Dan Boyce

Reporter

Dan Boyce moved to the Inside Energy team at Rocky Mountain PBS in 2014, after five years of television and radio reporting in his home state of Montana. In his most recent role as Montana Public Radio’s Capitol Bureau Chief, Dan produced daily stories on state politics and government.

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Agriculture
1:00 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Local food movement provides opportunity for young farmers

24-year-old Allie Ritz is working this summer as an intern with Glory Farm, a small community-supported agriculture project north of Helena.
Credit Dan Boyce

Montana is steeped in agriculture—it’s prominent in the state’s history; it’s still our number one industry.

It’s a changing world for farmers, though, and young people looking to get into the field are facing very different challenges.

But, the modern age is also bringing unique agricultural opportunity.

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Montana FWP
12:54 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Hunters refute FWP mountain lion study

Credit Bas Lammers/flickr

Montana Wildlife officials are hearing complaints about a new mountain lion study showing populations much higher than previously expected in the Bitterroot.

Opponents of the study accuse the state of using a faulty method to come to the higher population. They say the lion numbers are much lower, and hunting quotas should be lowered. The most vocal supporters of bringing down these quotas are the lion hunters themselves.

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Malmstrom
4:58 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Tester: Malmstrom operations not significantly impacted by missile cuts

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)

  Senator Jon Tester says he is happy with how the U.S. Defense Department is complying with a nuclear reduction treaty signed with Russia in 2011.

A plan to remove 50 missiles from America’s land-based nuclear arsenal should not significantly affect operations at Montana’s Malmstrom Air Force Base.

Tester says reducing those missiles won’t reduce personnel.

"I think the win is here that the missile silos, even though they don't have a missile in them will be kept operational," he says.

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Climate Change
1:00 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Bullock: burning coal will continue into the foreseeable future

Credit mt.gov

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report at the end of March.

The panel, established by the United Nations, continues to point to the vast majority of scientific research indicating human activity is a primary driver of our warming global climate.

In Montana, research suggests a future with lower mountain snowpack, hotter drier summers, and more severe wildfires.

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Tax Assistance
4:33 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Low income Montanans eligible for property tax assistance

  Elected officials in the Helena area are trying to remind people about their options for reducing their state property taxes.

Those opportunities exist for veterans, elderly and people of low income. 

Leaders are looking to educate at the Helena Food Share. 

  Click here for information on the Property Tax Assistance Program

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Economic Development
5:28 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Bullock unveils "Main Street Montana" economic development initiative

Gov. Steve Bullock announces the Main Street Montana Project Business Plan at the Boeing plant in Helena.
Credit Dan Boyce

Governor Steve Bullock has released a major economic development initiative which will guide his administration’s approach to growing jobs and raising wages.

The governor’s office has been working on the Main Street Montana Project for almost a year—holding roundtable discussions around the state led by some top business leaders.

The Governor describes the plan as a bottom-up method for growing the state economy.

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McCutcheon Decision
6:41 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Motl: Supreme Court decision will not impact MT elections much

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to let individuals give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want.

The 5-4 vote Wednesday, led by the court’s conservative majority, frees up wealthy contributors to give more campaign donations ahead of the 2014 election.

It will have an immediate impact on Montana races for federal office, such as the US Senate and House of Representatives.

But, the state Commissioner of Political Practices says statewide elections will not be affected that much.

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Corrections
2:06 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Group sues state over treatment of incarcerated mentally ill

A civil rights organization filed a lawsuit Monday against the state over the treatment of mentally ill inmates at the Montana State Prison and at the Montana State Hospital.

Disability Rights Montana sued seven top officials with both the state Departments of Corrections and Health and Human Services, saying mentally ill inmates are “subjected to a cruel system that exacerbates, rather than treats and ameliorates their mental illness.”

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Yellowstone Bison
5:23 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

YNP, State taking first steps toward new Bison Management Plan

Credit lowjumpingfrog/flickr

National Park Service officials are announcing a partnership with the state of Montana to consider changes to managing bison in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Hundreds of bison wander into the state from the park’s northern boundary during many winters.

Livestock owners worry about the animals damaging property and spreading disease.

The Park Service and the state have been operating under their current Bison Management Plan since 2001.

The agencies think it may be time for an update.

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Tech Commencement
7:11 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Backlash growing over upcoming Gianforte commencement at Montana Tech

Greg and Susan Gianfore

Backlash is growing at Montana Tech in Butte over the choice of the school’s commencement speakers this Spring.

Opponents say Right Now Technologies founders Greg and Susan Gianforte promote extreme religious viewpoints and discriminate against homosexuals. A small group of students and faculty are considering a boycott of the ceremony in mid-May.

Tech is standing by the choice, citing the Gianfortes’ business success and emphasis on getting young people involved with computer science.

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