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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Anzick Artifacts
10:33 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Ancient human remains from Montana ancestor of most Native Americans

Replicas of artifacts found at the Anzick site, near Wilsall. the Montana Historical Society has the entire collection of original artifacts on display,
Credit Dan Boyce

DNA evidence recovered from ancient human remains found in Montana is providing definitive answers to the origin of Native Americans.

Scientists unveiled the new research published in the journal “Nature” at the Montana Historical Society in Helena on Wednesday. Remains of the so-called “Anzick boy” show a direct lineage with most native peoples in North, Central and South America.

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AP Classes
5:38 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Advancement Placement High School classes growing in popularity

Helena High teacher Ryan Schulte conducts his AP American History class on Tuesday.
Credit Dan Boyce

The number of Montana High School students taking Advanced Placement classes fell slightly in 2013, but the overall trend is up considerably in the last ten years.

Statistics released Tuesday by College Board, the non-profit which runs the AP program, shows about a two-percent decrease in students leaving high school having taken an AP exam between the class of 2012 and 2013.

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Angela McLean
6:56 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Board of Regents Chair McLean tapped as new Lt. Gov.

Anaconda High School teacher and Board of Regents Chair Angela McLean giving her last classroom lesson after taking the oath of office as Montana's 31st Lt. Gov. on Monday.
Credit Dan Boyce

Anaconda High School teacher and chair of the Montana Board of Regents, Angela McLean has been selected as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor.

The move comes after Bullock tapped Lieutenant Governor John Walsh to serve the remainder of Max Baucus’s U.S. Senate term, who left last week to become the U.S. Ambassador to China.

Governor Steve Bullock announced the appointment of Angela McLean from her fifth period American government class on Monday.

Her experience experience compliments the Governor’s policy agenda.

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Senate appointment
11:31 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Walsh appointed as Montana's next U.S. Senator

Lt. Gov. John Walsh speaks to reporters shortly after Gov. Steve Bullock (left) announced he is nominating Walsh to fill the Senate seat vacated by Max Baucus Tuesday.
Credit Dan Boyce

Just one day after Montana’s Senior Senator, Max Baucus, was confirmed as the next U.S. Ambassador to China, Governor Steve Bullock has appointed his Lieutenant Governor, John Walsh, to serve the remainder of Baucus’s term. The move keeps the post in Democratic hands and may bolster the party’s hopes of keeping the seat in November.

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Restoration Project
9:13 am
Fri February 7, 2014

USDA unveils $30 million national forest and watershed restoration initiative in Helena

USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Robert Bonnie
Credit USDA

Federal agencies will be spending $865,000 dollars to help restore Helena’s primary watershed. 

The Ten-Mile watershed lies just southwest of the Capitol city and provides 80 percent of the community’s drinking water. 

The restoration is one of 13 projects across the country announced this week by the US Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service.

USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Robert Bonnie unveiled the $30 million dollar partnership in Helena.

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Propane Shortage
5:21 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

State boosts funding for LIEAP households due to propane shortage

Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT)

  The state is temporarily boosting the amount of money given to households in the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program that are heated by propane.

Propane prices have skyrocketed in recent weeks, up to $5 dollars per gallon or more in some parts of the state. That’s more than double prices from last year, due to propane shortages in the Midwest.

Governor Steve Bullock authorized the increase in assistance, which comes from the budget of the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

About 13 percent of Montana households are heated by propane.

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Medicaid Expansion
1:53 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Just how much would Medicaid expansion cost the state anyway?

Items in parenthesis indicate a negative fiscal impact.
Credit Governor's Office of Budget and Program Planning

Analysis of a new ballot measure seeking to expand Medicaid shows expansion would not cost Montana as much as previously forecast, but the state budget would still take a long-term hit from the so-called “Healthy Montana Initiative.”

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Graduation rates
1:13 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Montana graduation rates are on the rise

Credit MT OPI

  Montana’s high school graduation rate is on the rise. A new report from the state Office of Public Instruction touts a nearly four percent increase in the graduation rate since 2009, up to over 84 percent in 2013.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau attributes much of that success to an initiative started by her office in 2010 called Graduation Matters Montana.

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Steve Daines
5:27 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

A peek inside the Washington life of Steve Daines

Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) speaks with visiting Montanans at a weekly "coffee with constituents" event in Washington D.C. last week.
Credit Dan Boyce

Life for Bozeman-native Steve Daines has changed a lot in the last couple of years--from more than a quarter century in the private sector to Montana’s sole Congressional Seat.

Now, the Republican Representative has his sights set on another office, that of exiting Montana Senator Max Baucus.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce spent last week in Washington D.C. reporting on Montana’s federal delegation and spends a couple hours in the Washington life of Congressman Daines.

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Around the Nation
3:19 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Following Oil Boom In N. Dakota: A Cultural Blooming?

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 12:25 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

This week, NPR has been reporting on the effects of the fracking boom in the area known as the Bakken. Williston, North Dakota, offers a haven for a new working class. Tens of thousands of newcomers have flocked to the oil field over the past five years. The region is flush with high-paying, low-scaled work. It's bringing a lot of economic development, and some are hoping it can bring cultural development too. Montana Public Radio's Dan Boyce has the story.

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