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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Education
3:37 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

Helena alternative high school students combine science, English studies with wilderness survival

Students and teachers in the Project for Alternative Learning's 'Primitive Elements' class twist together a rope made of grass Thursday near Cardwell
Dan Boyce

Tug of War.

Boys vs. Girls.

A rope made of grass.

That was the scene Thursday afternoon on a 21-acre parcel of riparian land near the town of Cardwell.

About a dozen teenagers at Helena’s alternative high school have been spending four hours of almost every school day outside, combining wilderness survival skills with elements of their science and English studies.

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Indian Country
9:15 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Ft. Belknap's relocated Yellowstone bison herd worries adjacent landowners

Rancher Leta Calvin's land runs adjacent to Ft. Belknap's herd of Genetically Pure Yellowstone Bison. She worries about perceptions of brucellosis.
Dan Boyce

A small herd of genetically pure Yellowstone National Park bison transported to the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation late last month are creating tension between the tribes and landowners adjacent to the animals’ enclosure.

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Events
5:43 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Toiletries, produce among items requested on National Day of Service

Americorps VISTA volunteer Jessi Sheava holds up some items donated to Helena's 'Great Roll Out' toiletry drive
Credit Dan Boyce

    

Why would a group of young people  be collecting toiletries for the National Day of Service?

Well, the items collected by the Americorps VISTA volunteers go to veterans. VISTA volunteer Jessi Sheava sayssaid for vets going through hard times, some staying at the local homeless shelter, toiletries like toothpaste and shampoo may be luxury items.

"A lot of veterans here in Helena are looking for jobs, are eager to find work and the basics are needed to help them in their everyday life," she said.

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Wolf Hunting
5:33 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Wolf Hunt Sabotage manual continues to stir controversy on both sides of wolf debate

An environmental group called Earth First! is distributing a manual on how to sabotage the upcoming wolf hunting season.

It lays out steps for disrupting wolf hunts through methods such as smoke bombs and air horns as well as steps for destroying wolf traps.

The guide, released last month, continues to generate controversy.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with people on both sides of the trapping debate who disapprove of the manual—for different reasons.

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Montana News
6:26 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Fox asking MT Supreme Court to prevent Rambold resentencing hearing

Attorney General Tim Fox

Attorney General Tim Fox is asking the Montana Supreme Court to prohibit a District Judge from holding a resentencing hearing this Friday on the 30-day prison sentence a former Billings teacher received for raping his 14-year-old student.

The case has prompted widespread criticism from around the country.

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Education
9:17 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Helena's alternative High School adjusting to classes in former office building

P.A.L. Students gather in Emily Petersen's science class
Dan Boyce

Helena’s alternative High School is adjusting to the new school-year in a new, make-shift facility; a result of shuffling around students last spring when Central Elementary closed due to structural concerns.

The Project for Alternative Learning, or PAL, had been housed at a former elementary school when Central abruptly closed last March. Seismic tests determined it wasn’t earthquake safe. The Helena School District decided the most sensible place to relocate Central’s kids was P.A.L.’s elementary building.

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Energy
7:20 am
Fri August 30, 2013

AG blasts proposed BLM 'fracking' regulations

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is formally protesting new proposed ‘fracking’ regulations from the Bureau of Land Management. He signed a letter last Friday to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell along with four other Attorneys General—from Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma and West Virginia expressing strong objections to these new hydraulic fracturing rules being considered by the BLM.

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University System
9:18 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Largest university employee union reaches tentative pay raise deal

The largest union of Montana University System employees announced this week a bargain has been reached with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education over pay raises for the next two years.

The Montana Public Employees Association represents nearly 1700 ‘classified employees’ of the university system. Executive Director Quinton Nyman said the tentative agreement includes the following raises:

·        Effective Oct. 1, 2013: all MPEA bargaining unit members will receive a 46-cent per hour base pay raise.

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Healthcare
3:12 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Insurance Commissioner seeks to dismiss fears of privacy infringement from ObamaCare

Montana Commissioner for Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen

Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen clarified Tuesday that workers who will be helping citizens enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) must follow the same state privacy laws as insurance companies.

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Energy
10:30 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Is the federal government undervaluing coal leases?

Credit oatsy40/flickr

The Department of Interior has recently published a report citing some flaws in how the federal government manages coal leases. The June report from the Office of Inspector says the government is at risk of not getting the full value for the coal it sells.

A nonprofit environmental group, The Northern Plains Resource Council, believes this is especially true for coal in Montana and Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. The group thinks the federal government should be getting a lot more money for that coal.

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