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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Public Health
2:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

MT mosquitos test positive for West Nile with a lot of hot weather still to come

Credit dr_relling/flickr

Officials with the Lewis & Clark City-County Health Department report West Nile Virus has been detected in eight Montana counties so far this Summer:

·        Blaine

·        Cascade

·        Hill

·        Lewis & Clark

·        Phillips

·        Prairie

·        Sheridan

·        Teton

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Tax Reform
3:08 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Baucus: tax reform needs to start with a 'clean slate'

Sen. Max Baucus (right) speaks with West Paw Design President Spencer Williams (left) and SeaCast VP Bert Robins
Credit Dan Boyce

US Sen. Max Baucus hashed out ideas for federal tax reform Wednesday with a council of Montanans representing a number of different industries. The Democratic leader of the powerful Senate Finance Committee is making broad tax overhaul a major priority before leaving office in 2014.

The federal tax code has not been overhauled since 1986. Baucus said about 15,000 changes have been made to the code since that time, making it overly-complex and causing the US to lose some of its competitive edge in a global marketplace.

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Education
4:26 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Montana improving school lunch at one of the fastest rates in US

USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon

Montana schools are improving school lunches at one of the fastest rates in the nation.

The US Department of Agriculture says Montana is one of six states where 98 percent of schools or more are meeting new meal standards set by the federal government.

In this feature interview, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon about the intent of these major revisions.

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Wolf Hunting
9:03 am
Wed August 21, 2013

'Wolf Hunt Sabotage Manual' circulated by environmental group

The environmental organization Earth First began circulating a guidebook on how to sabotage the hunting of wolves last week.

The online guide lays out steps for destroying wolf traps, releasing trapped wolves and disrupting wolf hunts through methods such as smoke bombs and air horns. It asserts states, the NRA, and the Obama Administration are engaging in a conspiracy to wipe wolves off the face of the planet.

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Education
11:07 am
Tue August 20, 2013

State expanding early childhood education pilot program

Caregiver Amanda Hatch plays with two-year-old Maya at her day care center Katerpillar Korner in Helena.
Credit Dan Boyce

Governor Steve Bullock is looking to put more focus into early childhood education—that is, education before a kid is five years old. Bullock said Montana ranks near the bottom of states in investment in early ed.

However, state spending did increase this past legislative session by nearly $2 and a half million dollars.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says that money will go toward increasing a ranking program for day-care centers called the Best Beginnings Stars to Quality Program.

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Healthcare
5:19 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Lindeen: Health Insurance on MT's Obamacare marketplace competitive

Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen

 The country has just a few more months before many of the major elements of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, go into effect. This includes a requirement for Americans to buy health insurance, starting the first of the year.

An online marketplace will be giving Montanans without insurance options to buy plans from one of three providers. In this Feature Interview, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen about choices people will have regarding the marketplace.

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Senate Race
12:35 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Finally, a Democrat announces a Senate bid, but who is he?

Screenshot of Dirk Adams taken from his campaign website

Montana political observers spotted their first Democrat to officially file for U.S. Senate Wednesday.

Dirk S. Adams, a Wilsall Rancher, told Lee Newspapers Reporter Mike Dennison he decided about a month ago to get into the race and that it’s his first time running for office.

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Steve Daines
4:39 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Why Israel is a part of Daines ‘Montana Jobs Tour’

US Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.)

US Congressman Steve Daines said this week it makes sense to include his seven-day trip to Israel as a part of his ‘Montana Jobs Tour.’

“As Montana looks to the future, we’re gonna be highly dependent to grow our economy based on exports,” Daines said.

He visited several Montana towns last week as part of the tour, including Bozeman, Butte, and Billings.

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Healthcare
9:12 am
Wed August 14, 2013

The rehabilitation this Harvard professor says many cancer survivors aren't getting

Dr. Julie Silver

Nearly five-thousand Montanans are diagnosed with cancer every year.

That’s according to figures from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

And an estimated 42-thousand cancer survivors are living in the state right now.

But, even if they are free from the disease, many of these survivors are still dealing with long-lasting impacts from the treatments which saved their lives.

Dr. Julie Silver is a rehabilitation physician and associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

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Great Falls
9:03 am
Wed August 14, 2013

A tour of the L&C Interpretive Center

A life-size replica of the dugout canoes used by the Corps of Discovery is the centerpiece of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls
Credit Dan Boyce

It’s been more than 200 years since Lewis and Clark led the ‘Corps of Discovery’ through Montana as part of their legendary expedition across the American West.

Their exploits are chronicled at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, on the banks of the Missouri River in Great Falls.

About 70 volunteer guides lead visitors through the various exhibits.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce joins one such guide for a look around.  

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