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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Montana News
3:44 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

How rare is it for someone to 'lie in state' in the Montana Capitol?

Betty Babcock was the first person to lay in state in the capitol rotunda since 1962
Credit Dan Boyce

A closed casket viewing was held in the Capitol building’s rotunda this for the public to pay respects for former Montana First Lady Betty Babcock.

The wife of former Governor Tim Babcock died this past Sunday at age 91.

It’s rare for anybody to lie in state in Montana’s seat of public power.

Former Governor Tom Judge’s casket was given a public viewing after he died in 2006. That was in the Old Supreme Court Chambers, on the third floor.  

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Economic Development
3:28 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Gov. hopes surveys spark economic development ideas

Gov. Steve Bullock is asking the public to help flesh out a plan for economic development in the state.

The Main Street Montana Project wrapped up a series of seven roundtable discussions in different communities in July. The governor is now hoping to collect ideas through surveys. He said he wants to figure out what works for businesses and what doesn’t—from the businesses themselves.

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Montana FWP
10:32 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Over 100 types of hunting and fishing licenses?! FWP looks to streamline

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is looking into simplifying fishing and hunting licenses in the state.

Right now there are about 100 different types of licenses—and FWP wants to cut that down.

Department Director Jeff Hagener has appointed a twelve member council to study the issue for the next half-year or so. The council will try to streamline the process without reducing the amount of revenue coming in.

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Concealed Carry
9:06 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

AP reporters threatened after requesting concealed carry permit information

Montana reporters with the Associated Press have been receiving online threats for more than the past week after requesting the public information available on the state’s concealed carry permit holders.

The request made headlines in recent weeks after the Attorney General’s office refused the request, citing privacy concerns.

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Concealed Carry
5:36 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Extended Interview: Tim Fox speaks on threats to AP reporters, thoughts on open government

Attorney General Tim Fox

Montana reporters with the Associated Press have been receiving online threats for requesting the public information available on the state’s concealed carry permit holders.

The request made headlines in recent weeks after the Attorney General’s office refused the request, citing privacy concerns.

Attorney General Tim Fox speaks with Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce about those threats and how his administration plans to approach open records requests in the future.

  

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Politics
3:10 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Former MT First Lady remembered for fostering political cooperation

Betty Babcock pictured with her husband, former Gov. Tim Babcock on the back cover of their 2008 biography "Challenges: Above and Beyond"

Former Montana First Lady Betty Babcock died this past Sunday in Helena at age 91.

The wife of former Republican Gov. Tim Babcock was known for pushing hard for passage of the 1972 Montana Constitution, a renovation of the state capitol building and other issues.

Montana Republican Party Chairman Will Deschamps described her as an immeasurably kind woman who wouldn’t say an ill word about anyone.

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Arts
5:10 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

What it takes to do "Romeo and Juliet" justice

Julia Porter as Juliet and Bryan Ferriter as Romeo

Romeo and Juliet.

Arguably the world’s most famous love story--with some of the most well-known lines of any play in history.

Helena theater fans will be taking in an outdoor staging of this classic Shakespearean tragedy over the next two weekends.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with the cast about just what it takes to do justice to the play’s timeless text.

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Great Falls
10:11 am
Fri August 2, 2013

The new technology of the Rainbow Dam near Great Falls

The new Rainbow Dam power plant generates 60 megawatts of electricity, the old plant (left) generated 36 megawatts.
Credit Dan Boyce

PPL Montana is now operating a completely renovated Rainbow Dam, just a few miles northeast of Great Falls.

The $230 million project marks the biggest investment in energy generation in the state since the Colstrip coal-fired power plant was built about 30 years ago.

PPL Montana Director of External Affairs David Hoffman said the new power house generates almost twice as much electricity as the old one. It’s enough to power about 45-thousand homes.

Construction on this renovation started back in 2009 and went fully online this past April.

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Healthcare
11:57 am
Thu August 1, 2013

State looking for trustees to head new Montana Healthcare Foundation

Interim Trustee E. Edwin Eck

The Montana Attorney General’s Office deposited a new $40 million check this week—money from the sale of Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Montana to an out of state company.

Another $100 million or more may eventually be on the way as Blue Cross sells off its assets.

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Fire Season
2:50 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Wildfire funding holding strong, but fire season is not over yet

Credit Sally Mauk

Montana’s State Forester Monday said the state’s wildfire suppression fund still has the vast majority of the funding provided to it by the 2013 Legislature.

"I think we're doing relatively well, certainly compared to last year," State Forester Bob Harrington said.

So far in 2013, the state is sitting at a little less than $2 million dollars in estimated fire costs, out of a wildfire suppression fund of about $20 million. 810 fires have been reported so far, burning 43,000 acres.

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