much for MT's gay couples

Jan Donaldson (left) and Mary Anne Guggenheim pose for a picture outside their Helena home Wednesday
Credit Dan Boyce

Montanans are split in their feelings about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.

The nation’s highest court yesterday threw out a provision denying federal benefits to married gay couples and in a separate decision allowed same-sex marriage to resume in California.

Both were passed with tight 5 to 4 majorities.

Montana’s gay rights advocates are applauding the decisions, although they acknowledge it doesn’t mean much here in the state.

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Minimum Wage
3:34 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Why Montana's minimum wage statistics are not as good as they look

A national study from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the percentage of minimum wage workers in Montana shrinking at the fastest rate in the country. That figure may be of particular note today, the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act—a law signed by President Franklin Roosevelt which created the minimum wage.

However, the figures gathered by BLS need to be taken in context.

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Public Service Commission
10:11 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Renewable energy advocates oppose PSC proposed rule change

Credit jabzoog/Flickr

Renewable energy advocates are blasting a new proposal from the Montana Public Service Commission.

The PSC is looking to change the rules for which small power production facilities qualify for certain standard rates.

Opponents say the change could significantly hinder expansion of renewable energy production.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says supporters of the change say it would prevent cost increases for ratepayers.

    

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