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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Orozco-Ramirez
8:51 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Attorney questions safety at Jefferson Co. Jail after alleged rape

An undocumented Mexican immigrant who says he was raped while in custody at the Jefferson County Jail is waiting to see if his case will be heard in court before he is deported. Meanwhile, the alleged incident is calling into question how the jail ensures the safety of prisoners.

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Political Practices
2:43 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

State lawmaker accused of illegal coordination with dark money group

Rep. Mike Miller (R-Helmville)

Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices this week issued a ruling accusing a sitting Republican state lawmaker of illegally coordinating with a “dark money” group during his 2010 campaign, an accusation the lawmaker denies.

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Bakken Spinoffs
9:36 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

What non-oil businesses thrive in an oil economy?

Reynold's Market, operating in Sidney since 1925, just moved to a new location twice the size of the old store.
Credit Dan Boyce

(Note: This is the third of a six-part series on "Bakken Spinoffs" airing Thursdays through January 9th on "Montana Evening Edition.")

Sidney, Montana and other towns surrounding the Bakken Oil Boom are seeing rapid growth and businesses of all kinds are benefitting from the influx of new people following the oil.

Reynold’s Market, a Sidney grocery store in operation since 1925, just moved to a new location twice the size of their old place. The number of workers there bumped up from about 60 to 140.

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Orozco-Ramirez
5:25 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Statewide prayer vigils held for alleged MT jail rape victim

Shahid Haque Hausrath, (left) Attorney for alleged rape victim Audemio Orozco-Ramires, lights a candle at a prayer vigil for his client.
Credit Dan Boyce

A prayer vigil was held Tuesday night at Helena’s First United Church of Christ for a Mexican man who says he was raped while in custody at a Montana jail in October.

A series of such vigils are being held around the state

Undocumented immigrant Audemio Orozco-Ramirez was detained after a routine traffic stop in Sidney, Montana.

The vigils seek justice and solace for Orozco-Ramirez and his family. His lawyer wonders if Orozco-Ramirez will be deported before the case can be heard.

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Bakken Spinoffs
6:14 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

How the Bakken is changing reporting at the Sidney Herald

Sidney Herald Editor Bill Vanderwheele has been at the paper for almost 30 years.
Credit Dan Boyce

(Note: This is the second of a six-part series on "Bakken Spinoffs" airing Thursdays through January 9th on "Montana Evening Edition.")

Covering news in the Eastern Montana town of Sidney has been a changing business over the last five years.

Front pages depicting the life and times of a sleepy farm town now include headlines about a booming population, a booming economy, and crime.

This month, we’re bringing you a series of stories on the side effects of the Bakken Oil Boom, positive and negative.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce has the story.

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Capitol Flooding
5:49 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Cleanup continues at state capitol after early December flood

Politically Correct Cafe owner Larry Strang is back to work after a frozen pipe broke in the Capitol and flood waters closed his cafeteria for a week.
Credit Dan Boyce

Maintenance crews are still cleaning up the state capitol building after a frozen pipe burst and flooded the basement and first floor on December 5th.

Water damaged sheetrock and ceiling tiles and ruined equipment in basement offices. On Monday, the basement hallway was still littered with tables and boxes.

Public Information Officer at the Department of Public Administration Sheryl Olson said the state does not yet have a cost estimate from the flood. Not all the bills have come in yet.

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Special Report
6:55 am
Thu December 5, 2013

MTPR Special Report: "Bakken Spinoffs--The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

Old and New Economies: An oil jack pumps on the edge of Sidney, Montana as steam rises from the town's old sugar-beet factory.
Dan Boyce

Thursdays during "Montana Evening Edition" for the last  six weeks, we have brought you a special series of stories on side effects of oil development in Eastern Montana. The Bakken Oil Boom is impacting the region, and the entire state, in ways both positive and negative. You can now hear all of the stories online.

The series examines:

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Bakken Spinoffs
6:35 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Oil Boom continues to strain infrastructure of Eastern Montana communities

Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser stands out on the sidewalk of Central Avenue, which has seen a dramatic increase in truck traffic the last few years.
Dan Boyce

(Note: This is the first of a six-part series on "Bakken Spinoffs" airing Thursdays through January 9th on "Montana Evening Edition.")

Sidney’s Mayor, Bret Smelser, stood at the corner of his community’s busiest street, Central Avenue. A steady stream of traffic, punctuated with big rigs, leaves thick white exhaust hanging in the frigid air. Smelser nodded to one truck.

“One of our city crew, collecting twice as much garbage as we did two years ago,” he said.

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MT Healthcare Foundation
2:35 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Healthcare foundation board will decide how to spend $40 million from BCBS-MT sale

Montana Healthcare Foundation Interim Trustee E. Edwin Eck

Attorney General Tim Fox’s office said Tuesday a group of candidates have been nominated for the board of a new healthcare foundation created following the sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana to an out-of-state company.

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University Insurance
5:25 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

How Obamacare is compromising state university student health insurance plans

Helena College non-traditional student Susan Wensel gets her health insurance through her husband's job. Only about 220 of the institution's 1800 students opt for the insurance plan offered by the school.
Credit Dan Boyce

Officials with the Montana University System said this week the Affordable Care Act is creating problems for the health insurance plan offered to students at the state’s public universities.

Those students need to have some kind of health insurance. For years, the university plan has offered a reasonably priced alternative for students not on their parents’ plan.

But that may be in jeopardy.

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